State Records Office of WA SROWA

Government of Western Australia, Department for Culture and the Arts.

AU WA A67 - ABORIGINES DEPARTMENT [1]

Identity area

Type of entity

Corporate body

Legal Status Text

Sub-Department

Authorized form of name

ABORIGINES DEPARTMENT [1]

Other form(s) of name

Description identifier

AU WA A67

Description area

Dates of existence

1898-04-01 - 1908-12-31

History

The 1897 Aborigines Act established the first Aborigines department in Western Australia. The department started to function in April 1898, as a sub-department of the Treasury, with a small staff, a permanent head called the Chief Protector of Aborigines, and a statutory grant of 5 000 pounds. In 1901, the department was assigned to the Premier's Department, a year later to the office of the Colonial Secretary, and in 1905 its control was transferred to the Minister for Commerce and Labour. About the same time, as a result of a Royal Commission appointed in 1904, it was raised to the status of a department and allocated a minmum statutory grant of 10 000 pounds.

In 1909, the Aborigines and the Fisheries Departments were amalgamated into one agency; the Aborigines and Fisheries Department. This step was due partly to a policy of financial stringency on the part of the government and partly to the expediency of running as one the two departments whose interests in that period lay mainly in the northern part of the State.

The first Chief Protector of Aborigines was Henry Charles Prinsep (who was formerly Under-Secretary for Mines). Prinsep's appointment commenced on 1 April 1898 but was without any legal authority (see the 1904 Roth Royal Commission, question 207). The Aborigines Act 1905 legalised the situation and his appointment was re-gazetted on 4 May 1906.

Charles Frederick Gale was appointed Acting Chief Protector of Aborigines during Prinsep's absence commencing 11 December 1912. Gale was appointed Chief Protector of Aborigines and Chief Inspector of Fisheries on 1 October 1908.

Places

Functions, occupations and activities

Mandates/sources of authority

Creation: An Act to further amend the Constitution Act of 1889 and for the better protection of the Aboriginal race of Western Australia (statute 5/1897);

An Act to make better provision for the better protection and care of the Aboriginal inhabitants of Western Australia (statute 14/1905);

Internal structures/genealogy

General context

Relationships area

Related entity

AU WA A1202 - DEPARTMENT OF INDIGENOUS AFFAIRS (2001-07-01 - 2013-05-16)

Identifier of the related entity

AU WA A1202

Category of the relationship

Succeeding

Dates of the relationship

1898-04-01 -

Description of relationship

Related entity

AU WA A797 - ABORIGINAL AFFAIRS DEPARTMENT (1994-11-01 - 2001-06-30)

Identifier of the related entity

AU WA A797

Category of the relationship

Succeeding

Dates of the relationship

1898-04-01 - 1908-12-31

Description of relationship

Related entity

AU WA A63 - ABORIGINES DEPARTMENT [2] (1926-01-01 - 1936-01-01)

Identifier of the related entity

AU WA A63

Category of the relationship

Succeeding

Dates of the relationship

1898-01-01 - 1908-01-01

Description of relationship

Related entity

AU WA A47 - DEPARTMENT OF NATIVE AFFAIRS (1936-01-01 - 1954-12-31)

Identifier of the related entity

AU WA A47

Category of the relationship

Succeeding

Dates of the relationship

1898-01-01 - 1908-01-01

Description of relationship

Related entity

AU WA A48 - DEPARTMENT OF NATIVE WELFARE (1955-01-01 - 1972-06-16)

Identifier of the related entity

AU WA A48

Category of the relationship

Succeeding

Dates of the relationship

1898-01-01 - 1908-01-01

Description of relationship

Related entity

AU WA A49 - ABORIGINAL AFFAIRS PLANNING AUTHORITY (1972-06-16 - 1994-10-31)

Identifier of the related entity

AU WA A49

Category of the relationship

Succeeding

Dates of the relationship

1898-01-01 - 1908-01-01

Description of relationship

Related entity

AU WA A64 - DEPARTMENT OF THE NORTH WEST [1] (1920-01-01 - 1926-01-01)

Identifier of the related entity

AU WA A64

Category of the relationship

Succeeding

Dates of the relationship

1898-01-01 - 1908-01-01

Description of relationship

Related entity

AU WA A65 - FISHERIES DEPARTMENT [2] (1920-01-01 - 1964-09-01)

Identifier of the related entity

AU WA A65

Category of the relationship

Succeeding

Dates of the relationship

1898-01-01 - 1908-01-01

Description of relationship

Related entity

AU WA A66 - DEPARTMENT OF ABORIGINES AND FISHERIES (1909-01-01 - 1920-01-01)

Identifier of the related entity

AU WA A66

Category of the relationship

Succeeding

Dates of the relationship

1898-01-01 - 1908-01-01

Description of relationship

Related entity

AU WA A1767 - DEPARTMENT OF ABORIGINAL AFFAIRS [2] (2013-05-17 -)

Identifier of the related entity

AU WA A1767

Category of the relationship

Succeeding

Dates of the relationship

-

Description of relationship

Related entity

AU WA A40 - DEPARTMENT FOR COMMUNITY SERVICES (1985-01-01 - 1992-10-01)

Identifier of the related entity

AU WA A40

Category of the relationship

Succeeding

Dates of the relationship

1984-01-01 - 1992-09-30

Description of relationship

Related entity

AU WA A39 - DEPARTMENT FOR COMMUNITY WELFARE (1972-06-16 - 1985-01-01)

Identifier of the related entity

AU WA A39

Category of the relationship

Succeeding

Dates of the relationship

1972-01-01 - 1984-01-01

Description of relationship

Related entity

AU WA A48 - DEPARTMENT OF NATIVE WELFARE (1955-01-01 - 1972-06-16)

Identifier of the related entity

AU WA A48

Category of the relationship

Succeeding

Dates of the relationship

1955-01-01 - 1972-01-01

Description of relationship

Related entity

AU WA A47 - DEPARTMENT OF NATIVE AFFAIRS (1936-01-01 - 1954-12-31)

Identifier of the related entity

AU WA A47

Category of the relationship

Succeeding

Dates of the relationship

1936-01-01 - 1955-01-01

Description of relationship

Related entity

AU WA A63 - ABORIGINES DEPARTMENT [2] (1926-01-01 - 1936-01-01)

Identifier of the related entity

AU WA A63

Category of the relationship

Succeeding

Dates of the relationship

1926-01-01 - 1936-01-01

Description of relationship

Related entity

AU WA A64 - DEPARTMENT OF THE NORTH WEST [1] (1920-01-01 - 1926-01-01)

Identifier of the related entity

AU WA A64

Category of the relationship

Succeeding

Dates of the relationship

1920-01-01 - 1926-01-01

Description of relationship

Related entity

AU WA A65 - FISHERIES DEPARTMENT [2] (1920-01-01 - 1964-09-01)

Identifier of the related entity

AU WA A65

Category of the relationship

Succeeding

Dates of the relationship

1920-01-01 - 1926-01-01

Description of relationship

Related entity

AU WA A66 - DEPARTMENT OF ABORIGINES AND FISHERIES (1909-01-01 - 1920-01-01)

Identifier of the related entity

AU WA A66

Category of the relationship

Succeeding

Dates of the relationship

1909-01-01 - 1920-01-01

Description of relationship

Related entity

AU WA A1200 - ABORIGINES PROTECTION BOARD (1886-01-01 - 1898-04-01)

Identifier of the related entity

AU WA A1200

Category of the relationship

Preceding

Dates of the relationship

1898-04-01 -

Description of relationship

Related unit of description

Series S3005 - FILES - CHIEF PROTECTOR OF ABORIGINES

Role

Creation

Description of relationship

Dates of relationship

1898-04-01 - 1908-12-31

Related unit of description

Series S3024 - ANNUAL REPORTS

Role

Creation

Description of relationship

Dates of relationship

1898-04-01 - 1908-12-31

Related unit of description

Series S3046 - REPORT - ESTABLISHMENT OF DEPARTMENT

Role

Creation

Description of relationship

Dates of relationship

1898-05-12 - 1898-05-12

Related unit of description

Series S3047 - CIRCULAR

Role

Creation

Description of relationship

Dates of relationship

1898-05-01 - 1899-02-01

Related unit of description

Series S1550 - REPORTS - ABORIGINAL MISSIONS

Role

Creation

Description of relationship

Dates of relationship

1906-12-31 - 1908-12-31

Related unit of description

Series S1377 - SCRAPBOOKS

Role

Creation

Description of relationship

Dates of relationship

1905-01-30 - 1908-12-31

Control area

Rules and/or conventions used

Status

Final

Level of detail

Dates of creation, revision and deletion

Sources

Archivist's notes

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