is no reason to believe that there has been any great decrease
in the number of Aborigines during the last few years.
is wrong to suppose because tribes are broken up and dispersed
that all the members of these tribes have perished. Tribal relations
and family ties are much interfered with by the whites, who now
occupy the whole colony, and gladly avail themselves of the services
of blacks .
is not easy accurately to ascertain the numbers of Aborigines,
but the Board does not hesitate to declare that the oft-repeated
statement that the race is rapidly disappearing is by no means
in accordance with fact .
great number are now under careful guardianship, and those who
are not living at the central stations are not neglected. The
local guardians minister to their wants; and so close is their
supervision that a record of the crimes and offences for the Aborigines
ceases to create distrust of them, and indeed leads to the hope
that - if the wicked practice of selling intoxicating liquors
to them be prevented - they will appear as the least criminal
of any class in this community.
they are capable of acquiring knowledge and all the arts that
civilized men practice is sufficiently proved by the evidence
which the Board now submits for your Excellency's perusal, and
if the lands which they occupy with advantage to themselves and
to the State be secured to them, the Board confidently anticipates
the best results.'