Because the NT Police originated from South Australia the SA Police Museum is the perhaps the most relevant museum to us and a special page has been created to provide details about SA Police history.
"South Australia was colonised in 1836. Unlike other states, it was not a penal settlement and migrants were ‘free settlers’. It was hoped that by adopting this type of migrant, a respectable society would grow in South Australia and there would be no need for a Police Force.
This was not to be however as the Marines from the “Buffalo” were unable to control local crime and in particular, deal with criminals coming from the State of Victoria. As a result, Governor Hindmarsh, after a few aborted attempts to control the situation, finally formed a Police Force on April 28th, 1838 with the appointment of 10 mounted and 10 foot constables under the command of Henry Inman, whom he appointed an Inspector of Police.
The Historical Society was formed in 1977 as a result of the work of Constable Robert Clyne with a B.A. Hons. degree who was imbued with the romance of the long police history since its inception. The Society moved through various buildings and finally settled at the present location.
The Society has collected and preserved over 600,000 documents, artefacts and other memorabilia and has a substantial collection of photographs of police and related activities" - text from SAPM website 2013.