Molong Police Station
The only recorded tracker at Molong was Tommy who worked from 1883 to 1886. Nothing more about his life is currently known and trackers were not stationed at Molong after he left. A 20th century tracker with a link to Molong was Robert Henry Robinson who worked at Coonamble and Dubbo. His grandmother was Kitty Hanley, who, according to her death certificate, was born at Copper Hill near Molong in the 1840s [ref]DC of Kitty May 1917/004360.[/ref]. Copper Hill was also the site of a tribal battle in the 1860s. An Aboriginal man named Harry was wounded in the fight. The local doctor named Ross cut the spear, which was almost 2m long with three barbs, from Harry’s back. Harry’s recovery was greatly assisted by his wife who applied every day and night for a week, liberal doses of “eucalypti foliage lamentation” heated in a billycan of water. Harry had been working on Dilga run (about 40km north-east of Parkes) and returned to live there after the incident [ref]Molong Argus 26 May 1899: 3.[/ref].
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