Frontier Conflict and the Native Mounted Police in Queensland Database

Heather Burke, Lynley Wallis

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This research was funded through the Australian Research Council (DP160100307, The Archaeology of the Queensland Native Mounted Police) 2016–2020. This was a joint project conducted by researchers from Flinders University, the University of Southern Queensland, University of Notre Dame Australia, the University of New England and James Cook University.

While previous studies of the Native Mounted Police (NMP) focused on policing activities as revealed by the historical record, this project combined archaeological, oral and historical evidence to understand more fully the activities, lives and legacies of the Force as they operated across Queensland during the second half of the nineteenth century.

This collection is the only publicly available historical and archaeological dataset on the Queensland Native Mounted Police. The excavations conducted for this project were the first archaeological investigations of any Native Police force operating anywhere in Australia. Together this information provides a vital and rare record of the activities of the Native Mounted Police over more than 50 years of Queensland’s history.
Original languageEnglish
TypeArchaeology of the Native Mounted Police database
Media of outputDataset
Publication statusPublished - 2019

Bibliographical note

This dataset is available at the URL below ( This dataset is available for reuse under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International license (CC-BY 4.0).


  • Dataset
  • Native mounted police
  • Queensland


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