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Jim Boney

James Boney, the son of Harry Boney and Kate Coventry, was born at Wollomombi in about 1870.  He was initiated at Guy Fawkes at a ceremony attended by Aboriginal people from the Macleay River, Bellinger River, New England tableland and Tenterfield.[ref]Richmond River Herald and Northern Districts Advertiser 24 December 1926[/ref]  He worked as the tracker at Hillgrove where he once pursued gold thieves and was highly regarded by the police.  Boney was later transferred to the station at Tyringham (now known as Dundurrabin) on the Blicks River.  A champion runner, Boney was also an expert with the boomerang who once gave a demonstration in Sydney.  His son, James Boney Jnr, was also a tracker.[ref]The Settlement of Guy Fawkes and Dorrigo by Eric Fahey, Central North Coast Newspaper Company, 1976.[/ref]

NSW Aboriginal Trackers

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...

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Police Stations

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...

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A General History

Pathfinders book Pathfinders, A history of Aboriginal trackers in NSW, written by Dr Michael Bennett and published by NewSouth, is now available from all good bookstores. Click on the link below to order your copy. https://www.abbeys.com.au/book/pathfinders-a-history-of-aboriginal-trackers-in-nsw.do Early History Since the beginning of the colony, government agencies, explorers, surveyors and members of the general public called upon the tracking...

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