Extract from Conspiracy of Silence [pp.18-19] by Timothy Bottoms
The Native Police force became the legitimate instrument of government policy, first in NSW and later in the newly formed colony of Queensland. The Native Police had three duties: to break up – disperse – large assemblages of Blacks, and at the same time to intimidate them by constant patrolling; to apprehend Aboriginal criminals; and to act as a punitive force for the local settlers. Officers were forbidden to report in detailâ. An officer who served with Queenslands Black Police during the 1860s commented:
AUSTRALIA has been won by a hundred years of bloodshed. So I have heard more than one old squatter aver, and there is truth in the statement. We organised a force of Native Mounted Police in the new colony of Queensland, for the purpose of protecting outside settlers from the raids of the blacks. … They were commanded by white officers and distributed in small squads in various outlying parts of the country. these half-civilised natives, now turned into troopers, were enlisted from different tribes
 A version of the Native Police began in Victoria in 1842, and in 1848 in greater NSW, primarily in the northern districts, including the Moreton Bay region from 1853.
 QSA COL/A188, 73/3005; B. Breslin, Exterminate With Pride, JCU, Townsville, 1992, p.54
 The Way We Civilise, G & J Black, Brisbane, 1880, p.3;
 E. B. Kennedy, The Black Police of Queensland: Reminiscences of Official Work and Personal Adventures in the Early Days of the Colony, London, 1902, pp.34-36. For a contemporary comprehensive coverage, see J Richards, The Secret War, UQP, St. Lucia, 2008.