NT police force

The history of the Northern Territory (NT) police force began with the appointment of Paul Foelsche as Sub-Inspector of Police in the Northern Territory of South Australia on 16 December 1869. 

Inspector Foelsche sailed from Port Adelaide on the 'Kohinoor' with Corporal F Drought and Troopers W Stretton, R Kappler, H J Boord, H Q Smith and J Massey, arriving at Port Darwin on 21 January 1870.

Before this period there had been several attempts at settling the NT and the responsibility for law enforcement at these short lived settlements (such as Melville Island, Port Essington) was the military.

The history of the NT police force is one of isolation, hardship, loneliness, violence, heroism, danger, sadness and humour (J R Johns, Patrolling the "Big Up": edited by Darrell Lewis, Historical Society of the Northern Territory, Darwin). 

It was for a long time a small force scattered across a large land mass as police stations were slowly established in remote areas of the Territory. 

As the police were often the only official government figure in these remote areas, they regularly found themselves doing additional duties such as Clerk of Local Court, District Registrar for Births, Deaths and Marriages, Temporary Stock Inspectors and Protector of Aborigines. 

As a consequence the records we have relating to the police in the NT are not only an important source of information about law and order issues, they also provide a much broader picture of what was happening in the communities where they were kept.

The series of records listed here may not all be immediately available on open public access. NT Archives staff will advise you about access.

For more information see the Northern Territory Archives Service list of holdings or List of Government and Community Records Relating to the Police Force in the Northern Territory (83.6 kb) - oral histories are not included in this list. 

Contact the NTAS for more information.

Oral history interviews

One of the strength of the holdings at the NTAS is in the oral history area. The records within this category are listed against the name of the person who has been interviewed. 

The interviews are in the format of tapes and transcripts. Copies of many recordings are also available on compact disks (CDs). 

The items listed below include interviews of individuals who were employed in the police force in the NT and their spouses. Also included are some interviews where the role of the police in the NT is discussed. The list is not exhaustive.

BIRT, Gordon Robert
NTRS 226 - Oral History Interview TS 18
Gordon Robert Birt served in the Northern Territory Police Force from 3 July 1929 until he was retired on medical grounds on 31 August 1943. He served in a number of remote locations including Borroloola and Newcastle Waters as well as in Darwin.

BOWIE, Syd
NTRS 226 - Oral History Interview TS 440
Born in 1914, Syd Bowie grew up in Longreach, Queensland. After an unsuccessful attempt to enter the Queensland Police Force, he joined the Northern Territory Police Force in Darwin on September 12, 1939. Syd Bowie described the Darwin community and its various ethnic groupings, and detailed Police duties and administrative arrangements up until 1942. He also told of the effect Armed Services personnel had on the town and on police work.

BRIDGLAND, Ray
NTRS 226 - Oral History Interview TS 164
Ray Bridgland was born in South Australia around 1889. He joined the police force in 1910 and moved to the Territory in 1915. He worked at several remote police stations, but details about most, except for Borroloola and Darwin in 1915 are sketchy at best. He describes the search for survivors of a sunken mail ship in 1924, and the subsequent six month search based at Caledon Bay - all in detail. Ray worked with Aboriginal trackers at the remote stations, and didn't get a car until 1935. His first duties in Darwin in 1915 included the morning mounted patrol.

BROWN, Ron
NTRS 226 - Oral History Interview TS 469
Born in 1916, Ron Agnew-Brown joined the NT Police in 1939. He describes the rough, hard-drinking Darwin of the time, and the shock and carnage of the early Japanese bombing raids on the town and harbour. After a brief period in the RAAF, he was returned to the NT Police. In 1945 he took over the Finke police district, a huge area south of Alice Springs which stretched over state borders, and was patrolled on camels. He vividly describes some of these patrols, the essential help of Aboriginal trackers, especially on rescue missions, and the scarcity of water, the building of the first airstrip at Finke, and the native and feral animal life of the region. The canvas-mounted camel patrol map he used at the time, with his notations of precious water sites has been donated by Mr Brown, together with a number of photographs, which are referred to in the interview. Refer to personal papers and photographs listings for details.

BURKE, Maurice
NTRS 226 - Oral History Interview TS 904
Maurice Victor Burke, born February 1946 in Warragul, Victoria. He joined the Northern Territory Police Force in May 1968. He trained as a police officer. Postings included Daly River and Nhulunbuy (Gove) as O.I.C. in Gove, O.I.C. in Prosecutions and Inspector in Darwin, as Divisional Officer in Jabiru, and as Chief Inspector in Alice Springs. The interview focuses on the disastrous floods in Katherine in 1998, when he held the rank of Commander.

DARKEN, Robert
NTRS 226 - Oral History Interview TS 188, TS 768
Robert Darken was born in 1919, and joined the Northern Territory Police Force in 1938. He was in Darwin when the first Japanese bombing raid occurred. He details preparations which were made prior to the raid, and police work after the raid. Robert Darken comments on Administrator Abbott's reaction to the raid, and the subsequent Royal Commission into the raids. He resigned from the Police Force in 1950, and bought Simpson's Gap Station.

DEANS, Joan
NTRS 226 - Oral History Interview TS 776
Joan Mary DEANS was born in Yorkshire England in 1920. While serving during World War II with Queen Alexandra's Royal Naval Nursing Service in Britain, she was transferred to the British Hospital at Hearne Bay, NSW. At the end of the war, she took up the option of remaining in Australia for a further two years before returning to Britain. In 1945 she commenced work at the newly constructed Alice Springs Hospital where she met and married Frank 'Tiny' Deans, a member of the Northern Territory Mounted Police. She recalls her varied responsibilities: wife and mother, post mistress, unofficial nurse, hostess for passing dignitaries, and many other duties that fall to the wife of an outback policeman, particularly during the days when horseback patrols meant police often spent long periods away from their stations.

DEVINEY, Hugh
NTRS 226 - Oral History Interview TS 190
Hugh DEVINEY joined the Territory Police Force in 1928. He served at Ranken, and then Anthony Lagoon. He talks about local Aborigines, Aboriginal trackers, local pastoralists and drovers, communications and horse racing.

DILLON, Cec
NTRS 226 - Oral History Interview TS 479
Born in 1925 in Lismore NSW, Cec Dillon came to the Territory as a newly recruited policeman in Darwin in 1949. He describes police work, living conditions and lifestyles of the time with gusto and humour, and recalls many amusing incidents and characters. In 1952, he was posted to Alice Springs, and describes the differences in police work and living conditions. he also served in Katherine, and at Daly River at the time of memorable floods in 1957.

FITZER, Eileen
NTRS 226 - Oral History Interview TS 207. 588, 695
Eileen Fitzer was born in Darwin in 1902. The earliest memories Eileen Fitzer had were of Brocks Creek where her father managed the Zapopan mine until 1909 when the family moved to Darwin. Eileen did her nursing training in Melbourne. From 1932, Eileen Fitzer worked as a nurse at a variety of places. In 1941 Eileen and her first husband left the Territory because of his illness. He died in 1943 and Eileen returned to the Territory. She married Tasman Fitzer in April 1945. Eileen and Tas Fitzer manned the police stations at Daly River and Timber Creek. An 18 month period was also spent at Brocks Creek from 1946.

GIESE, Harry
NTRS 226 - Oral History Interview TS 755
Born in Western Australia in 1913, Harry GIESE came to the Northern Territory in October 1954 as the Director of Welfare for the Northern Territory Administration. He describes the establishment of police stations in Aboriginal communities, discussed the past roles protectors, the ration stations Aboriginal trackers and families and their relations with Patrol Officers and the role of Patrol Officers.

GORDON, John
NTRS 226 - Oral History Interview TS 445
John Gordon was born in South Australia in 1919 and joined the Northern Territory Police Force in November 1947. After a period in Darwin, John Gordon served the Force in Tennant Creek and Newcastle Waters, before taking part in a foot patrol through Arnhem Land during the first three months of 1949. Service followed in Timber Creek. Periods were served at Anthony Lagoon, Ranken River, Roper River, and Maranboy, before John Gordon returned to Darwin in 1962. He resigned from the Police Force in 1963. The interview covered the work of a bush station policeman; some of the patrols and cases John Gordon became involved in; his attitude to Aborigines; his views on the organisation of the Police Force; and comments on some of his colleagues.

LEMAIRE, James
NTRS 226 - Oral History Interview TS 815
James E. Lemaire was born 20 May 1918, in Sydney. He was appointed as a magistrate in the NT and arrived in Alice Springs in 1956. He was interested in common law, litigation and the wide variety of jurisdictions appealed to him. He describes the relationship between the police and the Aborigines from the point of view of a magistrate.

LITTLEJOHN, William (Bill)
NTRS 226 - Oral History Interview TS 263, 396
Bill Littlejohn was born in New Zealand and joined the Eastern Extension Cable Company back in New Zealand, transferred to Sydney and then to Darwin. After four years with the Company in the Northern Territory, he joined the Police force. In this brief interview he talks about his time in Darwin, the Petrov affair, events after the Japanese air raids on Darwin. Mr Littlejohn was Superintendent of police in the 1950s.

LYNCH, Tony
NTRS 226 - Oral History Interview TS 480
Tony Lynch was born in Brisbane in 1907 and went to the Northern Territory in 1926. There he worked for Bernhard and Rundle from Katherine, collecting and delivering orders from the workers in the railway construction camps. In 1926, Tony Lynch was asked to join the Northern Territory Police Force which he served until 1941 in Darwin, Timber Creek, Wave Hill, Katherine, Alice Springs, The Granites, Tennant Creek, Barrow Creek, Charlotte Waters and Anthony Lagoon. During his service there were long horse patrols, investigation of illegal selling of alcohol and opium to Aborigines and murder cases. In January 1931 he was involved with the riot of unemployed in Darwin during which Snowy Mahoney was arrested and police and rioters were injured. Whilst based in Alice Springs from January 1932, Tony Lynch undertook North-West camel patrols which covered large and inhospitable tracts of country including the Granites and the Tanami desert

MAHONY, Kath
NTRS 226 - Oral History Interview TS 446
Kath Mahony was born in Irvinebank, Queensland in 1908. She married a member of the Northern Territory Police Force, Jack Mahony, in October 1934. Her husband served with the police force at Mataranka, Roper River, Arltunga, Alice Springs, Lake Nash and Anthony Lagoon, before retirement from the force in 1952. The interview includes a description of each of these postings, and relations with station people and with the Police Department itself.

MANNION, Nancy
NTRS 226 - Oral History Interview TS 89
Nancy Mannion came to the Northern Territory in 1936. Her husband Jim Mannion was in the police force. The interview describes police life.

McCAFFERY, Kevin Reginald
NTRS 226 - Oral History Interview TS 85
Reginald Kevin Mccaffery was born in 1910. He came to the Territory in 1935 as a member of the NT Police Force. He established the Territory branch of the Police Association to fight for better working conditions. For many years he was the police court prosecutor.

McKINNON, Bill
NTRS 226 - Oral History Interview TS 88, 384, 789
These interviews include recollections of some of Mr McKinnon's contemporaries, and reminiscences about many of his postings with the police force around the Territory since arriving in Alice Springs in 1931.

McLAREN, Bill
NTRS 226 - Oral History Interview TS 586
Bill McLaren was born in 1916 in Melbourne, and after extensive police experience in Victoria, came to Darwin in 1967 to take up the post of the Northern Territory Police Commissioner. This interview focuses on the events of Cyclone Tracy in December 1974, and its immediate aftermath. Included are his recollections on: emergency procedures pre-cyclone, and the slow process of re-establishment; emergency operations he took part in and directed from the morning after the cyclone. He comments on General Stretton's role, and the necessity for many of the policies followed during the emergency.

McNEIL, Andy
NTRS 226 - Oral History Interview TS 973
Born in Sydney in 1937, Andy McNeill joined the NT Police in 1959. He held posts in Darwin, Katherine, Tennant Creek and Alice Springs, retiring as an Assistant Commissioner in 1992 He was subsequently Mayor of Alice Springs from 1992 to 2000.

MOFFLIN, Alfred Charles
NTRS 226 - Oral History Interview TS 94
Alfred Charles Mofflin was born in East Fremantle, Western Australia, in 1916 He joined the Army in 1935, and was transferred to Darwin in 1938. He joined the Northern Territory Police Force in 1940. He described pre-war Darwin and discussed police activities in the town. Dave Mofflin was one of several police who helped pack items for transfer from Government House. In the second period at Darwin, from 1949 to 1967, Dave Mofflin spent time as the Officer-in-Charge of Darwin Police Station; undertook clerical duties for superintendents of Police, and later the first Commissioner of Police who came from the ranks, Clive Graham. He discussed the changes as the Police Force expanded in numbers and responsibilities.

MOFFLIN, Flo
NTRS 226 - Oral History Interview TS 435
In 1941, Flo married Dave Mofflin in Darwin, where Dave was a member of the Northern Territory Police Force. She then accompanied him to his various postings with the Police Force. She expresses her views about treatment of staff in the police force.

MULDOON, Bertilla
NTRS 226 - Oral History Interview TS 291
Bertilla Muldoon married Territory policeman Phil Muldoon in Adelaide in 1928. First posting was Newcastle Waters police station.

MULDOON, Phil
NTRS 226 - Oral History Interview TS 7602
Phil Muldoon came up to Darwin in 1918, by ship from Sydney. He joined the Northern Territory Mounted Police. He recounts his life and working conditions during this time before motorised vehicles were used to patrol the vast areas within the Northern Territory. His story gives a clear insight into the early towns he lived in, the stations and the country he patrolled. At various times he was stationed at Emungalan, Timber Creek, Darwin, Newcastle Waters, Arltunga, Barrow Creek and Alice Springs. He comments that the areas the police patrolled were very large and that policing duties covered many things as well as police work. The police were often required to make coffins, marry people, be the local Clerk of Courts, Protector of Aborigines etc. Mr Muldoon states that at one stage he held sixteen different gazetted appointments. He was appointed Superintendent of Alice Springs Gaol in 1938.

O'MEARA, Warren
NTRS 226 - Oral History Interview TS 900
Born in 1947 in Victoria, O'Meara joined the NT Police in 1975. He had postings to Alice Springs, Groote Eylandt and Tennant Creek. At the time of interview he was a Superintendent at Katherine, and the interview focuses on the disastrous 1998 floods there.

SELL, Ernest
NTRS 226 - Oral History Interview TS 473
Ernest Sell was born in Melbourne in 1919. In 1939, he joined the Army and came to Darwin, serving with the artillery units at East Point. In 1941 he was transferred to the NT Police and served for many years in Darwin, Alice Springs, Roper Bar and Timber Creek, and describes camel and horse patrols in the districts where he served. He recalls being lost and then being rescued by an Aboriginal tracker, praises their police work and describes police methods of dealing with Aboriginal offenders.

STOKES, John William (Jack)
NTRS 226 - Oral History Interview TS 332
John William (Jack) STOKES was born in 1910, and joined the Northern Territory Police Force. He arrived in Darwin in 1937, spent nine months on Elcho Island,. He was posted to Maranboy for four years. There are detailed discussions of this time - his duties. Mr Stokes later served in Tennant Creek, Alice Springs and Darwin again - a total of 21 years service.

STRETTON, Major General Alan, AO
NTRS 226 - Oral History Interview TS 956
Alan Bishop Stretton was born in Melbourne, 1922. He recounts his time in Darwin in December 1974, when, as head of the Natural Disasters Organisation, Canberra, he took charge of emergency operations in the city for the crucial few weeks after Cyclone Tracy. Elaborating on his published books, discussion includes the role of the NT and interstate police in Darwin post-Tracy.

TEAGUE, Allan
NTRS 226 - Oral History Interview TS 906
Born in New-Zealand in 1966 of part Maori background, he came to Australia about age 4, and to the NT in 1988, joining the NT Police in around 1991. The interview focuses on the time of the 1998 floods disaster, when he was sergeant in charge at Daly River.

WAUDBY, Bill
NTRS 226 - Oral History Interview TS 698
Bill Waudby was born in Adelaide in 1920 and joined the Northern Territory Police Force in 1939. He worked in Darwin until late in 1941 when he was transferred to Tennant Creek. Mr Waudby then joined the Air Force, but returned to the Northern Territory after the war, when he was posted to Katherine. He talks about the differences of police postings in the region. Mr Waudby resigned from the police force in 1947.

Personal papers and photographs

The following is a series listing according to the surname of the person who created or deposited the records with the NT Archives. 

The series listed in this category are mostly personal papers and photographs. The collections have often been donated by police officers and their spouses at the time they were interviewed for the oral history collection.

BIRT, Gordon R
NTRS 270 - Personal records, autobiography and photographs featuring police life and work throughout the NT - 1929-1981
NTRS 850 Manuscript, "Letters from Wartime Darwin" 1941-1943
NTRS 1518 Photographic copyprints of Darwin, Katherine and Timber Creek 1929-1980

BOWIE, Sydney
NTRS 575 - Photographic copyprints of NT Advisory Council and Police Cadets c.1918-1966

BROWN, Ron A
NTRS 855 - Centralian camel patrol map - 1945-1952
NTRS 876 - Records relating to Centralian police camel patrols - 1930s-1953
NTRS 1641 - Photographic copyprints of police patrol work in Central Australia - 1938-1950

DEVINEY, Hugh Powell (Hughie)
NTRS 72 - Notebook about administration of police and justice in the NT - c.1928-1932

DILLON, C.C (Cec)
NTRS 1647 - Photographic copyprints of NT Police Stations - 1949-1957

FITZER, Eileen
NTRS 1734 - Copies of extracts from letters written by Tas and Eileen Fitzer about police work and life in remote areas of the Northern Territory - 1939-1955

FOELSCHE, Inspector Paul Heinrich Matthias
Please note: This collection is included here as P H M Foelsche was Officer in Charge of the first police detachment posted in the Northern Territory. However Foelsche's photographs do not relate to police work.
F 399 - Photograph Album of Northern Territory Views - 1870-1888
NTRS 234 - Photograph of the entrance to the first government garden near Daly Street, Darwin - 1874

MAHONY, Jack
NTRS 234 - Photographic copyprints featuring police work in the NT - nd - CP 845-848
NTRS 325 - Personal letters of Jack Mahony - 1935-1950s
NTRS 326 - Papers about the career and life of Jack Mahony - 1935-1975

MANNION, Jim
NTRS 234 - Photographic copyprints featuring police work in the NT - c.1936 - CP 853-880
NTRS 327 - Scrapbook and articles about police work in the NT - 1935-1965

McKINNON, Inspector William (Bill)
NTRS 234 - Photographic copyprints of police work in Central Australia - c.1930 - CP 415-516
NTRS 321 - Personal papers and photographs of Darwin - c.1931-1968
NTRS 1336 - Photographs of Darwin and police work in the Northern Territory - 1931

Government organisations

NT Archives Service holds many government record series relating to police activities. Of particular value in the following list are the police stations journals which detail the life of sometimes remote communities.

The records series within this category are listed alphabetically under the title of the government organisation which created the records. Series entries include the control number (NTRS or F), the series title and the date range of the series.

Unless agency is stated to be "Commonwealth" all agencies listed are either Northern Territory Government agencies created since self-government in 1978 or agencies whose title did not alter with the change from Commonwealth to Northern Territory Administration.

Predecessor Agencies which do not have separate listing are recorded chronologically at the start of the listing of their subsequent agency.

ADMINISTRATOR OF THE NORTHERN TERRITORY
COMMISSIONER OF POLICE and Predecessor Commonwealth Agencies
OMBUDSMAN OF THE NORTHERN TERRITORY
POLICE STATION - ADELAIDE RIVER (Commonwealth)
POLICE STATION - ALICE SPRINGS (Commonwealth)
POLICE STATION - ALICE WELLS (Commonwealth)
POLICE STATION - ANTHONY'S LAGOON (Commonwealth)
POLICE STATION - BARROW CREEK (Commonwealth)
POLICE STATION - BATCHELOR (Commonwealth)
POLICE STATION - BIRDUM (Commonwealth)
POLICE STATION - BORROLOOLA (Commonwealth)
POLICE STATION - BORROLOOLA - MINING WARDEN (South Australia and Commonwealth)
POLICE STATION - BOW HILL (Commonwealth) See POLICE STATION - WAVE HILL
POLICE STATION - BROCKS CREEK (Commonwealth)
POLICE STATION - CASUARINA (including Commonwealth)
POLICE STATION - CHARLOTTE WATERS (Commonwealth) See Entry: POLICE STATION - FINKE
POLICE STATION - DALY RIVER (Commonwealth)
POLICE STATION - DARWIN and Predecessor Commonwealth Agencies
POLICE STATION - ELLIOTT (Commonwealth)
POLICE STATION - FINKE (Commonwealth) and Predecessor Agencies
POLICE STATION - FREW RIVER (Commonwealth)
POLICE STATION - GORDON CREEK (South Australia) - See POLICE STATION - TIMBER CREEK
POLICE STATION - GROOTE EYLANDT (Commonwealth) and Predecessor Agency
POLICE STATION - HARTS RANGE (Commonwealth) and Predecessor Agencies
POLICE STATION - HATCHES CREEK (Commonwealth)
POLICE STATION - ILLAMURTA (Commonwealth) See also POLICE STATION - FINKE
POLICE STATION - KATHERINE/EMUNGALEN (Commonwealth)
POLICE STATION - LAKE NASH (Commonwealth)
POLICE STATION - LARRIMAH (Commonwealth and NT)
POLICE STATION - MANINGRIDA (Commonwealth and NT)
POLICE STATION - MARANBOY (Commonwealth)
POLICE STATION - MATARANKA (Commonwealth and NT)
POLICE STATION - NEWCASTLE WATERS (Commonwealth)
POLICE STATION - NHULUNBUY (Commonwealth and NT)
POLICE STATION - NIGHTCLIFF (Commonwealth)
POLICE STATION - OENPELLI (Commonwealth)
POLICE STATION - PINE CREEK (Commonwealth)
POLICE STATION - PLATELAYERS CAMP (Commonwealth)
POLICE STATION - POWELL'S CREEK (Commonwealth)
POLICE STATION - RANKINE RIVER (Commonwealth)
POLICE STATION - ROPER RIVER (Commonwealth)
POLICE STATION - TENNANT CREEK (Commonwealth)
POLICE STATION - TI TREE (Commonwealth)
POLICE STATION - TIMBER CREEK (Commonwealth)
POLICE STATION - WAVE HILL (Commonwealth)
SUPERINTENDENT OF POLICE - LICENSING INSPECTOR (Commonwealth)

ADMINISTRATOR OF THE NORTHERN TERRITORY

F 596 - Staff files, "P" (Police)- single number series - 1924-1959
Series notes: These files contain correspondence concerning the appointment, service and termination of police.

COMMISSIONER OF POLICE and Predecessor Commonwealth Agencies

1904-1924 : Police Inspector's Office (1)
1924-1927 : Commissioner of Police (1)
1928-1931 : Inspector of Police (11)
1931-1960 : Superintendent of Police
1960-1964 : Deputy Commissioner of Police
1964-1980 : Commissioner of Police (11)

F 77 - Correspondence files, annual single number series - 1935-1959
Series notes: Correspondence files maintained for the administration and operation of police activities. The majority of pre-war files are missing presumably destroyed.

F 100- Police Court briefs - 1942-1943
F 106 - Accounts book, Police Widows and Orphans Association - 1918-1929
F 107 - Lists of mileage and positions of various geographical features - pre 1920
F 283 - Register of prisoners - 1917-1924
F 284 -
1) List of police trackers on strength - 1926-1946
2) Ex-trackers trust fund balances
F 286 - Inquest book - 1904-1935
F 287 - Miscellaneous notes - 1944-1949
F 288 - Charge books - 1941-1942
F 395 - Inventories of police station properties - 1942
F 502 - Correspondence files relating to requisitions for supplies to police stations - 1952-1953
F 503 - Police station files - 1953-1959
Series notes: This series consisted of 13 sets of correspondence Files which related to the administration of Northern Territory police stations. Subjects covered by the files (listed in the numerical order of creation) were: 1-general correspondence, 2-requisitions, 3-tracker's returns, 4-government property, 5-journals, 6-(unknown), 7-repairs and maintenance, 8-patrol returns,
9- stamp returns, 10-radio transceivers, 11-accident reports, 12-returns of outstanding correspondence, 13-wireless logs.

F 524 - Report of conference of Commissioners of Police, Melbourne - November 1949
F 587 - Numerical register for:
1) Annual Single Number Series (F77) - 1930-1958
2) D (Death) Single Number Series - 1953-1959
3) MD (Mental Defective) Single Number Series - 1953-1959
Series notes: Bound Volumes. Volumes 2 and 3 contain partial re-writes of the volumes they replaced.

F 588 - List of contracts of boxes packed for Darwin - 1945
F 593 - Register of index for staff files (Police) - alphabetical single number series, staff register of files - 1950-1959
Series notes: Indexed volume with pages divided into columns for File No. and Name.

F 594 - Portion of list of staff files (police) - alphabetical single number series - 1959?
Series notes: One folio divided into columns for file number and name. Entries from A1, Allen to Wilson

F 595 - Staff files (police) - alphabetical single number series - 1950-1959
Series notes: These files contain correspondence concerning the appointment, service and termination of police. They were used as shadow files until staff work was undertaken by Police Headquarters.

F 605 - Death files - single number series with 'D' (Death) prefix - 1953-1959
F 606 - Mental Defective files - single number series with 'MD' (Mental Defective) prefix - 1953-1959
F 607 - Stud book with index - 1909-1963
Series notes: The pages in the Index are divided into three printed columns: 1-Name of Horse, 2-Number, 3-Where stationed.
The pages in the Stud Book are divided into 10 printed columns: 1-Horse's number, 2-Name,
3- Description, 4-Age when purchased, 5-Height (hands and inches), 6-Amount paid, 7-Date of purchase, 8-From whom purchased, 9-How disposed of, 10-Remarks.
From 1909 - 1924 Column 1 was divided into two columns. The first column contained the horse's police number. The second column contained the horse's OSB (Official Stud Book ?) number. The entries in the Stud Book refer to camels and mules as well as horses.

F 619 - Police staff files - unregistered series - 1953-1959
Series notes: Correspondence files containing history of service of police staff. Some files are registered with the policeman's registered number.

F 881 - Women police day journals - single number series - 1961-1974
Series notes: Minute books which contain a written record of all official activity. Marginal notes are shown to simplify checking

F 882 - Day journals - single number series (records of the Criminal Investigation Branch) 1963-1974
F 883 - Day journals (records of the Stock Squad) - 1973-1974
F 962 - Correspondence files, multiple number series - 1975-1978
F 1040 - Licence files 'HP' (high powered firearm of pistols), single number series (records of the Firearms Registration Branch) - 1967-1980
Series notes: Each file contains an application for a permit, a report on the suitability of the applicant to possess a firearm and a permit to purchase or hire a pistol/high powered firearm

F 1053 - Book of forms of information under criminal, police, licensing and other acts with notes thereon - 1917
Series notes: This book of 'Forms of information under Criminal, Police, Licensing, and other Acts with Notes thereon' was compiled by A.C. Thomas of the Crown Law Department, South Australia, by Direction of the Attorney-General (Hon. J.H. Vaughan MLC) and published by the Government Printer, Adelaide in 1917 at a cost of 5s. The work was compiled with the object of providing a handy Manual of Forms of Information for assistance of those to whom legal advice may not be readily available. The Acts which are covered in the volume are Criminal Law, Police, Children's Protection, Lotteries and Gaming, Brands, Electoral, District Councils, Municipal Corporations, Places of Public Entertainment, Crown Lands, Indecent Advertisements, Cruelty to Animals, and Licensing.

NTRS 22 - Inquest book - Darwin Police Station - 1875-1905
NTRS 240 - Request of accountable forms - 1954-1963
NTRS 1447 - Correspondence files and loose papers - 1932-1963
NTRS 1451 - Correspondence files and loose papers - 1941-1955
NTRS 1452 - Work diary of Const. A.W. Lake (Darwin Police Station) - 1952-1953
NTRS 1453 - Work diary of Sgt. Raabe? (Information Branch) - 1956
NTRS 1454 - Work diary of Const. J.B. Edwards (Information Branch) - 1954-1955
NTRS 1455 - Diary with notes on royal visit (Inspector Hook's?) - 1961-1963
NTRS 1500 - Missing persons correspondence (cleared up) - 1960-1970
NTRS 1501 - Police journals, warrant books, bail books, telex and radio messages, correspondence - c.1955-1974
NTRS 1504 - Sign-on book and journal - 1975
NTRS 1505 - Road block journal - 1975
NTRS 1506 - The register of firearms - 1946-1950
NTRS 1551 - Unregistered correspondence files relating to lotteries - 1978
NTRS 1562 - Unregistered file - 1950-1953
NTRS 1639 - Bookmakers ledger sheets - 1978-1979
NTRS 1577 - Journals and charge books from N.T. police stations - 1953-1980
NTRS 1589 - Road traffic accidents reports and statistics - 1962-1979

OMBUDSMAN OF THE NORTHERN TERRITORY

NTRS 108 - Police files, non referrals - 1979-1981
NTRS 109 - Alice Springs police, non referrals - 1981-1982
NTRS 110 - Darwin police - non referrals - 1981-1982

POLICE STATION - ADELAIDE RIVER (Commonwealth)

F 240 - Police journals - 1946-1977
F 1323 - Charge books - 1960-1975
F 1324 - Radio log books - 1965-1977
Series notes: These hand-written volumes contain daily records of radio traffic received or transmitted through the police station radio. Each page is divided into two columns. The left hand column is used to record the time of the traffic, while the right hand column is used to record the details of message and identification of both radio parties.

POLICE STATION - ALICE SPRINGS (Commonwealth)

F 68 - Correspondence files, alphabetical single number series - 1928-1945
F 69 - Correspondence files, annual single number series - 1945-1949
F 70 - Correspondence files, annual single number series - 1950-1955
F 80 - Correspondence files of Curator of Convicts' Estates - 1933-1947
F 81 - Correspondence files relating to death and deceased estates - 1935-1951
F 82 - Criminal offence reports - 1943-1958
F 83 - Correspondence file relating to mental defectives - 1949
F 84 - Correspondence file, complaints, enquiries and criminal cases - 1930-1955
F 85 - Correspondence files, fires - 1949
F 86 - Papers relating to Committee of Enquiry on Accidents to Commonwealth Vehicles 1950-1951
F 89 - Conviction returns - 1957
F 91 - Important happening returns - 1948-1956
F 92 - Departmental reports - 1928-1929
F 95 - Papers relating to registration of motor vehicles - 1947-1951
F 96 - Papers relating to motor drivers (private and Commonwealth) - 1948-1950
F 97 - Papers relating to official motor vehicle - 1942-1949
F 98 - Papers relating to equipment - 1949-1953
F 99 - Requisitions - 1949
F 102 - Receipt file for prisoners' property when delivered to gaol (Receipts for prisoners) 1954-1955
F 104 - Standing orders - 1951-1952
F 139 - Papers of deceased Solicitor S.W. Pick - 1931-1940
F 140 - List of papers in Solicitor's (S.W. Pick) estate - c.1940
F 231 - Correspondence with Superintendent of Police, Darwin - 1946-1948
F 232 - Miscellaneous receipts, certificates and declarations - 1936-1943
F 233 - Correspondence for attention of Constable Kennett and Hamilton - 1937-1942
F 234 - Papers of Sergeant Fitzgerald - 1951-1953
F 235 - Miscellaneous papers - 1937-1954
F 255 -
1) Police journals, Officer-in-Charge - 1886-1956
2) Police journal - 1943-1945
F 256 -
1) Police journals (Office on duty) - 1930-1956
2) Police Journal (recorded by Police Station Platelayers' Camp) - 1928-1929
Series notes: 1) & 2): Bound volumes which contain a written record of all official activity covering reports, arrests, court cases, patrols, complaints, investigations etc. Marginal notes are shown to simplify checking.

3) List of persons in receipt of relief work and destitute rations - 1932-1941
(3) A weekly entry showing number of Relief Workers, Asiatic destitute and Ration Orders for Darwin, Brock's Creek, Pine Creek and Katherine.

F 257 - Charge books - 1929-1969
F 397 - Licensing bench reports - 1928-1931
F 762 - Complaints and enquiries journals - 1963-1974
F 763 - Watch house journals - 1972-1975
F 764 - Seized property book - 1952-1962
F 765 - Portion of register of motor vehicle accidents - 1960-1967
F 884 - Day journals, unregistered series (recorded by the Criminal Investigation Branch) 1960-1967
F 885 - Day journals - single number series (recorded by the Criminal Investigation Branch) - 1967-1974
NTRS 1550 - Miscellaneous correspondence files and registers - 1957-1976

POLICE STATION - ALICE WELLS (Commonwealth)
See also : POLICE STATION - FINKE

Agency note: From the account given by the Inspector of Police in his Report to the Administrator in 1912, a Police Station at Alice Well was established in May 1912.

POLICE STATION - ANTHONY'S LAGOON (Commonwealth)

Agency note: From the account given by the Inspector of Police in his Report to the Administrator in 1912, a Police Station was established at Anthony Lagoon in 1889.

F 242 - Police journals - 1929-1962
F 243 - Inquest book - 1898-1936
F 244 -
1) Police journal - 1906
2) Lost and found property book - 1908-1939
F 245 - Mortuary book - 1890-1949
F 507 - Prisoners' property book - 1890-1935
F 536 - Court documents, Anthony's Lagoon Police Court, annual single number series 1945-1958
F 1051 - Unregistered folders of correspondence - 1932-1949
Series notes: The folders have been arranged in alphabetical order by Archives staff although there are general folders containing miscellaneous correspondence to Police Headquarters.

POLICE STATION - BARROW CREEK (Commonwealth)

Agency note: A police station was established at Barrow Creek on 27 February 1926. Except for a brief period (6 Oct.1929-6 Dec.1929) when only one native constable was employed, the station was staffed by 1 constable and 2 native constables: The constables occupied a room at the Telegraph Station until 1930. The Telegraph Station was handed over to the Police Department on 29 September 1930, thus permitting a married constable being stationed there and for the postal business to be undertaken by them (1931) Annual Report). As the policing and other functions increased, subsequent police camps (stations) were opened at Tennant Creek (1935 Annual Report), Hatches Creek and Wauchope (1937/38 Annual Report). The station was closed on 12 December 1945, because it was not in a satisfactory location for police activities and the district was to be policed from Alice Springs.

F 258 -
1) Police journals - 1926-1937
2) Outwards correspondence - 1926-1929

POLICE STATION - BATCHELOR (Commonwealth)

Agency note: A new station staffed by one constable was opened at Batchelor due to increased activity on the Rum Jungle Uranium mine.

NTRS 1503 - Police journals and miscellaneous volumes - 1954-1968

POLICE STATION - BIRDUM (Commonwealth)

F 293 - Refer to entry under Police Station, Mataranka

POLICE STATION - BORROLOOLA (Commonwealth)

Agency note: From the account given by the Inspector of Police in his Report to the Administrator in 1912, a Police Station was established at Borroloola in November 1886.

F 265 - Inquest book - 1889-1930
F 266 -
1) Register of applications for mineral licences - 1888-1903
2) Registered mining tenements (other than mining leases) - 1908-1921
3) Record of applications received for mining leases - 1910-1922
F 267 - Minute book for Courts of Summary Jurisdiction held at Borroloola - 1925-1948
Series notes: As the clerk of the Local Court was ex officio, clerk for courts of summary jurisdiction sittings in the district for which the Local Court was established, the recording of proceedings of the courts of summary jurisdiction was determined by the statutory requirements for maintenance of Local Court records because no provision for these existed in legislation providing for operation of courts of summary jurisdiction. The format of these volumes was determined by the requirement for use of a 'minute book' under Section 26(II) of the Local Court Act ie the minute book contained titles of cases set down for trial, the amounts claimed, the sums (if any) paid into the Court, the judgement of the Court, and the verdict, as the case may be, and names of attorneys and counsel (if any) who appear for the parties. Where examination of witnesses was necessary, transcripts of evidence were also entered in the volume. Where a court of summary jurisdiction sat at any place other than the court house for which a Clerk was appointed, the Justices caused a record of the proceedings to be transmitted to the clerk for the Court to be recorded and kept by him. Obviously the same method of recording ie the 'minute book' was used for recording of these courts. Sittings of the courts of summary jurisdiction were referred to as Police Courts if the cases were heard and determined by Justices, and Magistrate's Courts if the cases were heard and determined by a Special Magistrate. All cases entered in the minute book defined the type of court (Police or Magistrate).

F 268 - Police journals - 1899-1948
F 269 - Register of prisoners - 1886-1936
F 270 - Portion of charge book - 1931-1941
F 271 - Register of reported felonies - 1886-1934
F 272 - Summons book - 1886-1934
F 273 -
1) Information book - 1908-1933
2) Register of applications for licences -1918
F 274 - Register of cattle slaughtered - 1886-1930
F 275 - Outwards letter book - 1886-1921
F 276 -
1) Prisoners property book - 1886-1932
2) Stock returns - 1937-1939
F 1321 - Charge books - 1967-1977
F 1322 - Radio log books - 1969-1978

POLICE STATION - BORROLOOLA - MINING WARDEN (South Australia and Commonwealth)

F 1396 - Certificate of application for mining tenements - 1888-1890
Series notes: Certificates issued under schedule 3, regulation 9 of contemporary Mining Act. Eight certificates issued.

F 1397 - Book of miners' rights - 1889-1891
Series notes: Although book was intended for use for business licences it was
actually used for Miner's Rights. The book was registered as Book 4 by Stamp Audit Office SA1 April 1889.Book contained licences 301-400 but only Nos. 301-319 were used. Some copies also had miner's right registration numbers 1/89-2/90.

F 1398 - Certificate of transfer of mining claims - 1890
Series notes: One certificate issued under schedule 11, regulation 74 of contemporary Mining Act

F 1399 - Certificates of registration for suspension of work of claims - 1890
Series notes: One certificate issued under schedule 8, regulation 55 of contemporary Mining Act

F 1400 - Certificate of amalgamation - c.1912
Series notes: Certificate intended for issue under schedule 13, regulation 75 of contemporary Mining Act although the book was not used.

F 1401 - Certificates of amalgamation of leases - 1912
Series notes: The volume was not used. Written on the inside cover is the following 'Book I. Containing 100 forms and numbered 1-100 inclusive issued to the Warden, District B Borroloola' The note is signed by Nicholas Holtze, Government Secretary, 13.4.1912.

F 1402 - Certificates of water rights - 1912

Series notes: The Volume was not used. Written on the inside cover is the following 'Book I. Containing 100 forms and numbered 1-100 inclusive issued to the Warden, District B Borroloola'. The note is signed by Nicholas Holtze, Government Secretary, 13.4.1912.

F 1403 - Book of miners' rights - 1926-1937
Series notes: Volume of miner's rights issued at Borroloola, Numbered miner's rights in book Nos. 5306-5495

POLICE STATION - BOW HILL (Commonwealth) See POLICE STATION - WAVE HILL

POLICE STATION - BROCKS CREEK (Commonwealth)

Agency note: From the account given by the Inspector of Police in his Report to the Administrator in 1912, a Police Station was established at Brock's Creek in August 1898.

F 279 - Minute book for Courts of Summary Jurisdiction held at Brocks Creek - 1927-1941
F 280 - Police journals - 1926-1948

POLICE STATION - CASUARINA (including Commonwealth)

F 1349 - Day journals (Volume 1 is a Nightcliff Journal 6/8/69-23/11/69) - 1969-1979
F 1350 - Correspondence books - 1970-1976
Series notes: The books are divided into two sections with an index at the front of each book and numbered pages, 1-127 at the back. The index is arranged alphabetically with each page divided into columns for Name and Subject Page. Each page in the "register" is divided into columns for Progressive Number, Reference No., From and Date, Subject, Minutes, To Whom Sent and Date.

F 1351 - Complaints and enquiries journals - 1970-1971
F 1352 - Charge books - 1970-1979

POLICE STATION - CHARLOTTE WATERS (Commonwealth)

See Entry: Police Station, Finke

POLICE STATION - DALY RIVER (Commonwealth)

F 277 - Letter book - 1925-1931
F 278 - Police journals - 1906-1934

POLICE STATION - DARWIN and Predecessor Commonwealth Agencies

1933-1942 : Superintendent of Police
1942-1978 : Police Station - Darwin (Commonwealth)

F 282 - Day journals - 1933-1978
F 285 - Night patrol book - 1949-1950
F 495 - Traffic journals - 1958-1968
F 497 - Complaints and enquiries journals - 1951-1971
F 498 - Enquiries into deaths files - unregistered series - 1959-1964
F 499 - Enquiries into deaths files - W (whites) series - 1956-1960
F 500 - Enquiries into deaths files - N (natives) series - 1957-1960
F 501 - Enquires into deaths files - FA (fatal accidents) series - 1956-1959
F 505 -
1) Numerical registers of correspondence with indexes - 1959-1978
2) Subject index to correspondence - 1959-1978
F 506 - Registers of correspondence by subject/date despatched/to whom sent - 1955-1959
F 508 - Register of summons served - c. 1948-1953
F 509 - Volume of South Australia Acts (1876) - c.1950
F 510 - Wharf journal covering visit of Royal Yacht 'Britannia' - 1963
F 511 - Register of high powered rifles held pending disposal - 1961
F 512 - Wireless log book - 1958-1960
F 513 - Register of licence tests - c.1949-1953
F 514 - Lost and found property journals - 1946-1973
F 525 - Prisoners' property books - 1950-1959
F 526 - Seized property books - 1947-1960
F 529 -
1) Numerical registers of correspondence, traffic Section - 1959-1965
2) Subject index to correspondence - 1959-1965
F 575 - Charge books - unregistered series - 1962-1973
F 576 - Drunk charge book - 1960-1963
F 577 - Wards drink liquor charge book - 1962-1963
F 585 - Enquiries into fire files - unregistered series - 1963
F 586 - Papers relating to deaths - 1961-1964
F 758 - Charge books, single number series - 1973-1980
F 759 - Index books for charge books, single number series - 1973-1976
F 760 -
1) Watch-house keeper's day journals - 1970-1980
2) List of watch-house keeper's duties - 1970
F 761 - Register of prisoners (with index) - 1974-1975
Series notes: The volume was converted from a correspondence book which comprised half index and half register with numbered pages (1 -124). Details of each prisoner were recorded on each numbered page 1 - 52 and included warrant number, from and date, name, charges, sentence.

NTRS 1519 - Road accident files, annual single number series and related photographs 1966-1974
NTRS 1532 - Accident report forms, annual single number series - 1961-1962

POLICE STATION - ELLIOTT (Commonwealth)

F 492 - Police journals - 1951-1972
F 740 - Radio log books - 1961-1971

POLICE STATION - FINKE (Commonwealth) and Predecessor Agencies

1905-1912 : Police Station - Illumurta
1912-1930 : Police Station - Alice Well
1930-1938 : Police Station - Charlotte Waters
1938-1939 : Police Station - Finke

F 241 - 1) Police journals - 1916-1948
Series notes: Bound volumes which contain a written record of all official activity covering arrests, court cases, patrols, complaints, investigation etc. Marginal Notes are shown to simplify checking.

2) Aboriginal licences and permits granted - 1915
Series notes: One entry on the last ruled page of volume 1 refers to the issue of a permit for removal of Aborigines from the Northern Territory

3) Record of mining claims registered - 1919
Series notes: The record of mining claims is located at pages 372 and 373 of volume 2. The adjacent pages are divided into columns for Certificate of Application and Number Miners Right & Date, Name of Applicant or Applicants, Ground Applied for Mineral or Gold, Situation of claim and Name of Claim, Date of Registration, Exemption Granted or Cancelled, Amalgamation, Forfeiture & Date. The last three columns were not used.

4) Record of mining leases - 1919
Series notes: The record of mining leases is located at pages 376 and 377 of volume 2. The adjacent pages are divided into columns for Date of Application, Name of the Reef, Number of Lease, Date on which instrument of lease executed by the lessee, Name of Lessees and addresses, All transfers and transmissions made, All encumbrances and Mortgages, All Exemptions granted or Cancelled, Date of forfeiture if any.

5) Letter book - 1912
Series notes: The letter book is located on the last three pages of volume 6 and contains handwritten copies of correspondence received and despatched from the police station.

6) Correspondence relating to death of Aboriginal 'Larry Doolan' - 1939
Series notes: This correspondence was originally loose until rebound by the Government Printer, Canberra. It is located at the front of volume 7

7) Case benzine supply at Darwin 1936-1942
Series notes: The record of Case Benzine Supplied at Darwin Police Station is located at pages 1-52 of volume 7. Adjacent pages are divided into columns for Received, Date of Issue, To whom Supplied, Signature, Quantity, Remarks.

F 757 - Letter Book - 1905-1920
Series notes: The volume contains handwritten copies of correspondence received and despatched from the police station. The subject matter includes general police administration, protection of aboriginals, registration of dogs, collection of public moneys.

POLICE STATION - FREW RIVER (Commonwealth)

F 608 - Mortuary book (also Newcastle Waters and Powell's Creek) - 1893-1951
Series notes: Entries are made in printed columns headed: (1) Name of Person (2) Date of Death or when Reported (3) Description of Body, (4) Circumstances attending the decease or finding of the Body, (5) Date of Notice sent to Registrar of Deaths and (7) All information received by the Police

POLICE STATION - GORDON CREEK (South Australia) - See POLICE STATION - TIMBER CREEK

Agency notes: The Annual Report of the Inspector of Police to the Administrator of the Northern Territory in 1912 included a brief historical summary which mentioned that a Police Station was opened at Gordon Creek in May 1894 and was moved to Timber Creek, Victoria River in April 1898 (Commonwealth Parliamentary Papers, Session 1913, vol. III, p. 331)

POLICE STATION - GROOTE EYLANDT (Commonwealth) and Predecessor Agency

1933-1938 : Police Camp - Groote Eylandt

Agency notes: In his Report for the year ended June 1933, the Superintendent of Police in the Northern Territory noted that a police radio set had been installed on Groote Eylandt(1). Five years later, in his report for the year ended June 1938, the Superintendent reported that a new police station had been opened on Groote Eylandt.(2)

F 494 - Police journal - 1933-1934
F 1338 - Charge books - 1968-1978
F 1339 - Radio log books - 1960-1978
F 1340 - Day journal - 1970-1978
F 1341 - Complaints and enquiries journals - 1975

POLICE STATION - HARTS RANGE (Commonwealth) and Predecessor Agencies

1899-1944 : Police Station - Arltunga

F 260 - Police journals - 1940-1951
F 261 -
1) Summons book - 1897-1940
2) Prisoners property book - 1911
F 262 -
1) Register of births - 1912-1937
2) Register of dogs - 1938-1946
F 264 -
1) Register of prisoners - 1885-1938
2) Register of felonies - 1885-1916
3 )Warrant book - 1885-1901
F 281 - Account book - 1888-1939
F 296 - Police journals (see also Police Station - Hatches Creek) - 1937-1950

POLICE STATION - HATCHES CREEK (Commonwealth)

Agency notes: From the account given by the Superintendent of Police in the Report on the Administration of the Northern Territory for Year 1937-1938, a Police Station was established at Hatches Creek in 1938.

F 73 - Correspondence filed by subject - 1941-1949
F 74 - Correspondence filed by date - 1938-1949
F 75 - Copies of charges - 1948-1949
F 296 - Police journals - 1937-1950
F 766 - Minute book - 1951-1957

POLICE STATION - ILLAMURTA (Commonwealth) See also POLICE STATION - FINKE

Agency notes: It appears, that by 1897 constables at Illamurta maintained a police camp until a station of mulga and gums was built by constable Cawel at his own expense. The strength of the station was 1 constable and 3 native constables (Annual Report of the Inspector of Police Darwin, 1911). The station was closed in May 1912, and the constable transferred to Alice Well because Illamurta was too isolated.

POLICE STATION - KATHERINE/EMUNGALEN (Commonwealth)

Agency notes: From the account given by the Inspector of Police in his Report to the Administrator in 1912, a Police Station was established at Katherine in November 1886.

F 291 -
1) Police journal - 1919-1922
2) Charge book - 1913
F 297 - Police journals - 1915-1941
F 306 - Minute books for Courts of Summary Jurisdiction - 1902-1954
F 615 -
1) Register of names of persons charged with supplying liquor to Aborigines 1907-1914
2) Register of cattle impounded - 1944
Series notes: The book with 'Impounding of Cattle December 26th 1944' written in ink on the front cover has adjacent pages divided into several printed columns: 'Name of Accused', 'Residence', 'Occupation', 'Place where alleged Offence was Committed', 'Date of alleged Offence', 'Date of Hearing', 'Name of Magistrate before whom Charge was heard', 'Result of Inquiry'. Only one page was used for the Register of Names. The next page only is used for the Register of Cattle Impounded which has several columns for: 'Date and Time', 'Description and Number', 'Colour, Brands', 'By Whom Impounded', 'For what Cause', 'Owner'.

F 616 - Register of reported felonies - 1887-1930
Series notes: The book has adjacent pages divided into several printed columns:- 'No.', 'Date of Felony', 'Date when Reported to Police', 'Crime, and Property Stolen - from whom (state Christian Name in full) - and where', 'If apprehended, Prisoner's Name in Full', 'By Whom Apprehended', 'Result of Examination', 'Remarks - state whether Property recovered or not, and in whose possession'. Each entry was given a registration number; single number to 1892; annual single number, 1894 - 1898; single number, 1905 - 1909; annual single number, 1911 - 1930

F 617 - Register of prisoners - 1887-1931
Series notes: The book has adjacent pages divided into several printed columns: 'Date', 'Names of Prisoners', 'Age', 'Sex' -Sub Columns Male/Female', 'Profession or Calling', 'Constable Apprehending', 'Where Apprehended', 'Of Offences - Sub Columns Against the Person/Against Property - sub columns Felony, Misdemeanour', 'Drunkenness and other Petty Offences', 'Result of Examination - sub-columns Discharged, Summarily Convicted, Committed', 'Name of Magistrate'. No entries were made in the register between 9 August 1927 and 20 April 1930 because the OIC neglected to use it; refer to note after entry for 9 August 1927 - 'Duty neglected by OIC 1927 - 1930 R. Wood Sgt.'

F 618 - Inquest book - 1887-1941
Series notes: The book has adjacent pages divided into several printed columns: 'Date of Report', 'Date of Inquest', 'Nature of Inquest - If Deceased Person, give name; or if Fire locality', 'Names of Coroner and Jurors', 'Names of Witnesses', 'Inquest, where held, Verdict', 'Name of Officer getting up Inquest', 'Remarks (giving all information)'. Although the book was designed to cover inquests into deaths and fires all entries relate to deaths. Between 1916 and 1931 the place of burial (either township or cemetery grave number) was written on the page under the deceased person's name.

NTRS 1060 - Mortuary book (Copy) - 1887-1941

POLICE STATION - LAKE NASH (Commonwealth)

F 298 - Police journals - 1919-1950
F 528 - Portion of charge book - 1926-1940
F 540 - Court documents of Lake Nash Police Court - annual single number series - 1961
F 602 - Cash book - 1921-1949
F 603 -
1) Ammunition - 1935-1946
2) Stock returns - 1934-1943
3) Register of firearms - 1940-1942
4) Register of requisitions - 1938-194
5) Register of motor vehicles - 1946-1949
6) Register of travellers - 1940-1942
7) Register of dogs - 1948
8 )Trackers wages returns - 1943-1946
NTRS 1218 - Magistrates book - 1957-1961

POLICE STATION - LARRIMAH (Commonwealth and NT)

F 293 - See Entry : Police Station - Mataranka
F 295 - Police journals - 1958-1974
F 1328 - Correspondence books - 1964-1977
Series notes: The books are divided into two sections with an index at the front of each book and numbered pages, 1-127 at the back. The index is arranged alphabetically with each page divided into columns for Name and Subject page. Each page in the "register" is divided into columns for Progressive Number, Reference No., From and Date, Subject, Minutes, To Whom Sent and Date

F 1329 - Radio log books - 1967-1980

POLICE STATION - MANINGRIDA (Commonwealth and NT)

F 1353 - Police journals - 1972-1979
F 1354 - Radio jog books - 1972-1980
F 1355 - Charge books - 1972-1977

POLICE STATION - MARANBOY (Commonwealth)

Agency note: From the account given by the Inspector of Police in his Report to the Administrator in 1917, the Horseshoe Creek Police Station was moved to Maranboy by 1917.

F 290 - Police journals - 1928-1932, 1946-1979
F 1047 - Bail book - 1940-1965
Series notes: Each page contains a description of the Recognizance and the condition of Recognizance (i.e. the date of appearance at a Court). Each form is signed and dated by a Police Officer.

F 1048 - Minute books for Courts of Summary Jurisdiction - 1934-1969
Series notes: The record of proceedings of courts of summary jurisdiction was determined by the statutory requirement for maintenance of Local Court records because no provision existed in legislation providing for operation of Courts of summary jurisdiction. The format of these volumes was determined by the requirement for use for use of a 'minute book' under Section 26(II) of the Local Courts Act i.e. the minute contained titles of cases set down for trial, the amounts claimed, the sums (if any) paid into the Court, the judgement of Court, and the verdict, as the case may be, and the names of attorneys and counsel (if any) who appear for the parties. Sittings of the courts of summary jurisdiction were referred to as Police Courts if the cases were heard and determined by Justices and Magistrate's Court if the cases were heard and determined by a Special Magistrate. All cases entered in the minute books defined the type of court (Police or Magistrate). The volumes contain entries for Maranboy Police Courts held at Katherine, Children's Courts and Coroners Courts.

F 1049 - Charge books - 1927-1962
F 1325 - Radio log books - 1966-1978

POLICE STATION - MATARANKA (Commonwealth and NT)

F 293 -
1) Police journals - 1928-1978
2) Police journals - 1940-1941
3) Police journals - 1944
F 1326 - Charge books - 1965-1977
F 1327 - Radio log books - 1973-1979

POLICE STATION - NEWCASTLE WATERS (Commonwealth)

F 493 - Police journals (also Powell's Creek) - 1913-1952
F 530 - Books of Court of Summary Jurisdiction held at Newcastle Waters - 1916-1951
Series notes: As the clerk of the Local Court was ex officio, clerk for courts of summary jurisdiction sittings in the district for which the Local Court was established, the recording of proceedings of the courts of summary jurisdiction was determined by the statutory requirements for maintenance of Local Court records because no provision for these records existed in legislation providing for operation of courts of summary jurisdiction. The format of these volumes was determined by the requirement for use of a 'minute book' under Section 26(II) of the Local Court Act ie the minute book contained titles of cases set down for trial, the amounts claimed, the sums (if any) paid into the Court, the judgement of the Court, and the verdict, as the case may be, and names of attorneys and counsel (if any) who appear for the parties. Where examination of witnesses was necessary, transcripts of evidence were also entered in the volume. Where a court of summary jurisdiction sat at any place other than the court house for which a clerk was appointed, the Justices caused a record of the proceedings to be transmitted to the clerk for the Court to be recorded and kept by him. Obviously the same method of recording ie the 'minute book' was used for recording of these courts. Sittings of the courts of summary jurisdiction were referred to as Police Courts if the cases were heard and determined by Justices, and Magistrate's Courts if the cases were heard and determined by a Special Magistrate. All cases entered in the minute book defined the type of court (Police or Magistrate).

F 608 - Mortuary book (also Powell's Creek and Frew River) - 1893-1951
F 609 - Portions of charge books for Police Stations at Powell's Creek and Newcastle Waters - 1910-1944
Series notes: Each page is divided into two main headings (1) Name of Person Charged and Particulars and (2) How Charge Disposed of. Item (2) is entered by the presiding magistrate with additional entries made by the Clerk of the Local Court

POLICE STATION - NHULUNBUY (Commonwealth and NT)

Agency note: During 1968/69 a Police Station opened at Nhulunbuy in temporary premises. In about 1971, the Station moved from the temporary premises at Gove Airstrip to the new Police Station in the Nhulunbuy township (Report of the Commissioner of Police, 1968/69, p. 3; 1970/71, p.5)

F 1342 - Charge books - 1969-1979
F 1343 - Radio log books - 1969-1970
F 1344 - C.I.B. (Criminal Investigation Branch) journals - 1972-1975
F 1345 - Correspondence books - 1974-1977
F 1346 - Day journals - 1976-1979
F 1347 - Interview journal - 1977-1979
Series notes: A bound volume which contains written details of every person brought into premises as a suspect for questioning or interview. Adjacent pages in the volume are divided into columns for Date, Time of arrival at Station, Name and address of person being interviewed, Member interviewing or in charge, Member accompanying, Reason for interview, Time of departure or arrest, Complaint or remarks, Signature of member checking. At the front of the volume there is an index with each page divided into columns for Number, Name, Member, Date, Subject.

F 1348 - Complaints and enquiries journals - 1978-1980

POLICE STATION - NIGHTCLIFF (Commonwealth)

F 496 - Police journals - 1961-1970
F 1330 - Correspondence books - 1961-1970
F 1349 - Day journal Volume 1 (only) - 1969

POLICE STATION - OENPELLI (Commonwealth)

F 1356 - Police journals - 1977
F 1357 - Charge books - 1977-1978
F 1358 - Radio log books - 1977-1978

POLICE STATION - PINE CREEK (Commonwealth)

Agency note: From the account given by the Inspector of Police in his Report to the Administrator in 1912, a "police camp" was established at Pine Creek in December 1873. At Pine Creek (Playford) there were local courts and public gaols. Constables of the Northern Territory Police Force were appointed as gaolers, clerks of the local courts etc.

F 72 - Notebooks of Constable Johnson - 1936-1942
F 294 - Police journals - 1882-1948
F 305 - Bail book - 1916-1955
F 306 - Minute books for Courts of Summary Jurisdiction - 1902-1954
F 307 - Register of cattle slaughtered - 1934
F 308 - Prisoner's property book - 1885-1951
F 309 - Register of all prisoners brought to the Police Gaol, Pine Creek - 1916-1933
F 310 - General description of prisoners at Pine Creek Police gaol - 1916-1933
F 311 - Charge books - 1924-1943
F 312 - Register for processes served - 1903-1940

POLICE STATION - PLATELAYERS CAMP (Commonwealth)

Agency note: During the construction of the North/South railway from the Northern Territory Border to Alice Springs, two constables from South Australia were seconded for service in the N.T. Police Force for the purpose of patrolling the construction camps along the line. Their main tasks were suppression of sly grog selling and removal of natives from the vicinity of the Camps. The first camp, established by the two constables on 1 Aug.1928, was situated between Finke River and the N.T. Border. There were subsequent moves to Finke River, Depot Sandhills and Rumbalara. The site of the police camp was dependent on the location of the Platelayers Camp.

F 256 -
1) Police journals (Officer on Duty) - 1930-1956
2) Police journal - 1928-1929
3) List of persons in receipt of relief work and destitute rations - 1932-1941

POLICE STATION - POWELL'S CREEK (Commonwealth)

Agency note: The South Australian Commissioner of Police mentioned in this report for 1888/89 that Police Stations had been opened at Roper River and Powell's Creek on the principal overland routes from Queensland and that the opening of these stations was a great check upon the horse and cattle stealers in the tableland. The Police Station appears to have been staffed by a Mounted Constable and a Native Constable until 1913, when the Police Station was closed and the Mounted Constable was transferred to open a Police Station at Newcastle Waters (CA 1230).

F 493 - Police journals (also Newcastle Waters) - 1913-1952
F 608 - Mortuary book (also for Newcastle Waters and Frew River) - 1893-1951
F 609 - Portions of charge books for Police Station at Powell's Creek and Newcastle Waters - 1910-1944

POLICE STATION - RANKINE RIVER (Commonwealth)

Agency note: From the account given by the Inspector of Police in his Report to the Administrator in 1912, a Police Station was established at Rankine River in 1911.

F 300 - Police journal - 1930-1949
F 301 - Public pound record - 1913-1915

POLICE STATION - ROPER RIVER (Commonwealth)

F 76 - Correspondence files - 1940-1955
F 299 - Police journal - 1928-1932

POLICE STATION - TENNANT CREEK (Commonwealth)

F 303 - Police journals - 1933-1969
F 304 - Charge books - 1936-1957
F 480 - Health rates correspondence - 1937-1938
F 767 - Radio log - 1964-1970

POLICE STATION - TI TREE (Commonwealth)

Agency note: The Station located in the Southern Division was opened in June 1959 (Report of the Northern Territory, 1958/59. p. 11)

F 1335 - Police journals - 1959-1977

POLICE STATION - TIMBER CREEK (Commonwealth) and Predecessor Agency

1894-1898 : Police Station - Gordon Creek

F 302 - Police journals - 1894-1977
F 720 - Letter book - 1927-1929
F 721 -
1) Portion of warrant book - 1920-1929
2) Firearms registration book - 1945-1947
3) Account book - 1920-1930
Series notes: This volume was designed for use as a warrant book with adjacent pages in the book divided into printed columns for Date of Warrant; By Whom Issued; Offence; By Whom and Where executed; Date of Execution; Remarks. As the book is titled 'Police Station, Gordon's Creek Warrant Book' and several front pages are loose in the book, it is assumed that portion of the book has been lost. That part of the volume which is used as a firearms registration book is located at the front part of the volume. Adjacent pages have been divided into columns for Name of Owner; Address; Make & Number; Kind of Firearm; Calibre; Magazine or Chamber Capacity; Number of Certificate; Date Registered; Date Expires; Remarks. The Account book is located at the back of the volume. Adjacent pages have been divided into columns for Date; Name; Particulars of Account; To Whom Sent; Date Account Forwarded; Amount; Date of Payment; To Whom and Where Paid.

F 722 - Portions of charge books - 1925-1961
F 1426 - Register of police horses and mules - 1935-1957
Series notes: An annual stock take containing ages and descriptions of all horses at Timber Creek Police Station. Adjacent pages in the volume are divided into columns for Name of Horse; No. of Horse, Brand, Dam, Colour, Sex, Saddle or Pack, Description and other Marks.

POLICE STATION - WAVE HILL (Commonwealth) and Predecessor Agency:

1914-1918 : Police Station - Bow Hill

F 292 - Police journals - 1916-1977
F 589 -
1) Brands and descriptions of police horses - 1914-1927
2) Letter book - 1915-1917
3) Letter book - 1919-1931
F 723 - Charge book - 1959-1968

SUPERINTENDENT OF POLICE - LICENSING INSPECTOR (Commonwealth)

NTRS 1562 - Unregistered file - 1950-1953

Last updated: 11 October 2017