If you had family living in Queensland in 1880s, have you thought of looking in Police Gazettes for
information? These are a truly unique, useful and extremely 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 housebreak-ins, robberies,
arson, murders, lost horses and cattle, deserters, escaped prisoners, reports on
those released, even deaths reported to the police (together with their place of
death and cause of death given). Notices from interstate police gazettes are
A fascinating read for learning about the social history of the time, even if
you don't have family there - this CD contains all issues that were produced for
the years 1886.
Unique features of this particular year's worth of issues is that they
contain the following:
- lists of Justices of the Peace in New South Wales and Queensland
- lists of Medical Practitioners
- lists of Ministers of Religion (authorised to celebrate marriages in the colony)
- also listings of those who have licences for auctionering,
distilling, billiards, retail spirit dealing, and the transfer of
Example entries taken from 3 July 1886 issue:
Housebreaking and Stealing for the Dwelling-House
(Vide Police Gazette, 1886, page 84)
The property stolen from the dwelling of Victor Kipman has been recovered and
traced to the possession of Joseph Abrahams, who was arrested by the Sydney
police. Remanded to Brisbane, where he was discharged for want of sufficient
evidence. 29th June, 1886.
Felonies and Offences not Otherwise Described
About 6 a.m. on the 24th ultimo a cow, the property of Jane Gillis, Gowrie
Little Plain, Highfields, was maliciously shot. Suspicion attaches to a man
named Knowski who resides in that locality. 24th June, 1886.
High quality scanned images of the whole of the years worth of issues. This CD has
been bookmarked for easy navigation, and pages can be searched, browsed,
enlarged and printed out if required.