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Legislation Aborigines Act 1911
State of South Australia
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Aborigines Act 1911 established the position of Chief Protector of Aboriginals and a system of regional Protectors.
Key provision: Established the position of Chief Protector of Aboriginals and a system of regional Protectors. Aboriginals Department to provide for the 'custody, maintenance and education of the children of aboriginals' and to 'exercise a general supervision and care over all matters affecting the well-being of aboriginals'. Chief Protector is the legal guardian of 'every aboriginal and half-caste child, notwithstanding that any such child has a parent or other relative living' until the age of 21 years, except while the child is a 'State child' within the meaning of the State Each regional Protector is the local guardian of every child within his district. The Chief Protector 'may cause every aboriginal or half-caste to be kept within the boundaries of any reserve or aboriginal institution, or to be removed to and kept within the boundaries of any reserve or aboriginal institution, or to be removed from one reserve or aboriginal institution to another'. An 'aboriginal or half-caste who refuses to be so removed' commits an offence. A medical practitioner may order the removal of an 'aboriginal or half caste' child to any 'lock-hospital'. Regulations may be made for the 'care, custody and education of the children of aboriginals and half-castes'; 'enabling any aboriginal or half-caste child to be sent to and detained in an aboriginal institution or industrial school'; and prescribing the conditions on which 'aboriginal or half-caste children' may be apprenticed. Repealed by Aborigines Act 1934.
- Aborigines Act 1911 (SA), 1911. Details
- To Remove and Protect, South Australian Legislation, AIATSIS, 2009, http://www.aiatsis.gov.au/collections/exhibitions/remove/sa/legislation.html. Details
- Aborigines Act 1911
Sources used to compile this entry: To Remove and Protect, South Australian Legislation, AIATSIS, 2009, http://www.aiatsis.gov.au/collections/exhibitions/remove/sa/legislation.html.
Prepared by: Melissa Downing
Created: 21 February 2011, Last modified: 29 May 2012