Police Gazettes are a unique, useful and extremely fascinating resource for
local, family and social historians as well as researchers in other fields
throughout Australia. Compiled to be distributed amongst the police force only,
these Gazettes therefore contain details and information that can not be found
A goldmine of information for any historian, the Police Gazettes contain a
wide range of information such as lists of warrants issued, details of those
arrested and discharged (which include physical descriptions of the offender),
escaped prisoners (also with descriptions), details of those deserting their
wives and families, missing friends, deserters from H.M. Service, lists of cars
of motorbikes stolen, inquest verdicts and more. You will also find details on murders, robberies, arson,
assault, housebreak-ins, as well as licences granted for Marine Store Collectors
and Hawkers. Notices from Police Gazettes from other states
are also often included.
Example entry taken from the 25 September 1940 issue:
Missing Motor Number Plate - Lynda McInnes reports missing S.A. number plate
Missing Vehicle Licence Disc - Patrick Brian Devitt reports missing milk float
disc number either 3166 or 3172 (red).
Missing Motor Trader's Plate - Frank Stanley Sweet report missing motor
trader's plate No. D.3564.
Example entry taken from the 26 June 1940 issue:
Apprehensions During the Week
Bertha Laurel Blaser, otherwise Bertha Laurel Busch (44), on complaint,
charged with a breach of the Pistol Licence Act at Kilburn; fined 5s and costs
10s; and for a breach of the Firearms Regulation Act, convicted without a
penalty, and to pay costs 10s. Evidence obtained by F.C. Fry (E.L.). Tried at
Gepp's Cross on 20/6/40.-(C.6226)
Not only is this an invaluable resource for anyone researching in South
Australia, but it makes for fascinating reading even if you don't have family
High quality scanned images of the whole years worth of issues. This CD has
been bookmarked for easy navigation, and pages can be searched, browsed,
enlarged and printed out if required.