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Another British Isaland Surrendered.

It is not generally known that the island of Labuan, which possesses a fine harbor and an abundance of excellent coal, ceased last year to be a Crown colony, m the ordinary sense of the words. It was very quietly handed over to the British North Borneo Company, the governor of which, Mr Charles Vandeleur I, Creagh, is to-day governor of the island. The,company has, taken over the payment of pensions to former colonial officials, and is now, m fact, the owner of the [place, just as much as it is the owner of Sandakan or Mempakol. 'A question on the subject will probably be, asked m the House of Commons, and, lest the official reply should come as too great a surprise to the general public, the majority of, whom are, we believe, still m blissful ignorance of the whole transaction, we hasten to anticipate its tenor. Labuan has an area of 531 square miles, a population of 6000, only a score or two of whom are Europeans, and an annual import and export trade valued a,t about £165,000. Agriculturally, commercially, geologically, and strategically it is a most valuable island ; and although we are able to foretell what must be. the nature of an official answer to the suggestion "|Jas Labuan ibeeit lianded «ver?" we regret that we can suggest no reply to the naturally resultant enquiry, " Why has it been handed over ?" There may have been most excellent reasons for the transaction. If so, everybody will be glad to hear them.—" St. James' Gazette."

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2555, 28 October 1890

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Another British Isaland Surrendered. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2555, 28 October 1890