Royal Commission on the Aborigines : report of the Commissioners appointed to inquire into the present condition of the Aborigines of this colony and to advise as to the best means of caring for and dealing with them in the future : together with minutes of evidence and appendices

Corporate Author: Victoria. Royal Commission on the Aborigines
Other Authors: Baldwin, Joseph, d. 1887, Beveridge, Peter, 1829-1885, Brodribb, Thomas, 1836-1923, Cameron, Ewen Hugh, 1831-1915, Carr, Charles Warburton, 1806-1900, Coombs, Uriah 1832-1900, Dawson, James, 1806-1900, Dennis, Alexander, 1811-1892, Duffy, John Gavan, 1844-1917, Elkington, John Simeon, 1841-1922, Elmes, John Blair, d. 1884, Embling, Thomas, 1814-1893, Fawssett, Leonard, Finley, James, Gibson, James R., 1824?-1881, Godfrey, Frederick Race, 1828-1910, Gray, Charles, 1816-1905, Green, John, 1828-1908, Halliday, Hugh Hamilton, Howitt, Alfred William, 1830-1908, Jackson, John Henry, 1829-1915, Kay, Joseph Henry, 1815-1875, Learmonth, Peter, 1821-1893, Lloyd, William Henry, Macdonald, Murdoch, 1833?-1906, McEdwards, Alexander, Mackenzie, John, Mackie, Alexander, Rev., d. 1893, McLeod, Hugh Laurence, 1818-1892, McLeod, Norman, 1816-1886, Macpherson, John Alexander, 1833-1894, Miller, John, Mogg, Benjamin, Molloy, William Thomas, 1831-1878, Morris, William Edward, Officer, Charles Myles, 1827-1904, Officer, Suetonius Henry, 1830-1883, Ralston, John, Rusden, George William, 1819-1903, Speer, James L., Spieseke, Friedrich Wilhelm, 1820-1877, Stawell, William Foster, Sir, 1815-1889, Thomas, Ebenezer John, b. 1839, Topp, Charles Alfred, 1847-1932, Tozer, Francis, 1820-1905, Venables, Henry Pares, 1830-1890, Watson, Joseph, Wettenhall, Holford Highlord, 1840-1920
Published: Melbourne : John Ferres, Government Printer, 1877
Parliamentary Paper Number: Parliamentary paper (Victoria. Parliament) ; 1877-78, no. 76
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Item Description: "Presented to both Houses of Parliament by His Excellency's command"
Commission: Sir William Stawell (chairman), Frederick Race Godfrey, Ewen H. Cameron, George W. Rusden, John Gavan Duffy and Alfred William Howitt
Witnesses: John Andrews (clerk Aborigines Protection Board), Rev. John Bulmer (manager Lake Tyers), Alexander [i.e. Alick] Campbell (Coranderrk aborigine), Edward Micklethwaite Curr (member Aborigines Protection Board), James Stewart Deans (schoolmaster Coranderrk), James Edgar & Tommy Farmer (Coranderrk aborigines), William Goodall Jr. (manager Framlingham), John Green (ex manager Coranderrk), Molesworth Green[e] (ex guardian of aborigines Mount Hope Station), Rev. Friedrich August Hagenauer (manager Ramahyuck), Hugh Hamilton Halliday (manager Coranderrk), Rev. Robert Hamilton (Presbyterian Mission Committee), Thomas Harris (farm overseer Coranderrk), Rev. Carl Wilhelm Kramer (manager Ebenezer), Rev. Murdoch Macdonald & Rev. Alexander Mackie (Presbyterian Mission Committee), William Edward Morris (hon. sec. Church of England Mission Committee), Christian Ogilvie (general inspector/sec. Board for Protection of Aborigines), Joseph Parker, Miss [Nina] Robertson (ex schoolmistress/matron Coranderrk), Martin Simpson (Coranderrk aborigine), Rev. John Heinrich Stahle (manager Lake Condah) and Charles Edward Strutt (police magistrate/former local guardian of aborigines Heidelberg)
Appendiz A: Census return of the aboriginal natives in the colony of Victoria on the 15th day of March 1877
Appendix B: Aboriginal stations
Appendix C Part I (p. 97-115): correspondence to/from the Royal Commission - including letters from James L. Speer (Geelong) & Rev. F. W. Spieseke, circular of 15th Feb. from E. J. Thomas (sec. Royal Commission) together with the replies from local guardians of Aborigines John Ralston (Casterton), James Dawson (Camperdown), Sergeant Leonard Fawssett (Swan Hill), J. H. Jackson (Sandford), P. Learmonth (Hamilton), C. M. Officer (Mount Talbot), C. Warburton Carr (Avoca), J. N. McLeod (Castlemaddie), Dr. W. T. Molloy (Hawthorn), S. H. Officer (Murray Downs), A. McEdward[s] (hon. correspondent Mildura) & John Miller (Kulkyne), replies to printed questions included with E. J Thomas' circular of 14th April from Peter Beveridge (local guardian of aborigines French Island), Rev. Uriah Coombs (Warrnambool), James Dawson (local guardian of aborigines Camperdown), Alexander Dennis (nr Birregurra), Dr. John [Blair] Elmes (Lillydale/visiting surgeon Coranderrk), Dr. Thomas Embling (Kew), Sgt. Leonard Fawssett (Swan Hill), James Finley (hon. correspondent Towaninnie), Dr. [James] Gibson (Flemington), Charles Gray (Nareeb Nareeb), Hugh H. Halliday (supt. Coranderrk), P. Learmonth (local guardian of aborigines Hamilton), William H. Lloyd (Dimboola), John Mackenzie (hon. correspondent Wyuna Station), Rev. Alexander Mackie (Lillydale), Hugh L. McLeod (Benyeo/Apsley), J. N. McLeod (Castlemaddie), John Miller (local guardian of aborigines Kulkyne), B. Mogg (local guardian of aborigines Wirimbirchip via Donald), C. M. Officer (Mount Talbot), John Ralston (Casterton), F. Tozer (local guardian of aborigines Wangoom nr Warrnambool), Jos. C. Watson (West Charlton) & Holford H. Wettenhall (Carr's Plains, Glenorchy), and an enquiry from E. J. Thomas (sec. to the Commissioners) concerning the high marks obtained by children attending the state school at Ramahyuck Aboriginal Station and the reply from Henry Venables (sec. Education Dept.)
Appendix C Part II (p. 116-124): Synopsis of answers to printed questions enclosed in circulars of 14th April 1877 from P[eter] Beveridge (Phillip Island), Rev. U. Coombs (Warrnambool), James Dawson (local guardian Camperdown), Alexr. Dennis (local guardian Tarndwarncoort), Dr.[J. B.] Elmes (Lillydale), Dr. T. Embling, Sergt. L. Fawssett (local guardian Swan Hill), James Finley (local guardian Towaninnie), Dr. [James] Gibson (Flemington), Charles Gray (local guardian Nareeb Nareeb), J. Green (formely superintendent Coranderrk), H. H. Halliday (superintendent Coranderrk), P. Learmonth (local guardian Hamilton), W. H. Lloyd (local guardian Dimboola), Rev. M[urdoch] Macdonald (Presbyterian Mission Committee), J[ohn] Mackenzie [i.e. McKenzie] (Wyuna), Rev. A[lexander] Mackie (Lillydale), Hugh L. McLeod (local guardian Apsley), J. N. McLeod (local guardian Castlemaddie), J[ohn] Miller (local guardian Kulkyne), B. Mogg (Wirimbirchip), W. E. Morris (hon. sec. Church of England Mission), C. M. Officer (local guardian), J[ohn] Ralston (local guardian Casterton), F. Tozer (local guardian Wangoom), Joseph C. Watson (local guardian Charlton) and H. H. Wettenhall (local guardian Carr's Plain)
Appendix D: reports of inspectors of schools on the state school at the Ramahyuck Aboriginal Station by E. [i.e. Thomas] Brodribb (24th Nov. 1870/31st May 1871), Charles A. Topp (14th Nov. 1871/10th June 1872/25th Oct. 1872/3rd April 1873), Joseph Baldwin (2nd Feb. 1874), J. S. Elkington (26th May 1874/26th Oct. 1874,/25th May 1875/22nd Oct. 1875)
Appendix E: extract from Old New Zealand (London : Smith, Elder and Co., 1863)
Appendix F: Lists of members of the Board for the Protection of the Aborigines and the local guardians of aborigines 1876 and a return showing the no. of members of the Board and the no. who attended each meeting of the Board 1871 to 1876 inclusive
Appendix G.: Act to Provide for the Protection and Management of the Aboriginal Natives of Victoria and regulations made under the act signed by J. H. Kay (clerk Executive Council) and John A. MacPherson (Chief Secretary)
Other mentions A - K: Aleck (aboriginal child) p. 94, Charley Alexander p. 49, Alice p. 106, Colonel [William Acland] Anderson p. 35, Andrew p.81, Henry Andrews (local guardian Geelong) p. 126, S. Argyle (local guardian Mount Hope) p. 69, 126, Bobby [Robert] Bains p. 93, W. R. Cole Baker (local guardian Wirrumbirchip) p. 126, [Thomas?] Bamfield p. 54, Banks Bros. p. 11, Barak p. 21, Barham (part aborigine) p. 3, Jemmy Barker [also spelled Barber] p. 2,81, Bell and Co. [i.e. Bell, Bruce and Co.?] p. 11, Billy (aborigine working for Andrew Murray) p. 106,120, Blind Institute p. 25, Lord Blantyre's butler p. 57, Bonyavis p. 99, Board of Education p. viii,91,92, Brierty's station (Upper Yarra) p. 22, Buckley p. 81, R. Burgess p. 68,69, Thomas Burgess (labourer Coranderrk) p. 69, Bushy Park Station p. 41, Donald Cameron (aborigine Ramahyuck Station) p. 35, Duncan Campbell (local guardian Lake Lalbert) p. 126, George Carmichael p. 101, Charles W. Carr (police magistrate/local guardian Avoca) p. 126, S[amuel] Carter (honorary correspondent Glenisla) p. 126, Castlemaine Hospital p. 31, Castlemaine mill p. 31, Central Board p. 37,41,42,47,62,63,107,108,115,124, Philip Champion de Crespigny [given as P. C. Crespigny] (local guardian) p. 126, Church of England p. 45,64, Church of England Aboriginal Mission p. 62, Jackey Cocoin p. 106, Colac shire council p. 106,120, Colonial Bank of Australasia p. 64, Cecil P. Cooke (local guardian Lake Condah) p. 15,126, Coranderrk Station p. x,xi,1,4,6,11,18,19,20,21,22,24,52,67,68,70,71,73,76,80,81,82,87,88,89,90,91,92,93,95,96,98,103,109,112,113,115,116,122,123,128, J. G. Cramond p. 107, Jim Crow p. 106,107, Albert Darly p. 125, Davey (Coranderrk aborigine fined for drunkenness) p. 81, James Dawson (local guardian Wuurong, Camperdown) p. 126, A. Dennis (local guardian Tarndwarncoort) p. 69,121, Dept. of Mines [given as Mining Office] p. 84, Dick (Coranderrk aborigine fined for drunkenness) p. 81, Dick (13 year old Coranderrk aborigine) p. 93, [William Henderson] Disher (Strathfieldsaye run Lake Wellington) p. 44, Sir Charles Duffy p. 37,44, Ebenezer/ Lake Hindmarsh Station p. x,xi,xiv,41,43,58,61,67,68,70,71,76,85,95,106,110,111,112,115,117,124,128, [Thomas] Edols p. 99, Education Act p. 100,115, Education Dept. p. ix,36,51,62,64, L. Fawssett (local guardian Swan Hill) p. 69,126, James Finley (owner Towanninie Station/honorary correspondent Towanninie/Terang) p. 69,97,110,126, Mr. Fisher (station owner Gunnawarra) p. 28,29,83,85, Harry Flower p. 125, Framlingham Station p. ix,6,64,67,68,70,71,76,95,96,99,100,105,106,107,108,115,116,118,122,123,124,128, J. M. Garratt MP (local guardian Geelong) p. 69,126, Geelong Grammar School p. 67, Gellibrand p. 106, William Good p. 107, Mrs William Good p. 107, Mrs. [William] Goodall p. 67, James Graham p. 12, Mr. Green p. 83, Miss Gregory p. 64, Mr. Grey (supplies depot keeper) p. 66, Dan Hall (Coranderrk aborigine) p. 93, John Hall (Coranderrk aborigine) p. 6, Mr. Hall p. 7, Mrs. Halliday p. 91,92, Mr. L. Hallier (teacher Lake Tyers) p. 51,64, Harriet[t] p. 82, Mrs. Harrison (Camperdown) p. 106, [Adolphus] Hartmann (Moravian missionary) p. 45, [Richard] Heales p. 37 Heathen Missions Committee of the Presbyterian Church of Victoria p. 22,71,73, Dr. G. D. Hedley (local guardian Sale) p. 126, Mr. Higinbotham p. 36, John R. Hopkins p. 126, A. W. Howitt (local guardian Bairnsdale/Balmoral) p. 69, Donna Ives p. 106, Jack (Lake Tyers aborigine originally from Maneroo) p. 43, Mr. Jackson (brewer Camperdown) p. 106, John Henry Jackson (JP/local guardian Sandford) p. 101,126, Mary Ann/e Jackson p. 101, Mr. James (telegraph operator) p. 43, Hugh Jamieson (local guardian Mildura) p. 126, Henry Jennings (member Board for the Protection of Aborigines) p. 126, Jimmy (Coranderrk aborigine) p. 86, W. L. Ker (local guardian Killingworth, Yea) p. 126, Kiandra diggings p. 48, King Billy [not William Barak or Billy Phillips] p. 2,56,83, King Jimmy [i.e. Jimmy Bumbirah] p. 41, Mr. Kinnear (station owner near Barmah) p. 26, Kirk's [Horse] Bazaar p. 29, Kulkyne Station p. 62,85 [given as Gayfield]
Other mention L - Z: Lake Condah Station p. ix,10,19,62,64,67,68,70,71,76,90,95,96,99,100,101,107,108,109,115,117,124,128, Lake Tyers Station p. viii,xiv,46,62,67,68,70,71,95,96,115,123,128, Lake Wellington Mission Station/Ramahyuck Station p. vii,xiii,18,33,62,63,67,68,70,71,72,73,74,95,96,115,117,123,124,125,128, H. B. Lane (police magistrate/local guardian Belfast) p. 107,126, Mr. Lang (teacher Coranderrk) p. 30, A. A. C. Le Souef p. 126, Peter Learmonth (local guardian Hamilton) p. 126, Licensing Act [given as Publican's Act] p. 123, W. H. Lloyd (local guardian Dimboola) p. 126, Locket p. 81, Louy (aboriginal mother of Sarah Sandford) p. 101,James MacBain p. 93,126, Dr [William] McCrea (Chief Medical Officer) p. 12,77,79, Sir James McCulloch p. 129, Billy/William McDougall/Macdougall (Lake Tyers aborigine) p. 48,49,50,51 A[lexander] McEdwards (honorary correspondent Mildura) p. 69,126, J[ohn] McKenzie (honorary correspondent Wyuna) p. 69,126, C. T. Mackin MD (local guardian Geelong) p. 126, Ronald McLachlan (local guardian Avon River residing Geelong) p. 126, A. W. McLeod (local guardian Bairnsdale) p. 126, Hugh L. McLeod (local guardian Benyeo, Apsley) p. 126, John McLeod (local guardian Lucknow, Gippsland) p. 126, J[ohn] N[orman] McLeod (local guardian Castlemaddie, Portland) p. 126, W. Macredie p. 126, Mr. P[eter] Manifold p. 107, [Daniel] Matthews p. 24,114, Melbourne Protestant Orphan Asylum [given as Orphan Schools Emerald Hill] p. 4, Hon. Henry Miller p. 11, John Miller (local guardian Kulkyne) p. 69,126, Mining Dept. p. 91, T. Mitchell (local guardian) p. 126, B. Mogg (local guardian Wirmbirchip) p. 69,126, W. T. Molloy MD (local guardian Hawthorn) p. 126, [Edward] Mooney (Coranderrk aborigine) p. 93, Moravian Mission/Board of Missions p. x,37,74,123, [Alfred] Morgan (Coranderrk aborigine) p. 3,81 Mrs. Morgan p. 54, Mount Hope Station p. 56,57, Baron Mueller p. 44, Andrew Murray (cattle/sheep station owner) p. 106, John S. Murray p. 101, Murray Fishing Company p. 25, Murray Jack p. 50, National Bank p. 38, Miss Nightingale p. 77, New Norcia p. 78, C. M. Officer (local guardian Mount Talbot) p. 126, S. H. Officer (local guardian Murray Downs) p. 126, Sir John O'Shannassy's station p. 23,24,25, Mr. [E. S.] Parker p. 29,31,83,86, Willie Parker p. 30, Penal Dept. p. 11, Pentridge p. 100, Captain Phillips [i.e. John Philip] p. 35, [Police Offences Act] given as Vagrant Act p. 50,56,66, Presbyterian Church p. 74,123, Presbyterian Church Committee on Missions to the Heathens p. 71, 123, W. J. Purbrick (honorary correspondent Mount Talbot) p. 126, John Ralston (honorary correspondent Prospect, Casterton) p. 69, 126, Mr. R[obert] H. Ralston (former local guardian Dergholm district) p. 99, J. Randell (local guardian Mordialloc) p. 69,126, David Reed (local guardian The Hermitage, Belvoir) p. 126, Curtis A Reid (local guardian Redesdale), p. 69, Religious Tract Society [of Victoria?] p. 45, John Ritchie (local guardian Boodcarra, Belfast) p. 126, Mr. Roadknight (meat supplier to Lake Tyers) p. 51, James Rutherford (local guardian Ulupna) p. 69,126, Mr. Rutherford (squatter/station owner near Albury) p. 41, Mr Ryan (farmer Don Creek) p. 113, Sale Hospital p. viii, Dr. [Rosendo] Salvado p. 78, Sambo p. 93, Sarah Sandford (part aborigine Sandford), p. 101, John Saunders (local guardian Bacchus Marsh) p. 126, R. D. Scott (local guardian Camperdown) p.126, T. P. Scott (local guardian Lake Condah) p. 126, Mr. Service p. 37, Richard Sharp (part aborigine Colac) p. 106,120, Sherbourne Sheppard p. 126, J. W. Simmons (local guardian Swan Reach) p. 126, Simon p. 82, R. Brough Smyth p. 126, South Australian Govt. p. 98, South Australian Register of 10th April 1876 p. 98, Mrs. Spieseke p. 9,58, W. E. Stanbridge (local guardian Wombat, Daylesford) p. 126, Captain Standish p. 7, Stewart (part aboriginal mason Ebenezer Station) p. 60, Stratford Post Office Savings Bank p. 38, Theo. J. Sumner p. 126, Susan p. 106, M. Synnot (local guardian Terrick Terrick Station, Mount Hope district, residing Melbourne) p. 126, Mr. Taylor (Coranderrk) p. 94, David Thomas p. 126, Timothy (Coranderrk aborigine fined for drunkenness) p. 81, Tommy (Coranderrk aborigine formerly from the Loddon Aboriginal Station) p. 24, A[lexander] Tone (honorary correspondent) p. 69,126, F. Tozer (local guardian Wangoom near Warrnambool) p. 126, Treasury p. 8,9,90, Bob Wanding [i.e. Robert Wandin] p. 30, J[oseph] C[olin] Watson (local guardian West Charlton) p. 126, Jemmy [i.e. James] Webster p. 81,82, Johnny Webster p. 81, H. H. Wettenhall (local guardian Carr's Plains) p. 126, E[dward] Willis (honorary correspondent Nareen) p. 126, Alex. [H.] Wilson (local guardian Vectis) p. 126, Emily Wood p. 125, Young Stewart p. 57
Physical Description: xvii, 129p. ; 33cm.