If you had family living in Queensland in the 1860s, have you thought of
looking at the Police Gazettes for information? These are a historian's goldmine
of information. Compiled to be distributed amongst the Police Force only, these
Gazettes contain details and information that can not be found anywhere else.
Far from just listing those who were in the Police Force, or those that were on
the 'wrong side' of the law - you will also find entries of missing persons, or
they might be a witness to crime, or they may have had something stolen from
them, or they may even have found an item, and reported it to the Police.
Produced once a month, you still get information on the housebreak-ins,
robberies, arson, murders, lost horses and cattle, deserters, escaped prisoners
and reports on those released ... as well as some information from interstate
police gazettes ... and so much more.
This CD-ROM starts with the 22 July 1864 issue, this was the very first issue
ever released, and continues with one issue a month until the end of December
1866. Each issue is usually four or five pages in length, and is full of fascinating
An example entry taken from the 2 November 1864 issue:
Warrants having been issued for the arrest of Charles Dawson, Charles Morris
alias McMahon, and - Kerr, for attempting to murder on Richard Henry Willis,
at the Houghton River, on the 4th March last.
£50 will be paid on the apprehension of each of the said persons.
Charles Dawson,-5 feet 6 inches in height, slight make, dark hair, blue eyes,
short black beard. He went to the Valley of Lagoona with Mr. Hilfling's cattle.
Charles Morris, alias McMahon, alias Forbes, alias Holmes-5
feet 10 inches in height, rather stout, light hair, and light whiskers and
beard. He was lately in the employment of Messrs. Scott Brothers, Dalrymple and
Co., as a bullock-driver.
- Kerr, 5 feet 8 inches, light hair, blue eyes, with a Roman nose. He was
shearing for Mr. McLellan last season.
Originally produced by Archive CD Books Australia in 2006, this title has now been remastered and re-released, and includes better searching capability. This CD contains high quality scanned images of each of the original issues for this year. These and has been bookmarked for easy navigation. Pages can be searched, browsed, enlarged and printed out if required.