Rabbit-Proof Fence: Aboriginal Children as Domestic Workers
  • World History → Western Australian History → Indentured Servants
  • World History → Western Australian History → 1905 Aboriginal Act

A.O. Neville orders the separation of three half-caste girls, Molly, Gracie, and Daisy, from their parents as part of the 1905 Aboriginal Act. This act institutionalized racism and confined Aboriginal people in camps until their race became extinct. Regarding the aboriginal children, the goal was to assimilate them into white culture and train them to be domestic servants over time.

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  1. Why did the government deem it necessary to remove the half-caste children from their Aboriginal mothers?
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