Gipps: "No sign of improvement in the condition of the aboriginals"

"Gipp's reports in 1845 and 1846 were pessimistic, giving no sign of improvement in the condition of the Aboriginals. Although Gipps often raised the problems of admitting the evidence of Aboriginals in court and their use of firearms, no solutions were reached. Newspaper attitudes to the whole subject tended to reflect the feelings of the dominant class in the community, with editors showing only occasional sympathy for the Aboriginals." The protectorate was the most ambitious and comprehensive effort ever made in Eastern Australia to civilize, Chritianize and protect the Aboriginals ..." [74]  

 

[74] Shaw AGL and Clark CMH, Australian Dictionary of Biography 1788-1850 MUP 1967) Page 452