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Creator: Foelsche, Paul

Object Source: B 46849

Date of creation : 1879

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The Police Station, Southport

Paul Foelsche (1831-1914) arrived in Adelaide from Hamburg at 25 years of age and joined the Mounted Police. In 1870 he moved north to Palmerston, (Darwin) as one of the first inspectors in the Northern Territory Mounted Police. At that time the Northern Territory was administered by South Australia.

In addition to his police duties Foelsche, an excellent photographer, extensively recorded the local Aboriginal people and the landscape in and around Darwin.

Images from glass plate negatives.

B A reconstruction of the shooting of escaped prisoner Ah Kim, 1875
B Southport Police Station, 1875


Further reading

De La Rue, Kathy V The evolution of Darwin, 1869-1911: a history of the Northern Territory's capital city during the years of South Australian administration Darwin, NT: Charles Darwin University Press , c 2004

Lockwood, Douglas The front door: Darwin, 1869-1969 Adelaide: Rigby, 1984

Jones, Philip G The policeman's eye: the frontier photography of Paul Foelsche Adelaide: South Australian Museum, 2005

Downer, Sidney Patrol indefinite: the Northern Territory Police Force Adelaide: Rigby, [1963]


South Australian Museum: Foelsche's Darwin

Australian dictionary of biography online: Foelsche, Paul (1831-1914)

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