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The varieties of policing
Colonial Queensland, 1860–1900
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Policing in Queensland played a vital role in the construction of the colonial social order. This chapter argues that the Queensland force faced a unique set of circumstances in the Australian context, deriving from the specific Colonial Queensland: principal towns and major economic activities political economy of the colonial period. It introduces the socio-economic context of colonial Queensland and outlines some of the important administrative features of policing organisation deriving from the imperial (especially Irish and English) models of policing. The chapter discusses the experience of the Native Police, the policing of social relations contingent on the pastoral, mining and sugar industries and finally the role of the police in the organisation of urban life. Towns like Bundaberg and Mackay were dominated by the Melanesian labourer presence in the surrounding sugar districts.

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Policing the empire

Government, Authority and Control, 1830–1940


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