New South Wales Police Gazette 1878

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Media: DATA CD - 1 CD (536 pages)
Year: (1878) 2007
ISBN: 9781921416101
Publisher: Archive Digital Books Australasia

A unique and valuable record, the New South Wales Police Gazette was issued once a week, and contains any information on 'cases of felony and misdemeanors together with description of offenders, and every particular which may lead to their apprehension'.

They contain an enormous amount of information which cannot be found elsewhere. Apart from any changes within the police force which are all listed, information is also given on housebreak-ins, robberies, arson, murders, lost horses and cattle, deserters from wives and families and also deserters from service, missing friends, escaped prisoners, reports on those released. Notices from interstate police gazettes are quite often included.

A unique feature of this particular year's worth of issues is that is contains details of Publicans' licences issued. This provides details of the licencees name, situation of hotel, and hotel name.

SAMPLE ENTRY (from the 18 December 1878 issue):

Felonies and Offences Not Otherwise Described
James Fowler is charged on warrant, with embezzling £200 from the London Chartered Bank, Talbot, on the 26th October last. Description:- Scotch, 54 years of age, 5 feet 7 or 8 inches high, sallow complexion, thin features, thin build, careworn appearance, weak sight, gray hair, gray whiskers, which he continually alters by shaving, gray moustache cut square; excitable temperament. He was sometime ago a patient in the Bathurst Hospital, and now adopts the name James Ross. - O.7459. 10th December, 1878. Since arrested in Bega.

A fascinating read for learning about the social history of the time, even if you don't have family there - this CD contains all 52 issues that were produced for the year.

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.

Any computer using Adobe (Acrobat) Reader 4 or later
Adobe Reader 6 or later is recommended for CDs with searchable text

1 Review
  • NSW police gazette 1878

    Posted by Sue Gumbleton on 3rd Feb 2022

    Has a lot of great information …well covered

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