[Copper plaque commemorating Capt. F.W. Beechey taking possession of the Bonin Islands] [realia]
Rex Nan Kivell Collection NK1118.; Title devised by cataloguer.; Also available in an electronic version via the Internet at: http://nla.gov.au/nla.pic-an6411757; A40000893. Inscription on plate: HBM Ship Blossom, Capt. F.W. Beechey took posession of this groupe of islands in the name & on the behalf of His Britannic Majesty George the IV on the 14th June, 1827.Inscription on reverse of wood: This board with the copper plate attached was found in Blossom Village by Commander Edmund J. Church R.N. on the occasion of the visit of H.M.S. "Curlew" to the Bonin Islands, in November 1875 and presented by him to the Commander-in-Chief, Vice Admiral A.P. Ryder R.N. Great Britain has since relinquished her rights in these islands in favour of Japan"