New South Wales Police Gazette 1870
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Media: DATA CD - 1 CD (347 pages)
Year: (1870) 2007
Publisher: Archive Digital Books Australasia
What is a Police Gazette?
Compiled to be distributed amongst the Police Force only, Police Gazettes contain details and information that can not be found anywhere else. Produced at regular intervals (usually once a week), it was a way of making information available to all in the Police Force throughout the whole state.
What information can be found in a New South Wales Police Gazette?
The information contained in the Police Gazettes does vary a little from year to year, but overall you will find details of any changes within the police force which are all listed (promotions, demotions, discharges, resignations, deaths), information is also given on housebreak-ins, robberies, arson, murders, arson, rewards, warrants issued, lists of arrests and discharges, lost horses and cattle, deserters from services and from families, escaped prisoners, missing friends, lost and found items, and reports on those released. Notices from interstate police gazettes are usually included if it was felt that the person may be heading towards that state.
How can this help me?
Anyone researching their family will have a 'lost' family member or two! You may well find them listed here, being on either side of the law. Or maybe they were a Policeman who transferred to another department or division, or someone that was a victim of a crime. You can find the physical details on persons listed here, missing, wanted or released, which helps to paint a picture of them (name, aliases used, age, height, colour hair, colour eyes, distinguishing features, even colour clothing worn).
Far from being just a unique and extremely fascinating resource for local, family and social historians - they are useful for anyone with an interest in New South Wales in 1870. The CD contains all issues that were released during that year.
SAMPLE ENTRY (from the 6 April 1870 issue):
Deserting Wives and Families, Service, &c.
Warrants have been issued by the Grafton Bench for the arrest of James and Winifred Austen, charged with absconding from the hired service of E.D.S. Ogilvie, on the 31st January last. James Austen is described as very tall, rather thin, short dark beard and moustache mixed with gray, walks very erect, and has the manner and bearing of a soldier. Winifred Austen is middle-aged, medium size, low forehead, dark hair mixed with gray, aquiline nose, and arched eyebrows. Supposed to have gone to Sydney. £1 reward for their apprehension.
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