Australian Police Gazettes Used To Find Information On “Lost” Ancestors

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The following is a success story from a WorldVitalRecords.com subscriber:

I just had to email you and say what a great resource you are providing. My subscription is one of the best genealogy resources I have encountered in the many years I have been researching. I have been able to find what happened to several ‘lost’ ancestors, thanks to the Australian Police Gazettes.

For example, one fellow I discovered was lost in a boating mishap. Since his body was never found, there is no death certificate for him. Also the boating accident happened in a different state to where he was last known to have lived. The police gazette reporting the accident is the only source I have found so far that tells what happened to him. Now that we know where to look, we are following up with local newspapers for a report.

Another fellow simply disappeared shortly after the death of his wife in childbirth leaving six young children to be raised by other family members. We could never understand what had happened until I found a report in the Police gazette stating a warrant had been issued for his arrest for embezzlement, and he was thought to have left the town and gone to the gold diggings at Temora. Although I haven’t confirmed his death after this, I am one step closer to matching him with a fellow of the same name who died after a drinking spree in a town not far from Temora a few weeks later. Few details are given on his death certificate but his age and name match my fellow. Knowing he was reported to be in the vicinity at the time certainly helps narrow down the search.

These are my two major finds, but I have found other little gems that have really added flesh to the skeletons in the cupboard. The physical descriptions that are given are an added bonus. I have recommended your website to several fellow researchers as I really think it is great value for money. It is wonderful to find some of the lost family.

Thank you so much, and I do hope you will be including the gazettes from 1900 onwards.

Jenny [Brisbane]

General Information About Police Gazettes

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

They include court lists, lists of warrants issued, appointments and changes in the Police Service, lists of Justices of the Peace, lists of arrests and discharges (which include descriptions), escaped prisoners, and missing persons, as well as lists for liquor, wine sellers, tobacco sellers, auctioneers, billiard and poisons licenses. Notices from Police Gazettes from other states are also often included.
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