Aboriginal Tracker - Recent and Present Day Use

Recent and Present Day Use

In 1941, the Northern Territory Special Reconnaissance Unit was established to patrol the North Australian coastline for Japanese landings and infiltration, and was primarily composed of Aboriginal soldiers. The 2/1st North Australia Observer Unit ("Nackaroos") performed a similar role, though Aboriginals were a minority in the unit, serving as labourers and trackers.

In the present day Australian Army, the Regional Force Surveillance Units can be seen as a spiritual descendant of the Tracker legacy.

Aboriginal trackers within the Queensland police force wore yellow epaulets to denote their role. By 2012, only one tracker remained, Lama Lama elder Barry Port. Queensland police do not expect another tracker to replace Port.

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