Frontier War Stories

Frontier War Stories - Lynley Wallis - Queensland Native Mounted Police

March 6, 2021

Episode Fifteen Boe yarns with Lynley A. Wallis who is an Australian archaeologist and Associate Professor at Griffith University.

The Queensland Native Mounted Police operated for over 50 years, from 1849 until 1904. It was organised along paramilitary lines, consisting of detachments of Aboriginal troopers led by white officers. It operated across the whole of Queensland and was explicitly constituted to protect the lives, livelihoods and property of settlers and to prevent (and punish) any Aboriginal aggression or resistance. This was often accomplished through violence in many forms, leading Henry Reynolds to characterise the NMP as “the most violent organisation in Australian history”.

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