- 1920-01-01 - 1926-01-01 (Creation)
- 1911-01-01 - 1926-01-01 (Accumulation)
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This department had control of Aboriginal affairs for the area above latitude 25 degrees South in Western Australia. The Department of Fisheries had control of Aboriginal affairs for the area below latitude 25 degrees South in Western Australia.
Auber Octavius Neville was appointed Chief Protector of Aborigines on 7 May 1915. He became Secretary for the Department of the North West on 1 November 1920, combining this position with that of Chief Protector (North of the 25th parallel). When the Aborigines Department was re-established in 1926, Neville became once again, on 30 June 1926, the Chief Protector of Aborigines for the whole State.
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Index cards created by the Department of the North West (1) to departmental files.
The cards are arranged in discreet sequences - subject, name-based and numerical - as reflected in the item list. The cards do seem to include some earlier index cards inherited from the Department of Aborigines and Fisheries.
As well as cross-referencing to departmental files, the cards also provide references to files of other departments and are often stamped with the fate of each file (e.g. archived or destroyed). As such, they provide a useful means by which to trace the transfer or disposal of departmental files.
Index cards to files with Aboriginal content of the Department of Fisheries (1920-1926, see Agency No. 65) are held by the State Records Office in amongst Colonial Secretary's Office records (consignment 1274).
(Index cards in this Record Series were previously listed at the State Records Office at reference: AN 1/15; Accession 251).