Police gazettes

Police gazettes

Australian Government and Police Gazettes

Government and Police Gazettes can not only help you find the detail of the lives of your ancestors; they can also help you solve those puzzles.

Government Gazettes contain details of laws and regulations that affected the general population, land transactions, unclaimed mail, assigned convicts, government employees court notices, and much more. Police Gazettes contain the victims as well as the perpetrators of crimes, missing persons, police appointments, details of publicans' licenses, escaped convicts and other prisoners, and more. 


New South Wales Police Gazette Index Compendium 1866-1938

Police Gazettes are an unrivalled source of information on police, criminals and victims of crime. Though for a long time they have been inaccessible to the public, you can now find the physical details on persons listed; missing, wanted or released – this all helps to paint a picture of them (name, aliases used, age, height, colour hair, colour eyes, distinguishing features, even colour clothing worn).

As the records are very extensive it is not easy to determine which gazette may contain information on your ancestor.

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