The Aboriginals Protection and Restriction of the Sale of Opium Act 1897, with the full title "An Act to make Provision for the better Protection and Care of the Aboriginal and Half-caste Inhabitants of the Colony, and to make more effectual Provision for Restricting the Sale and Distribution of Opium" (Act no. 61 Vic. No.17). The Act established the positions of regional Protectors and later Chief Protector. The act was repealed on the 12 of October 1939 by the Aboriginals Preservation and Protection Act 1939 (Act no 3 Geo.VI No.6).
1897 - 1939 Aboriginals Protection and Restriction of the Sale of Opium Act 1897
1939 - 1966 Aboriginals Preservation and Protection Act 1939
1965 - 1972 Aborigines' and Torres Strait Islanders' Affairs Act 1965
1972 - 1984 Torres Strait Islander Act 1971
1972 - 1984 Aborigines Act 1971
1984 - Community Services (Aborigines) Act 1984
Sources used to compile this entry: To Remove and Protect: laws that changed Aboriginal lives, Queensland Legislation, 2009, http://aiatsis.gov.au/collections/collections-online/digitised-collections/remove-and-protect/queensland; Law Research Service, Melbourne Law School, Law Library, The University of Melbourne. 'Find and Connect Project - Queensland Legislation', 4 April 2013, held in the project files at the University of Melbourne eScholarship Research Centre.
Prepared by: Rosemary Francis
Created: 18 May 2011, Last modified: 9 November 2018