An amazing source of genealogical and historical information, the
Police Gazettes have been a relatively untouched resource, partly because of
accessibility and partly because they weren't generally known as a key source.
Now that they are being released on searchable CD-ROM, they are available for
all to use.
Anyone researching their family will have a 'lost' family member or two! You
may well find them listed here, on either side of the law. Maybe they were a
policeman, or someone who was a victim of crime. You can find the physical
details on many people listed here, including those 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).
This CD contains all issues released during 1911, and contains information on
housebreak-ins, robberies, arson, murders, lost horses and cattle, inquest
verdicts, escaped prisoners and reports on those released. Also included are
court lists, lists of warrants issued, appointments and changes in the Police
Service, lists of arrests, escaped prisoners, and missing persons, men deserting
their wives and children, as well as deserters from service and more ... Notices
from Police Gazettes from other states are also often included.
Example entries taken from the 1 February 1911 issue:
Vide Police Gazette 1910, page 299, John Salter, on warrant for non-payment
of fine on a charge of drunkeness at Tanunda, on November 5th, 1910, has
been arrested at Adelaide by M.C. Shegog, and sent to gaol. - (C.2729)
Apprehensions During the Week
George Anthony Gepp (alias George A. Gibbs), by F.C. Phillips, at Wallaroo,
for forging a telegram on Bertie Stanton Lacey, at Adelaide; committed.
This CD contains high quality scanned images of the whole of each year's
issues. It has been bookmarked for easy navigation. and pages can be searched,
browsed, enlarged and printed out if required.