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Saturday, August 31, 2013

I've been collating all my aboriginal photographs and postcards but thought I'd post these two first as they will be sold today

This detail above and the Harbeck Rare Books catalogue description of the piece below:

Frederic Charles URQUHART (1858–1935)
1) Albumen photograph of F C Urquhart with three Native
Police black trackers, ca. 1885. 12 x 16.5 cm.
Slightly age-toned, a few creases.
A rare and early image of Urquhart and three unidentified
Aboriginal police men, of the so-called Native Police. These
men were often called black trackers. Urquhart is wearing a
tropical helmet, an ammunition belt around his chest and is
holding a rifle. The Aboriginal men are wearing dark uniforms
and caps and are unarmed.
Urquhart had joined the Queensland Native Mounted Police
Force on 27 April 1882 as a cadet and was installed as
sub-inspector in charge of the Gulf, Cape York and Torres
Strait districts. He transferred in 1889 to the general
police. In 1917 he became Queenslands fourth Police

with another original photograph below:

3 Albumen photograph on card of F C Urquhart, ca. 1917.
15.5 x 11 cm. A few spots of foxing, very good.
This photograph shows Urquhart in his Police Commissioners

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