William Hughes
1915-1923

Under the new Act and as Prime Minister of this country I declare that aboriginal people can not drink alcohol or marry non-Aboriginal people. The Government remains the legal guardian of every aboriginal child and can take possession of their personal property, and may retain, dispose of or sell it.

Indigenous perspective

We, the Ngarrindjeri elders present a petition to the Governor of South Australia calling upon the Governor not to sign into law the Aborigines (Training of Children) Act 1923 (SA) which provides for the removal of children...

Our call was not heeded.