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Legislation Cape Barren Island Reserve Act (1912)
State of Tasmania
The Cape Barren Island Reserve Act provided for the subdivision of the Cape Barren Island Reserve into homesteads and agricultural blocks specifically for the use of the descendents of Aboriginal women and white sealers living in the Furneaux Group of islands.
Persons named in the schedule and their descendants and widows could apply to occupy the land rent free. Licenses could be bequeathed to widows or descendants but if a widow married a white man she lost the licence. The residents had to live continuously in their houses for six months of the year. Anyone over twenty-one years of age who was not a licenced occupier or lessee could be removed from the Reserve. The state government wanted to encourage Islanders to move to the mainland so they made it possible for them to obtain a license to lease Crown land elsewhere in Tasmania. The Act provided for regulations to be made to control the residents.
Prepared by: Caroline Evans
Created: 1 November 2011, Last modified: 14 December 2011