A new policy of reconciliation

A new policy of ‘Assimilation’ is proclaimed by the NSW government in the Aborigines Act 1940 which established the Aborigines Welfare Board. Many reserves are closed, sometimes forcibly in post-war decades. These include Sackville Reserve (1943) and the Narrabeen camp (1958).

After World War I and II large numbers of reserves are revoked for provision of “Soldier settlers” blocks for ex servicemen. It was still believed that Aboriginal people were a “dying race” and thus would not require any land.