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Mounted Police in N.S.W - A history of heroism and duty since 1821

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Title: Mounted Police in N.S.W - A history of heroism and duty since 1821

Author: O'Sullivan, John

Condition: Very Good

Edition: 1st Edition

Publication Date: 1979

ISBN: 0727007955

Cover: Hard Cover with Dust Jacket - 150 pages

Comments: The now scarce history of the New South Wales Mounted Police.

The New South Wales Mounted Police Unit is a mounted section of the New South Wales Police Force. Founded by Governor Thomas Brisbane, on 7 September 1825,  the Mounted Police were recruited from a British military regiment stationed in NSW at the time, to protect travellers, suppress convict escapees and fight Indigenous Australians. The NSW Mounted Police Unit is the oldest continuous mounted group in the world.

For over a century they were a key part of policing, as horses were the main form of transport. The unit was formed three years before the London Mounted Police and 38 years prior to the 1873 formation of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

In 1830 the force was commanded by Lieutenant Colonel Snodgrass. The more settled part of the colony of NSW was defined by three areas of operation, the main detachment of the unit, incorporating the Governor's guard, was stationed in Sydney. The city division was located at Belmore Barracks (located where the present site of Central Railway Station is). There were three country divisions: Western Division at Bathurst; Argyle Divisiona at Goulburn; and the Hunter in Maitland.

By the 1900s the Mounted Police had grown to a strength of over 800 personnel and more than 900 horses. Most stations throughout the state had mounted units attached to them. It was around this time that they unit was moved from Belmore Barracks, to allow for the construction of the present Central Railyway station, to a temporary base at Moore Park, and then on to the Bourke Street Police complex at Redfern in 1907.

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