The Tasmanian Police Gazettes, commonly called the 'Reports of Crime' contain
similar information to those of other Australian states. Listing general police
information, promotions, demotions, those leaving the force etc, as well as
property stolen, property found, arson, murder, warrants issued, arrests and
discharges, absconders, court notices, and inquests. There are also licences for
hawkers, carriers, oyster fisheries, and tanners.
Issued weekly, these are a goldmine of information for any historian (family
history, local history or social history). Containing the names and dates of
many thousands of people and events that occurred throughout 1872, finding
information in here can help piece together stories in your family history.
Example entry taken from the 29 March 1872 issue:
The names of the under-mentioned persons were omitted in former Returns of
persons convicted, District of Hobart:
Curtis, Jane, tried October, 1871, F.C., larceny, 3 months, native place
England, house servant, aged 42, 5 feet 4 inches high, brown hair.
Clabby, Henry, tried 30th Nov. 1871, Free, larceny, 3 months, native of
Tasmania, labourer, aged 18, 5 feet 4 inches high, dark brown hair.
Spall, John, alias Smith, tried Feb, 1872, F.S., per Wm. Jardine, embezzlement,
3 months, native place England, labourer, aged 52, 5 feet 5 inches high, grey
Released on fully-searchable CD-ROM, using these valuable documents has never
been easier. The CD contains 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.