What do I need to know?

These records relate to matters occurring between 1839-1851. Records in this series are fragile and are closed for public viewing, but they have been digitised and can be viewed online.

How do I search?

1. Search the 'title' of these records with a keywords or names from that time period. Or simply press 'Search' and browse the kind of letters you'll see in this series.

2. If you are researching a person or tribe name, find out how to search our Koorie Index of Names here. This database will help you locate records relating to people and places in this series.

About these records

This series contains correspondence about Aboriginal affairs which was sent to the Superintendent of the Port Phillip District during the operation of the Aboriginal Protectorate between 1839 and 1851.

The majority of the correspondence is from the Chief Protector of Aborigines (G.A. Robinson), Assistant protectors (Thomas, Parker, Le Souef, Dredge and Sievwright) and medical officers and dispensers attached to the reserves.

The letters cover a wide variety of topics relating to Aboriginal people, Aboriginal tribes and the administration of the Protectorate system.

Who created these records?

Superintendent, Port Phillip District (1839-1851) VA close VA Definition An Agency is an administrative unit that has or has had responsibility for the provision of at least one aspect of government administration. 473.  

Next Steps

Once you have found records of interest to you, select and view the digitised copy online.

What are in these records?

The correspondence covers a wide variety of topic including:

  • daily administration of the protectorate system close system Definition Information system which captures manages and provides access to records through time. A system may be manual or automated and includes the processes, procedures and business rules required to operate it. (appointments, dismissals, requisitions)
  • the operation of institutions such as Buntingdale Mission and the Merri Creek Aboriginal School
  • reports from assistant protectors relating to the districts under their responsibility
  • reports on movements of Aboriginal tribes and groups.
  • names of Aboriginal people
  • government policy relating to Aboriginal people
  • the granting of land for reserves and survey of Aboriginal reserves
  • reports of incidents such as crimes committed and boundary disputes.

Please note that these records reflect past attitudes and language which may now be considered culturally insensitive or inappropriate.