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The following message was prepared for despatch to the Minister for Defence:-

"By 1900 6th Decr. Bougainville occupied 9th Decr., flag hoisted, proclamation issued and garrison posted. Goverment Steamer "Buka" sunk in harbour by Germans; will arrange to raise. Information from Master "Kulambangra" conveyed in Navy Office message 15th Novr. absolutely false."

Health of troops satisfactory.


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