Police Gazettes are a unique, useful and extremely fascinating resource for local, family and social historians and researchers in other fields throughout Australia. Compiled to be distributed amongst the Police Force only, these Gazettes therefore contain details and information that can not be found anywhere else.
They include court lists, lists of warrants issued, appointments and changes in the Police Service, lists of Justices of the Peace, lists of arrests and discharges (which include descriptions), escaped prisoners, and missing persons, as well as lists for liquor, wine sellers, tobacco sellers, auctioneers, billiard and poisons licences. Notices from Police Gazettes from other states are also often included.
Example entries taken from the 26 July 1893 issue:
Parkes.- Description of a man, supposed name James Kennedy, who died in an old hut at Parkes, on the 29th ultimo:- About 65 years of age, 5 feet 7 inches high, sandy hair and whiskers turning gray, minus all the front teeth; dressed in gray tweed coat and moleskin trousers; apparently a labourer. Had in his possession a Shearer's Union ticket in the name of James Kennedy. Magisterial inquiry held, finding:- "That deceased died from old age and exposure."
Camden Haven.-On the 25th ultimo, Henry Mew, 18 years of age, a prisoner in custody for cattle stealing, escaped from Constable Gilholm, Camden Haven Police, and was drowned whilst attempting to cross the Camden Haven River. At an inquest help before the District Coroner, the following verdict was returned:- "That the said Henry Mew was accidentally drowned, whilst attempting to escape from the custody of the Police, in the Camden Haven River, on the 25th June, 1893."
Originally produced by Archive CD Books Australia in 2005, this title has now been remastered and re-released, and includes better searching capability. This CD contains high quality scanned images of the whole of the original book, and has been bookmarked for easy navigation. Pages can be searched, browsed, enlarged and printed out if required.