South Australian Police Gazette 1936

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Media: DATA CD - 1 CD (603 pages)
Year: (1936) 2008
ISBN: 9781921494260
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 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, lost horses and cattle, stolen cars and motorbikes, 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. A number of photographs are included showing those missing, wanted or released.

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) ... or even a photograph.

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 the early 1930s.

SAMPLE ENTRY (from the 29 July 1936 issue):

Prisoners to be Discharged from Yatala Labor Prison
James Henry Tester, native of England, labourer, born 1857, 5ft. 7 3/4in. high, slight build, fresh complexion, grey hair, blue eyes (left eye missing), scar below chin, scar on right ankle and knee, horseshoe and wreath on back of right hand, crown and wreath on back of left hand. Vide Police Gazette, 1929, page 256. "Discharges". Tried at Supreme Court, Adelaide, on 2nd December, 1935, for indecent assault; 12 months. Freedom due 10th August, 1936.

This CD contains high quality scanned images of the whole of the year's issues. It 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

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