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By Maev O'Collins

The location of Norfolk Island, as a territory of the Commonwealth of Australia, is without doubt one of the old anomalies in governance, which has continued when you consider 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 was once within the wind, the British govt, 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 concerning the negotiations which bring about the ultimate take-over by means 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. as a way 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 best Minister Joseph prepare dinner. this can be primarily a learn 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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