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Movement toward independence in the South Pacific: a digital archive of legislation, orders, treaties and related documents

Fiji Islands

Legislation and Subsidiary Legislation

  1. Deed of Cession of Fiji to Great Britain, 1874
  2. Deed of Cession - fascimile of original signed document
  3. Rotuma Deeds of Cession and Annexation to Great Britain, 1879
  4. Fiji (Consolidated) Order in Council, 1963
  5. Memorandum on Constitutional Changes in Fiji, 1965
  6. Reported Fiji Constitutional Changes, 1965
  7. Fiji (Constitution) Order, 1966
  8. Report of Fiji Constitutional Conference, 1970
  9. Fiji Independence Act, 1970
  10. Fiji Independence Order, 1970

Constitution of the Sovereign Democratic Republic of Fiji (Promulgation) Decree 1990, Decree No. 22 of 25 July 1990, and published in the Fiji Republic Gazette, Vol. 4, No. 47 on 25 July 1990.

Gilbert and Ellice Islands

Legislation and Subsidiary Legislation

  1. Gilbert and Ellice Island Order 1915
  2. Native Laws Order 1917
  3. Native Lands Order 1917
  4. Native Lands Order 1919
  5. Gilbert and Ellice Islands Order 1974

Reports

  1. Select Committee on Constitutional Development, Tarawa, 1970
  2. David Robert Barwick, Islands Court in the Gilbert and Ellice Islands Colony (1965)
  3. Ministry of Overseas Development, Living in the Gilbert and Ellice Islands Colony, revised ed. (Aug. 1969)
  4. R.N. Posnett, Ocean Island and the Banabans: a report to the Minister of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, 1977

Articles

Smith, J, “Thoughts on Future Constitutional Development in the Gilbert Islands,” Tarawa, USP, 1978

Gilbert Islands

Legislation and Subsidiary Legislation

  1. Gilbert Islands Order 1975
  2. Gilbert Islands (Amendment) Order 1976
  3. Gilbert Islands (Amendment) Order 1977
  4. Gilbert Islands (Amendment) (No 2) Order 1977

Kiribati

Legislation and Subsidiary Legislation

  1. Kiribati Act 1979
  2. Kiribati Independence Order 1979

Marshall Islands

Early Constitutional Materials

  1. Treaty of Friendship between Germany and the Marshallese Chiefs, October 1885
  2. Declaration between Britain and Germany demarcating their respective spheres of influence in the Western Pacific, April 6, 1886
  3. Declaration between Britain and Germany relating to the reciprocal freed trade arrangements in the Western Pacific, April 10, 1886
  4. Agreement between Jaluit-Gessellschaft and the Reich, January 21, 1888

New Hebrides

Legislation and Subsidiary Legislation

  1. Agreement between Britain and France respecting the independence of the New Hebrides, January-February 1878
  2. Convention between Britain and France respecting New Hebrides, November 16, 1887
  3. Declaration between Britain and France of the establishment of a Joint Naval Commission, January 1888
  4. Protocol between Great Britain and France respecting the New Hebrides, February 1906
  5. New Hebrides Order 1907, annexing Convention between Britain and France concerning New Hebrides, October 1906
  6. New Hebrides Order, 1911
  7. New Hebrides Order, 1922, annexing protocol between Britain and France respecting New Hebrides, August 6, 1914
  8. New Hebrides Order, 1961
  9. Queen’s Regulation No.3 of 1962, Magistrates Courts
  10. New Hebrides Order 1973
  11. New Hebrides Order 1975
  12. Queen’s Regulation, No.3 of 1976, High Court of New Hebrides
  13. Joint Regulation No.30 of 1975, Representative Assembly
  14. Joint Regulation No.13 of 1978, Courts
  15. Joint Regulation No.10 of 1979, Joint Court Change of Name
  16. Exchange of Notes on Independence, October 1979
  17. Joint Regulation No.30 of 1980, Courts
  18. New Hebrides Act 1980
  19. New Hebrides Order 1980

Early Versions of the Vanuatu Constitution

  1. Konstitusin (Bill Camden translation)
  2. Constitution de la Republique de Vanuatu
  3. Konstitusin blong Ripablik blong Nyuhebredes
  4. Konstitusin blong Ripablik blong Vanuatu 

Books, Articles and related documents 

  1. Sope, B., “The New Hebrides, A Doubly Oppressed Colony.”
  2. “General Review of New Hebrides,” Pacific Islands, Vol. III, Naval Intelligence Division, 1904
  3. Zobibe, C, “Vanuatu, Naissance d’ Un Etat, “ Paris, Economica, 1981
  4. O’Connell, D.P., “The Condominium of the New Hebrides, “ BYBIL, 1968-69, pp 71 - 165
  5. Treadwell, P. J. 'The New Hebrides Orders 1922 to 1975 and related provisions'
  6. United Nations] Report on the Special Committee on the situation regard to the implementation of the declaration on the granting of independence to colonial countries and people (1974): New Hebrides
  7. Vanuatu's colonial past: an archive of newspaper clippings from 1886 to independence
  8. Murgatroyd, Peter. "A history of Vanuatu: selected readings"

(Western) Samoa

Legislation and subsidiary legislation

  1. Samoa Constitution Order 1920
  2. Samoa Act 1921
  3. Treaty of Friendship between New Zealand and Western Samoa signed on 1 August 1962

Tonga

Constitutional Materials

  1. Treaty of Friendship between Great Britain and Tonga, 29 November 1879
  2. Treaty of Friendship between Great Britain and Tonga, 2 June 1891
  3. Treaty of Friendship between Great Britain and Tonga, 18 May 1900
  4. Points accepted by the King, 18 January 1905
  5. Agreement between Great Britain and Tonga, 12 August 1927
  6. Treaty of Friendship between Great Britain and Tonga, 30 May 1969
  7. Treaty of Friendship between Great Britain and Tonga, 26 August 1958
  8. Exchange of Letters, November 1970
  9. Tonga Act 1970
  10. Law of the Government of Tonga 1907, Chapter IV Administration of Justice

Tuvalu

Legislation and Subsidiary Legislation

  1. Tuvalu Order 1975
  2. Tuvalu Act 1978
  3. Tuvalu Independence Order 1978
  4. Tuvalu Royal Instructions 1975
  5. Constitution of Tuvalu

Reports

Disney, A, Proposed Review of the Constitution of Tuvalu: A Report on the Issues, November 24, 1998

Western Pacific

Regulations and Subsidiary Regulations

  1. Offences at Sea Act, 1806
  2. Murders Abroad Act, 1817
  3. Administration of Justice in New South Wales and Van Dimen’s Land Act, 1823
  4. Administration of Justice in New South Wales and Van Dimen’s Land Act, 1828
  5. Foreign Jurisdictions Act, 1843
  6. Admiralty Offences (Colonial) Act, 1849
  7. Admiralty Offences (Colonial) Act, 1860
  8. Pacific Islanders Protection Act, 1872
  9. Courts (Colonial) Jurisdiction Act, 1874
  10. Pacific Islanders Protection Amendment Act, 1875
  11. Western Pacific Order in Council, 1877
  12. Foreign Jurisdiction Amendment Act, 1878
  13. Western Pacific Amendment Order, 1879
  14. Western Pacific Amendment Order, 1880
  15. Declaration Between Great Britain and Germany Demarcating their Spheres of Influence in the Western Pacific, April 6, 1886
  16. Declaration between the Governments of Great Britain and Germany Relating to Freedom of Trade in the Respective Possessions in the Western Pacific, April 10, 1886
  17. Foreign Jurisdiction Act, 1890
  18. Pacific Order in Council, 1893
  19. Western Pacific (Courts) Order, 1961
  20. Western Pacific (Appeals to Privy Council) Order, 1970
  21. Western Pacific (Courts) (Amendment) Order, 1971

UN Resolutions

Declaration on Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples.

Cases

  1. R v Coath II SCR (Qd) 178
  2. The Queen v Nau Taunebo 1 FLR 327

Articles

Reid Mortensen, Slaving in Australia Courts: Melanesian Labour Cases, 1869–1871

 
The digital archive is a project of The University of the South Pacific's Emalus Campus Library.  We welcome contributions  to enhance the resources of this website.

© 2005 Peter Murgatroyd, USP.

Last updated 17 October 2012


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