If you had family living in South Australia in the latter 1890s, have you
thought of looking at the Police Gazettes for information? These are a unique,
useful and extremely fascinating resource for local, family and social
historians. Compiled to be distributed amongst the Police Force only, these
Gazettes contain details and information that can not be found anywhere else.
Issued weekly, this CD-ROM is a compilation of all 52 regular issues of the
South Australia Police Gazette that were issued during 1898. Each issue is
usually four pages long, and contains information such as court lists, lists of
warrants issued, appointments and changes in the Police Service, lists of
arrests and discharges (which include personal descriptions), escaped prisoners,
and missing persons. Inquest verdicts, deserting wives, lost or stolen items are
also included. Notices from Police Gazettes from other states are also often
Example entries all taken from the 14 December 1898 issue:
Lost or Stolen
On the 2nd instant, between Grenfell and Rundle Streets, Adelaide, a 15-carat
gold arrow-shaped brooch, set with opal, the property of Ruby McLean;
Horses, Cattle, &c.
On the 1st instant, during the night, from a paddock at the Glynde and near
the hotel, a helf-bred Alderney cow, mouse color, with black points, no brands,
the property of Samuel T. Hipwell; identifiable.-(C.2521)
At Mannum, the 5th instant, on a fire which destroyed William Murray's shop,
F.E. Randell's Store, and the Mannum Hotel stables, occupied by I. McMillan, at
12 noon on the 2nd instant. Verdict-"We are of opinion that the fire originated
in Murray's shop, but there is no evidence to show how it was caused".
Prisoners Tried at the Supreme Court, Adelaide, During the Month of
Bassett, William, larceny; twelve months.
Boulger, Sylvester, alias Shann, unlawfully on premises with intent to steal;
Briggs, Frank, housebreaking, &c. discharged.
Dunstan, Henry, unlawfully on premises with intent to steal; one year.
Delaney, William, embezzlement; two years.
Giles, Henry, attempt to carnally know a child; discharged.
Hirschaussen, Frederick, forgery, &c., four years
James, John Thomas, embezzlement; twelve months.
Luigi, Antonio, alias Henry Thornton, forgery, &c.; two years.
Miller, Charles, larceny; eighteen months.
Mason, George, alias Crampton, housebreaking, &c. eighteen months.
Timmins, James, horsestealing and larceny; twelve months.
Van Whye, Michael, larceny; twelve months.
Wogden, Joseph, horsestealing and larceny; twelve months
Originally produced by Archive CD Books Australia in 2006, this title has now been remastered and re-released, 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.