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NATIONAL ARCHIVES OF AUSTRALIA, CANBERRA

NATIONAL ARCHIVES OF AUSTRALIA, CANBERRA

The National Archives in Canberra contain the records of the Commonwealth Government, given that the Commonwealth did not accept any responsibility for Indigenous Australians before the 1967 referendum, the records of greatest interest of those dealing with the relationship between the Queensland government and the Commonwealth government on Indigenous affairs.

The earliest conflicts between the Commonwealth and State begin with the Whitlam government’s policies on Aboriginal issues, and resistance to the government of Queensland.

This conflict reaches height in 1978 in the dispute over the management of Aurukun and Mornington Island. Under the 30 year rule Federal Cabinet papers relating to this dispute are now available.

There are no specific finding guides for records relating to the western coast of Cape York.

The other topic on which records are held by the National Archives, other service records of several missionaries who were World War I veterans: JBR Love and Bill MacKenzie.

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