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New South Wales - Legislation

Aborigines Protection (Amendment) Act 1918 (1918 - 1969)

Amending Act
Alternative Names
  • An Act to amend the Aborigines Protection Act, 1909, and the Aborigines Protection Amending Act, 1915 (Long title)

The Aborigines Protection (Amendment) Act 1918 extended the reach of the Aborigines Protection Act 1909 to include, specifically, 'any person having apparently an admixture of Aboriginal blood'. This, in effect, meant that any police officer or employee of the Aborigines Protection Board could decide whether someone was Aboriginal by looking at them. It swept more people into the control because it was able to take action against Aboriginal people who did not live on its reserves or stations. It was repealed by the Aborigines Act 1969.



Online Resources

Sources used to compile this entry: New South Wales. Aborigines Protection Board (ed.), Report of the Board, Government Printer, 1881-1941. Also available at; 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,

Prepared by: Naomi Parry and Liam Hogan