Defence Minister refuses funds for Gayundah cruise

Recently an application was made to the Defence Department for an advance of £50 to enable the gunboat Gayundah to undertake a cruise to the north of Queensland. It was brought before the Minister for Defence, who refused the money. He says the sum was voted on last year’s Estimates to cover the annual cost of the gunboat referred to, and if it had been all expended the officers would have learned that they were not permitted to be lavish in their expenditure. That is the reason why the Gayundah request for the advance was not allowed.

The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 – 1954)  Mon 23 May 1904   Page 6