The Aborigines Protection (Amendment) Act 1943 (13/1943) created 'exemption certificates' which enabled an Aboriginal person to argue they should no longer be deemed to be 'an aborigine or a person apparently having an admixture of aboriginal blood', and could thus escape the provisions of the Aborigines Protection Act and enjoy similar freedoms to white people. The Act enabled the Board, for the first time, to board out (or foster) children admitted to its control. It asserted the Board's rights to control its wards, their apprenticeship and their custody. It was repealed by the Aborigines Act 1969.
Sources used to compile this entry: New South Wales. Aborigines Welfare Board, Annual report of the Aborigines Welfare Board for the year ended 1940, Government Printer, 1941; New South Wales. Aborigines Welfare Board (ed.), Annual report of the Aborigines Welfare Board for the year ended …, Government Printer, 1949-1968; Thinee, Kristy and Bradford, Tracy, Connecting Kin: Guide to Records, A guide to help people separated from their families search for their records [completed in 1998], New South Wales Department of Community Services, Sydney, New South Wales, 1998, http://nma.gov.au/blogs/inside/files/2011/02/connectkin_guide1.pdf.
Prepared by: Bruce A Smith
Created: 21 February 2011, Last modified: 1 February 2018