A fascinating resource for historians, the Police gazettes provided information and instructions to members of the police force, much of which cannot be found in other records. You can expect the 'South Australian Police Gazettes' to include the following information
that will usually list names and sometimes private details, descriptions with photograph, addresses and/or occupations:
- illegal immigrants
- escapees and absconders from custody
- exemptions from the 1941 Aboriginal Act
- lost or stolen property
- deserting wives, families, etc
- deserting from military service
- deserting from merchant vessels
- gold buyer, hawker, marine store licences
- missing friends
- persons suspected or wanted for a crime and warrants issued
- police promotion examination results and appointments
- prisoners tried at supreme and circuit courts
- prisoners discharged from gaols
Gazettes are published by governments and their agencies as a means of
communication to officials and the general public. As such they are useful, not
only to monitor the actions of the government, but also as far as family
historians are concerned, they are valuable primary source documents.
Example entry taken from the 22 April 1942 issue:
Hawkers' Licences [note: only A & B surnames noted in this extract]
The following list of hawkers' licences issued for the year ending 25th March,
1943, is published for general information.
83 Ackerie, Stephen, 63 Whitmore Square, Adelaide, motor vehicle.
38 Aldenhoven, Clement Charles, Arthurton, motor vehicle.
10 Badenoch, Doreen Margaret, Carey Gully, motor vehicle.
1 Baird, Robert Harold Leslie, 102 Hawker Street, Croydon, tricycle.
247 Berry, Ernest Joseph, 3 Mayfair Street, Maylands, motor vehicle.
51 Beshara, Minnie, 96 Gray Street, Adelaide, pack.
167 Brooks, Eric Glen, Clarendon, motor vehicle.
291 Brown, William John, 340 Anzac Highway, Mornington, motor vehicle.
147 Burnett, Percy Stanley, Davenport Road, Holdsworthy Park, pack.
134 Buttrose, Kenneth Murray, Robertstown, four-wheeled vehicle.
Example entry taken from the 24 June 1942 issue:
Return of Prisoners Discharged from H.M. Gaols during the week ended 13th
James Henry Tester, alias Renment, England, old age pensioner, born 1857, 5ft.
8in., medium build, fair complexion, grey hair, blue eyes, Roman nose, medium
mouth, round chin, blind in left eye, wears glasses (P.G., 1936, page 296,
"Discharges" and 1942, page 76 "Apprehensions", and S.A. Photo. Book 23/102).
P.C., Adelaide, 14/5/42, idle and disorderly; 28 days. Discharged 10/6/42.
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.