Crown Lands Commissioners In Moreton Bay (1842-1859)
Dr Margaret Shield, Visiting Fellow 2017/2018

Maurice O’Connell Letter February 1854

6th February 1854



  1. I have the honor to request you be good enough to lay before His Excellency the Governor General my application to be allowed the services of a clerk in the Government Resident’s Office at Port Curtis.
  2. I would remark that as my duties both as Resident and Commissioner of Crown Lands, will require me in the first formation of the settlement more especially, to be constantly in the saddle and superintending the out of door operations of labourers and others employed on the Government Works, it will be almost impossible for me to keep up my necessary public correspondence without the assistance I now apply for.

I have the honor to be,

M.C. O’Connell

Government Resident




(Queensland State Archives Series 6614 Letterbooks Item ID: 212594 Letterbook – Government Resident, Port Curtis. Transcribed from the original. Reproduced with permission from Queensland Department of the Premier and Cabinet)