This is an artificial series created by Queensland State Archives to better preserve and provide access to a Deed Poll, signed, sealed and delivered by the Governor, the Marquis of Normanby, transferring to the Colony of Queensland all the Islands lying and being within sixty miles of the coast of the colony, in order that these Islands may be annexed to, and form part of the colony of Queensland.
The creation of this Deed Poll followed representation by the Governor on behalf of the Queensland parliament to the Secretary of the State for the Colonies regarding an anomaly which existed after separation, that the islands off the coast of Queensland remained under the government of New South Wales.
Her Majesty, Queen Victoria, by Letters Patent, dated 30 May 1872, appointed the Governor of Queensland to be Governor of all the islands within sixty miles from the coast of the colony, and authorised the annexation of the islands to the colony by proclamation should the Legislative Assembly request their transfer. The necessary parliamentary Resolutions were passed in August 1872, and the proclamation of the transfer of the islands by the Governor, and a copy of the Deed Poll, were published in the Queensland Government Gazette, 24 August 1872.
Following Letters Patent 1878, and the passing of "The Queensland Coast Islands Act of 1879", islands of the Torres Strait and all the islands of the Barrier Reef were also annexed in 1879. However, the legality of the annexations of islands was questioned, and the British government found it necessary to validate all such annexations under the Colonial Boundaries Act 1895 (Colonial Secretary's correspondence, 1874 - 1895, 11419/1895 (COL/A796); Premier's Department correspondence 1936, 1226/1936 (PRE/A1139).