Significant Events and issues in Aboriginal/ Torres Strait Islander History

Main

First Europeans to have contact with Australian Aboriginal People

1606

Captain Cook arrives in Australia and claims it for the british crown

1770

Policy of Absortion

1810

to try and control the growth of the Aboriginal People. The aboriginal people start to be moved into mission stations to be taught European beliefs and used for cheap labor

Policy of Protection

1837

Catholic church started missionary work and schools created for Aboriginal children

Protection and Segregation

1890 - 1950

Indigenous people were moved onto reserves or missions. Under these laws they hoped to control and segregate the aboriginal people

Assimilation Policy

1951 - 1962

This policy was the process of removing aboriginal children from their families to be placed in institutions. This policy was put in place to "destroy" the aboriginal culture

Integration policy

1965

this was introduced meaning the aboriginal people were supposed to have more control over their life

Self Manegment policy

1972

Indigenous people freely peruse economic, social and cultural development

Self Determination Policy

1972

means the freedom for indigenous people to live well and to live how they wish with their beliefs and culture

Racial descrimination act

1975

Kevin Rudd appologised to members of the stolen generation

2008

Torres Strait Island Formed

8000

Evidence of Aboriginal people have been living in South Eastern Australia

40000

Current estimates for arrival of aboriginal people in Australia

68000

DNA indicates Australian Aborigines arose this time

400000