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FOR GOD’S SAKE SEND THE TRACKERS… A HISTORY OF QUEENSLAND TRACKERS AND VICTORIA POLICE
By Gary Presland
Following the use of Queensland Aboriginal troopers during the 1879-80 hunt for the Kelly Gang, Victoria Police set up its own corps of Queensland trackers. This publication looks at the intermittent use of Aboriginal trackers by the Victoria Police Force up to the 1880 decision to employ Queensland Aborigines (Murris) on a permanent basis, and the resultant use of these men until 1968. It examines the relationships that existed between the white police and the black trackers over a 90 year period, and details many of the cases on which the Murris worked. The book contains a listing of all the Murris employed in the period 1880 to 1968, and provides personal details of a number of these men.
Originally published by Victoria Press and distributed by Strategic Australia, the book is now distributed solely by Harriland Press.
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