Watkins, 28 March 1867
every attention was paid to the comfort of the aborigines. No
doubt many of the children were half-castes, but it was better that
they should be taken care of than be turned loose on the world.
He complained, however, that no pains were taken to provide employment
for the children when they arrived at a proper age for employment,
but that they were allowed to remain about the station'4.
McLellan, 28 March 1867
'He had visited the establishment provided for the care of the aborigines,
and he saw many half-caste children. This state of things was a
disgrace to the colony. These children were running about in a savage
state, though they had phrenological developments superior to those
of some Ministers of the Crown. Many of the children, both boys
and girls, ought to be drafted from the establishment, and put to
some useful employment, in order that they might grow up respectable
members of society'6.