Sub-Inspector Paul Foelsche, one corporal and five troopers arrived in Darwin and remained a subset of the South Australian contingent until 1911 when the Commonwealth assumed control of the Northern Territory. Discipline was tough, living conditions rough and many single members lived in tents. An industrial body representing Police was but a dream.
A name change from the Northern Territory Police Force to the Northern Territory Mounted Police unfortunately did not result in improved conditions for members and in 1922, a Parliamentary visit to the Territory resulted in South Australian Senator Sir John Newlands announcing to Federal Parliament:
"We found that on travelling through the Northern Territory that the conditions under which the Police are asked to live are an absolute disgrace. They have the worst horses, and the worst accommodation of any section of people in the Territory."
By the mid 1930's a number of members were dissatisfied with the system of promotions without examination, the lack of an allowance for escorting leper patients and inadequate accommodation and patronage in relation to postings. Pay rises were infrequent and the poor standard of housing was a particular issue of contention as other government employees consistently received better quality accommodation.
The NTPA's rich history commenced just two months after the declaration of World War II, when an inaugural meeting of the Association was held.