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Aboriginal School


Aboriginal schools were separate public schools in New South Wales. They were created because Aboriginal children were legally required to attend school, but could be excluded from public schools if non-Aboriginal parents complained about their presence. The syllabus for Aboriginal Schools stopped at Grade 3, meaning children attending them were disadvantaged.

Teachers in Aboriginal Schools were paid by the NSW Education Department and received an additional allowance from the Aborigines Protection Board to supervise adults living on the station, as teacher-managers. Aboriginal schools were phased out from the 1960s, as access to mainstream schools improved.

Aboriginal School Files belong to the Education Department and are held by New South Wales State Records. They sometimes contain information about removals of children, as well as providing valuable information about family history.

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