Tasmania Reports of Crime 1866

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Media: DATA CD - 1 CD (218 pages)
Year: (1866) 2008
ISBN: 9781921515378
Publisher: Archive Digital Books Australasia

If you are researching in Tasmania in the 1860s, have you thought of looking in the Tasmanian Police Gazettes (called 'Reports of Crime' for the early issues)? They are packed full of information on people, and events that took place throughout Tasmania, and are an historians goldmine of information.

Providing information and instructions to members of the police force, you can expect the Tasmanian Police Gazettes to include the following information (usually list names, sometimes personal details, with descriptions, addresses and/or occupations):

  • 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

Gazettes are published by governments and their agencies as a means of communication to officials and the general public. As such they are useful, not only to monitor the actions of the government, but also as far as family historians are concerned, they are valuable primary source documents.

Example entries taken from the 5 January 1866 issue:

Lost (supposed to have been stolen) from Hospital Bay, on the 29th ultimo, a whale-boat, 22 feet long, painted black, brown stripe round the gunwale. The gunwale is broken on the starboard side. "Fawn" painted on the stern, the property of James Robertson, of Hobart Town.
Stolen or strayed on the 25th ultimo, from the farm of Mr. Geo. Aikin, of Moriarty Road: A white heifer, 2 years old, branded D on both horns, the property of Robert Rick, of High Plains, Deloraine.
Property Lost
Lost on the 1st instant, at Shipwright's Point, Franklin: A black shawl with fur round it, the property of Mr. Morriss, of the Hobart Town Savings Bank.

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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