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Biographical entry Thomas, William (1793 - 1867)

Born
1793
Westminster, England
Died
1 December 1867
Brunswick, Victoria, Australia
Occupation
Teacher and Protector of aboriginals

Summary

William Thomas was assistant protector of aboriginals in the Port Phillip, Westernport and Gippsland districts of Victoria from 1839 to 1849> he was then appointed guardian of the Counties of Bourke, Mornington and Evelyn from 1850-60. Thomas was known to the aborigines as Marminata (Good Father). His recommendation to the select committee of the Legislative Council on Aborigines to establish reserves and supply depots throughout Victoria was accepted in a modified form and in 1860 became policy for the new Central Board for the Protection of Aborigines.

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1838 - 1849
Career position - Assistant Protector of Aboriginals in the Port Phillip, Westernport and Gippsland districts of Victoria
1850 - 1860
Career position - Guardian of Aborigines for the Counties of Bourke, Mornington and Evelyn in Victoria
1860
Career position - Official visitor to supervise the work of all stations and depots of the Central Board for the Protection of Aborigines

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