The origins of the digger nickname for police, ‘Joe’, remains uncertain. In this extract, digger William Kelly speculates on those origins.
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- Robyn Annear's research Notes prepared in the course of writing the book, Nothing But Gold; Private (Robyn Annear). Details
These notes from a variety of primary sources were kindly donated to the eGold project by Robyn Annear.
TranscriptJoe is a term of opprobrium hurled after the police ever since the diggings commenced, but the derivation is still a mystery. Some commentators trace it to the Christian name [Joseph] of Mr Latrobe [sic]; but this is an error; the ex-governor was never personally unpopular, except with the editor of the Argus.
Created: 25 August 2006