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Charlie Hammond, son of Charlie Hammond Snr and Maria, was born on Wiradjuri country at Goolagong near Forbes in the 1870s.  He was the tracker at Dubbo in 1902 and 1903.  In May 1903 he helped arrest a man suspected of burning down a shed at Spicer’s Creek to the east of Dubbo.  The suspect’s boots matched the prints at the scene of the fire and he was convicted at Dubbo Circuit Court the following month.[ref] http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article75967415 [/ref]  Charlie resigned in May and moved to Trangie where he worked as a labourer.  He returned to Dubbo the following year to marry Mary Carr of Narromine before accepting the tracker’s position at the nearby village of Collie where he worked until 1906.  For the following two years after that he was the tracker at Coonamble.  He may have lived in the tracker’s hut which was located next to police stables behind the station. There is a story in the Coonamble Museum (located within the old police station) that he also tracked the Governor brothers, but this is not reflected in the records.  He later moved to the Gulargambone Aboriginal Reserve where he passed away in 1938, the father of 10 children.  The attached image, courtesy of the Coonamble Museum, was taken at the 1936 Coonamble Show.[ref]MC of Charlie Hammond and Mary Carr 1904/001053; DC of Charles Edward Hammond 1938/022958; Police Salary Register 1902 SRNSW 3/2993 Reel 1973; Police Salary Registers 1903-1907 SRNSW 11/16337 Reel 1971; Police Salary Register 1908 3/2994 Reel 1973[/ref]

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