Queensland Police Gazette Compendium 1881-1885

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Media: DATA CD - 1 CD (1206 pages)
Year: (1881-85) 2007
ISBN: 9781921315374
Publisher: Archive Digital Books Australasia

In the 1880s the Queensland Police Gazette was issued fortnightly, and they were stated that they "contained 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.


Return of Deaths Reported to the Police, in Which Inquests Have Been Held Since Last Publications
Name of Deceased: Robert Green
Profession or Calling: Shepherd
Age: 44 years
Stature: 5ft 7in
Colour of Hair: Dark
Clothing and other means of Identification: Identified
Date of Death: 11 June
Place of Death: Tambo
Supposed cause of Death: Heart disease
Persons last seen in company of Deceased: [left blank]
Remarks: Nil

[Note: only one entry has been transcribed above, there were fifteen listed in this issue, with causes of the deaths ranging from typhoid, falling down a shaft, excessive drinking, asthma, suicide, killed by blacks, coma, run over by a wagon ... and more.]

Escaped Prisoners
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.

Missing Friends
Information is requested concerning the present whereabouts of Bernardo Peverelli and Giacomo Conti, Italians; the formed 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.

Vide Police Gazette, 1882, pg 114.
Giuesppe Dotti, charged with deserting his illegitimate child of Anne Shannon, has been charged by the Rockhampton Detective Police and discharged by the Bench. 5th January, 1883

Highway Robbery and Stealing from the Person
Stolen from off the finger of Charles Card, fireman on s.s. "Quiraing", whilst asleep on the verandah of the Harbour View Hotel, Cooktown, on the night of the 20th ultimo, a gold ring, Oddfellows' emblem (heart-in-hand) on top, "C.E. Card" scratched inside, small part of hoop cracked; value 35s.Identifiable. 2nd May, 1883.

Arson - £50 REWARD
His Excellency the Governor, with the advice of the Executive Council, directs it to be notified that a Reward of £50 will be paid to any person, not being a principal in the crime, who may give information which will lead to the apprehension and conviction of the person or persons who, on the night of the 26th of October last, set fire to the premises of C.D. Clarke, chemist, situated in Bourbon street, Bundaberg, and that a Free Pardon will be granted to any accomplice, not being the actual perpetrator of the crime, who may give such information.
For the Colonial Secretary,
James R. Dickson

Attempted Murder
Lucius, alias Lucas, is charge, on warrant issued by the Ingham Bench, with attempting to murder George North, of Keppel Creek, by stabbing him in the abdomen with a sheath-knite[sic], about 6 p.m. on the 13th ultimo. Description:- A native of Manilla, 22 years of age, 5 feet high, very slight build, small narrow wizened features; speaks in a low tone of voice; understands very little English; generally dresses in light trousers, white shirt or jacket, a cap with a peak; wears a belt with a sheath-knife. Supposed to be still concealed in the cane fields in that locality, or may endeavour to get to Townsville, or Johnstone River.
5th February, 1885.

Also available as five separate CD-ROMs, this Compendium is a collection of the contents of all five put onto a single CD, and covers all issues between 1881 and 1885. This is a vast resource of historical information for any social historian, local historian or genealogist researching Queensland's history and people during the 1881-1885 era.

This CD contains high quality scanned images of the whole of each years issues, and has been bookmarked for easy navigation. 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

Click here to download a file of sample pages from this book. Right click on the link and select "save as" - to a location on your hard drive. The sampler can be opened, navigated and searched as with the full CD file/s. Sample files usually contain the title page, contents, some introductory pages and sample pages from the body of the book. Often the complete index from the original book is included.

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