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The following extracts from Australian newspapers show that they campaigned for a Consular Court at Fiji. (Selected and transcribed by Peter Bullock.)


The Sydney Morning Herald, 25 February 1871

Re the Daphne Case.

It behoves the Governors of the Australian colonies, and especially the Governors of new South Wales an d Queensland, to make the strongest possible representations on this subject to the home authorities, and to urge upon her Majesty's Government the necessity for at once establishing either a Protectorate - backed by sufficient naval force - over the whole group of islands, which are now becoming colonised by the British; or to establish properly empowered Consuls, and Consular Courts, with at least two men-of-war (fast despatch vessels) to support their authority, and perform the maritime police duties of the trade of the north-west portion of the South Pacific.   Sydney, 2nd February.  G. E. D.


The Sydney Morning Herald, 9 November 1871



Extra territorial jurisdiction.


The Sydney Morning Herald, 20 February 1872


The International Status of Fiji, and the Political Rights, Liabilities, Duties, and Privileges of British Subjects, and other Foreigners, residing in the Fijian Archipelago.  CHARLES ST. JULIAN.


The Sydney Morning Herald, 26 September 1874


Lord Carnarvon made his promised statement of the intentions of the Government with regard to Fiji on the 17th instant. ... Four plans suggested themselves, and might be enumerated.  The first was the establishment of Consular Courts, such as have been tried in China ands Japan.  Rejecting this as feeble, and as likely at best to prove only a stop gap, ...


The Sydney Morning Herald, 13 October 1874

Extremely long article on Fiji, some details of Courts.


The Brisbane Courier, 24 May 1875

The British Government no longer hesitates as to the course which it is about to pursue in that portion of the Pacific which has come under its jurisdiction and influence. The Fijian Group having now become British territory, the responsibility of maintaining law and order, ...

   Sir ARTHUR GORDON ... comes armed with tolerably extensive authority to establish Vice-Consular Courts.

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