Are you looking for your family in South Australia? Have you
thought of looking in the Police Gazettes? A valuable record, they are a source
of information which cannot be found anywhere else.
Compiled to be distributed amongst the Police Force only, you
will find details of any changes within the police force such as promotions,
demotions, resignations, dismissals, deaths etc. Information is also given on
rewards, housebreak-ins, robberies, arson, murders, lost horses and cattle,
deserters, escaped prisoners, missing friends, lost or stolen items, reports on
those apprehended and released, and so much more. Notices from interstate police
gazettes are sometimes included.
Example entry taken from the 3 January 1906 issue:
Western Australia - On November 30, 1905, Thomas Cavanagh and William Slee
(alias Leslie Griffiths), prisoners service sentences in the Rottnest
Prison, W.A., for housebreaking, escaped from that institution, and have not
been recaptured; and on the same date John Higgins (alias Daniel Carter,
alias John Hughes), a prisoner serving a sentence for stealing in a
dwelling, escaped from the Fremantle Gaol, Western Australia. Descriptions:-
Cavanagh - A native of Victoria, age 28 years, a labourer, height 5ft. 7
1/4in., weight 148lbs, medium build, light-brown hair, dark-grey eyes, fresh
complexion, scar outside right forearm, scar between eyes, mole back of
neck, mole between shoulders, two scars left side of head, small scar left
kneecap, two scars left shin, small scar right kneecap. Slee - An engineer,
England, age 47 years, height 5ft. 10 1/4in., stout build, light-brown hair,
grey eyes, fair eyebrows, fair beard (going grey), full face, fresh
complexion, first joint of right middle and little fingers broken, scar left
thumb, scar inside right wrist, scar under left breast, scar on right
shoulder, part of top of right ear missing, mole right jaw, two scars inside
left shin. Higgins - A labourer, Victoria, age 30 years, height 5ft. 5
1/2in., weight 122lbs., slight build, dark-brown hair, grey eyes, dark
complexion, blue mark on forehead over left eye and on bridge of nose, scar
right cheekbone, right middle finger out of joint. - (C.2476.)
This is a valuable South Australian resource that is now
available for all that is not only easy to use, but it is also very affordable.
This CD contains high quality scanned images of the whole years worth of issues.
It has been bookmarked for easy navigation. and pages can be searched, browsed,
enlarged and printed out if required.