The Aboriginal Lands Trust was established by the Aborigines (Amendment) Act, 1973 which was proclaimed on 18 June 1973. (1) The Trust consisted of the members of the Aborigines Advisory Council - that is nine Aboriginal people each chosen by popular election to represent the Aboriginal people of a particular area of New South Wales. Each member was elected for a term of three years.
The Aboriginal Lands Trust assumed the corporate ownership of all Aboriginal reserves throughout the State on behalf of, and for the benefit of Aboriginal people. (6)
Under the Act freehold title to existing reserves in NSW plus the mineral right to such lands were transferred to the Trust, which was free to maintain, develop or dispose of these reserves in the manner which would best serve the needs of the Aboriginal community. The Trust was also responsible for houses located on the reserves. (7)
The Aboriginal Lands Trust was abolished by the NSW Aboriginal Land Rights Act, 1983 (Act No.42, 1983). The property of the Trust was transferred to the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs pending their eventual transfer to relevant Aboriginal Land Councils. (6).
References and Footnotes:
(1) NSW Government Gazette 18 June 1973, Vol 2 0.2680
(2) Report of the Aboriginal Lands Trust for the year ended 30 June, 1974 p. 3 in NSW Parliamentary Papers 1975-76 Vol , 1 p. 3
(3) Aborigines (Amendment) Act, 1973 s. 4
(4) Report for the year ended 30 June, 1974 Op. Cit. p. 10
(5) Annual Report for Youth and Community Services 30 June 1974 p.28
(6) Loc Cit
(7) Loc Cit
(8) NSW State Archive Disposal Authority No.3871