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A change to the Defence Act 1909 so that 'half-castes' can enlist

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Title: A change to the Defence Act 1909 so that 'half-castes' can enlist
Date: not given
Notes: Previously, the Defence Act 1909 stated that persons who were 'not substantially of European origin or descent' were exempt from enlisting. In 1917, military orders allowed 'half-castes' to enlist if they had one parent of European origin.
Keywords: Aboriginal, Indigneous, World War I, Anzac,
Record creator: Military Board (also known as Military Board of Administration)
Reference: MP390/10, 1917 PART 1

1917 change to defence act - 'Half-castes' can enlist if one parent of European origin


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