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 New South Wales 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, 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, and also in this year's issue you will find many references to convicts.
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 New South Wales in 1863. The download contains all issues that were released during that year.
Example entry from 1 April 1863:
Horses and Cattle
The bay filly No. 10 in this week's list, was stolen by
a man named Charles Smith, about 35 years of age, 5
feet 7 or 8 inches high, sandy hair and complexion,
whiskers worn round under chin, fourth finger of left
hand off, little finger crooked; dressed in blue coat,
moleskin trousers, and white california hat. Warrant
A warrant has been issued by the Young Bench, for
the arrest of a young man named Joshua Alexander,
charged with stealing the mare, No. 1 in this week's
list, the property of Mr. Moore, Gunning. He is 20
years of age, 5 feet 6 inches high, long dark hair, long
features. Supposed to have gone to Marulan ; he is a
shoemaker by trade, and was accompanied by a young
man named Nowlan, whose father resides at Marulan.
A man named M'Cann, is suspected of stealing the
horse No. 7 in this week's list.
This ebook is a the same as the CD version from Archive Digital Books Australasia which is available from Gould Genealogy & other retailers. This CD contains high quality scanned images of the whole original volume, and has been bookmarked for easy navigation. Pages can be searched, browsed, enlarged and printed out if required.
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