By Maev O'Collins
The location of Norfolk Island, as a territory of the Commonwealth of Australia, is among the old anomalies in governance, which has endured because 1914. It displays the direct ancient linkages among the British Crown and people Norfolk Islanders who have been descendants of Pitcairn Islanders of Mutiny at the Bounty repute. but, as soon as Federation was once within the wind, the British executive, opposed to the expressed needs of the Norfolk Island group, sought to divest itself of all accountability for Norfolk Island. there's a apparently ‘Yes Minister’ caliber in regards to the negotiations which bring about the ultimate take-over via Australia, and the appointment of the 1st Commonwealth Administrator of Norfolk Island. The direct involvement of Atlee Hunt, then Secretary of the dept of exterior Affairs, ultimately ensured the appointment of Michael Vincent Murphy. so as to accomplish that finish, Hunt needed to fend off different candidates who have been busy ingratiating themselves with the Minister for exterior Affairs Patrick McMahon Glynn and the then best Minister Joseph cook dinner. this is often basically a learn of the relationships among governors, politicians, public servants and group leaders through the years which the take-over of Norfolk Island, and of the fight of 1 Norfolk Islander, Charles Chase Ray Nobbs, opposed to Australian administrative authority.** [C:\Users\Microsoft\Documents\Calibre Library]
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7 Belcher, op. , 344–355. Also NAA: CP697/42 Bundle 2 ‘Correspondence on the Subject of the Removal of Inhabitants of Pitcairn Island’. 8 Denison was a complex, multi-faceted personality. Contemporary and historical evaluations suggest that he was concerned at the treatment of Aborigines and was ready to support his wife in her philanthropic endeavours. However, a contrasting image is that he was arrogant and over-confident. He initially supported John Price but finally agreed that the penal colony on Norfolk Island should be abandoned.
THE ADMINISTRATOR Michael Vincent Murphy (1859–1935) ike Atlee Hunt, Michael Vincent Murphy attended Sydney Grammar School. He then entered the New South Wales public service as a cadet surveyor, joining the Surveyor General’s Department in 1878. In 1896, as a licensed surveyor, he was 41 n Uneasy elationship attached to the Royal Commission on Norfolk Island Affairs, and spent three months on the Island with Commissioner C. N. J. Oliver. In 1898, he was directed to survey and map Lord Howe Island and was also involved in settling land disputes there.
Murphy, who has acted throughout in the threefold capacity of Secretary, Surveyor, and Guide’. 12 Over the next few years Murphy made additional surveys of Norfolk Island and was seconded to assist the Pacific Cable Board in the construction of the Cable Station and access road. In 1905 he was appointed Officer-in-Charge of Norfolk Island Affairs, and later became Deputy Administrator, reporting directly to the Governor of New South Wales. For several years he was closely involved in negotiations between the Commonwealth and successive New South Wales Governors over the transfer of control of Norfolk Island.
An Uneasy Relationship: Norfolk Island and the Commonwealth of Australia by Maev O'Collins