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Colonial paragraph in Queen's Speech; Suez Canal shares.
Loyal telegrams from Australia.
Approves appointments of Lords Beauchamp and Tennyson as governors of New South Wales and South Australia.
Opposition of Queen to proposal that Duke of York visit New Zealand.
Negotiations with Germany; connection between Transvaal and Samoa in mind of Emperor.
Assumption of office as governor; Sir John Forrest; Sir William Robinson; Aborigines Protection Board. (2 letters)
Policy of government through native chiefs; opposes replacement by British officers.
Pacific Cable Conference; conflict between Australian and Canadian representatives; position of Admiralty; Australian representatives on Pacific Cable Committee 'more than useless; possible successor to Sir Robert Meade. (2 letters)
Changes resulting from federation of Malay native states; appointments. (2 letters)
Railway extension in Malay states; meeting of sultans and chiefs; Kelantan.
Establishment of imperial penny postage; support of Australian premiers; likelihood New Zealand will come into the plan. (7 letters + newspaper cuttings)
Proposed Imperial Agricultural Congress.
Imperial Agricultural Congress.
Revision of colonial boundaries; German claims to Samoa.
Legal appointments in the colonies.
Appointment of Irish lawyers in the colonies.
Seeks interview concerning British Antarctic expedition.
Thanks for hospitality to representatives of the colonies.
Recieved his letter which he will value always. Canadian copyright. Will send a copy of his recently published novel to Birmingham for Chamberlain.
Action of some colonies in severing connections with International Tariff Bureau.
Invitation to Duke of York.
Invitation to visit New Zealand.
Declines honour; no honour held in less esteem in Australian colonies; his services.
Suggested talk on Hopetoun's Australian experiences.(copy)
Seeks appointment as Governor-General of Canada.
Thanks for note. (copy)
Visit of Australian premiers to Paris should be considered social rather than business; Sir John Forrest.
Forrest's 'Paris demonstrations'.
Has declined to speak in Paris on gold mining industry in Western Australia.
Appointment of standing committee to consider landing rights for submarine cables.
Suggests shorter terms for Australasian governorships.
Suggests each colony send a report on measures for protection of colony against invasion for forwarding to Defence Committee.
Thanks for volume of Chamberlain's foreign and colonial speeches.
Interest in governorship of New Zealand.
Offer of KCMG; Federal Convention.
Lord Castledown and governorship of New Zealand.
Seeks a vice-regal appointment in a cooler climate, preferably Australia.(copy)
Correspondence with British North Borneo Company.
Governor of North Borneo.
Suggests Hugh Clifford as governor of British North Borneo.
Lord Lamington; his career and suitability as governor of Queensland.
Recommends Sir Saul Samuel for baronetcy.
Recommends Sir William McGregor, late administrator of New Guinea, to be governor of Lagos.
Lord Beauchamp accepts New South Wales; proposes to offer South Australia to Lord Tennyson.
Approves Beauchamp and Tennyson.
Opposition of Queen Victoria to visit by Duke of York to New Zealand.
Hong Kong question; tri-dominion of Samoa would be impossible, to draw lots and divide the islands would be undignified.
Connection between Transvaal and Samoa; both German Emperor and New Zealand are unreasonable.
Transvaal question more serious than any other; in next half century Germany and France will be ousted from Pacific by forces of Australasia; no objection to yielding to Germany on Samoa.
Tonga should not be given to Germany under any circumstances.
Discussion with Count [Hatzfeldt] about Samoa.
Reference to Samoa in Queen's Speech.
Reference to Australian federation in Queen's Speech; Queen's comment on name 'Commonwealth of Australia'.
Queen Victoria's view on Duke of York going to Australia.
Dissatisfaction of Australian governments and press concerning New Hebrides.
Foreign Office considers that New Hebrides question should be kept quiet for present; sensitivity of French public opinion. (copy)
Departure from India; inquires when he should go to Australia.
Letter from Edmund Barton on penny postage; Australian postal revenues result in a loss.
Correspondence concerning Commonwealth Constitution Bill (1900), governorships, visit of Duke and Duchess of York to Australia, Australian troops in South Africa, governor-general's allowances; resignation of Lord Hopetoun. Correspondents include Alfred Deakin, Sir Joh Dodds (Hobart), Sir Arthur Havelock, Lord Hopetoun, Lord Tennyson (Adelaide) and Chamberlain. (60 items)
Correspondence with Lord Ranfurly (Wellington) about honours. (7 items)
Offer of governorship of British Guiana (incomplete), with reply from Chamberlain.
Siamese claims to certain Malay states, with reply from Chamberlain.
Doubts possibility of any great changes in relation of colonies to imperial defence; South African War.
Professorship at Canterbury College, New Zealand.
Proposed Pacific Cable Conference; no reason for British Government to subsidise cable.
No justification for a grant to enable artillery volunteers to visit Canada; Pacific cable.
War Office suggestion of sending troops from British colonies to inauguration of Australian Commonwealth.
Visit of troops to Australia.
Appointment of Lords Tennyson and Beauchamp as governors of South Australia and New South Wales.
Appointment of state governors in Australia following appointment of governor-general; difficulty of finding men prepared to make pecuniary sacrifice.
Flag to be presented by Queen to representatives of colonial troops serving in South Africa.
Appointment of future governors to Australia.
Approval of Queen for his visit to Australia; regrets she has refused his visit to Canada.
Queen declines approval for representative British troops to attend inauguration of Australian Commonwealth.
Retirement of General George French from command of military forces in New South Wales; Prince of Wales suggests he be knighted.
Seeks information on value of imports into colonies from foreign countries in period 1884-94 and reasons why importers preferred foreign goods to British goods. (circular letter, printed)
Commercial treaties between Britain and France and Belgium; effect on trade between Britain and its colonies. (printed)
Sends memorandum by Sir Robert Giffen on effects of termination of commercial treaties with France and Belgium. (printed)
Drafts of proceedings, correspondence, printed memoranda and notes for speeches relating to the 1902 Colonial Conference. They include copies of letters from A. J. Balfour to King Edward VII, letters and notes by Sir Robert Giffen on commercial relations of the Empire, and memoranda by Lord Selborne and William St John Brodrick on imperial defence matters. (13 items)
Correspondence of Chamberlain with Lord Hopetoun, Sir John Forrest, Edmund Barton and George Reid. The subjects include naval defence, honours, the South African War, the Pacific islands, land legislation in Australia, and the overseas travels of Barton and Forrest. (9 items)
Correspondence of Chamberlain with Sir John Cockburn, Alfred Deakin, Sir John Forrest and Lord Selborne, as well as telegrams, newspaper cuttings and printed documents. The subjects include imperial trade, an invitation to Chamberlain to visit Australia, the completion of the Coolgardie water supply scheme in Western Australia, politics in Western Australia, South Africa, naval defence, and the labour trade in the Pacific. (18 items)
Correspondence of Chamberlain with Richard Seddon and William Pember Reeves, referring inter alia to a gift to Chamberlain of New Zealand ferns. (4 items)
Sends memorandum (34pp.) on the events of 1903 and origins of the tariff reform movement.
Letters and extracts from letters on tariff reform.
Comments on letter of Sir Robert Giffen.
Exports to colonies compared to exports to foreign countries.
Bounties given by foreign governments to their mercantile marine.
(11pp. + tables)
Beginnings of tariff reform. (copy)
Sends letter from W. Farrer Ecroyd on preferential tariffs.
Correspondence of Chamberlain with Lord Northcote (6 letters) and Sir John Forrest. The subjects include the Western Australian water scheme, Federal politics, the visit of Hugh Davies to Britain, free trade and protectionism in Australia, the Conciliation and Arbitration Bill, the formation and fall of the Watson Ministry, State governors, Alfred Deakin, George Reid, Northcote's reflections on Australian society, and British-Australian relations. (8 items)
Necessity of closer union with the colonies; establishment of Committee of Imperial Defence. (copy)
Imperial preference. (typescript)
Preferential tariff; outrage committed by Russian Baltic Fleet.
Swettenham's letter to The Times; imperial preference and Crown colonies; requests a meeting. (typescript)
Correspondence of Chamberlain with Lord Northcote (7 letters) and Sir Gerald Strickland (Hobart). The subjects include Imperial relations, the need for an Imperial Council, George Reid, imperial defence, proposals for an Australian squadron, preferential trade, Federal-State relations, Alfred Deakin, a dispute between Sir Josiah Symon and High Court judges, the Naval Agreement, immigration, the formation of the Deakin Ministry, B. R. Wise, and the Premiers Conference. (9 items)
Preference and South Africa; visit of B. R. Wise to England; likelihood he will be Australian High Commissioner.
Travels in South Africa; strong interest of South Africans in policy of preference and reciprocity between Britain and the colonies; correspondence with Sir Edmund Barton and Alfred Deakin; conversation with B. R. Wise.
Deferral of Imperial Conference; A. J. Balfour and tariff reform. (typescript)
Suggested discussion on relations with the colonies; limited view of Imperial matters by most colonial leaders. (typescript)
Tariff and colonies. (typescript extract)
Tariff reform movement; drawbacks of a uniform tariff; imperial defence.(copy)
Imperial Conference; necessity for unfettered discussion of preferential trade within Empire. (typescript extracts)
Defeat of Balfour Government; need for Imperial Conference to set up expert committees to draw up scheme of preferential tariff. (extract)
Imperial Conference. (extract)
Imperial Conference; relations with Colonial Office; no information provided on New Hebrides deal with France. (extract)
Disastrous colonial policy of Liberal Government; threatened interference with self-governing colonies; Imperial Conference; Federal-State relations. (extract)
Federal election; need for Deakin-Watson alliance to advance protection; Western Australian secession; relations with Colonial Office.
Result of Federal election; likely continuance of Deakin Government.
Praise of Chamberlain. (extract)
Defeat of referendum in Australia; Imperial Conference; class taxation and socialist ideals.
Refers to visit to Chamberlain's home. (extract)
Imperial Conference; death of Richard Seddon; Chamberlain's illness; Alfred Deakin 'the hero' of the Imperial Conference; Federal politics; Federal-State relations; ignorance of Colonial Office officials; Deakin's opinion of British political leaders; preferential trade provisions in Australian budget; weaknesses of Australian Constitution; William Lyne; retirement of J. C. Watson; Andrew Fisher; Northcote's plans of retirement; appointment of High Commissioner in London; Lord Chelmsford. (9 letters)
Including letters of Chamberlain, George Wyndham, Andrew Bonar Law and Austen Chamberlain. [The aim of the Imperial Fund was to strengthen tariff reform organisation and the cause of imperial preference.]
Biography of Sir Edmund Barton; sends copy of a letter from Chamberlain.
New Guinea names for 'wild ginger'.
Occurrence of wild ginger in New Britain.
Fijian and Hindustani words for 'ginger'.
Local names for two species of wild ginger in French Polynesia.
Ginger not grown in Gilbert and Ellice Islands.
The correspondents include E. H. Flint (Brisbane, 9 letters), F. Percival Ward (Sydney), A. Wotherspoon (Hukerenui, New Zealand), H. E. Maude (Canberra, 8 letters), Donald Marshall (Papeete), J. P. Church (Onerahi, New Zealand), M. Mallet (Norfolk Island), L. K. Burch (Papakura, New Zealand), B. E. Parham (Apia), Gordon Williams (Christchurch, 4 letters), James Gray (Christchurch), Eric Partridge (London) and Ralph White (Tahiti).