Police gazettes provided information and instructions to members of the police force. You can expect the Victoria Police Gazettes to include the following information that will usually list names and sometimes private details, descriptions with photograph, addresses and/or occupations:
- appointments of Registrars of Births, Deaths and Marriages, 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
- deserting wives, families, etc
- deserting from military service
- deserting 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
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.
Example entry taken from the 4 May 1905 issue:
Housebreaking and Stealing from Dwelling House
Henrietta Wilde, hotelkeeper, Brim, reports stolen from her hotel, on
the 24th inst., an iron cash box, containing a £5 note; a £1 note; £4
4s. 6d. in silver; a cheque drawn by W.C. Thomas for £3 15s. 6 d. on
Commercial Bank, Warracknabeal; £4 in silver; £16 in gold; a lady's
gold hunting watch, and gold chain; a pendant, sheep design; a licence
of the Commercial Hotel, Brim; and papers in connexion with wheat,
&c. Value £45. - O.3164. 29th April, 1905.
Example entry taken from the 29th June 1905 issue:
Felonies and Offences Not Otherwise Described
G.I. Dunstan is charged, on warrant, with imposition on Lewis David,
bootmaker, 233 Bridge-road, Richmond, at Richmond, on the 26th inst.
Description:- About 24 years of age, 5 feet 8 inches high, very dark
complexion, clean shaven; wore a dark coat and vest, light trousers,
tan boots, and a black boxer hat. Is identical with Herbert Oliver,
short sentence photo. No. 13111. Offender, by means of a valueless
cheque for £3 10s., obtained a "Pastime" bicycle, 22-inch frame,
enamelled black, red strip on front tire, large tire on back wheel,
with three strips, King chain, handles bent low, common seat. - O.4833.
28th June, 1905.
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.