Last updated:

March 26, 2018

What do I need to know?

This series contains correspondence to Chief Protector of Aborigines - Robinson (1847-1851). The records are listed by subject description e.g. 'Visit to Narre Narre Warren Station'


How do I search?

Use keywords, geographic place names or individual names pertaining to that time period


About these records

This series contains correspondence to Chief Protector of Aborigines - Robinson (1847-1851) from assistant protectors, medical officers and dispensers, and some private individuals between 1847 and 1851.

The letters cover a wide variety of topics relating to Aboriginal people, Aboriginal tribes and the administration of the Protectorate system.

The Aboriginal Protectorate was established in 1838, with George Augustus Robinson as Chief Protector. Four assistant protectors were appointed to oversee and assist the Aboriginal population in the Western (Mount Rouse), North-Western (Loddon), North-Eastern (Goulbourn) and Westernport (Narre Warren) regions of the Port Phillip District.

Who created these records?

Chief Protector of Aborigines (1838-1849) VA 512

Guardian of Aborigines (1850-1860) VA 513

Next Steps

Once you have found records of interest to you, select and view the digitised copy online.

What are in these records?

The correspondence in this series deals mainly with the operation of the Aboriginal Protectorate, including:

  • names of Aboriginal people
  • daily administration of the protectorate system (employment, periodic returns)
  • reports from assistant protectors relating to the districts under their responsibility
  • information about medical matters, rations etc
  • reports on movements of Aboriginal tribes and groups.
  • conflict with European settlers including crimes and boundary disputes.

You can view and download the digital copy online.

Please note that these records reflect past attitudes and language which may now be considered culturally insensitive or inappropriate.

TIP! If you are researching  a person or tribe name, find out how to search our Koorie Index of Names here. This database will help you locate records relating to people and places in this series.