A touching plea regarding travelling Australian parrots was penned on this day 1911.
Their owner Donald Haultain of Sydney did not explain whether the birds were to come here permanently or just for a holiday, but a generous Department of Internal Affairs asked no questions, maybe thinking it would be cruel to separate them from their owner at Christmas. They were given the green light but no further correspondence remains, so it is unclear whether the birds actually made it across the Tasman - but their welcome would have been assured if they did.
Shown here is Haultain’s letter on the matter.
Archives Reference: ACGO 8333 1171 /  1911/2713
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