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Stress on the job: stories unearthed about Indigenous police trackers


Harman, KE, Stress on the job: stories unearthed about Indigenous police trackers, The Sydney Morning Herald, Sydney, Australia (2020) [Newspaper Article]

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Sometimes the smallest details reveal the biggest crimes. When some Aboriginal trackers and their captain were investigating the disappearance of a convict ticket-of-leave holder near Maitland in December 1845, one of the trackers discerned an ant labouring under the weight of a large maggot. This, the tracker knew, indicated that putrid flesh was nearby. Not far off a busy ant colony by a stump hole revealed the burial site of the missing man.

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Item Type:Newspaper Article
Keywords:history, Australia, New South Wales, Aboriginal trackers
Research Division:Indigenous Studies
Research Group:Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, language and history
Research Field:Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in history, heritage and archaeology
UTAS Author:Harman, KE (Associate Professor Kristyn Harman)
ID Code:137903
Year Published:2020
Deposited By:Office of the School of Humanities
Deposited On:2020-03-12
Last Modified:2020-03-13

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