57 Murray Street

Murray Street


AO Neville - Misguided

A century on, debate continues about the motivations of AO Neville who was based at 57 Murray Street between 1926 and 1940 as Chief Protector and whose impact on the lives of Aboriginal people in Western Australia continues today.

Natalie Bird - Lifeline

Once the Health Department moved on from 57 Murray Street in the 1990s, the building was home to other important organisations and, as Natalie Bird explains, it was the headquarters for many years of Lifeline, providing around the clock crisis support and suicide prevention services.

AO Neville - Enforcing the Aborigines Act of 1905

Although this controversial legislation was in effect before he became Chief Protector, AO Neville used his powers under the Act to have it enforced across Western Australia and was responsible for the forced removal of hundreds of Aboriginal children from their families between 1915 and 1940.

AO Neville - An Enduring Legacy

57 Murray Street evokes painful memories for many older Aboriginal people because it was the office of AO Neville, Chief Protector of Aborigines, and it was here Mr Neville exerted firm control over most aspects of their day-to-day lives.

AO Neville - At 57 Murray Street

One hundred years after becoming Chief Protector of Aborigines in Western Australia, AO Neville remains a controversial figure, particularly in relation to Aboriginal welfare, and the policies he enforced from 57 Murray Street are studied and debated.