Evidence Type: Newspaper Report
8 October 1846
Yesterday, the Colonial Secretary laid on the table a despatch received by his Excellency from the Home Government, on the subject of the renewal of transportation to New South Wales. The despatch, which arrived by the Berkshire, was headed ‘private and confidential;’ but as it related to a very important matter, on which his Excellency was anxious to ascertain the opinion of the public, he had caused the despatch to be laid on the table of the house. It was ordered to be printed.
Mr. MACARTHUR presented a petition from JOHN HAMILTON, of Parramatta, praying redress and remuneration, to the extent of £900, for expenses incurred in a certain prosecution instituted at the suit of the Crown against him for conspiracy and embezzlement of Government property, at the Parramatta Factory. The petition having been read,
The Colonial Secretary opposed the reception of the petition, on the ground that it asked for a specific sum of remuneration.
Mr. MACARTHUR trusted the Council would receive the petition, as it involved a public question of importance as regarded the administration of justice.
After some further discussion, the petition was withdrawn.
See Original: “LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL,” The Australian (Sydney, NSW : 1824 – 1848), Thursday 8 October 1846, p.3