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Organisation Aborigines Protection Board (1890 - 1897)
Colony of Western Australia
The Aborigines Protection Board continued for the first few years of Western Australia's existence as a self-governing Colony. In fact, Aboriginal matters played an important role in achieving representative government. Battye, in his (1924) history of colonial Western Australia (p.397), reports that the existence and funding of an Aboriginal Protection Board was a requirement of the Constitution of the Colony of Western Australia. The British government was concerned that, without this provision, authorities in the colony would not put money aside to meet the needs of the Aboriginal people who were being displaced from their traditional lands and ways by the settlers.
1832 - 1838 Superintendent of Natives
1839 - 1849 Protector of Aborigines (statutory role)
1849 - 1857 Guardian of Aborigines
1857 - 1887 Guardian of Aborigines and Protector of Settlers
1887 - 1890 Aborigines Protection Board
1890 - 1897 Aborigines Protection Board
1897 - 1901 Chief Protector of Aborigines (1)
1901 - 1936 Chief Protector of Aborigines (2)
1936 - 1954 Commissioner for Native Affairs
1954 - 1972 Commissioner for Native Welfare
- Battye, J.S., Western Australia: A History from its Discovery to the Inauguration of the Commonwealth, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 1924. Details
Sources used to compile this entry: Battye, J.S., Western Australia: A History from its Discovery to the Inauguration of the Commonwealth, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 1924.
Prepared by: Debra Rosser
Created: 27 February 2012