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

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

By Maev O'Collins

The placement of Norfolk Island, as a territory of the Commonwealth of Australia, is likely one of the old anomalies in governance, which has continued considering 1914. It displays the direct ancient linkages among the British Crown and people Norfolk Islanders who have been descendants of Pitcairn Islanders of Mutiny at the Bounty repute. 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 apparently ‘Yes Minister’ caliber in regards to the negotiations which result in the ultimate take-over through 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. so that it will 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 leading Minister Joseph cook dinner. this is often basically a research of the relationships among governors, politicians, public servants and group 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.

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28 Portrait of Patrick McMahon Glynn, South Australian Federation Leader and MHR Atlee Arthur Hunt c1901 MS1100 Box 2 Item 16, By permission of the National Library of Australia PIC/7055, By permission of the National Library of Australia Michael Vincent Murphy c1919 Obituary Photograph in Sydney Morning Herald 3rd July 1935 By permission of the National Library of Australia Charles Nobbs (taken from group photograph of 1921 Executive Council (1921 Norfolk Island Annual Report) rofiles of the our ain ctors d THE MINISTER Patrick McMahon Glynn (1855–1931) n Irish barrister, Glynn emigrated to Australia in 1880 and was a South Australian delegate to the 1897 Sydney and 1898 Melbourne Federal Convention sessions.

P. Mc. M. Glynn, of Adelaide. He won the 34 rofiles of the our ain ctors affection of his fellow members by his kindly nature and his wit. He was essentially a scholar. While busy with his political and ministerial duties, he continued to memorize beautiful passages of poetic literature. “I love literature,” he said. ” He lectured frequently on literary and historical subjects. A sincerely religious man, he made an eloquent speech in the Federal Convention in favour of the insertion of the words that are now in the preamble to the Constitution, “humbly relying on the blessing of Almighty God”.

V. Murphy, 17 August 1915’. Further reports of Norfolk Island contributions to various relief funds, and concerns regarding the plague, are included in NAA: 697/41 1900 ‘Norfolk Island’. 3 NAA: A11804, ‘Norfolk Island. Transfer to Commonwealth Government’, 1902–1909. 4 NAA: CP697/16 Bundle 1 Volume 1, Despatch from Secretary of State, J. Chamberlain, 22 November 1902, 5 NAA: A11804, ‘Norfolk Island. Transfer to Commonwealth Government’, Memorandum from Prime Minister Barton, 22 June 1903. 6 Oliver’s report was published with the ‘Supplementary Report’ by the Deputy Administrator of Norfolk Island and the New South Wales Parliamentary Draftsman as Norfolk Island: Report of Commissioner Alexander Oliver and Supplementary Report of William Houston and Leo Watkins, 1906, Sydney, Government Printer.

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