New South Wales Police employed Aboriginal trackers from 1862 to 1973. Trackers used their traditional bush skills to find lost people and pursue criminals across the land. Most were employed in regional areas, but some were based in Sydney, including the Redfern horse stables.
Dr Michael Bennett will highlight some of the Sydney trackers including Red Tank Jack (who worked at Parramatta) and Isaac Grovenor, a famed horse breaker, at a talk presented by the Randwick and District Historical Society at Bowen Library, Randwick City Library.
Dr Michael Bennett is an historian with NTSCORP where he conducts historical research for native title claims. He developed a passion for tracker history while growing up in Dubbo and hearing stories about Tracker Alex Riley who worked for the NSW Police for 40 years. He has also launched a fascinating interactive website on the history of Aboriginal trackers in NSW.
When: 2pm, Saturday 16 July 2016
Where: Vonnie Young Auditorium, Bowen Library
669-673 Anzac Parade
Maroubra NSW 2035
Bookings: (02) 9314 4888
Feature image: courtesy Pathfinders: the history of NSW Aboriginal trackers website