Goodooga Police Station was established in 1871 as part of the North Western Police district. Trackers were employed at the station from 1883 to 1914, including George Rose Murray (1883) and Angledool Joe (1883). The longest serving tracker at Goodooga was George Sharpley who worked from 1884 to 1912. He sometimes combined ceremonial obligations with tracking work. After leaving the police in 1912, he continued to camp in the police paddock (pictured) on the western side of the Bokhara River not far from town.
This website explores the history of Aboriginal trackers in NSW from 1862 when the current NSW Police Force was established through to 1973 when the last tracker, Norman Walford, retired. You can read about the lives of individual trackers and some of the incredible tracking feats they performed. There is also information about the police stations where they worked and...Learn More ►
There were over 200 NSW police stations that employed Aboriginal trackers between 1862 and 1973. Many were concentrated in the central-west and north-west of the state, the agricultural and pastoral heartland of NSW. This is because one of the main jobs of trackers was to pursue sheep, cattle and horse thieves. Trackers sometimes lived in small huts out the back...Learn More ►
Early History Since the beginning of the colony, government agencies, explorers, surveyors and members of the general public called upon the tracking abilities of Aboriginal men and women. First Fleet officers and early land-owners sometimes made use of Aboriginal men to track and capture escaped convicts. Alexander Berry, for example, relied on an Aboriginal man known as Broughton (or Toodwick)...Learn More ►