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Anniversary of the Week

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SEPARATION DAY.

On July 1, 1851, wrt were i»iuod for the election of the first Yiet»ri,m legis- lative Council, and the absoluto independ- ence of Victoria from New Pouth Wa'cs was established. Seven month«, previously the passage through the Driti.sh Parliament of the bill that proposed, nnsons other things, the Ecpaialiuii of tho colony of Port Phillip from New South YVales had been received with ecstatic c«,citc-ment in Mel bourr.o. It was not until July l.T that the final net of sepaiation was celebrated. On that day the Superintendent (Mr. Latrobe) and the chief officials »looa in front of an asiemlilogo of about '2,000 pcrxo'iis outside tbo Government offices in William street and listened to tlie rea«ling of the Queen's commission appointing him Lieiiteuant-Governor of Victoria. In the prcencc of Judge a'Beckctt lie took the oath of othce. There was a «ilute of 13 nuns-, tho onlookers cbeeied, and the X.itimit! Antlii-m was snug.

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