Police Gazettes really are an untapped source of information of information
for the genealogist. They contain such a wealth of information not only if you
had a relative who was in the Victorian Police Force. You may find that they
were on the wrong side of the law … or that they were a victim of a robbery or
assault, or even just a missing person or a witness to an event … the details
can all be found in the Police Gazettes.
Compiled to be distributed amongst the Police Force only, the Police Gazettes
contain fascinating details and information that can not be found anywhere else.
Each issue is usually eight (or so) pages, and contains information on changes
within the police force such as promotions, demotions, resignations, dismissals,
deaths etc. Also details on rewards, housebreak-ins, robberies, arson, murders,
inquests, lost horses and cattle, deserters, escaped prisoners, missing friends,
lost, found and stolen items, reports on those apprehended and discharged, and
so much more. Notices from interstate police gazettes are often included.
Example entry taken from the 12 December 1894:
Housebreaking and Stealing from Dwelling-houses
See Police Gazette, 1894, p.342
Elizabeth Bone's larceny - A warrant has been issued for the arrest of a
woman named Valentine for stealing the brooch. Description:- About 20 years
of age, 5 feet 1 or 2 inches high, dark sallow complexion, and very bad
decayed teeth; wore duck-egg-green coloured dress, with two rows of black
insertion on bodice, sailor's burnt-coloured hat with black band around it,
and black kid gloves; carried a reddish umbrella. Has a Jewish appearance. -
O.10383. 8th December, 1894.
Now on fully-searchable CD-ROM for the first time, this valuable resource is
available for all researchers to use. It will help you find out about life and
family as they were in 1894 Victoria.
This CD contains high quality scanned images of the whole years worth of
issues. It has been bookmarked for easy navigation. and pages can be searched,
browsed, enlarged and printed out if required.