By Maev O'Collins
The location of Norfolk Island, as a territory of the Commonwealth of Australia, is without doubt one of the historic anomalies in governance, which has endured due to the fact 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 popularity. but, as soon as Federation was once within the wind, the British govt, opposed to the expressed needs of the Norfolk Island neighborhood, sought to divest itself of all accountability for Norfolk Island. there's a apparently ‘Yes Minister’ caliber concerning 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 dep. of exterior Affairs, finally ensured the appointment of Michael Vincent Murphy. with the intention to 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 major 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.
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Then, suddenly, we had Mr. Glynn once more. He showed how the thing could be done cheaply and effectively; and Mr. Fisher had to consent, learning once more that one of the chief charms of a perfect theory is the fact that it is refutable. The Opposition proposed the concession, the Opposition 33 n Uneasy elationship showed how it could be managed, and nothing was left for the Ministry save to change its mind, and agree. Glynn’s position as one of the South Australian delegates to the Federal Convention had brought him into competition with several other South Australian lawyers, all vying for prominence and a future stake in the Federal arena.
The unenthusiastic and only partial acceptance of Norfolk Island by New South Wales was mirrored by the Islanders themselves, who continued their protests and petitions. Nonetheless, in November their worst fears were realised: losing no time now that he had gained Ministerial agreement, Viscount Hampden visited Norfolk Island to announce a revised system of Government. Although a complete adoption of New South Wales laws and regulations was deemed to be inappropriate, the laws which had been in force since 1857 were repealed and a new set of 23 laws and regulations proclaimed.
During the transition to Commonwealth authority, all formal correspondence regarding Norfolk Island took place between the Governor of New South Wales and the Governor-General, and was then forwarded, often via the Premier or the Prime Minister, to the Ministers concerned. This ponderous process could sometimes be expedited, but only when both sides accepted the appropriateness of less formal and more direct communication. On 3 May 1912, anxious to resolve the drawn out negotiations which had delayed the transfer of Norfolk Island to the 37 n Uneasy elationship Commonwealth, Hunt wrote directly to the Governor of New South Wales, Lord Chelmsford.
An Uneasy Relationship: Norfolk Island and the Commonwealth of Australia by Maev O'Collins