Police Gazettes are not only unique in their content, but they are a greatly
undervalued, and underused source for researchers of local, family and social
history. Compiled to be distributed amongst the Police Force only, these
Gazettes therefore contain details and information that can not be found
Although information did change a little over time, in general you can expect to find the following included in each issue:
convictions without custodial sentence
escapees and absconders from custody
lost or stolen property and stock—names of victims
deserting wives, families, etc
deserting from military service
deserting from merchant vessels
persons suspected or wanted for a crime and warrants issued
police resignations, dismissals and discharges
police killed in action or dying in the service
police promotion examination results and appointments
prisoners tried at supreme and circuit courts
prisoners discharged from gaols
prisoners released under licence
Often entries include names and aliases, sometimes addresses, and personal physical details. Sometimes other family members are mentioned, and occasionally a photograph.
Example entry taken from the 26 January 1918 issue:
Return of Persons Summary Convicted ... But Not Sent to Gaol
Name of Offender: Alfred Morris
Where Tried: Sandgate
Offence: Wilfully and unlawfully destroying a pane of glass
How Disposed of: Admonished; parent ordered to pay 2s. 3d. damages, 3s. 6d.
costs of court, and 5s. witnesses' expenses
Native of: Queensland
Height: 4ft. 4in.
Distinguishing Marks, &c: Nil
Gazettes are published by governments and their agencies as a means of communication
to officials and the general public. As such they are useful, not only to monitor
the actions of the government, but also as far as family historians are concerned,
they are valuable primary source documents.
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.