Native Police Barracks

Stage Number: MBNH.12.04.06

Group: Eastern & Bay

Local Study Area: Brighton-Sandgate-Shorncliffe-Deagon

Epoch: Early 19th Century

Street Address: Sacred Heart Catholic Church site, vicinity of Burnett Place and Brighton Road, Sandgate

Latitude & Longitude: -27.31761111,153.06730556

Time Link: 1823

Map Link: 1866

Image Time Point: 1866

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Site of the Native Police barracks that patrolled all southern Queensland 1859-1865 under the notorious Ltnt Fred Wheeler. This was the para-military force with the assigned duty of pacifying Aboriginal resistance. Aboriginal troopers were stationed here prior to service in Depots around central and southern Queensland. The barracks operated the region’s only post office. Detachment patrols were regularly sent from here to Maryborough, Cleveland, Tweed Valley, the Great Dividing Ranges etc. The Barracks was especially involved in the ‘pacifying’ of the surrounding district (Sandgate, Bald Hils, Pine Rivers).


Ray Kerkhove, 2015, Aboriginal Campsites of Greater Brisbane (Salisbury: Boolarong), 43=4.

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QSA. QSA Series 1748 Moreton District, County of Stanley Maps – A1 Series. 4 chains to the inch. Plan of the Marine township of Brighton on the shores of Moreton Bay adjoining Sandgate, Parish of Nundah, County of Stanley with local plan at ca mile to one inch. ca 4 chains to the inch. Millington & Co., Licensed Surveyors, Brisbane. 620404