Tasmania Reports of Crime 1865

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Media: DATA CD - 1 CD (220 pages)
Year: (1865) 2008
ISBN: 9781921515293
Publisher: Archive Digital Books Australasia

What is a Reports of Crime (or 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 Tasmania Police Gazette?
The information contained the Police Gazettes does vary a little from year to year, but overall you will find details of:

    • apprehensions
    • convict returns
    • disciplining of police
    • escapees and absconders from custody
    • housebreakers and burglars
    • licensed carriers, hawkers, oyster fishers, and tanners
    • deserting wives, families, etc
    • deserting from military service
    • deserting from merchant vessels
    • inquests
    • missing friends
    • murderers and their victims
    • police resignations
    • prisoners discharged from gaols
    • prisoners released on tickets of leave
    • property and stock recovered
    • rewards—names of persons offering a reward
    • victims of arson
    • victims of horse and cattle stealing or straying
    • victims of lost or stolen property
    • victims of sheep stealing or straying

Notices from Police Gazettes from other states are also often included if it was felt that the person in question might be heading to that state.

How can this help me?
All genealogists have those 'lost' family members? You may well find them listed here, being on the wrong side of the law. Or maybe they were a Policeman who transferred to another department or division. 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, 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 Tasmania is the 1860s.

Example entries taken from 14 April 1865 issue:

Warrants Issued
Hobart Town.- On the 10th instant, by Henry Cook, Esquire, J.P., and is now in this Office, for the arrest of Lewis Henry Poole, an articled apprentice, charged with
deserting the colonial vessel Briton's Queen, now lying at the Port of Hobart Town.
Description.16 or 17 years old, 5 feet 2 inches high, black hair, swarthy complexion, thick upper lip inclined to turn under, stout build, native of Hobart Town.

Launceston.-On the 28th February, 1865, by W. Gunn, Esquire, Stipendiary Magistrate, and is now in this Office, for the arrest of David Thompson, charged with disobeying a Summons duly served upon him to appear at the Police Office, Launceston, on the 28th February, to answer a charge for misconduct in his hired service.
Description. 22 years old, 5 feet 7 inches high, fair complexion, dark brown hair.

Longford.-On the 24th March, 1865, by George Gibson, Esquire, J.P., and is now in this Office, for the arrest of Richard Daley, charged with house-breaking and robbery at the house of Michael Mulligan, of Bishopsbourne, on the 21st March last.
Description. 36 years old, 5 feet 8 inches high, light hair, small sandy whiskers; wore moleskin trousers, an old black coat (the pockets ore torn), and a black billy-cock hat. He is known by the cognomen of "Blathering Dick".

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


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