Northern Territory of Australia
This Aboriginals Ordinance 1918 combined and replaced the Northern Territory Aboriginals Act of 1910 (SA) and the Commonwealth Aboriginals Ordinance of 1911. It carried over most of the provisions of the previous Ordinances. The Chief Protector retained control over many aspects of Aboriginal lives and continued to be the legal guardian of every Aboriginal child. This Ordinance was amended several times over the following decades (in 1924, 1927, 1933, 1936 and 1939) and was eventually repealed by the Welfare Ordinance 1953.
Sources used to compile this entry: 'Northern Territory: Legislation', in To remove and protect: laws that changed Aboriginal lives, Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies, 2008, http://www.aiatsis.gov.au/collections/exhibitions/remove/index.html; 'Northern Territory documents', in Documenting a Democracy, National Archives of Australia, 2011, http://www.foundingdocs.gov.au/area.asp?aID=4; Aboriginals Ordinance 1918 [Document].
Prepared by: Karen George and Gary George
Created: 9 February 2011, Last modified: 17 December 2013