Laws and Ordinances



Richard Clement Moody, in his words “merely a subaltern of Engineers”, was chosen 22 July 1841 at the age of 28 to proceed to the Falkland Islands.  At the time of his selection no firm decision had been reached in London on the future of the small British settlement at Port Louis.  Moody was instructed to proceed to the Falkland Islands for “'the purpose of superintendence and of making certain enquiries on the result of which steps will here­after be taken for establishing a regular authority in those Islands'.  On 23 August 1841 Moody was appointed Lieutenant Governor of the Falkland Islands.  As the Falkland Islands did not afford the means of representative institutions the Colony was to remain for a time without a Legislature or Courts of Justice and the commencement of his government was to be “one of influence, persuasion and example, rather than of direct authority”

The Colombian Packet arrived at Anson 23 November 1843 with two Instruments under the Great Seal; the first erecting the settlement at the Falkland Islands into a Colony and the second constituting Moody its Governor and Commander in Chief over the Falkland Islands and their Dependencies, both dated 23 June 1843.  The latter was accompanied by Instructions under the Royal Sign Manual.  The Charter of the Colony set out the constitution of the government of the settlement and instructions to set up Legislative and Executive Councils.

The Falkland Islands Letters Patent of 1843 stated that Legislative Council would comprise of the Governor plus not less than two others appointed by the Crown, these to be “Public Officers or of such other  persons within the said Settlements and their Dependencies as should from time to time be named or designated for that purpose…and that all such Councillors should hold their places in the said Council at our pleasure with full power and authority to make and establish all such Laws, Institutions and Ordinances, as might be required for the peace, order and good Government of the said Settlements and their Dependencies…”

From Thursday 1st January 1891 the laws and ordinances of the Falkland Islands were published in the Falkland Islands Gazette.  Earlier laws and ordinances may have been posted on the Government Official Gazette Board situated on Ross Road. 

The Archives hold three volumes of handwritten copies of these early laws and ordinances:

  • Volume E6 covers the period 1846 to 1853.
  • Volume E7 covers the period 1850 to 1853.
  • Volume E8 covers the period 1853 to 1876.

Volumes E2 and E3 hold handwritten copies of Miscellaneous Memoranda such as Agreements, Certificates, Rules, Regulations, Notices, Protests, Receipts, Appointments, Brands, Commissions and Licences and cover the period 1846 to 1876.

The Archives also hold printed copies of the Laws and Ordinances of the Falkland Islands which covers the period 1843 to 1884, and bound copies from 1920 under Series O.

Series E

pdfMiscellaneous Memoranda - 9 February 1846 to 11 May 1848 Governor Moody - pg 29 to 164 - E2.pdf16.66 MB

pdfMiscellaneous Memoranda - 1 July 1848 to 12 December 1851 Governor Rennie plus index - pg 165 to 352 - E2.pdf23.09 MB

pdfMiscellaneous Memoranda - 10 May 1852 to 21 December 1857 Governors Rennie and Moore - pg 1 to 134 - E3.pdf17.81 MB

pdfMiscellaneous Memoranda - 13 January 1858 to 24 December 1866 Governors Moore Mackenzie and Robinson - pg 135 to 283 - E3.pdf24.17 MB

pdfMiscellaneous Memoranda - 14 January 1867 to 29 June 1876 memoranda of Governors Robinson and DArcy also index - pg 284 to 431 - E3.pdf19.25 MB 

pdf1846-1853 Legislation - E6.pdf28.39 MB 

pdfLegislation 1850 to 1853 - Part 1 - Page 1 to 108 - E7.pdf25.77 MB

pdfLegislation 1850 to 1853 - Part 2 - Page 109 to 255 - E7.pdf22.57 MB

pdfOrdinances 1853 to 1876 - E8.pdf22.7 MB

pdfFalkland Islands. Ordinances 1900 to 1913. Signed and sealed copies - E16.pdf29.22 MB

pdfAuthenticated copies of ordinances 1914 to 1919 - E17.pdf10.97 MB

pdfOrders in Council, Proclamations, Regulations, etc. 1900-1914 - E18.pdf22.85 MB


Series O

pdfPrinted ordinances 1867 to 1899 - incomplete set - O1-1 to O1-20.pdf9.11 MB

pdfLaws and Ordinances of the Falkland Islands - 1843 to 1884 - O1-21.pdf9.21 MB

pdfSubsidiary Legislation etc 1894 to 1913 - O1-22.pdf5.47 MB

pdfBound ordinances 1920 to 1932 - includes rules and regulations from 1926 - O2-1 to O2-13.pdf15.2 MB

pdfBound Ordinances Rules Regulations etc 1933 to 1939 - O2-14 to O2-22.pdf17.23 MB

pdfBound Ordinances Rules Regulations etc 1940 to 1948 - O3-1 to O3-8.pdf22.75 MB

pdfBound Ordinances Rules Regulations etc 1949 to 1955 - O3-9 to O3-1 O4-1 to O4-4.pdf22.72 MB

pdfBound Ordinances Rules Regulations etc 1956 to 1966 - O4-5 to O4-16.pdf25.55 MB

pdfBound Ordinances Rules Regulations etc 1967 to 1975 - O5-1 to O5-10.pdf19.58 MB

pdfBound Ordinances Rules Regulations etc 1976 to 1981 - O5-11 to O5-16.pdf13.1 MB

pdfOrdinances of the Colony of the Falkland Islands Revised Edition. 1915 - O6.pdf16.05 MB

pdfLaws of the Falkland Islands. Vol I Ordinances in force 31 December 1950 - O7.pdf23.83 MB

pdfLaws of the Falkland Islands. Vol II Imperial Legislation and Subsidiary Legislation in force 31 December 1950 - O8.pdf10.72 MB


Current laws and ordinances may be accessed by following the link to the Falkland Islands Statute Law database:-


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