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Aboriginal Deaths in Custody: The Royal Commission and its Records, 1987–91


Aboriginal Deaths in Custody: The Royal Commission and its Records, 1987–97

Peter Nagle and Richard Summerrell

Published by the National Archives of Australia


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This guide is number 2 in the series of Research Guides published by the National Archives.

This guide is the only comprehensive listing of the huge volume of records created by the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody. They include individual case files, submissions, research reports, the papers of the Commissioners and staff, the records of legal counsel, and the Commission's administrative records. The guide is particularly relevant to Aboriginal researchers and students.

Winner of the 1996 Mander Jones Award – Best finding aid to an archival collection (ASA)

Peter Nagle is the author of the National Archives of Australia research guide Papua New Guinea Records 1883–1942: Microfilm Collections, and the National Archives research guide Australia in Focus: Photographs in the National Archives. Richard Summerrell was the Assistant Director, Reference Policy and Standards at the National Archives of Australia. He was formerly Executive Officer of the archives in the Department of Defence. He is also author of the National Archives research guide The Sinking of the HMAS Sydney: A Guide to Commonwealth Government Records.

Guides include the material known to be relevant to their subject area but they are not necessarily a complete or definitive guide to all relevant material in the collection.

The National Archives reviews its collection to confirm the value of records for research, evidential and other purposes or to identify, in consultation with agencies, records for destruction. At the time of publication all the records described in this guide were present in the Archives collection. However it is possible that some of the records may be destroyed if they are reviewed and considered not to be of enduring value. If this occurs, the guide will be revised accordingly.

© Commonwealth of Australia 2002

First published 1996
Reprinted with revisions 1998
Reprinted with revisions 2002

ISBN 0 642 34486 8
ISSN 1442-8245

This work is copyright. Apart from any use as permitted under the Copyright Act 1968, no part may be reproduced by any process without prior written permission from the National Archives of Australia. Requests and inquiries concerning reproduction and rights should be directed to the Publications Manager, National Archives of Australia, PO Box 7425, Canberra Business Centre ACT 2610, Australia.

The assistance of Dr Wendy Southern of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet is acknowledged in the preparation of this Guide.

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