So you've heard of Police Gazettes? But just what are they?
These were weekly publications which were distributed among the Police Force,
and included information on all sorts of happenings within the state of South
Far from being just a unique, useful and extremely fascinating
resource for local, family and social historians, these Police Gazettes contain
details and information that can not be found anywhere else. As well as listing
those in the police force with promotions, resignations, commendations etc, you
will find information on courts lists, arson, murders, deserters, lists of those
arrested and discharged, warrants issued, escaped prisoners, missing persons,
details of lost and stolen items (and from whom), apprehensions and more.
Notices from police gazettes from other states are also often included.
Example entry taken from the 22 February 1905 issue:
Information is requested at the instance of Sandford and Limbert,
solicitors, Adelaide, as the the present wherabouts of Charles Douglas
Singer, who is entitled to a share under the will of his father (Charles
Douglas Singer), formerly of Middlesex, England, and last of Herts. England.
Missing friend is supposed to have shipped to Australia about the year 1874,
in company with a Mr. Meallin (Meelin), who, after his arrival appears to
have filled the position of Government school teacher at Swan River for some
time, and was last heard of in Silverton, New South Wales, in 1885. It is
expected that Meallin, if found, will be able to furnish information
concerning the whereabouts of Singer the younger. - (C.270).
Now on fully-searchable CD-ROM for the first time, this valuable resource is
available for all researchers to use. It will help you find out about life and
family as they were in 1905 South Australia.
This CD contains high quality scanned images of the whole years issues.
It has been bookmarked for easy navigation. and pages can be searched, browsed,
enlarged and printed out if required.