From the early 1800's Aboriginal people have been used as guides and trackers by the police force. This century one of the most highly regarded was Sergeant Alexander Riley of Dubbo, NSW. In 1943 Alexander Riley was award the highest police award, the King's Medal for distinguished services. During tracker Riley's time with the NSW Police Force 1911- 1950 he was instrumental in solving several murder cases and finding numerous people lost in the bush. A great many people owe their lives to his exceptional tracking skills.

A beautifully made and penetrating film that is a tribute to Tracker Riley, one of the greatest of all Aboriginal trackers as told by his family and descendents. His life encompassed a period of great oppression in the history of Aboriginal people and Tracker Riley's legendary skills and deep humanity lifted him above the ignorance of the times.




Produced and Directed by
MICHAEL RILEY
C/- ABC TV Indigenous Program Unit
Telephone: 02 9950 4014
Fax: 02 9950 4019


Screens Thursday September 4 at 8.30 pm



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