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in a compact form. If is further,
I submit, desirable that copies
of each of the enclosures should
be forwarded to the Royal
Geographical Society.

4. All that Queensland
wants is population to develope
her immense and varied
resources; and the true way
to procure immigrants of a desirable
class is to make those
resources and advantages known
throughout the Mother Country.

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

His Grace
The Duke of Newcastle
&c. &c. &C.

No. 2

Government House,
Brisbane, Queensland,
10th January, 1861.

My Lord Duke,

By the Circular
despatch of the 10th August ult.
enclosing a communication
from the Lords Commissioners
of the Admiralty, dated 18th July
ult., I was directed to report
the views entertained by the
Government of Queensland upon the
points adverted to by their

2. Before consulting my
Executive Counci, I thought it
desirable to ascertain the opinion
of the Governors of New South Wales
and of Victoria, as it is obviously


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expedient that at least the three
principal Colonies of Eastern
Australia should so far as may
be practicable, adopt a similar
policy respecting their military
and naval defence.

3. I now have the honor
to transmit copy of a Minute of
Council, which when read in
connexion with the former
Minute of 14th. February 1860 (enclosed
in my despatch No. 30 of 4th. April,
ult, contains a full statement
of the views entertained by the
Government of Queensland on this
whole subject. In those views
I cordially concur; and I am
convinced that they represent
the opinions of the overwhelming
majority of the educated inhabitants
of the Australian Colonies, and
are consequently, well worthy
of the attention of Her Majesty's

4. A former board of
Admiralty enumerated many
strong reasons against the
formation of local naval forces
in the Colonies, citing the
comparative failure of the
Indian Navy. I refer to a letter
from the Secretary to the
Admiralty, dated 24th. January,
1857, enclosed in Lord Stanley's
despatch to Sir W. Denison of
11th. March, 1858.

5. Again, in addition
wo what is stated in the enclosure,
it may be well to mention that

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