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Notes on the constitutional separation of Tasmania from New South Wales (3rd December, 1825)


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Reynolds, John (1926) Notes on the constitutional separation of Tasmania from New South Wales (3rd December, 1825). Papers and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania. pp. 35-41. ISSN 0080-4703

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In the year 1824 public opinion in Tasmania first forcibly
expressed itself on a political question. The colony had passed
the elementary stage of its growth, and a change in the form
of government was necessary for its well-being and future
development. No longer was it desirable that it should be
ruled by a Governor at Sydney, who was possessed of almost
autocratic powers.
After preliminary meetings, a petition was drawn up
for presentation to H.M. King George IV. The petitioners
prayed that the section of the Act 4 Geo. IV., which provided
for the erection of the colony of Van Diemen's Land completely
separated from New South Wales should become
effective. Provision in the Act had also been made for the
appointment of nominated executive and legislative councils
to assist in the government of the colony.
For Tasmania,the old
problems of government prior to 1825 mainly disappeared and
were forgotten, and the path was cleared for the solution of
the new ones which quickly arose. Outstanding among these
were the aboriginal question, the freedom of the press, the
raising of revenue, and the transportation system.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Royal Society of Tasmania, RST, Van Diemens Land, natural history, science, ecology, taxonomy, botany, zoology, geology, geography, papers & proceedings, Australia, UTAS Library
Journal or Publication Title: Papers and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania
Page Range: pp. 35-41
ISSN: 0080-4703
Collections: Royal Society Collection > Papers & Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania
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Date Deposited: 02 May 2012 06:06
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2014 04:30
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