ANNEXATION OF THE COCOS ISLANDS
THE following copy of a notification by Stephen Gren- ville Fremantle, Esq., captain of her Majesty's ship Juno, and senior naval officer of Australia, is pub- lished in Tuesday's Government Gazette. "By Stephen Grenville Fremantle, Esq., captain of her Britannic Majesty's ship Juno, and senior naval officer in Aus-
tralia. Whereas, in pursuance of her Majesty's plea- sure, my Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty have required and directed me to take possession of these islands, called Cocos, in her Majesty's name,
with the usual formalities. I do therefore declare, that from henceforth these islands, called the Cocos Island, including the northern island, otherwise called the North Keeling Island, are a part of her Britannic Majesty's possessions and that they have been this day
formally annexed to the dominions of her Most Gra-
cious Majesty Queen Victoria, by the customary act of displaying the union flag of England on a staff erected on the principal island, and recognised by a royal
salute from her Britannic Majesty's ship Juno, in the presence of the inhabitants of the settlement and a
guard of honour from the said ship, Given under my hand, at the Cocos Islands, this thirty-first day of March, one thousand eight hundred and fifty-seven.
STEPHEN G. FREMANTLE"