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Agency ID2855
TitleTaroom Aboriginal Settlement
Agency TypeDistrict Office
Start Date 15/5/1911
End Date 29/10/1927
Date NotesN/A

Aboriginal reserve managed by a Superintendent or by a Local Protector.

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Series IDTitleFromTo
4327Registers of Births, Deaths, Marriages & Removals 1/1/1915 29/10/1927
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Controlling Agencies

Agency IDTitleFromTo
135Chief Protector of Aboriginals Office 15/5/1911 29/10/1927
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Information Sources

Queensland Parliamentary Papers 1927, Vol 1, p 1122
Queensland Blue Books 1911, p 35
Queensland Parliamentary Papers 1912, Vol. 3, p 996
Queensland Government Gazette 1927, Vol. CXXIX, No. 107, p 1454
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Establishing N/A
Abolishing N/A
Administered The Aboriginals Protection and Restriction of the Sale of Opium Acts 1897-1934
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Taroom Aboriginal Settlement commenced on 1500 acres of land located approximately 100 miles from the town of Miles, on 15 May 1911; Mr G.R. Addison was appointed Superintendent. Initially, it had about 70 natives; later on additional natives arrived from the Roma and Bell districts and also from the Northern Region. By December that year the native population had risen to 200 natives. A school was started circa 1913.

Aboriginal affairs
-Employment and wages
-Religious education
-Opium traffic
-Crime, police, gaols

After the Aboriginals Protection and Restriction of the Sale of Opium Act 1897 was passed, all existing Aboriginal reserves were brought under the Act. Superintendents were appointed to some reserves and some missionaries also became Superintendents. Unmanaged reserves were controlled by the Local Protector of Aboriginals.

The Superintendent of Taroom Aboriginal Reserve was directly answerable to the Chief Protector of Aboriginals.

In the 1926 Chief Protector of Aboriginal's Annual Report Taroom's closure was imminent because of encroadchment of the proposed Dawson River Irrigation Dam. More suitable land was found in the Duaringa District and on 29 Oct 1927 the new settlement of Woorabinda was opened. By 1928 Taroom residents and facilities had been fully relocated.

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Preferred Citation

Queensland State Archives Agency ID2855, Taroom Aboriginal Settlement
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Last updated 9 September 2016
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