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Special Files - Bundle 12: No.1 Shipment of British Coolies for New Caledonia

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1095 P0 14 Bundle 12 1 01.jpg A / 4 / 70

Bundle 12.

No. 1.

H. B. M. Consul at Reunion

Shipment of British Coolies for New Caledonia

Cover page


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1095 P0 14 Bundle 12 1 02.jpg 70 / 4822

I collect from M. Legrane’s letter of date 16th April 1870, that he desires to revoke any suggestions made by him in his previous communications of 8th + 12th of March, and that he is satisfied that the newly appointed British Consul for New Caledonia will be able sufficiently to protect the persons said to be illegally shipped for that Colony.

Irrespective however of M. Legrane’s later letter, I should have hesitated to recommend ‘the detention’ of the French ship ‘Massaliote’ under the circumstances stated in the correspondence from ‘Reunion’. The utmost length to which I think we could have gone would have been to bring up by Habeas Corpus, and deal with any persons alleged to be ‘illegally detained in any ship within our jurisdiction.

[ illegible initials ]

June 21 / 70

The Private Secretary

Rd. June 28. 1870

[ illegible initials ]

Letter to Private Secretary


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1095 P0 14 Bundle 12 1 03.jpg File

[ illegible initials ]

June 28 / 70

File note


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1095 P0 14 Bundle 12 1 04.jpg 70 / 4271

[ illegible initials ]

3288r

No M / 46

British Consulate

Réunion

16 April 1870

My Lord

As I am instructed that a British Vice Consul has been appointed to reside in New Caledonia I would beg respectfully, to submit to Your Excellency that it will no longer be necessary to act upon the suggestion contained in my Despatches Nos 27 + 33 of the 8th and 12 Ultimo.

I have the honor to be

My Lord

Your Excellencys most obedient humble servant

G. F. Legrane

His Excellency

The Governor

Melbourne

Letter - Consul Legrange to Governor


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1095 P0 14 Bundle 12 1 05.jpg For the Honble the Law Officer

with reference to Letters from M. Legrane already referred.

[ illegible initials ]

June 6. 1870

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1095 P0 14 Bundle 12 1 06 .jpg No 27

British Consulate

Reunion

8 March 1870

My Lord

I have the honor to report to Your Excellency that a French vessel called the “Massaliote” hence to Sydney and New Caledonia, has shipped at the port, ten British Indian Coolies, without Consular authority.

I have reason to believe that these men, if not actually Kidnapped, have been embarked on false pretences, and with a view to their employment as Agricultural labourers in

New

His Excellency

The Governor

Melbourne

Despatch 27 - Consul Legrane to Governor p1


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1095 P0 14 Bundle 12 1 07.jpg New Caledonia, and that no valid contracts of service have been entered into with them.

I have the honor therefore to request that Your Excellency will be pleased, in the event of this vessel touching at any Port, under Your Govert., to give orders for her detention pending an investigation into the circumstances under which the aforesaid Coolies were shipped and should it appear to Your Excellency that there is reason to believe that [ these men are - struck out ] their engagements are not voluntary, that they are in ignorance of the nature of their contracts or the place

of

Despatch 27 - Consul Legrane to Governor p2


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1095 P0 14 Bundle 12 1 08.jpg of their destination of the probable length of their voyage and of the different advantages Connected with their Engagements. that then Your Excellency will be pleased to order their immediate disembarkation, and that they may be forwarded to India

I have the honor to subjoin a nominal list of the men, and would beg to suggest to Your Excellency that the contents of this Despatch be communicated by Telegraph to the government of New South Wales.

I

Despatch 27 - Consul Legrane to Governor p3


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1095 P0 14 Bundle 12 1 09.jpg I have the honor to be

My Lord

Your Excellencys most obedient humble servant

[ ? ] Legrane

British Indians embarked on board the French vessel Massaliote

No 33405. Apassamy

46110 Narayanin

26661 Carpanin

47452 Dourouguin

37740 Sinatamby

49185. Narayanin ( Vellagoudom )

91466 Narayanin ( Vayaboury )

31274 Malecojoude

53426 Naraynin ( Arncorgon )

Despatch 27 - Consul Legrane to Governor p4


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1095 P0 14 Bundle 12 1 10.jpg No 33

British Consulate

Réunion

My Lord

In continuation of my Despatch No 27 of the 8th Instant

I have the honor to report to Your Excellency that, information has reached me, that it is proposed to encourage by every means, the emigration of British Indians from this Colony to New Caledonia

I beg therefore respectfully

to

His Excellency

The Governor

Melbourne

Despatch 33 - Consul Legrane to Viscount Canterbury p1


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1095 P0 14 Bundle 12 1 11.jpg to suggest to Your Excellency that pending instructions on the subject from Her Majestys Government, all Masters of Vessels from this Colony, should on arrival at any port in Her Majestys Australian Possession be called upon to declare, whether they have any British subjects on board their ships. And if so, whether they have been shipped under Consular authority

And that in the event of their failing to produce

such

Despatch 33 - Consul Legrane to Viscount Canterbury p2


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1095 P0 14 Bundle 12 1 12.jpg such authority, that an investigation may be held into circumstances of the Embarkation of the Coolies as detailed in my Despatch No 27 of the 8th Inst

I have the honor to be

My Lord

Your Excellencys most obedient humble servant

[ ? ] Legrane

Despatch 33 - Consul Legrane to Viscount Canterbury p3


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1095 P0 14 Bundle 12 1 13.jpg 70 / 3288

No 33

British Consulate

Reunion

12 March 1870

My Lord

In continuation of my Despatch No 27 of the 8th Inst.

I have the honor to report to Your Excellency, that information has reached me that, it is proposed by the local Administration to forward by every means, the re emigration of Her Majestys Indian Subjects, from this Island to New Caledonia

I would beg therefore to suggest to Your Excellency, that pending

instructions

His Excellency

The Viscount Canterbury K C B

Melbourne

Despatch 33(2) - Consul Legrane to Viscount Canterbury p1


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1095 P0 14 Bundle 12 1 14.jpg from Her Majestys Government all Masters of vessels from this Colony, should, on arrival in any Port in Her Majestys Australian possessions, be called upon to declare, whether they have any British Indians on board their ships, and if so, whether they have been shipped under Consular authority And in the event of their failing to produce such authority that an investigation be held into the circumstances under which the Coolies were embarked as detailed in my Despatch

No 27

Despatch 33(2) - Consul Legrane to Viscount Canterbury p2


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1095 P0 14 Bundle 12 1 15.jpg No 27 of the 8th Instant

I have the honor to be

My Lord

Your Excellencys most obedient humble servant

[  ? ] Legrane

Despatch 33(2) - Consul Legrane to Viscount Canterbury p3


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1095 P0 14 Bundle 12 1 16.jpg For the Honorable

The Law Officer

With letter, on same subject of 8. March, also referral

[ initials illegible ]

May 9. 1870

Referred accordingly

Rob Wadsworth

for the Priv Scy

9 / 5 / 70

( 9 / 51 )

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1095 P0 14 Bundle 12 1 17.jpg No 26

British Consulate

Réunion

8 March 1870

My Lord

I have the honor to report to Your Excellency, that a French vessel called the “Massaliote”, has shipped at the Port ten British Indian Coolies – not only without them having communicated with the Consul, but without his authority and, in defiance of a protest addressed to the local administration by him.

I have reason to believe that these Coolies if not actually Kidnapped, have been shipped

on

His Excellency

The Viscount Canterbury K C B

Melbourne

Despatch 26 - Consul Legrane to Viscount Canterbury p1


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1095 P0 14 Bundle 12 1 18.jpg on false pretences, and with a view to their Employment as Agricultural labourers in New Caledonia, and that no valid contracts of services have been entered into with them

I have the honor therefore to request that Your Excellency will be pleased, in the event of this vessel touching at any Port under Your Government, to cause an --- investigation to be held into the circumstances under which the aforementioned Coolies were shipped, and should it appear to Your Excellency that there is reason to believe, that these men

“have not freely engaged, have

“not a perfect knowledge of

“the contract they have entered

into

Despatch 26 - Consul Legrane to Viscount Canterbury p2


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1095 P0 14 Bundle 12 1 19.jpg “into, of their destination, the

“probable length of their voyage, and

“the different advantages to be

“derived from their Engagements

(Convention Gt Britain + France 25 / 7 / 60 Art VI )

that you will be pleased to order them to be taken out of the said vessel and sent back to their own Country.

I would beg to suggest to Your Excellency that the contents of the Despatch be Communicated by Telegraph to the Government of New South Wales.

I have the honor to be

My Lord

Your Excellencys most obedient humble Servant

[ ? ] Legrane

Despatch 26 - Consul Legrane to Viscount Canterbury p3


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1095 P0 14 Bundle 12 1 20.jpg For the Honble

The Law Officer.

For consideration + report.

The application is a novel one to the Governor.

May 9. 1870 [ initials illegible ]

Referred accordingly

Rob Wadsworth

for Prv Sec

9 / 5 / 70

( 9 / 51 )

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1095 P0 14 Bundle 12 1 21.jpg 70 / 3992

Registered No. 70 / 1827

DEPARTMENT OF TRADE AND CUSTOMS

Melbourne, May 9th 18[ ?70 ]

Writer, H . B. M. Consul Address, Rèunion

SUBJECT

Requests “Massaliote” may be detained shd she visit “Victoria” pending enquiry into illegal shipment of 10 coolies

May I ask the Private Secretary to be good enough to move His Excellency the Governor to refer the despatch within referred to to the Honorable the Commissioner of Trade + Customs

J. Chatfield. Tyler

Asst Commr

9 . 5 . 70

Memo Consul Legrane to Department of Trade


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1095 P0 14 Bundle 12 1 22.jpg Mem for the Honble

The Commr of Customs

The Despatches ( per H. B. M. Consul at Reunion / refrnce ) to have been sent to the Honble the Law Officer for the consideration of the questions of Law w the case

[ ? ] simplify matters, if the Honble the Comr of Customs will communicate with the Asst Sect

[ initials illegible ]

Referred accordingly

Rob Wadsworth

for the P Scy

10 / 5 / 70

Would the Hon\able the Attorney General be good enough to favour the Hon\ble the Commissioner of Customs with a copy of his opinion upon the matter submitted by His Excellency the Governor

J. Chatfield. Tyler

Ass\t Com\r

27 . 5 . 70

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1095 P0 14 Bundle 12 1 23.jpg 70 / 1827

British Consulate

Réunion

8 March 1870

Sir

I have the honor to request to request that in the Event of a French Vessel called the “Massaliote”, hence to Sydney and New Caledonia calling at any Port under the Government of Victoria, she may be detained pending the result of an investigation into the illegal shipping of ten, British Indian Coolies at this Port

The

The Collector + Comptroller

Her Majestys Customs

Melbourne

Despatch - Consul Legrane to H. M. Customs p1


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1095 P0 14 Bundle 12 1 24.jpg The particulars of which are transmitted to the Governor by the present opportunity.

I am

Sir

Your most obedient humble Servant

[ ? ] Legrane

H M Consul

Despatch - Consul Legrane to H. M. Customs p1


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1095 P0 14 Bundle 12 1 25.jpg State Papers

Vol 51

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There is a quite detailed article on this case in the Evening News (Sydney, NSW : 1869 - 1931) Tuesday 8 November 1870 to be found in the National Library of Australia's online archive Trove at:-

http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/63112816?searchTerm=Reunion AND "H. M. Consul"&searchLimits=exactPhrase=H.+M.+Consul|||anyWords|||notWords|||fromdd|||frommm|||fromyyyy=1869|||todd|||tomm|||toyyyy=1871|||l-word=*ignore*%7C*ignore*|||sortby

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