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.
The Police Gazettes contain details on more than just members of the Police Force, or criminals, you will also find:
- appointments of Registrars of BDM, Powder Magazine Keepers, Crown Land Bailiffs, Public Vaccinators and Health Officers, and Electoral Inspectors
- auctioneer, hawker, marine store licences
- deaths of retired police and recipients of police pensions
- escapees and absconders from custody
- funds paid to recipients of police pensions
- lost or stolen property and victims of crime
- deserters from wives, families, etc
- deserters from military service
- deserters from merchant vessels
- medical practitioners
- missing friends
- persons suspected or wanted for a crime and warrants issued
- police appointments
- prisoners discharged from gaols
- victims of crime
The Victoria Police Gazettes include names with each entry, and sometime private details (age, height etc), photographs, addresses and occupations, and the circumstances (warrant issued, missing person, licence issued etc).
Example entries taken from the 9 March 1904 issue:
Highway Robbery and Stealing from the Person
James Baxter, 6 Paisley-street, South Yarra, reports stolen from him at Collins-street, Melbourne, on the 1st inst., a silver rotherham watch; and a gold curb-pattern chain, with a gold coronation medal, inscribed "Presented by Sir Samuel Gillott to Councillor James Baxter". Value £13.-O.4398. 2nd June, 1904.
Stealing Otherwise Than from the Person or Dwellings
Thomas Scott, master British ship 'Ladas', Railway pier, Port Melbourne, reports stolen from the ship, on the 30th or 31st ult., a coil of 1/2in. manilla rope, 60 fathoms; and 3 suits or american oil-skins. Value £5.-O.4421. 2nd June, 1904.
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.