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Index to Aboriginal people in the Register of Aboriginal Reserves, 1875-1904

This index includes the names of approximately 80 Aboriginal people. It is not a complete list of Aboriginal people living on reserves in NSW in this period.

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The entries are from:

NRS 23 Aborigines Welfare Board: Register of Aboriginal reserves, 1875-1904 [2/8349; Reel 2847]

About the Register

Example from the Register of Aboriginal ReservesThis register records Aboriginal reserves, using a double-page layout. The left-hand side shows a hand-drawn map of the locality, and records the number of the reserve, date of notification, scale of the map, parish, county, and locality. The Report on the right-hand side gives a geographical description of the reserve, and records the following details: area of the reserve in acres; whether the area is grassed, cultivated, or cleared, and whether good for hunting and fishing; whether occupied, and if so, by whom.

These preliminary descriptions are followed by further reports entered at later dates, which describe any improvements or problems. Many reports include clippings from the New South Wales Government Gazette, showing notification dates and, where applicable, revocation dates. Not all entries for reserves have maps, and many have only Gazette clippings. These reserves were gazetted by the Department of Lands, and were governed by the Crown Lands Act 1884 which enacted that specific areas were not to be sold until the proportion decided upon for Aboriginal use was utilised.

Arrangement Chronological and numerical
Index At front of volume
Reference Numbers 2/8349; SR Reel 2847
See also The records of the Aboriginal Services Branch, Department of Youth and Community Services. See Registers of Aboriginal Reserves, 21 February 1912-25 October 1973 for a continuation of this series.

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