This is an excerpt from the film Outback Patrol, produced in 1952.
Outback Patrol, narrated by Chips Rafferty, follows the annual patrol of police officer Robert Darkin.
If there is a spot of lawbreaking, Darkin can convene a court but in this job he’s also collector of public monies, Commonwealth electoral returning officer, commissioner for affidavits for the Supreme Court, postmaster, inspector of stock, and registrar of births, deaths, marriages, mines, motor vehicles and dogs.
He checks that there is water in the government bores for the drovers and keeps an eye on the lone prospectors who roam the trackless hills and parched plains.
Other horse and camel teams, operating from scattered police stations, patrolled the whole Northern Territory.
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