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Legislation Aborigines Act Amendment Act 1939
State of South Australia
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The Aborigines Act Amendment Act 1939 replaced the position of Chief Protector with the Aborigines Protection Board.
Key Provisions: Position of Chief Protector replaced by the Aborigines Protection Board. Each member of the Board to be a protector of Aborigines for the whole of the state. System of regional protectors continued. Definition of 'aborigine' expanded and ceased to distinguish 'half-castes'. Established a system of exemptions from the jurisdiction of the Act. 'Where the board is of the opinion that any aborigine by reason of his character and standard of intelligence and development should be exempted from the provisions of this Act, the board may … declare that the aborigine shall cease to be an aborigine for the purposes of this Act'. Exemptions may be conditional and revokable for three years or unconditional and irrevocable. Repealed by Aboriginal Affairs Act 1962.
- Aborigines Act Amendment Act 1939 (SA), 1939. Also available at http://www.aiatsis.gov.au/collections/exhibitions/remove/sa/legislation.html. Details
- To Remove and Protect, South Australian Legislation, AIATSIS, 2009, http://www.aiatsis.gov.au/collections/exhibitions/remove/sa/legislation.html. Details
- Aborigines Act Amendment Act 1939
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