If you had family living in New South Wales in 1877, have you thought of
looking in Police Gazettes for information? These are a truly unique, valuable
and fascinating resource for local, family and social historians.
Compiled to be distributed amongst the Police Force only, these Gazettes
contain details and information that can not be found anywhere else. Apart from
any changes within the police force which are all listed (promotions, demotions,
dismissals, deaths etc), information is also given on rewards, housebreak-ins,
robberies, arson, murders, lost horses and cattle, deserters, escaped prisoners,
missing friends, and reports on those released. Notices from interstate police
gazettes are sometimes included.
Unique features of this particular year's worth of issues is that they
contain lists of Publicans' licences issued. Information that these give is
persons name, situation of hotel, and hotel name.
Example entry taken from 9 May 1877 issue:
Apprehensions [only one extracted here, but there is 3/4 of a whole page
listed in original]
Patrick Costello, telegraph messenger, charged with stealing a letter
(recovered), the property of the Postmaster General, has been arrested by
Senior-constable O'Brien, Araluen Police. Committed for trial at Braidwood
Sessions. Bail allowed - self in £20, and two sureties in £10 each.
Example entry taken from 6 June 1877 issue:
Edward Marks, Imperial convict, Reg. No. 7774. Description:- Middling stout,
43 years, 5 feet 7 3/4 inches, dark-brown hair, light hazel eyes, oval visage,
florid complexion. Marks:- Cross and necklace, sailor, woman, heart, and
laurel, crucifix, shamrock, rose, and thistle, anchor and rope, bracelet, and
G.M.E.R. and C. on right arm; schooner, cross flags, palm-tree, gun and
carriage, tree, flag, compass, and bracelet, T.M. W.M. S.M. J.M. E.M. and S.C.
left arm; is a sailor. Absconded from Freemantle on the 4th instant, in the
barque "Assyrian" from Melbourne, bound for the Lacepede Islands for guano.
The Offender received a life sentence for robbery and wounding on the 24th
November, 1862. He has now assumed the name of John Marshall, and expired. -
O.3305. 29th May, 1877.
A fascinating read for learning about the social history of the time, even if
you don't have family there - this CD contains all 52 issues that were produced
for the year.
High quality scanned images of the whole years worth of issues, and they have been bookmarked for easy navigation, and pages can be searched, browsed, enlarged and printed out if required.