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Western Australia.

The Colony of Western Australia was declared a British Colony by settlement on May 2nd, 1829, and the first governor entered upon his government on June 1st, which is saidnote to be the date of the introduction of English law. The law enacted in the colony consists of:

1. Laws, Institutions, and Ordinances made by persons appointed first by Order in Council of December 29th, 1831, under 9 and 10 Geo. IV., c. 22. The power of appointment was continued from time to time by other Acts, and the “Persons” were increased in number and became a “Legislative Council.” A non-official element was introduced in 1839, and in 1868 a representative element. This Legislature began to exercise its powers at the commencement of 1832 and continued until the end of 1870.

2. Laws made by the Governor and a Legislative Council (one-third nominated and two-thirds elected) established in 1870 by Ordinance of the Council last mentioned (Act No. 13, June 1st, 1870) under the authority of 13 and 14 Vict., c. 59, § 9.




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3. Laws made by the Queen with a Legislative Council and Legislative Assembly established by 53 and 54 Vict., c. 26 (empowering the Crown to assent to Western Australian Constitution Act, 1889, passed by the Legislative Council).

4. Orders, Rules, and Regulations issued under the authority of the Ordinances or Acts.

5. Since 1886 Acts of the Federal Council of Australasia.

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