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the Colony of Victoria) in the first
Representative Legislature of New
South Wales
. In 1848, he was
appointed Commissioner of Crown
Lands for the Burnett, an
important district which was then
first brought under occupation.
In 1854, he was entrusted with
the formation of the settlement
of Port Curtis, and he held the
post of Government Resident in the
North Eastern districts of Australia
until May, 1860, when that office
was discontinued — a necessary
consequence of the erection of
Queensland into a separate Colony.

9. An eloquent and impressive
speaker, possessed of a remarkably
engaging appearance and address,
and of the authority naturally
belonging to his high character,
distinguished military services,
and long official and Parliamentary
experience, Colonel O'Connell is
universally regarded as the
proper successor of Sir Charles
Nicholson
. Public opinion anticipated
my choice which was further
influenced by the consideration
that, as it is proposed that the
temporary administration of
the Government of Queensland, in
the event of the death or absence
of the Governor, shall devolve on
the President for the time being
of the Legislative Council, Colonel
O'Connell
is peculiarly fitted
for that office, his duties as
Government Resident of Port Curtis
having

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See Despatch No. 47
of 23rd May, 1860
(paragraph No. 8.)

having been virtually those of a
Lieutenant-Governor. I trust, therefore,
that my nomination will be approved.

10. In my despatch No 47, of
the 23rd May ult., I recommended
that the honor of knighthood should
be conferred on Mr. Gilbert Eliott,
the Speaker of the House of Assembly.
I now beg to submit that Sir
Charles Nicholson, Baronet, should
be made a Civil Companion of
the Bath; and that the new
President of the Legislative Council,
Lieutenant Colonel O'Connell, should
also be raised to the dignity of
a Knight Bachelor.

11. The proposed honors would
appropriately crown the long and
distinguished careers of the three
gentlement named above in the
Civil and Military services of their
Queen and Country. But it is not
on their personal account, so much
as on considerations of public
policy that I venture strongly
to recommend the adoption of
my proposal. I have elsewhere
pointed out that Imperial honors
now constitute one of the few
remaining tangible links between
the Mother Country and Australia.
it is very generally held by the
persons most competent to form
a correct judgement on this subject
that consequences much to be
desired will result if such marks
of royal favor were bestowed
more frequently upon the highest
functionaries of the State in these
Great

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