Laverton

1935 Moseley Report

A copy of the Royal Commission Appointed to Investigate, Report and Advise Upon Matters in Relation to the Condition and Treatment of Aborigines is available online at the National Library of Australia. 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 Australian and British media 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 Neville (A O Neville) in his role as Chief Protector of Aborigines.