No. 154
8th December 1870
My Lord,
I have the honor to forward to Your Lordship a Letter from Mr Ball, one of the Stipendiary Magistrates of this Colony praying for a nomination to a Naval Cadetship for his son. Mr Ball is one of the oldest Public Servants in this Colony, and I shall be glad if myrecommendationManuscript image recommendation may be of service to him. I am aware that in other Colonies the Governor is periodically permitted under certain Regulations to make nominations to Naval Cadetships. But I cannot trace any correspondence upon the subject in the Records of my Office, except a recent Circular Despatch of 11th June last, which does not refer to earlier instructions; and perhaps the regulations have not been extended to thisgovernmentManuscript image government.
I have the honor to be,
My Lord,
Your most obedient
humble Servant
A. Musgrave
Minutes by CO staff
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Mr Birch
Do you know anything of Mr Ball?
CC 11 Jan
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I think that Mr Ball's application is entitled to every consideration. He is one of the oldest & best Public Servants of the Colony. He was selected by Govr Seymour as Acting Colonial Secretary during Mr Seymour's absence in England. He has always been chosen as the Magistrate to be sent to the most important Mining Districts and has held a seat in the Legislative Council ever since its creation in 1863.
ANB 11.1
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CC 12/1
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Mr Herbert
There are 7 Nominations to Naval Cadetships given by the Admiralty annually. Four are allotted to Canada & the N. American Colonies and the other three are apportioned among the Australian Colonies. If the S of S does not receive the name of a Candidate from any Colony to which a nomination is due within the first quarter of the year, the nomination is considered to be forfeited by the Colony, and if there are any other applications for Cadetships from any of the Colonies not entitled to them, these lapsed nominations are used to meet such claims. In view of this contingency the Circular of 11 June last was sent to B. Columbia. See Admy/5331/70.
The 7 regular nominations are in the first instance strictly reserved for the sons of bonâ fide Colonists. Mr Ball who holds the Office of Stipendiary Magistrate was, I see by the Colonial Office List, formerly in the Army, he cannot therefore be considered as coming withinthatManuscript image that definition. With regard to the lapsed nominations this rule was relaxed in the case of Mr NairnsTasmania see B/4874/69 and Desp. to Gov. No 40 14 May/69 on Gov. 4331/69.
It is for decision whether the Governor should be informed that for the reasons above given Mr Ball is not eligible or whether he should be answered that if the S of S should have a lapsed nomination at his disposal in April next the name of Mr Ball will be submitted to the Admiralty. At the same time sending him the Regns for the entry &c of Cadets and form to be filled up by the Parent or Guardian. It is possible on receiving these he might find that the young man is not within the prescribed limits of age. His age is not given in the Desp. or Enclosure. In any case inform the young man who is in this Country of the result of the application of which no doubt he has been advised.
FOA 13 Jan/71
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Sir F. Rogers
I should be inclined to think Mr Ball qualified to receive a nomination for his son, if one is available.
RGWH Jan 13/71
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i.e. a lapsed one—ifManuscript image Lord K encourages Govrs to divide the cadetships among sons of public officers, they will soon monopolize it. I wd point out to Mr Musgrave that the object is to introduce sons of colonists in the proper sense of the word into the Navy.
K Jan 19/71
Documents enclosed with the main document (not transcribed)
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Henry M. Ball to Musgrave, 16 November 1870, applying for a naval cadetship on behalf of his son, Henry Cardross Ball.
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Draft reply, Kimberley to Musgrave, No. 5, 24 January 1871 (extensive revisions).
Minutes by CO staff
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I am not sure whether this is to the effect directed by the minutes.
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Knatchbull Hugessen to H.C. Ball, c/o J.W. Nicholls, 25 January 1871, forwarding copy of Kimberley's reply to Musgrave as noted above, along with other information pertinent to his application for a cadetship.
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Herbert to Secretary to the Admiralty, 11 April 1871, putting forward the name of Henry Cardross Ball as a candidate for a cadetship.
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Mr Herbert

4 Cadetships assigned to Canada—no application
1 to N.S. Wales—ditto
1 to N. Zealand—ditto
1 to Victoria—application on the road.
WR 31/3
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If it is not thought advisable to alter the proportions in which turns are given to the colonies, might not those which seldom have a chance be told that occasionally the larger colonies doManuscript image not take up the appointments assigned to them, & that in such cases Lord Kimberley, if he had been previously informed of the names of persons who desired to be contingent applicants, would be able to take them into consideration without making any promise.
RGWH Mar 31/71
Musgrave, Anthony to Wodehouse, John 8 December 1870, CO 60:41, no. 284, 272. The Colonial Despatches of Vancouver Island and British Columbia 1846-1871, Edition 2.2, ed. James Hendrickson and the Colonial Despatches project. Victoria, B.C.: University of Victoria. https://bcgenesis.uvic.ca/B70154.html.

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