Item 05: General William Holmes reports of operations and instructions for officers, 1914-1915 - Page 23
From - Naval Board, Melbourne:
To - Commanding Officer, H.M.A.S. "Berrima".
Date - 21st August 1914
Message from Secretary of State for Colonies (begins):
In connection expedition against German Possessions in Pacific, British Flag should be hoisted in all Territory occupied with success by His Majesty's Forces and suitable arrangements made for temporary administration. No formal proclamation of Annexation should, however, be made without previous communication with His Majesty's Government (ends)