Tilbrook, in Nyungar Tradition reported:
'The Aborigines Protection Act of 1886 distinguished between people of mixed Aboriginal and European descent who lived with Aborigines and who were classed as Aboriginal, and those who did not associate with Aborigines and who were therefore not classified as Aboriginal themselves.(p.63)
The 1905 Aborigines Act sought to settle the matter of who was Aboriginal by making the definition of Aboriginal dependent on biological make-up rather than an individual's social association and lifestyle. However this led to greater difficulties for people who had hitherto regarded themselves as outside any legislation affecting Aborigines because their life-style was the same as other members of the community who were not Aboriginal. (p.67)'
24 February 2014
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