South Australian Police Gazette 1916
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Media: DATA CD - 1 CD (471 pages)
Year: (1916) 2007
Publisher: Archive Digital Books Australasia
What information can be found in a South Australian 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, rewards, warrants issued, lists of arrests and discharges, lost horses and cattle, deserters from services and from families, escaped prisoners, missing friends, inquests, 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 South Australia in 1916. The CD contains all issues that were released during that year.
SAMPLE ENTRY (from the 12 April 1916 issue):
On the 10th instant, Walter Benjamin Unwin (State boy) absconded from the Reformatory School, at Magill. Description - Aged 15 years and 4 months, 5ft. 6in. high, fair complexion (freckled), reddish-brown hair, blue eyes, ordinary nose, three vaccines on left arm, back and shoulders covered with freckles, scar on left buttock, several scars on both knees, scar on third finger of left hand, several scars on back of each hand, both little fingers twisted, front teeth decayed, wore a blue shirt, brown moleskin trousers, blucher boots, and grey felt hat; his parents reside at Riverton. - (C.967).
A few unique features appear in this years issues:
- lists the registered owners of motor cars together with name of owner, registration number, and address
- lists the registered owners of motor cycles together with name of owner, registration number, and address
- marine stores collectors' licences
- list of medical officers appointed to attend destitute persons' in country districts
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.
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