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The citation : the newsletter of the Northern Territory Police Museum & Historical Society



The citation : the newsletter of the Northern Territory Police Museum & Historical Society


Northern Territory Police Museum & Historical Society Inc


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Northern Territory Police Historical Society; Northern Territory Police Force; History; Police; Periodicals

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Northern Territory Police Museum & Historical Society Inc

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Issued November 2008

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1839-3918; 1839-390X


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Northern Territory Government



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November 1, 2008 [CITATION: NT POLICE MUSEUM AND HISTORICAL SOCIETY] C I T A T I O N - N o v e m b e r 2 0 0 8 Page 25 During a l933 patrol, somewhere between Pine Creek and Oenpelli, Mounted Constable Alf Broken Nose Johnson was photographed using his hat to water his thirsty dog. Perhaps for the first time, it has been discovered that the photograph was reproduced in a spectacular NT wall map prepared in Canberra by the Property and Survey Branch, Department of the Interior, to mark the l938 Sesqui-centenary of white settlement of Australia. Now in the Darwin Lands Branch, the spectacular map includes a vignette of a police officer giving a dog a drink out of the crown of his hat. Comparing that image with the NT Police Museum and Historical Society Constable Johnson file it is identical. In a letter dated three weeks before his death, Alf referred to the dog in the photograph which he said had eventually chased a kangaroo, disappeared, and months later its remains were found in a creek bed. The following article about Alfred Stanley Broken Nose Johnson is compiled from obituary notes held in the NT Police Museum and recollections of colleagues and friends. Born June 8, l904, Johnson joined the force in l928 and died July 25, 1986, aged 86. One of the last Cameleers, he served at Barrow Creek, Lake Nash, Daly Waters, Pine Creek, Newcastle Waters and Wave Hill. (Original image left with map on right - insets comparing the map drawing and photo. A note on the hand painted map said it had been compiled and drawn in Darwin by E.P. Bayliss, FRGS, in 1937) NT Police Museum member Denzil McManus has good reason to remember Alf. One day in 1960, strolling down Smith Street, Darwin, where the Post Office used to be, he heard a typical tourist type call out from across the street, Got a minute young fella? Approaching the tourist McManus formed the opinion the man had run into the back of a bus because of a battered nose like a pug. There was a mischievous twinkle in his eyes and a broad smile. "Can I help you, sir?" Mc Manus asked. The man stated he had been a cop himself, that his name was Alf Johnson, called Broken Nose for short. Bet you can't guess why? The two