An amazing source of genealogical and historical information, the Police Gazettes have been a relatively untouched resource, partly because of accessibility and partly because they weren't generally known as a key source. Now that they are being released on searchable CD-ROM, they are available for all.
Anyone researching their family will have a 'lost' family member or two! You may well find them listed here, on either side of the law. Maybe you have a policeman in the family, or someone who was a victim of theft. Details may be here. You will find physical details of persons listed here as missing, wanted or released, which helps to paint a picture of them (often giving name, aliases used, age, height, colour hair, colour eyes, distinguishing features, even colour clothing worn).
This CD contains the complete issues released for the period 1911-1915, and includes information on housebreak-ins, robberies, arson, murders, lost horses and cattle, inquest verdicts, escaped prisoners and reports on those released. Also included are court lists, lists of warrants issued, appointments and changes in the Police Service, lists of arrests, escaped prisoners, and missing persons, men deserting their wives and children as well as deserters from service, missing friends and more ... Notices from Police Gazettes from other states are also often included, and some photographs of those missing or wanted are in these issues.