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Catholics Urge Better Protection for Australian Natives

Preservation of the race of Australian aborigines from extinction is a growing problem both for Church authorities and for the Governments of those areas in which they survive.

In the early days of white settlement in Australia murderous reprisals were made the answer to the natives' resistance, when cattle polluted their drinking places and settlers fenced off the areas of wild fruits and vegetables from which the natives drew their sustenance.

In recent years the Governments have sought to understand the natives, but the race is rapidly becoming extinct. The Catholic Leader, of Brisbane, has urged the establishment of adequate native reserves where missionaries may work among the natives 'an where the latter will be protected from exploitation by white settlers.

serve provided by the Queensland Government. Under the direction or the Most Rev. Francis X. Gsell, SS.CC., Bishop of Darwin, the Fathers of the Sacred Ilearts (Picpusil have won almost the entire settlement of 400 aborigines to the Faith although there was only one Catholic family among them ten years ago.




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