Seat of Government Acceptance Act 1909

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The Seat of Government Acceptance Act 1909 is an Australian Commonwealth Government act, that in conjunction with the Seat of Government Surrender Act 1909 transferred land from the state of New South Wales to the Commonwealth for the creation of the Federal Capital Territory (now Australian Capital Territory).

The act was signed on 13 December 1909 by the Governor-General Lord Dudley. The Seat of Government Surrender Act 1909 was passed by the New South Wales government the following day, creating a site for the national capital in law.


1909 cadastral map showing the small part of the border near 35°35′14″S 149°7′0″E / 35.58722°S 149.11667°E / -35.58722; 149.11667 determined by property boundaries in the parishes of Keewong, County of Murray and Cuppacumbalong, County of Cowley

The act specified the land to be surrendered to the Commonwealth as being bounded by (described in clockwise direction):

Jervis Bay[edit]

The Act also described the territories to be granted to the Commonwealth in Jervis Bay, which became the Jervis Bay Territory in 1915:

  • Separate portions of land in the Eastern Division, Land District of Nowra, County of St. Vincent, in several different parishes: in the Parish of Bherwerre parcels of land of 2 square miles (5.2 km2), 132 acres (0.53 km2), 412 acres (1.67 km2); in the Parish of Beecroft parcels of 520 acres (2.1 km2), 531 acres (2.15 km2), 424 acres (1.72 km2); in the Parish of Farnham 103 acres (0.42 km2); in the Parish of Nowra 180 acres (0.73 km2).