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The Police Station at Mount McDonald near Cowra was staffed by trackers from 1883 to 1886 and probably earlier.  Part of the Milburn Creek Gold Field, trackers played an important role in guarding the gold escort, a coach which traveled to Carcoar and sometimes Blayney carrying the miner’s finds.  The tracker accompanied the escort and stayed overnight before returning to Mount McDonald the following day.

The Mount McDonald tracker was sometimes called to nearby towns to work on a case.  In November 1884, Tracker Billy was sent to Carcoar to look for an offender.  The previous month he took a horse and cart from Mount McDonald to Orange.  In September the following year, Tracker Billy was part of a team looking for witnesses to the stealing of horse near Cowra.  He was paid the standard wage of £4.13.0 per month for his efforts.[1]Carcoar Police Diary of Duty and Occurrences SRNSW 7/6178.

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1. Carcoar Police Diary of Duty and Occurrences SRNSW 7/6178.

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