An Uneasy Relationship: Norfolk Island and the Commonwealth by Maev O'Collins PDF

By Maev O'Collins

ISBN-10: 1921666986

ISBN-13: 9781921666988

The location of Norfolk Island, as a territory of the Commonwealth of Australia, is among the old anomalies in governance, which has persevered on the grounds 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 status. but, as soon as Federation was once within the wind, the British executive, opposed to the expressed needs of the Norfolk Island group, sought to divest itself of all accountability for Norfolk Island. there's a interestingly ‘Yes Minister’ caliber concerning the negotiations which result in 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 dep. of exterior Affairs, ultimately ensured the appointment of Michael Vincent Murphy. to be able 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 major Minister Joseph cook dinner. this is often basically a learn of the relationships among governors, politicians, public servants and neighborhood leaders throughout 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.** [C:\Users\Microsoft\Documents\Calibre Library]

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5 See Lady Belcher (Diana Joliffe), The Mutineers of the Bounty and Their Descendants in Pitcairn and Norfolk Islands, New York, Harmer & Brothers Publishers. 1871; and Raymond Nobbs, George Hunn Nobbs: 1799–1884, Norfolk Island, The Pitcairn Descendants Society, 1984. 6 NAA: CP599/1 Bundle 1 ‘Copies of Pitcairn and Norfolk Island Despatches 1837–1897’. 7 Belcher, op. , 344–355. Also NAA: CP697/42 Bundle 2 ‘Correspondence on the Subject of the Removal of Inhabitants of Pitcairn Island’. 8 Denison was a complex, multi-faceted personality.

Atlee Hunt was now Secretary of the Department of External Affairs and Murphy, the Officer in Charge of Norfolk Island Affairs, was an old colleague from his early years in the New South Wales Lands Department. 7 The Bill finally lapsed but there were lingering feelings that both sides had been arrogant and unbending. Nonetheless, negotiations continued and it was clearly inevitable that the Commonwealth would finally assume full control of Norfolk Island. 8 He took the responsibility for Norfolk Island very seriously and was unwilling to give up any of his personal authority in the matter until all legal and other niceties had been fulfilled.

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. 19 Alfred McFarland, ‘The Case of Norfolk Island Stated’, Sydney, Gibbs, Shallard & Co, Printers, pamphlet, 1885. 20 NAA: CP697/38 Bundle 1, ‘Parliamentary questions and Answers Norfolk Island’. 21 Ibid. 22 British Parliamentary Debates Fourth Series, Volume 37:1488–1489.

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