THE BRITISH EMPIRE : — FALKLAND ISLANDS
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Governor. — Wm. Grey Wilson, C.M.G. Salary 1,200Z. per annum.
Crown colony situated in South Atlantic, 300 miles E. of Magellan Straits East Falkland, 3,000 square miles ; West Falkland, 2,300 square miles ; about 100 small islands, 1,200 square miles: total 6,500 square miles; besides South Georgia, 1,000 square miles. Population : (census 1891) 1,789 ; male 1,086, females 703, foreigners 123. Total in 1897, 2,050. The population is about "3 per square mile ; birth-rate 28, and the death-rate 7 '31 per 1,000. No religious census taken. Chief town, Stanley, 694 inhabitants.
Education : 2 Government schools, with 111 on the roll, in 1897 ; 1 Roman Catholic school, with 59 on the roll ; 1 Baptist school with 36 on the roll ; the Darwin school has 25 pupils. There are, besides, 2 travelling school- masters in the West Falklands.
The government is administered by the Governor, assisted by an Execu- tive Council and a Legislative Council.
No naval or military forces, except a volunteer corps with 44 efficients, 39 non-efficients ; total 83 in 1897.
Revenue . Expenditure . Imports . Exports .
12,970 13,636 ' 63,286 125,123 1
Chief sources of revenue (1897): Customs, 3,638Z., and rents of crown lands, 4,936Z. Chief branches of expenditure : Mails, 2,872Z. ; public works, 2,266/.
Leading exports : Wool, hides and skins, and tallow. Provision.s, wearing apparel, timber and ])uil ironmongery.
Imports from United Kingdom (1897) 54,225/. ; from other countries, 9,061/. Exports to United Kingdom 123,186/. ; to other countries 1,937Z.
Chief imjiorts : ling materials, machinery and