Separation of Tumut, Adelong & Wagga Wagga from NSW

28 May 1846 The Australian (Sydney)

It is highly gratifying to us to be enabled to inform our readers, upon unquestionable authority, that such is the progress made in the adjustment of the Separation Question, that the subject of the future boundaries of the Colony of Port Phillip are now under discussion by the Government.

What are the particular views of his Excellency Sir Goorge Gipps on the subject we are not, of course, prepared to say, nor yet those of the Surveyor General; but thus much we feel at liberty to state that the boundary line between Port Phillip and New South Wales will be drawn with especial reference to natural land marks, so as to avoid the complicated relations, and insurmountable difficulties which, as in the case of the South Australian boundary line, would be certain to arise, if some imaginary line or parallel of latitude were to be adopted, the precises ascertaining of which, upon any individual spot, could only be determined by tedious, expensive, and for mast purposes, especially those of jurisprudence, impracticable process.

On these grounds, therefore, and being aware of the weight which will be attached by the Home Government - or rather by the new Colonial Minister - to the views of his predecessor Lord John Russell, we are inclined to expect that the boundary struck out by his Lordship and now actually in force by Act of Parliament for every purpose of Government, except municipal and financial separation, will be the boundary line recommended, by his Excellency and the Executive Council.

This line commences at Cape Howe, proceeds to the centre of the Australian Alps, (Mount Koskiusko ?) thence to the nearest head of the Murrumbidgee (the Tumut ?) and so down the Murrumbidgee to the Murray, and thence to the South Australian boundary.

Any other line than this will be gross injustice to Port Phillip, for it will be a taking away a portion of the Territory already given to, and now forming part of, the Territorial District, as it ought to be, of the Colony of Port Phillip.

From the Port Phillip Patriot, May 7.