Special Files - Bundle 15: No.5 Guano Licences Carriages of Native Labourers

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Special Files - Bundle 15: No.5 Guano Licences Carriages of Native Labourers is associated with Melbourne, Victoria located at these coordinates -37.8136111, 144.9630556


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Application for license to carry 'native labourers' in the barque Oriental.

According to the North Otago Times, Volume XXVI, Issue 1852, 3 April 1878, Page 2, the Barque Oriental was shipwrecked at Malden Island whilst loaded with guano in January 1878.


Record Citation: PROV VPRS 1095/P0, unit 17
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Date: 1876
Record Type: License
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Bundle L5 –

N- 5 –

Messrs Grice, Sumner + Co. apply for a License for Barque "Oriental”.

Letter Book Vol 3. pp 410 + 411

Page 1 - Cover page


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Melbourne February 4th 1875

May it please Your Excellency

We have the honor to apply for a License to convey in the Barque "Oriental” John Brown Master to Malden Island. Forty Kanaka Laborers from Humphrey’s Islands which consist of Monahika and Rokahanga distant from each other 25 miles - about Twenty men from each Island.

Also a license to reconvey from Malden Island to Rarotonga Thirty Kanaka Laborers whose term of engagement will have expired.

We enclose herewith a bond signed by ourselves and Captain Brown the master in compliance with the act. Also his last License issued June 6th 1874 which he surrenders.

The description of the Oriental is upon this License

The Oriental will sail on the 6th inst

We have the honor to be

Your most obedient Servants

Grice Sumner Co

To his Excellency the Honle. Sir William Foster Stawell Knt

Acting Governor of Victoria

Page 2 - Application, Grice Sumner Co to Acting Governor Stawell


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Melbourne Feby 4th 1875

R. Wadsworth Esq.

Dr Sir,

We have to acknowledge Yours of this days date enclosing License for the Carriage by Sea of Native Laborers in the Barque Oriental for which we are obliged

We are

Yours truly

Grice Sumner + Co

p C J Caddey

Page 3 - Letter of Receipt, Grice Sumner Co to Wadsworth


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Know all men by these presents that we Grice Sumner + Co of Melbourne and John Brown of Melbourne master of the Barque Oriental are held and firmly bound unto our Sovereign Lady Queen Victoria by the Grace of God of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland Queen Defender of the Faith, in the sum of Five hundred pounds of good and lawful money of Great Britain, to be paid to our Sovereign Lady the Queen, her heirs and successors, to which payment well and truly to be made, we bind ourselves and every of us, jointly and severally, for and in the whole, our heirs, executors, administrators, and every of them firmly by these presents.

Whereas it is enacted by the Kidnapping Act 1872 that no British vessel shall carry native laborers of Islands in the Pacific Ocean not being within the jurisdiction of any civilised power unless the master of such vessel, together with one sufficient surety to be approved by the Governor of one of Her Majesty's Australasian colonies, or by a British Consular Officer, or by any person appointed for the purpose by either

Page 4 - Bond - p1


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IMG P0 unit 17 0005 small.jpg of those officers, shall have given to Her Majesty, her heirs, and successors, a bond in the sum of Five hundred pounds for the prevention of Kidnapping and for the due observance of the requirements of the said Act and of the license which the said master is thereby required to obtain

Now the condition of this obligation is this, that in respect of the Vessel "Oriental”, whereof the above bounden John Brown is master all and every. the requirements of the said Act and of the license issued thereunder to the said master shall be well and truly performed and if the above bounden, John Brown, shall satisfy the Governor of any of Her Majesty's Australasian Colonies, or the British Consular Officer aforesaid, that no Kidnapping was allowed or Connived at by any person on board of or Connected with said vessel during the Currency of the said license, then this obligation is to be void, otherwise to remain in full force

Dated this Fourth day of February 1875.

Signed Sealed and delivered by the above bounden Grice Sumner + Co and John Brown in the presence of

C J Caddey

Grice Sumner Co

John Brown

Page 5 - Bond - p2


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Barque Oriental

Proceeds from Melbourne to Humphreys Islands thence to Malden Island thence to Raratonga to Melbourne

Page 6 - Shipping note


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[ Coat of Arms ]

LICENSE FOR THE CARRIAGE BY SEA OF NATIVE LABORERS.

John Brown, Master of the Barque "Oriental" the vessel more particularly described below, having duly given to HER MAJESTY QUEEN VICTORIA the bond required by "The Kidnapping Act 1872," for the prevention of kidnapping and the due observance of the requirements of the said Act, I, SIR William Foster Stawell the officer administering the Government of the Colony of Victoria, do hereby, in exercise of the authority for that purpose conferred on me by the said Act, License the said vessel to carry not more than Forty / 40 / native laborers from Humpphrey's Islands, consist of Monahika and Rokahanga to Malden Islands and to carry from Malden island to Rarotonga thirty / 30 / native laborers Should this vessel be found to answer the subjoined description and appear to be strictly engaged in the lawful pursuit of the above-mentioned object, it is the direction of Her Majesty's Government that she shall not be obstructed in the prosecution of her present voyage, nor in the shipment or landing of her native passengers.

This license shall not be transferable, and shall be available only for the voyage from the group known as Humphrey's Island to Rarotonga and for a period not exceeding days from the date hereof.


DESCRIPTION OF THE VESSEL ABOVE REFERRED TO.

Tons (Registered tonnage) ... ... ... ... Two hundred and eighty one ( 281 ) tons

Rig (i.e. ship, barque, brig, &c.) ... ... ... Barque

How Painted ... ... ... ... ... Black + buff

Name painted on Stern ... ... ... ... Oriental

Whether any Poop ... ... ... … ... Yes

Whether any Quarter Galleries ... ... ... No.

Whether a Top-gallant Forecastle ... ... ... No.

Name of Chief Officer ... ... ... ... H. A. Brownfield

Number of Officers and Crew, including Surgeon (if any) ... Nine seamen and 1 cook (no surgeon) Bound from the group known as Hy Islands to Roratonga intending to call at Malden Island thence to Rarotonga

Given under my hand and seal at Melbourne, Victoria

this 4th day of February 1875

Governor.

To the respective Flag Officers, Captains, and Commanding Officers of Her Majesty's Ships and to all others whom it may concern.

L.S.

Draft of License as issued to J Brown

R.W

5 / 2 / 75

Page 7 - License - Draft


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[ Coat of Arms ]

LICENSE FOR THE CARRIAGE BY SEA OF NATIVE LABORERS

John Brown, Master of the barque "Oriental" the vessel more particularly described below, having duly given to HER MAJESTY QUEEN VICTORIA the bond required by "The Kidnapping Act 1872," for the prevention of kidnapping and the due observance of the requirements of the said Act, I, SIR GEORGE FERGUSON BOWEN, Knight Grand Cross of the Most Distinguished Order of Saint Michael and Saint George, Governor and Commander-in-Chief in and over the Colony of Victoria and its dependencies, and Vice-Admiral of the same, &c., &c., &c., do hereby, in exercise of the authority for that purpose conferred on me by the said Act, License the said vessel to carry not more than Thirty (30) native laborers from the Island of Mauki to Malden Island and to carry not more than Thirty four (34) native laborers from Malden Island to the Island of Atiu

Should this vessel be found to answer the subjoined description and appear to be strictly engaged in the lawful pursuit of the above-mentioned object, it is the direction of Her Majesty's Government that she shall not be obstructed in the prosecution of her present voyage, nor in the shipment or landing of her native passengers.

This License shall not be transferable, and shall be available only for the voyage from Melbourne to Malden Island via Island of Mauki and from Malden Island to Melbourne via Island of Atiu and for a period not exceeding days from the date hereof.

DESCRIPTION OF THE VESSEL ABOVE REFERRED TO.

Tons (Registered tonnage) ... ... ... ... Two hundred and eighty one ( 281 ) tons

Rig (i.e. ship, barque, brig, &c.) ... ... ... Barque

How Painted ... ... ... ... ... Black + buff

Name painted on Stern ... ... ... ... Oriental

Whether any Poop ... ... ... … ... Yes

Whether any Quarter Galleries ... ... ... No

Whether a Top-gallant Forecastle ... ... ... No

Name of Chief Officer ... ... ... ... H. A. Brownfield

Number of Officers and Crew, including Surgeon (if any) ... Nine seamen and one cook (no Surgeon)

Bound from Melbourne to Malden Island intending to call at the island of Mauki and in returning to Melbourne intending to call at the Island of Atiu.

Given under my hand and seal at Melbourne, Victoria, the sixth day of June 1874

G. F. Bowen

Governor.

To the respective Flag Officers, Captains, and Commanding Officers of Her Majesty's Ships, and to all others whom it may concern.

Page 8 - License - Final


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