According to the Queensland Police website
Conditions were arduous and police often worked a seven day week, although they were entitled to every second Sunday free, they rarely benefited from this arrangement. A police officer worked a minimum nine hour day and often more when the situation warranted it. Leave was infrequent.John's first station was Brisbane (Roma Street). He almost certainly lived in the barracks, at least until his marriage in 1888. From the State Library of Queensland -
|Roma Street Police Barracks, ca. 1883 |
[John Oxley Library, neg. no. 65395]
"This building provides barrack accommodation for about forty-five men and room for officer-in-charge. The lower floor contains cells to provide for the use of the station, if needful, as a lockup."
Queensland Legislative Assembly, Votes and Proceedings 1880, Vol II p.1007