The Aboriginal Girls Protection 1844 (Act no. 1844 (8 Vict. No.6)) commenced on 1 August 1844. It had the long title of 'An Act to Prevent the Enticing Away the Girls of the Aboriginal Race from School or from any Service in which they are Employed'. This legislation made it an offence to remove Aboriginal girls from school or 'service' without the previous consent of a Protector of Aborigines or the girl's employer. The Act was repealed by the Aborigines Act 1905 commencing on 23 April 1906.
1844 - 1906 Aboriginal Girls Protection 1844
1906 - 1964 Aborigines Act 1905
1963 - 1972 Native Welfare Act 1963
1972 - Aboriginal Affairs Planning Authority Act 1972
Sources used to compile this entry: Aboriginal girls protection (1844) [Document], Date: 1 August 1844; To Remove and Protect: Aboriginal Lives Under Control [website], 2010, https://aiatsis.gov.au/collection/featured-collections/remove-and-protect; Tilbrook, Lois, Nyungar Tradition : glimpses of Aborigines of south-western Australia 1829-1914, Online version published by the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies in 2007, University of Western Australia Press, 1983, http://aiatsis.gov.au/sites/default/files/catalogue_resources/m0022954.pdf; Law Research Service, Melbourne Law School, Law Library, The University of Melbourne. 'Find and Connect Project - Western Australia Legislation', 13 December 2013, held in the project files at the University of Melbourne eScholarship Research Centre.
Prepared by: Leanne Howard and Debra Rosser
Created: 28 June 2011, Last modified: 15 June 2018