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In pictures: Aborigines in the outback
Managed history

In Toomelah primary school library, Auntie Ada finds photos of her family, dating back to the town's founding in 1938.

At that time, Aborigines were being rounded up and placed in settlements, like Toomelah, called missions, on land of no value to whites.

Each mission had a manager, who decided everything from what residents could wear, to where they could live, whom they could marry, how many children they had, where they could work.

The system was abolished in 1974.

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