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New PDF release: An Uneasy Relationship: Norfolk Island and the Commonwealth

By Maev O'Collins

The location of Norfolk Island, as a territory of the Commonwealth of Australia, is without doubt one of the ancient anomalies in governance, which has continued due to the fact that 1914. It displays the direct old linkages among the British Crown and people Norfolk Islanders who have been descendants of Pitcairn Islanders of Mutiny at the Bounty reputation. but, as soon as Federation was once within the wind, the British executive, opposed to the expressed needs of the Norfolk Island neighborhood, sought to divest itself of all accountability for Norfolk Island. there's a interestingly ‘Yes Minister’ caliber in regards to the negotiations which bring about the ultimate take-over by way of Australia, and the appointment of the 1st Commonwealth Administrator of Norfolk Island. The direct involvement of Atlee Hunt, then Secretary of the dept of exterior Affairs, ultimately ensured the appointment of Michael Vincent Murphy. in an effort to do so finish, Hunt needed to fend off different candidates who have been busy ingratiating themselves with the Minister for exterior Affairs Patrick McMahon Glynn and the then top Minister Joseph cook dinner. this is often primarily a examine of the relationships among governors, politicians, public servants and neighborhood leaders through the years which the take-over of Norfolk Island, and of the fight of 1 Norfolk Islander, Charles Chase Ray Nobbs, opposed to Australian administrative authority.

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Pp. 418–420. 14 Ibid. p. 425. 15 NAA: CP599/1 Bundle 1 ‘Copies of Pitcairn Island Despatches 1869–84’. J,. ‘Norfolk Island: outline of its history from 1788 to 1884’, Sydney: Government Printer, 1885:43. Spruson was a government official and this 51 page pamphlet was dedicated to Lord Loftus. 26’. British Parliamentary Papers. 18 ‘Norfolk Island — Correspondence relating to the Transfer of Norfolk Island to the Government of New South Wales, Presented to Parliament by Command of her Majesty, February 1897 No 20, British Parliamentary Papers.

Despite his sympathy for Carey, Hunt could not support his request for a pay increase. On 29 November 1913, he responded pleasantly but firmly that this was not possible. At the same time he softened the decision, by adding an apology for reacting negatively to some government property valuations which Carey had provided. I remember feeling when I read them that you were quite right and that had my attention been called to the previous communication which you referred to I should not have written as I did.

However, a contrasting image is that he was arrogant and over-confident. He initially supported John Price but finally agreed that the penal colony on Norfolk Island should be abandoned. See C. H. Currey, entry for Sir William Thomas Denison, Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 4:46–53, 1972, and Alison Alexander, Governors Ladies: the Wives and Mistresses of Van Dieman’s Land, Sandy Bay, Tasmanian Historical Research Association, 1987:128–146. 9 NAA: CP697/42 Bundle 2 ‘Correspondence on the Subject of the Removal of Inhabitants of Pitcairn Island — Inwards Correspondence’.

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