What is a Police Gazette?
Compiled to be distributed amongst the Police Force only, Police Gazettes
contain details and information that can not be found anywhere else. Produced at
regular intervals (usually once a week), it was a way of making information
available to all in the Police Force throughout the whole state.
information can be found in a New South Wales Police Gazette?
The information contained in the Police Gazettes does vary a little from
year to year, but overall you will find details of any changes within the police
force which are all listed (promotions, demotions, discharges, resignations,
deaths), information is also given on housebreak-ins, robberies, arson, murders,
arson, bigamy, rape, rewards, warrants issued, lists of arrests and discharges, lost horses
and cattle, lost watches and jewellery, deserters from services and from families, escaped prisoners,
missing friends, found items, and reports on those released. Notices
from interstate police gazettes are usually included if it was felt that the
person may be heading towards that state.
How can this help me?
Anyone researching their family will have a 'lost' family member or two! You
may well find them listed here, being on either side of the law. Or maybe they
were a Policeman who transferred to another department or division, or someone
that was a victim of a crime. You can find the physical details on persons
listed here, missing, wanted or released, which helps to paint a picture of them
(name, aliases used, age, height, colour hair, colour eyes, distinguishing
features, even colour clothing worn).
Far from being just a unique and extremely fascinating resource for local,
family and social historians - they are useful for anyone with an interest in
New South Wales in 1912. The CD contains all issues that were released during
High quality scanned images of the whole years worth of issues. This CD has been bookmarked for easy navigation, and pages can be searched, browsed, enlarged and printed out if required.
Example entries taken from the 7 February 1912 issue:
Petersham.-Florence Elizabeth Bray (36), charged with causing the death of William Archibald Bray, at Leichhardt, on the 19th December, 1911, has been arrested by Senior-constable Beater and Constables H.N. Suter and J.H. Smith, Sydney Police. Further charged with shooting Henry Arthur Bray with intent to murder. Committed for trial on both charges at the Central Criminal Court.
Sydney.-William O'Reilly (24), charged with causing the death of Sen Gong, at Sydney, on the 19th January, 1912, has been arrested by Constables Hollis, McKnight, and McFarland, Sydney Police. Committed for trial by the Acting City Coroner at the Central Criminal Court. Bail allowed.