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Vicki Darken

(from "A Force Apart?")

There are no extant records of the loneliness the early police wives felt, but life had hardly changed by 1945 when Vicki Darken lived with her husband at Harts Range Police Station. She later recorded her feelings of isolation at the small bush police station: ‘In those days there was no police vehicle. We didn’t have anything but horses. When he wasn’t there I had to cope [alone] I hated it’. It does not take much imagination to understand how much more lonely it must have been for earlier wives who were on their own for longer periods and even further from the nearest towns.

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