Henry Dana

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Henry E. Pultney Dana (1820–1852) established the Native Police Corps of the Port Phillip District (later Victoria in 1842.

The Corps is controversial due to Dana's emphasis on the use of force, rather than arrest; for example, one trooper is reported to have said: "Captain say big one stupid catch them very good shoot them, you blackfellows, no shoot them me hand cuff you and send you to jail."[1] The Native Police Corps is estimated to have killed 125 indigenous Australians between 1835 and 1850.[2]


  1. ^ Public Records Office Victoria, Western District Clashes - Tracking the Native Police (Public Record Office Victoria). Accessed 2 November 2008.
  2. ^ Ben Kiernan, 2008, Blood and Soil: Modern Genocide 1500-2000, Carlton, Melbourne University Press, p295.

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