New South Wales Police Gazette 1884


Cat No.:   AU2103-1884:

No of pages in original: 544pp

Year published: (1884)


Police Gazettes are a unique, useful and extremely fascinating resource for local, family and social historians and researchers in other fields throughout Australia. Compiled to be distributed amongst the police force only, these Gazettes therefore contain details and information that can not be found anywhere else.


A goldmine of information for any historian, the Police Gazettes contain a wide range of information such as lists of warrants issued, details of those arrested and discharged (which include physical descriptions of the offender), escaped prisoners (also with descriptions), details of those deserting their wives and families, missing friends, deserters from H.M. Service, lists of horses and cattle stolen. You will also find details on murders, robberies, arson, sacrilege and more. Notices from Police Gazettes from other states are also often included.

Example entry taken from the 9 January 1884 issue:

Murder - £500 Reward

Colonial Secretary's Office

Sydney, 7th January, 1884

Whereas on the morning of the 26th December ultimo, a woman names Margaret Own was found dead off M'Evoy-street, Waterloo; and whereas at an adjourned inquest held on the 4th instant, before the City Coroner, the verdict of the jury was to the effect that the death of the said Margaret Owen resulted from violence at the hands of certain persons names, and of certain other persons to the jury unknown: Notice is hereby given that a reward of £500 will be paid by the Government for such information as shall lead to the conviction of the persons who caused the death of the said Margaret Owen. In addition to the above reward His Excellency the Governor will be advised to extend a free pardon to any accomplice who shall give the required information.

Alex. Stuart.


Useful for all who had family in New South Wales during this time ... you just never know what you might find.

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