New South Wales Police Gazette 1876. 1876. Compiled to be distributed amongst the police force only, police gazettes contain details and information that can not be found anywhere else. They were published
at regular intervals (usually once a week), to make 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 varies a little from year to year, but you will find details of any changes within the police force (promotions, demotions, resignations, dismissals, retirements, deaths etc), information on housebreak-ins, robberies, arson, murders, court records, lost horses and cattle, deserters, escaped prisoners, missing friends, and reports on those released. Notices from interstate police gazettes are sometimes included. How can this help me? Anyone researching their family will have a 'lost' family member or two! You may well find someone here - on either side of the law. Perhaps you have a policeman in the family, a wanted person, or just someone who was a victim of a crime or just an innocent party to a crime or incident. For a wanted or missing person you will usually find a description, often detailed information not available in other records - name, aliases used, age, height, colour hair, colour eyes, distinguishing features, even colour clothing worn, the way they spoke, etc. A unique feature of this 1876 volume are the lists of publicans' (and other) licences. They list the licencee's name, address and name of the hotel. Example entry taken from the 19 January 1876 issue: Charles Dittmer, charged on warrant with committing wilful and corrupt perjury, in a case against Harvey Redgrave, heard before the Wentworth Bench on the 24th ultimo, has been arrested by Senior-sergeant Keelty, Wentworth Police. Committed for trial at Wentworth Quarter Sessions. Redgrave has since committed suicide. Police gazettes are extremely valuable and fascinating resource for local, family and social historians - useful for anyone with an interest in New South Wales history.