On November 11th 1850...
Russell Degnan

a ship from England arrived in Melbourne carrying an Act of Parliament. Within it, the following:

"And whereas it is expedient that the District of Port Phillip, now part of the colony of New South Wales, should be erected into a separate colony, and that further Provision should be made for the Government of Her Majesty's Australian Colonies : Be it enacted, therefore, by the Queen's most Excellent Majesty, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the Authority of the same, That after such Provisions as herein-after mentioned shall have been made by the Governor and Council of New South Wales, and upon issuing of the Writs for the first Election in pursuance thereof, as herein-after mentioned, the Territories now comprised within the said District of Port Phillip, including the Town of Melbourne, and bounded by the North and North-east by a straight Line drawn from Cape How to the nearest Source of the River Murray, and thence by the Course of that River to the Eastern Boundary of the Colony of South Australia, shall be separated from the Colony of New South Wales, and shall cease to return Members to the Legislative Council of such Colony, and shall be erected into and thenceforth form a separate Colony, to be known and designated as the Colony of Victoria."

Screw the dismissal of incompetent Prime Ministers. That is worth Celebrating.

Melbourne Town 11th November, 2005 12:07:42   [#]