FROM THE VAULT – A police officer’s best friend

There is no doubt that sworn dogs are integral to Queensland Police work across the state. However we should not forget that dogs also formed part of an officer’s family especially when they were posted to small stations in outback Queensland.

Technically these canine companions were not trained as police dogs but more than likely were used for police work if the situation called for it. Some single officers posted to one man stations, would have undoubtedly found the companion of a dog to be a blessing.

Constables Thomas Clines (left), and Herman Schnitzerling (right) heading out on patrol, Mossman, 1911.

The following is written on the back of the photograph featuring Constables Clines and Schnitzerling:

3rd May 1911
Dear Mother
I am forwarding to you a schnapshot taken whilst out on Patrol, The two dogs take a good photo, the black dog on the right hand side of my friend (far right of the photo), is my best beef hound, I am breaking it in to heel the drunks this crushing season. The fellow walking behind is our black tracker, following us out to catch his horse. Good bye with kind love to all at home, from your son HB Schnitzerling.

Senior Sergeant Charles James Perrin, and his dog, 'Paddy' outside what is possibly Gladstone Police Station, c1931.

We do not know the identity of this police officer or at which police station they are located, but the dog’s name was written on the back of the photograph as 'Bell of Bookah', c1934.


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