Molong Police Station
An early tracker who worked at Molong was Peter Hogan, an Aboriginal man from the New England district. Hogan was on patrol with Senior Constable Herbert and Constables Ambrose and Cook near Molong in March 1865 in pursuit of bushrangers. Hogan and Cook were put in charge of the horses one night after camp was made on Molong Creek. Herbert and Ambrose were camped away from the other two. Hogan and Cook were woken by the sound of approaching footsteps and fearing that they were about to be attacked, they opened fire when no one replied to their calls. Two shots fired by Cook struck Herbert, who later died from his injuries. Unusually for the time, Hogan gave evidence at the hearing. Cook was indicted on a manslaughter charge but Hogan was not Sydney Morning Herald 23 May 1865: 5.. The judge at the trial at Bathurst raised the possibility that Hogan may have fired the fatal shots and the jury could not reach a verdict. Cook was, however, dismissed from the Force NSW Police Gazette 3 May 1865: 169..
Tommy was employed as the Molong tracker 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 DC of Kitty May 1917/004360.. 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 Molong Argus 26 May 1899: 3..
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|1.||↑||Sydney Morning Herald 23 May 1865: 5.|
|2.||↑||NSW Police Gazette 3 May 1865: 169.|
|3.||↑||DC of Kitty May 1917/004360.|
|4.||↑||Molong Argus 26 May 1899: 3.|
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