Full descriptionCertificates of exemption were applied for under the provisions of the Aborigines Protection Act and Regulations 1909-43, Section 18c (Regulation 56). A certificate of exemption was granted to each applicant who in the opinion of the Aborigines Welfare Board ought no longer be subject to the provisions of the Aborigines Protection Act and Regulations. Upon being issued with a certificate, a recipient was no longer eligible to receive any benefit, assistance or relief from the Board, and had to undertake to provide a proper home for himself/herself and his/her family. These records, like the legislation and regulations that governed Aboriginal people at the time, are a reflection of the attitudes and assumptions at the time these records were created. The use of original terminology is not meant to offend, but rather to place the records within their historical context. Most files in this series contain two official application forms for exemption (one form titled “Application for Exemption from Provisions of Aborigines Protection Act and Regulations thereunder”, and the other titled “Personal Report on Applicant for Exemption from Provisions of Aborigines Protection Act and Regulations thereunder”) and correspondence relating to the outcome of the application. The “Application for Exemption from Provisions of Aborigines Protection Act and Regulations thereunder” records full name of applicant, caste [please note this is the language as it is used in the record], address, age, name; address and occupation of referees. The “Personal Report on Applicant for Exemption from Provisions of Aborigines Protection Act and Regulations thereunder” is divided into sections. Section one gives full name, full address, age at last birthday, date of birth, caste [please note this is the language as it is used in the record], colour shade [please note this is the language as it is used in the record], and present state of health. Section two states particulars of family, including spouse and all children under the age of eighteen; providing: name, sex, relationship to the applicant, age, caste [please note this is the language as it is used in the record], colour shade [please note this is the language as it is used in the record], and remarks. Section three details employment particulars such as: nature of present employment, date of commencement, and whether permanent or temporary. This section also lists employment during the past two years, with space for three entries. Section four documents the general conduct of the applicant, including: drinking habits, gambling habits, thrift, morality, and any facts known about the spouse in relation to the above headings. Section four also specifies the nature of the present home, cleanliness and general condition of the home, improvements to the home, and care of the children. Section five reports on income and capital of the husband and wife, including: weekly wages, child endowment, pension, any other sources of income, cash in hand, bank deposits, bonds, other savings, and totals. The final section of the form records general remarks and recommendations, signature of the recording official, official designation, date, and address. Other documents in these files can include the following: correspondence requesting application forms; personal references attesting to the character of the applicant; press clippings; police or welfare officers reports on applicants, photographs, certificates of exemption, expulsion orders and requests to have individuals removed from areas, correspondence from solicitors and Commonwealth agencies re pensions, requests for maternity allowance, reports on child endowment payments, requests for replacement certificates of exemption, and extracts from Aborigines Welfare Board Minutes.
Created: 1930-02-13 to 1964-12-21
Data time period: 12 02 1930 to 20 12 1964
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