Governor Phillip's instructions from the British Government, April 25, 1787 

 

"Australian law and policy respecting the Aboriginal population originated with the instructions to the first Governor of New South Wales: 'You are to endeavour by every possible means to open an intercourse with the natives, and to conciliate their affections, enjoining all our subjects to live in amity and kindness with them.'"  

(: 'Governor Phillip's instructions, April 25, 1787, Historical Records of Australia, Series I, Vol 1,9;.in Legislative Regulation in New South Wales Original Authors: R Bartlett and Garth Nettheim  Updating Author: Mark Harris (LBC 1997) Page 141)