Queensland Police Gazette 1882
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Media: DATA CD - 1 CD (210 pages)
Year: (1884) 2006
Publisher: Archive Digital Books Australasia
During 1882 the Queensland Police Gazette was issued fortnightly, and stated that it "contains information received in cases of felony and of misdemeanour, and against receivers of stolen property, reputed thieves, and offenders escaped from custody, with the time, place, and circumstances of the offences, and description of offenders or those suspected, giving the appearance, dress, and other marks of identity, with every particular which may lead to their apprehension; and a description, as accurate as possible, of property that has been stolen, horses, &c."
This truly is an historian's goldmine 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, escaped prisoners, reports on those released, even deaths reported to the police (together with their place of death and cause of death given). Notices from interstate police gazettes are sometimes included.
Unique features of this particular year's worth of issues is that they contain the following:
- lists of Medical Practitioners (who registered in New South Wales prior to separation)
- lists of Chemists and Druggists
- lists of Ministers of Religion (authorised to celebrate marriages in the colony)
- also listings of those who have licences for auctionering, distilling, billiards, retail spirit dealing, and the transfer of publican licences
SAMPLE ENTRIES (from the 7 January 1882 issue):
On the 22nd November last, James alias Paddy Gray escaped from the legal custody of the Boulia Police, being in custody on a charge of forgery, and whilst being escorted to Winton. Description:- About 38 years of age, 5 feet 7 inches high, stout build, brown hair, beard, and moustache, minus three upper front teeth, slight scar on bridge on nose, slovenly rowdy appearance. He took with him a government horse - brown gelding, branded broad-arrow over QC over RMP over 2 near shoulder 3YH off shoulder; also saddle, bridle, and revolver. This offender is identical to Paddy Gray who was convicted for bushranging some time ago. Supposed to have gone to the Diamantina or Herbert River. 7th January, 1882.
Information is requested concerning the present whereabouts of Bernardo Peverelli and GIacomo Conti, Italians; the former is 46 years of age, a butcher by trade. They are supposed to have been in Warwick in 1879, but inquiries have been made there and in New South Wales, and no trace of them can be obtained. Information to the Officer in Charge of Detectives, Brisbane. 28th December, 1881.
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