Tasmania Reports of Crime 1867

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Media: DATA CD - 1 CD (209 pages)
Year: (1867) 2008
ISBN: 9781921515385
Publisher: Archive Digital Books Australasia

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.

Police gazettes provided information and instructions to members of the police force. You can expect the Tasmanian Police Gazettes  (in the earliest years called Reports of Crime) to include the following information that will usually list names and sometimes personal details, descriptions with photograph, addresses and/or occupations as an added bonus for the researcher:

  • 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

Example entries taken from the 8 March 1867 issue:


An inquest was help at New Norfolk, on the 26th ultimo, upon the body of William Moore, F.S., per Runnymede. Verdict:- "Died from the visitation of God."

An inquest was held at Launceston, on the 6th instant, upon the body of William Thornton, F.S., per London. Verdict:- "Died from natural causes." He arrived at Launceston about 3 months ago from Victoria.

Tanners' Licences

Tanners' Licences, under the provisions of the Act of Parliament of this Island, 23 Victoria, No. 17, have been issued by me to the under-mentioned persons during the month of February, 1867:-

City of Hobart Municipality
78 Burge, Harry.
77 Doyle, Henry Joseph.
88 Regan, John.
87 Simmonds, George.

Municipality of Brighton
94 Bryce, Gavin.

Municipality of Campbell Town
90 Brown, Robert.

Municipality of Deloraine
81 Abey, William.
82. Block, Henry.
83 Carr, Joseph.
84 Lynch, Patrick.

This is a wonderful resource that has been made readily available for all to use. This CD contain high quality scanned images of the whole years worth of issues, and 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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