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The constant presence of police

English author turned digger, William Howitt comments on the constant presence of police at the diggings. This extract is from Howitt's Land, labour and gold (1855).

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Robyn Annear's research Notes prepared in the course of writing the book, Nothing But Gold; Private (Robyn Annear). Details

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My friend, the digger, said, that what he felt as one of the greatest evils of the digging life was the constant and close contact into which they were brought with the police … ‘Three and four times a day I have been summoned to show my licence, and threatened with handcuffs if I murmured. It is’, he added, ‘a common saying, A man has no home in this country. His only chance is to get money, and spend it elsewhere.’