30 November 1988
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It appears American whalers, in particular, denied that the Pitcairners were under the protection of Great Britain because they had no colours and no written authority.
Captain Elliott gave them a Union Jack and drew up regulations, on his own authority, for the election of a Magistrate "by the free vote of all the inhabitants in the island - male and female - who had reached the age of eighteen".
From the time of his departure from the island on 30 November the Pitcairners considered their island constitutionally a British Territory.
Although Captain Elliott's report does not refer to a code of laws as claimed by some sources, it is likely these laws - which include the provision of compulsory education for children from five to fifteen years - were drawn up by the Pitcairners about the same time.
Was Pitcairn Island first to write universal suffrage and compulsory education into law?