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ABANDONED newly born female child left at Sebastian Railway Station (near Raywood) in 1896. Mrs. Henrietta MEYERS paid to take care of it until taken before the Bench and committed to government care. Alexander ALLISON, head teacher, and his wife, apply to adopt the baby, which is agreed to, and it is given the name Jessie ALLISON. 11 pages, List 37.
ABBOTT, Charles, deserted wife Lavinia Alice and 3 children at Fitzroy and went interstate in 1882. She is about to be confined. He was 45 years, a scene painter and decorator. Found. 8 pages, List 57.
ABBOTT, John William, furniture dealer, sought by wife N. in 1904. Found. 4 pages, List 34.
A’BECKETT, Thomas, (Judge), complains that his fruit and vegetables are being stolen from his garden in Armadale. 4 pages, List 21.
ABEL, Talbot, wrote from Wakool Crossing NSW in 1912 re his brother Frank Beard Moore Abel, 27 years; has heard he was killed. No trace of event. 5 pages, List 32.
ADAMS, Martha, wife of John, died at Bullarook as result of abortion in 1898. Copy of inquest file and police report. Witnesses: Martha LITTLEHALES, Mary DINNING, Dr. John Kildahl RICHARDS, Dr. William MORRISON, Dr. Henry Robert SALMON, Dr. Edward CHAMPION. Body exhumed. 61 pages, List 17.
ADDISON, Thomas Blair Dupre. Information sought on him in 1897 by Thomas LAMBLE of Glenferrie, on behalf of his wife, who is Lamble’s sister in law. Gives some employment history. Not found. 15 pages, List 40.
AFGHAN HAWKERS. 1890 listing of.
AH SAM, reported by WONG SHIN of North Melbourne to have died suddenly in Melbourne in 1900. AH TUNG, a relative states he will pay all burial costs. 3 pages, List 48.
AH WAH, Annie, 6 years. Committed by Ballarat Bench to Industrial School, 1883. File re difficulties in doing so.
AH YUK, Mary. File re cost of burying her, father Ah Yuk who was destitute, 1880. 3 pages, List 2.
AITCHISON, Hugh F.C. sought by Mrs. W.A. MINCHAM of Meningie in 1905; his family in New Zealand are anxious. 11 pages, List 23.
AITKEN, Thomas, farmer, Rockbank, reports theft of 36 hens and a rooster in 1919. His neighbour – KELLY, caught offender. Covered wagon made by COFFEY BROS, who eventually take it and horse as L. RUSSELL, who hired it cannot be found. Previous owner was C. GOOD. 21 pages, List 27.
AITKENS, William Chambers, butcher, sought by wife in Morwell in 1899. He left her and their 8 children 10 months ago; she has heard he is in Tasmania; found. 17 pages, List 42.
AKHURST & CO. Melbourne, report a woman is getting coal delivered by them, but not paying for it. She has done this several times, using the names of Mary Ann CONLON/CONNOLLY/KNOLLY/HOWARD. Police find it is Caroline WILKINSON, who married William John CONLON, a letter carrier, in 1908. 9 pages, List 4.
ALBACUTYA STATION. Skeleton found at nearby Blooigal in 1896 by boundary rider John McMARTIN. Dingoes had scattered the bones; those found gathered up and an inquest held. Witnesses George EVERARD and Herman HEINRICH. 6 pages, List 29.
ALBERTO, James. Real name James CLYDE. File re finding his relatives after his death in 1898. His mother was Mrs. Lydia WALKER, and his brothers were Andrew and David. Incomplete file. 14 pages, List 7.
ALBERT PARK LAKE. Pieces of male body found, 1906; pathology report and sample of pubic hair on file.
ALCOCK, T.H. Wrote from Isis Downs Qld in 1907, asking police to help get his 20 year old son on board ship in Melbourne and sent to him there. His wife and family live in Carlton. Police find son is of weak intellect and unfit to travel alone. 6 pages, List 23. CONNECTION FOUND
ALCOHOLIC CURE. 1903 Booklet written by Vincent N. TURVEY of London.
ALEXANDER, Edward, deserted wife Phoebe in 1888. Irish, carpenter, 36 years, formerly in New Zealand police force 1879-1884. Incomplete file, 14 pages, List 56.
ALEXANDER, Ernest, caterer, accused of arson on Police Mess Café, Russell St., in 1928, but died before trial. He was associated with Ann WELSH and tried to implicate her; letters from her on file, statement from Cordelia May KING, barmaid, Hobart, and detailed report. This is a large file, List 61.
ALLDER, Edgar Claude Bassell. Sought by NSW solicitor in 1899, last heard of near Birchip. Found. 8 pages, List 3.
ALLAN, John, of Enfield House, Launceston, Tasmania, wrote in 1902 re the character of Edward HAMILTON, who was boarding with him and accused of stealing money. He thinks he is innocent. Police report he is from Bendigo and is respectable. 3 pages, List 21.
ALLANSON, Charles Albert, carpenter, sought by mother in Collingwood in 1898; last heard from in Omeo 5 years ago. Not found. 5 pages, List 21.
ALLEN, Mrs. Susan, 72 years, found dead in bed at Geelong South by neighbor Patrick DARCY in 1901; not suspicious, no inquest. 4 pages, List 52.
ALLIS, Mrs. Dr. John SINGLETON wrote on her behalf in 1882, asking police to check whether a report on her husban’s death is correct. Pointed reply questions her claim and states she still hasn’t paid the charges incurred in finding him two years previously. 5 pages, List 57.
ALLIS, Phillip. Wife asks police for assistance in finding him in 1865, he deserted her; was a former member of the police force. 3 pages, List 4.
ALLMAN, George Henry. Wife Lydia Jane writes in 1918; they were married in England 31 years ago, he has never supported her and she now seeks this; she is now living in Tasmania. He is found in NSW, married to a Miss MEALEY, aged 61 yrs and deaf, and supported by his wife. 5 pages. CONNECTION FOUND.
ALLUM, George, left his two children at Chewton with his parents c1881 and went interstate. In 1883 they joined him, leaving the children behind and they were committed to State care. File re possibility of charging him with offence. 5 pages, List 46.
ALP, William, bought his children from Nhill to Melbourne in 1909, but left them behind when returning to dying wife. 2 pages, List 53.
AMBROSE, Fanny. Wrote from Geelong in 1898 re W. PHILLIPS, who was boarding with her and claimed to have money in Ballarat banks. He was 70-80yrs of age, and hadn’t paid her. ‘I have had to nurse him as a child … and I wont my money if he as any’. Police report back, but she has moved to Corowa NSW, so file follows her there. 13 pages, List 7.
ANARCHIST’S CLUB. 1886 Report on, and copy of pamphlet.
ANDERSON, Caroline, wife of Andrew, Footscray, and mother of Harold 15 years and Agnes 25 years, took poison in 1912, and was found by son. Admitted to hospital and Brief prepared for charge of attempting suicide, but prosecution dropped. 12 pages, List 34.
ANDERSON, Christian Peter, enquired for by wife Ann, Boulder, W.A., in 1910. She has heard of a death recently, and asks if it is him. Found living in the country, an old age pensioner. 12 pages, List 54.
ANDERSON, Elizabeth, Balaclava, wrote in 1899 asking police to find her brother William, c52 years, last heard of in Vancouver. Her letters to him have been returned and are on file. Mrs. F.M. AMESS of Frankston also writes on her behalf. Canadian police contacted, but he is not found. 13 pages, List 61.
ANDERSON, George, 59 Laity St., Richmond. Anonymous complaint in 1902 that his 6 children are neglected; report on. 4 pages, List 18.
ANDERSON, James, wrote from Corryong in 1895, complaining that alcohol prohibition order on his brother William of Towong was breached by local publican Alfred MASTERS. Witnesses were William DUGGAN, James NUGENT and William HOLZIGAL or TAYLOR. Case never went to court. 8 pages, List 28.
ANDERSON, Janet, died suddenly at Richmond in 1900; lived with brother. 4 pages, List 51.
ANDERSON, P.F., owner of 4 Colvin Grove Hawthorn, complains that tenants at No. 2 are annoying his tenants and neighbours; petition from neighbours in support of his claim. HO NAN and wife are tenants. 5 pages, List 23.
ANDERSON, Plant. Writes from Melbourne in 1897 re brother George Arthur Anderson, who sailed for South Africa after being in the military force. He hasn’t heard for some months, and asks if report of a murder in Kent England is his brother; no. 8 pages, List 20.
ANDERSON, William, charged with carnal knowledge on Myrtle Alice MANN at Burnley in 1928; arrested but case withdrawn as the pair married. 26 pages, List 60.
ANDRADE, David. Escaped from Yarra Bend, 1900; file re locating him.
ANDREW, Elizabeth, wrote from Darlinghurst NSW in 1920 regarding her relatives MITCHELL of Richmond. Nieces traced. 6 pages, List 24.
ANDREWARTHA, Alice. Arrested by police 1915; drunkard, neglected children. Husband John in army.
ANDREWS, Albert, chemist, Beaufort, charged with appropriating funds as administrator of deceased son of William James VALE, miner, Waterloo, 1896. Andrews had 8 children, a brother Richard in Beaufort and a brother Frank in Sydney, where he was thought to have gone. Faded photo on file (see instructions re copying of photos.) 36 pages, List. 36.
ANDREWS, George Douglas. Deserted wife M. and their 5 children in Adelaide c1906. She writes in 1910 and solicitors write in 1912, seeking him. His real name is George RICHARDS. Her brother Joseph GOODWIN of Ballarat interviewed, states the couple lived in Ballarat and a child is buried there. He is not found. 10 pages, List 32.
ANGEL, John, architect, asks for police protection for his visit to Haunted Street, Stirling to peg out an abandoned claim in 1897. Believes former owner of Brunswick and Gippsland G.M. Co., Thomas NAGLE will harm him, has threatened him. 5 pages, List 41.
ANGEL, John, architect, renting a room at Richmond in 1899, complains about various matters to police; several letters on file. Landlord – CHATWIN interviewed. 20 pages, List 42.
ANGILLY, Mrs. Emily, admitted to asylum in 1899, leaving 4 children, Ethel, William, Stanley and Lily. Husband William Henry is in W.A. and contacted re care of children. 6 pages, List 42.
ANGLIN, John. Murdered wife, file on his background.
ANGOVE, Elizabeth, sought by South Australian State Children’s Department in 1897; she owes some years maintenance for her child there. Police find she married – FERGUSON in 1896 and is in very poor circumstances. She denies existence of child. 9 pages, List 39.
ANGOVE, Serena Lila. Mother Mary reports her missing from Bendigo in 1920. Domestic servant, 16 years, left employee, went to Melbourne and used a different name. Not found. 14 pages, List 24.
ANGRAVE, George. Sought by wife Annie, whom he had left destitute in Adelaide in 1899. Found. 4 pages, List 3.
ANNIS, Robert. Left his family in Sydney and ran off with Mary HOFFMAN in 1902. Found in Melbourne running a hotel, with Mary posing as his wife.
Anonymous letter received by police in 1901, reporting that W.WEIR, wanted for wife maintenance, was in Adelaide, under the name John JAMIESON. His people live in Carlton. 4 pages, List 49.
ANSELL, Mabel Ronica. Investigation into possible abortion on, at Collingwood in 1919. 5 pages.
ANSON, Michael, Emu Creek, Bendigo, asks police in 1895 to find out if the J. Anson who died in Bourke N.S.W. is his son – no. File includes report on the death. 17 pages, List 28.
ANTI CONSCRIPTION MEETINGS. Report on actions of Mrs. BAINES of Socialist Party and East Melbourne resident W.P. McMAHON, 1917. 8 pages, List 3.
ANTISELL, Eliza, wife of Richard of Vine Hotel Richmond, taken by police to Watch House at husband’s request. File re court case, 1870. 18 pages, List 30.
ANWYL, Elizabeth, wife of John, Ballarat, wrote a series of letters in 1910 about various people; Mary CONNOR, Edwin HUTCHINGS and wife, nee CLEVE, of Kentish Town London. Statement from Violet May CLEVE on file. Report states she is delusional. 23 pages, List 54.
APPLETON, Mrs. Wickham, Newcastle, NSW, wrote in 1916 re her husband Harry, who left her 11 years ago. Believed to be in Melbourne and a publican. Found to have died. 6 pages, List 55.
APPLINGTON, Alfred. Reported missing from Mitchelldale near Dargo in 1898, believed drowned. Mother believed to be at Ninnitybelle near Cooma, c/- Hugh McDONALD. Police there interview Hugh who says Alfred is his son, real name Alexander McDonald. [Note that the death certificate was never amended, and is in the name of Applington.] 8 pages, List 21.
ARAN, John, died at Springvale in 1896 aged 81 years. Police called on to arrange burial and report finding his original British Army discharge papers; had been in the Rifle Brigade, discharged 1853, born Denton, Darlington, Co Durham. Local rumour says he had property, but this prove false. 23 pages, List 30.
ARARAT. Fire at Crown Hotel, in 1895, licensee Mrs. Ellen MULLINS, owner Mrs. Sarah Jane THOMAS . 6 pages, List 26.
ARCHER, Alfred. Murdered William James MATTHEWS at Strathmerton in 1898; found guilty and hanged. He had lived with Julia GROVES for some time. Her brother Philip John CANTLON mentioned. Dispute over reward etc. Very large file.
ARENTS, Louis. Belgian Consul in Melbourne seeks his whereabouts on behalf of relatives. Found. 8 pages, List 23.
ARGUS, Mrs. Annie, died at Seymour shortly after childbirth in 1901. She was married to Samuel and had 11 children by him, but had left him and was in a relationship with William CHURCH when she died. Detailed report and history given. 11 pages, List 52.
ARMFIELD, E. Constable. Charged with misconduct towards Hannah McALEESE and Agnes MATTEI in 1900; reduced in rank and transferred. Large file, List 2.
ARMY MUTINY. Report of 1918 mutiny in 3rd Division Ammunition Column at Weincourt France and later at General BIRDWOOD’s headquarters, involving Gunner Arthur WOODS, (solicitor, Victoria) Drivers FIADOUX (from Adelaide), EVANS, (blacksmith, South Australia), FRUEDENSTEIN (farmer, NSW) and H. ELLIOT (tram conductor, Sydney, leader in 1915 tram strike). Police asked to identify Woods, who is believed to have returned to Victoria, and report on his ‘Bolshevik’ tendencies. 5 pages, List 3.
ARNOLD, Mrs. George. Confidential enquiries requested as to her character, by A. HUTCHISON in 1899, she had recently removed from Hawthorn to Kew. Report supplied. 6 pages, List 41.
ARNOLD, Sarah. Quarrelled with husband William and took poison at North Melbourne, 1915.
ARTHUR, child born 1898 at Thorpdale, died soon after and buried by father. Not registered, report on, 15 pages, List 19.
ASHBY, William Charles, wrote from Coolgardie W.A. in 1900, asking help to locate his father William, last heard of at Fish Creek. Found. 13 pages, List 47.
ASHBY, William C., Ravensthorpe, Phillips River, W.A., wrote in 1902 re his father in law and family who haven’t replied to his letters; were at South Melbourne. Found. 7 pages, List 62.
ASHBY, William C. Wrote from Ravensthorpe W. A. in 1904, seeking W.G. LUCAS and his his daughter Norah Lavinia LUCAS. Her married her sister but she died shortly after marriage. He wanted Norah, who was 17 years old, to go there and marry him, although they had never met. 11 pages, List 14.
ASHCROFT, William. Reports in 1902 that his 12 years old son John has been missing for 12 days. 5 pages, List 18.
ASHTON MAGAZINE RIFLE Ltd. Complaint in 1899 that police Sergt A.E. DUNGEY is a director and this is against regulations. Copy of Annual Report etc., on file. Other directors were Charles PERRIN of Abbotsford, engineer, and F. FISHER, Booroorban, NSW, a storekeeper. 8 pages, List 41
ASKWITH, Mrs. J. Wrote a number of letters in 1900 re loss of property when she moved from Melbourne to Stockman, Big River Marysville in 1900. Local man James J. DUCKWORTH also wrote; she was 80 years old. Ernest KELSON, c40 years suspected, and his background given. 24 pages, List 14.
ATKINSON, James. Deserted wife Lily in Port Melbourne, 1898.
ATKINSON, Nathaniel Spencer, carpenter, deserted wife Elizabeth and four children pre 1902. Found. 4 pages, List 61.
AUSTIN, Mrs. Jean, wife of Thomas Linton Austin, head teacher, North Fitzroy, placed in Inebriates Home in 1908 by her sister Mrs. ELLIOTT. Anonymous letter alleges being held against her will, but investigation shows this is incorrect. 3 pages, List 54.
AVERY, Henry. Writes from Eaglehawk in 1864, complaining of interference of Sgt. RICHARDS in his attempt to purchase land. 4 pages, List 4.
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BAARSEN, Claus, injured in accident a Tooradin in 1900 and taken to hospital by police. He was a Norwegian, a sailor, working for Mr. BASAN, licensee of Bridge Hotel. 8 pages, List 47.
BACKSHALL, Florence, 12 years old, daughter of Michael J., assistant railway guard in South Australia, was given away by him in 1895 to a Mr. NEWTON who advertised, wishing to adopt a young girl. The family boarded with a Mrs KAESEHAGAN in Adelaide, and she subsequently received a letter from a Mrs. CLAREHUGH of St. Kilda, who wrote that Newton had abandoned the girl in her boarding house. 11 pages, List 28.
BAFFICO, Domenico. Italian Consul in Melbourne sought details of the property he left after his death in 1877. 5 pages, List 5.
BAILEY, Walter Arthur, 19 years, labourer, wanted for non payment of a fine in 1928; photograph on a motor bike on file. 4 pages, List 59.
BAIRD, Mrs. E., wrote from Wyndham via Bombala NSW in 1899, complaining of actions of Orange Lily Remedy Company, Sydney, who had not sent her pills ordered, and Union Manufacturing & Agency Co., who sent Organette musical instrument that arrived damaged. Flyers from both companies on file. Her 4 page letter is unclear at times. 44 pages, List 39.
BAKER, F.A. (Rev.) Writes from Koroit in 1865 on behalf of a woman who married Thomas GREGSON in 1852. He left for the diggings shortly afterwards and has never been heard of again. She wishes to marry someone she has been living with, but seeks confirmation of Gregson’s death. 5 pages, List 4.
BAKER, James Gordon. Arrived inMelbournec1882, joined Permanent Artillery and was promoted. Copy of him in uniform in file. He married a widow, J. McTAGGART, who had two children. In 1895 they left the colony under false names as he was wanted for fraud and forgery; he was then c34 years old. He was a nephew of Colonel Valentine Baker, and his mother lived atWindsor,Belfast,Ireland. In 1899 the file was briefly re-activated, but not found. Large file. List 43. See introduction re ordering copies of photographs.
BAKER, Seymour. Left wife and daughter at Carisbrook and went to Western Australia prior to 1899. Has now stopped sending maintenance, and wife believes he is living with another woman. Police find a Miss PAGE is with him. 10 pages, List 2.
BAKER, William, discharged from A. Battery, Albert Park in 1895, formerly in Royal Artillery, c38 years. Has equipment with him and is required to return it. Not found. 14 pages, List 26.
BAMBRIDGE, Emily, in service with Mr. WILKINSON, MLA, asks police in 1895 if Henry Bambridge, injured in a mining accident in Qld is her father, who left in 1886. Police confirm it is him. 6 pages, List 28.
BANFIELD, Edward. Wrote from W.A. in 1905 seeking information on his father Henry’s will. He had died at Preston. 5 pages, List 10.
BANK OF VICTORIA, Bendigo. Large file on 1905 case in which Ian, son of manager John William ALLAN is shot in ear by supposed robber. Police interview Alick Kerr, Louis Mueller, Allan’s niece Mollie Allan and Teresa Allan and conclude that he shot himself, although his father refuses to accept this. List 3.
BANTON, Sarah. Living with John McELHINEY at Korumburra in 1899. Stillborn child buried in background; prosecuted. 11 pages, List 23.
BANTY, Leon. [BAUTY?] Information sought by Swiss Consul in Melbourne in 1897. He was separated from his family and had lived at Edenhope for last 40 years. Police find he died in 1896 and file contains details of cost of burial and disposal of property. His brother in Lausanne is a clergyman. 25 pages, List 40.
BARBER, Robert. Died in Melbourne in 1902. Mrs. Lucy Barber writes from Albury asking if this is her husband who left her 6 years ago. Police report he was 55 years old, an architect, had a wife and family in Perth, W.A. 8 pages, List 19.
BARFOOT, Laura Ellen. Married at Deniliquin NSW in 1877 to John McMAHON, brother of Thomas Middleton McMahon, who is in gaol for assault on a child. Claim marriage is a sham. CONNECTION FOUND.
BARKER, Clarence Cecil alias BARNETT. Charged with abduction of Alice SHORT at Narromine NSW in 1919, also charged with wife desertion. Native of Macquarie Plains, 25 yrs, motor mechanic and engineer; fingerprints on file. 21 pages.
BARKLY MANSIONS ST. KILDA. Anonymous letter in 1918 from ‘wounded wife’ claims a Mrs. FORD living there is a prostitute. Owner is Ruby Maud DAVIS, widow of Samuel Brasmere DAVIS who died in 1916. She rents out rooms. Police report on interviews of a number of women including JARVIS, (who had had an illegitimate child),WESTLAKE, MYERS and HAYNES, one of whom ‘removed her drawers and threw them at the Constable’s head’. 11 pages, List 3. CONNECTION FOUND
BARLOW, Robert Henry. Left Kerang for Western Australia in 1896. In 1898 his wife asks police to find him; she and the four children are destitute. 6 pages, List 7.
BARNES, Agnes. Wrote from Townsville in 1897, has seen a report about a John Barnes killed in Victoria; asks if this is her husband who left home some months ago. They have a six year old daughter. Police ascertain it is not her husband; in the meantime he returns home. 8 pages, List 6.
BARNES, Frederick, wrote from Gwalia Mine, Leonora, West Australia in 1900, asking police to find Mrs. Margaret DOUGLAS or McLEOD, mother of his wife Dorothy Douglas, who has recently died. Not found. 14 pages, List 48.
BARNES, John. Formerly organist for the Union Church, Caulfield, reported by John CHAMBERS in 1880 as acting strangely; handwritten and published letters of his on file. He is a music teacher, lives with second wife and family, c55 years. 15 pages, List 4.
BARNWELL, William. American negro, c55 years, died near Berlin Victoria in 1881, destitute. File re sale of his effects. 8 pages, List 2.
BARRETT, Herbert, sought by mother Mrs. FELTUS of Kapunda South Australia in 1896. He was 30 years, had been at Alberton and said he would send for her to join him, but she’s heard nothing. She is a widow. Not found. 21 pages, List 37.
BARRETT, Mrs. Jean, living with – WHITWORTH at Northcote in 1928 as his wife, but ‘is a prostitute’, She met a man in the city one night and went back to his house in Bentleigh, where they quarrelled over money and he assaulted her. Offender is identified as Thomas LYNCH, whose ‘wife’, married to someone else, is away in Tasmania. No prosecution. 8 pages, List 60.
BARRON, James, found at Queen’s Wharf in pain and taken to hospital but died there, 1900. 2 pages, List 48.
BARRY, Alexander alias John O’BRIEN, alias EAGER, served time in a NSW prison and in 1881 with Alice SMITH alias HOPKINS, was charged with arson in Sydney. The pair fled and were thought to be interstate. Photo of Alexander and his wife and child on file (not Alice). List 58.
BARRY, Mrs. Catherine, died at home of son in law Thomas BEGLEY, Windsor, in 1900. 4 pages, List 48.
BARRY, John, State Ward child, was employed by Peter PINI at Barwidgee near Myrtleford in 1900, but took ill. Taken to hospital, he died there in 1900. File re burial costs. 12 pages, List 46.
BARTEL, Lydia Harriet. File re her death in 1906. Suffered from convulsions, died before she could be admitted to Beechworth Asylum. Testimony of husband, Dr. Cleaver WOODS and nurse Mrs. PINNAGER on file. No inquest necessary. 10 pages, List 4.
BARTELLE, Gladys, Leslie SMITH and ‘Little May Victoria’, all child performers at Bijou and Theatre Royal Melbourne in 1895, were in breach of law. Report on each. 9 pages, List 26.
BARTRAM, J. & Son, electricians, Melbourne, wrote two letters in 1910 promoting the benefits of using the L.M. ERICCSON phone. File includes two illustrated flyers. 5 pages, List 54.
BASSEMIR, Tulins. Writes from Liverpool Concentration Camp, NSW in 1917 concerning his belongings. 4 pages, List 13.
BASSETT, Philip Henry, Muckleford; applies to join police in 1905, but can’t produce birth certificate, never registered. 2 pages, List 23.
BATCHELOR, Ernest, 13 years, fell from tree in Coburg in 1900; report on incident. 2 pages, List 50.
BATTY, Elizabeth, wrote from Carisbrook in 1900, complaining her husband John was being served drink by local publicans after hours. Local police report her bad character. 6 pages, List 45.
BATTY, Margaret. Sudden death at Geelong in 1899, aged 72 years. Report on. 4 pages, List 17.
BAUDIN, Peter alias BELLAMY, charged with burglary in 1896. Sydney police believe he is really Peter BLANCHARD, associated with Louis PATARD, and he is extradited. 10 pages, List 31.
BAUER, Bernard. Diamond dealer, murdered 1907. Files cover 1907-8, 1910, 1917. Names involved: James POTTER; Mrs. HOLMES; ANDERSON, Michael BRENNAN, BRIDLAND.
BAUER, Frank, 18 years, jeweller’s apprentice, sought by father F., in Adelaide, 1905, 18 pages, List 8.
BAULD, Bruce, absconded in 1928 with monies he had collected on behalf of the Australian Timber Workers Union, secretary William SCANLON. 3 pages and photo. List 57.
BEALE, Mary Ann, arrested for vagrancy as destitute, 1899. She was 68 years old. Son George, cab driver, is located in Redfern Sydney and arrangements are made for her to go to him. She also had a married daughter Mrs. FLETCHER. 12 pages, List 42.
BEAUCHAMP, Elizabeth. Eloped from Major’s Plains with Thomas GREATOREX; accidentally killed in 1878, and death certificate issued in name of Beauchamp . He subsequently reveals her real name was BROWN, and she had left her family for him. Note that the death certificate was never amended to Brown. Marriage certificate of 1873 of Elizabeth NEWMAN and Francis BROWN on file, as is photo of her.
BEAUMONT, – Mrs. A widow, 70 years, she died suddenly at Leopold in 1902 after dining with family of Thomas Edward McMILLAN; no suspicious circumstances. 2 pages, List 18.
BEAZLEY, Leith, successfully applied for entry into the police force, but Port Fairy police report on his unsuitability and he is struck off waiting list. 16 pages, List 40.
BECHER, C.H. A solicitor in Sale, he wrote to police in 1913 regarding a Cremonensis violin (1807) that was lost by his sister Mrs. IRVING while on a visit. 19 pages, List 8.
BECK, J.W. Chemist; confidential enquiry made for him at South Australia by Vic. Police; had come from Western Australia, 1901. No reason for enquiry given. 7 pages, List 2.
BECKETT, John, alias Leslie STEELE, charged with imposition on farmers William H. PATINSON and Neil McArthur DRYSDALE of Balook near Traralgon in 1905. Police establish he is identical with person who was tried for murder of Robert William SMALL in Tasmania in 1897. Parents old residents of Skipton district. Tas. criminal photo on file, but faded. Admitted to lunatic asylum. 22 pages, List 17.
BEDELL, WH., Northcote, gives offensive anonymous letter left under his door in 1897 to police. Incomplete file, 4 pages.
BEEBE, Robert, left Melbourne in 1895 for New Zealand, involved in mining, c68 years. In 1900 his daughter Lizzie of Toorak, wrote expressing concern, not heard from for some months. Not found. 4 pages, List 45.
BEECH, John Robert. Wife Elsie D. wrote to police in 1896. She had married him in Sydney recently, but now believes he was a married man. He was born at Stowport, Worcestershire England, was from Victoria. 11 pages, List 32.
BEECHWORTH STATE SCHOOL No. 1560. Report in 1895 of fires which had occurred. Nine year old George OKE implicated; other children Thomas JOSE and Murdoch MURRAY interviewed. 14 pages, List 28.
BEERE, August. Incomplete file re arrangements to get children from Wellington New Zealand to their father in South Yarra in 1900. Mrs. DUDFIELD would accompany them on the ship. 10 pages, List 44.
BEESON, Thomas. Wrote from Sandy Creek Warwick Qld in 1897 re Dr. Alexander RUSSELL and his brother James. Alexander died in Belfast (Port Fairy) in the 1860s; wants details of his son. Police state he had no son. 5 pages, List 6.
BELCHER, Thomas Edward, Brunswick, reports his daughter Rose missing in 1928. She is 15 years and believed to be with Harry LEON who had a stall at the Victoria Market. Found. 2 pages and photo. List 58.
BELFIT, Robert, alias Edward JACKMAN, committed bigamy; married Mary Jane REABURN in 1888 while first wife Louisa was still alive. Previously married in New Zealand. File re witnesses and Brief preparation. 34 pages, List 56.
BELGRAVE. Fire in Main Street in 1928, six shops destroyed. Detailed report, including evidence from: Caroline WATSON, Winifred PEPPER, William MALONEY, Claude Alfred LANCASHIRE, Bernard Arthur BRENT etc. who rented shops from John Thomas MAHONEY, auctioneer, Mont Albert and Harry LANDEN, Prahran. Police conclude not deliberate, probably done by Lancashire while drunk. 18 pages, List 59.
BELL, Alfred E.A., Mt. Eckersley, near Heywood. Reported in 1899 that fire had destroyed an unoccupied weatherboard house he owned; both insurance company and police suspect he set it himself, was in financial difficulties. 14 pages, List 42.
BELL, Robert, South Melbourne, reports finding a body in the Yarra river in 1895. A luggage tag is in the name of FLYNN. Mrs. O’FLYNN of Echuca asks if it is her husband; no. Mrs. Flynn of Newtown Sydney asks the same question; photo posted to her – no photo on file. 13 pages, List 30
BELL, William H. Tenders for various repairs to Tylden police station, 1864, 8 pages, List 14.
BELLERBY, Alexander G. Drouin, Gippsland grazier, disappears in 1904, had suffering from sun stroke previously. Newspaper cuttings, photo on file, found by wife in Geelong. List 16.
BELLINGHAM, Eli. Charged with assault on 17 year old daughter Elizabeth; case heard at Goroke and dismissed. John J. COTTERILL of Nurcoring near Natimuk involved. 26 pages, List 7. CONNECTION FOUND
BELTON, Charles, State Ward, absconded from the care of Miss Elizabeth McKERCHER at Bylands, Kilmore in 1896. A letter from him on file, asking to return, to which she agrees. Discussion re claiming costs of returning him from Trawool. 10 pages, List 37.
BENALLA. Suspicious fire in Mair St., in 1895, in which building owned by Mrs. Ellen RIDE and used by John O’SHEA, proprietor and printer of the North East Ensign newspaper, was destroyed, along with undertaker’s premises of W.G. ABBOTT. Travellers, Charles LARSON and James JENKINS were among witnesses. O’Shea suspected, but open verdict given. 40 pages, List 26.
BENDIGO POWDER MAGAZINE. Alarm went off at night in 1899, when keeper R.G. JOHNSTON was not there. His wife armed herself and investigated and police were called. Claim that wires were cut but police think worn away. 37 pages, List 42.
BEN HABDA. Assyrian, treats patients, but not a licensed doctor. Report on his activities in Gippsland, 1903.
BENJAMIN, Mrs. Clara, secretary Homeopathic Hospital Ladies Aid Association, wrote brief letter in 1906, enclosing booklet of annual report and balance sheet 1904-1905; lists committee, donations etc. 8 pages, List 31.
BENNETT, Elsie, 19 years, attempted suicide by poison in Carlton in 1912, after argument with boyfriend Leslie TITE. Her parents are separated, mother a laundry worker. Friend Vera POWELL mentioned. No prosecution. 11 pages, List 33.
BENNETT, John, convict transported to VDL in 1841. Daughter Mrs. John JACKSON of Bullarto seeks details of her parents and father’s current location. 12 pages, List 43. CONNECTION FOUND
BENNETTS, Samuel. Sought by brother F. of Broken Hill; he was born in Lelant, Cornwall. Found. 7 pages, List 3.
BENTLEY, Jessie Rosina, wife of Henry, suicided in South Melbourne in 1899. Evidence taken from servant Florrie SLADE and hairdresser Percival JEFFERSON and Margaret LARKIN. 18 pages, List 17.
BENTON, Mr. Pastry cook St. Kilda, has several Germans working for him, is scared soldiers are going to attack, 1916. List 6.
BERA, Bartolomeno (or BREA). Charged with conspiracy at Sydney in 1918, one of three offenders; two were arrested in Sydney. He was Italian and 40 years of age. One page (Criminal Offence Report) and photo.
BERESFORD, William. Attempted suicide at Castlemaine in 1905 and later in Sydney. Member of the Maurice Gerald Dramatic Co.
BERGIN, T., of Bergin & Co., general merchants, San Remo, asks help to keep hotel running after being ordered to close. The hotel is in his late father’s name, and he and his siblings wish to continue running it. 2 pages, List 29.
BERKELEY, Henry, gaoled for arson in NSW during shearer’s strike of 1894. In 1899 query whether Charles WILLIAMS, recently arrested for jewellery robberies in Melbourne is a brother. Small photo of Williams on file, and 2 gaol photos, front and side views of Berkeley. The latter was born in Sydney in 1868. 13 pages, List 43.
BERNARDASIE, Guiseppe. Died destitute at Guilford, in 1881, had been employed by Carlo ROSCONIA. Three letters, brief notes from C.A. BIAGGI on file. Swiss Consul informed. 7 pages, List 2.
BERRICK, Gottfried, Mooroopna, farmer. Reported missing in 1902, believed drowned. Seen by a constable in 1903, admits fled from creditors. 7 pages, List 19.
BERRY, Mrs. Harriet. Wife of John B. Berry of Dandenong, died in suspicious circumstances in 1899. 10 pages, List 2.
BERSICA, John, Shepparton, applies for wine licence for Numurkah in 1898. Police and residents oppose, he complains. 9 pages, List 22.
BERTRAM, Henry. Report on his marital affairs and relations, Bendigo 1900. Married Amelia NICHOLL in 1880, she died some months later. Married Elizabeth JURY, a prostitute, and got VD from her so left her. She now living with Charlie CARLIE and claims Bertram tried to poison her. Married Elizabeth MARTIN, by whom he had a child already, named Bertha. Witness at second marriage was Charles DAWE, married to Louie JURY who is now using the name Mrs. LORD. No witnesses will testify, so never charged with bigamy.
BEVERIDGE, Thomas, c24yrs, sought by uncle Robert C. Beveridge, Sydney in 1904. He is an orphan, and his grandmother in Scotland is anxious about him. 8p, List 11
BERWICK, Mrs. Wrote from Collingwood in 1904, seeking location of her daughter who married John FLANNERY c1897, hasn’t seen her for four years. 6 pages, List 10.
BEVILAQUA, L., wrote from Hyde Park Adelaide in 1897 re unnamed son who was to leave Tasmania for Adelaide via Melbourne, and has not arrived. Thinks he has gone ‘on a spree’ and then to look for work. Asks if man’s body found on Keilor Plains is his son. Incomplete file. 2 pages, List 40.
BHAI, Omer, 37 years and ALLEE or JAFFER, Mahomed, 27 years, deserted from the ship ‘City of Canberra’ in 1928; prohibited immigrants, they were arrested. Described as ‘coloured British’. Small photos of both and 3 pages, List 60.
BICKETT, Patricia Angela. Murdered 1914, Antonio SORO arrested. Witnesses interviewed include her mother Maria, Mary JACKSON, a teacher, schoolboy Frank FRIMLEY, engineer John GRAHAM, printer Charles Melanchthon STAMPER. Photo of Soro on file, which is very large. List 3.
BIENKE, Amelia, known as E. LEGGETTE, sought by the Secretary of the Children’s Welfare Fund in 1928. 1 page and photo from magazine, List 59.
BIESKE, Herman Adolph. Suspected of murdering first wife Elizabeth Ann nee WILLIAMS, who died July 1902. Remarried two months later to Emma Jane KAY, widow, nee JAMES. The couple and some of the children went to New Zealand. First wife’s brother complains so body quietly exhumed, but no poison found.
BIGNOLD, Margaret. Writes from Marrickville NSW in 1898 re husband Frank. Last heard of at Port Welshpool; they have been separated nearly 6 years, but little money sent. 6 pages, List 17.
BIGGEN, Lilly, sought by sister E.S. GROVES of Liverpool NSW in 1895; believed to be in Bendigo. Not found. 8 pages, List 28.
BILES, Mrs William wrote from Stepney, Adelaide in 1896 asking if the Mrs. ADAMS shot by her husband is her daughter; she hasn’t heard from her for 5 years. Police report it is not her daughter. 7 pages, List 31.
BINKS, Eliza Richardson, died at Echuca in 1896 after giving birth to Eliza Cooper Binks; child given to grandparents Thomas and Margaret COOPER in Richmond as father had seven other children. 4 pages, List 50.
BIRCH, William, wrote from Christchurch New Zealand in 1895. He is a Baptist minister and his wife received a letter from Alfred SENIOR, asking for money as he is ill and confined to his bed in Melbourne. He has stayed with them, his brother is a highly respected medical man in Manchester, but they don’t have a high opinion of Alfred, so send money to police, asking them to investigate before handing money over. They find he has left owing money to landlady. 14 pages, List 29.
BIRTHDAY MINE, Berringa. Cyanide Manager T.J. COOTE reports loss of gold bullion from his case at O’FARRELL’s hotel. General Manager E. Gordon ROSS requests police investigation. 14 pages, List 45.
BISHOP, George Francis, born London, 51 years, carpenter, died from overdose of morphine in Perth W.A. in 1898. Wife Julia in East Brunswick claims he was poisoned by Robert HOLMES and his son Bertie, who used to live near them and also went to W.A. Police doubt story. 27 pages, List 21.
BISHOP, Joseph, wrote from Broken Hill in 1897. He married Edith Matilda EDWARDS in 1887. She claimed to be the widow of Julius Ferdinand HALTERMANN, married 1881. They are living apart and he seeks confirmation that she was a widow. A sister is married to J.S. BUTTERS. 2 pages, List 20
BISHOP, Oswald Henry, deserted wife Rosetta Mary and their 7 year old son in 1912. They were married in 1904 and he was an illusionist with travelled with a company of artists. She is now living with her mother Mrs. Lavinia LONG at Malvern. He uses names of “Pharos” and “Alma”, is 31 years, and possibly living with another woman. He is found interstate and escorted back to Melbourne. 33 pages, List 34.
BLACKMORE, William, c55 years, supposed to be at Wallaroo mines in 1901. His wife wrote from Ballarat, has had no support from him since 1899. 16 pages, List 49.
BLACKNEY, Elizabeth, left Hamilton in 1896, and went to sister Maria WHITEHEAD’s home in Dimboola. Gave birth to illegitimate child Leslie John there which was to be adopted by them. 13 pages, List 50.
BLAIR, Charlotte, married, separated from husband living with John Bamford BLACK near Dargo, died suddenly in 1898, leaving 7 month child Violet who is adopted by Mrs. FRENCH, sister in law of Oscar MESSENGER who suspects foul play in her death. 20 pages, List 22.
BLACK, George. His son in law John LAWRENCE of Newry asks for police protection. Black is due to be released from Sale prison and has threatned them. 4 pages, List 18.
BLACK, William of Diggora State School near Rochester, wrote in 1899 re Rebecca ANDERSON, in his employ, who wanted to know her parentage. She was put in Abbotsford Convent after her mother died and father attempted suicide. Police find she was born in Bathurst in 1875, her sister Mary in Dunolly in 1879. Their father James ANDERSON also used the name HENDERSON and had several convictions, but could not be located. 24 pages.
BLACKBURN, S. (or T.) A chemist, his wife writes in 1897, alleging local hotels are still supplying him with drink despite court order. Report states ‘hopeless case’ getting alcohol elsewhere. 4 pages, List 20
BLAKE, Alfred Francis, wrote from Condobolin NSW in 1894 re brother Edward Richard, a baker, 29 years, born Bermondsey, London, who left England in 1892; his parents have not heard since. 2 pages, List 41.
BLAKE, Thomas Jnr., wrote from Coolgardie WA in 1899 re his father of the same name. He was a blacksmith, c48 years, working in Melbourne recently. Mother and rest and family went to W.A. to work and haven’t heard from him; suffers from heart problem. 12 pages, List 42.
BLACKWOOD. Arson attempt at Golden Bar Quartz Battery, known as Staughton’s battery, in 1896. Mary JAMES, married, Golden Point, son Richard, Edward STEWART and Arthur SULLIVAN interviewed and testimony noted. Hand drawn map on file. Insurance Company seeks details. 24 pages, some hard to decipher. List 37.
BLAIR, James. Collingwood. Complaint re larrikins, 1883. 6 pages, List 4.
BLAND, Robert, sought by sister Mrs. C.G. DICKIE, Mount Pleasant, South Australia in 1901. He is blind, has been in Melbourne. Found. 9 pages, List 49.
BLAND, William Oliver, left wife in Hawthorn in 1906 and went to Sydney. Using name William Bernard Oliver he claimed to be a widower and persuaded Miss J. FERGIE of Darling Point to loan him money; they were to be married but he returned to Melbourne and she hadn’t heard from him, so asks police help to find him. 11 pages, List 26.
BLENKHORN, Mrs. Victor of Railton, Tasmania, wrote in 1938 re adoption of child of Dora May SMITH, late of Devonport, but now of Melbourne; needs form signed. 6 pages, List 2.
BLOSSE, E.F. Lyell, given money by Dr. W. MALONEY of Melbourne in 1899, to enable him to get to Mildura and employment, but borrows money there and disappears. 7 pages, List 25
BLOUSTEIN, Matilda and daughter Syra ‘connected with the dramatic profession’ charged with resisting and assaulting police after being served with an ejection order by estate agent P.M. DALY at Carlton in 1894. 21 pages, including letter of complaint from Bloustein.
BLOWER, Alfred, charged with larceny on his employer State Rivers and Water Supply Commission at Tongala in 1928. Believed to have joined his friend Arthur Edward GILES in Western Australia; along with his wife, baby and three sons. English, aged 48 years. Found. 19 pages, some duplication, List 59.
BOARDER, William. Died in NSW bush in 1877, was from Shepherd’s Bush London England. Mrs. A.K. TOWLE of Carlton asks if she can have his personal possessions to forward on to his sister Amy in England. 8 pages, List 5.
BOARDMAN, Alfred, blacksmith, came from Mount Gambier to Melbourne in 1909, then returned and left
seven children behind. Report on their condition etc. 6 pages, List 54.
BOCH, Mallah and Mahomed Rabib, both Indian Hakim doctors; Echuca police write re them being licensed in 1898; poster on file. 3 pages, List 17.
BODDY, Mrs., accidently burnt to death at Burnley in 1900. 4 pages, List 51
BODIN, Alexander. Wife writes from Redfern NSW in 1913; she is getting 10/- maintenance per week from him but is in poor health and seeks more money. Found, running hairdressing business with sister, but is himself in poor health and cannot give more. Claims wife a drunkard. 6 pages, List 32.
BOLAND, Michael, and brothers Patrick and Thomas, sought by unknown person in 1897 (original letter not on file). Patrick found at Smeaton, Michael in NSW; both elderly. 15 pages, List 39.
BOLDINI, Walter, Carlton, 1905, asks police to help trace Harry and Molly COOPER, last heard of in Qld. Her sister Florence Lizzie HAMPTON is in asylum under name of Ida DENNY. Harry Cooper suspicious of request, but police reveal Boldini was genuine, he had lived with her for 8 years. 16 pages, List 23.
BOLGER. Child lost in the bush in Yea district, 1899. Letter of thanks from parents, accounts for expenses incurred etc. List 2.
BOLMARCICH, Matteo. Austro-Hungarian Consul sought him in 1908. 6 pages, List 5.
BOLTON, Henry Edward, applies to join force in 1900. Formerly served 3 years in Qld. force, 27 years, Qld discharge parchment and newspaper cuttings on file. 5 pages, List 22.
BOLTON, R.W., wrote from Corowa NSW in 1896, wanting police help in getting his daughter Rose, 15 years, returned to him from Oakleigh Convent. 3 pages, List 36.
BOLTON, William Richard. Charged with being a neglected child at Northcote in 1894. Father Richard is interstate, aunt Mrs. COOK of Northcote. 9 pages, List 7.
BOMB OUTRAGE. Letter exploded at Lands Purchase Office, 1914, injuring Frederick LEE, Thomas HASTIE and Reg. Gordon JONES. Anonymous letter in 1919 implicates Robert LAWRENCE or SPENCER, but he was exonerated.
BOMBING of Greek Club, Lonsdale St., 1928. List of those injured, and details of various other bombings that occurred, blamed on wharf labourers opposed to ‘free’ labourers. Photos of weapons and bombs, letters from informants, reports etc. A very large file. List 61.
BONDIETTI, Basilis, found guilty of murdering Carlo COMISTO near Seymour in 1876 and executed. File covers various reports on him and his activities and disposal of his property. 29 pages, List 34.
BONE, Charles. Wrote from Rutherglen in 1898 re Thomas LUNEY/LOONEY who fathered his daughter Nancy Jane’s child in 1891, and was ordered to pay maintenance for 14 years, but went interstate and has not paid anything for 4 years. 11 pages, List 19.
BONIFACE, Jessie, removed from nurse Jessie PHILLIPS, Prahran, by her mother Jessie Dunlop Boniface in 1896, and died shortly afterwards. Anonymous letter alleges ill-treatment. Phillips then took in Willy O’NEIL, 8 months, mother Lizzie, single. 8 pages, List 37.
BOOL, Richard, left Taunton England c1856, with his family, last heard of at Kyneton c1873, he was a marble mason. Information sought by F. Bool, Tarnagulla in 1896. Police find he died in Melbourne c1878, left 2 sons and son in law Parker. 9 pages, List 30.
BOOTH, Mrs. Margaret. File re alleged abortion and death in 1894. Husband Peter had gone to Western Australia from Port Melbourne. 6 pages, List 13.
BORTHWICK, Hector Roy and Margaret, on a soldier settlement block near Colac in 1924, when they entered into an arrangement, at the suggestion of Land Board Inspector Mark HAGER, with John RITCHIE, chemist, Colac, for him to purchase the next block and later transfer it to them. They paid HAGER, and in 1928 the matter came to light and he was dismissed. 11 pages, List 60.
BOTT, Henry Theodore. Child, lost at Cowes Swamp between Echuca and Kerang in 1879. Father Henry asks local police to investigate Queensland newspaper report of child found living in the wild, as he believes the child was kidnapped. Gives physical description. 4 pages, List 2.
BOUCHAUD, Eugene. French Consul in Melbourne wrote in 1877 seeking information about him, Barthelemy JOCGS and Augusta DUCHAMEL. 9 pages, List 5.
BOULTON, William, recent arrival from W.A., died at George Hotel South Melbourne in 1899, and buried as a pauper. David WHYTE, Midland Junction, Perth WA writes seeking details. Boulton was 48 years, married, but separated from wife. He is in touch with his parents in the U.K. 12 pages, List 39.
BOURKE, Susan, wrote from Sydney NSW in 1897 re her son Robert, who had worked for William JOHNSON at Hedi, but not been paid his wages. Found working there for a W. BURKE. 6 pages, List 41.
BOURKE, W.H. of Richmond, complains of local police aggression at fireworks display; includes reference from his previous employer G.W. HARRIS of Mt. Gambier, as a sign of his respectability. 6 pages, List 3.
BOW, Frederick, reported missing from his home in North Melbourne in 1899. He was a plumber, believed to have committed suicide. In 1900 solicitors enquire as to his whereabouts. 13 pages, List 45.
BOWDEN, James. Also known as DE GRASSE. Florence GRASS writes two letters from hospital to police department in 1918, claiming to be his wife and he has left her. Police find he has a wife and family in Brisbane, is 69 years of age. Florence is c27 yrs of age. He subsequently returns to Melbourne. 12 pages.
BOWLER, Henry. Living at 1 Howarth St., Brunswick in 1905 when house destroyed by fire. 2 pages, List 17.
BOWRING, Mrs. Gordon, asks police to find her husband in W.A. in 1897; hasn’t heard for 3 months. Found; son is at Northam. 6 pages, List 20.
BOYCE, Elizabeth, wife of Henry Herbert, tied up and robbed in their house at Surrey Hills in 1887. Neighbour LEGGE stayed with her when husband went for police. Report on crime and police doubts on file. 20 pages, List 56.
BOYCE, Theodore, wrote from Marlo in 1895, seeking admission in the force. 2 pages, List 29.
BOYD’S AMERICAN PRESS AGENCY. Report loss of bike in 1897. Letterhead has photo of young men with bicycles. 2 pages, List 20.
BOYELDIEN, Mrs., North Melbourne, unknown woman found in dying condition in her home, and taken to hospital where she died, 1901. Photo of woman taken in attempt to identify her, 45-50 years of age, said she came from Fitzroy. 1 page and photo. List 52.
BOYLE, Charles, labourer, Fitzroy, bought land at St. Albans from Francis Henry WILLIAMSON alias MEROTT, but it was not owned by him. Williamson arrested, but charge withdrawn. Photo, 7 pages, List 58.
BOYNTON, Mrs., Footscray Deserted by her husband in 1894. James and John NANCE went surety for him but he has disappeared. 15 pages, List 24.
BRABENDER, Mrs. K. of Woorinen via Swan Hill, wrote in 1938 re her daughter Amy, 18 yrs old, who was living with the MADDY family, and wanted to marry their son. Asks police to stop arrangement and put her in a home. 5 pages, List 2.
BRACEGIRDLE, S.E. of Balmain NSW, wrote in 1883 re the ALDRED family. Her orphan servant girl belonged to the family.
BRACKEN, Mrs., out of probation from Kew Asylum in 1909, when her daughter Kitty reports her missing; found. 3 pages, List 53.
BRACKEN, Hugh, applied in 1879 to be reinstated in Victoria Police force. 3 pages, List 55.
BRADLEY, Mrs. Frances, wife of Joseph, Foster; in 1901 took in Flora, child of Peter MICHEL to care for her, but he has failed to pay maintenance and in 1902 she seeks police help to locate him. 27 pages, List 61.
BRADY, H.A., Royal Mail Hotel, Birregurra, formerly in police force, wrote in 1909 asking for a certificate of character; has been charged after assaulting a man who ‘behaved indecently’ towards of his sons. 3 pages, List 55.
BRADY, Thomas. Formerly of 2/11th Regiment and N.S.W. police, applies for position in 1865. 5 pages, List 4.
BRADY, William. Murdered 1897. William Myles PHILLIPS arrested.
BRANCIFORTE, Sebastiano, and other Italians, injured when a bomb was thrown at the house they were living in at 15 Howard Street West Melbourne in 1928. Others injured were Circio Guiseppe, Amento Santo, Cassone Salvatore and Angelo Limosanti. 14 pages, List 60.
BRANDER, Edwin, died 1876 aged 67 years; married Louisa DUNCAN in England, and had one daughter Louisa who married William PENNY. Fanny CLARKE wrote from England in 1895 re family; her letter not on file. Grandson William Penny of the Stock Exchange traced. 17 pages, List 29. CONNECTION FOUND.
BRAY, Blanche. Barmaid at Pitt’s Café in Melbourne, 1874. Engaged to Mr. SNYDER, late agent for circus, but broken off. Flirted with Mathew O’SHANNESY and Sidney SMITH, then disappeared. Foul play suspected, but she returns to Mrs. PITT.
BREARLEY, Percy Clarence, Inglewood, purchased a bicycle in 1928 from local agent for Henry A. JACKSON, North Melbourne, but failed to pay it off, so Jackson lodges a complaint. He is traced and found to be in the UK; had sold the bike to John TREVASKIS of Shepparton. 13 pages, List 60.
BREEN, James. Glen Wills. Arrested for failing to pay maintenance on illegitimate child by Maggie PAYNE, but found to be wrong person. Seeks compensation, 1895.
BREEN, Michael. Wrote from Daysdale via Corowa, NSW in 1906, asking police to find his wife who has taken their four year old daughter and left with Larry WILLIAMS. They have four other children. 3 pages, List 4.
BRETHERTON, Dora nee WARBY, claimed in 1928 that Colin CRANE and Durham MARCEL, actor and stage manager, committed perjury in the court case Bretherton vs MAJOR in 1924. A large file, it gives the background and traces the movements of the pair before they appeared in court. List 58.
BREUR, Edward Adolph alias BRAUN alias MULHENS, enquired for by German Consul in Sydney in 1906. Married there as Braun, last heard of in Bendigo. Found. 7 pages, List 2.
BREWER, Andrew, left wife and 3 children in Ipswich Qld in 1895 and came to Melbourne for work; formerly in H.M. Navy and British Railways. Rev. Alfred DAVIES of St Thomas’s church Ipswich writes. Not found. 9 pages, List 27.
BREWSTER, Charles A., wrote from Barraba, NSW in 1902. He is a mounted trooper there, 33 years old, would like to join Victorian police. 2 pages, List 61.
BRIDGES, Arthur, 12 years, accidentally run over by a train near Newport in 1900; lost leg. Spencer John BARKMAN was with him. 2 pages, List 49.
BRISBANE POLICE wrote in 1896 asking for details of Stanley GRAHAM, who was awaiting trial there. They had found a letter from sister Emma HORNE of Ballarat, who confirms that his real name is Horne and that he had been convicted in Victoria of a crime but she didn’t know details. 6 pages, List 37.
BRITTON, Albert. Incomplete one page letter from Queenstown South Australia, 1919, written by wife. He left her 2 yrs ago, was believed to be with his sister Lucille. Rest of file missing. 1 page, List 3.
BROADBENT, Audrey, in 1928 made pregnant by Edward WEBSTER, who arranged an abortion by Mary SCHAFER of Middle Park. Audrey’s mother Frances reports her suspicions to police who investigate. A large file, List 58.
BROCKWAY, T., Broken Hill, concerned about sister Annie in 1901, now living with her sister at Blackburn; she has been in the Adelaide Asylum and is now acting strangely. 9 pages, List 52.
BRODRIBB, R.H., St. Arnaud, 1905; applies to join police force, 21 years. Brother Malcolm concerned, has gone missing. 10 pages, List 23.
BROMLEY, Mrs. Used by police to trap abortionists, 1898.
BROMLEY, Edward. Deserted wife Jemima in Richmond, after drawing up maintenance agreement in 1901. In 1904 she writes from interstate, asking police to find him. 8 pages, List 10.
BROOKS, Charles, Traralgon, Gippsland, applied to join force in 1901 but in the meantime charged with theft. 3 pages, List 51.
BROOKS, Frederick Augustus alias F.J. DESMOND. Deserted wife Elizabeth and five children at Hawthorn in 1896. He is a traveller with cyclorama entertainments. BEST & HALL, solicitors, Melbourne, wrote to Qld police in 1900, seeking his whereabouts. 9 pages, List 44. CONNECTION FOUND
BROOMFIELD, William, sought by niece Matilda BRODIN of Canterbury, NSW in 1897. Was in Victorian police force c30 years ago. Copy of letter from Royal Irish Constabulary on file. 6 pages, List 38.
BROPHY, Francis, 15 years, died at Braybrook in 1900, son of Sarah. ‘This child was an idiot since birth …’. 7 pages, List 48.
BROWN, George, deserted wife Robina at Clunes in 1899. A miner, 24 years, believed to have taken ship to Sydney under an alias with Mrs. ARMSTRONG and her child. File mainly concerns police failure to produce warrant in time to prevent trip. 40 pages, List 25.
BROWN, James, wrote from Winton Qld in 1906 re his stepfather Frank DE WELDON, whose wife and children he has supported for 2 years. He has heard that De Weldon died in Ballarat in 1905 and estate was to be left to him. Report reveals he was destitute. 7 pages, List 26. CONNECTION FOUND
BROWN, John Hall. Wife wrote from Otford, Illawarra Line, NSW in 1905, seeking his whereabouts. They were from the U.K., arriving c1904. He went to Ballarat and she hasn’t heard from him nor received any maintenance. She has 5 children to support. Not found. 6 pages, List 23.
BROWN, Martha, wife of James, died Macedon 1866, child James also died. Allegation of neglect of child is raised with police; family lived at Middle Gully and another child had previously drowned. 10 pages, List 35.
BROWN, Violet Muriel, wife of John, mother of Muriel Jean, 3 years, Sarah 5years and Walter 2 years, reports that someone has sexually interfered with Muriel in 1919. Police find she suffered an accident, no evidence of assault. 10 pages, List 31.
BROWNE, Graham, Dr. Wife Isabella, Fitzroy, wrote in 1900, asking discreet enquiries into him. He had gone to Western Australia as Medical Officer at Mount Magnet Hospital, and was to write, but hasn’t done so. Police find he is an alcoholic. 13 pages, List 48.
BRUCE, A., Boisdale. Wrote in 1910, has a motor bike, is 17 years old; queries refusal to give him a licence. 3 pages, List 54.
BRUCE, Alfred, deserted wife Amy at Alberton in 1901. He was 25-30 years. Not found. 4 pages, List 61.
BRUCE, Henry George, deserted wife and 3 children. In 1899 Rev. J.B. RONALD of South Melbourne asks police to trace him; believed to be in Mount Bischoff in Tasmania; not found. 11 pages, List 41.
BRUNT, Mrs. Allen. Wrote two letters from Burwood near Sydney in 1903; she had seen a newspaper report of a Kate MORGAN deserting her adopted child and wonders if this is her sister Kate Margaret HALL, who is ‘mentally afflicted’ and was last heard of going to Melbourne. Police report it is not the same person – Morgan was the wife of a farmer at Nar Nar Goon, and her maiden name was TREACY. 8 pages, List 6.
BRUTON, Mrs. Caroline, writes from Adelaide in 1906 re her 15 year old grand-daughter Alice PHELAN who has gone to Melbourne. Police find she is working for Mr. BEACONSFIELD, tobacconist of Collingwood. Postcard and letter on file. 13 pages, List 26.
BRYCE, Christina, daughter of Thomas and Christina, adopted by James DAVIS of Epsom in 1861. Her brother Thomas apprenticed to butcher John TERRANS of Bendigo. Report from Coroner on proceedings which followed death of mother. 5 pages, List 13. CONNECTION FOUND
BRYSON, Houston Stewart. Information sought by daughter living in Middle Park in 1900. He was a contractor/builder, c61 years, believed to be in Bairnsdale district. Found. 12 pages, List 43.
BUBONIC PLAGUE, 1900. Series of reports on various outbreaks in Melbourne. Places mentioned were 1 Rouse St., Port Melbourne, 132 Westgarth St., Fitzroy, occupied by Alfred HANDS and a hoax on Mr ALLARD who lived in Ashley St., Brighton. Large file. List 44.
BUCK, Arthur, sentenced to death for murder of Kate NAUGHTON in 1906. Background given; born Victoria, 27 years. Kate lived with Silas MOYLE under name of McNULTY; her husband James Naughton is in gaol. She had lived with Buck previously. 7 pages, List 27.
BUCKMASTER, George, Private Enquiry Agent, wrote from Buxgunyah, Woolloongabba, Qld, in 1896 on behalf of the mother of James and William MURNANE, natives of Midleton, Co. Cork Ireland, who were last heard of in Gippsland. She is anxious to hear from them. Not found despite extensive search. 18 pages, List 36.
BULLEN, Leopold R., died Melbourne Hospital in 1890. Unnamed brother in U.S.A. seeks details of his estate in 1894; original letter not on file. 9 pages, List 38.
BURGESS, Madame and COLLINS, Miss. Continental Tea Rooms, St. Kilda; worried about soldiers attacking their premises, 1916. List 6.
BURGESS, Francis T., left his 3 girls with Miss Eliza Mulqueeny and went to Western Australia. She failed to support them, and one was adopted, while Ellen and Olive went to their aunt Mrs. Jane GLEW of Footscray, who maintained them until 1900, when she wrote to police asking them to locate him and get him to pay for their care. She had 7 children of her own, and a sick husband. Police locate him. 22 pages, List 44.
BURGESS, Richard, charged and found guilty of rape of Elizabeth PARSONS at Trentham in 1900. Details of case. 43 pages, List 47.
BURKE, James. Charged with indecent assault on Stella HOLDERNESS, 8 year old daughter of Charlton postmaster in 1881. Burke was a postal employee. 22 pages, List 2.
BURKE, Mrs. Margaret, Hope St., Geelong, complained of treatment by police in 1905. Report states she is delusional; son Patrick and daughter Mary had both attempted suicide. 3 pages, List 52.
BURKE, Rickard, chief correspondent, Taxation Department NSW, wrote a five page letter in 1900, asking for a confidential report on his wife she is ‘young, dressy and very pretty’. She went as a lady’s maid to someone in Melbourne, but he suspects she had an affair with PATON who left Sydney at the same time. A second letter cancels request. 7 pages, List 45.
BURKE, Robert O’Hara, hairdresser, Hampton. Wrote to police in 1915 re his niece Lillian Evelyn YOUNG, of Sebastopol, who answered a letter for a domestic servant and was asked to go to a house in South Yarra, run by Mrs. Margaret WARDLEY or LEIGH, and found it was a ‘house of assignation’. Wardley has a friend James O’DWYER. Interview with Young on file. 13 pages, List 2.
BURKE, William, taken from parents by police when 8 years old, now 21 and asks details of location of parents and siblings John, Mary and Thomas, in 1898. Police find they were admitted to the Industrial Schools, both parents, William and Annie were drunkards. He was fostered out to a Mrs. Kane of Bendigo. He wrote from Cunningham in Gippsland, but had left there by the time report forwarded. They attempt to find him. 18 pages, List 21.
BURKE, William, c60 yrs, born Ireland, living at Mt Blowhard, found in a destitute and dying condition and admitted to hospital in Melbourne, 1905. 4pages, List 11.
BURNETT, Matthew. Reformer, 1879 poster.
BURNS, Elizabeth, died suddenly at Burnley in 1900, c24 years, living with father and sister. 2 pages, List 51.
BURNS, Flora, died after alleged abortion by chemist READER at Warracknabeal in 1901; exhumation of body, costs to police etc. Large file, List 51.
BURNS, James, farmer, residing near Melbourne, fleeced at Flemington race course in 1891 by two men he subsequently identified as Henry MILLER and Alick BELL, who were from Sydney. Asks police to deal with them; report states they are aided by George ADAMS who lives with brothel keeper Charlotte CAIN. 6 pages, List 55.
BURTON, Mary Ann, old age pensioner, died 1917, buried Tallangatta cemetery; son Samuel was to pay costs, but cleared off. George H. FRANKS, cemetery trust secretary, tried to gain access to her remaining pension money, held in post office, to pay costs. Supported by local police. 8 pages, List 19.
BUSH FIRES CONFERENCE re prevention of, conducted by Minister of Forests A.F. RICHARDSON, MLC. A very large file which covers 1927/1928. List 60.
BUSHBY, Charles, condemned to death by shooting of police Sergeant HYLAND in 1885. 10 pages, List 57.
BUTCHER, Mrs. Elsie, wrote from Hobart Tasmania in 1919 re husband Henry George. A private in 5th Battalion he had returned to Melbourne but hadn’t arrived there yet, and she is concerned. Photo of him in uniform on file. Found in Richmond, by which time she has joined him. 12 pages, List 21. See Introduction re photograph copying.
BUTLER, David. Murdered at Mansfield in 1899. Large file. List 17.
BUTLER, Ellen, Clifton Hill, died in 1900 after abortion by Isabella Elizabeth DOWNEY who was charged with murder. Expenses claim by medical man etc. 7 pages, List 44.
BUTLER, Hannah. Wrote two letters in 1898 re her son Thomas W. Butler, a hairdresser, last heard from in Melbourne. One letter was from Ultimo, the other from Pyrmont. Found. 17 pages, List 3.
BUTLER, Maggie, fell through skylight of Prince of Wales Hotel, Geelong, in 1896 and later died in hospital. Was a domestic there; relatives in Ballarat collect body. Fellow servant Emily McKirdy’s testimony on file. 7 pages, List 30.
BUTT, Charles, wrote from Bulumwaal in 1894, complaining of Charles AH HING who kept a disreputable shanty there. Ah Hing also wrote to department about attitude of local Sergt of police; he employed a young girl named MOONEY to help his European wife. Newspaper cutting on file show that Ah Hing was charged with wounding James AH KEW at Bairnsdale. 20 pages, List 24.
BUTTOLPH, Robert, died in Melbourne hospital in 1900; single, clerk, 64 years, had cut his own throat. 9 pages, List 49.
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CAHILL, J.J., applied to join force in 1895 but was rejected on medical grounds because of cold. Seeks another examination, but fails that as well. Was born 1875, a telegraph messenger at Pyramid Hill. 7 pages, List 29.
CAHILL, Cornelius James, deserted wife Mary in Western Australia; found in Adelaide in 1900. File re cost of extradiction. 12 pages, List 44.
CALCOTT, David, deserted wife at Trentham in 1867. Head Teacher at Common School, Robert BICKHAM (??) writes on her behalf. Calcott was last heard of near Wickliffe. 2 pages, List 35.
CALDER, M.S., secretary of the Tatura Hospital Sports Committee, asked Chief Commissioner in 1901 if Constable James KELLY (Hercules) could again perform feats of strength at their carnival. Posters of 1900 and 1901 event on file, and previous correspondence. Permission refused as Kelly had recently behaved badly. 20 pages, List 52.
CALNIN, Michael, sought by wife in Clifton Hill, in 1903; last heard of at Bena butter factory, they have 6 children and he has not sent maintenance. 6 pages, List 6.
CAMERON, A.M., Hamilton, applied for Mounted Police in 1898, 21 years, born there. 1 page, List 20.
CAMERON, Henry, c20 years, charged with several offences at Dromana in 1919, including theft from Roy KIDMAN, Ralph and Mildred STENNETT and Clive Prell FAIRBAIRN, who employed him briefly. Elizabeth MITCHELL, maid, mentioned, and letter from Mrs. M.R. FAIRBAIRN on file. Cameron is c20 years old. 30 pages, List 27.
CAMERON, Maggie, 12 years old in 1900, daughter of John and Annie, Port Melbourne, alleges assault by several boys, Harry WEEGE (10 years) , Richard BENDER (12 years), Jack CROFT (6 years and Albert BRIGHT (10 years). 9 pages, List 49.
CAMERON, Mrs. May, wrote from Ballarat East in 1899, asking confidential report on prisoner EVANS alias Samuel PRICE, believes he may be her brother, hasn’t heard from him for 4 years. He was a plumber, born 1870. Reply confirms not him. 7 pages, List 42.
CAMPBELL, Alexander, scene painter, went from Sydney to Melbourne in 1895 with theatre crowd; wife seeks his whereabouts. He had signed the pledge but ‘when he gets the demon he will go awry for days and days.’ 9 pages, List 26.
CAMPBELL, Peter. Bush missionary, killed by train, 1886.
CAMPBELL, Roy Malcolm, charged with larceny on Edward George KENT, Carlton, in 1928. He was a printer, 23 years; group photo on file, 5 pages, List 60.
CANHAM, Kate, wrote from Fairfield in 1900. Was forced to place her son with William MENTON of the Mission Schools in Melbourne, and he sent him to J. SELLICK, farmer at South Jeffcott. Her son hasn’t answered her letters. Found. 7 pages, List 47.
CANHAM, William, old age pensioner, Collingwood, jumped into Yarra river in 1909 and rescued by Alfred Percy PULMAN. 4 pages, List 53.
CAPON, William, labourer, drowned at Woolert in 1896, letters from relatives George Capon, Westcombe Park and Charles Capon, Cockayne Hatley, on file. 14 pages, List 50.
CARBIS, James, died at Narrandera Hospital NSW in 1900. Local Registrar asks for family details, but no relatives traced in Victoria. 11 pages, List 46.
CARBUHN, James and Mary. Charged with ill-treating Eva Rosena MURRAY at Sorrento. Vic. Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Children investigates; notes on file. Witness Elena MELROSE. Case dismissed. Large file, List 3.
CAREY, Emil, wrote from Village Settlement, Yarragon in 1896 re wife who went to Melbourne for medical treatment 5 weeks prior, and hasn’t returned. Police find she had been with her sister Mrs. KAYE. 7 pages, List 29.
CAREY, Emil. Wrote from Gippsland in 1904, re his two daughters Mabel and Ida; had not heard from them. 4 pages, List 11.
CAREY, Francis Ambrose, Cairns, Qld., applied to join Vic. police in 1909, had been in South African police. Copies of references on file. 4 pages, List 55.
CARGEEG, Annie, a dressmaker, in 1896 she took a position in Korumburra with L. PEACOL, arranged by agent Alfred HORSLEY. Copy of agreement on file. She stayed at the Korumburra Coffee Palace; Peacol wanted a tailor, so she had to return to West Melbourne, but alleges assault on train; she had been acting strangely beforehand. Comments from Laurets LARSEN, who kept the Coffee Palace, Martha WIELAND who lived there, railway employees Hugh FISHER, Rudolph CARROLL, Christian VIELGAARD, Charles Thomas BELLION, John LEE, Patrick GREEN, Thomas LENNON and Charles TRUEMAN. Driver claims she was found on railway track and picked up. Quite a convoluted story. 54 pages, List 36.
CARLETTI, Antonio. Italian Consul in Melbourne sought details of the property left after his death, 1877. 4 pages, List 5.
CARLISLE, Mary, Geelong wrote in 1903 re her son William, hasn’t heard for some years, letter from him in 1893 on file, last heard of in Qld. 10 pages, List 6.
CARLOW, Thomas, injured while working at ‘Emilton’ Barkly Street St. Kilda in 1900, employer Mrs. HUTCHINSON. 2 pages, List 50.
CARNIE, Robert, South Melbourne, wrote in 1904 asking to join police force. Has seen service in South Africa twice. Applied in 1903 and told service snot required; file gives detail of reasons for refusal. 12 pages, List 33.
CARR, Dorothy. Daughter of Robert of Narrawong near Portland. Investigation into birth of her illegitimate child in 1914; family member suspected. 9 pages.
CARR, William Watson, arrested and convicted of murder of Margaretta WILLIAMS at Wonthaggi in 1928. They were sweethearts in Gateshead on Tyne England, but she broke off the relationship and came to Victoria. Photo of Carr; very large file, List 60.
CARROLL, Frank and Billy ROBERTSON, took part in boxing competition in 1912. Robertson collapsed and taken to hospital; report on event. 6 pages, List 32.
CARSLAKE, John Patrick, charged with shop breaking and stealing jewellery from Stella PALFREY in 1928. Large file, List 57.
CARSON, Samuel Morris. Also known as MORRIS. Bigamy case 1887; married Johanna PATEZELNR and Annie MORRIS.
CARTER’S PTY. LTD., 101-103 Elizabeth Street Melbourne, tailors and mercers. A fire broke out in 1928; manager Barnet GOLDSTEIN and nightwatchman Frank MITCHELL (Sth Melbourne) interviewed, along with directors Solomon DAVIS and Solomon LYONS. 13 pages, lIST 60.
CARTER, Blanche, 14 years, California Gully, found to have venereal disease in 1899. Father John, widower, had engaged Margaret HOPE as housekeeper to keep an eye on her, and she discovered that something was wrong and took her to a doctor. Blanche alleged that her brother in law George BOSELEY was the offender; her sister Ada was married to his brother. Ada warned her not to say anything, and the father would not agree to a prosecution, so case dropped. Warning; the material is quite confronting. 30 pages, List 38.
CARTER, Mrs. Joseph. An invalid, being cared for at Strathloddon by her niece Mrs. EVANS. Complaint about quality of care, includes letter from husband, 1899. 5 pages, List 2.
CARTER, Sarah, wife of William, died suddenly at South Yarra in 1900. 2 pages, List 51.
CARTWRIGHT, R. Wrote to police from Auburn in 1904 re his daughter Vera, who was living with her aunt and uncle OPIE in Ballarat East. He asked police assistance to get her returned to him. Police interview child and Opies and decline to help him – his background given. 7 pages, List 16.
CARVER, Mrs. Pryce, wrote asking for assistance in 1896. Charity Organisation Society in Melbourne ask details; ‘is of drunken habits’. She receives a remittance from England; claims to be a widow with 3 children, but this is false. 7 pages, List 38.
CASEY, Evelyn, South Yarra. Complains to police about her pocket being picked at Flinders Street railway station in 1894. 4 pages, List 13.
CASEY, J.J. Enquires about Michael RUSSELL on behalf of relatives in Ireland in 1877. He was of Kilrush Co Kildare, left there in 1851 to go to the diggings. Police think it possibly Michael Hennessy RUSSELL who died some years prior. 34 pages, List 5.
CASSERLY, Bernard, wrote from Sydney NSW in 1906, seeking a copy of his application to join the force in 1862 as it will show his birth date; he is applying for the old age pension. No records prior to 1864. 5 pages, List 27.
CASWELL, John Henry. Wife Ellen ran off with Thomas RING, a 36 year old fireman, in 1894. He charged her with larceny, and pestered police about finding her until 1899. In 1894 an unknown woman suicided in Melbourne. She was believed to be Grace Elizabeth LANE, the former wife of George Lane of Adelaide. Photos of the dead woman, and one of Grace Lane are on the file, as well as details of Grace’s background. In 1899 Caswell claimed the dead woman was his wife, which police dispute. Large file, List 2.
CATCHLOVE, Eva, wrote from Surrey Hills in 1900, asking discreet enquiry for her husband A.H., at Norseman in WA. He was not providing maintenance. Found and explanation given. 4 pages, List 47.
CATRINA, John. Charged with cutting telegraph wire at Reedy Creek in 1896; Emily CAVANAGH postmistress there. He is 9yrs old; witness John SHAW (8yrs) and Harold TOWNSEND mentioned. 14 pages, List 3.
CAULFIELD, Catherine, widow of the late Sergeant Caulfield, wrote from Sydney in 1900. Her daughter Ellen was seduced by John BUTLER (alias BROOKS), c35 years, Tasmanian, and had a child by him. She sought maintenance, and it was claimed he was married with five children, and believed in Melbourne. 20 pages, List 45.
CAVANAGH, Charles. Died at Dunolly in 1918, aged 49yrs. Letter from wife Emily asking confirmation of death; he deserted 24 yrs ago, they were married in 1891. His brothers Patrick at Yarraville and William at Glenhuntly approached to pay burial expenses, but decline. Emily is now living with – STOKES/STAKES. 8 pages, List 3.
CHADWICK, Mrs., wrote from Brunswick in 1894 re her husband Joseph, c35 years, believed to be at Adelaide; she is in straightened circumstances. Found. 9 pages, List 38.
CHAFFEY, Miss, Queenscliff, 1900. Anonymous letter claims she gave birth to a child fathered by J.A. MOORE of the V.R.R.A.A., who has now passed the test to enter police force, and queries his character. 2 pages, List 44.
CHAMBERS, Francis Joseph. Died at St. Kilda in 1930, of food poisoning. File re widow Jessie Ellen’s letter of complaint about police investigations. 26 pages, List 3.
CHAMBERS, Dr. Matthew, died suddenly at Rosebery, late of Hopetoun. Arrangements re funeral and costs; wife at Balmoral writes she can’t afford to pay them, says he was an alcoholic, cousin William in Fitzroy also declines. Brother James, solicitor, Durham England, does so. 18 pages, List 36.
CHANTLER, William H., wrote from Willoughby North Sydney in 1898 re Mrs. Mary Emily PETERSON nee HUSTAGE, his sister in law. She had a child, William David BLAIR from her first marriage, he died some years ago. Not found. 18 pages, List 42.
CHAPMAN, Percy, c21 years, died suddenly at the Grand National Tower Hotel, Ascot Vale in 1900; was a boarder. 4 pages, List 50.
CHARE, Joseph, died at the lodging house of Charles LIVINGSTONE, Melbourne, in 1900. 2 pages, List 48.
CHARE, Kate, died Sale 1909, husband Robert promises to pay burial costs but fails to do so, is ‘fond of drink’. He is an upholsterer, 48 years. 8 pages, List 55.
CHARITY ORGANIZATION SOCIETY write re four WHYTE children, living in Drummond St., Carlton in 1888, who are neglected. Their father is dead, mother has remarried to William MEAD, but both are drunkards. 7 pages, List 52.
CHARLESTON, James, boarded with widow Charlotte MATTHEWS in Melbourne, and ran off with her daughter Adelaide in 1912. She was under age, so mother took out a warrant, but cancelled it when she found the pair had married in Clunes. 23 pages, List 33.
CHARLESTON, William. File re his bigamy; first wife Ada Isabella in 1899 at Derby Tasmania, sister Mrs. Eva ROUSE. Second wife Lucy Marcella nee TETU in Victoria. 21 pages, List 2. CONNECTION FOUND.
CHASELING, Charlotte Frances, wrote from Sydney in 1900; believes husband Theodore Christmas Chaseling committed bigamy in Melbourne in 1899. She believes he married Clara JOHNSON under the name of Henry WILSON; copy of certificate on file. 15 pages, List 45.
CHAUNCY, Clement H.S., married Miss WILLIS, daughter of Arthur, Station Master, Sydney Terminus in 1896. They went to W.A., where he was admitted to an Asylum, and she returned to her father. He subsequently discharged, and believed now with sisters Mrs KIRKPATRICK, in Victoria. Arthur asks for a confidential report on his state of mind in 1899, which is given. 7 pages, List 41.
CHEDZOY, Sidney, wrote from Strathpine, Brisbane, Qld in 1899. His wife Emily and son Herbert Royal (born Brisbane 1893), went to Melbourne for a holiday and stayed with friend Mrs. John EDMONDS in Abbotsford c1895. Emily died there, and Mrs. Edmonds has taken care of the child. He wants his son returned to him, but she won’t answer his letters. 5 pages, List 43.
CHEESMAN, Richard. Committed bigamy when he married Daisy O’REGAN in Melbourne in 1904; had married Sophia CARTWRIGHT nee SLOCOMBE in Sydney in 1895. Daisy had money, and he spent £300 of it. Located and charged. 30 pages, List 17.
CHERRY, Edwin Mark, fined for non registration of child’s birth in 1895, asks time to pay fine, is out of work. 8 pages, List 26.
CHEVERS, Norman Michael. Charged with larceny by Norman JENKINS, Foster, Foster & Co., tea merchants in 1928; was a traveller for them. Ex captain int he British Army. 6 pages, List 58.
CHEYNE, Phillipa Mary Ellen, Collingwood, reports theft of money by William HAZARD, 21 years, in 1906. Small photo of him on file, plus 1 page report. List 50.
CHINESE LOTTERIES. File relating to selling lottery tickets in inner Melbourne by various Chinese in 1895; samples on file, and reports on various cases. LUEY LEE asked for more money to continue to help police. Edward TREAGUER, interpreter, also writes. 43 pages, List 30.
CHRISTIAN, James. Unknown male found drowned in Yarra in 1895 identified as him. Wife Catherine Edith, living in Redfern Sydney informed. Gruesome photo of him on file. 28 pages List 25. See introduction re copies of photographs.
CHRISTIE, Andrew, dairyman, Coburg, property damaged by fire in 1900; owned by Mrs. HALL. 2 pages, List 50.
CHRISTY, Arthur, wrote from Tabulam, NSW in 1901, asking police to find Frederick Christy, formerly in the railways. His father, Alfred Howe Christy, is a nephew of Frederick’s. Found. 11 pages, List 52.
CHRISTMAS, R. Piangil. Complains that police at Swan Hill are not attending to local offences, 1920. Report states he is in dispute with – CONDON. 7 pages, List 3.
CHUNG HIN POY, wrote in Chinese from Heidi in 1897, complaining of being cheated out of his tobacco crop by former partner PING LING; translation of letter also on file. Report on case. 12 pages, List 40
CHURCH, Victoria. Rev. Father McCARTHY of St Mary’s R/C church, Victoria St., West Melbourne, reports than a female infant was found on the porch by girl named Leonie KNOWLES in 1919. Child committed to Department of Neglected Children, given name of Victoria Church. 2 pages, List 27.
CHURCHILL, Ernest. Melbourne, asked details on how to join police force, 1898. 1 page, List 7
CLAIR, W., working at El Dorado in 1895, applied to join police force; 22 years. 2 pages, List 28.
CLARK, Andrew, attacked by dog owned by Mrs. HAINS, Sydney Road Coburg in 1900 and taken to hospital; had not long arrived in the Colony. 9 pages, List 50.
CLARK, George. Wrote from Telford Victoria in 1902, seeking entry into police force; 26 years. 2 pages, List 12.
CLARK, Nicholas Charles, charged with deserting illegitimate child by Emily Beatrice BARTLETT in 1899. Believed to be at Broken Hill; found. 9 pages, List 42.
CLARK, Rowland, artist. Wife Flora wrote in 1895 from St. Kilda, hasn’t heard from him for some months, he is at Lefroy in Tasmania. Found in poor circumstances. 7 pages, List 26.
CLARK, Thomas, wrote from Pentridge gaol in 1904, complaining about damage done to his clothing by police and asking compensation. Stains were cut out to take samples as he had been suspected of murder, but someone else was the offender. He was convicted of larceny at Ballarat in 1903. 10 pages, List 33.
CLARKE, Alice, 27 years, and son Bertie, 7 years, left husband George in Maryborough Qld in 1900, supposedly with Alec McIVOR, who was from Maffra. Husband wrote to both Victorian and NSW police, asking help to locate them. Not found. 11 pages, List 48.
CLARKE, Edward J., Flemington. Wrote in 1912 re wife’s tenant Mrs. FOSTER who died at Keilor. Her adopted son took away property, some of which was his wife’s. 9 pages, List 32.
CLARKE, Elizabeth (known as Lilley). Seduced by Constable Alfred Patrick McMANUS, who promised marriage. She gave birth to a daughter Mary and summoned him in January 1879 for maintenance, which was granted. Child died and he subsequently tried to marry someone else, but she appeared at the church and the priest refused to marry him. Her married sister Mrs. LOVE, writes to the Chief Commissioner about McManus’s conduct, but he declines to interfere. Reference from Thomas Bent for her other sister Mrs. HAMSON. Clarke was in service with Mr. CURTAIN of Windsor. 8 pages, List 4
CLARKE, Frank G., wrote from Thule, Deniliquin NSW in 1912, asking details of the injury done to motorcyclist Claude S. WOOD, by his ex chauffer John ARNOTT who ran into him in Melbourne. He has received damages claim. 7 pages, List 32.
CLARKE, George, Bowral NSW, alleges in 1901 that George HALLIDAY c40 years, with a wife and 4 children, has taken his 16 year old daughter Eva Beatrice Clarke away, possibly to Melbourne. Encloses a sample of material from a dress she had with her. Not found. 6 pages, List 51.
CLARKE, George William. Wife in Ballarat complains about lack of maintenance in 1910. He is an engine driver at a mine in Boulder City W.A., has been there for 9 years. Children Ruby and Percy mentioned. 7 pages, List 24.
CLARKE, James, of Mt. Gambier. Solicitors Blake & Riggall seek information about him in 1896; disappeared in 1854, then aged c31 years, Scotch. Reports from Thomas BUCKLEY of Portland and Daniel MINOGUE of Heywood state that while travelling from Portland with George MULLETT, William WINTERS, Daniel MINOGUE and ‘2 blackfellows’ he disappeared overnight while they were camped. Rumour said that he was paid to do so, so the Mt. Gambier squatter LEAKE would end up with his wife. 9 pages, List 29.
CLARKE, Samuel. Coach-builder, Murtoa, insolvent, died 1894. Sisters Emma CAWLEY and Ada M. McGRATH allege foul play by his de-facto Mary MURPHY. Detailed report on family, he was one of twelve siblings. 11 pages, List 13.
CLARKE, William John, Rupertswood. File on larcenies committed on him by employee John MADDEN, who is convicted in 1894. His confession on file, along with inventory of items stolen, and evidence of employees Patrick LYONS, George ANNETT, Charles BUTCHER, Alfred BUTCHER, Henry LOONEY, Alice CHAMBERLAIN and gunsmith Frederick B. MORRIS and 16 year old James BAILLIE. 51 pages, List 31.
CLARK ROSS, Marnie (?) , wrote from Neerim South in 1900, asking police help with Thomas Richard K. GRAND, who wanted to apply for the old age pension, but couldn’t get to the nearest court house at Warragul because of physical disabilities. She had been caring for him for four years. 3 pages, List 48.
CLEAL, B., Melbourne, wrote in 1901 re ‘disgusting behaviour in men’s urinals’ in the city and requested police action; they noted his knowledge of the areas . 8 pages, List 53.
CLEARY, John, wrote from Broken Hill in 1907 re the supposed death of his father Patrick Henry Cleary at Bendigo; no such event, 4 pages, List 15.
CLEBURNE, Richard, son of late Richard, merchant and Tasmanian MP, died suddenly in 1896 near Rokewood. He was first listed as unknown male, and a photograph taken, but is then identified. He had been separated from his family for many years. Daughter Emma writes from Mt. Direction Tasmania, offering to pay burial expenses. 26 pages and photo. List 36.
CLEMENT, Albion John otherwise LEMON. Charged with larceny on employer Arthur Harry HASSELL, importer, Port Adelaide in 1928; absconded, arrested in Victoria. He was a company manager, formerly in the army, (wounds described). 16 pages, List 59.
CLIFFORD, Ethel May, born Carlton 1879 and register as such, but mother was Mrs. Elizabeth (Bessie) NORBURN, wife of William. In 1881 he sought a copy of a police report on the case; this was denied. 17 pages, List 58.
CLIFFORD, Irene. Born Casterton 1892, mother Edith WEDD, schoolgirl, and father Timothy RYAN, her teacher. Adopted by Wesleyan Missionaries named Clifford, and subsequently gave birth to illegitimate child in 1908, claiming Enoch TONKIN is father. New Zealander Dan CLARKE, a butcher, and Edward DAWKINS also involved. Her testimony unreliable, no charge laid. 36 pages, List 5.
CLIFTON, S.E. Writes 3 letters from Corowa in 1920, seeking location of his sisters Gertrude and Mrs. W.H. EVANS. James GRIGG of Melbourne handles family’s affairs, he is eccentric, a remittance man. 15 pages, List 3.
CLOTHIER, Charles. Confined in Swan Hill lockup as a lunatic following a drinking spree; was a publican from Euston in N.S.W. File re payment to local woman Elizabeth PICKEN who looked after him. 5 pages, List 2.
COADE, Annie, Chilwell, tailoress, living with aunt in 1900, applied to have illegitimate children Peter Francis, born 1893 and Violet May, born 1894, put into Industrial School system. 9 pages, List 47.
COCKROFT, Elijah, cut throat of step sister Fanny MOTT in 1894. Large file with lots of personal details on background of Mott, Millman and Cockroft families. Murder weapon found after he had been executed and still on file. List 41
COFFEY, Charles, charged with larceny in Melbourne in 1900 under name of Arthur Wilson. Previously employed at Orwell Boarding House Beechworth; would appear to be a youth. 3 pages, List 45.
COFFEY, Mrs. Elizabeth Jane, wrote from Omeo in 1907, reporting local woman is neglecting her children; she was formerly of a servant of Sergt KENNEDY, killed by Kelly gang. Police report gives her a bad character, wife of James, a cripple. The other woman was the wife of Frank KING. 5 pages, List 44.
COFFEY, J. Sgt of Police, Ararat, writes in 1910 re professional spieler and gambler Michael HASSETT who defrauded his son of various goods, worth £100. His son manages a watchmaker’s shop. 11 pages, List 24.
COHEN, John. Murdered 1892 at Stirling or Haunted Creek. Large file covering 1892-97, and another of 1894.
COLEMAN, Henry, writes a confidential letter to the Chief Commissioner in 1900, re the Rev. Samuel Alexander HAMILTON, a Presbyterian clergyman of Carlton, who is involved in various shady deals and gambling. 5 pages, List 45.
COLEMAN, Leslie F., 15 years, stowed away on Brisbane to Melbourne steamer in 1912. Father F.F. Coleman of Brisbane wants him returned, but arrangements take some time. 12 pages, List 32.
COLERAINE STATE SCHOOL. Report in 1900 on immorality of students there. Offenders were Harry and Lawrence COOK, Lionel TOOLEY, Patrick CRIMMINS, Watty JARRETT, Eric SYLVESTER. Head Teacher McINTYRE punished them. 3 pages, List 47.
COLEY, Wilfred Ernest. Awaiting trial for murder of Gertie McGRATH in Sydney in 1920. Fathered child by Catherine IRVINE in Melbourne, she now in care. 10 pages, some repetitive. List 24.
COLLARD, Walter, commercial traveller. Anonymous letter to police department in June 1887 from mother of a baby girl left at Tilley’s Hotel, Bourke St., Melbourne. She states that Collard is the father, ‘make him pay for her maintenance’. The mother is going into service; child placed with wetnurse Mrs. PHILLIPS of Footscray. 9 pages, List 51.
COLLIER, Fanny, born London UK 1863, gave birth to illegitimate daughter in 1886. Daughter Lillian G. SPENCE wrote from Fortitude Valley Qld., in 1910, asking police to find her mother. 7 pages, List 24.
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COLLINGWOOD CYCLISTS CLUB asks permission in 1897 to run a race, and encloses copy of programme. Officials and competitors were: F.J. VINCENT, C. NEILSEN, J.T. COAKLEY, H. MRCER, H.W. JOHNSTON, J.B. PRIDMORE, Frank REVELL, L. SIMMONS, J. OAKES, A. HARGREAVES, Harold POWELL, H.J. BEST, J. COFFEY, A.H. SEALEY, W.WILLIAMS, – MacROBERTSON, E. ROSS, J.H.P. ELLIS; secretary was F.W. DU RIEU. 7 pages, List 40.
COLLINGWOOD CYCLISTS CLUB. Ask police assistance in 1898 re Road Race; brochure on file, competitors named. 4 pages, List 17.
COLLINGWOOD CYCLISTS CLUB: Competitors and officials named: F.J. VINCENT, C. NEILSEN, J.T. COAKLEY, H. MRCER, H.W. JOHNSTON, J.B. PRIDMORE, Frank REVELL, L. SIMMONS, J. OAKES, A. HARGREAVES, Harold POWELL, H.J. BEST, J. COFFEY, A.H. SEALEY, W.WILLIAMS, – MacROBERTSON, E. ROSS, J.H.P. ELLIS; F.W. DU RIEU. 7 pages, List 40.
COLLINGWOOD FOOTBALL CLUB, seeks permission to present a gold medal to Constable W.H. Proudfoot, in 1907. 2 pages, List 15.
COLLINS, Albert John, charged with attempted carnal knowledge of Ellen LAHIFF, 13 year old schoolgirl, his sister in law, at Hawthorn in 1912. She was born in Lucknow NSW, child of John Joseph and Jane Ann nee McGREGOR. Collins was 24 years, worked on ships. Case dismissed; police critical of change of testimonies. 25 pages, List 33.
COLLINS, Annie. Master in Lunacy requests information on her background, 1869. Had two children, one a girl Mary Ann, her husband was dead. Police find she lived with William TAYLOR firstly, then – CULLEN. Went to New Zealand with Cullen, was admitted to asylum there, then returned to Victoria and eventually admitted to Collingwood Asylum in 1866. Edward GAMBLE of Redesdale provides some detail. File includes a four page copy of report on tissue paper. 19 pages, List 4.
COLLINS, John, deserted wife M.A. and five children at Kaniva in 1903. Two letters from her on file. Report states that she has her three brothers living with her and the eldest son is also working ‘not as poor as she makes
out’. 10 pages, List 56.
COLLINS, Mary nee CURTIN, c37 years, native of Co. Clare Ireland, sought by relative Mary CURTIN, Bendigo, in 1909.
COLLYER, Caleb, head teacher Colac State School. Daughter May accuses him of incest in 1895; case dismissed. Warning: this is a very confronting file. 9 pages, List 25.
COLQUHOUN, Mrs. Annie, died suddenly at Camberwell railway station in 1900. 2 pages, List 50.
COLSON, -. Narbethong murder, 1891. Very large file.
COMMONWEALTH RESTAURANT, 699 St. Collins St., Melbourne. Report of fire there in 1905, cook Harry COWLEY raised alarm. Occupied by Mrs. Julia WATERS. 2 pages, List 17.
COMPTON, Thomas, sought by wife in Fremantle in 1906; left 3 years ago, a sailor. Found. 4 pages, List 26.
CONDON, Alfred, died in Victorian Asylum in 1895; attempt by police to get burial expenses from brother Robert H., mother Mary Ann and sister Mrs. J.J. LAWN. 12 pages, List 26.
CONDRON, William. In partnership with McGUIGAN in Fitzroy in 1895, takes goods to Geraldton W.A. to sell them, and dies there. Police asked to supply details, and file relates his drinking problem. 13 pages, List 26.
CONNOLLY, James, employed at saw mill in Krambruk in 1900; became violet after heavy drinking and had to be restrained and sent to Geelong Hospital lunacy ward. His wife and 7 children lived in Brunswick. Locals Patrick LEE and George ARMSTRONG lodge expenses claims. 34 pages, List 44.
CONNOR, Mrs. T., c/- Mrs. Brown, Ballina, NSW, wrote in 1919 re her husband J., an engraver, hasn’t heard for a month, has a sick child and no money. Found in Melbourne. 4 pages, List 221.
CONNORS, Catherine, wife of Patrick, died suddenly at their home in Hawthorn in 1900; c45 years. Report on. 2 pages, List 49.
CONNORS, James, Waurn Ponds. File re death of wife’s newborn infant, 1900. 2 pages, List 48.
CONSAMMY, N., ice-cream vendor, wrote from Perth in 1897 re his daughter Alice SILVA who has disappeared from her mother’s home in Melbourne. He is in WA with his son in law, Alice’s husband; he is mining at White Feather. Photo of Alice on file, Indian, 23 years. Not found. See introduction re copying of photos. 18 pages, List 39.
CONSIDINE, Mrs. Elizabeth, laundress, Melbourne. Takes in 13 year old Sarah HIGGINS, as her mother is a drunkard. Her sister Margaret is working for her. The pair run away from their home in 1882, and the mother tries to get them back. Constable Walter SMEATON has a 5 year old child by the mother. 5 pages, List 57.
CONSTABLE, Walter, charged with criminal assault on child Mary ROSS (real name Evelyn Riddell STEVENS) at Rutherglen in 1895. Her mother Janet’s first husband was Thomas STEVENS; they were divorced. Second husband died in Albury. Mother brings child to Melbourne for treatment of a ‘loathsome disease’ and loses money. Police and charity look after them and return them for the trial. File re proceedings and costs involved. 15 pages, List 28.
CONSTANTINE, Julian, Myrtleford, applied to join Victoria police force in 1884. 4 pages, List 55.
COODE ISLAND. File re illegal stripping of bark there, 1890s; fisherman and ferry operator named.
COOK, Evelyn. Wrote from Adelaide in 1905 re her father William G. COOK, who had left her and her younger brother William John Daryl Cook (11years) to look after themselves, and gone to Melbourne. She was 16 years old. Father is found but refuses to support his son who is placed in the Industrial School in Adelaide. 9 pages, List 8.
COOK, Jane, arrived in Victoria from Westbury Tasmania in 1898, 68 years, born Ireland, widow, 6 children, 5 dead. Picked up as destitute. Police establish her daughter Mary LAW is at Dunolly, living with Harry APPLE, but she cannot help; is living in a tent with 3 children. Jane is sent back to Tasmania. 18 pages, List 21.
COOK, Robert. Murdered wife and stepchildren at Casterton in 1870s, never caught. In 1895 a blind prisoner named PRIMROSE in a NSW gaol, claimed that Cook was a fellow prisoner. His statement proves doubtful. History of the case given. Second file of 1918 detailing three skeletons recovered in the area in the 1880s, believed to the victims, and placed in storage at Edenhope police stables until murderer found.
COOK/COOKE, Robert, marine engineer, married with two children, 37 years, from London, attempted suicide in 1902 in Melbourne. T.B. JEFFREY of Cottesloe, W.A. seeks police help in finding him, Cook stayed with him for some time, offers to help. Cook’s father is in Newcastle on Tyne, and his family are at Whitley in Northumberland. He supposes it is the drink that caused the attempt. 9 pages, List 20.
COOKE, Thomas, wrote from Little River in 1900. His young son Samuel broke windows at the railway gatehouse No. 13, near Geelong, and he offers to pay damages, which is eventually agreed to, and a court case avoided. 16 pages, List 45.
COOLEY, Edmund Thomas. His solicitor in Adelaide asks police to investigate an advertisement in the Isle of Man newspaper regarding the death of William Cooley who left there in the 1850s and died in Yackandandah in 1905. Is the deceased a relation of Edmund’s father Thomas? Letter on file from J. LACK confirming he had purchased the Yackandandah land of Cooley prior to his death. 7 pages, List 4.
COOMBES, Ada of Longley Tasmania, wrote in 1899 re her brother James, last heard of at Murchison. Letter from Mr. P. BRISBANE of Murchison on file, also letter from Beechworth solicitors. He was a surveyor, but working as a miner. Not found. 18 pages, List 2.
COOMBS, John Edward (8yrs) and Joseph Stafford (3 yrs). Correspondence re sending them to the Bendigo Benevolent Asylum in 1864; their mother was mentally ill in hospital. 11 pages, List 4.
COOPER, William, clerk, 23 years, employed by Thomas W. Cooper, merchant, St. Kilda. In 1928 cashed a cheque, kept money and disappeared. Two photos of him on file, one with sheep; 2 pages, List 60.
COPAS, Henry W., nurseyman, Wirrabara, Sth Australia, wrote in 1896 re R. WILSON of South Yarra who advertised dogs for sale, but never forwarded them after payment was sent, but fobbed Copas off. Police report his real name is William Wilson and that he makes his living by fraud. Copas wishes to prosecute, but Wilson clears off, deserting his wife in the process. She takes out a maintenance order and he is arrested. 25 pages, List 37.
COPPOCK, Mrs. M. Wrote from Bowden South Australia in 1900 re her husband Arthur Herbert, who had deserted her. He had served in the NSW Naval Contingent that went to China. She saw a death of Robert Coppock in Victorian paper and wonders if he is a relation. Police ascertain no connection.
CORNICK, James, executed in 1857 for the murder of Agnes HORNE at Eaglehawk. Information requested in 1897, and Inspector G. RYALL recalls case and gives details. Query seems to be about any property he left. 18 pages, List 40.
CORSTON, James. Committed suicide in Melbourne in 1880; letters from his brothes Peter and John in New Zealand. 11 pages, List 4.
CORCY, David, c38 years, charged with larceny of a horse and jinker in 1928 by his brother in law Thomas George MANLEY, tinsmith, Ironbark. Photo of him with two children; 4 pages, List 60.
COSGROVE, Patrick, 30 years, charged with carnal knowledge of Frederina COOK, 17 years, at Shepparton in 1919. Case dismissed after he married her. 8 pages, List 31.
COSTA, Raffale. Telegram from NSW police, wanted for theft in 1900. Previously in prison there, and photo and details on file. Born Italy. 1851. 8 pages, some duplicated, List 45.
COTINGTON, Phyllis of Hay, NSW, wrote in 1938 re William HICKEY, who had left his child Keith with her and not paid maintenance. Asks that the child’s grandmother Mrs. LIEBEG of Bendigo be contacted, which is done. 6 pages, List 2.
COTTON, Henry, 40 years, and LEWIS, Henry, 35 years. Tried at Maryborough in 1855 for highway robbery, but escaped from custody. In 1866 Cotton is identified and re-arrested, but case collapses. 14 pages, List 35.
COULTER, Joseph Henry. Charged with setting fire to his house at North Prentice in 1912. Report on case. 29 pages, List 32.
COUNSEL, Lawrence, married Mary O’O’BRIEN at Dungaree near Rylston NSW in 1882, but had already been married in New Zealand. Letter from first wife, Mrs. Wentworth Counsel in 1888 on file, incomplete file. 10 pages, List 56.
COUSENS, Benjamin, charged with negligently discharging a pea rifle causing injury to Eliza Jane KEW at Bendigo in 1900. Depositions on file from rifle owner Henry WATSON and witnesses Thomas RAY, a baker, and Robert KEW, brother of victim. 35 pages, some repetitive. List 46.
COUTTS, Ada. Wrote from Fremantle WA in 1907 re her sister in law Mrs Gordon COUTTS of Yarra Junction, who had failed to reply to her letters. He had been brought back after deserting her some years ago. 6 pages, List 15.
COWARD, Harold Frederick of Footscray. Deserted wife Amelia c1900, and believed gone to Sydney with uncle Harry ROGERS. He was 19 yrs, a laborer. Mrs. M. BEGLEY, a widow , of NSW, alerts police; he is courting her 18 yr. old daughter Katie and she doesn’t like it. 25 pages, List 3.
COWIE, Thomas Henry. A miner, of Zeehan Tasmania, he wrote in 1901, asking police to find his wife Charlotte Amelia, who had left him and taken their two children. He believed her to be with John SPARK, a former Ballarat resident, who had been in Zeehan, and was separated from his wife. 4 pages, List 4.
COWLEY, George Edwin. Deserted wife in W.A., secuded daughter of Mrs. CHAPMAN of Colac and had a child be her. Solicitors in Perth make enquiries in 1902. 11 pages, List 16.
COWLING, Mrs. Wrote from Kalgoorlie in 1908 re William ALLEN, formerly in railways there and now believed to be in Melbourne. 4 pages, List 5.
COX, James. Wrote from Terrick Terrick in 1904, complaining of treatment by Constable BROWN of Mitiamo, who had falsely accused him of stealing from Hugh McLEAN, orchardist of Harcourt. Cox’s son Peter mentioned. 29 pages, including three letters from Cox snr. List 10.
COX, Patrick Joseph. Bigamy alleged in 1886, but New Zealand police state he co-habited only with Sarah CAREY in Dunedin and had 4 children by her. 5 pages, List 57.
COXELL, John H., writes from Adelaide SA in 1897. He gave money to a Mrs. BOURBAUD to return to her husband in Stawell, and is having trouble getting re-imbursed. Constable J. Bourbaud reports that the writer is her brother in law and declines to pay costs. 7 pages, List 41.
COO YET (COYTT), William, murdered at Kilmore in 1877. Report and further comment in 1882. Large file, List 58.
CRABTREE, Marion, wrote from Bundaberg Qld in 1899 re her son J.R., who telegraphed her for money for his return passage from Melbourne but has not arrived. He was 30 years, well educated ‘is very clever with pen and pencil’. 12 pages, List 38.
CRAIG, WILLIAMSONS & THOMAS. Warehouse fire 1897; background of Richard PEEBLES sought. Large file, some water damaged and difficult to read. List 20
CRAIGH, Rupert, child, accidentally kicked by a police horse in Melbourne in 1900; report on incident. 4 pages, List 49.
CRANE, Barney. Anonymous letter of 1919 alleges he has committed bigamy under the name of Robinson. Police find he is living with Agnes THOMPSON and they have two children. Crane says he married Louisa MULDER fourteen years ago and she deserted him. 5 pages, List 4.
CRANFIELD, Arthur, deserted wife and 3 children c1897. In 1900 she asks police to find him, and he is located in South Australia, but declines to provide maintenance. 8 pages, List 45.
CRAVEN, Thomas, wrote from Bendigo in 1895, wishing to join police force. He was 20 years old. 2 pages, List 28.
CRAWFORD, Mrs. Catherine, wife of George, died suddenly at Windsor in 1900; had been bedridden for some years. 5 pages, List 51.
CRAWFORD, William of Skipton. Applies to join police force in 1906, but gave wrong age, so denied admittance. George RUSSELL of Langi Willi writes supporting letter. 3 pages, List 5.
CREE, Rosie Christina, 16yrs, sister of Mrs. JONES, taken from Miss SUTHERLAND’s Homes by BLAIR family of Alberton, to help on farm, 1905. They sell out and go overseas, and she is taken in by farmer Arthur WARREN and wife. Rosie claimed Warren sexually assaulted her; taken by neighbour Dave JONES to KEATING family who look after her. Also claims a sexual relationship with Jones, who is to marry someone else. Her letters to her sister on file, as is statement by Ernest Henry CAUGHEY. 26 pages, List 3.
CRESWELL, Joseph, fell down abandoned mine shaft at Pitfield in 1896; working there with Francis McCAFFERY. Large file re attempt to recover body and payment due to George COMMONS, John REID, Patrick MATHEWS, Thomas BROWN, who helped recover it, and which govt department should pay costs. List 38.
CRICHTON, A.L. Fifteen year old daughter Etheldom Grace missing, 1907. Father is a caterer and pastry cook at Kensington. Her photo on file. Found.
CRICHTON, Jack, admitted to Royal Park Home in 1904. In 1910 his mother Mrs. J. Crichton, wrote from Bendigo, asking for him to be returned to her ‘there is always an ache’. Gives details of circumstances of his removal. 6 pages, List 54.
CRICKETERS ARMS HOTEL, Punt Rd. Richmond. Anonymous complaint about Sunday trading in 1902. Licensee was James McCONVILLE. 12 pages, List 16.
CRIGAN, Henry, hired to work in the detective police in 1885, but negative report on him. Letters from father Charles in London and father in law Robert JORDAN on file. 14 pages, List 57.
CROFT, Jane, 33 years, single, mother of 4 living children, made allegation of sexual assault against Constable HORNIBROOK at Kyneton in 1895, withdrew it, then took him to court for maintenance of her baby in 1896. Very detailed information on the file, she is described as ‘a depraved, vicious, violet and most untruthful creature’. She admits that Gavan Stewart WALLACE is the father of one of her children; her letters to him on file. Case thrown out of court. 22 pages, List 37.
CROFT, Katherine, died in hotel in Melbourne in 1900, licensee Henry THOMPSON; found by servant Bella MIDDLETON. Living apart from husband Thomas, a farmer, at Myrtleford. 23 pages, List 47.
CRONAN, Mrs. Emily. Attempted suicide in 1920, taken to hospital by police, no charges laid. 7 pages, List 24.
CRONIN, Denis, Melbourne, applies for plain clothes force in 1905, 29 years, born Sydney, newly arrived in Melbourne, formerly in Transvaal. Negative comment on file. 6 pages, List 52.
CRONIN, Edward, in 1900 found to be destitute, and arrangements made to take him to Bendigo Benevolent Home. 9 pages, List 47.
CROOKS, Victor Norman, deserted illegitimate child Victor Clive, son of Elizabeth BODY of Carisbrook, in 1906. In 1907 he was found interstate. 8 pages, List 44.
CROSBIE/CROSBY/CROSSLEY, Clara. Lost in bush in Lilydale in 1885. File re search and finding her and unflattering report on her family.
CROSBY, Catherine. Enquiry from Master in Lunacy, 1868, re her property, which was sold. Letter from her 1869 protesting this and explanation of police actions. 28 pages, List 4.
CROSSLEY, Mrs. Lily, wife of Frank, actor, assaulted by an unknown male at Albert Park in 1901. Very detailed description of injuries inflicted, and anonymous letter claiming she was mistaken for someone else, as well as details of investigations, and a letter from father in law Harry Crossley, Richmond. 32 pages, List 53.
CROSTHWAITE, Benjamin. See SOURIAN, Lilith.
CROTON, William John, returned soldier, farming at Raluana near Rupanyup. Charged with carnal knowledge of his stepdaughter Mavis Croton in 1928. Warning: this is quite a confronting file; employee Leonard Charles WHITE helped her to report to police. Letters from her on file and copy of her testimony. 21 pages, List 59.
CROUCH, George. Wife left him and their four children in 1919; he subsequently deserted the children. They were placed in the Hope of Hope Collingwood for a period. Letter from their grandmother in Sydney, seeking their whereabouts in 1920. 9 pages, List 3.
CROY, Joseph, robbed in Melbourne in 1907. Offenders identified and sent to trial. He lost a job in NSW while waiting for case to be heard; asks financial help. 4 pages, List 44.
CUGNET, M. Gaston; manager Mr. Maitland asks police presence on occasion of flying exhibition at Altona in 1910; agreed to. 4 pages, List 24.
CUISS, Augustus Andrew, 27 years, died after treatment by Chinese doctor James LAMSET of Bendigo in 1895. Report on case and copy of newspaper article. 16 pages, List 27.
CULNANE, A. wrote from ‘Thugga’ Morven via Culcairn in 1898, asking help to locate her husband who went to Melbourne and has not returned. He is a cripple. Found. 4 pages, List 46.
CULKIN, M.W., Melbourne, wrote two strange letters in 1912, complaining of larrikins and police. 7 pages, List 32.
CULKIN, Martin William. Wrote two letters in 1894, complaining of alleged assault and police inaction; report on his allegations, 18 pages, List 13.
CULLEY, Lilian, wrote from Bondi Sydney in 1901, asks police to trace her brother Gordon Samuel Culley, adopted by G. OLIVER of Horsham c14 years ago. Found. 7 pages, List 52.
CUMMINS, Henry James and Thomas Michael and Henry NICHOLLS,tried at Children’s Court Melbourne in 1919, with breaking and entering shop of George Arthur HUDSON. Witnesses Alexander John BLYTH and Richard Morton Lyell PIKE. 6 pages. Henry charged with further offences. 8 pages, List 27.
CUMMINS, Philip, died at Mitcham in 1905, buried at government expense. File details unsuccessful attempt to get sons Philip and John and daughters Mrs. HUNT and Mrs. ROBERTSON to pay costs. 14 pages, List 26.
CUNNINGHAM, Lilian May, employed at the Epidemic Hospital at the Exhibition in 1919, asks Clifford Henry NEWBERY, an orderly there, to mind her jewellery, but he pawns it instead. 14 pages List 31.
CUNNINGHAM, William Duncan, died suddenly in Fitzroy in 1894, 44 years. Medical evidence states not suspicious, but James WALLACE, Pitt St Sydney, writes to police that a boarder – BLAKE (real name CAPPER) claimed he was poisoned in mistake for his wife Mary on whom he (Blake) had taken out a life assurance policy. Police inclined to dismiss claim, but Blake returns and visits her. (A most bizarre case.) 24 pages, List 38.
CURRELL, James, left home in Albert Park in 1895 and disappeared. Formerly a cab driver, 68 years, separated from second wife, had 3 daughters by a former marriage. Relations FOGG family mentioned. Report in 1901 when widow applies for probate. Large file. List 51.
CURTAYNE, Francis Lee. Charged with behaving in an indecent manner after being seen urinating in a gutter, 1915. Attempts to get case dropped; is the son of the late John, one of the founders of Melbourne etc. Was a sharebroker and former banker, and was well-known as ‘an honest man but I preserved my character as a gentleman, the rogues did not.’
CUTHBERT, Eileen, 10 year old daughter of Sophia of Thornbury, alleges indecently assaulted in 1928. 3 pages, List 58.
CUTLER, Joseph, wrote two strange letters to Sydney gaol authorities in 1899, from Drouin. He mentions being examined by mind readers in Parramatta in 1897. They suggest Victorian police keep an eye on him, but he is unknown at Drouin. 13 pages, List 41.
CUTTS, Thomas. Wife wrote from Ballarat re his failure to pay maintenance for her and their 3 children, and she due to give birth shortly. Police report she was never married to him, was originally Fanny SMITH and lived with him for some years. She then left him at Penshurst and married –WRIGHT. Police return his two surviving children to him. 4 pages, List 15.
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DALE, Maud of Carlton, wrote in 1899 re her father who imported a merry-go-round and has been travelling in N.S.W. with it. She and her sister are worried as they haven’t heard from him for some months. Police eventually track him down, but in the meantime he had written to her. 12 pages, List 2.
DALGLISH, William John, husband of Agnes, writes a series of letters in 1895 from Jumbunna, claiming among other things that neighbour Elizabeth MARTIN had committed bigamy with Walter TABOR. Report states ill feeling between the two families because Dalglish’s daughter was dumped by Tabor for Martin’s daughter. 16 pages, List 27.
DALRYMPLE, William John. Committed for trial for murder of Annie HILL at Fitzroy in 1906; his background given. 4 pages, List 2
DALSCHECK, Abraham. Victorian Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children report in 1898 that he has left his two young sons on his property in Gippsland to fend for themselves. 5 pages, List 3.
DALTON, Francis Michael, jockey. Location sought by solicitors WALLACE & Son of Sydney in 1900; file reveals he is living with a brothel keeper called CROSBIE. 10 pages, List 46.
DALWOOD, Norman Lawrence, assaulted Margaret Dalwood at Carlton in 1928. 38 years, known to police. Photo of him with child, and one page report. List 60.
DALY, John, late of Sydney, died in 1874 on board steamer You Yangs, 76 years. File re disposal of assets. 9 pages, List 31.
DALY, Mary. Wrote from Sydney in 1905 re Edward DU VERGUR, who had deserted his wife Maria. She is looking after her, but can’t continue. 7 pages, List 8.
DAMOND FAMILY, Ashburton, accidently poisoned in 1900 after eating decomposed meat. 3 pages, List 50.
DANGERFIELD, Mrs. St. Kilda, 1894. Wants to adopt her daughter’s illegitimate child, which is not expected to live. Daughter in hospital and husband being treated for ‘brain trouble’. Asks no inquest when child dies as it will upset husband; department agrees.
D’ANGRI, Noel Arthur. Ran away from home at Bentleigh after quarrel with father. 12 yrs old. Photo of him and a young girl on file, taken four years previously. 4 pages.
DANIELS, F.W., public servant, Kalinga, Brisbane, Qld, wrote in 1938 re his wife, son Harold and unnamed daughter, who were living in Hawthorn. He is divorced and has been supporting them, but they refuse to answer his letters. Gives detailed background to case. 10 pages, List 2.
DANISH CLUB caretaker Julius SVANSKJER fell down stairs and injured himself in 1909; report on, 4 pages, List 53.
DANN, Edith May, nee JOYNER, charged with bigamy 1930; married Frank Dann at Footscray in 1927 and subsequently Walter Wm. WARNHAM. 13 pages, List 2.
DARLING HOTEL, Richmond. Anonymous letter in 1902 that police frequent the place. Report states not true, and that a rival Miss Hannah DUGGAN of the Royal Sailor Hotel is probably the person who wrote. She was recently fined. 8 pages, List 16.
DASH, Charlotte. Alleged criminal assault on her, 1881. She was the daughter of the Clerk of Petty Sessions at Kerang. 8 pages, List 2.
DAULBY, Mrs. E., wrote from Adelaide in 1895 re her husband Henry who has not sent maintenance. He is a butcher. Found living with another woman. 6 pages, List 29.
DAULBY, Mrs. E. Wrote from North Adelaide in 1897 re her husband Henry, last heard of in 1895 with a butcher’s shop in St. Kilda, he deserted her. Police find he is living with another woman. 6 pages, List 20
DAVENPORT, Mrs., ‘Beaufort’ Newtown, Sydney, NSW. Wrote in 1899 re loss of valuable prize-winning Yorkshire Terrier, which disappeared from her husband’s chemist shop. She believes it may have been stolen and taken to Melbourne. 5 pages, List 42.
DAVEY, F.K., Meeniyan, applies for Mounted Police, 1898. 1 page, List 20.
DAVEY, Reginald. Of Boort, charged with killing 39 wild ducks in 1906. 17 pages, List 4.
DAVIDSON, John Y., wrote from Marrickville, Sydney in 1899 re a newspaper report of the drowning suicide of Alexander AITCHISON, a blacksmith. Asks if it is his cousin, born Dunbar Scotland, c41 years, who arrived c1881 in Queensland. Mrs. Mary THOMSON of Fairfield knew him; seems to be the same person. 10 pages, List 43.
DAVIDSON, William. In 1917 deserted 5 year old son and wife and ran off with Jessie DOUBLEDAY, who left her husband William Henry at South Yarra, and took their 9 year old daughter with her. Doubleday has enlisted and wants his daughter back.
DAVIES, Mrs. A., Collingwood, 1903, complains her husband (un-named) doesn’t provide enough for her and her 13 year old daughter to live on; he is a bootmaker, as is his brother. The family formerly lived in Carlton, and neighbours there give her a poor report. 6 pages, List 25.
DAVIES, Christina Maria. Born Melbourne, married John A. McCONAGHY in 1877 and bigamously William DAVIES in 1877. She has had nine children by him. Davies had previously married Catherine LEWIS in Sydney, and deserted both wives, and married Alice LUND. Christina wants Davies found, 1909 but drops case. Her daughter is married to Michael FOLEY.
DAVIES, Elias, deserted wife Sarah and 7 children at Kerang in 1902; believed in W.A. Bootmaker/miner, 44 years, brother Arthur John Davies is in W.A. Found. 17 pages, List 62.
DAVIES, Thomas, pensioner Vic. Railways, died Northcote August 1895, intestate. Believed to have a married sister Margaret LEWIS in Cardiff. List of assets sold. 6 pages, List 31.
DAVIS, Amy nee CRAMPTON. Committed bigamy. Married Frank DAVIS at Junee 1914, and they had five children. In 1930 she left him and lived with Jack LOVEBAND and later married him in Victoria
DAVIS, E.E. Of Port Pirie, wrote in 1906 re his son W., who had been in Yea. Found. 4 pages, some torn, List 3.
DAVIS, Henry, wanted for maintenance of illegitimate child Henry TURNER in 1898; mother Alice Maud, barmaid, Sydney. Found in Prahran. 6 pages, List 23.
DAVIS, Soames, murdered or disappeared Beechworth, 1862. In 1882 Henry McKAY claimed that the bushranger POWER was the offender. The very large file includes the 1862 investigation and 1882 comments. List 58.
DAWSON, Charles. Petition for release after being imprisoned for assault on William THOMSON at Kyneton in 1864. 2 pages, List 4.
DAWSON, Ernest. Sought by wife in Sydney in 1906; not found. 5 pages, List 4.
DAWSON, F., wrote to Premier, re locating her sister Jane SMITH. Original letter not on file, but sister found at Kiata near Nhill. 5 pages, List 48.
DAWSON, J.H.V., wrote a number of letters from Perth in 1899. His brother, H.E. of Bourke Street Melbourne, advised. He suffers hallucinations. 11 pages, List 39.
DAWSON, William. Deserted wife Sarah Ann and children May, Victoria, Lillie, Leo, Lena, Leslie, Bert and 15 mnth child. He was a glassblower, 42 yrs, had a brother Hugh in New Zealand. Found. 33 pages, List 4.
DAY, Herbert William, Standard Bank of Australia, Geelong, asks police to keep an eye on James ASHLEY who is traveling around with Day’s steam merry-go-round. Confidential report shows Ashley owes money. 4 pages, List 28.
DAY, Marcella. Her Dramatic Company asks police presence for performance at Brighton Town Hall in 1895; original flyer on file. 3 pages, List 26.
DAY, Thomas of Hawthorn, wrote in 1906, asking if Mrs. GALE, and old friend, needed to register under the Infant Life Protection Act, as she was looking after his twins. Their mother had died giving birth. 3 pages, List 3.
DAYLESFORD. Dynamite explosion at office of Advocate newspaper, 1895.
DAYLESFORD CHRISTIAN ENDEAVOUR SOCIETY. Complains to police that Leonard BIBLE and Martin DWAN are running street bets on races. Report states that the claim is by Charles DEVLIN who had to apologise to the local constable for slandering him and no truth in claim. 6 pages, List 16.
DEAN, Margaret. Gives birth to an illegitimate child on the Sydney Express train in 1899. File re her removal at Seymour and care of her and child. Father of the child given as William MARSH. She and Marsh had been employed by Frederick HENDY, farmer, Katunga. Marsh’s father William at Coburg. Her brother Robert and family live at Yarrawonga. 35 pages, List 16.
DEED, George Robert, 37 years, assaulted his wife and burnt down his house at Majorca in 1896, then attacked Dr P. CUNNINGHAM at Talbot, before suiciding. His body was later found by George GEDDES of Sandy Creek. File details case, including callinng on Aboriginal trackers and draining a nearby dam. 31 pages, List 35.
DE FOE, Caroline Matilda, sought in 1897. Incomplete file, but her employment history given, and she is found in an asylum. 13 pages, List 40.
DEFRIES, Colin, Melbourne Motor Garage, wrote in 1910 re placing taxi cabs in the streets. 2 pages, List 54.
de GATCZYNSKI, Henri, sought by brother Reni in Sydney in 1901. He has taken money and run off with Mme Marian CHAUMET, who left her husband c2 years ago. They may be using the name BENEDETTI. Henri was 27 yrs old, Marion about 57 yrs! 23 pages, List 2.
DE GOEY, Amy Elizabeth. Living with Henry CARR and registers birth of Leslie Hilton Carr in 1893. His wife Mary Ann Carr claims false registration of birth as they are not married. She has been married to him for 29 years and has nine children.
DO GOEY, Amy Elizabeth, wife of John. Henry CARR, proprietor of Brighton Coffee Palace, named as co-respondent in divorce case in 1895. His wife is divorcing him and reports false registration of birth. 12 pages, List 26.
DELLA MADDALENA, Andrea. Hanged himself at Nagambie in 1910. Italian Consul in Melbourne seeks details of estate etc. 19 pages, List 23.
DELLOR, E.B., St. Kilda. Asked for her son in the Reform School at Ballarat to be released to her in 1882; refused. 4 pages, List 57.
DEMOCRATIC CLUB. Melbourne. 1899 report on.
DEMPSEY, David, deserted wife Marie Bridget and 5 children in Carlton in 1893. File covers search for him in 1894. 13 pages, List 38.
DENNISON, Ethel May, absconded from the Scots Church Home for neglected children in 1896; caught and returned. Costs on file. She had been licensed out to Mrs. ROTHERHAM of Surrey Hills. 12 pages, List 37
DE PLEVITZ, George Richard. Bigamist. Married Elsie E. HANIGAN in Sydney in 1912, had three children by her, then married Ivy LAYTON in Melbourne in 1925. His mother is Mrs. Mary Ann LUFF.
DE SILVERIA, Frank, sought by M. De Silveria of Albert Park in 1894. He was also known as Frank Silver, has a brother James, and was 16 years old. 9 pages, List 13.
DE SILVEIRA, M., Northcote, complains in 1902 of police treatment of her brother Charles. Detailed report on file. 10 pages, List 61.
DEVINE, John. Died suddenly at 65 Simpson St., East Melbourne in 1898, home of his brother in law. 2 pages, List 18.
DE VOSTOK, George, arrested in Melbourne in 1900 and charged with attempting false representation on S.W. SUTER of Launceston. Admits previous offence in South Africa. 9 pages, List 47.
DE YORK, Madame. Prosecuted for fortune telling at Eastern Market, 1897.
DEWING, George Mathew. Sought by W.A. Zuill, MLA in NSW in 1918 on behalf of unnamed sister who is anxious to contact him. Found. 7 pages.
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DIBBS, Emily, alias Madame FITZJAMES, ‘professional abortionist’, convicted of murder of Mrs. Adele DIXON in 1896. 20 pages, List 37.
DIBBS, Emily. Summoned in 1899 for failing to contribute to the maintenance of her three children Emily, Harriet and Arthur who are Wards of the State. She is in prison, but owns rental property, the proceeds of which could be used for the children. 10 pages, List 2.
DICKENS, Georgina, wife of the licensee of Robin Hood Hotel, Drouin, claims an unknown woman left a baby with her in Melbourne in 1894, but it is really the illegitimate child of her daughter Rhoda DOBBIN, and she is trying to get rid of it. Witnesses Charlotte HUNTINGTON and Dr. Robert Merry SMITH confirm true position. 19 pages, List 24.
DICKIE, Mary Gill, daughter of a clergyman from Colac, alleged she was raped by James McKENZIE at Mrs. PLEWS Boarding House in South Yarra in 1912. She was single, 43 years. He was a friend of the HARRISONS, a newly arrived couple from England. Dr. HORN who had been treating her gives her “a terrible character” and the case is withdrawn. 7 pages, List 33.
DILLER, Charles. Wrote from Pine Lodge near Shepparton in 1898 re his daughter Esther Louisa, 19 years, who was supposed to be with Mr. & Mrs. FLEMING at Werribee. 7 pages, List 18.
DILLON, E. File re his failure to pay burial costs of illegitimate child of M.A. TIPPING, who he later married. Two letters from him on file, 1903. 14 pages, List 4.
DILLOW, Annie May, 15 years ran away from employer in 1901. Mother Eva, North Melbourne, writes a number of letters, mostly repetitive asking police to find her. Found. 56 pages, List 53.
DINSMORE, Bartley Stone, deserted wife Elizabeth Rice; Scottish, a contractor, 50 years. Committed suicide in 1904. Incomplete file. 4 pages, List 56.
DITTMER, R. Wrote from Goulburn NSW in 1897 re his uncle Conrad BOETTCHER, who was supposed to be keeping an hotel at Melbourne, according to Dittmer’s mother in Germany. Conrad was born near Hamburg Germany, and would be 40-50 years old. Not found. 13 pages, List 6.
DIX, Emily. Anonymous letter claiming her husband a drunkard etc. Letters from her re her children Emily, Isabella and Louisa in Industrial School; she is in Yarra Bend. 4 files in all covering 1869-1872.
DIXON, E.J., a J.P. in Prahran, forwarded to police some threatening letters received by him in 1885; they ar on file. Investigations of Edward RUSSELL and his wife, who used to work for him, and estate agent Frank E. EDGCOMBE are inconclusive. A large file, List 57.
DOBIE, Thomas. Unregistered doctor, file re plans to charge him, 1880-1881. 25 pages, List 2.
DOBLE, Philip. Sought by brother in law Charles HEYNEN of Mallala Sth Australia in 1888. He left there the previous year and hasn’t been heard from; 31yrs, native of Devon England, sister Mrs. John HARVEY lives in Clunes. 6 pages, List 5.
DOBSON, George, killed his 3 children and a neighbour Peter DIMSDALE near Springhurst in 1894, then suicided. 17 pages, List 24.
DODD, Hugh Gray. File re cost of his burial after his death at Pakenham in 1920. Wife Annie located in Maitland, but states he deserted her twenty years ago and she can’t pay the expense. File includes list of his assets. 15 pages. CONNECTION FOUND
DOHERTY, Dennis, vagrant, found dead under a bridge at Seymour in 1898, crawling with lice. At first unidentified, local photographer R.A. LESLIE is asked to take a photo, which is on file. Subsequent dispute over his charge. Body subsequently identified as Doherty, c45 years, Irish, Catholic, single, had been recently in Lancefield. 15 pages, List 46.
DOHERTY, Michael, Marshalltown, 14 years old in 1899, when charged with placing obstructions on railway line near Conewarre. 3 pages, incomplete file. List 43.
DOLAN, Mrs. Helena. Writes from Brisbane Qld in 1899; was deserted by husband Tom 3 years ago. His father lives in Echuca. Not found. 8 pages, List 17.
DOLAN, Mrs. Thomas, wrote from Brisbane in 1896 re her husband who left 4 weeks ago for Echuca, to see his ailing father, and hasn’t returned home. Father interviewed and said son was heading home, but he hadn’t returned. 9 pages, List 36. DONOVAN, Frank. Deserted wife in Sydney c1893. She writes in 1897, asking police to find him, family in Bendigo. Not found. 15 pages, List 20.
DONAGHY, Thomas, sought by wife Florence of Kew in 1889; last heard from at Townsville Qld, working on a lighter. He was a native of the North of Ireland, c40 years, ship’s steward. She was in poor circumstances. Not found. 22 pages, List 43.
DONCASTER, E.S. & A. Bank, William Meader, officer in charge. Robbed in 1891; report on. 4 pages, List 55.
DONNELLY, Joseph William, sought by Mrs. G.A. AMES of Drouin in 1900; she’s in poor circumstances and he’s her only relative in the colony. Not found. 17 pages, List 47.
DONNELLY, Maggie, daughter of Hugh and Mary, gives birth to an illegitimate child, Ruby, in 1897, which subsequently dies. She is known locally as REED and claimed to have married William Reed at Hamilton in 1889, and separated from him when she found out he was already married. They had a child, registered as Herbert Donnelly Reed, now being cared for by her mother. Reed was born Wisbeach England, and was 42 in 1889. Quite a complicated story, with lots of personal detail. 23 pages, List 40.
DONNELLY, Mary A., file re ability of father Andrew of Barkstead to pay for her upkeep in asylum, 1891. 7 pages, List 51.
DONOHUE, W., Zeehan, Tasmania, asks Victoria police in 1909 to help get his wife Eva and child away from her mother and stepfather KELLY in Carlton as they are ill-treating her, and to him in Tasmania. 6 pages, List 53.
DONOVAN, Catherine, 34 years, dressmaker, Windsor, sudden death of, 1900. 2 pages, List 48.
DONOVAN, J.H. Wilson, taken to court for non payment of maintenance of children in Industrial Schools, 1894; details of family life given, 5 pages, List 13.
DOOLAN, Joseph, sought by wife in Geelong in 1898. They have 2 children and she hasn’t herd from him for some months. Found interstate. 6 pages, List 20.
DOOLAN, Mary. Anonymous letter from Newtownship near Kilmore in 1895, alleges she concealed the birth of a child. Police report on family. 6 pages, List 29.
DOWLING, Francis, miner, Tasmanian, deserted wife in 1900. H. McKenzie, Larundel, Toorak, his father in law, wrote a series of letters in 1901 as police traced him around various mining sites. 63 pages, List 52.
DOWSEY, Isaac, Collingwood, wrote in 1901 asking NSW police to confirm whether the death of a Richard in outback NSW, mentioned in a newspaper, is his brother; yes. 7 pages, List 53.
DOYLE, Ann. Fire at her rented shop in Mark St. South Melbourne in 1865; daughter Madeline suspected. Fire put out by neighbour George ABSOLOM. Owner of shop was Thomas BARBER. 13 pages, List 4.
DOYLE, John, Seymour, receives suicide note from John P. O’BRIEN, posted from NSW in 1894, asking him to look after his children Elizabeth Rose and Mary Joseph who are with his wife in Seymour. O’Brien was formerly Inspector of Nuisances there, a Victorian, 32 years, who got into financial trouble. Suspicion that O’Brien has faked death as no trace found. 15 pages, List 24.
DOYLE, Michael, died June 1899 at Bendigo; made his Will on day of his death. Daughter J. Doyle c/- Ariah Park Goulburn NSW wrote in 1913 re disposal of assets. (Very difficult to decipher writing). Sister Katie LYNCH mentioned. 16 pages, List 32.
DRAKE, Harry, deserted his illegitimate child Arthur ROBERTS, mother Susie Florence Roberts, housemaid, Richmond; she took out a warrant. He was a seaman on coastal steamers, 32 years. In 1920 his mother was found in New Town Tasmania, and revealed that his wife (nee COOK), was very ill and living with her parents at Chudleigh, Tasmania. In the meantime Susie had moved to Bendigo and was living with HECKER. 13 pages, List 54.
DREWITT, Thomas. Convicted of bigamy in 1897; married Ellen FERTCH in South Australia in 1882, and Elizabeth KING in Warrnambool in 1892. 27 pages, List 40.
DRIGGETT, S.J. Returned soldier No. 5826, 21st Battalion. Police receive a request from Red Cross in 1919, on behalf of an English woman, querying his marital status and character. Not good and may have committed bigamy in 1914 in NSW with a Miss FLYNN. 8 pages, List 3.
DRUCE, Mrs. North Melbourne, complained of neighbours in 1901; report states she is ‘an old widow lady’ c60 years, delusional. Dressmaker daughter lives with her. 5 pages, List 51.
DRUMMOND, William, owed wife May Evelyn of Hawthorn maintenance in 1919; died in Castlemaine 1920. 4 pages, List 31.
DRUMMOND, William H., School teacher, Samaria near Benalla. Shed burnt down in 1897, neighbour Michael DUFFY suspected. Report on ill-feeling between the two, newspaper cuttings, etc. 45 pages, List 20.
DRUMMOND, William Henry, Police Magistrate. Died of snake bite 1868 at exhibition of snake bite cure.
DUANE, Michael, 54 years, labourer, killed on Yarraville railway line in 1900; porter John McALLISTER notifies police. 4 pages, List 48.
DUDLEY, Sam, Menzies, West Australia, wrote in 1901 re his wife Margaret nee STELPH, who left there in 1898; 22 years, relatives live in North Melbourne. Found. 5 pages, List 52.
DUDLEY, W.H., stoker, on H.M.S. Psyche at Sydney, asked for leave and to draw reserved money. Police confirm wife in South Yarra in financial difficulties. 5 pages, List 32.
DUFFY, J.G., Outtrim, 1898, complains of the ‘miserable pittance’ allowed him as a witness in court case at Korumburra; employed at Coal Pits there. 4 pages, List 20.
DUFRESSE, Captain of ship Le Finistere, complains (in French) 1880, of cab driver over charging him. 7 pages, List 4.
DUGGAN, Laurence, died at Malmsbury in 1865, had been in colony for 12 months, had cousins James at Kilmore and Edward at Werribee. Correspondence re personal property which was found to be worthless. 11 pages, List 34.
DUGGAN, William, farmer, Woorenen, Mallee district, near Swan Hill, reports attempt to poison him and Robert WOODBURN in 1896 by placing strychnine in flour which they made into bread. Animals which ate the bread died. Offender not found. 18 pages, List 36.
DUMESQUE, Mary. (also written as DUMERGUE). Wrote from Rainbow in 1919, asking police for force her daughter Frances, known as Marie, to return to Melbourne with her and her siblings. She has been living with the JAHNE family and prefers to stay with them. Other daughter was Mrs. H.G. HEATHCOTE. List 5
DUNEMAN, Frank. Convicted of shooting Constance EKINS, 1902. His background given.
DUNKLEY, Thomas. Registered births of 3 children at Brighton prior to 1893, claiming his wife Ellen was the mother, but his servant Mary PRICE was the real mother.
DUNLOP, Miss, teacher at a private school in Murrumbeena, reports in 1900 that several bullets have hit her house. Local police find that the bullets are from a rifle and eventually discover that the Danish Club held a picnic nearby and there was target shooting. The club apologies and offers to pay police costs. 10 pages, List 45.
DUNLOP, Mrs. Wallace. Wrote in 2876 re schoolgirl Susannah KLING who was living at Constable Strachan’s house at Dandenong. She alleges he has ill treated her, which he denies. 9 pages, List 6.
DUNN, Det. Home bombed in 1931. Terry Dean and Curley Brook suspected. Incomplete file, but large. List 4.
DUNN, Fanny. Report of her attempted suicide at Clunes in 1908; aged 25. 2 pages, List 4.
DUNN, John, Aberdeen Hotel Fitzroy, accidently knocked down a destitute woman whom he then took to hospital, 1901. She died there of a fractured skull. Photo of her on file, with shaved head. 2 pages, List 52.
DUNN, Michael. Wrote from Hamilton Commonage [?] Newcastle, NSW in 1897, asking for their help in getting his daughter Mrs. ROY home from Outtrim. Mention of a child, file incomplete, seems she had not been leading a ‘respectable’ life. 10 pages, List 6.
DUNNE, William, deserted wife Olinda and 3 children at Seahampton near West Wallsend NSW in 1899; last heard of in Melbourne. Found. 30 pages, List 49.
DUYSTERS, Louis. Embezzled Union Bank, 1886. CONNECTION FOUND
DYMKE, Frederick Reinhold, farmer, Quantong near Horsham. Defrauded by bogus land salesmen James HANNAN and Arthur MAYNE in 1928; persuaded to buy land in the Paramount Estate at St. Albans; letters from Dymke re his expenses at the court case. A large file, List 59.
DYNON, John, wrote from Lonsdale Street Melbourne in 1900; his property at No. 400 is being vandalized, is boarded up. 10 pages, List 47.
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EAGEN, Raymond and father Michael, formerly lived in Grafton NSW, sought in 1905 by John EPPEL of Sydney, found. 8 pages, List 11.
EARLY, Sarah. Bendigo prostitute, now in Melbourne brothel, 1900. Her background given.
EASTLAKE, Albert. Sought by Barbara O’SHANNASSY in 1919. He is the father of her child. His wife Blanche found in Prahran, they have 3 children, married 13 years, he left her in 1918 and went to Sydney with Dolly PATTEN. He was formerly in AIF. Found ill in Sydney. 15 pages, List 22.
EASTLAND, Walter John Howard, wanted for falsification of a balance sheet of Tasmanian Credits Ltd. in 1928; arrested in Melbourne, but skipped bail. His wife was in London. Miss K. WILLING, typist for the company, interviewed. This is a large file, List 60.
EBERHARD FAMILY. Morrisons, 1915. Claim they are pro German, but no substance to it.
ECCLES, Edward Blanchard. Alias Baron EICHOLZ and STEEL. Small photo loose in box, no file. He was a commission agent, c50 yrs. List 3.
ECHUCA CO-OPERATIVE BAKERY SOCIETY CO. Master Bakers complain in 1895 that local constable is now Chairman and there is a conflict. Police agree and he is forced to resign as Chairman. File includes booklet of 8 pages giving rules of Society. In 1891 the committee were James COLLINS, William FINDLAY, Henry QUINTON, Frederick Edwin TURNER, James J. WRIGLEY, W.B. REID and the manager was J.H. SULLIVAN. 18 pages, List 27.
EDGAR, Andrew Lindsay. Serves a month probation with detective branch of police, then declared to be unsuitable. Scottish, 30 yrs, completed entry forms on file. 9 pages, List 3.
EDGAR, Elsie, dressmaker, 27 years, charged with concealment of birth, left dead baby in box in the house of Mrs. Susanna MATZ, Sth Melbourne in 1919. Arrested. E.A. COLE, widower, with 4 children and a station of 1,400 acres at Moama NSW offers to marry her. Her photo on file. 15 pages, List 21. See introduction re photograph copying.
EDGAR, Mrs. Robert John, wrote from Perth WA in 1899. He had deserted her; a boot finisher, came to Melbourne with a mate Tom SHUGS (SHUGG?) a coach trimmer. He is 26 years old, family is in Perth. Not found. 19 pages, List 42.
EDGE, Arthur, Ultimo, Sydney NSW, applied to join police force in 1895; English, 28 years. 1 page, List 27.
EDWARDS, Mrs. C.J. wrote from Broken Hill in 1900, seeking details of the background of William Patrick McCARTHY. He claimed to be divorced and to be a property owner; she doubts this. He formerly lived in Moonee Ponds and has four children in a Convent. Her daughter is infatuated with him. No trace of divorce. 13 pages, List 47.
EDWARDS, Mrs. Eleanor. Charged with abandoning child that she received from nurse Mrs Ellen M. FULLER of Carlton and received money for adopting in 1898, by tricking two children, Neil FYFE, 11 years and Eva BOWMAN [?] into taking it. In jail for previous action in 1896. Her daughter Eleanor AUDLEY has a child, lives in Monbulk. Edwards is ‘a notorious woman in the baby farming line … I have every reason to believe that she has abandoned a large number of young babies.’ Other daughter Alice Ann TERRILL, divorced, is an inmate of Coburg gaol. 39 pages, List 17.
EDWARDS, James, wrote from Hurstville Sydney in 1914 re property he left at a shanty in Little Osborne St Williamstown. Mrs. W. VEAL of Footscray then lived nearby and was to keep an eye on it, but things were stolen; it had calico walls. 10 pages, List 32.
EDWARDS. John, wrote from Prahran in 1895, seeking to join force. He was formerly of Bendigo, and in that volunteer Regiment. Copies of references on file. 3 pages, List 29.
EDWARDS, Marion or Bill. Anonymous letter of complaint re behaviour on and past history [dresses as a male] 1908.
EGAN, James. Suicide of a male at St. Arnaud in 1892, identify not confirmed, but may be him or perhaps Frank Egan, who was Irish, c28 years. File reactivated, reason not given, in 1899. Photo of Frank Egan on file. List 2
EDLINGTON, Elizabeth Grace, daughter of Thomas of Pumpkin Point Orbost, 27 years, alleges William CUMMING got her pregnant in 1895, then gave her pills to get rid of child. She had a miscarriage, has been crippled ever since. Makes formal complaint against him in 1897. 25 pages, List 20.
EGAR, Mary Ann and Sarah. Girls, living with Chinese LEE TOCK in Lonsdale Street in 1880. Taken in by police, with Mary sent to Industrial School and Sarah sent to gaol. 9 pages, List 57.
EICHHOLZ, Martin, last heard from in 1863 when at Castlemaine. Information sought by German Consul in Melbourne in 1900. 12 pages, List 43.
ELCHORN, Charles. Middle Park; bomb thrown at his house in 1928. Leslie (Squizzie) Taylor, J. Thompson, “Mush” Burns, Terry Dean, “No Toe King”, “Lofty” George, Frank MANLE and Peter HENNESSY suspected. Incomplete file, 3 pages, List 4.
ELDER, Violet S., born 1898, child of Alfred of South Yarra, not vaccinated by 1900 because of illness; medical certificates on file. 17 pages, List 51.
ELLICE, Mrs. H.M., of York W.A. wrote in 1907 re Charles Henry CLARK who died, asks if it could be her brother William Charles CLARKE who she hasn’t heard from in 16 years, he was a boundary rider at Beechworth, c 37 years. Police confirm it is not her brother. 6 pages, List 15.
ELLIOT, James. Wrote from Rookwood Infirmary in 1903 re Jean BROWN, a relation, c30 years, brother kept a hotel. Police interview William BROWN, who states this is his sister and provides address. Jean states Elliot is her husband, ‘a worthless fellow’ and wants nothing to do with him. 4 pages, List 19.
ELLIOT, Mrs. Rosa. Wrote from Perth in 1902. Has been told that her mother Mrs. McMAHON died in hospital and Mrs. MOORE LANE has taken possession of her property. 7 pages, List 18.
ELLIOTT, Mary. Wrote from East Brunswick in 1894 regarding her husband Frank, a plumber, 41yrs, who had left her and their 8 children. She thought he was interstate. 6 pages, List 3.
ELLIOTT, Maud. Wrote from Cobar NSW in 1904 re death of a male Elliott in Melbourne, asks if it is her brother Jim – no. 6 pages, List 10.
ELLIS, George, Richmond, report that he had taken poison in 1909, wife had left him. 2 pages, List 53.
ELLISON, George, sought by wife Ellen in Sydney in 1895, there is a maintenance order against him. She thinks he’s dairy farming near Charlton, but not found. 20 pages, List 31.
ELMSLIE, Robert W., embezzled jewellery etc from Walter COHEN of Rochester in 1887. Incomplete file re his background and arrest in 1888. 26 pages, List 56.
ELZY, Samuel. Died in Ballarat Hospital in 1900. Brother J. of Williamsford West Coast Tasmania, formerly of Campbell’s Creek Victoria, asks police for details
EMERSON, Lancelot McIntyre. His mother in law Mrs. E. McGONEGLE CUNNINGHAM, William Duncan, died suddenly in Fitzroy in 1894, 44 years. Medical evidence states not suspicious, but James WALLACE, Pitt St Sydney, writes to police that a boarder – BLAKE (real name CAPPER) claimed he was poisoned in mistake for his wife Mary on whom he (Blake) had taken out a life assurance policy. Police inclined to dismiss claim, but Blake returns and visits her. (A most bizarre case.) 24 pages, List 38.pwrites from Charters Towers in 1902, has heard he has died. She is maintaining his children. 6 pages, List 18.
ENGLISH, Mrs. Kathleen. Wrote from North Melbourne in 1917, applying to become a policewomen. 4 pages, List 7.
ENTWISTLE, Marian, committed for infanticide at Clunes in 1896; born there in 1877, parents James and Margaret ‘addicted to drink’; She has been in service with Mrs. Emily GILBERT at the Town Hall Hotel there and child found dead in closet. 11 pages, List 37. CONNECTION FOUND.
ETTRIDGE, Thomas, wrote from Lyonville in 1896 re youths damaging his property; boys RADCLIFF and MOORE are identified. 5 pages, List 36.
EVANS, Christmas, wrote from Ballarat in 1906, seeking to re-apply for police force. 2 pages, List 27.
EVANS, Henry Joseph, convicted of housebreaking at Richmond in 1928, sentenced to a year in gaol, then to a Reformatory. In 1931 wrote seeking police assistance in getting employment on his forthcoming release. File includes evidence given at his trial. 23 pages, List 59.
EVANS, Joseph Westley, deserted wife Honor at Richmond in 1890, leaving her with 4 children. She asks financial assistance to go to Sydney, has a daughter there. Report on her by the Charity Organisation Society. 27 pages, List 24.
EVANS, Joseph Westly. Wife Honor enquires from NSW in 1895. He deserted her and is living with another woman in Fitzroy. Police find he has died and his brother Captain Robert of Box Hill has paid funeral expenses and was supporting him. 8 pages, List 27.
EVANS, Mrs. Margaret, wife of Evan Evans, mail contractor, wrote from Rheola in 1896, complaining of local constable. Her husband wrote explanatory letter; she was drunk and he sent for the constable to assist him. She had previously signed the pledge but ‘had broken out recently’. 10 pages, List 33.
EVERINGHAM, Lydia. Claims she was raped at Carlton in 1897; medical examination says no trace. Admits that she had been drinking and made up story. 2 pages, List 20.
EWART, Prof Alfred. Government botanist, re complains in 1908 of Alfred BURKETT, who has some of his furniture for repair and has not returned it. 12 pages, List 5.
EXCEL (or C.C.) cutter, supposed wreck of fishing vessel near Cunninghame in 1898. Crew were William CARSTAIRS and Ned CURRIE, both late of Lake Tyers. Area searched, but nothing found. 14 pages, List 21.
EXON, Edward, wrote from Melbourne Orphan Asylum in 1873, requesting information on former inmate Anny ABBOTT, who left in 1867. She lived with uncle John William SUTTON at South Melbourne, was later at Majorca/Maryborough area. Found. 2 pages, List 31.
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