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.
What information can be found in a Queensland 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,
deserted seamen, deserters from families, warrants issued, prisoners discharged,
missing friends, lost and found items and more. The Queensland edition is a little different from other states in that it
includes details of those applying and holding various licences, such as:
treasury licences, auctioneers, wine-sellers, wholesale spirit dealers,
victuallers and transfer of victuallers licences, billiards, packets and more.
Many photographs are also included in this year's issues.
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. Maybe they
were a Policeman who received a promotion, or someone
who had something stolen from them. 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). There are even a few photographs included
in these issues.
Example Entries taken from the 16 July 1910 issue:
South Townsville - A warrant has been issued by the Townsville Bench for the
arrest of J. Aitken, charged with deserting from the s.s. "Mourilyan", at
Lucinda Point, on 2nd July, 1910. Offender is 21 years of age, 5 feet high, dark
complexion, clean shaved, nuggety build; a seaman; and a native of Liverpool.
Supposed to have stowed away on the s.s. "Ourakka".-0.2190. 7th July, 1910.
Watchhouse, Brisbane - A warrant has been issued by the Brisbane Bench for the
arrest of William Groom Bullock, charged with deserting his illegitimate child
by Mary Alice Clark, at Brisbane on 25th June, 1910. Offender is 28 years of
age, 5 feet 2 or 3 inches high, sallow complexion, dark-brown hair and
moustache, brown eyes, medium build; a grocer; and an Englishman; dressed in a
dark coat, white vest, grey trousers, white straw hat, and button boots.
Supposed gone to Melbourne.O.2209. 7th July, 1910
This is a vast resource of useful historical information is easily available
on fully-searchable CD-ROM for the first time.
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.