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.
information can be found in a South Australian 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, warrants issued, prisoners discharged, missing friends,
lost and found items and more.
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. Or maybe they
were a Policeman who transferred to another department or division, or someone
that was a victim of a crime. 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).
Far from being just a unique and extremely fascinating resource for local,
family and social historians - they are useful for anyone with an interest in
South Australia in the 1860s. The CD contains the 1862, 1863, 1864, 1865, 1866
and 1867 South Australian Police Gazettes all on the one CD. Please note, ad few
issues are missing.
Example entries ... taken from the 8 January 1864 issue
Police Constable Guy has been dismissed from the Police Force, from the 1st
instant, for being drunk on duty on the night of the 31st December, 1863.
Warrants, have been issued, at Port Adelaide, 4th January, 1864, for the
apprehension of the undermentioned deserted seamen:-
From the Ship 'Elphinstone'
John Brown, 34 years of age, tall, pale complexion, sharp-featured.
Joseph Stilleway, 28 years of age, stout, florid complexion, curly hair.
High quality scanned images of the whole year's worth of issues. This CD has been bookmarked for easy navigation, and pages can be searched, browsed, enlarged and printed out if required.