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Len Smith and Gordon Briscoe - The Annual Aboriginal Census 1921 - 1944

This collection provides access to data from the work of Len Smith and Gordon Briscoe on the Australian Aboriginal Census from 1921 to 1944. This work was published in two major works by Len and Gordon:

Smith, L.R. (1980) The Aboriginal Population of Australia. Aborigines in Society; no. 14. Canberra: ANU Press

Briscoe, G. and Smith, L.R. (2001) The Aboriginal Population Revisited: 70,000 years to the present. Canberra: Aboriginal History Incorporated.

The Annual Aboriginal Census is considered as a significant official source of Aboriginal population statistics being conducted in annually in June from 1921 to 1944, exempting the war years between 1941 and 1944. The 1944 census was incomplete, with New South Wales not taking part at all. Enumeration of Aboriginal populations was poor and difficulites in classification occured. The Australian Aboriginal Census was conducted in each State and Territory with the cooperation of the Federal Statisticians and and the Protectors of Aborigines between 1921 and 1944.

 

Available data

The Annual Aboriginal Census collection includes data at four levels: National, State and Police District. Within each level, data availability varies by year. There is also a National time series aggregating all data from each of the State series for the period 1921 to 1944.

To access the data available at each level, click on the column heading.

 

State

Time Series

(Study 20002)

State by Year Tables

(Study 20003)

Police District Returns

(Study 20004)

Australian Capital Territory  20002-ACT

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New South Wales  20002-NSW

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Northern Territory  20002-NT

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Queensland  20002-QLD

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South Australia  20002-SA

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Tasmania  20002-Tas

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Victoria  20002-Vic

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Western Australia  20002-WA

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Australia 20002-Aus    

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