1935 Moseley Report

Mary Bennett

Mary Bennett (Source: NMA)

Scroll down to view the Royal Commission Appointed to Investigate, Report and Advise Upon Matters in Relation to the Condition and Treatment of Aborigines. A copy is available to download at the National Library of Australia. A separate section on this website is dedicated to the transcripts of evidence that were collected by the Commissioners.

The report is commonly referred to as the “Moseley Royal Commission” or the “Moseley Report,” named after the commissioner of the report, Henry Doyle Moseley. The Royal Commission was undertaken after Mary Bennett, a teacher at Mt Margaret Mission near Laverton, complained widely in the press about the maltreatment of Aboriginal people working on pastoral stations and the sexual abuse of Aboriginal women. The Report, however, largely dismissed her claims and in fact reinforced the authority of Auber Octavius Neville, commonly referred to as A. O. Neville, in his role as Chief Protector of Aborigines.

The transcripts of evidence, attached to the final report, makes far more enlightening reading as it provides the complete evidence given by all of the various witnesses, principally A. O. Neville. It is also significant that there are a number of Aboriginal activists represented, in particular the Harris family.

Click to access moseley-report-summary.pdf

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