This table records the decisions of enquiries into wrecks during the first part of 1881. After 1863, enquiries were held into all shipwrecks. A preliminary investigation was held by a customs officer and then, if warranted, there was a hearing before a magistrate. The enquiries aimed to determine what had happened and ensure that such events did not recur.
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Reference: Appendices to the Journals of the House of Representatives, 1882, H-12, pp. 12-13
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Source: ‘Wrecks and casualties to shipping’, Marine Department Reports. Appendices to the Journals of the House of Representatives, 1882, H.12, pp. 12–13