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No. 58
His Grace
The Right Honble
The Duke of Newcastle
&c. &c. &c.

Government House
Brisbane, Queensland
4th August, 1860

My Lord Duke,

At the beginning of
their first session, both Houses of
the Parliament of this Colony
resolved to form forthwith a
joint Library. In pursuance of
these Resolutions, the necessary
sums of money have been already
voted. I have further received an
address, requesting me to apply,
through the Secretary of State, to the
Record Commission, for copies of
the Records published by it, and,
generally, for all such Parliamentary,
official, and other documents, as
are supplied gratuitously by Her
Majesty's Government to the other
Australian Colonies.

2. In compliance with the
desire of the Legislature, I beg now
to solicit Your Grace to give the
necessary directions in the proper
quarters.

I have &c.
Signed / G. F. Bowen

267

No 59

Government House
Brisbane, Queensland
6th August, 1860

My Lord Duke,

With reference to my
despatch No. 33 of 10th April, ult., I have
the honor to report that the Volunteer
movement continues to make a
satisfactory progress in Queensland.
I am, however, constrained to report
that the Corps already embodied
here can never attain a high
degree of efficiency so long as this
Colony, alone among all the Colonies
of the Australasian Group, is
deprived of the presence of a
small detachment of regular
soldiers, to form a nucleus, and
to supply instructors in drill
and in rifle practice.

2. As was reported in my
despatch No. 30 of April 4th ult., I
applied several months ago to the
Major General Commanding Her Majesty's
Troops in Australia, for a detachment
not exceeding two Officers and fifty
rank and file, to be stationed at
Brisbane;— this Colony engaging
to supply barracks, medical
attendance, and the usual Colonial
Allowances &c. I trust that, so soon
as the war in New Zealand shall
be concluded, or so soon as re-inforcements
shall arrive at Sydney or Melbourne,
Major-General Pratt will consider
himself to be in a position to accede
to this application. The inhabitants
of

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