The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 41
20. It is estimated that, at the first colonisation of the district now called Victoria, the Aborigines numbered 5000. When the colony was separated from New South Wales, the number was officially stated to be 2693. In 1877, the Central Board for the Protection of the Aborigines took a census by means of which they ascertained that the Aboriginal population had become reduced to 1067, of whom 633 were males and 434 were females; the adults numbered 770, and the children 297; those entirely black numbered 774, and those of mixed blood 293.