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The location of Norfolk Island, as a territory of the Commonwealth of Australia, is among the historic anomalies in governance, which has continued given that 1914. It displays the direct historic 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 used to be 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 via 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. so one can accomplish that 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 prepare dinner. this is often basically a learn 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.** [C:\Users\Microsoft\Documents\Calibre Library]

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23 Hoare, op. , 1999:106–107. 24 British Parliamentary Papers ‘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 14, Enclosure 2. 25 British Parliamentary Debates, 8 March 1898: 975–976. 26 Australia, Royal Commission into matters relating to Norfolk Island (Sir John Nimmo, Commissioner), Report, Canberra, Australian Government Publishing Service, 1976:47. 17 Four Imperial Bushman natives of Norfolk Island, in Commonwealth Contingent sent to London for the Coronation of King Edward VII; also one clergyman and one civilian, London NAA CP697/96/, By Permission of the National Archives of Australia he ew outh ales nterregnum 1897–1914 ollowing the 1897 Order in Council, Norfolk Island became a quasi-dependency of New South Wales, although its position was still seen as that of a separate colonial entity.

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.

Hunt concluded:7 I hope you will pardon me addressing you in this informal way but I know that you are anxious to have the question definitely settled as soon as possible, and the supply of information that I ask for will, I think, help towards that end. It was clear from his curt reply that Chelmsford felt that this was over-stepping the mark, and that correct protocol should be followed. His reply of 21 May was short and to the point: Dear Mr. Atlee Hunt I have postponed answering your letter until I could forward the information.

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