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First Peoples

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In 1837 a British Parliamentary Select Committee published a report on the situation of Aboriginal peoples across its colonies around the world including Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Pacific Island Countries, South America and Africa. A second version of this report was subsequently produced in the same year with additional comments by the Aborigines Protection Society which was established in the same year.

The society campaigned to ensure the findings of the report were widely known and implemented in the policies of the day. What came to be known as the 'Aborigines report' documented wide spread frontier violence and had a major impact on the debates about how Aboriginal peoples were to be treated in British colonies. Its focus was on reducing frontier violence through the application of the rule of law and other approaches such as spreading Christianity and prosecuting renegade European whalers, sailors and escapted convicts.

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