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The Aboriginal Protection Act is enacted

Posted in Anniversary, History, Law on Sunday, 31 October 2010

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Aborigines in happier circumstances. Illustration by Angus McBride

11th November marks the anniversary of the signing of the Aboriginal Protection Act in 1869, by the colony of Victoria, Australia. This gave the  government power, through the Board for the Protection of Aborigines, over the native people which was used to regulate where they lived and worked, what they could do and whom they could meet and marry. It was used to remove children from their families, beginning the process of what became known as the Stolen Generation.

The inhumanity of the Act was finally recognised and much of it repealed in the Aborigines Act 1910 and Aboriginal Lands Act of 1970.

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