1860 – Select committee of enquiry into Aborigines in South Australia

The enquiry sets out to ascertain whether the land and money set aside for Aboriginal people is justifiable. Many people who give evidence before the Enquiry express the opinion that local Aboriginal people were dying out. George Fife Angus, an important figure in the colonisation of South Australia, states that “no subject in the course of the history of the colony has been so shamefully shirked as the welfare of the Aborigines.” The Select Committee concludes that the Aboriginal people in South Australia had gained little, and lost much, after European settlement and as a race they are doomed to extinction.