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Issue Details: First known date: 1990... 1990 Up Rode the Troopers : The Black Police in Queensland
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'In this chilling story of the infamous Queensland Native Police Force, a murderous band of black troopers led by white officers. Rosser's investigations were triggered by the story of Cyclone Jack of the Bandjalung people, who recounts the atrocities witnessed by his grandfather and father (then a boy of five). Cyclone Jack's disturbing oral account is backed and skilfully crosscut with careful documentary research and leavened with gentle, at times, raucous, humour. [Rosser] has produced a compellingly readable account, in vivid, flesh-and-blood terms, of little-known events from Queensland's suppressed past.' (Back cover).

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  • Other formats: Also braille.
  • Other formats: Also e-book.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • St Lucia, Indooroopilly - St Lucia area, Brisbane - North West, Brisbane, Queensland,: University of Queensland Press , 1990 .
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      Extent: 211p.
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      • Notes are included.
      ISBN: 0702222240, 9780702222245

Works about this Work

BlackWords : Indigenous Stories Told Collectively Anita Heiss , 2015 single work criticism
— Appears in: The BlackWords Essays 2015; (p. 5)

In this essay Heiss discusses and explains the important role of anthologies in the creation of communities of writers and in acknowledging, consolidating and launching writing careers.

Up Rode The Troopers Gordon Reid , 1990 single work review
— Appears in: Aboriginal History , vol. 14 no. 2 1990; (p. 236-237)

— Review of Up Rode the Troopers : The Black Police in Queensland Bill Rosser , 1990 single work prose
[Review Essay] Up Rode the Troopers : The Black Police in Queensland Ysola Best , 1990 single work essay
— Appears in: Australian Aboriginal Studies , no. 2 1990; (p. 85-86)

'This book provides the serious historical researcher with some important clues pertaining to several incidences in the affairs of the government-appointed Queensland Native Police that reveal a politically expedient cover-up. In May 1861 a Select Committee on the Native Police Force was appointed to enquire into the Force and the conditions of the Aborigines generally. In his book Up Rode the Troopers, BilI Rosser compares the Minutes of Evidence taken from these proceedings with an oral history account of a descendant of the tribal group, known locally as the Telemon Mob, which suffered from the callous brutality of the Native Police Force under the command of Lieutenant Frederick Wheeler. In this literary investigation into the cold-blooded murder of three Telemon elders, Rosser lifts the rug and exposes the dirty and dark deeds that have been conveniently swept under the carpet of colonial squattocracy. Rosser succeeds in revealing that the enquiry into the affairs of the Native Police was an exercise in political expedience and served to rationalise the systematic exploitation of Australian Aborigines in the newly formed State of Queensland, and to pave the way for the oppressive Queensland Aborigines' Protection Acts.'  (Introduction)

Up Rode The Troopers Gordon Reid , 1990 single work review
— Appears in: Aboriginal History , vol. 14 no. 2 1990; (p. 236-237)

— Review of Up Rode the Troopers : The Black Police in Queensland Bill Rosser , 1990 single work prose
BlackWords : Indigenous Stories Told Collectively Anita Heiss , 2015 single work criticism
— Appears in: The BlackWords Essays 2015; (p. 5)

In this essay Heiss discusses and explains the important role of anthologies in the creation of communities of writers and in acknowledging, consolidating and launching writing careers.

[Review Essay] Up Rode the Troopers : The Black Police in Queensland Ysola Best , 1990 single work essay
— Appears in: Australian Aboriginal Studies , no. 2 1990; (p. 85-86)

'This book provides the serious historical researcher with some important clues pertaining to several incidences in the affairs of the government-appointed Queensland Native Police that reveal a politically expedient cover-up. In May 1861 a Select Committee on the Native Police Force was appointed to enquire into the Force and the conditions of the Aborigines generally. In his book Up Rode the Troopers, BilI Rosser compares the Minutes of Evidence taken from these proceedings with an oral history account of a descendant of the tribal group, known locally as the Telemon Mob, which suffered from the callous brutality of the Native Police Force under the command of Lieutenant Frederick Wheeler. In this literary investigation into the cold-blooded murder of three Telemon elders, Rosser lifts the rug and exposes the dirty and dark deeds that have been conveniently swept under the carpet of colonial squattocracy. Rosser succeeds in revealing that the enquiry into the affairs of the Native Police was an exercise in political expedience and served to rationalise the systematic exploitation of Australian Aborigines in the newly formed State of Queensland, and to pave the way for the oppressive Queensland Aborigines' Protection Acts.'  (Introduction)

Awards

1991 winner The Kate Challis RAKA Award Creative Prose
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