The Pumpkin Line

Fear is one of humanity’s most basic emotions. Defined as the response to an immediate, objective threat, fear is different to anxiety, which is a reaction to an anticipated, subjective threat that can be either real or imagined (Bourke 2003:126). Research into how fear and anxiety come together to influence behaviour suggests that threats to […]

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The Woolgar Massacre

Historians such as Noel Loos, Henry Reynolds, Ray Evans and Timothy Bottoms (amongst others) have demonstrated convincingly that there was substantial conflict on the colonial Queensland frontier. One such instance was a series of killings that occurred on the Woolgar goldfield in 1881, following the death of Sub-Inspector Henry Kaye of the Native Mounted Police. This blog post explores […]

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NMP Troopers and the Search for the Kelly Gang

The story of bushranger Ned Kelly and his gang is widely known amongst Australians, with literally 100s of books and articles having been written about their exploits in colonial Victoria. What is less well known is the role a group of Native Mounted Police (NMP) troopers from Queensland played in the downfall of the outlaws. Frustrated by […]

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Stanhope O’Connor

Introducing Sub-Inspector Stanhope O’Connor who worked in the Cooktown region of Cape York.

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