Report of the Parliamentary Select Committee on Aboriginal Tribes, (British Settlements.)

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Page 103 - Can we suppose otherwise than that it is our office to carry civilization and humanity, peace and good government, and, above all, the knowledge of the true God, to the uttermost ends of the earth...
Page xii - Commons was appointed in the session of 1833, and renewed in that of 1835, ' to consider what measures ought to be adopted with regard to the native inhabitants of countries where British Settlements are made, and to the neighbouring Tribes, in order to secure to them the due observance of justice, and the protection of their rights ; to promote the spread of civilization among them, and to lead them to the peaceful and voluntary reception of the Christian Religion.
Page 4 - It might be presumed that the native inhabitants of any land have an incontrovertible right to their own soil : a plain and sacred right, however, which seems not to have been understood.
Page 119 - ... with plans of moral and religious improvement should be combined wellmatured schemes for advancing the social and political improvement of the tribes, and for the prevention of any sudden changes which might be injurious to the health and physical constitution of the new converts.
Page 68 - The natives gave us all the assistance in their power, from the time the ship struck to the present moment. The first day, while landing the things from the ship, they were put into the hands of the natives, and carried up to the native mission house, a distance of half a mile : and not a single article of clothing was taken from any man belonging to the ship, though they had it in their...
Page 28 - With 150 men, 10,000 or 1 1,000 head of black cattle might be obtained without danger of losing one man ; and many savages might be taken without resistance, in order to be sent as slaves to India, as they still always come to us unarmed.
Page 5 - ... with as much composure and indifference as if he had been speaking of four partridges. I myself have heard one of the humane colonists boast of having destroyed, with his own hands, near 300 of these unfortunate wretches.
Page 2 - ... and between the Southern Ocean and twenty-six degrees of south latitude, together with the islands adjacent thereto, consists of waste and unoccupied lands which are supposed to be fit for the purposes of colonization: And whereas divers of His Majesty's subjects possessing amongst them considerable property are desirous to embark for the said part of Australia : And whereas it is highly expedient that His Majesty's said subjects should be enabled to carry their said laudable purpose into effect...
Page 58 - We have next to express our conviction that there is but one effectual means of staying the evils we have occasioned, and of imparting the blessings of civilization, and that is the propagation of Christianity, together with the preservation, for the time to come, of the civil rights of the natives.
Page 31 - ... common sense, by depriving the colony of the benefit which might have been derived from so useful a people. The total extinction of the Bosjesmen race is actually stated to have been at one time confidently hoped for; but, fortunately, even such zealous instruments were not able to effect this bloody purpose.

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