‘This book of the life and work of the mounted police in Australian wilds is what the Mounteds would call a “patrol job”. Well, the Nouinted patrols have helped open up much new country for our stockmen and miners…. My principal qualifications for writing Man Tracks: a personal acquaintance with most of the men concerned, a share in a twelve-hundred mile patrol through the last wild area of the Kimberleys and twenty-five years wanderings in the interior, by which I have gained a knowledge of the country and an understanding…of the aborigines, that can be learned in no other way.’