So you've heard of Police Gazettes? But just what are they? These are regular newspapers which were produced weekly, which were distributed among the Police Force, and included information on all sorts of happenings within the state of Queensland.
Far from being just a unique, useful and extremely fascinating resource for local, family and social historians, these Police Gazettes contain details and information that can not be found anywhere else. As well as listing those in the Force, particularly if they got a promotion, you will find information on courts lists, inquest verdicts, lists of those arrested, escaped prisoners, missing persons, and listings of stolen items (and from whom).
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 in 1905.
Queensland Police Gazettes are an extremely useful resource for family and local historians alike. Compiled to be distributed amongst the police force only, these Gazettes therefore contain details and information that can not be found anywhere else.</p> <p> "Containing information received in cases of felony and of misdemeanour, and against receivers of stolen property, reputed thieves, and offenders escaped from custody, with the time, place, and circumstances of the offences, and description of offenders or those suspected, giving the appearance, dress, and other marks of identity, with every particular which may lead to their apprehension; and a description, as accurate as possible, of property that has been stolen, horses, &c."
They also 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 and descriptions photographs and details of deserters, escaped prisoners, and missing people as well lists for liquor, wine sellers, tobacco sellers, auctioneers, billiard and poisons licences. Notices from police gazettes from other states are also often included.
Now searchable, these Gazettes on CD-ROM open up a world of interesting and comprehensive information about individual people and their lives in Queensland's past. Fascinating searching and useful information for anyone interested in Queensland's history and people.
Example entry taken from 11 March 1905 issue:
Roms Street, Brisbane - Stolen at Elizabeth street, Brisbane, on 23rd ultimo, the property of Miss E. Moone, Wharf street, Brisbane, one yellow collie dog, white feet, white face, white patch on right side of neck, white point on tail; 9 years old, and answers to the name of 'Spider': value not stated. Identifiale. - O. 586. 4th March, 1905.
First released in 2005 containing 67 of the 80 issues for 1905 - the missing issues have been located, scanned, and are now included on this CD, making a complete year's worth of issues, this was re-released in 2006. Now this title has now been remastered and re-released again, and includes better searching capability. This CD contains high quality scanned images of the whole year's worth of issues, and has been bookmarked for easy navigation. Pages can be searched, browsed, enlarged and printed out if required.