Barambah Settlement Aboriginal Policemen c1920

Originally referred to as trackers, Aboriginal police are installed at Barambah as early as 1920s. They are respected men recruited from within the community. They are poorly trained and poorly paid. Through the superintendent, the police are responsible for enforcing the settlement rules.
Pictured: Sam Chambers (left) and three other members of the Barambah Settlement Aboriginal Police.


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