Report on the Aboriginals of Queensland by Archibald Meston 1896

1896 – Meston is appointed special commissioner by the Queensland government. His role is to make recommendations concerning Aboriginal administration. These are embodied in the Aboriginal Protection and Restriction of the Sale of Opium Act 1897. Meston is later appointed the Protector of Aborigines for the Southern districts.


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