Terms and annotations which reflect the author's attitude or that of the period in which the item was written may be considered inappropriate today in some circumstances.
Users of this web site should be aware that, in some Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities, hearing names or seeing images of deceased persons may cause sadness or distress, particularly to the relatives of these people.
Note on terminology: The contemporary terms “Indigenous Australians” and "Indigenous peoples” are used in this website and include both Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Additionally the contemporary terms “Aboriginal peoples” or “Torres Strait Islander peoples” are used as slightly more specific terms.
When terms other than the above are used, it is either a quote or reflects the language used in a particular document.
The Queensland Aboriginals Protection and Restriction of the Sale of Opium Act 1897 uses the term “Aboriginals” to refer to both Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islander peoples. In 1939 Queensland enacted separate acts: the Aboriginals Preservation and Protection Act 1939 and the Torres Strait Islander Act 1939.