British Colonial Developments, 1774-1834

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description of prisoners be sent to this new settlement. The Government will be administered by Captain Stirling of the Royal Navy, as Civil Superintendent of the settlement, and a Bill in the nature of a civil charter will be submitted to Parliament in the commencement of its next session.1


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SIR GEORGE MURRAY TO GOVERNOR DARLING, 12 January 18292

SIR,

By my predecessor's dispatch of the 28th of January 1828, you were informed of the grounds which induced His Majesty's Government at that time to relinquish all idea of colonizing that part of the western coast of New Holland, which had been visited by Captain Stirling.

Circumstances have since occurred to render the occupation of that position desirable, and an expedition, under the orders of Captain Stirling, who will upon his arrival assume the title of Lieut. Governor, has therefore been fitted out, and is now on the point of sailing from this country to form a settlement as near as may be possible to Swan River.

The difficulties, which would at all times attend the keeping up a regular communication between Sydney and the new settlement, have determined His Majesty's Government not to constitute this colony a dependency of your Government nor to place Captain Stirling under your orders. He will look to the Cape for the necessary supplies of the colony, but you will of course afford every assistance which he may require, should he have occasion to apply to you for that purpose. . . .


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SWAN RIVER COLONY: LIEUT.-GOVERNOR JAMES STIRLING TO SIR GEORGE MURRAY, 20 January 18303

Perth, Western Australia.

SIR,

On the 9th of September I had the honour to announce to you my arrival here, and the commencement of this settlement; I now beg leave to lay before you the following information relative to its progress since that period, its present condition and future prospects.

As soon as the difficulty attendant on landing and housing the establishment was surmounted, I caused an exploration of the country immediately in the neighbourhood of the port to be made, and two

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1
The Bill was dated 3 April 1829.
2

H.R.A., Series I, vol. xiv ( 1922), p. 610.

3
C.O. 18/7. Printed in H.R.A., Series III, vol. vi, pp. 615-16, 621.

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