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Commission appointing Edward Dumaresq Esq to the office of Commissioner of Court of Requests, Van Diemens' Land, 24 December 1830

2003.0068.0001

Commission appointing Edward Dumaresq Esq to the office of Commissioner of Court of Requests, Van Diemens' Land, 24 December 1830

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Physical description

Document of cream-coloured parchment with writing in black ink. The document is a commission, appointing Edward Dumaresq Esq. to the position of Commissioner of Court of Requests. It is issued in the name of King William IV, and signed by Lieutenant-Governor George Arthur on 24 December 1830. Attached to the right bottom corner of the document with a loop of pale pink ribbon is a large, round, olive-green wax seal, the Great Seal of Van Diemens' Land of George IV.

Statement of significance

The object is a framed single parchment sheet, handwritten, with the wax seal of the colony attached. It is a Letters Patent document from Van Diemen's Land, dated 24 December 1830. Under authority of King William IV, it carries the Great Seal of Van Diemen's Land and is signed by the Lieutenant-Governor George Arthur and counter-signed by the Colonial Secretary of Van Diemen's Land, John Burnett.

The document is representative of the state-building effort of early colonial Van Diemen's Land and the emergence of civil society from the military-convict foundation of the colony. It is an instrument appointing Edward Dumaresq to the position of Commissioner of the Court of Requests in the police district of New Norfolk. Edward Dumaresq (1802-1906) was a free settler, a well-connected gentleman and an ally of Governor Arthur. His background in the military, as a colonial officer in India and his devotion in the Anglican Church would have given Arthur confidence of his suitability for government posts. Dumaresq was Commissioner of the Court of Requests from 1830-1835.

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