Russel Wallace : Alfred Russell Wallace (sic)
Apparently, Mr. Farquhar does not believe that New Caledonia and the New Hebrides belong to the Australian Region, otherwise he would not adduce the fact of the land-shells of New Zealand being related to those of the above-named islands as an argument in his favour; and if these are omitted, then must New Guinea be also omitted. And if Australia by itself is to become a "Zoological Region," New Guinea and its surrounding islands must be also a "Region," the Central Pacific Islands another, and the Sandwich Islands yet another! This indicates the difficulties that arise if the Australian Region, as originally defined by Dr. Sclater and myself--and which I still hold to be far more natural than any subdivision can make it--be rejected.
Alfred R. Wallace.