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Queensland - Legislation

Native Labourers' Protection Act 1884 (1884 - 1939)

Principal Act

"An Act to Prevent the Improper Employment of Aboriginal Natives of Australia and New Guinea on Ships in Queensland Waters" (Act no. 48 Vic. No.20), Assented 17 November 1884 and repealed by on the Aboriginals Preservation and Protection Act 1939 (Act no. 3 Geo. VI No.6) 12 of October 1939. The act details the rules around the employment of Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander peoples on ships in Queensland waters. The act states details regulations for wages, signing of contracts and hiring of employee's.


 1884 - 1939 Native Labourers' Protection Act 1884
       1939 - 1966 Aboriginals Preservation and Protection Act 1939
             1965 - 1972 Aborigines' and Torres Strait Islanders' Affairs Act 1965
                   1972 - 1984 Torres Strait Islander Act 1971
                   1972 - 1984 Aborigines Act 1971
                         1984 - Community Services (Aborigines) Act 1984

Sources used to compile this entry: Law Research Service, Melbourne Law School, Law Library, The University of Melbourne. 'Find and Connect Project - Queensland Legislation', 4 April 2013, held in the project files at the University of Melbourne eScholarship Research Centre.

Prepared by: Elizabeth Daniels