The Native Mounted Police Force (NMP) was a largely unacknowledged part of Australia history until recently.
Given its importance in the history of the nation, a USQ project attempted the first ever systematic archaeological research into frontier conflict between European settlers and Aboriginal traditional owners in Queensland in the 19th century.
Although historical accounts of violent interactions between early colonists and Aboriginal groups are relatively common, to date there have been no systematic archaeological studies of this conflict.
A desire to archaeologically-document this piece of Australian history led to a four-year collaborative research project funded by the Australian Research Council, with USQ’s Professor Bryce Barker one of the chief investigators. The “Archaeology of the Native Mounted Police Project “provides new evidence of the NMP and its actions.