Instructions to the Governor General
Dean Miles made this Freedom of Information request to Office of the Official Secretary to the Governor-General
Dear Office of the Official Secretary to the Governor-General, can please without delay send a certified true copy of Instructions to the Governor-General and Commander-in-Chief of the Commonwealth of Australia 29 October 1900
Instructions to the Governor-General and Commander-in-Chief of the Commonwealth of Australia 29 October 1900
A search for this document in the National Archives of Australia located only a photostat copy (NAA: CP8/1, 4) apparently made in 1946 when the original was in the custody of the Office of the Governor-General. This shows that the original document was five foolscap pages, signed by Queen Victoria on the first page and initialled on the last. A search among the records of the Office of the Governor-General has also failed to locate the original; a subsequent search among the papers of Lord Hopetoun was also unsuccessful. The search for this important document continues.
The collection of the National Archives of Australia includes the associated original documents, Lord Hopetoun's signed Oaths of Office and Proclamation (NAA: A6661, 145 and 146) and also Lord Tennyson's Oaths of Office and Proclamation (NAA: A6661, 95, 96 and 450. Photostat copies of the Additional Instructions issued by King Edward VII to Lord Tennyson on 11 August 1902 are also held in the National Archives (NAA: CP8/1, 4).
I appreciate your assistance sincerely and in advance, kind regards
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Dear Mr Miles,
Thank you for your email to the FOI inbox. I can confirm that the Office of the Official Secretary to the Governor-General is not in possession of the documents that you are seeking to obtain.
I note that you have contacted the National Archives of Australia which is the appropriate course of action.
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