THE LAND OF WONDER DOWN UNDER

DID YOU KNOW??Australia’s first police force was made up of the most well-behaved convicts.

 

 

 When you think of the police force, you probably think of exceptional men and women. Pillars of society. But that wasn’t always the case.  In fact, Australia’s first police force was made up entirely of convicts.

After the First Fleet arrived in New South Wales in January of 1788, the Marines of the Royal Navy was put in charge of law enforcement, laying down the rules set by Governor Arthur Phillip.

With the pain of reduced rations hitting hard, crime began to rise steadily throughout the colony.

It was soon decided that the new settlement needed a police force of its own, so Governor Phillip created the Night Watch.

With little manpower available, the Governor decided to populate the Night Watch with 12 of the best behaved convicts.

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