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South Australian Mounted Police c. 1874?
« on: Thursday 14 July 22 10:27 BST (UK) »
Attached is a photo of my first cousin 3 times removed, Charles Edward Brookes, who was appointed a Mounted Constable in the Northern Territory Police force in 1874.  I am interested in the uniform he is wearing.  Can anyone tell me anything about this uniform?  Is it a dress uniform?  Was the sword part of the uniform or just for show?  If the latter, would it have been provided by the police or is it more likely to have belonged to the man himself? Any information that could be gleaned from this photo would be greatly appreciated, no matter how small. Thank you.
Moss, White, Bray, Scott, Raymond, Randell, Underdown, Squire, Herring, Nottle,  Brook(e)s, Mugg, Hopping, McInnes, Fleming, Fairchild, Polkinghorn(e), Hicks, Glasson,

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Re: South Australian Mounted Police c. 1874?
« Reply #1 on: Thursday 14 July 22 12:08 BST (UK) »
I am confused. In the title you say South Australian Mounted police, yet in the text you say he served in the Northern Territory. These places are at the opposite ends of the (very big) country.

Afternote. Whoops I should have checked before posting. This from the South Australian Police Historical Society:
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In 1863 administrative control of the Northern Territory was transferred from New South Wales to South Australia, where it remained until transferred to the Commonwealth Government on 1st January 1911. Between 1869 and 1911, South Australia Police established 29 police stations in the Northern Territory.

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Re: South Australian Mounted Police c. 1874?
« Reply #2 on: Thursday 14 July 22 12:24 BST (UK) »
The Northern Territory was effectively part of South Australia from 1863 to 1911.  The police force covered both, and was run from Adelaide, the capital of SA.  The Northern Territory is due north of SA, and covers land from the SA/NT border at 26 degrees south all the way to the northern coast of Australia.  South Australia goes from the border to the southern coast of Australia.  My relative started his service in Adelaide and was transferred to Alice Springs in the NT in 1874.
Moss, White, Bray, Scott, Raymond, Randell, Underdown, Squire, Herring, Nottle,  Brook(e)s, Mugg, Hopping, McInnes, Fleming, Fairchild, Polkinghorn(e), Hicks, Glasson,

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Re: South Australian Mounted Police c. 1874?
« Reply #3 on: Thursday 14 July 22 12:26 BST (UK) »
I think our posts have crossed in the mail!  I did not see your added note until after I posted my reply! Sorry!
Moss, White, Bray, Scott, Raymond, Randell, Underdown, Squire, Herring, Nottle,  Brook(e)s, Mugg, Hopping, McInnes, Fleming, Fairchild, Polkinghorn(e), Hicks, Glasson,


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Re: South Australian Mounted Police c. 1874?
« Reply #4 on: Friday 15 July 22 00:30 BST (UK) »
This looks like a dress uniform worn for special occasions and not everyday. His hat is white and the sword would be part of the dress uniform, not his own as organisations such as this probably didn't allow men to add bits and pieces.
Google has some images but nothing exactly like this.. he is clearly in a studio setting so it may have been taken just after he enlisted.
shume    australia

PS  Wikipedia has some interesting info on Saul Solomon the photgrapher who set up business in Adelaide in 1874
HUME: Fermanagh, Donegal,Sligo,Australia
PASFIELD: Essex, London
SHAW/STANLEY: Co Waterford,Ireland, Australia

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Re: South Australian Mounted Police c. 1874?
« Reply #5 on: Friday 15 July 22 06:41 BST (UK) »
Hi shume!
Thanks for this information. I have checked out the Wikipedia entry about Solomon too - thank you.
Sue.
Moss, White, Bray, Scott, Raymond, Randell, Underdown, Squire, Herring, Nottle,  Brook(e)s, Mugg, Hopping, McInnes, Fleming, Fairchild, Polkinghorn(e), Hicks, Glasson,