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Agency ID1580
TitlePolice Station, Nebo
Agency TypeLaw Enforcement/Emergency Services agency
Start Date 13/2/1867
End Date Current
Date NotesN/A

Established within a Police District where Police officers undertake a traditional policing role as well as extraneous administrative duties

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Series IDTitleFromTo
7368Letterbooks N/A N/A
7372Police Stud Book N/A N/A
7373Police Summons Sheets N/A N/A
7370Warrant Book N/A N/A
9547Watch-House Charge Books - Nebo Police Station N/A N/A
9550Register of Aliens and Related Papers 17/10/1929 6/12/1943
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Controlling Agencies

Agency IDTitleFromTo
27Police Department 13/2/1867 3/4/2012
11454Queensland Police Service 3/4/2012 Current
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Information Sources

Colonial Secretary' Office, "Inwards Correspondence", 1867, 67/594; QSA Item ID 846818 (COL/A88)
Queensland Blue Book 1867, p.157
Queensland Government Gazette 1896, no. 65, pp.83-5
Queensland Votes and Proceedings 1897, vol. II, pp.13-17
Queensland Parliamentary Papers 1952, vol. II, p. 209
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Establishing N/A
Abolishing N/A
Administered Criminal Code 1899
Elections Act 1915
Fire Brigades Act 1920
Health Act 1937
Jury Act 1929
Justices Act 1886
Local Government Act 1936
Main Roads Act 1920
Police Acts 1863-1964
Police Acts Amendment Acts 1944-1963
Police (Photographs) Act 1966
Police Service Administration Act 1990
Prisons Act 1890
Public Safety Preservation Act 1986
Suppression of Gambling Act 1895
Vagrants, Gaming and Other Offences Act 1931
Weapons Act 1990
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The Police Station, Nebo opened approximately 1867.

Prior to the passing of the "Police Act of 1863", Queensland's police force was highly de-centralised. Police were appointed by local police magistrates or justices of the peace. The network of police districts throughout the colony mirrored courts of petty sessions and small debts courts districts. The 1863 Act instituted a centralised police force under the control of the Commissioner of Police.

As the population of Brisbane grew and more Queensland towns became settled, police stations proliferated. Gold and mineral discoveries, economic forces and crime rates also affected the growth and strength of police, with variations from place to place.

In more remote areas, police stations (and native police camps) were staffed entirely by native police. Once white settlement in these areas became more established, the native police were replaced by regular forces.

By 1895 there were 222 police stations throughout the colony. Additional 'portable' police stations were erected from time to time in towns where there was only a temporary need for police presence. In 1905 there were 9 police districts and 272 stations. In 1963 there were 19 police districts throughout the State.

Police stations throughout the State were frequently used simultaneously as the local court house, police station, lock-up and residential accommodation for police officers. The station at Isisford was also being used in 1879 as the Government Savings Bank and court of petty sessions office.

Police officers stationed around Queensland performed (and still do) a wide range of 'traditional' and extraneous duties, some of which are listed below:
Dispute settlement
Law and order / patrols
Statistical returns for the Registrar-General
Collection of license fees (liquor, etc.)
Attendance at Court (eg. police, small debts, mining warden's and licensing courts)
Emergency rescues
Traffic control
Searches (missing persons)
Service of warrants, summons and arrests
Rail and mail escorts
Prisoner and lunatic escorts
Prisoners - short term custody of
Public education and awareness
Watchhouse administration

In addition, police prepared jury lists and electoral rolls and acted as clerks of petty sessions, rangers of Crown lands, inspectors of slaughterhouses, district registrars of births, deaths and marriages, inspectors of brands, agents for the curator of intestate estates, customs officers, etc..

For administrative purposes, Queensland was divided into police districts (designated by a letter of the alphabet - eg. 'A' District,' B' District, etc). These districts were further divided into sub-districts, within which were numerous police stations. Police inspectors visited at these stations at least once every year and reported to the Commissioner of Police on such matters as the condition of police stations and equipment, staffing levels and related issues, the keeping of police records and the performance of police duties. In the mid 1920s the police districts were significantly revised and stations were re-grouped according to these new districts. In the 1970s regionalisation was introduced.

The police station at Roma Street served as Police Headquarters.

Police Inspector's Office, Mackay 13 Feb 1867 -

Although staffed by police officers, police lockups form an integral part of prison administration. As it is often difficult to distinguish between the records of the police station and the police lockup, it has been decided that the agency of Police Station will be used whenever dealing with police lockups.
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Preferred Citation

Queensland State Archives Agency ID1580, Police Station, Nebo
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Last updated 9 September 2016
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