If you had family living in Victoria in 1870, have you thought of looking at the Police Gazettes for information? These are a historian's goldmine of information. Compiled to be distributed amongst the Police Force only, these Gazettes contain details and information that can not be found anywhere else. Far from just listing those who were in the Police Force, or those that were on the 'wrong side' of the law - you will also find entries of missing persons, or they might be a witness to crime, or they may have had something stolen from them, or they may even have found an item, and reported it to the Police.
Of course you also get weekly information on housebreaking, robberies, arson, murders, lost horses and cattle, deserters, escaped prisoners and reports on those released ... as well as some information from interstate police gazettes.
This CD-ROM is a compilation of all 52 issues that were produced of 1870 of the Victoria Police Gazette. Each issue is usually 5-6 pages in length, and is full of fascinating information.
Example entries, all taken from the 2 August 1870 issue:
See Police Gazette, 12 July 1870, p. 161
The correct name of the man charged with the murder of Ah Cum, is now stated to be Yip Quon Yee. He is described as aged 36, 5 feet 5 or 6 inches high, medium build, dark complexion and hair, dark hairs on the chin, large full eyes, slightly pockmarked, broad turned-up nose, high cheek bones, two front teeth wanting; wore dark monkey-jacket, light-coloured tweed trousers, old boots, cabbagetree hat, red and black crimean shirt, and blucher boots; carried a small red blanket swag rolled in a piece of old carpet. He is supposed to have gone to Tingillick, 60 miles from Albury, N.S.W.-1st August 1870.
Felonies and Offences not Otherwise Described
See Police Gazette, 21st September 1869, p. 203
John Fisher charged with obtaining money by false pretences from Lewis Hart, has been arrested by the Melbourne detective police. He is identical with Thomas Hughes alias Burrowes, prisoner discharged 4th July 1870.-1st August 1870.
Originally produced by Archive CD Books Australia in 2006, this title has now been remastered and re-released, and includes better searching capability. This CD contains high quality scanned images of the whole of year's worth of issues, and has been bookmarked for easy navigation. Pages can be searched, browsed, enlarged and printed out if required.