Policing the colonial frontier : the theory and practice of coercive social and ...


Policing the colonial frontier : the theory and practice of coercive social and racial control in New Zealand, 1767-1867, Part One


Hill, Richard S.

Maker Role



New Zealand Department of Internal Affairs. Historical Publications Branch

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Part 1 comprehensively covers the first century of policing developments ... The transplanting of new British and colonial policing methods, in forms suitred to meet the peculiar circumstances of a pakeha settler colony intruding in a land where Maori resistance was frequently intense, is examined in detail. The state policing network which was established after annexation in 1840 comprised various and changing modes of socio-racial control: New South Wales mounted troopers accompanied the first officials, Police Magistrates quickly established forces at sizeable European settlements, Armed Police Forces were created after war between the races broke out. In 1853 many government activities in New Zealand, including policing, were delegated to provincial administrations. Part 2 ... investigates the provincial police forces through to the establishment of the first centrally coordinated police force, the Armed Constabulary. Also covered are auxiliary forms of policing, including 'official runanga' forces, and policing-related state activities. Throughout the first volume the interwoven mechanisms of coercive social and racial control are placed in their appropriate socio-economic and political contexts. The bewildering variety of types of policing employed by the New Zealand state is given coherence by the author's encompassing interpretation of the nature and function of policing. Contents (Part One)The function of policing & its British development -- The adaptation: of British modes of policing control to the new Antipodean frontier, 1767-1853 (The quest for 'peace & good order' in pre-1840 New Zealand ; 'New police' & new colony -- 'The tranquillity of the District' disturbed ; The control of both races : the armed Police Forces, 1846-53 ; The men & the job in the Crown Colony period, 1841-53) -- (Part Two) Provincial and "official runanga" policing systems, 1853-67 ('Peace & good order' in the Provinces, 1853-61 ; The adaptation of policing methods to goldrush Otago, 1861-7 ; the spread of the Victorian-style force in the South Island ; Indigenous policing developments in Central New Zealand ; Policing & the 'collusion between the races') Includes bibliographies and index.

Date Made



New Zealand. Govt.Printer

Publication Place

Boulder, Colorado

Series Title

The history of policing in New Zealand ; v. 1

Subject and Association Keywords

Police -- New Zealand -- History

Subject and Association Keywords

New Zealand -- History -- 19th century


Thomas & Bridget Gallagher Library

Object Type



0477013465 (set.)

Object number


Spine Label

363.2 HIL

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