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Enclosure 1 in No. 5.
RETURN showing the Quantity and Value of Gold exported,-Gold brought to Sydney, and the Number of Licenses granted to dig, search for, and remove Gold,
Colonial Secretary's Office, Sydney, 29th July 1853.
Gold exported, 79,946 oz. 4 dwts. 15 grs.*
8,260 17 20 1,286
20,681 0 54,033 17 2
30s. 158. 60s. 308. 308. each. each. each. each.
6 10 1,481
33,352 17 2 8,220
78. 6d. 30s. 158. issued. Claims. Licenses. each. each. each.
Value, 259,825 58.
9 0 0 15,064 2 6
• Includes a portion of the gold brought from the neighbouring colony of Victoria, but which cannot be distinguished.
† Crown Lands.- British subjects pay a fee of 30s. per calendar month, and 15s. for the residue of a month after the 15th day thereof. Foreigners pay double fees for the same period. Lands.
Private Lands.-British subjects and Foreigners pay one half only of the fees chargeable for
Encl. 1 in No. 5.
* Three boxes of foreign gold, weight not stated in Return furnished by the Collector of Customs
NEW SOUTH WALES.
Despatches from the Secretary of State,
THE DUKE OF NEWCASTLE.
Copy of a DESPATCH from the Duke of NEWCASTLE to Governor-General
Governor-General Sir C. A. FitzRoy,
Downing Street, September 10, 1853.
In reply, I have to express my approval of your determination to take measures to relax the present regulations, where they are deemed to be of a more stringent character than would appear to be desirable or necessary.
It has also been satisfactory to me to perceive the result of the efforts made by the executive officers to preserve order in these districts, where there was shewn a disposition to resist the Regulations of the Government.
I have, &c.
Governor-General Sir C. A. FitzRoy,
Copy of a DESPATCH from the Duke of NEWCASTLE to Governor-General
Downing Street, September 29, 1853.
WITH reference to previous correspondence, I transmit to you herewith, for your information and guidance, an order of her Majesty in Council, defining
the constitution of the proposed Mint at Sydney, and prescribing the conditions, 19th August 1853. requited to secure the integrity of the coin.
I also enclose a copy of a letter from the Assistant Secretary to the Tr sury, 17th Sept. 1853. with copies of letters from the Master of the Mint, and of Captain Ward, R. E., shewing the arrangements in progress under the directions of the Board of Treasury, for the construction of the Sydney Mint. A copy is also enclosed of their Lordships' Minute of the 9th instant, upon the same subject. These papers will inform you of the measures which have already been taken in carrying out this arrangement, and will shew the probable cost of the machinery and implements, and of that portion of the fittings of the building of the Mint which will be prepared in this country.
19th Sept. 1853.
When all the proceedings on this subject shall have been completed, you will be furnished with a detailed account of the whole of the expenditure incurred thereby; and in the meantime it will be desirable that you should remit such a further sum in addition to the 10,000/., notified by your Despatch No. 174, of the 2nd November 1852, to have been then paid into the commissariat chest. for this service, as shall e sufficient to meet the total cost ascertained to this period.
I have, &c.
Enclosure 1 in No. 2.
At the Court at Osborne House, Isle of Wight, the 19th day of August 1853,
The Queen's most Excellent Majesty in Council.
WHEREAS there was this day read at the Board a representation from the Commissioners for executing the Office of our Lord High Treasurer, in the words following; that is to say:
"The Commissioners of Your Majesty's Treasury beg leave to represent to Your Majesty, that it appears to your Majesty's said Commissioners to be expedient:
"That a branch of the Royal Mint be established at or near Sydney, in New South Wales, on such site as the Governor, or Officer administering the government of the colony for the time being may approve; that the Chief Officer thereof, who shall be considered as a Deputy Master of the Royal Mint on being appointed by Her Majesty, be authorized and empowered to coin gold and other coin, in accordance with the standards of weight and fineness of the currency of this realm, and of such designs as may from time to time be approved by Her Majesty, and that the Master of the Royal Mint be authorized to prepare and transmit dies for such coins, so long as the Lords Commissioners of Her Majesty's Treasury may think necessary, and subject to such regulations as they may prescribe.
"That it may be lawful for the Governor or Officer administering the government of the colony for the time being, with the advice of his Executive Council to frame regulations under which the Mint shall receive gold bullion, and coin the same, and unless other provision shall be made for the expenses of the Mint to authorize the retention (without reference to any charge which may be imposed for the expense of refining such bullion) of such a proportion thereof, or of the coin struck therefrom, by way of a Mint charge or seignorage, as shall be sufficient to raise a fund for defraying the expenses attending the coinage, and to apply the same to such purpose.
"That the Deputy Master be empowered, subject to the approval of the Governor or Officer administering the government of the colony for the time being, to enter into such contracts and to establish such regulations for the orderly and convenient performance of the duties of the Mint as may be found necessary, and that he do hold his office during Her Majesty's pleasure, the Governor or Officer administering the government of the colony being empowered to appoint a person to perform his duties in the case of his death, or incapacity from any other cause, until the pleasure of Her Majesty is made known. "That four other principal officers of the Mint be appointed from time to time by the Commissioners of Her Majesty's Treasury, and that the Governor or Officer administering the government of the colony be empowered, on the application of the Deputy Master, to suspend either of them in case of misconduct, and on the recommendation of the Deputy Master, to appoint a person to perform the duties of either of them in case of death, sick ness, infirmity, resignation, or suspension, subject to the orders of the Commissioners of Her Majesty's Treasury.
"And that the four officers so to be appointed shall be,
"1st. The Superintendent of the Bullion Office, who shall be responsible to the Deputy Master for the receipt of bullion, and the delivery of coin by the Mint, the safe custody of the same while in charge of his department, the faithful conduct and accurate record of all transactions with the public, and the coining department of the Mint, the general precision of the arrangements, and integrity of the operations of the refinery and melting house; and for the faithful and zealous discharge of any other duties which the Deputy Master may direct him to perform.
"2d. The Superintendent of the Coining Department, who will be responsible to the Deputy Master for the bullion delivered into his charge by the Superintendent of the Bullion Office, for its conversion into coin of the legal weight, properly stamped with the authorized dies, for the safe custody and legitimate use of the dies for the operations of his department being properly and economically conducted, for the records thereof being kept with care and precision, and for the faithful and zealous discharge of any other duties which the Deputy Master, or his representative, may direct him to perform.
"3d. The First Clerk of the Bullion Office, who, under the immediate supervision of the
Superintendent of the Bullion Office, will be responsible to the Deputy Master for the skilful and economical direction of the operations of melting and refining, for the records thereof being kept with care and precision, and for the faithful and zealous discharge of any other duties which the Deputy Master or his representative may direct him to perform.
"4th. The Registrar and Accountant, who will be responsible to the Deputy Master for the proper registering and safe custody of the documents delivered to his charge, for the store, cash, bullion, and other accounts of the Mint being kept with care and precision, in such form as may from time to time be directed; and for the faithful and zealous discharge of any other duties which the Deputy Master or his representative may direct him to perform.
"And that all such other officers and servants of the Mint, as may be necessary shall be appointed and discharged, from time to time, by the Deputy Master on the approval of the Governor or Officer administering the government of the colony.
"And the Deputy Master shall faithfully, and without unnecessary delay, after the expiration of each calendar month, transmit to the Master of the Royal Mint the following
"Weight of rough gold, and weight of gold bullion received from the public by the Bullion Office.
Weight melted previous to assay.
Weight assayed and valued, and value thereof.
Weight and value of bullion re-issued, and amount charged for melting, assaying and refining.
"Weight of bars delivered for coinage, distinguishing those from seissel and ingot pots.
Weight of each description of coin produced.
Weight of each description of coin delivered to the public, and the amount, if any, charged for coining.
"Number and average of assay reports on which ingot pots have been passed into
work, and the highest and lowest assay reports of such pots.
"The same for scissel pots.
"The same for the assay of coin.
"Number and description of dies received or completed during the mouth, of dies worn out, of dies effectually defaced, and of serviceable dies in hand.
"And that the Deputy Master shall faithfully, and without unnecessary delay, forward to the Master of the Royal Mint, at the end of every quarter, a return showing the waste during the quarter, distinguishing the waste arising in melting, in refining, in coining, and in assaying.
"And he shall forward any other returns which the Master of the Royal Mint, with the consent of the Lords Commissioners of Her Majesty's Treasury, may require.
And that to ensure the careful observance of the standard in the coin, the Deputy Master shall only permit coin to be delivered to the public between such hours, on such days, as shall from time to time be ordered by the Governor or Officer administering the government of the colony, during which time an Officer appointed by the Governor or Officer administering the government of the colony shall attend and take, without preference in the selection, a number of pieces in proportion to the quantity delivered, not being more than one piece out of every 500 coins, nor less than one piece in 5,000; that the piece or pieces so taken be sealed up by the officer appointed as aforesaid, and the envelope dated and signed by him, and be forwarded by the Deputy Master to the Master of the Royal Mint in London, for such examination as the Lords Commissioners of Her Majesty's Treasury may direct.
"And that the Governor or Officer administering the government of the colony shall obtain once every month, from the general circulation, two pieces in good condition of each description of coin issued from the Mint, and shall cause the same to be transmitted to England in such manner as he shall think fit, in order that they may be subjected to the like examination.
"And that the Governor or Officer administering the government of the colony shall also direct a Board of Government Officers, not less than three in number, to assemble at the Mint, at the expiration of each quarter, for the inspection of the store of bullion and coin in the Mint, and report on the same to him, stating the exact amounts of the balance of each description verified by them, and shall transmit a copy of the Report to the Deputy Master, to be transmitted by him to the Master of the Royal Mint.
"That the Lords Commissioners of Her Majesty's Treasury, and Her Majesty's Principal Secretary of State for the Colonies, may have authority to issue and give such instructions as to them may respectively appertain for effecting the several matters and things hereby ordered to be carried into effect.
"Your Majesty's Commissioners therefore beg leave to lay before Your Majesty the before-mentioned circumstances, and humbly pray that Your Majesty will be graciously pleased to take the premises into your royal consideration, and to make such order in respect thereto as to Your Majesty in your royal wisdom shall seem meet.”
Her Majesty, having taken the said representation into consideration, was pleased, by and with the advice of Her Majesty's Privy Council, to approve thereof, and to order, and it is hereby ordered, that the same, and every part thereof, be acted upon and carried into effect; and the Commissioners of Her Majesty's Treasury, and the Duke of Newcastle, one of Her Majesty's Principal Secretaries of State, and the Master and Worker of Her Majesty's Mint, are to issue and give such rules and directions as to them may respectively appertain for effecting the several matters and things hereby ordered to be carried into effect.
(Signed) C. GREVILLE,
NEW SOUTH WALES.