Protector of Aborigines
The office of the Protector of Aborigines was established pursuant to a recommendation contained in a report of the Select Committee of the House of Commons on Aborigines (British Settlements). On 31 January 1838, Lord Glenelg, Secretary of State for War and the Colonies sent Governor Gipps the report.
The report recommended that Protectors of Aborigines should be engaged. They would be required to learn the Aboriginal language and their duties would be to watch over the rights of Aborigines, guard against encroachment on their property and to protect them from acts of cruelty, oppression and injustice. The Port Phillip Protectorate was established with George Augustus Robinson as chief protector and four full-time protectors.
While the role was nominally to protect Aborigines, particularly in remote areas, it has been suggested that the role included social control up to the point of controlling whom individuals were able to marry and where they lived and managing their financial affairs.
Aborigines Welfare Board in New South Wales was abolished in 1969. By then all states & territories had repealed the legislation allowing for the removal of Aboriginal children under the policy of 'protection'
Protectors of Aborigines
Protectors of Aborigines around Australia included:
- Victoria (Port Phillip Protectorate, 1839–1849)
- William Thomas, Guardian of Aborigines in the counties of Bourke, Mornington and Evelyn
- South Australia
- Northern Territory (part of South Australia until 1911)
- Western Australia
- Henry Charles Prinsep, 1898 to 1907
- Charles Frederick Gale, 1907 to 1915
- Auber Octavius Neville, 1917 to 1936, Neville was appointed to Commissioner of Native Affairs from 1936 to 1940, see also the Moseley Royal Commission
- Francis Illingworth Bray, 1940 to 1947
- S. G. Middleton 1948-
- Aplin, Graeme, S.G. Foster and Michael McKernan (eds), ed. (1987). Australians:Events and Places. Fairfax, Syme and Weldon Associates. pp. 47–8. ISBN 0-949288-13-6.
- Reports on actions of Dr Cecil Cook.
- Dr Cook was the Chief Protector of Aborigines during the trial and appeal of Dhakiyarr Wirrpanda. The first Aboriginal Australian whose case was heard in the High Court (at the National Archives of Australia)
- Hossain, Samia. “Norman Haire and Cecil Cook on Procedures of Sterilisation in the Inter-War Period.” In Historicising Whiteness: Transnational Perspectives on the Construction of an Identity, edited by Leigh Boucher, Jane Carey, and Katherine Ellinghaus, 454-63. Melbourne: RMIT Publishing, 2007.
- Tony Koch, (2 November 2010), Notorious bureaucrat who oppressed Aborigines dies unlamented, The Australian accessed 24 November 2013
- "Golden Wedding.". Bunbury Herald (Western Australia: National Library of Australia). 9 March 1918. p. 6. Retrieved 23 November 2013.
- "News and notes". The West Australian (Perth, Western Australia: National Library of Australia). 12 December 1907. p. 7. Retrieved 23 November 2013.
- "South and West Australia.". The Albury Banner and Wodonga Express (New South Wales: National Library of Australia). 20 December 1907. p. 34. Retrieved 23 November 2013.
- "Our Calender". Western Mail (Perth, Western Australia: National Library of Australia). 5 November 1915. p. 31. Retrieved 23 November 2013.
- "Internal Troubles". Western Mail (Perth, Western Australia: National Library of Australia). 23 February 1917. p. 29. Retrieved 23 November 2013.
- "Former Public Servant dies at home". The West Australian (Perth, Western Australia: National Library of Australia). 20 April 1954. p. 7. Retrieved 23 November 2013.
- "Native Affairs.". Northern Times (Carnarvon, Western Australia: National Library of Australia). 17 October 1940. p. 3. Retrieved 23 November 2013.
- "Mr. F. I. BRAY Dead". The West Australian (Perth, Western Australia: National Library of Australia). 7 October 1949. p. 2. Retrieved 24 November 2013.
- "Native Affairs.". Kalgoorlie Miner (Western Australia: National Library of Australia). 28 July 1948. p. 3. Retrieved 23 November 2013.
- An Index to the Chief Protector of Aborigines (Western Australia) Files 1898 - 1908 [PDF])
- Black Robinson: Protector of Aborigines. Vivienne Rae-Ellis. A controversial study of George ('Black') Robinson, first Chief Protector of Aborigines in Australia Melbourne University Press
- George Augustus Robinson, was a NSW Chief Protector of Aborigines in the early 1800s, George Augustus Robinson
- NSW State Library Protector of Aborigines Heritage Collection - the journals and papers of George Augustus Robinson (1791-1866)
- Public Record Office Victoria online catalogue "VPRS 2895 Chief Protector of Aborigines: Outward Letter Book 1848–1850 ... VPRS 4399 Duplicate Annual Reports for the Chief Protector of Aborigines 1845– ..."
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