What is a Police Gazette?
Compiled to be distributed amongst the Police Force only, Police Gazettes
contain details and information that can not be found anywhere else. Produced at
regular intervals (usually once a week), it was a way of making information
available to all in the Police Force throughout the whole state.
What information can be found in a South Australian Police Gazette?
The information contained in the Police Gazettes does vary a little from
year to year, but overall you will find details of any changes within the police
force which are all listed (promotions, demotions, discharges, resignations,
deaths), information is also given on housebreak-ins, robberies, arson, murders,
deserted seamen, deserters from families, warrants issued, prisoners discharged,
missing friends, lost and found items and more.
How can this help me?
Anyone researching their family will have a 'lost' family member or two! You
may well find them listed here, being on either side of the law. Or maybe they
were a Policeman who transferred to another department or division, or someone
that was a victim of a crime. You can find the physical details on persons
listed here, 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). Occasionally there is eve a photograph.
Far from being just a unique and extremely fascinating resource for local,
family and social historians - they are useful for anyone with an interest in
South Australia in this era.
Example entries taken from the 13 January 1926 issue [note: only a few
entries have been extracted as samples]:
Apprehensions During the Week
ARTHUR JESSOP, by M.C. White (W.T.), for a breach of the Motor Vehicles Act,
1921, section 26, at Port MacDonnell; fined £10 and costs 10s. Further charged
with assaulting police (M.C. White); fined £5 and costs 10s. (amounts paid).
WILLIAM JOHN KEAL, on complaint, charged with a breach of the Bush Fires Act,
1913, section 15, at Angaston; fined £2 and costs £1. Evidence obtained by M.C.
GEORGE THOMAS (otherwise DUCKA THOMAS), on complaint, charged with the
unlawful possession of a quantity of jam, pepper, sauces &c. at Port Adelaide;
fined £3 and costs £1 (amounts paid). Evidence obtained by F.C.'s Furber and
ALEXANDER ARTHUR DOW, by F.C. Winch (H.W.), for attempting to commit suicide,
at Kent Town; bound over to keep the peace for 12 months.
JAMES FRANCIS BALL and HARRY MORISON HILLYARD, by Det. Harris and P.C.C.
Shanks, for shopbreaking and larceny on Michael Speck, at Port Pirie; both
committed for trial.
ETHEL RADFORD (alias ETHEL ANNIE RADFORD), by P.C.C.'s Stephens and Knowles,
as a rogue and vagabond, at Adelaide; two months.
This CD contains high quality scanned images of the whole of the year's
issues. It has been bookmarked for easy navigation. and pages can be searched,
browsed, enlarged and printed out if required.