The Northern Territory Police Force
by Sidney Downer
Rigby, 1963, [First Edition], black and white photographic plates, illustrated endpapers, hardcover, dustjacket
Good Condition, a little edge and shelf wear, a little rubbing and bumping to edges and corners, previous owners stamp on front endpaper, front flyleaf/frontispiece removed, dustjacket shows some edge and shelf wear with some rubbing, bumping, chipping and small tears (see photographs)
“Patrol Indefinite is packed with incidents that helped to make the Northern Territory Mounted Police Force famous – encounters with aboriginal outlaws and white desperados, long patrols through waterlogged or waterless country in search of cattle-duffers, the quest for the mythical “White Women of Arnhem Land”, the rescue work of the police during the Darwin bombings, the handling of Mrs Petrov’s defection from the Russians, the Darwin “Revolution,” and many more.
And across the pages of the book move that handful of uniformed men who keep order and uphold the law over that vast and sparsely settled five hundred thousand square miles of country – one of the loneliest areas of white settlement in the world. These are the men who, with their trackers, set out calmly and courageously on many a “Patrol Indefinite” that is filled with adventures and dangers that, almost everyday experiences to them, would last an armchair adventurer a lifetime.”