Sydney: Gibbs Shallard & Co, 1887. "In a colony like this, where the population is either sparsely strewn over a vast area, or huddled closely in a very few centres, the difficulties militating against successful police results are very great; but the Force has, so far, been very fortunate." In 1887 the police force consisted of 1,462, with 841 foot constables & officers, 607 mounted constables and officers, and 14 detectives. Candidates were required to be at least 5 ft 9 inches in height, weigh no more than 11 stone (mounted police), be under 30 years of age, and be able to read and write.
Full page color lithograph showing a mounted officer in blue and white uniform with sword, and foot officer in blue & white uniform and white helmet. Signed by the artist at the lower left 'F. P. Mahony'; 'Drawn from life' below the image, and Gibbs, Shallard & Co. Lith. Sydney at the lower right. 10 1/4 x 15 1/2". See Libraries Australia ID 40278325 [Collection of pictures from the Illustrated Sydney news]. Very good condition. Item #18725