The Aborigines Act 1889 amended the Aborigines Protection Act 1886 by clarifying the Governor's supremacy over the Aborigines Protection Board in the appointment and removal of Board members and Protectors of Aborigines (s.4); giving the Board the power to cancel contracts of service between Aboriginal people and persons deemed 'unfit' to be employers (s.5); enabling the Governor to claim any Crown Land as a 'Native Reserve' and vesting existing native reserves in the Aborigines Protection Board 'in trust for the benefit of the aboriginal natives'(s.8).
The Aborigines Act 1889 was repealed by the Aborigines Act 1897, but as the 1897 Act was invalid, most if its provisions, including repeals, were validated in the Aborigines Act 1905.
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