There is a lot of dark girls that went through it

  • Victoria K. Haskins


On 27 March 1934, just one week after the meeting with Mackay, Ming gave an informal talk at a prominent, Sydney-based women’s organization, the Feminist Club. ‘The Aborigines Protection Board,’ Ming told her audience,

deals wholesalely with young [A]boriginal girls. They are taken from their natural protectors, their parents, to work in homes in the suburbs of Sydney and elsewhere. Any degenerate white renegade can prey on them and escape the law, while the unfortunate girl, instead of receiving protection from the Aborigines Board, is dubbed a devil, a fiend and a liar.

When an [A]boriginal girl gets into trouble, or summons enough courage to ask the Board for the money she has earned, and which is held in trust for her, she is sent for a ‘holiday’. And she never comes back.1

Ming’s decision to go to the women’s movement for help in her defence of Del marked a significant shift in terms of her seeking broader support. In the first instance, she had simply brought the matter to the Board; the hostility she encountered there took her to the police, and then the Police Commissioner himself, with a consummate lack of success. Now, she went to the contemporary feminist movement.


Bright Spot Trust Fund Informal Talk Police Commissioner Native Race 
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  1. 20.
    Quoted Stuart Rintoul, The Wailing: A National Black Oral History (Port Melbourne: William Heinemann Australia, 1993), 24–5. APBWR.Google Scholar

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