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Obley Police Station View the Map

The police station at Obley, a rough bush structure, was first built in 1866 and staffed by two mounted constables and an unnamed tracker [1]Medley, Coleen:  Obley on the Little River.. In December, the tracker successfully pursued James Auberry who was wanted for stealing sheep and fleeces from a number of local properties including Balderogery, Rocky Ponds and Yullundry [2]NSW Police Gazette 27 December 1882: 508.. At least two trackers were employed in the 1880s, John and Dan, but nothing more is known about their identities or the cases they worked on [3]Police Salary Registers 1883-1888, SRNSW Box 11/16335 Reel 1970.. A well-known tracker who is associated with the area is Michael Mickey.  Born at Bulgandramine in about 1851, he worked at Dubbo as a tracker, saving at least one child who was lost in the bush [4]North Western Courier 8 October 1925: 1.. He also worked as a dog trapper on properties in the Obley and Yeoval districts [5]Recollections of Sid Hunt, Obley Folder, Yeoval Museum.. At least five of his seven children were born at Obley in the 1870s, so it is possible that he worked as the tracker there too.

The police station shown in the photograph was constructed in 1891 and is now a private residence [6]Medley, Coleen:  Obley on the Little River..

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1, 6. Medley, Coleen:  Obley on the Little River.
2. NSW Police Gazette 27 December 1882: 508.
3. Police Salary Registers 1883-1888, SRNSW Box 11/16335 Reel 1970.
4. North Western Courier 8 October 1925: 1.
5. Recollections of Sid Hunt, Obley Folder, Yeoval Museum.

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