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Tuesday, 16 December 1941

 

I, Alexander Gore Arkwright, Baron Gowrie, the Governor-General aforesaid, acting with the advice of the Federal Executive

Council and in the exercise of all powers me thereunto enabling, do hereby declareand proclaim that a state of war with the Japanese Empire exists andhas existed in the Commonwealth of Australia and its Territories as from the eighth day of December, One thousand nine hundred and forty-one at five o'clock in the afternoon reckoned according to the standard time in the Australian Capital Territory :

OfAll Which His Majesty's loving subjects and all others whom these Presents may concern are hereby required to take notice and to govern themselves accordingly.

Given under my Hand and the Seal of the Commonwealth of Australia this (l.s.) ninth day of December in the year of our Lord One thousand nine hundred and forty-one and in the fifth year of His Majesty's reign. By His Excellency's Command,

John Curtin,

Prime Minister.

Godsavethe King!

No. 15.

Royal Instrument Affecting Commonwealth Declaration of State of War in Relation to Finland, Hungary and Rumania.

George R.I. george the Sixth by the Grace of God, of Great Britain, Ireland, and the British Dominions beyond the Seas, King, Defender of the Faith, Emperor of India :

To all and singular to whom these Presents shall come, Greeting!

Whereas it is provided by section two of the Commonwealth of Australia Constitution that a Governor-General appointed by the Queen shall be Her Majesty's Representative in the Commonwealth, and shall have and may exercise in the Commonwealth during the Queen's pleasure, but subject to that Constitution, such powers and functions of the Queen as Her Majesty may be pleased to assign to him :

And whereas it is provided by section sixty-one of that Constitution that the executive power of the Commonwealth is vested in the Queen and is exercisable by the Governor-General as the Queen's Representative:

And whereas the provisions referring to the Queen extend to Her Majesty's heirs and successors in the Sovereignty of the United Kingdom :

Now, therefore, We, acting by and with the advice of Our Federal Executive Council of Our Commonwealth of Australia, and in the exercise of all powers Us thereunto enabling, hereby assign to the Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia, the power to declare and proclaim that, as from a date and hour to be specified by the said GovernorGeneral, a state of war exists in the Commonwealth of Australia and its Territories with the Republic of Finland, the Kingdom of Hungary and the Kingdom of Rumania.

In witness whereof We have caused Our Great Seal to be affixed to these Presents, which We have signed with Our Royal Hand. Given at our Court at Saint James's. the eighth day of December, in the (l.s.) year of Our Lord, One thousand nine hundred and forty-one and in the fifth year of Our Reign.

By His Majesty's Command,

Prime Minister.

No. 16.

Royal Instrument Affecting Commonwealth Declaration of State of War in Relation to Japan.

George R.I.

George the Sixth by the Grace of God, of Great Britain, Ireland, and the British Dominions beyond the Seas, King, Defender of the Faith, Emperor of India:

To all and singular to whom these Presents shall conic, Greeting!

Whereas it is provided by section two of the Commonwealth of Australia Constitution that a. Governor-General appointed by the Queen shall be Her Majesty's Representatives in the Commonwealth, and shall have and may exercise in the Commonwealth during the Queen's pleasure, but subject to that Constitution, such powers and functions of the Queen as Her Majesty may be pleased to assign to him :

And whereas it is provided by section sixty-one of that Constitution that the executive power of the Common wealth is vested in the Queen and is exercisable by the GovernorGeneral as the Queen's Representative:

And whereas the provisons referring to the Queen extend to Her Majesty's heirs and successors in the Sovereignty of the United Kingdom :

Now, therefore, We, acting by and with the advice of Our Federal Executive Council of Our Commonwealth of Australia, and in the exercise of all powers Us thereunto enabling, hereby assign to the Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia, the power to declare and proclaim that, as from a date and hour to be specified by the said GovernorGeneral, a state of war exists in the Commonwealth of Australia and its Territories with the Japanese Empire.

In witness whereof We have caused Our Great Seal to be affixed to these Presents, which We have signed with Our Royal Hand.

Given at our Court at Saint James's, the eighth day of December, in the (l.s.) year of Our Lord, One thousand nine hundred and forty-one and in the fifth year of Our Reign.

By His Majesty's Command,

Prime Minister.

* To be signed by the Prime Minister of the Commonwealth.







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