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and I am confident that I shall at
all times be supported by the public
opinion of this Colony in acting
on them firmly and consistently.
It is my intention so to act, with
the approval of Her Majesty's Government.

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

His Grace
The Right Honble.
The Duke of Newcastle.
&c &c &c

No 64

Enclosure No. 1
dated 2nd August, 1860

Government House,
Brisbane, Queensland,
13th. August, 1860.

My Lord Duke,

With reference to Your
Grace's Despatch No. 12 of the 18th May
ult., I have the honor to transmit
herewith a copy of a Minute of my
Executive Council, from which will
be seen the opinion held by the
Government of Queensland respecting
the arrangements for postal communication
between Australia and the United
Kingdom
.

2. On this subject, both Houses
of the Queensland Parliament have
agreed to the following resolutions:—
(1.) "That in consequence of a late
arrangement, under which the English
Mail Steamers no longer proceed beyond
Melbourne, it has become necessary
to make beter provision for the
conveyance of Mails between this Colony
and England.

(2.) That in the opinion of this House
the route viâ Torres Straits and
Singapore is likely to prove more
expeditious

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Enclosure No. 2.
See Sir George Bowen to Sir
W. Denison
No. 27 of 24th July 1860.

expeditious and economical and to offer
greater general advantages to Queensland
than any other, and for the same reasons
is likely to recommend itself to New South
Wales
and New Zealand.

(3.) That this House is further of opinion
that Communications ought now to be
entered into between the Government of
Queensland and the Governments of the
other colonies named, with a view
to considering the adoption of the
above route and the proportion of
subsidy, in the event of its adoption,
payable by each Colony."

3. In pursuance of the above
Resolutions, I have addressed to the
Governor of New South Wales a letter
of which I enclose a copy. A similar
communication has been addressed
to the Governor of New Zealand. If it
be found possible to concert a
common plan of action with these
two Colonies, the other Governments of the
Australasian Group, as also the Governments
of the French settlement at New Caledonia,
and of the Dutch settlements in the
Indian archipelago, will be invited
to co-operate.

4. There is, I think, a growing
public opinion in Australia that the
true system for all the Colonies is
to secure a fortnightly communication
with the mother-country by maintaining
two monthly lines, alternating with
each other ;— the first that already
established from Galle to Melbourne;
— the second, the line now proposed
between Singapore and Sydney, — the
steamers calling at Moreton Bay
in

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