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Victoria.

The Colony of Victoria was established by separation from New South Wales on July 1st, 1851, under the provisions of 13 and 14 Vict., c. 59, § 1, and was upon that day duly proclaimed by the Governor-General. Thereupon the authority of the Legislative Council of New South Wales over the colony ceased and determined. The law of the colony includes:

1. Laws and Ordinances of the Legislative Council of New South Wales up to July 1st, 1851, which by the Act were continued in operation in the colony until such time as the Governor and Legislative Council of Victoria should see fit to repeal or alter them.

2. From July 1st, 1851, to March 20th, 1856, Laws and Ordinances of the Governor and Legislative Council of Victoria (one third nominated, two thirds elected).

3. From November 21st, 1856, Laws made by a Legislature consisting of Her Majesty, a Legislative Council, and a Legislative Assembly (both elected), established by 18 and 19 Vict., c. 55, empowering Her Majesty to assent to a Bill as amended, passed by the Governor and Legislative Council, entitled “An Act to establish a Constitution in and for the Colony of Victoria.” This Act was proclaimed in the colony on November 23rd, 1855, and thereupon came into force.

4. Orders, Rules, and Regulations made by various authorities in pursuance of powers conferred by the Legislature of the Colony.

5. Statutes of the Federal Council of Australasia since 1886.

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