Are you aware that Police Gazettes are a unique, useful, fascinating resource, and they contain a goldmine of information for local, family and social historians? They were compiled to be distributed amongst the Police Force only, and as such, contain details and information that can not be found anywhere else.
While they do include listings of those in the Police Force who have been appointed, discharged, resigned or died, they contain so much more. Such as curt lists, lists of warrants issued, appointments and changes in the Police Service, lists of arrests and discharges (which include descriptions), escaped prisoners, as well as missing persons together with descriptions. Also you will find information on item/s stolen and from who. Notices from Police Gazettes from other states are also often included.
Some example entries are:
Highway Robbery and Stealing from the Person - 7 January 1873
Stolen off the neck of Rose Caeells (a child), in Fitzroy, on the 16th ultimo, a long english gold neck-chain, fine link-pattern. A young girl names Bridget Callaghan is in custody for stealing it.-O.6843. 3rd January 1873.
Murder, etc. - 8 April 1873
See Police Gazette, 11th February 1873, p. 33.
The two men hereafter named and described are now charged, on warrant, with the wilful murder of Richard Edwards, at Sandford, near Casterton, on the 13th February last, viz.:- William Sullivan alias Bill Sullivan, supposed an Irish Londoner, a stonemason, but usually employed on stations or farms, aged 50 years, 5 feet 9 inches high, stout build, active gait, broken nose flattened in the middle, "old hand" appearance, carried a swag; was last seen at Coleraine, but may have gone to Fulham.- (See P.G., 18th March 1878 Missing Friends, page 69.-O.977)
Deserters from Merchant Vessels - 9 September 1873
Deserted from the French ship 'Condor', in Hobson's Bay, on the 2nd September instant, Jean Marie Audy, and Jean Philipert Blondinot. 1st, French, 20 years of age, 5 feet 6 inches high, dark complexion, small brown beard and moustache; cannot speak English. 2nd, French, 27 years of age, 5 feet high, dark complexion, small brown beard, whiskers, and moustache, brown hair; cannot speak English.-O.4702. 8th September 1873.