Western Australian Maternity Allowances


National Archives of Australia CRS A890 G26 1942 - 1944 Aborigines - Payment of Maternity Allowance to - Incorrect Payment of Maternity Allowance in Western Australia Paul Mackett Copyright P J Mackett, 2007 Wrong Payment of Maternity Allowances to non-Exempted Aboriginal Natives in Westerm Australia The Commissioner Particulars of the 14 cases in which maternity allowances were wrongly paid to non-exempted aboriginal natives in Western Australia during the period September 1942 to March 1943 are shown on the attached statement. It will be noted that two of the mothers were 'full-blood', one seven eights caste, four three-quarter caste and the remaining seven only slightly more than half-caste. ........................ ........................ Senior Clerk 30. 8.1943 Following is the report on people wrongly paid. Date of birth is the date of birth of the child. Report is by the Commissioner of Native Affairs. Name Dulcie Nannup Place Pinjarra Caste 9/16ths Date of Birth 4. 8.1942 Passed for Payment 18. 9.1942 Paid To or Through Claimant Report Does not hold a Certificate of Exemption. Conditions of living reasonably good. If allowance granted, would expend the money to best advantage. Name Lila Kippin Place Beverley Caste 5/8ths Date of Birth 3. 9.1942 Passed for Payment 2.12.1942 Paid To or Through Claimant Report Reasonably well educated, can read and write and is considered capable of the proper expenditure of allowance, if granted. Name Lottie Collard Place Brookton Caste 7/8ths Date of Birth 20. 9.1942 Passed for Payment 4.12.1942 Paid To or Through Husband, member of A.M.F. Report Regarded as having sufficient standard of development to be capable of spending the allowance in the proper manner. Name May Bennell Place Native Camp, Pingellly Caste Preponderance Date of Birth 6.10.1942 Passed for Payment 4.12.1942 Paid To or Through Claimant Report Would make right and proper use of the allowance, if granted. Name Polly Hawkes Place Port Headland Caste 3/4ths Date of Birth 9. 9.1942 Passed for Payment 11.12.1942 Paid To or Through Protector of Aborigines Report Not regarded by local Protector (police constable) as possessing sufficient intelligence to be responsiblefor proper expenditure of allowance, if granted, but Protector reports claimant very much in need of the money for benefit of her children and if allowance granted he would supervise payment. Name Olive Hart Place Carrolup Native Settlement Caste 3/4ths Date of Birth 2.10.1942 Passed for Payment 15.12.1942 Paid To or Through Carrolup Native Settlement Report Regarded as a superior type of native and capable of spending the allowance wisely. Name Rene Nelson Place Kwolyin Caste 9/16th Date of Birth 28. 8.1942 Passed for Payment 24.12.1942 Paid To or Through Claimant Report Would be a fit person to handle the allowance, if granted. Name Matilda Woodley Place Moore River Native Settlement Caste Full-blood Date of Birth 20. 9.1942 Passed for Payment 8. 1.1943 Paid To or Through Government Hospital Report A good type of native and would make proper use of the allowance, if granted. Name Dolly Kelly Place Carrolup Native Settlement Caste Full-blood Date of Birth 17. 1.1943 Passed for Payment 23. 2.1943 Paid To or Through Carrolup Native Settlement Report A responsible and suitable person to be granted the allowance; if granted, the money would be used in a proper manner. Name Florrie May Place Moore River Native Settlement Caste 9/16ths Date of Birth 20. 1.1943 Passed for Payment 26. 2.1943 Paid To or Through Government Hospital Report Would make proper use of the allowance, if granted. Name Ethel Hart Place Carrolup Native Settlement Caste 3/4ths Date of Birth 24.12.1942 Passed for Payment 2. 3.1943 Paid To or Through Carrolup Native Settlement Report Would make proper use of the allowance, if granted. Name Verna D Stack Place York Caste 17/32nds Date of Birth 18. 1.1943 Passed for Payment 2. 3.1943 Paid To or Through Claimant Report Has a standard of development sufficient to be responsible for the proper expenditure of the allowance, if granted. Name Abie Calyun Place Moore River Native Settlement Caste 5/8ths Date of Birth 15.12.1942 Passed for Payment 2. 3.1943 Paid To or Through Government Hospital Report Quite capable of spending the allowance in the proper manner. Name Ruby Beasley Place East Perth Caste 3/4ths Date of Birth 4. 3.1943 Passed for Payment 26. 3.1943 Paid To or Through King Edward Memorial Hospital, Subiaco Report Lives in house in East Perth - regarded as 'suitably fitted' to be granted the allowance. _______________________________________________________________________


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