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Tracking Family: A Guide to Aboriginal Records Relating to the Northern Territory


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Chapter 4


1 The abbreviation 'AIM' has been used for three organisations and this can cause confusion. The abbreviation has been used for:

  • Aborigines Inland Mission – an inter-denominational organisation formed in 1905 by a Baptist missionary Retta Long (nee Dixon).
  • Australian Indigenous Ministries – this is the new name given to the Aborigines Inland Mission in 1998.
  • Australian Inland Mission – this was established by the Presbyterian Church of Australia's Board of Inland Missions on the recommendation of Rev. John Flynn in 1912. The organisation became the Uniting Church in Australia Frontier Services on the amalgamation of the Methodist, Presbyterian and Congregational churches to form the Uniting Church in Australia in 1977.

Appendix 1


1 Under the Archives Act 1983 (Cwlth), records in the open access period are generally available for public access. Following amendments to the Archives Act in 2010, the open access period will begin after 20 years instead of the previous 30 years. This change is being phased in over a 10-year period from January 2011.

2 For access to adoption records, see entry for the Northern Territory Adoption Information Service (p. 6). The agency you approach will obtain a copy of records held by the National Archives, if relevant.


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