The Mount Gould Police Station opened in the 1880s as a centre for police protection for Murchison pastoralists. In the late 1890s early 1900s, the police were concerned with checking cattle and sheep killing by the local Aboriginals. The buildings consist of the main station, which originally had a separate kitchen, lock-up, stone-lined well and a grave. Iron bars, to which prisoners were chained, are still set in the walls of the lock-up. On 3 June 1987, the restored Mt Gould police station was dedicated to all the pioneers who settled the district.
No mention of the treatment of the first nations people who were often made to walk in chains to Carnarvon some 450 kilometres. Imagine doing this in the summer heat where the temperatures can exceed 40 C.
Nor any mention of the Wajarri people who had their own complaints regarding the disruption of water supplies and native wildlife by the pastoralists.
We camped here overnight. It still lingers in my mind giving me an ill-feeling. There is a feeling, a spirit about this place. I was happy to move on early the next morning.
Exploring the surrounds of the Mt Gould Lockup, or as the State Heritage Council describes it, the Old Mount Gould Police Station Group and came across the remains of this tree. The first thought that popped into my head was a Meerkat!