Proceedings of the Royal Geographical Society (Volume 17-18)

9781150155857: Proceedings of the Royal Geographical Society (Volume 17-18)
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1873. Excerpt: ... consequences, would create quarrels with the natives, and bloodshed would ensue, as in the Fiji Islands. It had been suggested that the Australian Colonies should incorporate the Fiji Islands and New Guinea in one Federation; but if such a thing was done at all, it should be directly through tho Imperial Government. It would, perhaps, be well to establish some sort of protectorate over the island without assuming territorial jurisdiction. Somo person might be appointed as the protector of the natives, and to see that British subjects did not bring disgrace upon themselves and their country by their dealings with them. He did not, however, know that England was entitled to take possession of any part of the country. Captain Moresby had taken formal possession of Hayter Island in the name of the Queen, but it had not yet been stated whether the Government was prepared to confirm his assumption of dominion. For some centuries the Dutch had claimed tho whole of the western part of the island, though there had been no formal declaration as to the meridian to which their claim extended. It was therefore desirable that, before any other steps were taken, the British Government should come to some understanding with the Dutch Government. He himself would be content to see the Dutch exercise authority over the whole of the island. They might then form settlements in different parts, such as at Moresby Harbour and Fairfax Bay, which appeared to be one of the most splendid harbours in the world. The bay was completely land-locked, with a minimum depth of 14 or 15 fathoms, so that vessels of any size might find refuge there. The President, in conclusion, remarked it was now too late in the evening for them to consider the effect which Captain Moresby's discoveries m...

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