FREDERICK WALKER: Commandant of the Native Police

FREDERICK WALKER: Commandant of the Native Police

by Paul Dillon


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This is the first and only complete biography of Frederick Walker, 1820 to 1866. Mr Walker's life was one of isolation, hardship and rejection. As Commandant of the Native Police, he was the man who stood at the front line of Australian history with his true and trusty sable force. He was much abused in his day by the squatters for his careful and clement handling of Aborigines, ami des noirs. He is still much abused and neglected today and stands accused of many high crimes and misdemeanours against humanity and the aboriginal natives of Australia. These are all gross slanders and monstrous calumnies. This treatise on his life and times is a complete defence to these infamous allegations, backed with pages of original sources.

After being driven from his command of the Native Police by petty minded squatters and disloyal officers, he took up the worthy profession of a run-hunter and opened up much grazing land in southern and central Queensland, in particular, Plant Downs. He was readily enlisted in the search for Burke and Wills, the forever lamentable tragedy of Australian heroism lost to the unforgiving Outback. Frederick Walker's final act was in the service of the State of Queensland in surveying a telegraph line from Townsville to Burketown for the purposes of an overseas telegraphic link to India. He now lies in a bush grave where he fell on the road to Floraville, Leichhardt River, Queensland. Walker was a bushman par excellence, an Aboriginal Whisperer beyond comparison and an explorer without equal.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781925501957
Publisher: Connor Court Publishing Pty Ltd
Publication date: 06/28/2018
Pages: 480
Product dimensions: 5.83(w) x 8.27(h) x 1.06(d)

Table of Contents



What have I got to apologise for?

Chapter 1—Birth of a Nation

Chapter 2—Native Police

Chapter 3—Assessment of Native Police

Chapter 4—Dismissal

Chapter 5—Aborigines caught and killed

Chapter 6—Walker, the Civilian

Chapter 7—In Search of Burke and Wills

Chapter 8—Frederick Walker’s Journal

Chapter 9—Telegraph Line

Chapter 10—Letters to the Press

Chapter 11—Native Police Operational Correspondence


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