A trivia question in the "Herald-Sun" Melbourne newspaper on 21 November 2014 asked "In the 1860's a proposal was put to Queen Victoria to combine sections of which two (present day Australian) States to create a Colony called 'Princeland'?"

'Princeland' was a proposed colony of Australia that would have been formed in the western part of Victoria and the south-eastern part of South Australia. The movement began in the early 1860s and resulted in a petition to Queen Victoria, which was ultimately rejected on the grounds that it would involve changes to two separate colonies and could not be done without their expressed permissions.

Edward Henty led 'The West Victorian Separation League' which aimed to establish the new colony, whose proposed capital was to be Mount Gambier and its main port Portland. The new colony was named after Queen Victoria's consort, Prince Albert and was to comprise the area that was part of the Wimmera and parts of South Australia near the Victorian border. The League collected 1,500 signatures on a petition which was sent to Secretary of State, the Duke of Newcastle, who then passed it on to Queen Victoria. The petition was rejected as the permission of both the colonies of South Australia and Victoria would have been needed for the new colony to come about, and neither were willing to accept the proposal.

A book "Journey to the South Eastern District, January 1863" - edited and published by Peter Rymill, based on a diary written by William Milne who was South Australian Commissioner of Public Works and who visited the area for 28 days. (Source: "Wikipedia")

( Contributed by Valerie Farley. PPPG Member No. 551 )

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