Police gazettes provided information and instructions to members of the
police force. You can expect the Tasmanian Police Gazettes (in the earliest
years called Reports of Crime) to include the following information that
will usually list names and sometimes personal details, descriptions with
photograph, addresses and/or occupations may be an added bonus for the
- convict returns
- disciplining of police
- escapees and absconders from custody
- housebreakers and burglars
- licensed carriers, hawkers, oyster fishers, and tanners
- deserting wives, families, etc
- deserting from military service
- deserting from merchant vessels
- missing friends
- murderers and their victims
- police resignations
- prisoners discharged from gaols and released on tickets of leave
- property and stock recovered
- rewards - names of persons offering a reward
- victims of arson
- victims of horse and cattle stealing or straying
- victims of lost or stolen property
- victims of sheep stealing or straying
Example entry taken from 1 August 1919 issue:
Cattle Stolen or Strayed
Vide 'Police Gazette' 1919, page 133
Ulverstone - Dr. Lachlan Gollan's cow had been found; not stolen.
Example entries taken from the 8 August 1919 issue:
Appointments, Resignations, Transfers &c.
Resumption of Duty
Extended leave of absence granted to Constable C.G. Warburton, No. 542 had expired, he having returned from service with the A.I.F., and resumed duty at Hobart on the 31st ultimo.
Persons Inquired For
Hobart - Gustav Wilhelm Lindon. Equiry is requested at the instance of the Military Authorities, 6th Military District, with a view of ascertaining the present whereabouts of the abovenamed alien, who is described as a Russian (age not supplied), height 5 feet 8 insches, fair complexion, fair hair, blue eyes, stout build. This man was recently employed on the s.s. "Hall Caine", which vessel he has since left, and now cannot be traced. He was registered under the War Precautions (Aliens Registration Regulations at Newcastle, New South Wales, as No. 462, on the 26th July 1917. If located, keep under serveillance, and immediately telegraphy this office when a warrant for his arrent will be applued for.
A truly immense source of information the Police Gazettes are a fascinating read even if you don't have family there at the time, as well as finding out the happenings of the area in 1919.
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.