HC Deb 14 February 1856 vol 140 c716

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonial Department whether Her Majesty's Government are taking steps to re-establish steam communication between this country and the Australian Colonies; and, if not, what are the obstacles which prevent them doing so?


said, that the Government had taken what he hoped would prove effectual steps for placing the postal communication between this country and the Australian colonies upon a satisfactory and permanent basis. The details of the arrangement were fully explained in a Treasury Minute, which had been distributed that morning, and the House would not therefore require him to give more than the outlines of the plan. Tenders had been issued for a monthly communication between this country and Australia, one-half of the expense of which would be borne by the mother country, and one-half by the colonies. The steamers are to touch at King George's Sound, Melbourne, and Sydney; and there would be branch services for Port Adelaide, Van Diemen's Land, and New Zealand.

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