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South Australia - Organisation

Aborigines Office (1866 - 1912)

South Australian Government

From
1866
To
1912
Categories
Care Provider and Government Department

The Aborigines Office was the name given to the Office of the Protector of Aborigines in 1866 while the position of Protector was vacant due to illness. During this period the responsibilities of the Protector were taken on by clerks in the Aborigines Office and a greater number of sub-protectors. The Aborigines Office consisted only of the Chief Protector of Aborigines, the Sub-Protector, Far North and one junior clerk when it was replaced by the Aborigines Department in 1912.

Details

The Aborigines Office was under the auspices of the Minister for Crown Lands and Immigration until 1891. Between 1892 and 1901 the Minister of Agriculture and Education was the Minister responsible. Subsequently the office came under the Treasurer and Commissioner for Crown Lands and Immigration (1902 - 1903), the Attorney-General and Minister of Education (1904 - 1905), Commissioner of Public Works and Minister of Education (1906 - 1908), and Commissioner of Public Works thereafter.

Timeline

 1866 - 1912 Aborigines Office
       1912 - 1962 Aborigines Department
             1963 - 1970 Department of Aboriginal Affairs
                   1970 - 1972 Department of Social Welfare and Aboriginal Affairs
                         1972 - 1990 Department for Community Welfare
                               1990 - 1998 Department for Family and Community Services
                                     1998 - 2004 Family and Youth Services, Department of Human Services
                                           2004 - 2006 Children, Youth and Family Services, Department for Families and Communities
                                                 2006 - 2011 Families SA, Department for Families and Communities
                                                       2011 - 2016 Families SA, Department for Education and Child Development
                                                       2011 - 2018 Department for Communities and Social Inclusion
                                                             2016 - Department for Child Protection
                                                             2018 - Department of Human Services

Publications

Books

  • Raynes, Cameron, A Little Flour and a Few Blankets: An Administrative History of Aboriginal Affairs in South Australia, State Records of South Australia, Adelaide, 2002, 162 pp. Details

Online Resources

  • State Records of South Australia, 'Agency Details: GRG52 Aborigines' Office and successor agencies', in State Records of South Australia, ArchivesSearch, http://archives.sa.gov.au. Details

Sources used to compile this entry: Raynes, Cameron, A Little Flour and a Few Blankets: An Administrative History of Aboriginal Affairs in South Australia, State Records of South Australia, Adelaide, 2002, 162 pp; State Records of South Australia, 'Agency Details: GRG52 Aborigines' Office and successor agencies', in State Records of South Australia, ArchivesSearch, http://archives.sa.gov.au.

Prepared by: Karen George and Gary George