Native Constable





Northern Territory


A police camp was located on the Finke river.  Its occupants were the police patrol party, whose duties were to visit the various stations, and to see that the wild natives did not interfere with the white settlers or their stock. The officer in charge has done this to the best of his ability, and as one of the results his camp was attacked by a mob of wild blacks from the westward on the 9th of January, 1890.

They managed to drive one long spear right through the body of one of the natives at the camp, named PETER, who was kept there to carry wood and water as required. His viscera protruded through the wound, and he died on the following afternoon. The spear was thrown into one of the wurleys with the intention of killing one of the active native constables.

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