Seat of Government Acceptance Act 1909


Seat of Government Acceptance Act 1909

The "Seat of Government Acceptance Act 1909" is an Australian Commonwealth Government act, that in conjunction with the "Seat of Government Surrender Act 1909" transferred land from the state of New South Wales to the Commonwealth for the creation of the Federal Capital Territory (now Australian Capital Territory).

The act was signed on December 13, 1909 by the Governor-General Lord Dudley. The "Seat of Government Surrender Act 1909" was passed by the New South Wales government the following day, creating a site for the national capital in law.

Boundaries

The act specified the land to be surrendered to the Commonwealth as being bounded by (described in clockwise direction):
*The Goulburn to Cooma railway line in the east,
*Part of the Parish of Keewong in the County of Murray to the Murrumbidgee River, down the river a short distance (to the north), and then portions of the Parish of Cuppacumbalong in the County of Cowley.
*The eastern watershed of the Gudgenby River
*The eastern and southern watersheds of Naas Creek
*The southern and western watersheds of the Cotter River (which passes through Bimberi Peak), and north to Mount Coree
*A line north-east from Mount Coree to One-Tree Trigonometrical Station
*The watershed of the Molonglo River south-east to where it meets the railway line.

Jervis Bay

The Act also described the territories to be granted to the Commonwealth in Jervis Bay, which became the Jervis Bay Territory in 1915:
*Separate portions of land in the Eastern Division, Land District of Nowra, County of St. Vincent, in several different parishes: in the Parish of Bherwerre parcels of land of 2 miles, 132 acres, convert|412|acre|km2; in the Parish of Beecroft parcels of 520 acres, 531 acres, convert|424|acre|km2; in the Parish of Farnham convert|103|acre|km2; in the Parish of Nowra 180 acres.

References

*National Archives of Australia [http://www.foundingdocs.gov.au/item.asp?sdID=93 Documenting Democracy - Seat of Government Acceptance Act 1909]
* [http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/legis/cth/consol_act/sogaa1909265.txt/cgi-bin/download.cgi/download/au/legis/cth/consol_act/sogaa1909265.txt Seat of Government Acceptance Act] , Austlii


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