Black Devil — an exhibition of paintings about the Queensland Native Police.
The Queensland Native Police operated from 1849 until 1904.
It consisted of detachments of Aboriginal troopers led by white officers.
It was formed to prevent and punish any Aboriginal aggression, or resistance to colonisation.
Around 45,000 people were massacred at the hands of the Queensland Native Police. 44,000 of these fatalities were Aboriginal.
The Native Police were violent and lawless. No jail cells have been found at Native Police camps because no jail cells were needed. The troopers of the Native Police did not arrest, detain, or lock up; their job was 'dispersal', an official euphemism for genocide.
My great, great grandmother's brother, Jack Noble/Wonamutta, served as a trooper in the Native Police. Apart from his participation in massacres in Queensland, Noble was also one of the black trackers who caught Ned Kelly. The title of the exhibition comes from Ned Kelly's reference to Aboriginal trackers as 'little black devils'.