Aboriginal Australians family history

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Key to library resources

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Minutes of the meetings of the New South Wales Aboriginal Protection Board and the Aboriginal Welfare Board

How to use Minutes of the meetings of the New South Wales Aboriginal Protection Board and the Aboriginal Welfare Board

Only in the Library You can use Minutes of the meetings of the New South Wales Aboriginal Protection Board and the Aboriginal Welfare Board when in the Library. Can't come to the Library? Contact us!

How to search the minutes of the meetings

STEP 1

Collect the Aborigines mentioned in the Minutes of the meetings of the New South Wales Aboriginal Protection Board (APB: 1890-1939) and the Aboriginal Welfare Board (AWB: 1939-1969) index from the Australian Reference shelves in the Governor Marie Bashir Reading Room.

STEP 2

Search the index for the individual's name and note down all details found in the index. The index is arranged in alphabetical order by surname.

Abbreviations were used in the index to describe why a person was mentioned in the minutes. View the list of abbreviation meanings used.

In the example below, the Board discussed 14 year old Bessie Hookwin's issues with her employment.

Example of the information found in the index:

SurnameGiven NameMtg DateWhyCommunity
Hookwin Bessie (14) 24 Nov 1910 Emp Homebush

STEP 3

You will need to apply for permission from Aboriginal Affairs to access a copy of the record. The books contain personal information and have been closed to public access for 100 years. However, they are available for personal research once permission has been granted.

STEP 4

If permission is granted contact State Records NSW and provide them with the reference details you received from Aboriginal Affairs. State Records NSW will find the records for you.

About the Board

The Board for the Protection of Aborigines (renamed the Aborigines Welfare Board in 1937) had a very pervasive influence on the everyday lives of the Aboriginal people of NSW. They held weekly meetings from 1890 to 1915, which became monthly until 1969. Minutes of proceedings were kept for each Board meeting and include who attended the meeting as well as the decisions made by the Board.