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Queensland - Legislation

Torres Strait Islander Act 1939 (1939 - 1966)

Principal Act

The Torres Strait Islander Act 1939 with the full title "An Act to Make Provision for the Government of the Native Inhabitants of the Islands of Torres Strait and their Descendants, and for other purposes" (Act no. 3 Geo. VI No.7) authorised the Director of Native Affairs to remove from any reserve to another reserve or to a reserve under the Aboriginals Act 1939 and kept there. A removal could not be effected without the recommendation of the Island court. This act was repealed and replaced by the Aborigines' and Torres Strait Islanders' Affairs Act 1965 (Act no. 27/1965) in 1966.


 1939 - 1966 Torres Strait Islander 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

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Online Resources

Sources used to compile this entry: To Remove and Protect: laws that changed Aboriginal lives, Queensland Legislation, 2009,; 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