Police Gazettes contain the names, physical descriptions and events
associated with thousands of people in every year's worth of issue. So if you
are researching South Australian history, be it for family history, social
history, or any anther reason - these are a vast resource of historical events
that happened, that should not be overlooked.
As the Police Gazettes were produced for 'the police force only' you will
find information included in them, that you will not find anywhere else. You
will find details of 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, found and stolen items,
reports on those apprehended and released, and so much more. Notices from
interstate police gazettes are often included.
Example entry taken from the 30 March 1910 issue:
Description of Prisoners to be Discharged from H.M. Gaols
John Gunstone, ship's fireman, native of Cardiff, South Wales, 25 years of
age, 5ft. 9 1/2in. high, medium build, dark complexion, dark hair, grey to
brown eyes, tattoo marks as follows:- Design of butterfly inside and outside
right forearm, CAR, cross, dagger, and other small inkmarks on left forearm,
RUTH on back of left hand, tried at Port Adelaide on March 18th, 1910, as a
stowaway per s.s. Riverina from Melbourne; 21 days.
Example entry taken from the 17 August 1910 issue:
Deserting Wives, Families &c.
Warrant issued for the following:-
John Douglas Ferguson, mason's laborer, 21 years of age, 5ft. 7in. high,
fair complexion, fair hair, hazel eyes, clean shave when last seen, broad
shoulders, fairly stout build, heart tatooed above wrist on right arm,
charged with leaving without adequate means of support his wife, Euphemia
Lily Ferguson, at Port Adelaide, on August 15th, 1910. Warrant filed at Port
Adelaide. - (C.1938)
Not only is this a valuable resource for those researching in South
Australia, but it makes for fascinating reading even if you don't have family
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.