The Queensland Native Mounted Police Research Database

The Queensland Native Mounted Police Research Database

The Queensland Native Mounted Police operated between 1849 and 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 extreme violence in many forms. A four year long project to explore the archaeology of the Native Mounted Police resulted in this database. It is the only publicly available historical and archaeological dataset of their lives and activities. The excavations conducted for this project were the first archaeological investigations of any Native Police force operating anywhere in Australia. This joint project was conducted by researchers from Flinders University, the University of Southern Queensland, the University of Notre Dame Australia, the University of New England and James Cook University. (Burke, H. and L.A. Wallis 2019 Frontier Conflict and the Native Mounted Police in Queensland Database. doi: 10.25957/5d9fb541294d5). Access the database here.

Latest news and events

HGRC QSA Native Mounted Police Seminar

December 17th, 2021
Assoc Professor Lynley Wallis delivered a presentation at QSA on Thursday 21 October 2021  titled ‘Understanding Queensland’s Native Mounted Police: A free online database to help communities research and understand the lives and work of an infamous police force’. Access  the talk here. Read more

RHSQ Seminar Recording

December 11th, 2021
A recording of Jan Richardson’s talk, ‘Making a Fresh Start: Tasmanian Female Ex-Convicts in Free Settlement Queensland’, is now available to view on the Royal Historical Society of Queensland (RHSQ) YouTube channel. Held at the Commissariat Store Museum on 10 November 2021, Jan’s talk explores the stories of ex-convict women and their families who sought […] Read more

Newly Digitised Indigenous Resources

November 7th, 2021
Many wonderful Indigenous resources have been digitised recently and are available online. Join Dr Hilda Maclean online on 17 November 2021 at 7.30 pm to learn about the material which can be accessed from home for free and what it tells us about Indigenous communities and their histories. Register here. Read more

RHSQ Lecture Series

November 5th, 2021
Making a Fresh Start: Tasmanian Female Ex-Convicts in Free Settlement Queensland. Jan Richardson is a is a PhD candidate in the School of Humanities, Law and Social Sciences at Griffith University. She is also a Research Assistant at the Harry Gentle Resource Centre in the Griffith Centre for Social and Cultural Research at Griffith University. […] Read more

Visiting Fellowships on Offer

October 25th, 2021
The HGRC invite applications from innovative scholars in a discipline relevant to digital history or the creative arts to join us for a period as Visiting Fellow, and contribute to the aims of the Harry Gentle Resource Centre. An honorarium of $7,500 is attached to each fellowship. Applications close Friday 12 November 2021.     Read more