Marriages with Aboriginals 1912


National Archives of Australia CRS A1 Item 1912/3519 Marriages with Aboriginals 1912 Paul Mackett Copyright P J Mackett, 2013 22. 7.1911 From H Basedow Chief Protector Darwin to Mr H Bening, Timber Creek Permission granted to marry the the half-caste woman of Port Darwin who is at present living with you at Timber Creek. 11. 8.1911 From H Basedow Chief Protector Darwin to Raymond Cavin of Cavanagh Street Darwin Permission has been granted for you to marry Aboriginal woman Katy of the Southport Tribe who is now living with you. 22. 8.1911 From H Basedow Chief Protector Darwin to Mr C J Williams, Melville Island Permission has been granted to you to marry the aboriginal girl named Kitty now living with you at Cooper's Camp, Melville Island. 22. 8.1911 From H Basedow Chief Protector Darwin to External Affairs Melbourne Mentions Kitty was responsible some time ago for saving Mr William's life. 11. 8.1911 From H Basedow Chief Protector Darwin to Ahmed, Cavanagh Street Darwin Permission has been granted for you to marry the aboriginal woman Lily of the Daly River district who has been living with you for about four years. 11. 8.1911 From H Basedow Chief Protector Darwin to External Affairs Melbourne Mentions Ahmed is a Malay. 11. 8.1911 From H Basedow Chief Protector Darwin to Willie Allan, Darwin Permission has been granted for you to marry the half-caste girl Lily Helliman who is at present living with you off Cavanagh Street. 11. 8.1911 From H Basedow Chief Protector Darwin to External Affairs Melbourne Mentions both Willie Allan and Lily Helliman are respectable, quiet and industrious. 7. 2.1912 From W Baldwin Spencer Darwin to Minister of External Affairs Melbourne Department of Aboriginal Affairs Darwin, 7th February 1912 To the Hon. The Minister of External Affairs Melbourne Sir, In accordance with Section 22 of the Aboriginals Act 1910 I herewith transmit a list of marriages between female aboriginals and persons other than aboriginals for which permission has been granted either by myself or the Chief Inspector. Previous to the introduction of the Act a considerable amount of illegitimate intercourse had taken place between aboriginal women and men of other races. Such intercourse will in future be discountenanced as much as possible. In each case careful inquiries have been made and permission to marry granted because :- 1. The man and woman have been living together for years as man and wife 2. In some cases children have been born and when. such is the case, have been adequately looked after by their parents. 3. In all cases the refusal of permission to marry and consequent separation of the parties concerned would mean destitution or a life of prostitution for the woman. I have the honor to be Sir, Your obedient servant W Baldwin Spencer Permits have been granted to the following persons :- George Henry Bassett (British) Horseshoe Creek to Kitty (Aboriginal full blood) Henry Benning (German) Timber Creek to Lucy (Aboriginal half-caste) Larrakia Tribe Darwin William Stewart (British) Pine Creek to Daisy (Aboriginal half-caste) of Adelaide River Cecibo Demass (Fillipino) of Darwin to Annie (Aboriginal full blood) of Borroloola Miguel Chivalljos (Fillipino) of Darwin to Topsy Little (half-caste aboriginal) of Queensland Raymond Cabias (Chili South America) of Darwin to Kitty (Larrakia Tribe full blood aboriginal) of Darwin _______________________________________________________________________


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