His Majesty's Order in Council under the British Settlements Act 1887, making provision for the government of the coast of the Ross Sea and the territories adjacent thereto, is published hereunder pursuant to the provisions of the said Order in Council and by the authority of His Excellency the Governor-General of New Zealand.
F H D Bell,Minister of External Affairs.
At the Court of Buckingham Palace, the 30th day of July 1923.
Present:The King's Most Excellent MajestyLord President Secretary Sir Samuel HoareLord ChamberlainMajor George Tryon
Whereas by the British Settlements Act 1887 it is, amongst other things, enacted that it shall be lawful for His Majesty in Council from time to time to establish all such laws and institutions and constitute such courts and officers as may appear to His Majesty in Council to be necessary for the peace, order, and good government of His Majesty's subjects and others within any British settlement:
And whereas the coasts of the Ross Sea, with the islands and territories adjacent thereto, between the 160th degree of east longitude and the 150th degree of west longitude, which are situated south of the 60th degree of south latitude, are a British settlement within the meaning of the said Act:
And whereas it is expedient that provision should be made for the government thereof:
Now, therefore, His Majesty, by virtue and in exercise of the powers by the said Act, or otherwise, in His Majesty vested, is pleased, by and with the advice of His Privy Council, to order, and it is hereby ordered, as follows:
From and after the publication of this order in the Government Gazette of the Dominion of New Zealand, that part of His Majesty's Dominions in the Antarctic seas which comprises all the islands and territories between the 160th degree of east longitude and the 150th degree of west longitude which are situated south of the 60th degree of south latitude shall be named the Ross Dependency.
From and after such publication as aforesaid the Governor-General and Commander-in-Chief of the Dominion of New Zealand for the time being (hereinafter called the Governor) shall be the Governor of the Ross Dependency; and all the powers and authorities which by this order are given and granted to the Governor for the time being of the Ross Dependency are hereby vested in him.
In the event of the death or incapacity of the said Governor-General and Commander-in-Chief of the Dominion of New Zealand, or in the event of his absence from the said Dominion, the officer for the time being administering the government of the Dominion shall be Governor for the time being of the Ross Dependency.
The said Governor is further authorised and empowered to make all such rules and regulations as may lawfully be made by His Majesty's authority for the peace, order, and good government of the said Dependency, subject, nevertheless, to any instructions which he may from time to time receive from His Majesty or through a Secretary of State.
The Governor is authorised to make and execute, on His Majesty's behalf, grants and dispositions of any lands which may lawfully be granted or disposed of by His Majesty within the said Dependency, in conformity with such rules and regulations as may from time to time be in force in the Dependency.