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Notes for Chapter 8

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1 The terms 'half-caste', and sometimes 'quadroon and 'octoroon' were used at the time to describe a person of both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal heritage. These terms appear regularly in item titles and in correspondence. They have been retained where they appear in the original item titles in accordance with the usual archival practice and because, in themselves, they give information about the attitudes of the time and the context in which the records were created.

2 Preliminary Report on the Aboriginals of the Northern Territory, Bulletin of the Northern Territory, number 7 (Melbourne, July 1913).

3 Australia. Report on the Aboriginals and Half-Castes of Central Australia and North Australia, 1928; Commonwealth Parliamentary Papers (1929), volume II, pp. 1159–1225.

4 Australia. Commonwealth Government's Policy with respect to Aboriginals (Canberra, 1939).

5 NAA: F1,1957/367. Patrol officer E J (Ted) Egan, 27 September 1957.

6 The work of patrol officers has been described by Jeremy Long, The Go–Betweens: Patrol Officers in Aboriginal Affairs in the Northern Territory, 1936–74 (Darwin, 1992).

7 Register of Wards, Northern Territory Gazette, 19B, 13 May 1957.

8 Rowena McDonald, Between Two Worlds: The Commonwealth Government and the Removal of Aboriginal Children of Part Descent in the Northern Territory (Alice Springs, 1995), p. 53.

9 Australia. Report from the Select Committee on Voting Rights of Aboriginals, October 1961; Commonwealth Parliamentary Papers (1961), volume II, pp. 1391–406.

10 Australia. Aboriginal Land Rights Commission, Second Report, April 1974; Commonwealth Parliamentary Papers (1974), volume 1, paper 1, pp. 131–2.

11 NAA: A12909, submission 314, Implementation of party policy on Aboriginal land rights, May 1976.

12 Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody: Interim Report, Commonwealth Parliamentary Papers (1989), volume 2, paper 20; National Report, volumes 1–4, Commonwealth Parliamentary Papers (1991), volume 12; National Report, volume 5; Commonwealth Parliamentary Papers (1991), volume 13.

13 Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission, Bringing Them Home: Report of the National Inquiry into the Separation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children from Their Families (Sydney, 1997).

14 'Bringing Them Home': Government Initiatives: Statement tabled in Commonwealth Parliament out of session on 16 December 1997.

15 Fact Sheet 175 – Bringing Them Home name index on the National Archives' website:

16 See Fact Sheet 114 – Memorandum of Understanding with Northern Territory Aboriginal people; Fact Sheet 205 – Memorandum of Understanding with the Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency; and Fact Sheet 209 – Memorandum of Understanding with SA Indigenous people on the National Archives' website:

17 National Archives of Australia, Tracking Families (Canberra, 2006).


Chapter 8
Aboriginal People of the Northern Territory