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Native Affairs

Xew Commissioner

F. I. BRAY'S APPOINTMENT

The Executive Council has approv ed of the appointment of Mr. Francis Illingworth Bray as Commissioner ol Native Affairs in succession of Mr A. O. Neville. Mr. Bray, who has been in charge of the department as Acting Commissioner since Mr. Nev ille's retiemant In March last; will officially assume his new office on October 21. when Mr. Neville s retir ing leave will be completed.

Born at Bunbury, Mr. Bray was educated at tt-e former Perth Boy's School in St. George's-terraee. . He joined the Premier's Office in August, 1896, and for some years he was in personal attendance as a junior on the then Sir John Forrest.

Prom July. 1932, Mr. Bnay frequent ly administered the Aborigines De partment (now Department of Na tive Affairs) for short periods during Mr. Neville's absence on inspection work or leave. Since February 22, 1937. when he v,Tas appointed Deputy Chief Protector of Aborigines, he has been continuously employed in the Department of Native Affairs. Later the title of his position was changed to Deputy-Conucissioner of Native Affairs. I «

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