This morning on Let’s Talk Boe and Karina chat with Lynley Wallis who is an Australian archaeologist and Associate Professor at Griffith University.
To mark the anniversary of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths on the 15th of April we wanted to look at the brutal history of police violence in Queensland.
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”.