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The Age Of Paternalism
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After Federation in 1901, the new Australian nation declared itself a white monoculture.

The new Federal Parliament introduced a "White Australia" policy excluding non-white people from immigrating to Australia and planned to introduce complete "colour segregation".

This was done in the name of "protection", and a series of parliamentary Acts were passed to completely control the lives of Australia's two indigenous peoples; Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders.

Protection Acts in Queensland were initially designed to segregate and supervise indigenous groups.

However, in the 1920's and thirties, moves were made to extend Protection powers to other people, including the descendants of Pacific Islanders, born and living in the Torres Strait Islands.
Exile
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1953-1957
activism, exile, Mabo, Edward Koiki, Mer, Mer, Murray Island, Murray Island Council, pearling industry, Torres Strait
Flo Kennedy
Image
 
Kennedy, Flo
...Protection...
Text
1903-1940
Mer, Meriam culture, Meriam history, Murray Island Council, school
Removal of Murray Island School
Image
Jan, 30, 1903
Mer, Queensland Government, school, Stars of Tagai
Chief Protector of Aborigines
Text
1915
Chief Protector of Aborigines, Mer, Meriam history
...Living under the Protector...
Audio and Image
1930s-1980
Chief Protector of Aborigines, Kennedy, Flo, Mer, Queensland Government
...Anybody who fell pregnant...
Text
1897-1901
Murray Island Council, Protection Act
...king without a crown....
Text
1930s-1980
Mer, Meriam history, Murray Island Council, Passi, Sam, Protection Act
The Supervised Life
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assimilation, colonialism, colonists, paternalism, racism, reserves
Education & Early Work
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education, Mabo, Edward Koiki, Mer, Murray Island, pearling industry
Personal Supervision
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1947-1980
Killoran, Patrick, Mer, Murray Island, Queensland, World War 2