Indexes to Missing People A-LHelen | Updated on Friday, May 10th, 2013
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ADAIR, Lizzie, widow of H.M. Adair, wrote from Vineland, New Jersey USA in 1894, seeking address of his brother William H. Adair. 1 page, List 30.
ADAMS, – Mrs. of Whitechapel London England wrote in 1896 re her son Lewis, who left for Australia in 1891. He was a cigar bundler and was in delicate health. 12 pages.
ADDISON, Mrs. Jemima. Sought by Henry J. BAKER of Grand Rapids, Marquette, Michigan in 1899. She was his aunt, and lived in Richmond 10 years ago. Her son Thomas, 69 years is located, and family details are given. 6 pages, List 24.
ADMES, Miss Annie of Newcastle on Tyne England wrote in 1897 re her uncle John TODD, who was from Alston Northumberland. She is a daughter of the late Thomas who died inCumberland. 6 pages, List 4A
AHERN, John, Enrly? Co. Tipperary Ireland, wrote in 1862 re only son Michael, in police force, but he has heard he is dead. ‘Oh! you will in charity drop a line to a broken-hearted distracted Father …’. Rumour is false, son is still alive. 3 pages, List 5.
AISTRUP, Adolf. A Dane, he was charged with embezzlement of $2,000 from his employees in Shanghai in 1905. A $500 reward was posted, and the notice, including his photograph, is all that is on the file. 1 page.
ALCORN, James, left Londonderry Ireland c1864 for Australia. Eldest daughter Nancy, now Mrs. Henry Montgomery, wrote from Greene, Iowa, US in 1894. 3 pages, List 24.
ALISON, Thomas, sought by brother William of Sefton Park Liverpool England, in 1904. He had left Ireland c1884 and was a cab driver aged 56 years. 4 pages, List 15.
ALLAN, Alf. Of Nysokongaro, Wanganui New Zealand, asked police to deliver a letter to George ATKINSON of Collingwood, his wife’s father. Several letters to him remain unanswered and they haven’t heard from him for nearly three years. Police deliver letter and New Zealand police advise Allan of this. 5 pages, List 10.
ALLAN, Mrs. Alice. Taken ill at Korumburra Victoria in 1917 and sent to a Melbourne hospital. Only known relatives are a sister, the wife of William SHAW, State Collieries manager, Greymouth New Zealand, and a brother William ECKERSLEY, also in New Zealand, who are notified. 10 pages, List 6.
ALLAN, Benjamin, c19 years, sought by father W.O. Allan of Greenock Scotland in 1894. He was in the employ of Jacobs Timber Merchant. Found. 4 pages, List 34.
ALLAN, Mrs. Charles, nee Mary McLACHLAN, sought by U.S. Consul in 1901. She left Glasgow in 1852 for Bendigo, was last heard of in 1865; had two children, Mary and William. Not found. 14 pages, List 18.
ALLAN, Henry, plasterer, left Jersey Channel Islands in 1888 for Geelong. In 1893 and 1895 Jersey official writes re his supporting his family there. Interviewed, he refuses. 11 pages, List 28.
ALLAN, James. The clerk of Glasgow Parish Scotland wrote in 1914 re this person. He was a cabinet maker, 38 years of age, who came to Melbourne in 1912, leaving his wife and two children there. He has stopped sending maintenance to his family, and the Parish has had to do so. 8 pages, List 10.
ALLAN, William Pearson Jnr, wrote from Balclutha New Zealand in 1900 re his father of the same name who left there 12 years ago. He was a Scot, c50 years old and a dyer. Not found. 20 pages, List 39.
ALLARDICE, Mrs Margaret of Glengate, Kirriemuir, Forfarshire Scotland, wrote in 1917 re her husband James, who left there five years ago, and since then she had to live on charity. He was 38 yrs old. 6 pages and a photograph of the couple and their two sons. List 6. (Note: See comment about copying photographs at top of page)
ALLCOCK, Elizabeth writes from Manchester in 1892. Her brother William left Liverpool England when 16-17 years of age by stowing away in a ship. He is now 30-34 years of age. The family thought him dead, but a nephew Denis CARNEY saw him in Melbourne, and she now seeks his location. 3 pages.
ALLE, Mrs. Elizabeth, of Hamilton, Ontario Canada, wrote in 1914 re cousin Henry HALLIDAY, and wife Mary and uncle and aunt John and Margaret WOOLEY . Eventually found by police. 16 pages, List 7.
ALLEN, Ada. Wrote from Wellington New Zealand in 1916 re George HASTINGS of Lansdowne Masterton New Zealand, the father of her illegitimate female child who was born in August 1908. She has a maintenance order out on him, but he can’t be located. It is believed he has joined the Aust. Imperial Force in Qld. under the name of George HAINES. 22 pages List 6.
ALLEN, David, wrote from Newry Ireland in 1914, re William WYLIE, from Co. Down, who left Ireland c1880 for Melbourne. Wylie had worked in his hardware store. 7 pages, List 8.
ALLEN, John Frederick. New Scotland Yard wrote in 1900 enquiring as to his antecedents. He had applied to join the police force there. Local police in Mildura provide a report. 3 pages, List 39.
ALLEN, Josephine, of Teignmouth Devon England, wrote re Thomas HELLER in 1903. He was last heard from in 1897 and his mother, old and illiterate, needs financial aid. He was 35 years old. Found. 9 pages, List 21.
ALLISON, Frederick Allison, formerly Inspector of Works & Measures, West Ham, London, left there in 1891 and hasn’t been heard of since. Mrs. Amelia Allison c/- Anstey & Sons, Plaistow, London UK, wrote in 1895. Has heard he shot himself in Melbourne; no trace. 5 pages, List 28.
ALLISON, Lillian. Nurse at Military Hospital, Leeds England, wrote in 1916 re her brother John William Allison, who arrived in Australia in 1913. Family had not heard from him. Found. 7 pages, List 9.
AMBROSE, Frank, wrote from Boston Mass., in 1904 re Michael and Maurice Ambrose, who left for Australia in the 1850s. Their brother Thomas last heard from them about 40 years ago when they were at Amherst. Family found. 7 pages, List 22.
AMBROSE, Mrs. Rose, of Rochester New York US, wrote in 1911 re her uncle Thomas SHORT, who left Ireland when a young man and came to Melbourne. Police interview two people of that name, but neither are the person sought. 6 pages, List 13.
AMERICAN CONSUL, Melbourne, wrote in 1914. He had received a letter from Mrs. H.B. CLARKENSON re the death of her husband in Melbourne in 1913. Police find he used the name Henry Laurence VERNARD but confessed his real name to his doctor before his death. He had been living with Maria WILLIAMS. 9 pages, some torn, List 10.
AMERICI, Ugo, son of Leopoldo, born 1868 Perugia Italy, said to be in Melbourne under name Scotti MANCINELLI, was sought by the Italian consul Melbourne in 1916. Police interview Robert MATICI, who gives details of his scandalous actions some years ago, but no trace of him found. 6 pages, List 8.
ANDERSON, A.J. of Cincinnati, Ohio, USA, wrote in 1905 re Maurice MEEKER, who left c45 years ago for Australia. Relatives haven’t heard from him for 5 years and his 83 year old brother Ogden is anxious to hear from him, so the writer is enquiring on his behalf. 4 pages, List 15.
ANDERSON, Caroline (Mrs. Charles A.) of Honolulu, T.H., wrote in 1913 re her uncle William LAING. Found by police. 4 pages, List 13.
ANDERSON, Herbert J. Father James writes from Invercargill thanking police for their efforts. He has heard from his
son. Note: original letter of enquiry not on file. 1 page.
ANDERSON, Rev. Irvine K., Rector, Tavy St. Mary, Devon, England, wrote in 1905 re Roger DOIDGE, living near Ballarat. Some of his parishioners require a statutory declaration that he is still alive; ‘a lease difficulty’. Police supply. 4 pages, List 12.
ANDERSON, James. Prime Minister’s Office requests information on this man in 1905, has had a request from Johannesburg solicitors. He was a disinfectant manufacturer inMelbourne in 1890s. Police find he bigamously married Blanche H. MOON in Melbourne. 4 pages, List 18.
ANDERSON, John B., painter, wrote from Germiston, Johannesburg, South Africa in 1899. He had received an anonymous letter about the behaviour of his wife and asks confirmation. Report confirms claim but his kept from him. 5 pages, List 36.
ANDERSON, Mrs. Olaf, wrote from Ridgefield Park New Jersey USA in 1904 re her brother Ole B. LAURITSEN or OLSEN, born in Norway, 49 years old. Not ound. 5 pages, List 20.
ANDERSON, Peter of Peiter Martizburg Natal South Africa wrote in 1908 re his uncle and aunt Andrew and Janet BORLAND, children of Andrew Borland, deceased, born in Newmilns, Ayrshire Scotland. Janet had sailed from Scotland to Australia in 1854; Andrew was an engineer, he had left the Cape Colony for Australia in 1882. 10 pages.
ANDERSON, Quinton, wrote from Gallowgate, Glasgow Scotland in 1895 re his brother Thomas James, a joiner, last heard of from Melbourne in 1891. Found. 7 pages, List 31.
ANDREWS, Aden. Wife in Wareham Dorset seeks information about him in 1919; found in gaol. 5 pages, List 17.
ANDREW, Alexander, ship’s apprentice, sought by mother M. Andrew of Little Park, Falkirk, Scotland, 1901. 5 pages, List 5.
ANGELL, Mrs. E. of Dunedin New Zealand, wrote in 1900 re her husband William George Allsopp Angell, aged 31 years, who was working on ships. 9 pages, List 9.
APACK, Peter, stationmaster, Nagli, Aidin Railway, Smyrna Turkey, wrote in 1892 re his nephew John APACK, son of Paul. He left Turkey c10 years ago, was aged 35 years. 6 pages.
ARGNANI, Auguste. Died Dunolly Victoria 1880. Italian consul in Melbourne receives private papers, including inventory of estate, for friends in Italy. 10 pages, List 5.
ARLINGTON, George Harwood, sought by wife in Handsworth, Birmingham England. He ran off with Mrs. Florence Ada TEMPLE, taking all his money. His estate has been made bankrupt, and their house sold, leaving wife and child ‘without a penny’. He is a ‘very famous cricketer’ has played for two counties. Police find the couple using the name ASTLEY running a hotel in Melbourne. Photo of him on file. [See note in introduction re cost of photos]. 22 pages, List 6. CONNECTION FOUND
ARMITAGE, George, formerly of Manchester England, last heard of at Richmond in 1891, sought by R.W. KNOWLES of Carnforth England in 1896, his wife is a sister. Found. 5 pages, List 34.
ARMSTRONG, A.W., Kensington London, wrote in 1901 re his uncle Edward O’CONNELL, native of Athlone Ireland, whose father William O’CONNELL, MD, died in 1869 and mother Bedelia Mary nee CUSACK died in 1875. O’Connell was in the Irish police force, and last heard from in Victoria in 1872. 1 page, List 4A
ARMSTRONG, Mrs. Helen, Bucks Cottage Workers Agency, Olney, Bucks, England, wrote in 1915 re lace sample sent to G.S. Holmes of Kew, which has not been paid for nor returned. Letterhead states: An institution established to promote and revive the making of pillow lace in the rural villages of Buckinghamshire …. Police establish he is now serving with the Expeditionary Forces, but his parents return lace. 7 pages, List 8.
ARMSTRONG, James, of Oneonta, San Diego, California wrote in 1892 regarding William BALFOUR, formerly a constable at Roscommon near Athlon [sic] Ireland c1860, afterwards in Victorian police force at Avoca. Armstrong had served under ‘General George Brown the Old Hero’, and wanted to contact Balfour re ‘family affairs’. 2 pages.
ARNOLD, George of Kew Gardens London England, wrote in 1893. His brother and another young single man of the London Police Force wish to join Victorian force. His brother is 24 years old, and has had two years in the police force there. 1 page.
ARNOLD, George of Point St Charles, Montreal, Canada, conductor on the Grand Trunk Railway there, wrote in 1893. His father is James ARNOLD, and his father was Robert, and his mother Harriet LONG. His father had six brothers, William, Edward, John, Robert, Joseph (only 5 named) and three sisters, Sarah, Isabella and Jane. Now he is very sick and always speaking of his siblings. George asks if there are any ARNOLD or McLOUGHLIN families in Melbourne. 2 pages, List 3.
ARON, Felix. Chief Constable, Birmingham England wrote in 1917 re this man. His wife Emma ARON of Elsternwick Victoria has written to the Chief Constable, asking whether he is still employed at Austin Motor Works there, as she has not received support from him and is now penniless. He claims to have sent money. 2 pages, List 6.
ARTHUR, Mr. W., of Southall, Middlesex, England, wrote in 1920 re his daughter Mrs. W. WILLIAMS who was being badly treated by her husband. There were two children, but one child she had had before marriage to Williams. 5 pages.
ARTHUR, William, sought by brother John ‘practical horseshoer’ of Pueblo Colorado USA in 1895; is in Victorian police force. 6 pages, List 28.
ASH, Mrs. Margaret, wife of Frank, wrote in 1892 from Providence Rhode Island, re her brother John TRACY, whom she has not seen in 29 years. 1 page, List 3.
ASHMAN, Mrs. Emily, of Seattle Washington USA, wrote in 1904 re Absalom and Charles DATSON who left Redruth Cornwall c40 years ago. Absalom is her stepfather and Charles is son. She was formerly Emily MIDDLETON. 10 Pages, List 4.
ASHURST, Mrs. Margaret of Wigan Lancashire England wrote in 1901 re her husband Robert, whom she married in 1881; they have 3 children. He has married again and is legally married to her. Robert, a police constable, is forced to resign from the force. 20 pages. List 4A CONNECTION FOUND
ASQUITH, John, sought by niece Jennie Asquith CHAPMAN, St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada in 1900. She wrote on behalf of her father, his younger brother. Not found. 5 pages, List 39.
ATHERTON, Ernest, sought by Chief Constable, Norwich England in 1917. His wife Ada Sophia Annie Atherton is now destitute and has applied for relief. He has failed to send maintenance. He is 43 years, a spindle machinist, and the ends of some fingers are missing. Victoria police find him at Diamond Creek. 4 pages, List 6.
ATKINSON, Edwin, sought by Australia House London England, in 1913, on behalf of his wife W.M. of Bush Hill Park Middlesex. He is 38 years of age, was a greengrocer, had been in Victoria since 1911. 15 pages, List 14.
ATKINSON, Mr. Justice, Snr Pusine Judge, British Guinana, wrote in 1895 re Mrs. Margaret SPANN and her daughters; a relative of his in the U.K. has become entangled with one of the daughters, asks report on their background, which is given. 5 pages, List 28.
AVENELL, William. Chief Constable Toronto Canada wrote in 1915 that his wife Mabel hasn’t received any maintenance for herself and child for the past year. Police interview his sister Mrs. SNOOK, who shows she is sending money to Mabel from his pay – he is in the A.I.F. 3 pages, List 8. CONNECTION FOUND
AVERA, G.H. Wrote from Byron, Georgia USA in 1905 seeking information on someone of that name who went from North Carolina to Australia and died there, leaving millions of dollars; thinks this is a relation. 5 pages, List 21.
AVERY, George. His wife wrote two letters from Custom House, London England, in 1913. He had left her and their two children in 1911, was a seaman; she had heard he had changed his name to LAMBERT. 15 pages, List 9. Further letter, 1914, she is a cripple, both her parents are dead. Her brother in law was Robert WOLFE who was in Sydney. 2 pages, List 15.
AVIS, Horace James. Charged with larceny of jewellery in Victoria in 1893 by John NICHOLLS, who hired him to sell it. Avis absconded with the jewellery, met up with his friend Charles PATWORTH and disappeared. The pair had recently arrived in Victoria. Horace’s father, living in Chelsea London, was written to by Nicholls, and was appalled by what had happened and disowned his son. 13 pages, List 15.
AVIS, William T. Sought by sister Ida Louisa Avis of Brooklyn New York in 1901. He’d been a sailor, had been in India, China, Africa etc. Not found. 12 pages, List 18.
AYERS, Frank L. Sought by mother Mrs. J.T. LOVELAND of Sheldon, Ill., USA, in 1898. He was 22yrs old, and her last letters have been returned. Very faint pencilled letter. 12 pages, List 18.
AYLMER, L.C. Wrote from Colombo, Ceylon in 1914 re joining the Victorian Police Force. He is in the Royal Artillery and aged 25 years. 3 pages, List 10.
AYRES, Alvin D., sought by wife in Naugatuck, Connecticut USA, in 1897. He was a graduate of Yale university, was in debt, and had gone missing in 1896. Not found. 9 pages, List 35.
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BACHE, Mrs. H. of Handsworth, Birmingham England, wrote in 1893 re her brother Thomas WOOD. She is his only sister, their parents are dead, and she has ‘lorst his address’. 4 pages, List 3.
BAILEY, Mrs. A. of Ashtead near Epsom, Surrey England, wrote in 1912 re her brother Josiah VENN, who left England two years ago. 2 pages, List 15.
BAILEY, Mrs. E. of Manor Park, London UK wrote in 1914 re her husband Henry Samuel. Encloses photo and marriage certificate which shows they were married in 1904 in Essexand her maiden name was FAIRWEATHER. He has left her with 4 children, aged 9, 7 2 and 8 months, and no means ‘and I don’t now how to keep them…he as never trouble over me ore his children…’ He left there in July. Police find him and he claims he has been sending money to them and is arranging for them to be bought to Melbourne. Police letter reporting this, and enclosing photo and certificate, is returned with ‘gone away’ on envelope. 8 pages, List 7. (See instructions re cost of reproducing photographs.)
BAILEY, Timothy, sought by Mary Bailey, now Mrs. MURPHY of East 4th St. New York in 1895. He left Limerick Ireland c30 years ago. She is the daughter of Ned, who was his uncle. Not found. 5 pages, List 28.
BAIN, George N. Wrote from London in 1898; husband of Helen. He had sent a ship’s ticket to his brother in law Frank WHITE to Melbourne, so he could return to England, but someone else took the ticket and used it. Asks police help to make sure he gets the next ticket sent, and encloses a photo of White, which is on file. 10 pages, see comment re photographic copies. List 20.
BAIN, W., wrote in 1893 from Police Chambers, Edinburgh, Scotland, seeking copies of newspaper reports of divorce case WEEDING vs WEEDING and ROSE. No reason given for request. (Co-respondent Rose was a medical practitioner). 5 pages, List 3.
BAIRD, A.C. & Co., of Glasgow Scotland, wrote in 1913 re Mrs. Mary Ann SUMMERVILLE or HARRIS. She and her husband David Harris are believed to have had a store at Ballarat many years ago. It is believed Mary Ann died about 30 years ago. Her sister has died and she is entitled to a share in her estate. Not found. 9 pages, List 13.
BAIRD, Robert, of Kincardine, Ontario Candada, wrote in 1894 re William IRWIN, who emigrated 40 years ago. Baird’s wife Louise nee NEWCOMBE, is a cousin. Not found. 6 pages, List 17.
BAKER, Charles, left England in 1914 on an assisted passage, aged 17 yrs. His father, C. Baker, of Rustington Sussex England wrote as he had not heard from him in 15 months. Police him find him under an assumed name, which he claims was to avoid repaying his passage money. 6 pages, List 8.
BAKER, Mrs. H.V. of Grand Pacific Hotel, Seattle, Washington USA wrote in 1914 re her husband, who came to Melbourne some months ago. He had agreed to pay her $30 per month maintenance, but ‘he has not sent me one cent for months’. They were married in 1910 and separated in 1913. Not found. 6 pages, List 7.
BAKER, James and George. Information sought by Town Clerk Melbourne, on behalf of Mr E.M. WOLFE, lawyer, Mountain Home Idaho USA who was acting for an elderly lady there (unnamed). James was once a mining man, brother George in Melbourne 20-30 years ago. Police find a James in Sydney but he is the wrong person; he states that a James, formerly a sharebroker in Ballarat died at Temora in 1894, aged 68 years, was born Pensnettt, Staffs, UK, married Mary CROCKETT and later Margaret Antisill SHORT. Children from both marriages. 12 pages, List 31.
BAKER, William John, sought by Mrs. GOOD of Nth. Braintree Essex England in 1898. He was at Sandhurst, found. 4 pages, List 25.
BALDERSON, Joseph, from Middlesboro on Tees, Yorkshire. Information sought in 1900 by Richard BOLDISON of the same place, a relative. Claims Joseph had shops etc., in Ballarat, and they last heard from him c5/6 years ago, but no record of this is found. 4 pages, List 39.
BALL, Miss Matilda of Chudleigh, South Devon, England, wrote in 1903 re her father John BALL, stonemason, who had left Devonshire for Australia c.1854 and in the 1870s was with Edwin LAMBELL at Castlemaine or Bendigo. 18 pages.
BALLACH, Adam. His nephew John EDWARD wrote in 1902 from the Shipyard, Yoker, Scotland. Ballach was of the parish of Marnoch, Banffshire, left c1853, and was working on the gold escort. Not found. 5 pages, List 24.
BALLARD, D.A. Supt. of Police, Bangalore India, wrote in 1905 on behalf of Mrs. Elizabeth FULLER re her brother Thomas DUCKWORTH, last heard of in 1857. Their father was in the Indian Medical Service. Widow found. 8 pages, List 27.
BALSDON, Mary. Wrote from Niagara Falls in 1904 re her brother Thomas GREGORY, last heard of at Bendigo in 1891. Not found. 15 pages, List 23.
BANBURY, Fred. Police receive a cable from his mother in Torquay England. in 1914 asking them to check out his request for money. They interview him; he is an accountant, 28 yrs, who left Torquay in February and has been spending freely. He was robbed when drunk and cabled his mother for more money to tide him over until he can get a job; file gives employment history. 3 pages, List 7
BANNERTH, F. of Kensington London, wrote in 1898 re his/her aunts Sophia RYAN, a widow, c75yrs old and her sister Mary c68yrs old, who married firstly Thomas HILL and had a son Thomas (was in Customs department) and secondly a draper (unnamed). The writer was suffering bad health and anxious to contact relatives. 5 pages, List 20.
BANVARD, Mrs. J. of Rawalpindi, India, wrote in 1900. She visited Melbourne the previous year to arrange artistes for her theatrical company, ran short of money and pledged gold watch. Subsequently gave ticket and money to redeem watch to A. MARTIN of Elsternwick, who was shipping horses to India, but the watch hasn’t turned up yet. Police find Martin who states he gave the watch to J.B. ARNOLD of Bombay, who has since died. 9 pages, List 18.
BARFORD, Val. Thomas, of Roade, Northampton England wrote in 1916. He was one of the executors of the late James BARFORD, who left a small legacy to F.W. BARFORD, who was believed to be in Melbourne. 6 pages, List 6.
BARKER, Charles, sought by wife Mary, Calcutta India, in 1912. He left there 9 months ago, hasn’t been heard from for 6 months; an electrician, c30 years, works for tramway company, they were married c3 years ago. Found. 6 pages, List 33.
BARKER, Mrs. Louisa of Kidsgrove, Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire wrote in 1914 re her uncle Thomas STEVENSON of Sandhurst [Bendigo]. He went there c60 yrs ago, was a widower, she is his only niece, his brother John’s child. He was very wealthy, but police find he squandered it and died penniless. 8 pages, List 8.
BARKER, William Henry, late of Rochdale, Lancashire, sought by Samuel FAULKNER of Cheltenham, Manchester, England, on behalf of Barker’s sister Annie, in 1905. Barker had left England about 29 years ago. 5 Pages, List 5.
BARLEY, William G. of Brixton London England, wrote in 1915 re his son Leonard Harold Charles, c29 years. Last heard from 2/3 years ago , when he was using the names BAILEY/BAYLEY. Police reply, giving his address, but do not mention his convictions for theft, or his marriage, details of which are on the file. 53 pages, List 8.
BARNES, Mrs. Mary E., of Truro Nova Scotia wrote in 1892 re her father Abraham LIVINGSTON who went away about forty years ago to the goldmines in Victoria. He was believed dead, but someone has recently seen him in Melbourne. 8 pages.
BARNES, Mrs. Mary of New York City wrote in 1901 re her relative Mrs. Anna CRAWFORD of Melbourne, whom she hasn’t heard from since 1896. 7 pages List 4
BARRETT, Patrick, born Ireland c1844, sailed from there to Australia, last heard from 20 years ago. Information sought by niece May LEHAN of San Francisco in 1899. 4 pages, List 36.
BARRON, Beatrice, of Battersea Park London wrote in 1914 re her husband John who left England in 1902. She has two children, has never received any maintenance from him. 4 pages.
BARTLETT, Miss Nellie, left her home in Stonehouse, Plymouth England in 1882. Robert HYNE, Stonehouse, wrote in 1894 on behalf of her sister Selina. Not found. 4 pages, List 34.
BASH, Austin, sought by relatives Miss N. Bash of Rose Hill and Mr. John Bash of Necastle on Tyne in 1913. Arrived Melbourne c80 years ago, became wealthy; no record. 9 pages, List 29.
BASSEMIR, Tulins. See Index to Criminal & Other Case Files
BATCHELOR, John Black. Barrister and solicitor, born Scotland. Charged with theft in 1918 by Bernard Percival VOICE of Christchurch New Zealand. Arrested in Victoria. Photo and 9 pages, List 16. (See instructions re cost of reproducing photographs.)
BATEMAN, Joseph wrote from Bristol, England in 1919, re his uncle George FREEMAN, who left for the goldfields about 1862. 8 pages.
BATES, Charles P. Police in Oakland California write in 1905 on behalf of his mother who is looking for him; he is an actor. 4 pages, List 21.
BATH, Norman, enquired for by High Commissioner’s Office, London, England in 1918, on behalf of sister Laura. Norman left England in 1914, had lived at Brixton. 6 pages.
BATTISON, James Ogilvie. Wrote from Cape Province, South Africa, in 1920, applying to join Vic. police force. He is 38 yrs, an ex sgt. of police, a widower etc. Copies of references on file. 6 pages, List 18.
BATTY, Ernest Oswald. Solicitors from Liverpool England wrote in 1908 on behalf of the next of kin of Batty, seeking details of the circumstances of his death etc. 7 pages, List 13.
BAUMRICK, Sophia, wrote from Romania wrote in 1894 re her fiancée Leopold HAUSER, a baker, who had emigrated to Melbourne some time before, but failed to answer her letters. She is heartbroken when police report on his activities. 13 pages. List 4. CONNECTION FOUND
BAWARD, Mrs. Jane of Harold’s Musical Warehouse, Calcutta India, wrote in 1901. She left goods with her friend Mrs. LAWLOR, music teacher in Footscray six months ago, and has had no reply to her letters. 4 pages, List 15.
BEALE, John, solicitor, Auckland New Zealand, wrote in 1914 re George or William DICKINSON, 27 years, who used to work on the trams in Melbourne, and claimed to be a widower, with one son. Dickinson has left his client pregnant, after promising to marry her. Police find he deserted his wife and other children in 1913, and his wife has a maintenance order out for him. 6 pages, List 8.
BEDWELL, R.E. of Cafford, London England, wrote in 1914 re brother in law Charles R. HEWSON, who was in business in Cobram in 1913 and has disappeared. His aged mother is worried about him. Police report he got into financial difficulties and cleared out. 5 pages, List 7.
BELABRE, Vivyan M de. French Consul in Melbourne in 1913 forwards letter from French Consul Belabe in Newcastle on Tyne England, regarding his son Vivyan, who left Sussexwith Thomas EADY family for Australia, without saying goodbye. He is now apparently living on a farm in Victoria with the family, and his father wants details. Found. 15 pages, List 14.
BELL, Mrs. George, wrote from Stayner, Ontario Canada in 1897 re her niece Fanny WHITTLE, now Mrs. James GRUNDY, who had two sons Samuel and William. Police interview several Grundy families, but fail to locate the correct family. 14 pages, List 20.
BELL, James, of Greenhill, Hownam, Kelso N.B. wrote in 1892; has seen a report of the death of a William YOUNG in Victoria, described as a native of Carmunnock Lanarkshire, 2 years, engine driver. Asks if this could be his wife’s uncle of the same name, who left Cumnock Ayrshire many years ago. His sister Ann YOUNG or McHUTCHON is still alive. Reply states appears to be a different person. 6 pages.
BENBOW, Allen V., wrote from Balham London in 1913 re joining the Victoria police force. 3 pages, List 14.
BENNETT, George W., wrote from Tunbridge Wells UK in 1898 re his 19 year old daughter Kate, living with disreputable family named Irvine/Irving in Melbourne. His brother in law is George WOOD. Kate was due to sail back there with his wife and children, but got off the boat. 6 pages, List 25.
BENSON, Samuel, of Hobart Indiana USA, wrote in 1894. He had seen a newspaper article ‘Heirs to a half Million’ seeking whereabouts of Samuel B. HIGGINBOTHAM, his first cousin, and formerly a lawyer of Brooklyn New York, and himself. In 1847 his uncle Samuel BENSON, wife and two children, his aunt Evelina SHIRES and son Sam, and uncle James BENSON, arrived in Australia from Manchester England. They were siblings of his father William. He is convinced some relatives are trying to deprive him of his share of the estate. 7 pages, List 4.
BENTLEY, Thomas, emigrated c1868 and joined brother Simon at Ballarat. Their brother Henry, Pallas Toomevara Ireland, asks help to contact him in 1900; he was born Co. Clare, 4 miles from Limerick, would now be 55 years. Found. 6 pages, List 38.
BENYON, Samuel, sought by nephew William, Lampeter Velfrey Narberth, Pembrokeshire Wales, in 1904. He ran away with he was about sixteen, joined army. Would now be about 60 years old. William’s father died over fifteen years ago. Found. 5 pages, List 32.
BERG, Arnold, of Wellington New Zealand, writes in 1907 re a young woman who is staying at his place and has recently given birth. She claims to be a Mrs. GILLIE, he believes her real name is Annie ROCHESTER, born in Inglewood Victoria, and single. He seeks confirmation, and will ask her to leave if this is the case. Local Inglewood police confirm, but say that she is respectable, she shouldn’t be hounded for a mistake, and Berg shouldn’t be told the truth. New Zealand police agree with this. 4 pages, List 10.
BERGER, Gus, real name August SOHLBERG, Swede, arrived 1894 from Chicago, c32 years. Relative Edward STEELE writes from Wonthaggi in 1895, he has gone missing, and Steele thinks a skeleton found on Elwood beach may be him. Not found. 12 pages, List 29.
BERTRAM, Mrs. Clara. New Scotland Yard wrote in 1907, enclosing a letter they had received from Clara, who lived in Melbourne. She sought their help in tracing her husband Conrad Augustus Bertram, who had deserted her and their son. They state that they only deal with criminal matters, but Vic. Police take up the case and he is eventually arrested. Conrad left her in 1903 and went to W. Aust with Alice Margaret CORDWELL, and now had a daughter Elsie by her. His father is E.E. Bertram of Leadenhall St., London, his mother lives in South Kensington London, and his sister is Mrs. Fred SHORTER. 22 pages, List 13. BEVAN, Alfred, of Aldridge near Walsall, Staffs, wrote in 1912 for the address of James SARGOOD, a railway agent. Incomplete file, 2 pages. List 18.
BIBBY, Thomas William, writes from Rhyll N.W. England, on behalf of mother Margaret in 1906. Father Thomas deserted 24 years ago. Asks police to issue a warrant. He is the eldest of 4 children. File includes 2 letters from mother. 10 pages, List 29.
BIGGAR, John, accountant, Glasgow, Scotland, wrote in 1912 re his bother Thomas, who sailed from there in 1909 as a ship’s steward, and not heard from since 1910. 6 pages, List 32.
BILES, William, sought by mother Mrs. A. Biles, Horsham, Sussex England, in 1919. He left there in 1908, when 18 years old, and worked for some time at Mt. Elephant; she hasn’t heard from him for some years. Her letter sent to Queensland police who forward it to Victoria. Not found. 7 pages, List 12.
BILLMAN, Miss R. of Grey Lynn, Auckland New Zealand wrote in 1909 re Thomas Robert COOKE, formerly employed in Felt Hat Mills in Wellington and Auckland, who was married to her sister. They had heard he already had a wife and family in Melbourne. 5 pages.
BINDER, Miss Amelia of Ogden, Utah, USA, wrote in 1894 re George HEWITT who ‘is or was formerly connected with some bank there’. 6 pages, List 4A.
BIRCH, Mrs. Florence, wrote from Essex England in 1907 re her husband William James Birch, who was shipwrecked off the coast of Dunedin, but saved and taken to Sydney. She had last heard from him in 1906, when he was ill. They were married in Albany WA and have 5 children. He was supposed to be going back to England, working a ship, but never arrived. His brother is Richard and his nephew James is in the Victorian police force. She writes again subsequently, has heard he is living with Alma KING, who keeps a hotel in Sydney. Nephew James is asked in 1909 and says he believes he is on his way, via Calcutta. 19 pages, List 33.
BLACK, James William; information on sought by Chief Constable Manchester England in 1915. Black wrote to him re his wife’s family stealing £300 of his money left in a building society there 18 years ago. Records show the building society closed in 1885. Black claims his wife wrote to him two years previously, saying the money was safe. 8 pages, List 8.
BLACKMORE, Charles of Christchurch New Zealand wrote in 1912, seeking a position in the police force. He was aged 35 years, had served three years in the Australasian navy and gave his chest measurement and weight. 3 pages.
BLACKWELL, Henry of Cornwall England wrote in 1892 re Arthaniesus Blackwell. About 24 years ago his father at St. Just near Lands End, had a letter from Australia, relating to money and property at Mt. Blackwood Victoria left to him by Arthaniesus Blackwell in Australia. His father returned the letter as no relation, but Henry, the only living son, wants to revive the claim now. Police find that a John Blackwell was at Mt. Blackwood years ago, but not there now. 6 pages.
BLACKWELL, J.R. of Miami Florida USA wrote in 1917 re Thomas EYTON and wife Isabella Pyne. He is an old friend and hasn’t heard from them for 25 years. Eyton was previously in Montreal Canada under the name of C.J. PAGE. Sons John and Frederick and sister Eliza Jane who married Arch. DEAN are mentioned. 7 pages, List 6.
BLACKWOOD, Mrs. T. of St. Hubert’s Mission, Saskatchwan, Canada, wrote in 1920 re her nephew John Blackwood, ‘who lives on a farm near Melbourne’. Not found. 4 pages, List 16.
BLACKWOOD, Thomas, sought by sister Jane, who wrote from Sunnymead, Whitewood, N.W. Territory (Canada) in 1894. He had a farm near Melbourne; his wife committed suicide. Son John found. 11 pages, List 30.
BLATCH, Arthur, wanted for murder of Alfred WELCH at Colchester, Essex England in 1893. In 1897 was sighted in New Zealand, and R.D. COOMBES, Chief Constable at Colchester asks Victorian police for help. Detectives identify suspicious character using name Williams and have 2 photos taken, but it is not him. The photos are faded and unclear. Reward poster, with photograph and description of Blatch on file, along with English Police Gazette entry on him. 14 pages, allowing for 1 page of Gazette. List 35.
BLEAKLEY, Jane, of Brookaboro Co. Fermanagh Ireland, wrote from 1916-1918, seeking details of her brother John, who left there in 1902. Not found. 14 pages, List 18.
BLIGH, William, sought by son Charles Martyn Bligh, who wrote from Chicago in 1896. He left his wife Eliza nee Martyn and two children Charles and Lizzie in Cornwall c1862 and came to Australia. He knows William has a wife and family. William found in Ballarat; his daughter had just died. He says he will write to his son, which he does, and Charles writes and thanks police for finding him. 11 pages, List 34.
BLIGHT, Mr. J.R., of Portreath, Redruth, Cornwall England wrote in 1905 re Mrs. Catherine ANDREWS of Ballarat East, who was entitled to some money from the sale of property in Cornwall. 3 pages.
BLOUNT, William (or STEVENS) actor. Wife in U.K. asks police to find him and provide details. He is found to have married Flora CAMPBELL (index states Charlotte Elvira Campbell) in 1892; wife is going to sue for divorce. List 19.
BLYTH, Mrs. M. of Berea Johannesburg South Africa wrote in 1920 re her sister Mrs. Kate COLLIER of St. Kilda. 4 pages.
BOLAND, James Patrick, sought by sister Mary MINOGHAN, Brighton Park, Chicago USA in 1895. He left many yeas ago; two uncles named MALONE mentioned. 2 pages, List 28.
BOLTON, Walter H., recently arrived in New Zealand from England, employed solicitors in 1902 to arrange bank draft for nephew John BOLTON, living near Ballarat. John was found in prison in Melbourne, but wished it kept secret from his uncle. 16 pages.
BOOTH, Charled Edward Nelson. Arrived in 1895 with wife Anne. Her mother Mrs. Jane GRIFFITH of Manchester wrote, alleging cruelty towards his wife. He was divorced, a hawker and pugilist. Photo on file shows him in boxing gear and heavily tattooed. Wife writes asking for matter to be dropped. Further letter from mother in 1897, has heard nothing from daughter for 6 months, but has had abusive letters from him. He was also known as Charles NELSON. 18 pages, List 25.
BOOTY, Alfred, of East Ham, Essex England, wrote in 1914, re uncle Elijah. Police report his death and locate son. 6 pages, List 7.
BORASH, Leon, location sought by J.L. KEIDANSKY, Odessa, Russia, in 1912, believed to be in Melbourne. Not found. 6 pages, List 32.
BORCHARDT, Mrs. Max, sought by sister Minnie EASTBURG of Galesburg, Ill., USA in 1897. Last heard from in Melbourne. Found. 7 pages, List 35.
BOSISTO, John Lazenby of London England wrote in 1899. He had heard of the death of Joseph Bosisto, is the son of his eldest brother, seeks detail of his estate. 7 pages, one torn, List 20.
BOUTAGY, Najeb Seraphim. Left his home in Jaffa Palestine in 1900; sought by S.S. Boutagy in 1904. Found. 7 pages, List 22.
BOUGHTON, Clara, wrote from Aylsham, Norfolk England in 1894 re her husband Alfred, hasn’t heard from him. She has two sons, 8 and 9 years, dependent on her. Found. 9 pages, List 30.
BOWDEN, Joseph of Brooklyn New York, wrote in 1913 re his ‘father’s father’s brother John BOWDEN’ who was born in Cornwall in 1815 and went to Aust c1852 and died there. He was looking for a share in his estate. 4 pages, List 15.
BOWEN, Thomas wrote in 1892 re his brother Henry, from Mallow, Co. Cork Ireland, who was in the Victorian police force in 1852. 2 pages.
BOWES, Thomas, sought by brother Andrew of Albany New York USA in 1895; last heard from over 20 years ago. Was from Co. Monaghan Ireland, would be 52 years old. 5 pages, List 29.
BOYD, Andrew, of West Philadelphia, Pennsylvania USA wrote in 1914 re six brothers named GILCHRIST – Robert, Andrew, William, Thomas, James and John, who left Co. Tyrone for Sydney in 1886 and thence to Melbourne. Their sister Mrs. Mary Boyd left Tyrone for Philadelphia in 1888. Police interview all Gilchrist males of those names but cannot locate the brothers. 29 pages, some repetitive, List 7
BOYS, John William, sought by son in law J. ILLINGWORTH of Savile Park, Halifax, England. Left England 30 years ago, last heard of 12 years ago in Warragul, Victoria. Found there. 6 pages, List 5.
BRABNER, George, patient, St. Paul’s Hospital, Vancouver Canada wrote in 1906 her his brother Alexander, last heard of c1876 at Burrumbeet. He was married, with a arge family. Police find he had died but locate family. 5 pages, List 31.
BRACE, Lewis Knight Brook, otherwise Lee BOND. Information sought by British Consul General, Los Angeles USA in 1912. Found to have collected money in Melbourne, but not traced. Incomplete file, letters returned to Lord Mayor. 5 pages, List 32.
BRADBURY, Mrs. Annie, of Gorton, Manchester England, wrote in 1914 re her husband Aaron. Married in 1910, she had a child in 1911 and he deserted shortly after. His brother Benjamin is in Victoria, but claims he doesn’t know where he is. Wonderful description of the child who wins a baby prize and is a ‘Nestles’ baby, with a 25″ chest measurement. 8 pages, photo, List 7. See introduction for details of photo costs.
BRADBURY, Mrs. E., of Cheltenham Gloucestershire England wrote in 1917 re her husband Percy BRADBURY, who left there in 1913. She hasn’t heard since 1916, when he was living in Richmond Victoria. Police ascertain he has left there, but are unsuccessful in tracing him. 12 pages, some damaged, List 6.
BRADBURY, Pte. J., 3rd Leicestershire Regiment, Partington Yorkshire England, wrote in 1915. His original letter is missing from the file, but it concerned his daughter Emma who had emigrated to Melbourne. He enclosed a letter he had received from Mrs. Cassie Kirk, telling him that Emma had married her son William, had miscarried and was pregnant again, and the couple were very poor. Police confirmed this statement, but the letter sent back to Bradbury was returned, and is on the file, as is Mrs. Kirk’s letter. 8 pages, List 7
BRADLEY, William J., of Germantown, Philadelphia, Penn., USA, wrote in 1913 re his uncle and aunt, John and Susan McGRAW nee BRADLEY. She is a daughter of Charles of Coleraine, Co. Derry Ireland. They arrived in Melbourne c.1853. Not found. 6 pages, List 12
BRADSHAW, Joseph, sought by Enoch MAYERS of Pendleton Manchester England in 1897. He emigrated with his wife and family to Melbourne c1894; his brother Charles lives there. Wife and children returned to England, and he was to join them, but hasn’t done so, and they are dependent on the kindness of neighbours. Found. 7 pages, List 36.
BRADSHAW, Richard. Wrote in 1897 re his half brother John ALDERMAN of Bedfordshire England, who left there in 1852 for the Victorian goldfields. He had advertised inMelbourne papers for him, and was suspicious of a response. He believes Alderman was a wealthy man, but police find otherwise. 15 pages, List 9.
BRAGARD, Charles, Sergt., Armee Belge, Belgique, wrote in 1919 requesting details on the background of George BEAR, son of J.E. Bear of Spottswood. [Bear probably in army] 3 pages, List 15.
BRAMAN, F.L., Toledo, Ohio USA wrote in 1903 re Lucien RAMAN, his father. He had written previously 3-4 years ago. He has now heard that his father sailed from PortlandOregon 32 years ago for Melbourne under the name of T.G. BUSH. 10 pages, 2 torn.
BRAMPTON, T.C., of Rosebank Johannesburg South Africa wrote in 1916. His/her mother Mary nee GILLIES sought the location of auctioneers and land agents named GILLIES, last heard of in Sydney. The will of John GILLIES of Ford, Loch Ave., Argyleshire Scotland is mentioned. He was the brother of Duncan, and she is Duncan’s eldest daughter. 6 pages, List 8.
BRANIGAN, William. John Ross writes from police station West Maitland, New South Wales, 1862, on behalf of Mrs. Bridget BRANIGAN, who has seen a newspaper report of a railway accident at Elphinstone Victoria, in which a William Branigan was killed. Ross asks on her behalf if it was her son. Investigations show it was. 4 pages, List 5.
BRAY, Edmond Selwyn, sought by sister Mrs. S.F. BROWN of Sumner, Christchurch New Zealand in 1896; last heard of in San Remo. His wife in the UK is in need of financial help, hasn’t heard from him for 5 years. 6 pages, List 31.
BRAY, Edward Selwyn, died in Melbourne hospital in 1896. Sister Sarah S. BROWN wrote from Christchurch New Zealand in 1897 querying whether it was really him, and asking details, which are provided. 19 pages, List 36.
BREEBACK, William. Isaac DUNN wrote from Everton, Liverpool England in 1899; his mother is a daughter and seeks information. He has heard that he died in Melbourne in 1870. Police find he died under the name PRIEBACH. 10 pages, List 36
BRENDON, W.E. & Sons, Plymouth, UK, wrote in 1911 re W.H. PASSMORE, a plumber as ‘his life is on a lease which we hold under the Earl of Mount Edgcumbe’. 4 pages, List 15.
BRENNAN, James, born Partick (Scotland?) 1857, arrived Melbourne 1889 as a ship’s carpenter, and boarded in Port Melbourne. Chief Constable of Partick wrote in 1900 on behalf of his mother. Not found. 12 pages, List 39.
BRESLIN, Thomas. The secretary, Leith Parish Council, Scotland, wrote re him in 1914. He was Irish. His wife Mary BAIRD or MANSON or BRESLIN, and 4 children leftMelbourne for there with his consent, and he was to follow. They are now destitute and he has failed to support them. Police find him in the AIF and his wages are garnished. 19 pages, List 8.
BREWER & Sons, Solicitors, Barnstaple, England, wrote in 1914 re Thomas PASSMORE, c73 years old, whose sister has died. 3 pages, List 14.
BRITLAND, C.T., of USS Wyoming, New York Cikty, USA, wrote in 1913 re his uncle J.T. Britland who went to Melbourne c1881 to start a hotel. Not found. 4 pages, List 14. CONNECTION FOUND
BROCKLEBANK, Thomas, sought by Lizzie Ann SMITH of Saint Lau… (illegible) USA in 1897. Her father George Smith, born Cockermouth, England, was his nephew, and visited him in 1876. Police trace Brocklebank. 10 pages, List 35.
BRODERICK, William. Mother wrote from Wellington New Zealand in 1914 as she hadn’t heard from him. Believed to be living and working in Melbourne. Found by police. 6 pages, List 11
BROGIE, Matthew of Merlick near Limerick Ireland wrote in 1892 re his brother Daniel, who left home 25 years ago. He has heard that Daniel is dead and wants to claim his share of the estate. 4 pages.
BROOKS, Sgt. M. wrote from Sydney Police Station in 1895 on behalf of old neighbour Mrs. DONELLAN nee Bridget CONNOR, of Ballinaslie Ireland, who asked him to trace her brother Patrick CONNOR who left there 48 years ago, when 20 years old. He was in Geelong at some stage. Police investigate in Geelong and Bendigo districts, but not found. 33 pages, List 29.
BROOME, Louisa nee CREED, sought by W.J. Broome of Lima, Ohio, USA in 1895; hasn’t heard since 1888; her brother is Jack. Found, she reports that he deserted her c9 years ago and she has since remarried to – ADAMS. 7 pages, List 29.
BRONKHORST, B. Oppoenheimer, Seckel & Co. London, wrote in 1912. He was their traveller in South Africa, has sold his samples worth £800 and absconded. They believed he was in Melbourne. Police reply they require a physical description, details are too meagre for them to do anything. 3 pages, List 12.
BROOK, A.W. of Invergordon, Scotland, wrote in 1913, on behalf of Joseph GILCHRIST, who is 84 years old, and would like to contact his sister Mrs. Ann MANN, whom he hasn’t heard from for 12 years. 8 pages, List 12.
BROOK, Abraham John of Essex House, Hornsey Lane, London England, wrote in 1892 re his son Herbert John, who left for Australia c1880. Herbert was well educated, aged about 37 years, a fairly good singer who spoke French. ‘Through his follies he has been known to you on more than one occasion.’ Police report that he has been in prison. 8 pages.
BROOKS, Emma E., of Charlestown BH District Mass., USA. wrote in 1892 re her son Fred C. BROOKS. He would now be 23 years old, left Boston c1885, she has not heard from him for five years. ‘He read some improbable stories about boys in Australia and the West and when he went away he carried revolvers with him. The boys around us had the cowboy mania and several talked of going off, but Fred was the only one that went …’. 9 pages.
BROOM, Daniel, deserted wife and 7 children at Kawa Kawa, Bay of Islands, New Zealand, in 1891. Several letters from his wife from 1894-1896 seeking him; not found. 29 pages, List 33.
BROWN, Mrs. of Lower Kimmage Road Dublin Ireland wrote in 1918 per Charles Franklin of Dublin, enquiring about her daughter Mrs. GRACE of East Melbourne, a theatre attendant, whom she had not heard from for over a year. Found by police. 4 pages, List 6.
BROWN, Alexander Ross, dentist, Windsor. Barony Parish Council, Glasgow Scotland, wrote re his insufficient maintenance for his son John Ross Brown, left there c1896. 4 pages, List 25.
BROWN, Mrs. Elizabeth, Mingo, Jefferson Co., Ohio USA, wrote in 1894 re her brothers Robert, William and James BUCHANAN, formerly of Landaire Northern Ireland, who came to Australia 30-40 years ago. 2 pages, List 4A
BROWN, Frederick George. Left Oakland California in 1912, aged about 50 years, a bible student. Chief Commissioner of Police writes in 1913 on behalf of his wife who is missing him. Not found. 4 pages, List 8.
BROWN, I.L. of Birmingham England, wrote in 1892 re his father Ned BROWN. Ned’s wife and family are greatly in need of his help, and have not seen him for eight years. 2 pages.
BROWN, Mrs. J.C. wrote from Darlington, Co. Durham England in 1914 re her husband Frederick, a printer’s engineer. He had left there the previous October, taking their two eldest daughters, Nellie and Winnie, with him, and was supposed to be working in a printing office in Melbourne. She and her youngest child are destitute. 10 pages.
BROWN, John Russell. Chief Constable, Kirkcaldy Scotland, wrote in 1914. His brother Robert, a retired engineer, had asked his help in finding John, who emigrated to Australiac1869/70, will now be 75 years old, was an engineer, son of the late James. He was last heard of in 1907. Police check all John R. Brown entries in Melbourne directory, but he is not found. 11 pages, List 8.
BROWN, Mrs. L., St. George’s Square, Forest Gate, London England, wrote in 1917 re husband Charles BROWN, working in Melbourne. 8 pages.
BROWN, Mary McGill of Auckland New Zealand, wrote in 1901 re her brother Andrew DODD, who left there twenty years ago. She has seen a death of an Andrew DODDS in Kyneton, and asks whether this is her brother. Police provide details. 8 pages, List 18.
BROWN, Patrick. The Parish Clerk of Glasgow Scotland wrote in 1912, re this man, who failed to maintain his wife Elizabeth MERRICKS or BROWN and 9 year old child Elizabeth. They were both from Anderson, Glasgow. He was also known as PALMER, was born in Glasgow, 39 years old. He came to Melbourne as a marine fireman in 1904 deserted ship, and has not been heard from since. His wife is trying to avoid going into the Poorhouse. Not found. 8 pages, List 33.
BROWN, Thomas. Confidential information sought in two letters in 1904, by his brother John S. Brown of Hamilton Scotland, who wrote on letterhead of W. Brown & Sons, builders, contractors and quarry masters. Thomas arrived in Melbourne two years ago from Cape Town; married a widow named KEMPSTER, and supposedly carrying on business under name of NEWMAN & Co. Report on his circumstances. 14 pages, List 33.
BROWN, Mrs. Thomas J. of Chelsea, Roxbury, Mass. USA, wrote in 1897 re mother Maria HARKINS, whom she has not heard from for 27 years. Her mother was born in England, and went from Dunedin New Zealand to Melbourne. 7 Pages, List 4A
BROWNING, Mrs. E. of Oxford, England, wrote in 1892, thanking police for locating her missing son W.R. BROWNING. Original letter and police search not on file. 1 page, List 3.
BRUNSDON, Joseph, sought by mother Mrs. Brunsdon of Mellon Ground, Peckham, Surrey, London in 1856, hasn’t heard from him for a long time. 5 pages. List 4.
BRYAN, Henry, left England for Australia in 1896, had previously lived here for many years. He was born 1844, the son of George, formerly a London solicitor, and a blindmaker. The Reversionary Interest Society, London UK, sought information about him in 1912. Found. 7 pages, List 32.
BUCHANAN, George, Wenz & Co., Melbourne, wrote on behalf of his un-named sister in London in 1910 re Thomas John SUTTON, who deserted his wife and children there. He was a ship’s steward and his people live in Melbourne. Not found. 6 pages, List 27.
BUCKLEY, – Mrs. Wrote from 81 Cross Lane Gorton, Manchester England in 1914, hasn’t heard from her husband for four years, but recently received a photograph of him, taken in Melbourne, and sent to her ten year old daughter Clara. He left them destitute. Police respond that she must provide more details – his given name, age, occupation etc. 4 pages plus photograph, List 10. (See instructions re cost of reproducing photographs.)
BUCKLEY, Edward, sought by wife Kitty, Totland Bay, Isle of Wight in 1912. He left London for Melbourne 3 months prior and hasn’t been heard of since. 32 years. Found interstate. 11 pages, List 33.
BUGGY, James, Inspector, Liverpool Police, wrote in 1901 on behalf of relatives re his friend Lewis C. KINCHELA, born Kilkenny Ireland. 11 pages, List 15.
BULL, Alfred of Winchester, Hampshire, England, wrote in 1865 re his brother William, a builder, believed to be in Melbourne. Not found. 4 pages, List 10.
BULL, Mrs. George. Sought by sister Maria ENRIGHT of Toronto Canada in 1904. She left Limerick Irealnd c1865, hasn’t been heard of for 30 years. Family found. 8 pages, List 23.
BULLEY, Edward H., wrote from London UK in 1904, asks police to find his brother John S. of the Colonial Navy; has been trying to find him for 20 years, was last heard of at Williamstown. Not found. 10 pages, List 33.
BULLING, Corporal C.G. of 5th Pioneer Battalion, AIF, wrote from France in 1917 re his wife’s character. He hadn’t heard from her in 14 months, was living in Fitzroy. 4 pages, List 16.
BULLIVANT, Mrs. H. Wrote from Darlington (England??) in 1898 re her sister Mrs. A. FLAHERTY, last heard from in 1896. She was a widow, 26 yrs, her husband Thomas, a bus driver, had died. Not found. 7 pages, List 20.
BULLOCK, Charles or William, formerly living in Detroit, Michigan, USA, sought by daughter Ida BULLOCK, now Mrs. HUBER of St. Louis in 1895. Separated from him for over 20 years, she was adopted by a Mrs. ANDERSON, 2 pages, List 28.
BURBANK. Chief of Police, Winnipeg USA writes re this man, no given name listed, who is in Winnipeg and claiming to have been the editor and proprietor of The Argus newspaper which is in Melbourne. Very detailed physical description given. Local detectives state is not known in Melbourne, and must be an imposter. 3 pages.
BURGER, M., New Bedford, Mass., USA, wrote in 1906 re his brother Louis, a pawnbroker in Fitzroy, who left home 26 years ago; hasn’t replied to letters. Found. 14 pages, List 30.
BURN, A.D., wrote from Invercargill New Zealand in 1899. He had bought shares in a gold mining company, and suspects Louis A. PEARCE, who was looking after them, has cheated him. A complicated tale, including Neville BARRIDGE who was admitted to a lunatic asylum. 8 pages, List 36.
BURNS, Alexander. Sought by Superintendent of Police in Cleveland U.S. in 1903. His brother William died in 1901 at Alexandersville; his mother died in New York c.1900. Not found. 3 pages, List 21.
BURNS, George. Died in America 1909 aged 27 years, leaving 3 brothers, James, William and Hugh in Victoria. Tolman & King, Attorneys, Spokane Washington, wrote in 1915 as there is a little estate to distribute. Police find James has died and his widow remarried. 9 pages, List 8.
BURNS, Jessie C., wrote from Cape Town South Africa in 1905 re her husband John Robert, who shipped as cook on a ship to Australia; was formerly in the police force there. 5 pages.
BURNS, William J., Detective Agency, Denver Colorado USA, wrote in 1912, re John BARRIE alias Hugh O’NEAL, stated to have worked in Melbourne, embezzled money, deserted wife and 3 children and come to the US with an actress, c7 years ago. Police report no record here. 7 pages, List 33.
BURROWES, Alexander, wrote from Christchurch New Zealand in 1897, asking confirmation of his age from police records; he joined in 1858. 2 pages, List 36.
BURROWS, Lillian E., Cape Nome City, Alaska, wrote in 1902, seeking her grandparents. J.H. WILLIAMS married Louise BROWN, subsequently she married Thomas BROWN. They went to San Francisco in 1886, when she was 4 years old and her sister 2 years. The writer is Louise’s eldest daughter from her second husband; her mother has been dead for 5 years. Both Brown and Williams were of German descent. Letter to grandparents on file, as is poor quality photo of Lillian. Letter rather rambling. 15 pages. List 5.
BURSILL, J. Wrote from Wandsworth Common, London in 1899 re his daughter Hettie who left there to work for Llewellyn WILLIAMS, a swindler etc. Found in Melbourne. 3 pages, List 24.
BURTON, Edward, sought by wife in Newark New Jersey USA in 1920. He left saying he was going to the Klondike in 1897 and she has never heard since. Not found. 5 pages, List 16.
BURTON, T.B., of Beverley England, wrote in 1914 re his nephew George Bernard PLOWMAN, c19 years old, who was working in Brisbane but left. 5 pages, List 14.
BUSHE, Alma, wrote from Evansville, Indiana, USA in 1895 seeking Paul or Gus Bushe, who left Ireland many years ago, last heard of in 1879. 1 page, List 28.
BUTCHER, Samuel Henry. Police in Barnsley, West Riding, Yorkshire, England, wrote in 1894 on behalf of his wife who wanted details of his lifestyle – was he living with a woman? He was believed to be living near Geelong. Found by police. 4 pages, List 13.
BUTLER, John. Supt Herbert ACKERS of Colchester Police asks his antecedents in 1900. Butler has applied for an alehouse licence and says he was employed in the Melbourne Hospital and was a stallholder in Victoria on file. 8 pages, List 38.
BUTLER, John Patrick, deserted wife Vera in Mortlake, London UK c1917. Found in Victoria with mother, formerly in AIF. He wants her and their child to join him, but she refuses. 8 pages, List 26.
BUTTERWORTH, Charles. Sought by son Ernest of Rochdale Lancashire in 1908. He left England in 1884, and was believed living with a woman he had married in England, but this marriage was illegal, as Ernest’s mother did not die until 1902. He had an uncle Thomas WOLFENDEN at Talbot, and was last heard of in Melbourne. Police find he had died in 1906. 5 pages, List 13.
BYRD, John Thomas ‘a colored man’ formerly a native of Willmington Delaware, sought by sister Eliza DEAN of Philadelphia in 1900. Their sisters Lelitia, Maggie, Mary and Martha are all deceased. 11 pages, List 38.
BYRNE, Thomas W., Chief Constable, City Police, Worcester England, wrote in 1893 re Arthur PACE, seeking confirmation he was with a firm of solicitors, if he was married and if his wife was with him. 3 pages, List 3.
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CAHILL, Miss Mollie, of Cork Ireland, wrote in 1913 re her uncle James Cahill, born in 1854 and formerly of Mallow, who went to Melbourne years ago, also her sister Mrs TRACEY. Police find James served in the Victorian police force, but left in 1879 and can’t be located. 8 pages, List 12.
CAINE, W.C. American Consul in Melbourne forwards letter from Caine, of Chicago Illinois, 1905, re his uncle John Caine, thought to have been murdered ‘in the early days of the colony’. His father James H. Caine was John’s only brother, and they had lived in Newport, Mayo, Ireland. Report gives early history of European settlement in Victoria, and concludes that the person meant is probably John KEANE a shepherd, whose body was burnt in an attempt to hush up his murder. 18 pages
CAINES, William Richard, sought by Walter E. GREGORY of Theatre Royal Melbourne in 1897, on behalf of English friends. He was born in 1842 in Poole, Dorsetshire England, parents were Harry and Susan. Last heard of in 1877. Found. 20 pages, List 35.
CAINEY, Joseph, of Parlie Scotland, wrote in 1918 re his son Michael, last heard from in Echuca seven years ago, would be 28 years of age. Not found. 13 pages, List 13.
CALLAGHAN, Winifred M., of New York City U.S.A., wrote in 1892 re her brothers Michael and James FLEMING, born Loghstown, Blessingtown, Co. Wicklow, who left there about 26 years ago, and were last heard of in Melbourne. 2 pages.
CALLIHAN, Mrs. P. of Sacremento California wrote in 1898 re her son Eugene, missing for eleven years. 1 page, List 11.
CAMERON, Robert, wrote from Vancouver British Columbia in 1917 re his brother Alexander, last heard of 24 years ago in Melbourne. He was a builder and carpenter, a native ofGreenock Scotland, and had two children, Donald and Lizzie. Police report he had died, but locate his son in Western Australia. 10 pages, List 6.
CAMM, Alfred B. of Hornsey London England writes in 1914 re Gordon BRAWN who was engaged to his daughter and was in the Australian Imperial Force. 5 pages.
CAMMACK, Miss Ada, of Fairfield Liverpool England, wrote in 1915 re William CAMMACK, who left England many years ago, is aged c76 years. Not found. 5 pages, List 8.
CAMPBELL, Alexander wrote from Brandon, Manitoba, Canada in 1892 re his uncle Donald CAMPBELL, a native of near Thurso, Caithness, Scotland, who emigrated to Australiac1860 and married a wealthy widow. 2 pages.
CAMPBELL, James, solicitor, of Saltcoats, Ayrshire, Scotland wrote in 1914 re Robert HERDMAN, who left there as a ship’s steward in 1892 and hadn’t been heard from since. He was presumed dead, but is now believed to be alive, and as such is entitled to a share of his late father’s estate. 16 pages.
CAMPBELL, John Lawrence, architect and civil engineer, sailed from Antwerp 1891. His wife Agnes has heard nothing since and is left with five children to support. He was aged 40 years, and Scotch. She wrote from Bishopston, Bristol, England in 1892. 2 pages
CAMPBELL, John Thomas, sought by father Thomas of Winchombe, Gloucestershire in 1898. He sent money for his return but he hasn’t arrived. Found in Eaglehawk. 8 pages, List 26.
CAMPBELL, Katherine, daughter of Frank and Sarah nee DOUGHERTY, born Co. Sligo Ireland, transported for stealing c1857; sought by sibling James/Jane Campbell of Mornoyuck [?], Philadelphia USA in 1895. [writing difficult to read] 2 pages, List 29.
CAMPBELL, Roderick. Wrote from Sydney in 1910, applying to join police force. He had just arrived from Scotland, was 26yrs old, and enclosed copies of references form Rev. Angus FIDDES and Rev. R. MacKENZIE, both of Isle of Skye. 3 pages, List 18.
CAMPBELL, Mrs. William, of Dumbarton Scotland, wrote in 1912 re William KERR, who left Co. Antrim Ireland c30 years ago for the Darling River, but was later in Melbourne or Sydney. All William Kerr’s in directory checked, but none at the correct person. 13 pages, List 15.
CANCARE, Giuseppe, sought by Italian Consul in Melbourne in 1914. He arrived February 1913, is a marble worker and decorator, aged c21 yrs. Not found. 6 pages, List 7 .
CANE, Elizabeth (or SPENCE) sought by Mary DOHERTY, Douglas, Isle of Man, in 1900. No other details given; not found. 2 pages, List 38.
CARE, Mrs. Ada, and 2 sons Leslie and Bert BROACH, left Manchester England in 1912 and came to Melbourne. They had purchased a piano on hire purchase from J.A. CROSS of Manchester and bought it with them. In 1914 Cross claims they had not paid it off and seeks police help in getting payment. Albert Broach maintains they had paid about a third of it off, and will pay the rest when he inherits money from the estate of the late Ann Broach, but Cross says this is not true. 8 pages, List 31
CAREY, E.W. British Consulate-General, San Francisco, wrote in 1905 in response to request from Victorian police, providing a confidential report on E.W.Carey, sometimes HUELIN, who was now believed to be in Honolou. His wife Marion was in England. Lydia SALVANA mentioned; file is incomplete. 3 pages, List 15.
CARLAND, Thomas P., wrote from Philada, Penns., USA in 1895 re uncle and three cousins, Robert, William, Elizabeth and Mary Jane AULL. 2 pages, List 28.
CARLTON, Andrew. Governor Genera’s office forwards letter from Mrs. Carlton of Liverpool England in 1919 re her husband Andrew Carlton, last heard of in Melbourne. He uses the name Thomas BURNS. Not found. 7 pages, List 15.
CARMINE, Joseph, born New Zealand, suicided at Jumbunna in 1899. Sister Mrs. T.M. SWAFFORD and brother L. Carmine, both in NZ, seek details. 16 pages, List 36.
CARR, Frank, ‘champion window dresser of the world’ deserted wife Ida L. and children in Brooklyn and ran off with Ida Van Voorhis (?). In 1900 wife wrote seeking his whereabouts, believed he may have committed bigamy. Found. 5 pages, List 39.
CARSON, Mrs. Ellen of Toronto Canada, wrote in 1918 re her brother John W. LYNN, last heard from in Melbourne. He was going to return to Canada, but has never arrived. Found by police. 4 pages. List 6.
CARSON, John. Cathcart Parish Council Glasgow Scotland wrote in 1914 seeking information. They have been supporting his wife and family for six months and want him to send maintenance. Found. 5 pages, List 31.
CARSON, Mrs. Louisa. Royal Irish Constabulary’s Office, Dublin, wrote in 1899 for a report on her character; she gets a pension. 5 pages, List 17.
CARTER, Miss A., of Northwich, Cheshire England, wrote in 1913 re her brother William Henry, who left for Australia in 1906 on account of his health, and was last heard from in 1908. Found. 7 pages, List 12.
CARTER, T.A., of Cambridgeport, Mass., USA, wrote in 1893 re William CARTER, who went to Melbourne in 1852. 1 page, List 3.
CARTER, William Absalom, eldest son of late Martin Carter of Staffordshire, wrote from Digbeth, Walsall, England, in 1904, re Thomas POWELL who married his oldest sister Isabella, and was once in the police force. Names two other sisters, Matilda and Mary Ann. 5 pages, List 22.
CARY, Mrs. Mary, of Buffalo New York State USA wrote in 1894 re her brother Dan MORRISSY, a baker. 15 pages, List 4A.
CATHERALL, Samuel, wrote from Chester in 1899 re his father of the same name, who left his wife and four children in 1860 for Australia, and was to send money, but never did. He has heard his father has another family, and wants to charge him with a criminal offence. 8 pages, List 36
CAUSLEY, William. Wrote from Thames New Zealand in 1899 re woman who ‘took up with Christian Israelites’ and left there with a preacher named TRIMMER, a former baker who had a wife and family. Police find she was pregnant. 8 pages, List 23.
CAVANAGH, Owen J., of Buffalo, New York USA, wrote in 1908 re his relative Mrs. Elizabeth KAVANAGH, who was born Cory, Co. Wexford and was last heard of in Melbourne. He writes on letterhead of Marine Firemen, Oilers and Watertenders Benevolent Association. Police report she has died. 4 pages, List 10.
CAVANAUGH, Patrick and James, sought by brother John of Lincoln, Ill., US in 1898, last heard of 30 years ago when James was at Castlemaine. Not found. 5 pages, List 24.
CAVENAGH, Eugene, died Medan, Sumatra in 1896, formerly jockey. In 1900 Consul General for the Netherlands asks police to find relatives – brother Patrick found after extensive search. 38 pages, List 38.
CAVANAGH, Patrick Allen. Information sought by solicitors in 1900, acting for estate of Eugene Cavanagh who died in 1896. Traced through Qld and details given, but not found. Letter to Annie REILLY, Qld on file. 16 pages, List 39.
CHAMBOISSIER, Pascal, wrote from Algeria in 1900, asking police to inform Pierre Chamboissier that his mother had died. 4 pages, List 18.
CHAPMAN, Alice, wrote from Blackpool England in 1912, re husband William, last heard of in Melbourne, a lithographer. Found, he claims he has sent money for her and their child to join him. Further letter from Alice states money never sent. List 33.
CHAPMAN, Mrs. Ellen of Leeds, Yorkshire England, wrote in 1912 re her husband George, an ironmoulder, who left there in 1908 and was 32 years of age. Photograph on file. 18 pages, some torn, List 15. See introduction re cost of supplying photographs.
CHARD, Ernest, sought by Chief Constable, Plymouth UK, in 1910, on behalf of his wife. He was a seaman, 35 years etc. 4 pages, List 27.
CHARLESTON, ‘Professor’. Phrenologist, ‘New York Orator’; on lecture tour of Gippsland 1899. Report on his activities, poster on file; married Miss LETU in Orbost. 16 pages, List 23.
CHARLESWORTH, Absolum, wrote from East Clive [?] Haslington near Crewe, Cheshire England in 1894, re his son Albert. Someone wrote asking for money, using his son’s name, and ‘the suspense is near killing me’ as to what has happened to his son. Eventually located; lost his money in bank crash. 19 pages, List 4.
CHAZAN, K., wrote from Margate Kent England in 1896 re brother A. BENSON, who last letter was returned marked ‘deceased’. He was a bachelor and businessman. Police find William ELLIOTT who worked for him for years and states that he died in the Benevolent Asylum in 1895, a pauper and insolvent. 5 pages, List 33.
CHELLEW, T.J., solicitor, Saint Ives, Cornwall, wrote in 1896 re William R. HODGE, who had died at the Albert goldfields in NSW; supposed to have assets at Sandhurst; no trace. 5 pages, List 34.
CHEVALIER, Captain J.F., Harbour Office, Jersey, Channel Islands. Wrote a number of letters in 1898 regarding Mrs. Margaret KIRKER, who was sent from there to Melbourne by her friends. She was born in Belfast Ireland in 1868, is an alcoholic, her late husband Dr. Nathaniel MORTON divorced her and otained custody of the only child – ‘painful for me to write’. 18 pages, List 23.
CHRISTEY, Annie Marion. Sought by C.R. Christey of Waiuku, Auckland New Zealand in 1915, claiming to be her brother. She is living with a man named CREAMER. New Zealand police report that he is her husband; he persuaded her to leave her husband McDONALD, and live with him. McDonald divorced her and they married c2 years ago. She has now run off with his savings and Creamer. 10 pages, List 8.
CHUNDEE, Latchoo, sought by brother Indur of Port Louis, Mauritius in 1897. He left there c8 years ago, and not heard from in 6 years. Police trace his employment history, known as Louis CHUNDA. 12 pages List 35.
CHURCH, William, left U.K. in 1874 for Brisbane, last heard from by sister Mrs. T. TURNER in 1884. Rev. F. Monkhouse SPARKS wrote from Aston Rowant Vicarage, Tetsworth, Oxon in 1896. Found. 10 pages, List 31.
CLAMPETT, George, alias CAMPBELL. Commissioner of Police, Johannesburg, South Africa, wrote in 1905 re this man, recently convicted there, and believed to have been a criminal in Victoria. Photographs and fingerprints sent, but local police have no record of him. He was a native of Montreal, Canada, aged 27 years. 5 pages, List 5.
CLARK, Agnes wrote from Auckland New Zealand in 1919, sought maintenance for herself and four children from husband Langdon. The family had been in Sydney. 15 pages.
CLARK, Edward, c/- Mr. Mills, Blackwall, Poplar, London, England, wrote in 1893 re his brother Thomas CLARK, and wife Agnes, who left London in 1874. 4 pages, List 3.
CLARK, John, solicitor, Brighton in Furness England, wrote in 1905 re James CLEWS, who left Sandbach Chester about 33 years ago for Melbourne. He was a baker and would be about 53 years old. He will hear something to his advantage. Found. 8 pages, List 13. CONNECTION FOUND
CLARK, Ralph A., escaped from Sanatorium in New York in 1907. Police there ask if he is in Melbourne; is 45 years, slightly demented, relatives anxious. Not found. 5 pages, List 23.
CLARKE, – (Mrs.) of Low Hill, Liverpool, England, wrote in 1918 re her husband William, whom she married in 1911 in Birkenhead; was formerly in British Navy. She has heard he has married another woman named Lucy HACKENSCHMIDT. 5 pages.
CLARKE, Maria, of Gordon, Manchester, England wrote in 1907 re her husband Joseph Barlow CLARKE, born Westminster London. Seeks confirmation of his death; she is his legal wife. 4 pages.
CLARKE, Thomas, of Sutton Mallet Bridgewater England, wrote in 1904 re Henry RISDEN, living at Trentham Victoria, asking what sort of a life he was living. 3 pages, List 4.
CLAZEY, James Oswald. Left his home and family in London England in 1885. Charlotte Clasey wrote from Sunderland England in 1897; two identical letters on file of 8 pages. List 20. CONNECTION FOUND
CLEARY, Herbert of New York City USA wrote in 1916 re his uncles Austin, Herbert or William Cleary, who had not been heard of for 8 years. Police check all William Cleary entries in directories, but are unsuccessful. 16 pages, List 6.
CLENDON, Mrs. A. of Handsworth, Birmingham, England, wrote in 1918 re her husband Robert Willis Clendon, who had not supported her for 14 months. Police locate him. 3 pages, List 16.
CLIGNY, E. of Los Angeles, California, wrote in 1920 re his sister Bertha CLIGNY DE BOISSAC, who had not answered his letter. Found by police. 7 pages, List 9.
CLIVE, Andrew. Sought by wife Annie of Walton, Liverpool England in 1915. He a was a fireman on board ship. She is ‘deeply depressed’. He was heard of living with a Mr. and Mrs. MANN in South Melbourne. Found. 7 pages, List 8.
COCHRANE, Mrs Mary, Ashmont, Dorchester, Boston, Mass., USA, wrote in 1901 re brother William B. NOWLAN who married Christine CAMERON and had a son William. 5 pages, List 5.
CODLING, Mrs. Sarah of Mongonui Auckland New Zealand, wrote in 1898 re John Codling, who left there for Melbourne in 1897, and hasn’t been heard from for some months. Not found. [Family information is that her first husband was William MAUGHAM]. 8 pages, List 14. CONNECTION FOUND
COE, Mrs. Olive of Standon Park, Honor Oak Park, Forest Hill, London, England wrote in 1919 re her missing husband Frederick Horatio COE, who left England in 1913; was an assistant steward on a ship. 7 pages.
COFFEY, John. Letter from executor of the estate of Michael COFFEY of Boston, Aughrim, Co. Galway Ireland, in 1919, seeking John or his relatives. Another from his relative John Coffey of Co. Galway, whose father Thomas was a first cousin. Relatives found. 12 pages, List 17.
COGHLAN, Mrs. Alice, of Dublin Ireland, wrote in 1898. She had seen a newspaper report of a murder in Victoria, and the description fitted her missing husband Patrick Coghlan, who deserted her and their children in 1897. Police confirm it is not him. 8 pages, List 14.
COHEN, Louis, Hotel Alamo, San Francisco, California, wrote in 1916 re his father David COHEN, hadn’t heard from him in 12 years; used to be in the tailoring business. Not found. 5 pages. List 6.
COHEN, Sara of Stepney, London England, wrote in 1894 re David NELLEUM, tailor, c24 years, whom she last heard from about 5 years ago; in London he was better known as YANKEL. 2 Pages, List 4A
COKE, Col. J.d’E. of Nunirons, Warrington, Turvey, Bedford England, wrote in 1920, asking that his son Patrick be assisted with advice if necessary. He was working his passage to Melbourne. Coke was an Inspector in British Police. 4 pages, List 18.
COLE, S.J., National School, Tavistock, Devon, wrote in 1894. Has not heard from her husband for over a year, was at Ballarat. Found. 8 pages, List 34.
COLEMAN, Anthony, sought by sister Miss Annie Coleman of San Francisco in 1906. He was born Co. Westmeath Ireland, 36 years. Not found. 6 pages, List 30.
COLEMAN, Mabel. Chief Constable Leicester England wrote in 1915 re her and her 8 year old daughter Evelyn A. Husband W.E. Coleman won’t send money for her support and she is destitute. Police find he left for Egypt with A.I.F. and Defence Dept notified of his marital state. 3 pages, List 8.
COLES, Miss Alice, New York, USA wrote in 1920 re her uncle William COLES, a house painter, aged 47 years, who had a daughter named Ivy, and used to live in Brisbane. 7 pages.
COLLINGWOOD, Henry, and son Charles, c64 and 44 years, sought by British Consulate in Boston US in 1900 on behalf of Mrs. Ellen COOK, who is Henry’s daughter. Not found. 9 pages, List 26.
COLLINS, Florence Louise. Sought by sister Edith CRESSWELL of Liverpool England in 1915. She had arrived in 1914 and worked as a cook. Found interstate. 4 pages, List 8.
COLLINS, Joseph Henry, of Mulley/Mutley?, Plymouth England, wrote in 1902 re Mrs. William MORGAN, last heard from in Melbourne. ‘… as the conveyance of a little property cannot be effected without particulars from her …’. Encloses a letter for her, which is still on the file, and shows he was her uncle and her given name was Annie. 4 pages List 5.
COLLINS, William, sought by relative William Collins CLEGG, Morley, England, in 1898. He was late of the Star Bakery; found in Abbotsford. 5 pages, List 27.
COLLIS, Henry George. Sought by mother Merry Madeline Collis, now Mrs. LITTLETON, via agent D. READY, Bengal India, in 1910. Collis was born Bengal India in 1861 and is now probable heir to an estate. Not found. 5 pages, List 5.
COLLITON, I.J., wrote from Philadelphia, P.A., USA in 1916 re Margaret SHIELDS, sister, and uncles Joseph & Patrick LYNCH of his mother Kate. She tried to find them in 1908, and is now dead, and he is trying again. They were born in Queens Co. Ireland, and went to Australia over 50 years ago. Not found. 15 pages, List 6.
COLLIVER, Richard, of Montreal Canada, wrote in 1895 re Thomas Colliver, late of the English Navy. 11 pages, List 4.
COLLON, William Wade, Co. Louth Ireland, wrote in 1864 re Robert WADE, a native, 32 years of age, who was in the police force, and whose aunt Teresa WADE was anxious to hear from him. Police report his death. 5 pages, some damaged, List 15.
COMERFORD, L. of Islington England, asks police in 1900 to check if Edmund BURKE has taken ship’s passage from Western Australia to Qld. 5 pages, List 18.
CONIFFE, Catherine, wrote from Cork Ireland in 1896 re brother Patrick COLLINS, who had been clerk to Mr. HAYES who kept a corn mill some years ago. He was a native of Cork, 40-59 years old, went ‘on the land’. Two letters from him on file, one from Cobram in 1888. Not found. 12 pages, List 33.
CONNELL, William, wrote from Dunedin New Zealand in 1896 re his daughter Mrs. FINLEY/FINDLAY, who has written to him of her husband’s ill-treatment, and is suicidal . He gives details of his own background; arrived 1854, joined gold escort, later to Otago for police force there. Her sister Mrs. Robert GROUNDS has also had a letter from her. Police report shows she is a prostitute. 6 pages, List 29.
CONNER, Mrs Margaret of New York City writes in 1894 re brothers Patrick and Michael O’NEILL. 9 pages.
CONNIFF, Matthew, sought by niece May M. LOUTH of Newcastle on Tyne England in 1914. He is an ex sergeant of police. Report shows he is dead, but son Matthew located. 8 pages, List 7.
CONNLY, John. Sought by Mrs. John BARRY of Dunedin New Zealand. He was formerly in the police force and retired c30 years ago. Police establish the name is CONNOLLY and he had died. 4 pages, List 7.
CONNOLLY/CONNELLY, Joseph, left Liverpool 1895, sailor, wife M.J. ”left pennyless with 2 little children” 2 and 4 years. On arrival in Melbourne he deserted ship. Two letters from wife; not found. 17 pages, List 25.
CONRAN, William Massey, of Burbank, USA wrote in 1917 re descendants of D.M. Conran, Sergt H.M. 50th Regiment, or his son Hubert, who left Manchester England in 1848, a civil engineer and railroad surveyor, also descendants of James, born 1808 Ballingmore Parish, Ballenlop, Co Wicklow Ireland. Police interview all Conrans in Victoria, who are no relation. The file then sent to Queensland, and a Mary Conran undertakes to write to him, although she thinks no relation. 12 pages, List 6.
CONROY, Miss Julia of Preston England, wrote in 1919 re Edward L. NUTTALL. She had had a maintenance order served on him in Sydney, but he denies paternity of her child. He had been in the Australian army and was in the Sydney police force. 6 pages.
CONVENT OF GOOD SHEPHERD, New York, USA. Sister Mary St. Celestine writes from there in 1892 re Michael KENNEDY, once a member of the Victorian police force. The only serving police member says he does not know her or anyone in New York. 3 pages.
CONWAY, John Harris. High Commissioner’s Office, London England wrote in 1917 on behalf of Octavious T. Price, solicitor, Newent, Gloucester England re Conway. His relatives were anxious about him; he was an old age pensioner. 6 pages.
CONWAY, Michael of San Luis Obisfro (?) California wrote in 1900 re his brother James CONWAY, formerly a policeman in Co. Cavan Ireland and then in Victoria. 2 pages.
COOK, Francis B., Lance Corporal in Gloucestershire Regiment, based at Malta, enquires about joining Vic. Police, 1912. 3 pages, List 14.
COOKE, Gnl. [General?] W. of Burnham Crouch, Essex, wrote in 1899 re his housekeeper’s son, Edmond Charles DORMAN, who left England 8 years ago. Found. 9 pages, List 17.
COOKE, George, wrote from Arlington, Rhode Island USA in 1896 re his son George, who left Ireland in 1885 for Qld, aged 28 years. His siblings were Alice, Samuel, Maggie, David, Thomas and Jane. The family left for the US in 1891. Not found. 7 pages, List 32.
COOPER, Mrs. W.H.N. of Dayton Ohio USA, wrote in 1894 trying to find the brother of Dr. W.H.N. Cooper, veterinary surgeon, who was said to be in Australia on a sheep and ostrich farm. 1 page, List 4.
CORBETT, C.W. Writes from New York to American Consul in Melbourne in 1919, on behalf of Mrs. Catherine McLAUGHLIN of Quincey Mass., re a newspaper advertisement seeking FLAHERTY/HART relatives. Police find the inquiry genuine; Clara JEWETT of Melbourne was seeking her mother’s relations; they were from Co. Sligo Ireland. 4 pages, List 11.
CORBETT, John Henry. Arrived Brisbane c1867 from England, last wrote to friends there in 1870, Constable H. Corbett wrote ‘is nearly related’ to ask if the department would check to see if the John Corbett murdered in Queensland was the same person. Reply states not the same; the murdered man was from Co. Clare Ireland, 30-35 years. 6 pages, List 11.
CORBETT, Patrick Jnr., wrote from Kilnish, Thurles, Co. Tipperary Ireland in 1912, thanking police for finding his uncles, and asking about joining the Victorian police force. 3 pages, List 32.
CORBITT, Alice Jane, of Montreal Canada, wife of Mathew Walker Corbitt, wrote in 1898 re his sisters, Anna Margaret, and the wife of George PERRY, photographer. He leftMelbourne 1860. Found. 7 pages, List 18.
CORCORAN, John, of Philadelphia USA, wrote in 1894 re his sister, whose first marriage was to TURNER, then second marriage had been to William DONALDSON. Found. 8 pages, List 17.
CORCORAN, Michael, sought by nephew Sgt. J.C. Corcoran of the Royal Irish Constabulary, Delvine Co. Westmeath in 1920. He left Ireland over 50 years ago, was born Leitrim, Parish of Kilbride, and his mother was Flanagan. Found. 6 pages, List 17. CONNECTION FOUND
CORDNO, Bella of Oamaru New Zealand, wrote in 1910 re her brother William Cordno, carpenter. She has newly arrived in the colony and hasn’t seen him for many years. 10 pages, List 14.
CORFIELD, Patrick, sought by New Zealand police in 1894; not found. Other Corfield names contacted. 16 pages, List 17.
CORK, Joseph. Wife Martha, of Liverpool England, wrote in 1917, seeking him. He was a seaman who had deserted her and their three children, and sometimes used the name COOKE. 5 pages, List 18.
CORMICK, J.B., of London England, wrote in 1898 re his brother Railston Cormick. Found. 5 pages, List 14.
CORNELL, Thomas H. Wrote from Hamilton Victoria in 1908 seeking details of heath of his brother George, killed in South Africa. 4 pages, List 21.
CORNFORTH, William Francis, left UK for Australia in 1853, not heard from since 1862; would be around 80 years old. William URPETH, North Shields UK wrote in 1900 on behalf of his 2 sisters there. Not found. 6 pages, List 37.
COSTELLO, Miss Annie, of Brooklyn, New York USA wrote in 1920 re her sister Mary, whom she has not heard from in three years. Annie is Mrs. SCHRADER, and her letters were censored during the war, as her husband is German. 11 pages.
COSTELLO, J.J., Royal Irish Constabulary, Portumna, Co. Galway Ireland, wrote in 1915 re James MARTIN who is claiming a share of an estate there. Asks if he is genuine, also if solicitor Daniel HOGAN is also genuine; police confirm both. Martin was born in Sydney, but father came from Galway. 5 pages, List 7.
COTTON, T.H. of Putney, London, England, wrote in 1919 re his cousin Phyllis LOCK. His grandparents anxious to hear from her. 6 pages.
COUCH, Albert Adams, sought by mother E. Couch in Dartmouth England in 1897. Left England 14 years ago. Found. 6 pages, List 20.
COUCHMAN, T. of Elsternwick Victoria, wrote to New Scotland Yard in 1911 enquiring about a family named WRIGHT and a son Loftus. 3 pages. List 15.
COUPER, Mrs. Jean, wrote from Hamilton Ontario Canada in 1915 re her son William, who left Glasgow Scotland six years and was a butcher. Police find he has joined the A.I.F. 6 pages, List 8.
COWIE, Alexander, of Edinburgh Scotland, wrote in 1915 re his son John, 24 years, a carpenter, who came to Australia four years ago and has not been heard of since. Not found. 5 pages, List 11.
COWIE, Roseina. Died Wellington New Zealand in 1918. Public Trustee seeks her two children, Margaret Greta RAMSAY born Melbourne 1893 and Antony Louis HARVEY born 1900, both legally adopted by Antony Louis Francis & Mary Emma BAJOMEZ in 1905. 3 pages, List 24
COWIESON, Margaret of Leeds England, wrote in 1894 re her sister and her husband Alex. MacGREGOR, who formerly lived in New Zealand, then came to Melbourne. Found. 7 pages, List 17.
COX, Mrs. E. of Withington, Manchester England, wrote in 1917 re her husband John Albert Cox. Her two daughters are to benefit from a life assurance policy on him. ‘It would give me great pleasure to hear he was well in health, working and able to keep himself in a respectable manner, which I am sorry to say he did not do for years before he left England.’ Not found. 7 pages, List 6.
COX, Mrs. Ellen of Waltham, Mass. USA, wrote in 1894 re Cornelius DOWNEY, a businessman in Melbourne, aged about 65 years. 4 pages, List 4A.
CRAIGMILE, Charles, wrote from Auckland New Zealand in 1897 re his brother Sandy, who was supposed to have been killed in a Victorian gold mine. He landed in Victoria c40 years previously. Charles claims that an imposter has claimed the estate and spent thousands of pounds that should have been his. 7 pages, List 20.
CRANE/CREAN, Daniel, Rochester New York U.S.A., wrote in 1917 re his father’s brother James Crane/Crean, a native of Co. Sligo Ireland who came to the goldfields, did well, and died unmarried. Some years ago Otto T. Daly, a private detective, claimed to have found James Crane and wanted Daniel to give him sole control of the estate that James left. Daniel refused, but now is trying to find the details for himself. (See Daly entry for earlier letter). List 6, 5 pages.
CRANE, James of Gateshead England, wrote in 1892 re his uncle Thomas CRANE, a jeweller in Melbourne. 2 pages.
CRAWFORD, Mrs. Elizabeth, Greenock Scotland, wrote in 1894 re the alleged bigamy of her husband John, an engineer, some years resident in Melbourne. Police find that he lived firstly with Johanna McDONALD who died, as Mrs. Crawford, in 1887, then with Lillie or Elizabeth EDMUNDS, by whom he has two daughters, Nellie Victoria and Lillian Hilda Irene, both registered as illegitimate. 5 Pages. List 5.
CRAWFORD, Mrs. Ellen of Addington Natal South Africa wrote in 1892 re her sister Frances BISHOP, 44 years and single. Wanted enquiry made quietly, ‘as she has ceased all correspondence with her family’. 5 pages.
CRAWFORD, M.E., former inspector of the Metropolitan Police London, and now with the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, writes re Mrs. Mary Florence GLASSCOCK who left Melbourne and arrived in England in 1914. She has a child, Leonard ROGERS, with her. He suspects she is illtreating the child, and seeks details of her background. Local police report she was formerly Polly O’GRADY, who married a bookmaker named MADDEN, then Glasscock, who died and left her very wealthy. The boy’s background is unknown, but she has looked after him for 9 years. 7 pages, List 8.
CRAWSHAW, Ann, wrote from Swinton Manchester UK in 1894 re her brother John DEALTRY. 5 pages, List 28.
CREIGMILE, Charles, of San Francisco USA wrote in 1897 re his brother Sandy, whom he has heard died in 1892 at Ballarat. He is next of kin. No such death found. 4 pages, List 4A
CRIEGMILE/CRIEGMILL, Charles, of San Francisco USA wrote in 1897 re his brother Sandy, believes he died at Bendigo in 1892, very wealthy. Miss ARCHIBALD of Davenport New Zealand writes an indecipherable letter, possibly on his behalf. No trace found. 18 pages, List 25.
CRITCHLEY, William Henry. Information sought by Mrs. Edith Critchley of Broadstairs, England, in 1898. 2 pages, List 26.
CRONIN, Mrs. Mary, of Pittsburg US, and her sister Mrs. Thomas CARR, both wrote in 1918 re their nieces Melba and Kathleen HOGG. Their mother, formerly Kate FITZPATRICK, died about 10 years ago, their father John Morrison HOGG had remarried. They had three brothers, Jack, James and Stewart; the first two were killed in the war. Found. 8 pages, most in extremely poor condition, List 16.
CROOKS, Miss Mary J. of Belfast, Ireland, wrote in 1909 re her aunt Violetta KOLLNER, last heard from ten years ago. Found. 5 pages, List 18. CONNECTION FOUND
CROSBIE, Henry, sought by father Mr. H. Crosbie of Marshfield, Gloucestershire, England in 1905. He had not heard from him since 1893; ‘he has been a heavy trial to me half his life’. Would now be 40 years of age. Found in Melbourne. 5 pages, List 12.
CROSKEY, Henry. American Consul in Melbourne writes in 1915 on behalf of Consul at Chefoo, China. Croskey married wife Elizabeth in Amoy China in 1903; he was an oldPhiladelphia family. Someone has told his wife he was in Melbourne in 1911; police find no trace. 4 pages, List 8.
CROSSEN, Mrs. Janet of North Woolwich, England, wrote in 1894 re her husband William, a cook. Left her and two children about three years ago, his father a doctor in Melbourne. 17 pages.
CROWE, John W. of Edgley N.W.T. Canada, wrote n 1894 re his brother William FULTON who left there and was last heard of n Australia in 1886/7. 5 pages, List 4.
CSMORTANYI, Louis. Died in his hut on the Victorian goldfields 1888. Born Hungary. File re property left by him. 18 pages. List 5.
CUCKOW, George, of Indianapolis Indiana, USA, wrote in 1893 re his long lost brother Robert, a native of Maidstone Kent England, who emigrated to South Africa in 1884. A brick mason, he left there with his wife Emily Sarah and daughter Jessie. 4 pages, List 3.
CUFF, St. Lawrence of Wandsworth, London England, wrote in 1915 re his uncle, ex constable John BARRY, who retired c1894, and was the author of a police guide to duties. Police locate family. 10 pages, List 8.
CULLEN, Mrs. Sarah, wrote from Bray Athy, Co. Kildare Ireland in 1895 re her son George; hasn’t heard for 15 months. 3 pages, List 28.
CUMMINS, Harry H., of Hobart Tasmania, wrote in 1904. The wife of J.J.G. RHODES of Kimberley. South Africa, had arrived there with H.J. BOWEN, and was posing as his wife. Divorce papers were on the way from South Africa. Cummins asks police assistance, as it appears the couple had left for Melbourne. Police decline, stating it was not police business. 4 Pages, List 9.
CURRAN, Nicholas wrote on letterhead of Waltham Watch Company, Waltham, Mass., USA in 1919 re his sister Mary who left Ireland c30 years ago and was married to a man named LYNCH, from Co. Limerick. They had three boys. 5 pages.
CURRAN, Patrick. Information sought by Rosalie LOEW, attorney, New York. Found. 6 pages, List 25.
CURRAN, Thomas, wrote on letterhead of Grand Union Hotel, New York in 1895 re Patrick CURRAN, last heard from in poor health; other address is Waterbury, Conn. 1 page, List 28.
CURRIE, William, wrote from Sligo Ireland in 1895 re a report that his brother Daniel, of Paily, Scotland, who emigrated to Australia 14 years ago, a book-keeper, was the person who died in an insane asylum. Confirmed. 7 pages, List 30.
CURTIS, Jack Adams, of Buffalo, New York, USA, wrote in 1913 seeking his uncle Thomas Curtis. Jack is in local police force and came to the USA 40 years ago. His mother lives in Michigan with youngest brother Frank. Thomas was born at Stoney, Stratford, Bucks, England and came to Australia c50 years ago. Not found. 12 pages, List 12.
CUTHBERT, Jane. Wrote from Newcastle on Tyne England in 1913, re her husband Edward, who left there 18 months ago. She and their 3 children are destitute. Located by police. 12 pages and photo, List 13. See Instructions re cost of copying a photograph.
CUTLAND, E. of Bristol England, wrote in 1917 re his son Charles. He has heard he was drowned in Melbourne in 1915, but has heard nothing from wife. Widow is found with five young children and in poor circumstances; she is illiterate. 4 pages. List 6.
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DABDOUB, Hanna J., wrote on letterhead from Bethlehem, Palestine in 1900, asking when Exhibition will be held – she exhibited in Chicago Exhibition in 1893. 1 page, side damaged. List 26.
DACRE, Ernest John, alias WARD. Photographer and bigamist. Married Elizabeth GRAHAM in Sydney in 1900 as well as another woman with initials M.E., who was a teacher. Charged by Scotland Yard with stealing wife’s property; Old Bailey court case. 11 pages and photo in one file, 9 pages in another file. See Introduction re cost of copying photographs. List 12.
DALGETY, Andrew, left Forfarshire Scotland 1851. Brother George H. Dalgety of South Lima, New York, USA, wrote in 1904, has heard from him in many years. 9 pages, List 5.
DALY, Daniel, of San Francisco, USA, wrote in 1905 re his brother Philip, born Co. Meath Ireland, c48 yrs old, last heard from 20 yrs ago. 13 pages, List 18.
DALY, O., private detective, wrote from Rochester New York in 1907 re James CRANE or CREAN who left Sligo Ireland c.1862 for Australian goldfields and has not been heard from in 40 years. 7 pages. See also subsequent letter from Daniel CRANE/CREAN in 1917.
DANZIGER, George, of Cheltenham Manchester England, wrote in 1917 re Jacob DANZIGER, ‘his aged parents are anxious’. Found. 4 pages, List 6.
D’ARC, Madame A. Jane, wrote from D’Arc’s Grand Waxworks, Cardiff, South Wales re her daughter Emily, who had left her father’s touring company the Marionette Troupe, inAustralia. Emily was using the name Mrs. JOHNSON and was found in Brisbane. 8 pages. Further letter from mother re child left behind. 6 pages, List 5.
DASHWAY, Charles, of Harmston’s Circus, Calcutta, India, wrote in 1896. A workman named Jose MURPHY had died in Singapore, and Dashwood held money owing to him. Among his papers was a letter from a woman begging for financial help, and this is on the file. Police find his real name was Joss SHEEHAN, and his wife Annie was the person who wrote; she is now living with her mother Mrs. HURST. 8 pages, List 15.
DAVEY, James of Jagersfontein OFS, South Africa wrote in 1914 re his brother Raleigh, now in a lunatic asylum, asking what crime he had committed. 5 pages.
DAVEY, Walter. Metropolitan Police Office, Public Carriage Branch, New Scotland Yard, London, wrote in 1919. Davey was living in London and had applied to act as conductor on stage carriages. Police ask if his background in Melbourne is correct; police confirm he is a sober respectable man. There is a small photograph attached to the file. 4 pages, List 12. See Introduction re cost of photography.
DAVIES, Howard, sought by Deputy Chief Constable, Pembrokeshire Constabulary, Haverford West Castle, in 1914. He was a Nonconformist minister. His sister has not heard from him for over a year. Found. 4 pages, List 8.
DAVIS, Benjamin. Writes from Manchester England in 1904 re his brother David, his wife and family, and David’s father in law Homan RICE, late of Co Mallow Ireland, who sailed for Melbourne in 1885. David and Homan went into business together as watchmakers and jewellers. Not found. 14 pages, List 23.
DAVIS, Mrs. K., of Pleasantville, New Jersey USA wrote in 1915 re her relative John BIRMINGHAM who left Philadelphia in 1878 and settled in Australia. He was a carpenter and builder. Police interview several Birmingham people, but fail to locate him. 11 pages, List 7.
DAVOREN, Bridge Agnes,, born Co. Galway, sought by nephew Peter F. McNEILL, son of her sister Maria; refers to earlier letter, not on file. 2 pages, List 28.
DAY, Mrs. T.A., of Victoria, B.C., Canada, wrote in 1917 re her daughter Mrs. Annie SWANNIE; hasn’t heard from her for 3-4 months. Police find she married Mervyn George SWEENEY before leaving Canada, and the pair are living in Melbourne. 4 pages, List 11.
DAYNES, Edward. Sought by Mrs. S. Daynes of Norwich, Norfolk England in 1899. He was transported in 1842, opened a shop in Geelong ’married a rich lady’, no issued, and last heard of twenty years ago. Police find an Edward DINES was in business in Geelong, but no Daynes. 8 pages, List 17.
DEEN, Fatta. The Director of Criminal Intelligence, Simla, India, wrote in 1913 regarding this man, asking details of his activities in Australia, and to be notified if he returned to India. Police report he married an Italian, Marjorie F. LARMA, and she has written articles in the Euroa Advertiser and issued a pamphlet Proof of Prophet Mohammad and way of Eternal Life, a copy of which is on the file. Their movements in Victoria and New South Wales are detailed. 24 pages, List 12.
DEEVY, Richard, wrote from Ballycomey, Castlecomer, Co. Kilkenny Ireland, in 1899 re his brother James, who left for Melbourne in 1857 and was last heard of c.35 years ago. James would now be 66 years old. 2 pages, List 3.
DEGEN/DEIGN, Herman. (‘or some name like that’) Accidentally killed in Los Angeles in 1898. George B. STUDD, supt. Peniel Hall Mission writes seeking his family, he had 2 adult sons believed to be in Melbourne, was German, a painter 50-55 years old. Not found. 13 pages, List 23.
DEGERMARK, Carl F., wrote from Denver Colorado USA in 1897 re his brother in law James ISACHSEN, native of Norway, 29 years, not heard from for some years. Not found. 7 pages, List 36.
DEGUET, C.A. A Frenchman, he absconded from Adelaide in 1915, owing money . He was 55-60 years of age, and had been at Goodwood South Australia. Photograph on file – see Introduction for costs involved in copying photographs. 5 pages, List 12.
DELANEY, Margaret. Wrote from Belfast Ireland in 1899 re her sister Anna Cecilia MOFFATT, who died in 1898 in the South Yarra home of their brother George DOUGLAS. Requests information re her estate. 6 pages, List 23.
DELANEY, Roderick R., of Belfast Ireland, wrote in 1893 re his sister Mary Ann and her husband James FOX, who left there c26 years ago and were last heard of in Queensland. 2 pages, List 3.
DELANY, Jeremiah, Color Sgt, 20th Royal Foot, writes from Portsmouth England in 1862 re his brother P. Delany, who was in Victorian police force. Hasn’t heard from him for 18 months. 2 pages, List 5.
DEMERS, L.H., a Canadian, writes from New York in 1898 re his brother Joseph Davis de MERS (who spells his surname ‘the old way’) and was at Coopers Creek. 4 pages, List 4.
DENT, Hodgson, wrote from Durham England in 1907 re his wife Mary Jane’s father Edward JACKSON, who left there for New Zealand some years since. Police establish he had died and his widow remarried to W. SUTTON. 5 pages, List 23.
DENTON, Miss Amy, of Roxbury, Mass., USA wrote in 1897 re her brother Frank Denton, who left England in 1884, was a local preacher for awhile, stonemason by trade, native of Hull Yorkshire, c35 years. ‘His mother is broken-hearted about him and is very sick’ List 4A
DENTON, Louisa, wrote in 1892 re husband Herbert C. Denton who had deserted her. She wrote from Southsea? (England?) 4 pages.
DERHAM, F.W. Wrote from Darlington (U.K.?) in 1904 re his sister Mrs. Fred WILSON, who he hadn’t heard from for some time. Police find both she and her husband, Charles Frederick Wilson, have died. Four children are left Ida, Reginald, Toney and Leonard and details of them are given. 8 pages, List 20.
DERING, Harold, sought by parent W.F. Dering, Seattle, USA, in 1919. He left Iowa in 1915, was 22 yrs old. Not found. 7 pages, List 18.
DE ROUS, Louis Jules. Deputy Chief Police, Brooklyn, New York US, wrote in 1898 seeking details of him, on behalf of family. In 1893 was in Williamstown, married Susan DOYLE, and had 3 children. Wife found. 11 pages, List 24.
DERWIN, Patrick, of New York USA wrote in 1894 re his cousin Mary RHATTIGAN, from Longford Ireland, who went to Melbourne in the early 1850s with a batch of emigrants, among whom was Ann RYAN, Catherine ST. JOHN, Sarah BARTLEY, Ellen GLENNAN [?], Catherine KINNEY and Ellen FITZSIMMONS. Ellen GLENNAN [spelling of name not clear] later paid for her brother John to emigrate, and Catherine KINNEY paid for her brother Peter. Patrick has never heard from his cousin since then. 2 pages. List 4.
DEVAIN, J.M. Wrote from Maesteg, Glamorgan, Wales re her husband James, who had left there for his health ten years ago; she hadn’t heard from him for some years. Not found. 6 pages, List 22.
DEVENISH, T., wrote from London England in 1892 re his brother Henry, a boot seller and repairer; found under name of DEVONSHIRE in asylum. 9 pages.
DEVINE, Mrs. Margaret of South Boston, Massachusetts, USA wrote in 1892 re her brother in law Robert WEEKS, once a constable in the Victoria police. Located by police. 5 pages.
DEWAR, D., Chief Constable Dundee Scotland, writes in 1892 at request of local magistrate re Isabella MASON, 40 years, who left there in 1889 with her illegitimate daughter Ann MELDRUM, 15 years and arrived in Melbourne, but has not written home. Isabella’s mother is concerned. 6 pages.
DE ZOETE, Teunis. Consul General for the Netherlands seeks him in 1906. Found. 4 pages, List 18.
DIAMOND, Mrs. Jessie, of Michigan USA, wrote in 1911, re her brother Charlie WILLIAMS, last heard from fourteen years ago. He was in a circus under the name of FRENCH. 3 pages, List 15.
DICKENTMAN, Piet. Consul General for Netherlands in Melbourne wrote in 1914 on behalf of Dickentman who wanted to know whether his wife Lillie nee BRASHER, who has left him, is still alive and the sex of the child she was due to have. 8 pages.
DICKENTMAN, Piet, wrote from Amsterdam in 1912 asking details of his wife Lilian BRASHER, daughter of George, who married him in 1909 and left him the same year. He is a professional cyclist, and gives details. 5 pages, List 32.
DICKSON, Mrs. C.W. of Chicago Ill., USA, wrote in 1892 re her father’s brothers Charles, John, Thomas and Edward DAILEY (also spelt as DAILY), they had not heard from them or years. 3 pages.
DIDDAMS, Harry, of Overton, Hants England, wrote in 1901 re his brother William George DIDDAMS, who left Whitchurch Hants in 1887 and formerly served in the Metropolitan Police Force, London and was aged 45 years. 22 pages. List 4.
DINAN, William, of Catlettsburg, Kentucky, USA, wrote in 1905 re his uncle Lawrence Dinan. Has heard he died wealthy, will liberally reward police after he gets his share of the estate. Police interview Michael Dinan, who gives details of Patrick Dinan. 4 pages, List 18.
DODD, M. of Liverpool wrote in 1895, re John JAMES, last heard of in Melbourne in 1890. James has left his wife, Dodd’s sister, totally unprovided for. 4 pages.
DODKINS, Edward, born Chigwell Essex, formerly a seaman, sought by niece Alice ALLAN of La Crosse, Wisconsin USA in 1900. His widow found in Echuca. 15 pages, List 38.
DODSON, M.A. wrote from Woolwich London England in 1906 re Frederick Richard GREEN, builder and contractor of Camberwell, has heard from him. Found. 5 pages, List 29.
DONALD, Mrs. J.L. of Blackpool England wrote in 1915 re her brothers John Frederick and Joseph Alfred KAY, who left Manchester c32 years ago and were last heard of 18 years ago. She had been in the USA for some years. Joseph found. 8 pages, List 8.
DONNELLY, Joseph wrote in 1892 from Glasgow Scotland re his brother Peter who had been in an asylum. He left there about 37 years ago. 4 pages.
DONNELLY, Joseph of Glasgow Scotland wrote in 1898 re his brother Peter, a grocer, aged about 72 years. A letter sent to Melbourne has been returned. 5 pages.
DONOHUE, Luke, Head Constable, Newbridge, Co. Kildare, Ireland, wrote in 1913, on behalf of Mrs. O’REILLY, seeking details of her uncle John CAPLES, who died in Bendigo. Is she left anything in his Will. 4 pages, List 13.
DOOLEY, Kiernen, of Yonkers, New York USA, wrote in 1914 re his brother Patrick, who was in Melbourne 3 years ago. The writer last saw him in King’s Co. Ireland 40 years ago; they have two other brothers, Bernard and Charles, and a sister Maud. Found using name John Patrick. List 7.
DORAN, Andrew, last heard of employed at a Melbourne hotel, sought by brother Michael J. Doran in 1899; wrote from Manila 13th Infantry British Army base. Not found. 9 pages, List 37.
DOULL, Mrs. Cecily, a nurse, wrote a series of letters 1916-1918 re her husband William Mervyn Doull, an electrical engineer. They were married in England in 1916; he went to New Zealand and she was to follow, but he sent a telegram postponing her trip. He was then boarding with a Mrs. BETTS at Onehunga, and Cecily believed he was in a relationship with Lucille Betts. Mrs. Betts confirmed he went to Melbourne with Lucille and Maud RICH. Both New Zealand and Victorian police are involved in trying to track him down, which they eventually do. 23 pages, List 11.
DOWNEY, Edward of Failesworth near Manchester England, wrote in 1919 re his sister Kate DOWNEY. 7 pages.
DOWNEY, George. The Public Carriage Branch of London’s Metropolitan Police, wrote in 1919 re this man, who was living at Hounslow England, and had applied for a licence. He stated that he had been employed at Lake Bolac in 1914, before joining the army; London police seek verification, and attach a small photograph of him to the query. 3 pages, List 9.
DOWNING, Charles, of Roseau, Dominica, B.W.I., wrote in 1903 re his son Percy Claude “who claims he was drugged and put in a lunatic asylum”. His brother in law is Dr. WEST of Kilkenny, Ireland. 4 pages, incomplete file. List 19.
DRISCOLL, Mrs. Annie of Sidney Ohio USA, wrote in 1894 re her sister Julia NOLAN, whom she had not heard from for about 35 years. Julia left London for Melbourne to stay with her sister Hannah, the wife of John Peter McGRAH [McGRATH?] and had three children, Edward, Julia and Annie. 2 pages, List 4.
DRIVER, John Haworth of Guiseley near Leeds, England, wrote in 1914 re Mrs. Florence ATKINSON nee DRIVER, about 32 years, who had left there in 1908 with her husband and child for New Zealand. In 1912 she left her husband and came to Melbourne. She had not been heard of since. 4 pages.
DU BOIS, Mrs. A.L., wrote from Grand View Spencer Co. Indiana USA in 1893 re her brother Jonathan STORMS who left his native land 10-12 years ago and went to Australia. ‘We all thought him dead’, but a letter came from him 3 months ago; he is unemployed and in ill health. Gives history of family; uncle Daniel STORMS died previous year etc. 3 pages, List 3. CONNECTION FOUND
DUCHENE, Louis. Wrote from Mauritius in 1897 re his relative F. Duchene, who left there in 1874 when about 16 years old. Was employed by a man named PERTRIX a few years ago. 10 pages, some hard to read. List 20.
DUCROS, Ernest. The Consul General for France, in Sydney, wrote in 1912 re this man. He was about 50 years old, and was sought by his daughter Mme Vve. Chamoisin, in Paris. Police interview all DuCROS/DUCROW residents, but fail to find him. 17 pages. List 9.
DUFF, James, of Scotch descent, c70 years, formerly in Ontario Canada and left there c1852, possibly a former partner of Sir James MAXWELL. Information sought by Stanton CLARKE and G.A. McKINNON, both of Detroit USA, in 1896. Not found, but details of Irishman Paul Duff given. 7 pages, List 34.
DUGUILD, Alex., H.M.S. Osiris, Malta, wrote in 1915 re ‘the whereabouts of a lady I had the pleasure of knowing while I was serving on the Encounter … it is nearly 6 years now since I last heard of her. Her name was Lillian M. DUNGAN of Richmond. Police reply that her brother works in the Chief Commissioner’s Office in Melbourne, and he will reply to Duguild. 4 pages, List 7.
DUNCAN, William, accountant, wrote from Wick, Scotland in 1905 re his brother in law James LAUGHTON, last heard of 50 years ago. Not found. 9 pages, List 27.
DUNHAM, John Nelson, sought by nephew Skellington H. Dunham of St. John’s N.B. Canada in 1898. Found. Second letter from nephew gives details of St. John’s at that time. 10 pages, List 17.
DUNN, Charles. Glasgow Parish Clerk wrote in 1912 re this man, who had deserted his wife. He was born in Glasgow, was 38 years, a marine fireman, and had sailed for Australia some time before. He had sent a little money only, was much addicted to drink, and the Parish was supporting his wife. 6 pages, List 9.
DUNNE, Martin. Sought by Mrs. M.J. BRADY of Luzerne P.A. USA in 1914. He left for Australia 35 years ago, when about 10 yers old. His aged mother and sister are enquiring. Not found. 5 pages, List 14
DUNPHY, James, wrote from Cullun, Co Kilkenny Ireland in 1904, asking police to find his sister Bridget, formerly a servant at Scott’s Hotel Melbourne. His brother John was also there. Bridget found, now Mrs. W.H. BURNARD. 4 pages, List 33.
DUNSMORE, George D., wrote from Glasgow Scotland in 1897 re his brother Archie who went to Australia about 1886. 10 pages. Wrote again in 1901, mother seriously ill. 5 pages, List 18.
DUNSTONE, Mrs. Ellen, of Freemantle Southampton, England, wrote in 1913 re her husband Thomas James Dunstone, asking if he is still living with Rose Florence PEIRCE, by whom he has a daughter, Connie, born in New South Wales. Ellen has two daughters, Lily and Kate. Police report he has gone to New South Wales. 7 pages, List 12.
DUPEN, William of New Zealand, wrote in 1901 re his uncle Richard who left London c35 years ago and was believed to be in Melbourne. Not found. 5 pages, List 15.
DURKEN, John, son of John and – (nee BEGGY), married Lizzy KELLY, at Ballarat in the 1850s, brought out his brothers Pat and Mathew, sister Margaret and brother in law – McLEON. Sought by sister Biddy CAIRENS c/- James G. WELCH, Stratford New Zealand in 1898. Not found. 6 pages, List 26.
DUTTON, Harry, of Derby England, wrote in 1919 re his late uncle William DUTTON’s Will. 4 pages, List 17.
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EAGAN, Mrs. Catherine, of New York City USA wrote in 1900 re her three sisters who went to Melbourne from Co. Tipperary, and were last heard of in 1862. Julia CONROY was at the Golden Age Hotel and her sister Mrs. Winifred WILSON was at the King’s Arms. Police check history of licensees, and also in Maryborough district, but fail to locate either of the sisters. 19 pages, List 16
EAGLESON, Alexander, of Rye Hill, Garvaghey Bally Gawley Co. Tyrone Ireland wrote in 1892 re his son William Alexander, whom he had not heard from since 1891. 3 pages.
EARL OF KILMOREY (Francis Needham) visited Australia in 1898 and discovered on return that his Order of St Patrick and St. Andrews regalia was missing, believed stolen. Scotland Yard asks police help and it is found in the Oriental Hotel by a maid. Charles W. CULPIT, manager, advises Earl’s friend. 13 pages, List 35.
EARLSCLIFFE, Herbert, wrote from St. Veep Heights, El Montecito California in 1895, seeking heirs of John MULLETT, formerly of London England, who went to Australia c1850 with his four children. Not found. 11 pages, List 31
EARP, Alfred, sought by wife Maria of Worcester, U.K. Left there the previous year, aged 49 yrs. Found. 5 pages, List 19.
EASY, Eliza, wrote from Duxford, Cambridgeshire in 1895 re her brother Richard who emigrated to Melbourne in 1843, aged 25 years. She is 80 years old;their parents were Simeon and Sarah. 2 letters. 4 pages, List 28.
ECCLES, Edward Blanchard. Alias Baron EICHOLZ and STEEL. Small photograph of him, no file. H was c50 yrs, a commission agent. List 18.
ECKERT, O.C., of Eckert & Cohen, wrote from Providence, Rhode Island USA in 1894, on behalf of Ellen O’CONNELL re four brothers John, Maurice, Daniel and Kerin O’Connell and their sister Kate, who left King’s Co. Ireland c16 years before. 2 pages, List 30.
ECKMAN, Mrs. Elizabeth, of Hokitika, Southland New Zealand, wrote in 1913 re William GUNTHER, a musician, who was in Bendigo in the early 1860s and kept a hotel there. Not found. 4 pages, List 15.
EDELINI, Carlo (Charles), son of Giovanni and Maria nee FLORIND, 34 years, arrested in village near Florence Italy in 1897. Consul asks details of background, claims born Victoria. Police report he was born in Naples, arrived in 1895 with a Frenchwoman whom he subsequently left, and went to W.A. with a young Italian girl. May have been previously convicted overseas. 6 pages, List 34.
EDEN, Mrs. Lizzie, of Sale, Manchester England, wrote in 1912 re her brother George WOODRUFF, 28 years. Not found. 5 pages, List 12.
EDGAR, Robert, c70 years died Frankston 1882, buried at government expense. Among his papers were letters from son Henry in Hull England and daughter Esther STEPHENSON, who were informed. She writes in 1891, having misplaced the Chief Commissioner’s letter, asking the result of the sale of her father’s effects. 13 pages. List 5.
EDLIN, Frederick. British Consul in Zagazig Egypt wrote in 1915 asking for details of the ‘Moral Reputation, standing and firm position. Is he married?’ Police report he arrived with his wife from England c8 years ago, has 6 children aged from 1-11 years, and has never supported his family properly, nor provided a home. Apparently he is in the armed services. 9 pages, some repetitive, List 8. CONNECTION FOUND
EDMONDS, Edward, wrote from St. Peters Port, Guernsey, Channel Islands, in 1898. Has received a letter advising of death of son Arthur John Edward, who boarded with Mr. & Mrs. E. SMITH of Footscray for many years. Asks details and return of property. 8 pages, List 26.
EDMUNDS, Rev. L. of Litle Leigh, Northwich, England, wrote in 1914 on behalf of the parents of Alfred NEILD, who hadn’t answered their letter. Found. 6 pages, List 7.
EDWARDS, J.B., butcher, wrote from Cardiff South Wales in 1898 re John MADDREN or BOTTRELL, a relative, last heard of in the employ of ‘Redan Lead Mining Co Goulong’ 40 years ago. Not found. 18 pages, List 21.
EDWARDS, Mrs. Marino nee HILL; left Ashton under Lynn U.K. 36 years ago. Nephew J. Hill NICHOLLS of Werueth, Oldham U.K. writes, believed to be in the Geelong area. Not found. List 29.
EDWARDS, Thomas and James, sought by Robert DODDS of San Francisco in 1899, on behalf of friends. Thomas left Dublin Ireland c1859 with his father who was an engineer on the railways. Found. 10 pages, List 37.
EGIDE, Jaroslan, Austrian, sought by Alois TOVA of Prossnitz Austria in 1913; found interstate. 10 pages, List 29.
ELLIOT, George W. wrote from Providence Rhode Island in 1894 re his brother in law John R. HENDERSON, who was born in Nova Scotia. His parents are anxious. 7 pages. List 4.
ELLIOTT, Alfred Meadows, solicitor, Hastings England, wrote in 1915 re Ernest Edward TRINDER who left there in 1914. He has acted for him in the past and Trinder has left a picture with him for safe keeping. Elliott has joined the army and wants to know what to do with it. Found. 5 pages, List 8.
ELLIS, Henry W., of New Malden, Surrey England, wrote in 1916 re his aunt Mrs. BOTTING; husband once worked for Buckley & Nunn in Melbourne. Her brother has died. Found. 9 pages, List 6.
ELLIS, John Robert of Hammersmith, London England, wrote in 1897 re a letter sent from Australia regarding the family of John ELLIS of Ipswich. He is the eldest son. Police find person searching, John GILLHAM, whose mother was Charlotte nee ELLIS. 7 Pages
ELLIS, Roberta, wrote from Brierfield Vicarage near Burnley, Lancashire, UK in 1894, an only child of 20 years, her father Robert was born at St. Asaph Wales, and married her mother in England. The pair went to Australia where he had a bank job, but her mother left him and took Roberta back to England. Mother is dead, she now seek details of her father. [Vic. birth index has mother as Elizabeth Jane Haworth] 6 pages, List 28.
ELLIS, Mrs. Sarah of Scholes near Leeds England, wrote in 1919 re her husband Frederick John Ellis, a chemist, who absconded some years ago and has sent nothing for the support of her and their three sons for four years. Encloses photo. Police find him living with Bertha Annie [surname not given]. He claims he left because of Sarah’s intemperance. 9 pages, List 17. See introduction re cost of copying photographs.
ELSTONE, Mrs. Susannah, wrote from Southampton England in 1897 re her husband Arthur William, an engineer, who had been employed in Melbourne, and from whom she had not heard for past ten months. 6 pages, List 4.
ENGEL, Nicholas, wrote from West Ham, London UK in 1896 re his brother Philip, c37 years, a baker, German, who left London in 1876 for Sydney, and last last heard of in Melbourne in 1877. Not found. 8 pages, List 32.
ENRIGHT, Michael, believed to be in New Zealand, sought by mother Mary in 1865. She was living in Kyneton Victoria. 8 pages, List 6.
ENTERKIN/ENTKIN, Robert. Sought by sister Mrs Margaret Loudon MUIR/MURE of Carmyle Glasgow Scotland, in 1894. He left there in 1853, she has heard he was killed in 1893. Three letters, with surnames spelt differently. 10 pages, List 22. CONNECTION FOUND
ERASMUS, P., c/- Registrar Supreme Court, Pretoria Transvaal wrote in 1916 re Robert Joseph MADDEN who left South Africa c1897, supposedly for Australia. He had been a publication then had a shop in Natal, then a prospector in Swaziland. The matter was of ‘great importance’. 2 pages, List 6.
ERIKSSON, Axel Fredrick. Consul for Sweden and Norway in Melbourne writes in 1903 re Eriksson, known in Melbourne as Axel JACKSON. He was formerly a sailor, is now dead, and left a widow and three children. They are entitled to a small inheritance. 4 pages.
ETTINGER, Mrs. Florence, nee Jackson, wrote from Cleveland Ohio USA in 1896 re her uncle William JACKSON, who was born London England, son of George a cheese monger of Knightsbridge and Newgate Market, who died c1852. William had left England c1848 and would now be about 70 years. Not found. 7 pages, List 34.
EVANS, Abraham, of Brigham City Utah, USA, wrote in 1914 re Jane EVANS, an old lady who lived in Ballarat. His last letters to her were returned. 2 pages, List 15.
EVANS, Eliza Ann of Pimlico, London, writes in 1904 re her husband Harry EVANS, who she hasn’t heard from in eleven years. He won a billiard championship about 1884 or 1886. 3 pages, List 15.
EVANS, Mrs. S., wrote in 1914 from Durban South Africa re her son Victor JACKSON, who she left with Miss [Selena] SUTHERLAND 16 years ago, and would now be about 23 yrs. He may be know as WATSON. Victor found, but the letter advising her is returned ‘insufficient address’. 6 pages, List 8.
EVANS, Thomas. Left wife Emily and two children in Victoria and returned to Durban South Africa in 1916, after she had caught him in bed with Sylvia WARNER of Nhill. Series of letters from wife. He had arrived in Victoria ‘after cohabiting with a native woman in Durban’ and bought his daughter from this relationship to Victoria, registering her as May Evans. She was now in a Home near Ballarat. Thomas was c38 years, and a commission agent. His brother C. Evans was a constable in the Vic. Police force. 26 pages. List 6.
EVANS, William of Pendeford, Roby, Liverpool England, wrote in 1911 re his brother Thomas, to whom he has been sending money for many years. Thomas is now 86 years old. William wanted to know if he was still living, because the last letters of acknowledgment receiving the money have been written by another. 2 Pages.
EVANS, William E. of Newcastle, Garfield Co. State Colo. USA, wrote in 1894 re Mary MORGANS of Cefen Hechan parish of Lanwyno Co. Glamorgan, South Wales. 2 pages, List 4A
EVANS, William alias RANKIN. South African C.I.D. wrote in 1907, he is under arrest there, ask if anything known of him in Australia. 34 years, English, tattooed, photo and fingerprints on file; not known. 8 pages, List 23.
EWING, George. Chief Constable of Banff, Scotland, wrote in 1920 re this man, who had left his wife 12 years ago. Found. 3 pages, List 18.
EZRA, F.S.D., of Calcutta India, sends printed form in 1892, seeking his son Joseph Hyeem EZRA, who went missing from Chandernagore Station in 1890, believed insane. Five hundred rupees reward offered. Not found by police. 3 pages, List 3.
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FAGAR, Matija, wrote from Koprivnica, Yugoslavia in 1920, seeking his son Francisco Fagar or JAGER, last heard of 4 years ago. Found. 4 pages, List 27.
FAIR, Mrs. Minnie, wrote to the Chief Commissioner, asking help in getting maintenance from her husband O.R. Fair or SKOGBOURG. She took out a warrant in Auckland New Zealand in 1896. He went to America, and when she wouldn’t join him there, divorced her. He is now back in New Zealand and refusing to pay maintenance. They have two children. 9 pages, List 14.
FAIRBRASS, Amy, of Douglas Co. Nebraska USA wrote in 1893. She would like to correspond with a friend of her husband Thomas, named ‘Mister DAVIS or some of his freinds that kept an otell about 36 years ago in a place called the Delowsa or nerly that name …’. 2 pages, List 3.
FALBO, Joseph, of Smyrne, Turkey, wrote in 1915 re his cousin Stannat BODOS, who wen to Australia c4 years ago. His parents and friends were worried; found by police. 7 pages, List 7
FALLON, Edward, of Roscommon Ireland, wrote in 1912 re Arthur CALVER whom he knew in Sydney. 5 pages, List 14.
FALSTEIN, Abram. Brother B. Falstein wrote in 1900 from Reval, Russia to the Town Clerk of Melbourne, asking help to find him; not heard from for four years. 8 pages, List 38.
FARMER, Thomas, William and Francis, cousins of William J. CADDEN, ex police sergeant, Brooklyn, New York USA in 1895. They were butchers. 2 pages, List 29.
FARNAN, John, of Beach, Omagh Co Tyrone Ireland, wrote in 1894 re his son Francis, who was in the police force. 6 pages, List 4.
FAULKNER,William of Bridge Gate Derby England, wrote in 1894 re his brother John, last heard of working in a foundry in Melbourne c30 years ago. 5 pages, List 4A
FAUNCE, W.H., Kingston, Mass., USA, wrote to the Mayor of Melbourne in 1900 re George and Thomas MORSE, who were in Melbourne in 1852. A brother, Francis, has died and they are next of kin. They were the sons of George Morse. All Morse residents of Melbourne are visited and details noted, but not found. About 30 pages, List 38.
FEITEL, Kallman. Sought by Swedish Consul in Melbourne (acting for Austro-Hungarian interests in Melbourne), in 1919. Found by police. 6 pages, List 10.
FENELON, J. Robert. Writes from Somerville Mass. USA in 1895, asking if a person named NOLAN, a relative, was chief of police here. 1 page, List 9.
FENICK, F.X. Wrote from Port Said Egypt in 1906; his coat was stolen while in Melbourne. 10 pages, List 19.
FENNELL, Joseph, of San Francisco USA, wrote in 1892 re his brother James. Their father was Michael, mother Catherine, and siblings were Thomas, Michael, Patrick, William, Richard, John, Mary, Norah, Margaret, Ellen. 4 pages.
FENNELL, Joseph of Boston USA, wrote in 1915 re his brother James, who left Newfoundland 40 years ago. Not found. 12 pages, List 8.
FENNER, Hepbizah of Fulham London England, wrote in 1897 re Charles HEFFER. Her mother’s only brother was Charles’s father George., and she wanted to contact him on ‘urgent and important family matters’. Police interview a number of the Heffer family, and record their family history. 14 pages, List 9. CONNECTION FOUND
FENWICK, Sydney S., a seaman, born Dunedin New Zealand, married at South Melbourne in 1915 to Florence DONLEY, a widow nee LAVERNE. In 1917 the pair quarrelled and Florence admitted that her first husband was still alive. Police investigate and find Edward DONLEY living in Sydney, with another woman, by whom he has several children. Bigamy is proved. Fenwick meanwhile has gone overseas for six months. On his return he declines to prosecute and returns to live with Florence. 12 pages, List 6.
FERRY, Mrs. E., of Wallingboro England, wrote in 1920 re her son John, who left there c6 years ago. She hasn’t heard from him for over two years. His father and brother are dead. Found. 15 pages and photo, List 13. See Instructions re cost of photograph.
FFITCH, W. of Finsbury Park London England, wrote in 1908 re his uncle John KEYTE, born c.1834, left England c1854 for Australia and became chief inspector of police. Report shows was a constable only. 6 pages.
FIELD, Mrs. Anne P.L., wrote from Brooklyn New York, USA in 1917 re James Joseph McKNIGHT who was in prison in Melbourne. She was ‘author of “The Story of Canada Blackie” and have been working among the prisoners at Sing Sing …”. She had important news about his immediate family, and sought his criminal details. 5 pages, List 6.
FINNEGAN, James of ‘Oil scitty veneng county State of Peniselvena’ wrote in 1895: ‘To Mister Patrick Cronen, Milburne district in care of chief of police’ who was a relative. ‘i write thous few lines to yo to let ye now some one of us is in the land of the living yet thanks be to god for his marscey …’. Mentions father, mother, two brothers Timothy and Robert, and sisters Bridget and Abigail; wrote to his uncle John GREEN some 50-60 years ago. 7 pages, List 4.
FIRMAN, Violet, of Brighthingold [?] Essex England, wrote in 1917 re her husband Bailey FIRMAN, 34 yrs, seaman, who went to Australia over 6 years ago, and has not supported her for 4 years. She is 25, has a daughter 6 yrs. Not found. 7 pages (some damaged), and photo. List 6. See introduction for costs involved in arranging copies of photographs.
FIRTH, William Howroyd. Information sought by G. HIRST, solicitor, Dewsbury UK in 1899. He left there c10 years ago for Melbourne, aged about 47 years. Not found. 8 pages, List 37.
FISH, Walter Edward of Canadian Cigar and Manf. Co. Nicola, B.C., wrote in 1915 re his sister Bessie Ellen, ‘or any of her family’. She was late of Gorleston Great Yarmouth England, and left there c20 years ago. Her mother Laura Ellen died in Melbourne 10 years ago. Police interview aunt who gives details of all the family – Arthur, George, Ethel etc. Bessie is now Mrs. McKEOWN. 5 pages, List 8.
FISK, Margarette Emma Elizabeth. Scotland Yard seek her antecedents in 1917. She poses as a philanthropist, has a practice as a dentist, but is not successful. She gave a large garden party for Australian troops in Windsor (England), but is sued by suppliers of tents etc. Geelong police report she is one of the daughters of John Dennistoun and Margaret BROWN, and married Alfred Joseph FISK in 1889 at Geelong; the pair ‘lived beyond their means’. Her sisters are Mrs. Robert BUCHANAN, and Sarah, widow of the late Sir Charles John HOAD, late commander of the Aust. Forces, who don’t speak to her. 9 pages, List 6. CONNECTION FOUND.
FITZ HUGH, Marie, wrote from Birkenhead, Cheshire, UK in 1898 re brothers Arthur and William SEDDON, last heard from c12 years ago. Not found. 5 pages, List 21.
FITZPATRICK, William, Gamble St., Nottingham UK, wrote in 1895 re father Bernard and brother John, who joined police in 1850, having been a farrier in 6th Enniskillen Dragoons. 2 pages, List 29.
FLANAGAN, Martin, born Garrymore, Kilcommon Co Mayo, left Manchester UK for Melbourne c1870; sought by Thomas E. HUGHES of Cincinnatti police, who wrote on behalf of his uncle in 1906. Police report he has died. 6 pages, List 30.
FLEMING, William Baird, drowned in Melbourne in 1896. Glasgow solicitors asks details; assets detailed. Body identified by David WEBSTER, fellow employee of Tennant & Co., chemical manufacturers, Glasgow, who arranges burial. Fleming sent out to Australia to stop his drinking. 20 pages, List 34.
FLOYD, George of Dublin Ireland wrote in 1920 re his uncle Andrew DENNIS. A relative has died. 5 pages.
FLYNN, Michael, of Brooklyn New York USA, wrote in 1893 re his sister Ann, native of Balley Duggan Lough Rea Co. Galway Ireland, who left there c40 years ago with Margaret BOWEN, for Melbourne. Ann subsequently married Samuel HILL, who was in the hotel business, and had a brother Robert. 2 pages, List 3.
FOOTE, Mrs. Jane, of Southsea, Hants, England, wrote in 1894 re her nephew Hugh F. BODDIE of Portsmouth England, who settled in Melbourne and married Kate CONNASHAW/COUNASHAW./ His parents have not heard from him for 7-8 years. 5 pages, List 4.
FORBES, Fanny, of Swansea, wrote in 1862 re her son George who left there in 1847 and was last heard of in Bendigo in 1856. 6 pages, List 5.
FORBES, William, of Wellington New Zealand. Applied to join police force in 1906, served in Boer War and in NZ force, 28 yrs, married. 3 pages, List 18.
FORD, George, sought by mother Mrs. E.M. FORD, of Brixton London England. He left there c2 yrs ago, aged 22yrs. Not found. 6 pages, List 7.
FORD, Henry G.. born West Brompton Kent c1872, deserted from HMS Cadmus at Hobart Tasmania in 1905. Believed to have come to Melbourne with wife Letty KENNA, whose sister Agnes and father P.H. are in Sydney. Defalcations involved, but police cannot find them. 16 pages, List 10.
FORGIS, Mrs. M., Toronto, Ontario, Canada, wrote in 1910 re Captain Stephen George LIHON, (LIHOU?) a native of Guernsey, Channel Islands, married to her sister Matilda LANGLOIS 46 years ago. 5 pages, List 5.
FORSYTHE, Jeanne Marie, of Redcar England, wrote in 1907 re her husband William, who left three years ago; she hasn’t received any maintenance from him for six months. Last heard working on a ship. 7 pages, List 14.
FORWARD, Clara. Chief Constable, Bristol England, wrote in 1919 on her behalf. She had married James GILLARD in 1908 and he deserted her. It was believed he was in the Australian army. Found. 7 pages, List 17.
FOSSATI, L.P. of Vienna Austria wrote in 1920 re his half brother Virginius Fossati, whom he has not heard from since 1913. 4 pages.
FOSTER, Elizabeth of Leominster Herefordshire England, wrote in 1863. Her husband John had left her ten years before, and she had last heard nine years ago. His brother James in England had received a letter from a mining manager reporting that John had died in a mining accident in Victoria in 1862. As she has had to work for her living, she writes asking if he left any money she could claim. 7 pages, List 8.
FOSTER, B. Blake, Ballycrissan, Co. Galway Ireland, wrote in 1910 re the death date and details of William Dudley PERSSE, who was living with a woman known as Mrs. Persse, but his real wife was Rose, who had a sister Mrs F.V. DOLPHIN. Police fine he died some years before. 3 pages, List 13.
FOUGERE, George William, wrote from Kaikora North, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand in 1899, seeking details of land his father held at New Brighton from 1850-60. 7 pages, List 36. CONNECTION FOUND
FOX, John, of Bromley Kent England, wrote in 1893 re his son John, who left England for Australia in 1887. Had not heard for five years ‘but a serious illness would appear to have brought him to his proper senses’. He was boarding with a Mr. and Mrs. DOIG in Collingwood. Father asks confidential report on both his son and the Doigs. 8 pages, List 3.
FOX, Thomas, of Lowry, Mass., USA, wrote in 1905 re his two sisters Margaret and Mary, last heard from 50 yrs ago. Mary had married Michael RAY. Not found. 5 pages, List 18.
FOY, James, sought by brother Barney, Mossglass, Co Down Ireland in 1898. Was in police force c.1860. Police establish that the person who died in Mitta Mitta is not him. 9 pages, List 26.
FRAMPTON, Mrs. Blanche, wrote from East Dulwich London in 1918 re her son Harold Charles Frampton. She hadn’t heard from him since previous year. Found by police. 4 pages, List 9.
FRANCIS, Mrs. A., Sanatorium, Derby England wrote in 1915 re her husband Stephen, who arrived in Melbourne. Found interstate. 6 pages, List 8.
FRANK, Otto, wrote in 1895, concerned about fellow passenger August HETTY. The pair had arrived from Tonga Islands, and Hetty had got so drunk he had to be left behind when the ship sailed to Sydney. He was a blacksmith, 49 years. File reveals Hetty had met up with him in Sydney, before he sailed to Queensland. 8 pages, List 31.
FRANKE, Carl Albert. Left his wife Jean and three children in 1916 to work with a coach builder in New Zealand. Stopped sending maintenance in 1918, so wife asked police to find him. He was born 1886 Woorak, 31 years of age, and used the name Albert FRANKLIN. Located, he applies to return to Australia but N.Z. government refuse. 22 pages, List 16.
FRASER, Alexander of Dougalston, Milngavie, Scotland, wrote in 1892 re John CAMPBELL. John’s father Malcolm, native of Inverness-shire Stratherrick, married the writer’s sister May FRASER c1863 and the couple went to Rockhampton Queensland. John was born Glen Darrinvell(?) 1864, mother died c1865. Relations on his mother’s side would like to make contact. 2 pages.
FRASER, Alexander, born Inverness-shire Scotland, c1824, an inventor and holder of patents, last heard of in Melbourne where he has lived for about 50 years. Information sought by brother Simon in Edinburgh in 1900. Found. 4 pages, List 38.
FRASER, Mrs. C.M. of Warren Hotel, San Francisco wrote in 1914 re her son Harris FRASER, aged 18 years. 5 pages.
FRASER, Daniel Mackay, formerly of Enoch’s Point; US Consul asks confirmation of death in 1900. 5 pages, List 38.
FREEMAN, Alfred Reginald; sought by parents at Canning Town London England in 1916. He had emigrated to Australia in 1912, when 16 years old; they have heard nothing since. Found by police. 17 pages, List 6.
FRENDENTHAL/FREUDENTHAL, Max. Parent S. Frendenthal/Freudenthal wrote in German to Town Clerk of Melbourne in 1885, re son Max. Translated letter on file, shows that Max left for Australia 17 years previously and had lived in country Victoria, then Melbourne, but had not replied to letters for some years. The writer had lived in Berlin, but was now at Teplitz Bohenzia. 11 pages, List 5.
FRIEDRICH, Mrs. A.B.of Philadelphia USA wrote in 1894 (in German) re her uncle John SCHMIDT, born in Wertham Baden on Maine; English translation on file. 4 pages, List 4A.
FROSINI, Ademura. Consul for Italy in Melbourne writes in 1903 re Frosini who was a laundress. Her family in Italy
had not heard from her for about 6 years. 8 pages.
FRYBERG, Horace Harrington. Chief Constable Glamorgan Wales writes in 1918 re this man, who has been sentenced to six months for fraud etc., and is believed to have been born in Melbourne. Local police report he was born in Carlton, enlisted in the AIF in 1914 and was discharged medically unfit in 1916, then re-enlisted in 1916 but was discharged at his own request shortly afterwards. His parents are interviewed and report that he ‘has always been a worry to them, was injured at Gallipoli’ etc. 11 pages, List 6.
FULLER, Henry John, late of Auckland New Zealand, sought by Mrs. Ethel HEDLEY of Freeman’s Bay New Zealand. He owes her money. 6 pages, List 27.
FURNESS, Joseph Holmes sought by wife Sarah of Liverpool in 1856, went to Melbourne c4 years ago, aged c35 years. 2 pages. List 4.
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GABEL, A.J. of Berlin, Ontario Canada, wrote in 1899 re Julia LOUGHMAN nee PAGE, formerly of Toronto, and her siblings David, Anthony, James and Fanny and uncle David Page. Not found. 4 pages, List 17.
GADSDON/GADSON. Melbourne solicitors write in 1902 on behalf of ‘our London Agents’ seeking details of David Adoneram NEALE, who arrived in Sydney in 1839, then came to Victoria. He used the name GADSON or GADSON, married and had a family; eldest son James Boswell Gadsdon died in Geelong in 1878. 13 pages. List 4A
GAETANO, Salaorni sought by Italian Consul Melbourne in 1914. He has received an enquiry from Italy. Gaetano has a young wife and child there, who haven’t heard from him in 5 years. Police locate him. 3 pages, List 7.
GAIR, William of Thurso N.B. Caithnessshire Scotland wrote in 1903 re his granduncle James HUDSON, hasn’t heard from him in more than a year, neither has Hudson’s niece Miss RAE. 3 pages.
GALBRAITH, John, of Glasgow Scotland, wrote in 1862 on behalf of father of Robert McKINLAY, who has been ‘confined to a sick bed for the most part of the last three years’. Robert left in 1861 and father has not heard since. 8 pages, List 5.
GALBRAITH, Samuel, sought by William G. DONACHIE, Duntocher, Dumbartonshire Scotland in 1913. He was a son of the late James of Glenluce and settled in Melbourne over 40 years ago. Not found. 13 pages, List 13.
GALBRAITH, William, born Glasgow, a seaman, was sought by Mrs. Galbraith in 1915. Not found. 5 pages, List 8.
GALL, Arthur T. of Guthri Surrey England, wrote in 1914 re his brother Edward Roderick. Police find he joined the army in Queensland, but deserted. 5 pages, List 7
GALLAGHER, Kenneth Percival ran away from his home in Bayswater London with his cousin Harry Edward Mortimer CORKE in 1899 and worked their passage to Australia. His father John asks police help to find him. File includes copy of 10 page letter describing their voyage. Both found, but refuse to return. 17 pages, List 27. See also entry in Criminal & other files.
GALLAGHER, M.V., of Dunedin New Zealand, left home without his mother’s consent in 1915 and came to Melbourne. Putting his age up, (he was 16) he enlisted in the A.I.F. His mother sends his birth certificate to a relative to prove his correct age, but he is already on a troop ship and thus under British control. 3 pages, List 7.
GALLERHER, Rose of Georgiavill RI (Rhode Island?) USA wrote in 1892 re her brother Patrick, native of Donegal Ireland; no other personal details supplied. 1 page.
GALVANI, John, wrote from Sailor’s Rest, Wellington New Zealand in 1906 re his wife who had taken their children Bertie, 4 years and Nellie 3 years and gone to Melbourne. He believes she is living with – BARCLEY/BARKLEY, a ship’s master, and wants police help to return children to him. 3 pages, List 33.
GANNON, John H., of Victoria, Vancouver Island British Columbia, wrote in 1919 re his uncle Michael. Three brothers, his father Patrick, Michael and John, all left Canada in the 1850s and went to California, where John died. His father came to British Columbia, and Michael went to Australia. The writer’s father, now dead, believed Michael was in Melbourne. Name also spelt GANON. 5 pages.
GARRITY, Patrick. Information sought by stepbrother M.J. Garrity of Baltimore USA in 1900. He was living in Melbourne, but hasn’t been heard from in two years. Found interstate. 5 pages, List 37.
GASESENA, Anders. Sought by the Consul for Norway, Melbourne in 1914, on behalf of his relatives, who haven’t heard from him since 1892. Found under name of Ernest Gasson. 5 pages, List 8.
GASTON, Voley/Volcy. His 76 year old widowed mother writes from Mauritius in 1897; she hasn’t heard from him in 3 years. He is a printer/compositor. She signs the letter using the same name. Police fail to locate him. 11 pages, List 9.
GEMMELL, G., Nottawa, Ontario Canada, wrote in 1894 re his uncle Alexander, a market gardener at Malvern. 4 pages, List 4.
GEORGE, Marie wrote from Battersea England 1913-1915 re her husband Ralph who had deserted her. ‘He is a cad and he ought to be shot, he say he loves me and don’t care if I starve, its not the first time he’s been away … I want my freedom or what is it to be , I’ll never live with him again, never … Ah cad I am wife in name only.” Later wrote from Beaconfield, Bucks. Final letter is from a friend reporting that she is in the Croydon Infirmary and very ill. Police report that he has left Victoria with the 7th Battalion, and now supposed to be in Egypt. 26 pages, List 7.
GEORGE, Ralph. Wife (Mrs. Ralph) wrote from Anerley Vale England in 1917 re him. He was a Private No. 2794, last heard of in prison in Melbourne. Asks whether he has died as has been reported to her. Police find his address on leaving gaol was c/- Miss Delia KEIGHTLEY, Bleak House Hotel South Melbourne, and she is interviewed. 8 pages, List 20.
GERSCHEL, Louis. Information sought by eldest son Philip Gershel of Montreal, Canada in 1899; he has heard that he died in Melbourne. 2 pages, List 37.
GIBBONS, Frederick William. Sought by Herbert FLECK of Cannon Street London in 1891. Gibbons left his wife on their wedding day in 1890, and her family are trying to get an annulment of the marriage. He is believed to have come to Melbourne, has a sister at Brunswick. Police are unable to locate him. 6 pages, in poor condition, List 10.
GIBSON, Mrs. Annie E. Wrote from San Francisco in 1899 re Henry and Charles SMITH, her uncles, and aunt Mrs. John MACE nee Maria Smith. They left from Bedale Yorkshire and were last heard of at Ballarat in the 1860s. Not found. 5 pages, List 24.
GIBSON, Keith, of Mack Logging & Timber Co. Redondo, Washington, wrote in 1914 re his son Albert, whom he boarded out with Mrs. Kate BREAKWELL 9 yrs previously on the death of his wife. Although he left money with her, he has found that she had put the child in a home from where he had been taken and put to work in the country. Police find the child and advise him, but two letters are returned ‘left address’. List 8.
GIBSON, Mrs. M. of Oaklands, Grange over Sands, England, wrote in 1916 re her daughter Hannah. ‘When she left England her late master sold up and followed her, he was a publican at Lougridge near Preston, named George SWIFT, and had a wife and child.’ Hannah is found married to T. CUNNINGHAM, with a son working on the trams. 13 pages, List 6.
GIBSON, Sister Margaret Muir of Bloemfontein South Africa, wrote in 1919 re her friend Mrs. Sarah TURNER, wife of Edward and mother of Robert. She has not heard from her for some months. Found. 4 pages, List 16.
GIBSON, Walter. Confidential letter in 1919 from Inspector General of Police, Singapore, requesting information on this man, who in a drunken outburst claimed to be more German than Australian, born Glasgow 1891, educated Geelong College, lived in England and Germany etc. Police confirm him as a son of the founder of Foy & Gibson, very wealthy and a spendthrift. 5 pages, List 26.
GILCHRIST, Thomas Frazer, of Washington USA, wrote in 1912 re Thomas FRAZER, who has lived in Melbourne for forty years. Not found. 5 pages, List 15.
GILKESON, Richardson. Wrote from Alleyghency City, Pittsburg US in 1895 re his half sisters Jane and Eliza ; a relation is John TRAVIS of North Melbourne. All were from Rock, Co. Tyrone Ireland. Found, married to STRANDRING and SMITH. 6 pages, List 28.
GILL, Mrs. Frances C., of St Anna on the Sea, Lancashire England, wrote in 1913 re her mother’s brother Richard James Brooker DOUGAL, who was last heard of in South Australia. She encloses her business card, has a Boarding House there. Not found. 9 pages, List 12.
Glasgow Police Superintendent wrote in 1900 on behalf of Inspector James LIVIE, whose brother David went to Australia some years ago, and has not been heard of for some years. He was last at South Melbourne. Found, using name David DAWSON. 4 pages, List 37.
GLASS, Ellen, wrote from Jamaica, Long Island, New York, USA in 1895 re her brother James, last heard from 35 years ago. 1 page. List 29.
GLEESON, Mrs. H.J. wrote from Cardiff Wales in 1914 re her husband Richard, a cabinet maker, who is lodging with Edward SHIMMEL, also from Cardiff. She hasn’t herd from him. Not found. 9 pages, List 31
GLEESON, Thomas of Knockanure, Barnsoleigh, Co. Tipperary Ireland wrote in 1904 re his brother Michael who worked on the railways. 5 pages.
GLEN, Mrs. Jane, wife of Hugh, of Scotstown, Glasgow, Scotland, wrote in 1914. She lost a purse when returning from a visit to Australia. 5 pages, List 10.
GLOSQUE, Mrs. Alice, of Brooklyn New York USA wrote in 1894 re her aunt Johannah Treasis Agnes SHEON, who left London in 1860 and hasn’t been heard of since. 2 pages, List 4A
GODINHO, Giovanni otherwise James GOWLIN. Italian Consul in Melbourne wrote in 1904. His brother in Italy has heard of his death and wants details. 3 pages, List 11.
GOLDBERG, James, alias COX alias GRIMSHAW. South African C.I.D. write in 1908 re this man, who has been convicted there, and enclosing two photos, full face and profile, a set of fingerprints, physical description (32 years, Irish etc.) and details of convictions. Local police report he is well known and they keep an eye on him. 6 pages, List 10. See introduction re cost of copying photographs.
GOLDRING, Simon, of Civil Police, Haifa, Palestine, wrote in 1920 re his father Abraham, not heard from for six months; was living in Melbourne. 7 pages, List 18.
GOLDSWORTHY, Mrs. N., of Natal South Africa, wrote in 1910 to Kew Asylum. Her husband Edward was there but has now left and was supposedly returning to South Africa, but has not arrived. Incomplete file. 3 pages, List 13.
GOLL, Frederick J, London England, wrote in 1913 re his wife Sarah Alice Ada, aged 35 years, and daughter Alice Florence Emma, 5 years, who had sailed to Australia with Frank S. RICE, posing as his wife and daughter. Rice was 45 years old, had been Steward of the Totteridge Golf Club, and left his wife in England. Goll is clerk to a firm of solicitors there, and wants his daughter back. He encloses photographs of Sarah and Alice and subsequently Rice. Police find the couple were briefly in Melbourne but have left. 15 pages, List 12. See introduction for photographic costs, and be aware that the photo of Sarah is not particularly clear.
GOMM [?], John H. of Catford, London, England wrote in 1901 re his uncle Captain George Tippett; had received a letter asking for money for his support. 5 pages.
GOOD, Cecil Martin, of Garden City, Hereford England, wrote in 1911 re joining the Victorian police force; he was 30 years, married, and in the local police force. 2 pages, List 15.
GOODALL, Sgt. S.A., Royal North West Mounted Police, Bonanza, Yukon, Canada, wrote in 1905 seeking information about joining the Victorian police force; he was 30 years, and too old. 3 pages, List 12.
GOODMAN, Kate, wrote from Islington, London England in 1892 re her two daughters Flossie and Kathleen who went to Melbourne the previous year; her letters remain unanswered. [very difficult to decipher handwriting] 4 pages.
GOODMAN, Kate, wrote again from Islington, London in 1892 re her daughters Flossie and Kathleen. She has been separated from her husband for years, ‘he was a gentleman by birth but a man who never got on in England, and friends sent him to Australia where he went from bad to worse he never sent a shilling towards the support of me or his children …’. 15 pages.
GOODMAN, Dr. Lee of Washington England, wrote in 1893 re Herbert Richard HALL, locomotive engineer, born Selcoates Yorkshire England 1859, last heard of in America, but believed to have gone to London then Australia with singer Mamie HILL. 7 pages, List 3.
GOODWIN, Charles Edwin, sought by brother Anthony J. of Avalon, California USA in 1906. He left England c30 yrs ago, would be about 60 yrs, formerly a butcher. Not found. 8 pages, List 18.
GORDON, Thomas, sought by brother William, Dublin Metropolitan Police, Ireland, was in Richmond in 1890. A brother has died. 8 pages, List 25.
GORIN, E., of Gloucester England wrote in 1902 re son William Thomas Gorin, last heard from in 1898 when he was in the Victorian police force; his father has died. 7 pages, List 4A .
GOSLING, W. Robert, of Worthing, Surrey, England, wrote in 1920 re Lieut. J.A. WILLIAMS, formerly in 3rd Aust. Machine Gun Battalion, who had got his wife’s servant Miss FINIGAN pregnant. He had promised to send money to her, but had not done so. Police ascertain that he was living in Tasmania, was married before the war, and had a child. He denies paternity. 9 pages, List 18.
GOTARTY, William of Co. Meath Ireland, wrote in 1903, re his brother Peter, a police pensioner. He has heard that he has died, and seeks details of any estate left. Died at Adelaide, on way to visit a sister at Fremantle. 10 pages, List 20.
GOULDEN, William of Falls River, Mass., USA wrote in 1920 re his son Hervey GOULDEN whom he left twenty-three years ago when he was four years old; ‘his mother did me wrong so I left her’. Mother was Annie TYMMS and they lived in Brunswick in 1897. Son identified as James Hervey GOULDEN/GOULDING, a school teacher. 8 pages.
GOURDIE, Peter, sought by brother James of Ashburton, New Zealand in 1915. He was 25yrs old, had been in Melbourne, parents in Scotland are concerned, not having heard from him. 3 pages, List 7.
GRACE, Rev. G.A. of Clitheroe, England, wrote in 1913 re Rev. Allen Zachariah Grace, c70 years, who was a patient in Ballarat hospital a few years ago. ‘He was addicted to opium’. Police find he died intestate. 6 pages, List 8.
GRAHAM, Mrs. C., wrote from Swansea, Glamorganshire South Wales England in 1892 re her husband John. He went out to Africa as a mining engineer in 1887; she hasn’t heard from him for two years, but has read that someone of that name was murdered in South Africa. 4 pages
GRAHAM, Edward Clarence, Coatdyke by Coatbridge, Airdrie Scotland, wrote in 1915, asking for a copy of his Victorian birth certificate. Was badly injured at a foundry there; is 19 years old. ‘When I left Aust. I was very young, I ran away from my people … I was bought up by gipsies … how I landed in Scotland I do not know … I have a father and mother and sisters and brothers in Melbourne but I don’t know them …’ Police found no trace of his birth certificate. 5 pages, List 8.
GRAHAM, Monkhouse, chemist, c40 years, married Mary J. Masson ORMOND in 1889. Chief constable Middlesborough York UK writes on behalf of relatives in 1894. 7 pages, List 28.
GRANE, Herr Max. Location of, sought by Hans KOHLING of Weissenfels on Saale, Germany, who wrote in German in 1899. Not found. 14 pages, List 17.
GRANT, Mrs. Of Edinburgh Scotland, wrote in 1917 re her father Alex. CLARKE. He was a native of Clunie Perthshire Scotland, born 1865, for many years a stocker on board ship. He left Dundee in 1910 on a steamer, was traced to Melbourne and deserted ship there in 1911. He had deserted his wife and family and ‘since then the oldest boy has been killed in action and my mother died three weeks later…’. Not found. 13 Pages, List 6.
GRANT, Mrs. J. of Hawera, New Zealand, wrote 2 letters in 1916 re John Sinclair GILDROY, a relative. He left there for England in 1914 and hasn’t been heard from since. He is c75 years old, from Gateshead Newcastle on Tyne. Not found. 11 pages, List 8.
GRANT, James. Information sought by Chief Constable Aberdeen Scotland in 1900 on behalf of unnamed relatives. He left there ‘early in life’ would now be c60 years old; was last heard from in 1872 when working at the Leviathan Mine. 4 pages, List 38.
GRAY, Bridget, Anna and Marguerite, sought by brothers Worship and William Gray. Family lived at Ballyjamesduff, Ireland, and brothers left there 40-50 years ago. W.F. Gray, attorney, wrote from Clinton, Illinois, 1905. 2 pages, List 5.
GRAY, Cunningham/George, and wife sought by James B. WHITBY of Heatley, Cheshire England in 1905. They used to be caretakers of a Presbyterian Church in East Melbourne, and would know the parentage of a young lady on whose behalf he writes. Cunningham Gray confirms knowledge, the young lady is Lottie BURTON. 5 pages, List 12.
GRAY, James L. of Pacific Cocoanut Company, San Francisco USA wrote in 1913 re his uncle James LAWTHER, aged 78 years. His sister Mrs. SCOTT, lived with the writer. 4 pages.
GREAVES, Lionel William Goring. Information on him sought by J.A. Ley Greaves of Limpleystoke, Bath England, who wrote from West Africa in 1908. Not found. 4 pages, List 19.
GREEN, Charles Hilton, absconded from his home in Gloucester England in 1864, aged 15yrs. His father Rev. Henry Green wrote to the Bishop of Melbourne asking help to find him, and enclosing a small photo. 6 pages, List 18. See instructions re copying of photographs.
GREEN, F.L. of Pack Horse Hotel, Jordangate, Macclesfield, Cheshire, England wrote in 1898 re Richard de-Boscoe COTTERELL. He had left Birmingham some forty years ago. 6 pages.
GREEN, H.O., Leicester England, wrote in 1893 re John TYRES. He is executor of his aunt’s estate and requires a receipt which has not been forthcoming. 3 pages, List 3.
GREEN, James, in 1898 sought by wife V. of Laue [?] His mother M.A. lives in Sale, her grand-daughter is married to the mayor there. She has four children, hasn’t heard from him since 1897. Found in Melbourne, licensee of a hotel. 8 pages, List 26.
GREENE, Samuel, of Buffalo New York USA wrote in 1907 re his aunt Catherine GREENE, daughter of Samuel Greene, who left Shallee, Co. Tipperary Ireland c.1867. 5 pages.
GREER, R.T., Chairman, Calcutta Corporation, wrote in 1901 re Mrs. A. MEIKLEJOHN’s circumstances; her husband is destitute there, can she support him financially? 5 pages, List 18
GREGORY, Thomas M., of Budleigh, Salerton, Devon England wrote in 1906 re his first cousin William Taylor, reputed to have died in December 1905 at Toorak, Melbourne. He is the closest relative and one of the beneficiaries of the estate. 7 pages.
GRETTON, Arthur. Chief Constable’s Office Leeds England wrote in 1907 re this man, who was applying for a publican’s licence, seeking confirmation of his background. 3 pages, List 9.
GRIFFING, Luther P., wrote from Greenwich Ave., New York USA in 1895 re his brother in law David Ferrier SELCRIG, who left New Jersey in 1853, and was last heard of in 1857 at Ararat; Scotch, now c67 years. Found. 7
GRIFFITH, W.A, of Green, Iowa, USA, wrote in 1893 re James ALCOM, from Teaven Drurgivern? Co Londonderry Ireland. His eldest daughter Nancy has not heard from him for ten years. 3 pages, List 3, List 3.
GRIME, Peter of Preston Lancashire England, wrote in 1893 re his father Francis GRIME, known in Australia as Frank GRAHAM, who left England 35 years ago. He was last heard of 20 years ago, in Melbourne. 2 pages, paper torn. List 3.
GRINLINTON, Mrs. M.G., wrote from Napier New Zealand in 1900, has heard that her eldest son Britton Clinton IRWIN has died in Carlton and asks return of his effects. Report shows workmates paid for burial, almost destitute. 8 pages, List 38.
GRODENTZ, Morris, sought by brother Solly and father Abraham, both of London, in 1912. He was last heard of 4 years ago in Melbourne. Was also known as Horace GROVE. Mother is pining for him. Several letters and photo. Not found. 18 pages, List 33.
GROTH, Herman, information sought by niece Elsa T. CROME of Chicago in 1901; not heard from since 1893. Found. 5 pages, List 50.
GRUNBERG, Mrs. C. Secretary of Verein Australia based in Hamburg Germany wrote in 1892. His organisation tries to find people who have left home and lost touch with their families. The parents of – Grunberg are trying to make contact with the widow of their deceased son, who died in Melbourne a few years ago. 2 pages.
GUNDRY, James, sought by Mrs. Lizzie FOY of Chicago in 1894. He was her father John’s brother, and last heard of in 1863. Father John also writes, eleven in family, which came from Camborne, Cornwall. 6 pages, List 30.
GUNN, Mrs. Agnes McLeish, Dundee Scotland wrote in 1918 re husband Alexander who left c.1914 and was found in Victoria, remarried to Ester Mary CROSCHEL. She planned to divorce him. 11 pages.
GUNNELL, Isaac and PHIBBS, Andrew, constables in Royal Irish Constabulary, Cornwall, Co Wexford Ireland, applied to join Victorian force in 1900. 1 page, List 37.
GUNSTONE, William, from England, aged 27 years, a gardener. In 1890s induced Jane Durward SCOTT of Hawthorn (Victoria) to live with him; he already had a wife in England. At her death he registered her as Mrs. Gunstone, but her brother William reported him for false registration of death. Police investigation, but Gunstone absconded. 11 pages, List 5.
GURNSINGHA, Don Andris, M.D., of Galle, Ceylon, wrote in 1898 re his son William. 7 pages.
GUTTERIDGE, Mrs. E. wrote from Hornsy Road London England in 1914 re her brother Charles ATKINSON, whom she believed was dead. Police reply not enough detail provided. An earlier letter she sent was not to be found, and the majority of the file is an investigation of this. 15 pages, List 8.
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HACKER, Mrs. Eleanor. Seeks her brother Richard NEEDS in 1896, last heard from in 1863. 9 pages, List 18.
HACKETT, Edward, sought by Charles Hackett of Timaru New Zealand in 1906; late licensee of Camp Hotel, Eaglehawk. Police trace family. 10 pages, List 30.
HACKETT, Thomas Walter, sought by sister Miss L.P. Hackett of Chicao in 1897. He is 29 years, born Missouri USA. Not found. 9 pages, List 35.
HAFENEGGER, Joseph, wrote from San Francisco USA in 1897, re his father Joseph who arrived there in 1868 with him and his sister, and died suddenly in 1878 without leaving a Will. He told his children he had property in Australia, but cruel step-mother would not give details as she had a child of her own. He was a watch-maker and jeweller, in partnership with a Mr. ROTH at Ballarat. He thinks his father might have deserted his mother, as he’s never seen her. She was Margaret STEWART. No trace found at Ballarat. 5 pages, List 36.
HAIRE, Robert, sought by sister Isabella of Armadale, Linlithgowshire, Scotland in 1899. Left Glasgow about 20 years ago, last heard of in Melbourne. Her husband is James WILSON, a tailor. Not found. 10 pages, List 35.
HALDON, James, left Edinburgh 1890, carpenter. In 1897 ROMANES & SIMSON write from there on behalf of his mother, they sent money for his passage home but he has not arrived. 11 pages, List 25.
HALES, Arthur. St. Peter’s Hospital Guardians at Bristol England, wrote 1914-1915 re this man, who left his wife Elizabeth and two children in 1912 and has failed to send maintenance. In 1912 he was living in Melbourne, and police locate him again. Although he promised to send funds he never did. Elizabeth died in 1914. 21 pages, List 18.
HALL, Caroline Susan of Gloucester England, wrote in 1893, acknowledging pension granted to her from police fund. Previous letter from Dublin Ireland. 3 pages, List 3.
HALL, Isabel of Mt. View Santa Clara, California wrote in 1898 re her father Thomas HALL, born England, now believed to be in Melbourne. 12 pages.
HALLIGAN, Arthur, wrote from Christchurch New Zealand in 1904, asking police to help get his daughter Daisy Cecilia from her mother who is living with another man in Melbourne. 5 pages, List 33.
HALLINAN, James, of Treasury Dept., New York USA wrote in 1916 re his sister Annie – hadn’t heard from her for some time. His aunt is Mrs. John HANNON of Richmond. Police report she has been committed to an asylum. 4 pages List 6
HALPIN, Mrs Mary, of Chicago, USA, wrote in 1908 re her brother Thomas HEALY. She had another brother Peter and a sister Kate. Not found. 5 pages, List 18.
HAMBRIDGE, Alfred, of Durban, Natal, South Africa, wrote in 1894 seeking his brothers Harry and William Hambridge. Found. 15 pages, List 17.
HAMILL, James, sought by sister Mary LARBY, Barrack Hill, Fermoy, Co Cork Ireland in 1912. He was last heard of at ‘Rhookha’; no such place in Victoria. Not found. 7 pages, List 33.
HAMILTON, John, sought by nephew Richard Hamilton of Doolagh, Portarlington, Queen’s County Ireland in 1907. He joined the Dublin police in 1865, then came to Melbourne, and was in force until 1880s. Not found. 7 pages, List 23.
HAMILTON, Mrs. Margaret of Haverford, PA, U.S.A. wrote in 1905, re her brother James Hamilton, who was in Melbourne, but her letter to him was returned unclaimed. Had a sister Mattie. Response states details supplied too meagre to trace. 3 pages.
HAMILTON, W.L., Superintendent, Burgh Police Office, Govan Scotland, writes in 1892 regarding James YOUNG, one time partner of DOBIE & CO., shipbuilders at Govan, who sailed from the Clyde for Brisbane in 1890, and was last heard of in Melbourne. Police locate the person sought. 9 pages.
HAMILTON, William E., of Scranton, P.A., U.S.A., wrote in 1914 and asked details of joining the Victorian police force. He was ex US army, including 10 years in cavalry, also ex police, and was ‘sick of American ways’ and wanted to become a British citizen. Reply returned ‘not known at this address’. 5 pages, List 8.
HAMMON, Arthur of Springs, Transvaal (South Africa) wrote in 1905 re his brother Horace who had suffered leg strain and was now believed to be in Queensland. 7 pages.
HAMP, Mrs. P.A. of Capetown, South Africa, wrote in 1905 re her husband Alfred Henry HAMP, who deserted her and their five children in 1904. 8 pages.
HAMPSHIRE, John. Murdered in Victoria 1862; niece Louisa GOULDSBROUGH of Bongendore New South Wales writes on behalf of his wife (unnamed) in England regarding his property. 5 pages, List 5.
HAMPSON, Cornelius of Hyde Cheshire England, wrote in 1898 regarding a bequest he should have received under his aunt, Mrs. Mary Ann BARCLAY’s Will, and asking police to follow through with the executor William Richmond EVANS. 4 pages, List 14.
HANCOCK, Mrs. A.J. of Kansas City USA wrote in 1905 re her husband James Herbert Hancock, who left there seven years ago. They have three daughters. She believes he is in Melbourne; had previously been in Australia and had a friend named REINHOLDT, a jeweller. He also had siblings in Birmingham England. She wants him to support their three daughters. Not found. 9 pages, List 13.
HANIFIN, Julia (Mrs. Cornelius), wrote from Seadown via Temuka, South Canterbury New Zealand in 1896, seeking her brothers John and Michael LUCEY and sister Mrs. John FIELDING, last heard of in Korumburra. Her husband has died and she seeks their help. Not found. 11 pages, List 33.
HANKIN, Elizabeth, Waterloo near Liverpool England, wrote in 1912 re her husband James, who deserted in 1911. They have 2 children, she believes he is in Melbourne. 4 pages, List 14.
HANKS, Sarah (Miss) wrote from Blackpool England in 1914 re letters received from Walter Hanks of Coburg, claiming to be her nephew, and asking for a copy of his father John’s birth certificate. He had previously advertised in her local newspaper for relatives. She is suspicious, and encloses photo of John and his brother Ernest Silverton Hanks, ‘taken at Xmas camp’ in England, and a photo of ‘Mother’ . Police interview Walter and his father John who says he was born Birmingham in 1847, and needs the certificate in his application for old age pension. His mother was Ann Kempson. 15 pages and 2 photos, List 7. See instructions above re cost of photos.
HANNAY, Henrietta of Blackpool Lancashire England wrote in 1914 re her brothers Andrew Webster and Frank Wallace Hannay, last heard of in 1906. File includes letters to brothers. Found. 20 pages, List 8.
HANSEN, C.K. wrote from Nadina, Minn. USA in 1894 re his brother John HOCKONSEN, who used to be a sailor. 4 Pages. List 4.
HARDBOTTLE, Charles James. F.A. ANDERSON, solicitor of York, England wrote in 1890 on behalf of mother who had not heard from Hardbottle since 1889. Hardbottle was 21-23 and a sailor. Police locate him. 16 pages.
HARGRAVE, Mrs., of Hull England, wrote in 1892 re John WILSON. His wife works for her, and he left her and their four young children four years ago. Wilson found living with another woman. 5 pages.
HARRINGTON, Edward, died at Inglewood in 1891, a bachelor, 76 years. A friend, George FREEMAN, wrote to advise family in U.S.A. In 1895 U.S. Consul in Melbourne writes on behalf of his relatives, that Freeman was to provide further details but did not. He had not responded to letters from them. Police find that Freeman died in 1893, and his family revealed ‘an insulting letter’ from the relatives, claiming Harrington had property and they were holding on to it. In fact he died a pauper. 5 pages, List 28.
HARRINGTON, George, private detective bureau, Sheffield, England, wrote in 1899 re William PRESTON, son of Algernon and Rose, who was a native of Dublin Ireland, but had lived in Melbourne for many years, was single, a surveyor, and was aged about 80 years. 3 pages.
HARRINGTON, William S. of Orange, Essex County, New Jersey USA wrote in 1901 re his uncle John HARRINGTON, who left Ireland c.1860 for Australia.
HARRIS, J. (Miss) of Montreal Canada, wrote in 1914 re her brother George, from London England, aged about 28 years. Not found by police. 5 pages, List 7
HARRIS, M. (Mrs.) of Chicago, Ill., USA, wrote in 1913 re her father’s brother James GUNDRY. Her father John Gundry hasn’t heard from him for 60 years. James was last heard of mining at Ballarat, and the family came from Cornell [Cornwall?] England. All Gundry entries in directory interviewed but no relation. 10 pages, List 14.
HARRIS, Mrs. M.A. of Montreal Canada, wrote in 1915 re her son George, 27 years, born Hammersmith near London, who arrived in Melbourne c1913. He had three sisters, Violet, Ethel and Lily and a brother Jonathan who was now dead. Police contact many George Harris’s, but do not find him. 19 pages, List 7.
HARRIS, Samuel. His wife Mrs. B. Harris of Carlton, wrote in 1918, asking Victorian police to ascertain details of his convictions in South Africa. South African police provide details and a photo of him. She reports he is back in Australia. 3 pages, List 16. Note comment at top of page re cost of photographs.
HARRIS, Sarah Elizabeth, of Orrell Bottle, Liverpool England, wrote in 1914 re her husband ‘he deserted his three little boys and also left me in pregnancy of another’. He was in the British Army at one stage, now believed to be in Freemantle. Not found. 11 pages, List 8.
HARRISON, George F., of Brooklyn E.D., wrote in 1892 re his brother Richard, acknowledges police reply that he was found in Tasmania. Original letter of enquiry not on file. 2 pages.
HARRISON, George F., of Brooklyn New York USA wrote in 1892 re his brother Richard, aged 34 years, last heard of in 1888. Father died over a year ago, had lived in LeicesterEngland; mother anxious to know his whereabouts. 4 pages.
HARRISON, Henry. Wrote from Birmingham England in 1904 re his niece Mrs. Kate BROWN nee SPECK, who had been left destitute at Scarborough by her husband William. They had been married in 1897, but he left the following year, and was now believed to be in Melbourne. Not found. 9 pages, List 22.
HARRISON, Joseph, sought by wife Julia of Soho, Birmingham, England, in 1906. Last heard of at Melbourne; found. 3 pages, List 19.
HARRISON, Martin. Sought by Samuel PRICE of St. John’s Quebec Canada in 1916, on behalf of Harrison’s sister, Mrs. Mary MEIGHER, formerly of Liverpool England. She had come to Canada to be with her only son, but he was now dead. Harrison had been in the retail boot trade about 20 years ago. 7 pages List 6
HARRISON, Mrs. Mary of Brooklyn ED, USA, wrote in 1893 re her uncle Robert MALLOY, in the liquor business there many years ago, was a native of Cappoynin? Co Waterford, Ireland. 2 pages, List 3.
HARTIGAN, Jack, sought by nephew J.J. KINNERK of Limerick Ireland in 1914. He was formerly in Victorian police force. Found. 11 pages, List 8.
HARVEY, Charles Edward. Born Crediton, in the tailoring trade. Sought by Mr. Brooker, of South Wanstead, Essex, England, in 1916. He had left England for Christchurch New Zealand c1884 and afterwards went to Australia. 5 pages List 6
HARVEY, John, of Barnsley Yorkshire England, wrote in 1919 re his sons John Fielders and Frederick Charles, aged 39 and 34 years, who have been in Australia 6-7 years. Found. 5 pages, List 17.
HAVEN, Mrs. Laura, wrote from New Orleans in 1893 re her husband who has run off with Mrs. David LAMKIN, a ‘hard-faced woman’. Haven is the daughter of the late Captain A.J. PARKER, Lamkin is the daughter of a Dr. WILLIAMS. 9 pages, List 4.
HAWKINS, G.E. of Sars-Poteries, France Nord, wrote in 1920 re C.F. PARKER, late in AIF, who formerly lived at Glengarry. Police ascertain that two brothers named George and Thomas Parker enlisted from there and find Thomas. 8 pages, List 13.
HAWLEY, William wrote from Workington Cumberland U.K. in 1907 re his relations George and Sarah HORROCKS. Not found. 7 pages, List 27.
HAYDEN, John, sought by wife Esther, of Liverpool England in 1914. Not found. 3 pages, List 8.
HAYES, Mrs. Ellen, wrote from St. Louis, U.S. in 1898 re brother Cornelius O’LEARY, last heard from in 1870s. Widow found near Dookie, 10 pages, List 26.
HAYES, Richard P., of Edmonyen, Alberta Canada, wrote in 1914 re his brother in law M.P. MEYER, a South African, last heard of working in Tasmania. His parents in Natal South Africa are anxious, as is his sister. Not found. 12 pages, List 8.
HAYTON, Mrs. Daisy, wrote from Clapton London England in 1916 re her husband William James Hayton. She has heard that he has died and asks details; police find no record of death. She has two daughters Reenie and Kathleen. 5 pages, List 8.
HAYWOOD, Benjamin, sought by father John of Nottingham U.K. in 1906. Arrived c30 years ago, worked at Ulupna. Has heard nothing for years. Not found. 14 pages, List 30
HEAD, Samuel of Buffalo New York USA wrote in 1892 on letterhead of Erie County Clerk’s Office, regarding his son James HEAD who had been in Australia for 6-7 years. 4 pages.
HEARNE, Mrs. Ellen, of Pill, Newport, Monmouthshire, Wales wrote in 1919 re her husband John, who left her in 1914. She has three boys to look after and wanted maintenance from him. He might also be known as John WILSON. 3 pages.
HEATLEY, J., Cardiff Wales, wrote in 1893 re Griffith HEATLEY, who left there six years ago and wrote regularly until 1891. Discreet enquiry wanted. 10 pages, List 3. Another letter 1894; left Cardiff for Australia many years ago, leaving a wife and three children behind. Lived in Ballarat until 1891 at least, writer believes he is living with another woman. Incomplete file of 5 pages, may be continuation of earlier file. List 20.
HEATLIE-HEATLIE, Barry. Criminal Investigation Department Cape Town South Africa wrote in 1906 re him – wanted on warrant for embezzlement there. He was a broker, aged about 30, played rugby and football and had been captain of the Villagers R.F.C. 3 pages including photo; note instructions re photo costs.
HEDDERWICK, John, Glasgow, Scotland, wrote in 1900 re death of brother James Winning CRABB. Another brother, Maitland H. Crabb predeceased him, c5 years ago. James was accidentally killed at Korrumburra. Letter on file from Mrs. M. JONES of Parry St., Moonee Ponds also asks details, knew deceased. 7 pages, List 38.
HEDEN, Karl Johan Johansson. Stockholm police wrote in 1913 re this Collector of Taxes, who was charged with embezzlement and had absconded. He was 35 years, and spoke only Swedish. Wanted notice includes a photograph of him, which could be photocopied. 4 pages, List 12.
HEDIGAN, William. Sought by E.E. MARSHALL, Attorney, Boston, Mass., USA in 1913. Found. 4 pages, List 14.
HEFFER, Mrs. Laura, Lower Edmonton, London [England?] wrote in 1910 re her daughter Grace Heffer, who went to South Africa seven years ago as a nurse, and married Adam GOOL, an Indian, in Cape Town. She believed she was now in Melbourne, but police find no trace. 6 pages, List 5. CONNECTION FOUND
HEGARTY, John, wrote to the Mayor of Melbourne from New York USA in 1900 re hus uncle James and brother Jeremiah, natives of Cork Ireland. James left Ireland c50 years ago for Melbourne, Jeremiah c40 years ago. Various Hegarty families contacted, but no connection. 17 pages, List 39.
HEINRICH, Wilhelm. German Consul in Melbourne wrote in 1914 on behalf of the Public Notary of Silesia re Heinrich, who died in Victoria about 1903 and had been born in Silesia in 1832. He had two daughters, Emma and Ernestine. 16 pages, List 8.
HELLEN, Richard, Hollyhill near Parish of Aughadown, Skibbereu, Co Cork Ireland, wrote re his son James, who was in the Victorian police force, and whom he had not heard from for some years. Son states family differences, will not write to his father. Note different spelling of surname; HEELAN. 5 pages, List 5.
HELMERS, Thorleif. Norweigan seaman, 19 yrs, sought by Consul General in 1918. Found. 6 pages, List 18.
HEMMING, John, wrote from the Provincial Home, Kamloop, British Colombia, Canada in 1912, asking police to trace the family of his brother William, who left London England c1850. He is seeking help from the family. Police find daughter Mrs. Emily CHEASLEY, who herself is in poor circumstances. 8 pages, List 32.
HENWOOD, W.H. of Newquay Cornwall England, wrote in 1906 regarding a newspaper report he had seen of the death of Henry GREEN, found dead at Wodonga. He believed this was his uncle who left Cornwall c50 years ago, and who changed his name from Nathaniel Henry Henwood to Henry Green. Police reply that the newspaper published a wrong surname, it was GROSE not Green. 3 pages, List 11.
HERMS, Wilhelmina, wrote from Germany in 1893 re her brother Henrik SCHONBECK, who died at Beechworth in 1882. She is a widow and next of kin. 11 pages, List 3.
HERRIOT, John of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada wrote in 1904 re his uncle William HERRIOT, brother of his father Adam. 13 pages.
HERTZBERG, Kate, of Wellington New Zealand, wrote in 1911 re Abraham VINEGARD, believed to be in business with Morris GRODENTZ and George ROSCOE. Found. 3 pages, List 11.
HESP, Mrs. H. Newell, wrote from Kirk Deighton, Wetherby, Yorkshire in 1896 re her husband Samuel Dobson Hesp, who deserted her and their child in 1888. Letter from their son Frank also on file. Police believe he has gone interstate. 11 pages, List 32.
HEWLETT, Robert. Sister Ellen PHILLIPS wrote from Malvern, Worcestershire U.K. in 1898 seeking information about him, last heard of in Prahran. Found; wife and children living apart from him. 5 pages, List 27.
HICHCOCK, A., manager Western Union Telegraph Co., Evanston Ill., U.S.A, wrote in 1914 re his ‘dear friend Mrs. L.J. (Julia) BERLOWITZ, formerly of Melbourne, who left Honolulu about 5 years ago, probably for Melbourne’. All Berlowitz family in Melbourne interviewed – she is a cousin, but hasn’t been seen for some years. Hichcock enclosed a letter for her, and this is still on the file. 8 pages, List 8.
HICKEY, F.F., Travelers Insurance Co., Hartford Conn. USA, wrote in 1914 re Arthur PARK, who was born in Melbourne in 1892, in reference to an insurance policy. Not found. 4 pages, List 8.
HICKEY, Mrs. Jane Freeman, wrote from Buffalo New York in 1904 re her sister Helen FREEMAN, born in Co Cork Ireland, went to Victoria married John DAVIS/DAVISON. Second letter states she married Dennis KAHALER who ran a hotel with his brothers Timothy and Michael. Not found. 11 pages, List 22.
HICKLIS, Mary. Wrote from Buffalo New York, USA, in 1906, re her brother George DUNCAN, last heard of 40 yrs ago on the goldfields. Not found. 6 pages, List 19.
HIGGINS, Joseph, left Guelph Canada c1885, last heard of in Melbourne. Discreet enquiry sought by G.L. Higgins, Mercury Office, Guelph. Found. 7 pages, List 38.
HIGHNETT, Mrs. Alice of Seaforth Liverpool England wrote in 1903 re her brother Richard GRIFFITHS, a baker who left there 17 years before. He has not been heard from for 12 years; has heard he was murdered. Police find Griffiths. 6 pages.
HILEY, Ranald. Chief Constable, York, England writes in 1901 regarding him; Hiley, 27 years, well educated, supposed to go to New Zealand, but got off ship in Melbourne. Friends concerned he was suicidal. Photo on file. 13 pages.
HILL, Cecilia Wyndham wrote from London in 1900 re her son Frederick Wyndham Hill whom she feared was very ill. Found. 6 pages, List 18.
HINCHEY, Patrick J., of Dorchester, Mass., USA, wrote in 1905 re his brother John, born Ennistymon, Co. Clare Ireland c72 years ago, and left there 45 years ago and was last heard of in Melbourne. Police interview Mrs. Peter Hinchey, whose personal details match those given, except for the given name. 6 pages, List 12.
HINDLEY, John S., applies for police, 1903. 20yrs, son of Rev W.T. Hindley of Eastbourn, writes from Lindisfarne, Blackheath, England, encloses 8 printed testimonials, including one from Weymouth College. 12 pages, List 20.
HIRSCHMAN, William, sought by mother Mrs. Ellen of Bootle, England in 1896. She has heard his father has closed his Port Melbourne business under name of HARRIS, and is worried about her son, the eldest of 5, the rest of whom are with her. 7 pages, List 31.
HIRST, Benjamin, wrote from Bradford, Yorkshire England in 1897 re newspaper report of death of James HURST, asks if it is his brother Joseph who left a wife and 3 children there in 1857 and went to Australia and not heard from til traced to Qld in 1896. Gives family details. Police reply it is not his brother. 7 pages, List 36.
HISLOP, William. Glasgow Parish Council writes from 1913-1917 re this man, 38 years, a bricklayer, born Glasgow, who sailed to Australia in 1912 as an assisted immigrant, leaving a wife and three young children behind. He intended to send for them later. He sent little money for support, and probably through worry the wife has become insane and the children are in Council care. Hislop was nominated by Mr. RODGERS of Beaconsfield Parade Port Melbourne. Police find that Rodgers had got rid of him as he was a drunkard. In 1914 police find he joined the AIF and was sent to Egypt, but also that he had remarried bigamously. His marital exploits detailed; marriages to Janet BEVERIDGE (died 1907) produced two children, Milia and Peter, and to Annie McELHINNEY produced three. Third marriage was to Ethel SPENCER nee PARKINS, a widow. 43 pages, List 11.
HITCHIN, Sarah Louisa, (wife of Thomas Alfred) wrote from Townsville in 1877 re her father George HARRISON who left his wife and two daughters in England in 1855 and was living with a woman in Melbourne; he was a hardware merchant, and she is seeking financial assistance from him. File covers 1877-1883; he died in 1881 and she queries probate etc. List 20.
HLADKY, Francis, wrote from New York City in 1915 re his son Charles. His original letter not on file, but report and reply is. He had joined the Aust. Imperial Force and was now at the front. 2 pages, List 7.
HOAGLAND, Henry W. Chief of Police, Oakland, California USA wrote firstly in 1897 re this man who left his wife and family there; he was a veterinary dentist. Other letters followed in 1900 and 1901. 16 pages, List 37.
HOAL, E., wrote from Tuli, Rhodesia, South Africa in 1895 re a relative named GILES who went to Australia c50 years ago. Ten years ago Mrs. GOULD the postmistress at Fowey, Cornwall, received a letter from him. 2 pages, List 31.
HODGES, Amos, butler to Admiral CATOR, Hazelwood, King’s Langley, Herts, England, wrote in 1896 re his friend Beatty SHEPPERD, who went to Australia with a married sister RICHARDSON, and after her death took over care of her children. Found elsewhere. 7 pages, List 31.
HODGKINSON, Albert. Sought by brother Frederick of Samaria. He was a brick layer, 37yrs, born Manchester. Found. 7 pages, List 18.
HODGKINSON, Joseph, assistant clerk to the guardians, Bakewell, Derbyshire England, wrote in 1906 re bonafides of Mrs. PASCOE WEBBE, with whom his brother Samuel Charles Lindsey HODGKINSON was staying. Samuel was aged 19 years. 8 pages.
HODGSON, W.H. of Kimberley, South Africa, wrote in 1910 asking police to deliver a letter to Mr. J.S. WILLIAMS, as his second wife keeps letters from him. Williams’s daughter is destitute. 2 pages, List 13.
HODKINSON, Peter. Moss & Hodkinson of Whalley Range, Manchester England wrote in 1917. They were executors of the estate of Peter, who had died in 1908, and were trying to trace his son Albert. File covers 1909-1917. 24 pages.
HOEY, Joseph, of Maitland, Cape, South Africa, wrote in 1914 re his uncle Tim O’CALLAGHAN who left Co. Kerry Ireland over 20 years ago to join the Australian police force and was never heard from again. Police interview all Tim O’Callaghan’s in Victoria, and interstate police check their membership lists, but he is not found. 19 pages, List 14.
HOGAN, Miss Amelia of Armory St., Ilion, New York, wrote in 1900 re her sister Margaret SHANNON, wife of Henry, and her uncle Thomas BROWN. Brown conducted hotels in Melbourne in the 1880s. Not found. 5 pages, List 38.
HOGAN, Martin, desk sergeant, 15 Precinct, Chicago, Ill., USA, wrote in 1893 re Patrick HOGAN, whose proper name is SHEEHY, a native of Tipperary Ireland, and the brother of Thomas and Edward SHEEHY. His brother Tom is dead and the family would like to hear from Patrick. ‘through some family quarrel he took his mother’s name of HOGAN. 5 pages, List 3.
HOGARTH, E., wrote from Rotherithe England in 1899 re his brother Robert, last heard of in Yarraville. Found. 6 pages, List 27.
HOGARTH, Thomas E., Dannevicke, Hawkes Bay New Zealand, wrote in 1915 re George BLOOD who had been killed in a railway accident at Tunstall (now Nunawading). His brother in law is of the same name, and although he last heard of him and his sister Harriet (known as Poppy) in Derbyshire England, he thinks they may have emigrated and the person killed is him. Police report that it is not his family. 4 pages, List 7.
HOGG, F.W., Armby near Leeds England, wrote in 1899 re his sister Nellie HOGG, supposed to have left Victoria and sailed home to England some months ago, but has not arrived. 7 pages.
HOGG, Henry, fought in American Civil War and afterwards left his discharge with his father William in London England. In 1901 tries to get a pension from US authorities and requires discharge. A friend asks police to help, and the request is transmitted to New Scotland Yard, who interview sister Ada and brother James G., but the discharge paper is not found. 7 pages. List 4.
HOGG, John William. Wife writes a number of letters from Eltham Taranaki New Zealand and elsewhere, from 1916-1918 regarding him. He was last heard from in 1915 in Melbourne. Police locate him, but he doesn’t want his wife to know his address, as she is of drunken habits. 20 pages, List 9.
HOLLICK, Thomas, of Great Bowden, Market Harbors, Leicestershire England, wrote in 1913 re his daughter Mrs. Fanny HUNTER and her daughter Beryl, who sailed forMelbourne, and were supposed to have been met by a local tailor Nathaniel GLADSTONE. Not found. 4 pages, List 12.
HOLMES, Edward, chief constable, Leicester England, wrote in 1893 re C.W. EMMS, last seen 4 years ago in Melbourne. He is a veterinary surgeon and his mother is anxious about him. Photo and physical description on file. 6 pages, List 3. See introduction for details of photo costs.
HOLMES, Willie, a schoolboy, of Hartford, Conn., USA, wrote in 1893 re Robert and Rebecca HOLMES, who sailed from Liverpool in 1855. Rebecca married Robert ROBERTSON. Willie is their nephew. 2 pages, List 4.
HONE, H.F., wrote from Vancouver Canada in 1894, seeking his son H.R., last heard of in New Zealand. Postmaster there sends letter from Melbourne. Not found. 3 pages, List 30.
HONEY, Albert Victor, sought by unnamed wife in Camden Town London in 1912. She hasn’t heard for 3 months. He’s been in Melbourne for 5 years and always sent money before. Fund. 6 pages, list 32.
HOOPER, Mr. A..F. Soho, near Handsworth Birmingham England, wrote in 1894. Has seen a newspaper cutting about a young man who drowned in Melbourne; is it his missing son? Reply states no. 2 Pages, List 4A
HOORYAANS, Mr. Netherlands Consul in Melbourne writes in 1908 on behalf of overseas relative, seeking him. Not found. 4 pages, List 10.
HORGAN, Mrs. K., Liverpool England, wrote in 1917 re her brother Thomas PRITCHARD. Police find he enlisted in the Aust. Imperial Force in West Australia. Mother was Emma of Charlbury Oxford England. 12 pages, List 6.
HORN, Mrs. Johanna, wrote from Chicago Ill, USA in 1897 re Johann Christian SCHOTT, a machinist, aged about 72 years. Not found. 6 pages, List 36.
HORNER, John of Beauharnois, Province Quebec, Canada, wrote in 1916 re his aunt Mrs. Thomas REES. She was his mother’s sister, and her maiden name was NESBITT. Found by police. 5 pages, List 6.
HORSFIELD, Richard, of Barnoldswich via Colne Yorkshire England, wrote in 1909 re relative Robert MARGESSON. 3 pages, one torn. List 15.
HORTON, Mrs. Catherine, of Ashford, Kent, England, wrote in 1907 re her husband Alfred, who left two years ago with girl WALKER, from Luton; he was a cabinet maker. Not found. 5 pages, List 18.
HOUGHTON, Isaac. Sought by cousin George Isaac NELSON of Newcastle on Tyne England, in 1920. He was born at Great Yarmouth Norfolk and left for Australia from the East Indies in 1889. He would be about 62 years. Not found. List 16.
HOULIHAN, James, of Sparkville, Rockland Co. New York USA, wrote in 1893 re his two aunties Maria and Johanna, whom he has not heard from for 8-9 years. 1 page, List 3.
HOUSTON, Mrs. Mabel, Christchurch New Zealand wrote in 1918 re her husband Alexander Drummond Houston; she has had a maintenance order against him since 1911. 3 pages.
HOW, Alice, of Mildenhall, Suffolk England, wrote in 1913 re her uncle John WILLIS who died in Victoria in 1912 and promised her a bequest. Police find her cousin George Alfred WILLIS inherited the estate. 5 pages, List 14.
HOWARD & CHEATLE, solicitors, Birmingham England, write in 1900 asking if the wife of W.M. TAPLIN of Fitzroy is still alive; she would be c77 years. 4 pages, List 37.
HOWARD, Florence, of Holloway, London, England, wrote in 1905 re her husband George Edward Raymond Howard, 38 yrs, who had disappeared. They were married two years ago and had two children; he was in debt. He had an uncle George Raymond Howard, and his father had been a jeweller in Melbourne. Not found. 4 pages, List 18.
HOWARD, James. Sought by niece Marie AXWORTHY of Plymouth, Devon England in 1894. He left there in the ‘Royal Charter’ in the 1850s. Police find he died in 1882. 4 pages, List 19.
HOWELL, Harold, sought by mother M.G. Howell, who wrote from London UK in 1919. Covering letter from Mr J. JOHNSON, Bourne, London, sets out case. He had been in the 27th Division of the army and went to Australia with returned soldiers. 7 pages, List 37.
HOWLETT, C.W. of St. John’s Wood London England wrote in 1906 re old friend R.J. DAVIES, late of St. John’s Wood and in banana trade. 5 pages.
HOYT, C.P., Warden, Colorado State Penitentiary USA, wrote in 1900 enclosing photos of James K. STRATTON alias Elmer BECK and C.E. WAGONER alias Charles EVANS/EDWARDS, both of whom had escaped from prison there. 4 pages, List 37.
HUGHES, Charles J., of Perivale Rectory near Ealing England, wrote in 1893 re his son in law William J.E. VANDERSPAR, formerly a coffee planter in Ceylon, in Melbourne in 1887. Vanderspar is ‘addicted to drink’. 6 pages, List 3.
HUGHES, Mrs. Jane wrote in 1904 from Birkenhead, Cheshire England re her brother William John HUGHES, who left England 24 years ago, and was licensee of the Victoria Hotel Melbourne for awhile, then went to Bendigo. 12 pages.
HUGHES, John of Knowle, Bristol England, wrote in 1905 re his father Phillip, c60 yrs, who had left there in 1898 and was last heard of six years ago. Found. 5 pages, List 15.
HUGHES, T.H., wrote from Pittsburg, USA in 1899 re brother David, believed to be in a Ballarat institution. He was 48 years, had been in the British army. Not found. 6 pages, List 34.
HUGHES, William Charles, sought by 72 year old mother Racheal of Southwark London England in 1898, she hadn’t heard from him for five years. Letterhead on file shows he had been a dairyman at Bacchus Marsh. Partially traced. 12 pages, List 38.
HUMBY, Mrs. L. Wrote from Jersey, Channel Islands in 1897 re her son William PERCIVAL; she hasn’t heard for over a year. He was an electrician, had two children. Found. 6 pages, List 20.
HUNT, Arthur, sought by sibling A.R. Hunt, Eastville, Bristol, England in 1895, he was ‘valet to Hon. Carnegie who was at Govt. House Melbourne’. Found working as butler to George Chirnside. 8 pages, List 28.
HUNTLY, Christina, wrote from Anderson West, Glasgow Scotland in 1896, re her aunt Mrs. Frances BIGGINS, formerly Mrs. Thomas MILLER, who died in 1892, aged 70 years. She is next of kin. Thomas HAMMON, believed to be a nephew, mentioned. The file is incomplete. 4 pages, List 34.
HURLEY, Daniel Purcell of Terryville, Litchfield, Connecticut USA, wrote in 1919 re descendants of Ellen PURCELL of Co Limerick, who married – BULLRIDGE and came toAustralia c1830-40. Not found. 4 pages, List 16.
HUSTWICK, William, a fisherman, living at Schnapper Point in Victoria, deserted his wife and family who ‘are in a pitiable state on account of his heartless desertion’ . Chief Constable of Elgin Scotland writes in 1862, family are there. 6 pages. List 5.
HUTCHINSON, Josiah H., Statton Island, New York USA, wrote in 1893 re his brother Thomas, who came to Melbourne nearly 30 years ago. He was born in Southwark London, is aged about 59 years. Encloses a letter for Thomas, which is still on file. 6 pages, List 3.
HUTTON, Robert, of Changkat Salek Estate, Perak, Federal Malay States, wrote in 1912 seeking details of joining Vic. Police force. He was single, 28 years, and had served in the London police force. 3 pages, List 12.
HUTTON, W. Wrote from Birchills, Walshall, Staffs, UK in 1907 re his sister Emma, wife of James MASON, who was once Lord Mayor of Melbourne. Police establish he was a former councillor, now living in St. Kilda, and that Emma died c30 years ago. 5 pages, List 23.
HYDE, W.T. of Bulawayo, Rhodesia, South Africa, wrote in 1911 re his grandfather John HYDE, late heard of in 1884 at Warrnambool. Police find he has died, and a son Thomas is living in Warrnambool. 3 pages, List 12.
HYMAN, Ferdinand, sought by brother Dick, Maida Vale, London in 1900. He arrived in Australia some months ago, not been heard from. Found. 4 pages, List 37
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INGALL, Charles. Sought by daughter Ethel, who wrote from San Francisco in 1897. He was English, c60 years, brother of Mrs. David TIMOTHY. 12 pages, List 25.
INGRAM, Mrs. Selina, of Kinning Park Glasgow Scotland, widow, wrote in 1914 re her son Thomas Glennie Ingram. It is over a year since she has heard from him. Found. 5 pages, List 8.
INNES, Donald, sought by William Inness of Glendullan House, Dufftown, Banfshire Scotland, in 1902. Donald had a farm near Dandenong, sold it and moved to Fitzroy. Police locate him. 6 pages. List 5
INNES, Jane of Morayshire Scotland, wrote in 1896 re her brother in law William Innes, who was living in Ballarat; wanted a letter given to him, which was done. 5 pages.
IRVINE, Mrs. Elizabeth, of Kyles of Bute, Scotland, wrote in 1918 re husband James W., who owes maintenance. He is an engineer on board ship, and is traced to Tasmania, but then lost. She has one son in the army, and the other nearly 18 yrs. 10 pages, List 6.
IRVINE, W.F. of the Education Department wrote on behalf of the wife of Arthur William PACE IN 1899. She was in England, Pace was a solicitor and fond of drink. Confidential report given. 2 pages, List 17.
ISRAEL, Jacob wrote from Hamburg Germany in 1892 re his son John, a sailor, 20 years old, using the name of PHILLIPS. 4 pages.
ITTERSHAGEN, Hermann. M. STARCK of Bremen Germany wrote in 1902, in German. Translation asks police to report on his financial status. Report notes German Consul has served divorce papers on him. 8 pages, List 26.
IVEN, Charles J., c/- Sager Mfg. Co., Rochester, New York, USA, wrote in 1895 re his relative Charles McCARTHY, who emigrated to Australia in 1824, was in Barthurst in 1830, later changed name to HAGERTY, his grandfather’s name. Not found. 3 pages, List 28.
IVESS, William. Died in Melbourne of consumption in 1900 as William MARTIN. Letters on file from brother J. c/- Times office, Riverton New Zealand, who is informed. 10 pages, pages, List 26.
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JACKSON, Annie Moore, wrote from Stratford Ontario Canada in 1914 re her father Albert MOORE. Not found. 6 pages, List 8.
JACKSON, Mary F. of Blenheim Lodge, Chestnut Walk, Worcester wrote in 1902 re brother John JACKSON. 6 pages.
JACKSON, Minnie of Washington USA, wrote in 1899, enclosing a small poster which includes her photograph. She was taken from her parents and brought to Canada. Thinks her parents lived Wolverhampton England before that, and her father wore some kind of uniform. Her original letter not on file, but searches by police for the BROOKFIELD family reveal some possible connection. Mrs. Mary ORCHARD (husband Philip) daughter of Richard Brookfield, gives family history, mentions a Mrs. Mary JINKS, names possible father. 13 pages, but the file is incomplete. List 17.
JACKSON, Minnie, wrote from Woodend, Washington USA in 1899, enclosing copies of a flyer which states she was separated from her parents when about 3 years old and taken from Wolverhampton UK to Canada. Her mother died, her father was BROOKFIELD. Asks for flyer to be distributed. 11 pages, List 35. (This would appear to be the rest of the file recorded above.)
JACKSON, R.F., wrote from Ormondville New Zealand in 1900 re W.F. LAMONLEY, from Cockermouth, Cumberland, UK. About 1879 he emigrated to Australia, was a reporter. Jackson and his wife are taking a trip ‘home’ to Cockermouth and would like to meet Lamonley enroute. Police find he had returned to the UK some years before, but a married daughter was still here. 6 pages, List 37.
JACKSON, W. Maurice, of Clarendon Park Leicester England, wrote in 1893 re his sister Elizabeth, married to a man named JONES about 10 years ago. The family were anxious about her. Not found at address given. 3 pages, List 3.
JACOBSON, Solomon William, sought by brother Herman of Chicago in 1895. He was born in Russia, lived in London, arrived Australia c35 years. 4 pages, List 28.
JAHN, Henry B. Sought by Austro-Hungarian Consul in 1905. 3 pages, List 19.
JAMES, John Herbert Lea, sought by twin brother Lieut. Frederick of H.M.S. Alarm, who wrote from Hull England in 1900 on behalf of their mother. Last heard of at Pyramid Hill, found. 6 pages, List 39.
JAMES, W.D., wrote from Franksville Station, Racine, Co. Wis., USA in 1895 re Price JONES who left Pont Robert, Montgomeryshire, North Wales c40 years ago. 2 pages, List 28.
JAMIESON, William J., wrote from Providence, Rhode Island in 1898, re his brother Alexander, who left the Shetland Islands 30-40 years ago, had 2 sons. Incomplete file, 2 pages, List 24.
JANES, Mrs. W.A., wrote from Heckford Park, Pode, England in 1916 re her sister Mrs. BARNES, who was last heard of living in Brunswick. Found. 5 pages, List 6.
JAQUEST, David, Head Constable, Luton Bedfordshire England wrote in 1892 re David GUNN, who left there about 6 years ago for Australia. He is 32 years, his father highly respectable and a former mayor there. They have heard he was killed in an accident and ask details. Photo on file. 2 pages.
JEFFERS, William, of Lurgan, Ireland, wrote three letters in 1908 re his brother George, who left twenty years ago. He had been in the Royal Irish Constabulary, and served briefly in the NSW police force before opening a store. Police in NSW and Victoria fail to find him. 12 pages, List 10.
JEFFRIES, Florence, of Camberwell London England, wrote in 1918 re Percy Hugh SMITH, who was discharged from the army in Australia (No. 10579) and was to return to England but has not done so. Found. 7 pages, List 16.
JESSOP, Augustus Frederick. Sought by High Commissioner, Australia House, London, England, in 1919 on behalf of E.J. TIMOTHY of Goodmare, Essex. He was 37 years old, married, left there c7 years ago. Found. 5 pages, List 17.
JOHANNING, A.W., wrote from London UK in 1900 re George and Augusta ROBINS who were in Auburn in 1897. Their son George drowned in Yarra. Daughter in law found. 3 pages, List 26.
JOHN, Rosanna, asks police to help in 1898. Her husband’s death was not registered, but required for legal purposes in England. His name was George Denis Trevylan John, a son of Captain John of Cornwall. Her son was to inherit a legacy. 5 pages, List 18.
JOHNSON, D.D., wrote from Montreal Canada in 1910 re his half brother Frederick Joseph CRAWFORD; has not heard from him for 25 years. 4 pages, List 27.
JOHNSON, J.J., lawyer of Washington City, Columbia District USA, wrote in 1893 on behalf of the two surviving sisters (unnamed) of Dennis Bernard COYLE, a blacksmith who left there in 1865 for the goldmines and was last heard of in 1869. 5 pages, List 3.
JOHNSON, Mrs. L., Brixton, London, wrote in 1909 re her husband William, an employee of the National Cash Register Co in Melbourne. They were married in 1900, she gave him money and he went to New Zealand and then Australia. Has never sent her ‘one penny’ and she has had to support herself. She asks details of him, is planning to divorce him, and encloses a photo. List 35.
JOHNSTON, Mrs. D. of Maryport England wrote in 1920 re her husband Henry JOHNSTON, who was living in Camperdown Victoria; has not heard from him for some time. Their youngest son Joseph William and eldest grandson (unnamed) were both killed in the War. 7 pages.
JOHNSTON, Mrs. Jane of San Francisco USA, wrote in 1893 re her brother James LAVERTY. Has heard he is in Melbourne, is a son of Michael and Mary, sisters are Jane, Mary and Ann, brother John. He left Island with a cousin named John O’CONNER. 2 pages, List 3.
JOHNSTON, John, wrote from Pilrig, Edinburgh Scotland in 1897 re his son John, electrical engineer, who had written that he was on his way home, but not yet arrived. Encloses photograph and son’s last letter from Melbourne; had been on W.A. goldfields. Second letter says has heard from him. Photo was taken in New Zealand. 10 pages, List 25.
JOLLY, Henry, sought by attorney C.W. EASTIN of San Francisco in 1917, on behalf of Mrs. S. THOMPSON. Albert JOLLY, Sgt. Marine Corps, U.S. Army, died in New Mexico in 1903; his estate is unclaimed, and the next of kin given was Henry, of Fitzroy, Melbourne. She specializes in finding missing heirs, and wants a share of the estate of finalise it. Jolly not found. 6 pages. List 6.
JONES, Annie of Liverpool England wrote in 1920 her husband Joseph. He was 42 years, a fireman on the ‘Bulgar’ but had left the ship in Sydney. They had three daughters and it was six years since he had sent any money for maintenance. 10 pages.
JONES, Edward Herbert. E.L. Barritt, solicitor of Swinton, Manchester England wrote in 1905 re Jones who had died recently. 7 pages.
JONES, Mrs. G.T. of Granby Colorado USA wrote in 1907 re brother John G. WOERNER who left there for Melbourne Australia in 1894. 3 pages.
JONES, Gertrude Ann or WHITFIELD, sought by brother A.W. KNIGHT of Calcutta India, in 1908. She was from Gloucester England, aged 32 years, and suddenly left there and arrived in Sydney under an assumed name. Her parents are anxious about her. Not found. Photo on file. 10 pages, List 10. See introduction regarding cost of copying photograph.
JONES, Harold, of Singapore, applies to join Victoria police force in 1911. He was formerly in the South African force and also an ex cavalry soldier in the 9th Lancers. 3 pages, List 12.
JONES, J. Francis, Vice Consulate, Rhodes, Turkey in Asia via Alexandria, writes in 1894 on behalf of father of Johannes (John) ANASTASSPULOS; his family last heard from him in Windsor Melbourne, and are anxious. 7 pages List 4A.
JONES, Mrs. L. of Balmichael, Shiskine, Arran Scotland, wrote in 1915 re her husband Lauchlan, who left her with 5 children 8 years ago. Is a joiner and was in Melbourne. Not found. 10 pages, List 8.
JONES, Miss Pattie, Roath Park, Cardiff Wales, wrote in 1917 re her aunt Jane Ann RICHARDS who died in Port Adelaide. 10 pages, List 6.
JONES, Richard. Sought in 1904 by son W. Jones of St Thomas, Swansea, Wales. Richard left there many years before. His last letter was in 1881, and this is reproduced; he was then living in Violet Town. He writes that he lost the use of an eye in an accident at Williamstown. Not found. 9 pages, List 23.
JONES, Robert of St. Mary’s Gate, Birkenhead, Cheshire England, wrote in 1915 re his son. Police reply states they need a name, age etc., by they can try and find him. 3 pages, List 7.
JONES, Thomas Henry, born Rotherham, Yorkshire UK, c1859, sought by wife L.?? who wrote from Sheffield in 1899. He has been in Australia for 6 years, and was last heard of in Victoria. She seeks maintenance for herself and their 6 year old boy. 4 pages, List 36.
JORDAN, Mrs. Alice S. of Westcliff on Sea, Essex England, wrote in 1920 re her husband Robert C. Jordan, who deserted her and three children, and ran away with a single woman [unnamed]. She has heard he is now in Melbourne and living with a Mrs. SEWELL, formerly of Perth W.A. Police find that Jordan deserted the single woman in India, taking their child with him, and that she too is after him. 9 pages, List 16.
JOSEPHS, Albert L., of Aldgate East, London England, wrote in 1916 re his brother Emanuel; mother L. Josephs had previously written in 1914. Found. 9 pages, List 6.
JOSHUA, Arthur Clare. Brother Dr. of Malvern England, and father W. of Cheltenham England , write in 1893, anxious about him. A solicitor, left there c2 years ago. A woman has written to the family asking for money on his behalf as he is ill. Detailed investigation done. 45 pages, List 28.
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KAPLAND, Leopold, MD, wrote from a hospital in Paris France in 1897, requesting address of his cousin Sohu Mathes RUBINSTEIN, from Salonten, Russia. Found interstate. 6 pages, List 36.
KARP, N. wrote from Gamoep, P.O. Springbok, Narnagualand/Namaqualand, Cape Colony in 1916. He was asked to send money for John WOLMAN two years previously; asked what happened to it and to Wolman. Reply states he was convicted of arson and served a prison sentence. 10 pages, List 6.
KAVANAGH, Bridget of Knockendarow, Donard, Co. Wick [Wicklow?] Ireland wrote in 1904 re her son Peter CONROY, who she had not heard from for 9 years. 4 pages.
KAVANAGH, Mrs. Thomas, of Chicago, Ill., USA, wrote in 1897 re husband; Irish, had been 6 years in Royal Irish Constabulary and 2 years in Victoria (Canada?) police. Asks that reply be sent to Mr. H.W. Sheppard, Chief of Police, Victoria British Columbia, and he will forward it to her. Kavanagh was ‘one of those sporting byclists cracks… I am his wife he left me two years ago next December, in Victoria British Columbia, destitute, myself and child, and I have to work like a slave ever since to maintain myself and his child …’. 2 pages, List 4A
KAYE, -. Mr. of Leeds, Yorkshire England, wrote in 1911 re Robert LOWE, who left England in 1904, leaving his wife and family behind. Kaye has heard he is contemplating marriage in Victoria; encloses photograph, which is returned. All Robert Lowe’s in Melbourne are interviewed, but not are the correct person. 8 pages, List 12.
KEAN, Matthew, sought by wife in 1914. She was working in a hotel in Glasgow, he had left some 8 years before. A Catholic, he had joined the freemasons there before leaving. Found in Melbourne. 4 pages, List 8.
KEARNEY, Michael, sought by sister L. Kearney of Durros, Co. Cork Ireland in 1897; he left there in 1862, last heard from in 1866 at Sandhurst. Traced to Rochester area. 7 pages, List 35.
KEECH, Marion, wrote from Bloomsbury London England in 1894 re her brother Robert who had died in Melbourne recently; queries his lack of possessions. File gives details of his death and estate. 18 pages. List 4
KEEN, John K. of Wanganui New Zealand, wrote in 1913 re Mrs. E.J. MEIKLE, widow of a carpenter at Warragul, his sister. Relatives found. 5 pages, List 14.
KEILLOR, Isabella, of Merrion, Dublin, Ireland, wrote in 1895/6 re her son George, who has been in Australia since 1893 at least. Incomplete file, 4 pages, List 18.
KELLEHER, Bart, of Victoria, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada, wrote in 1913 re his sister Honorah Kelleher. His father John, at Traralgon, and brother Michael are interviewed, his sister Mary Ellen is mentioned. Family have not seen her for eleven years. Police reply is returned, he has left address. 10 pages, List 12.
KELLEY, Mrs. Lizzie of Darby, Detroit, USA, wrote in 1903 re her two sisters Mary and Rose HOLDEN who were in Australia. Mary had married a Mr. DOUGHLAS [DOUGLAS?] and had a large family, Rose had also married but to whom was unknown. 4 pages.
KELLY, Charles, sought by W. BILLINGSLEY of Merthr, Glamorganshire in 1906. He left Dublin c 25 yrs ago. His brother Thomas would like to make contact; not found. 8 pages, List 19.
KELLY, John, of Schenectady (?) New York USA wrote in 1894 re his father William, native of Tuam, Co Galway, who left his wife and family there years ago. 5 Pages, List 4A
KELLY, John W., wrote from Baltic South Dakota USA in 1901 re his relatives Phil, Luke, and James CONELLY or CONDLY, who were born near Boine River Ireland, were sailors and settled in Australia. Their sister Ann married his father, and another brother John arrived in USA c1856. Their father was Luke, and after their mother’s death he married Marguerite NEAL. Not found. 5 pages, List 39.
KELLY, Nicholas T. of police force Chicago, wrote in 1901 re brother Michael, who left Liverpool c1844 for Australia. Father died in Ireland, and mother and rest of family – Matthew, Hugh J., Nicholas T., Mary, Ann, Bridget and Lucy emigrated to U.S.A. 5 Pages, List 5.
KELLY, Peter George. Solicitors from Auckland New Zealand write in 1916 on behalf of his wife Rosina, who is seeking a divorce. Reply states not police business. 6 pages, List 9.
KELLY, William. Wrote from Hotel Huckins, Sedalia, Mo., US in 1902 re his brother James, born ‘Monough nr Bumcrane Dunagale Co Ireland’. Their parents were Rodger and Ann nee CARR, and they had 8 sons and 3 daughters. He hasn’t heard from James in about 20 years; he was a ‘taylor’. William’s home was in Chicago. Note on file states that brother Roger enquired previously. 7 pages, List 24.
KENDALL, Clara, widow of Charles, wrote from Oreston Park, Brighton England in 1894 re her brother in law Henry KENDALL, who left England c30 years ago, supposed missionary, involved in exploration expedition for scientific purposes, last heard from in 1882 in Melbourne. 11 pages. List 4.
KENNEDY, D.J. of Cleveland Fire Dept., Ohio USA, wrote in 1904 seeking brothers Daniel and Michael GORMAN; their brother John had died there. 4 pages, List 20.
KENNEDY, Hugh Vincent, solicitor, Dublin Ireland, wrote in 1898 re – NUGENT who was admitted to an insane asylum 1884/5. He sought information to see if this was the person his clients were related to. The person was Edwin Barnett NUGENT, supposed born in Antigua West Indies, eldest son of a medical practitioner, but possibly born England. Other enquiries received about him were from R.R. NUGENT, Queensland, a supposed brother, and Dr. Henry N.M. SEDGWICK of Southsea Hants England, a supposed uncle. The latter mentioned a Miss WARING, whom the patient remembered. 8 pages, List 4. CONNECTION FOUND
KENNEDY, Michael, wrote from Ware, Mass., USA in 1894 re Michael O’CONNOR; his sister Nora O’CONNOR was trying to contact him. O’Connor was ‘addicted to drink’. Located interstate by police. 10 pages. List 4.
KENNEY, Thomas L., of Suffield, Hartford, USA, wrote in 1917 re his uncle Michael MURRAY, born Co. Galway, went to Manchester England in 1863, and had been in the Victorian police force. Police trace possible descendants, and say he may have been known here as Patrick MURRAY. 5 pages, List 6.
KENT, Mrs. Bertha, of Butte City, Montana US, wrote in 1917 re her brother Alfred Kent; has heard from him in forty years. Found in NSW. 7 pages, List 11.
KENT, N.B. of Cambridge House, Camberwell England, wrote in 1914 re George MacQUILLIN, aged 18 yrs, who came to Victoria; last heard of in Rushworth; he has heard his employer was killed suddenly and wonders where George is. Found by police. 3 pages, List 7.
KENT, Walter, sought by Mrs. H. RUCK KEENE, Forest Lodge, Whip’s Cross, Walthamstow England, in 1914. He went to Melbourne in 1912, aged 46 yrs, leaving a large family there who are in need. Police find he was on the railway works, but has left. 15 pages, List 8.
KENWORTHY, W.D., wrote from Rusholme, England in 1895 re a report that his brother in law Joseph MEE suicided by throwing himself from the S.S. Edina, Captain Forbes. His father was J.B. Mee, a fishmonger of North Wales. Event confirmed. 33 pages, List 30.
KESSLER, Lancelot Robert, wrote in 1917 from Trench Mortar Battery, 31st Brigade, Salonica Forces, re his mother Mrs. Lottie STAFFORD, a nurse. He left Melbourne in 1896. His sister Mrs Trixie LETHBRIDGE found. 6 pages. List 6
KHAN, Chandu, (son of Bhadur Khan), wrote from Delhi India in 1914. He had lived in Melbourne for 18 years, but while placed in a lunatic asylum for 3 years his property was auctioned. He wants the proceeds of the auction forwarded to him there. Police find his assets were sold to pay a debt. 17 pages, List 7
KHAN, Fattehai. Commissioner of Police in Bombay wrote in 1919. Kahan, 60 years of age, had recently arrived there from Melbourne without a passport, and claimed to have lived and worked in Melbourne for past 25-30 yrs. Seeks confirmation and reason for no passport. 4 pages, List 18.
KIENI, John Martin. Sought by Swiss Consul in Melbourne in 1919; last heard of three years ago. 4 pages, List 10.
KILLAM & BECK, Solicitors, Vancouver Canada, wrote in 1918 regarding the next of kin of the late Allen McDONELL, a bachelor, who died intestate there. His brother John was overseer of Telegraphs in Melbourne. Police locate daughter Mrs. Lucy CLAUSCEN. 6 Pages, List 6.
KING, Harry, wife and sons John, James, Edward and Thomas, left Donockmore, Co. Tyrone Ireland for Australia, [no date]. Robert F. KING, of Brooklyn, New York USA, wrote in 1895, hadn’t heard from them for years “grandfather’s nephew and father’s cousin’. 2 pages, List 28.
KING, Mrs Margaret nee O’SHAUGHNESSY, sought by her sister Catherine REIDY, Brooklyn New York in 1914. She was formerly of Co. Limerick, and left there for Melbourne c60 years ago. Not found, although the five women of that name in Melbourne are checked. 12 pages, List 8.
KING, Stephen of Kintbury, Hungerford, Berkshire England, wrote in 1915 re his son Albert, hasn’t hears since 1914. Found. 4 pages, List 8.
KINGSLEY, Richard Henry, of Oceanport New Jersey USA, wrote in 1900 regarding his uncle William Kingsley, once in the Vic. Police department, in the 1850s. Richard’s parents were Thomas Wells Kingsley and Mary A. Webb. 1 page, List 18.
KINGTON, George, sought by nephew Walter Dudley Kington of Suva, Fiji in 1899. He was a native of Trowbridge, Wiltshire England, and emigrated with brothers Samuel and Walter. The writer is a son of Walter, who was murdered in Fiji in 1891. Relatives found. 10 pages, List 37.
KINNEAR, Mrs. W., of Egremont, Cheshire, England, wrote in 1920 re her husband William, a soldier, who returned from overseas to Australia in 1917. He had committed a bigamous marriage to Eva BROWN; the pair were living in Sydney. 14 pages.
KIRKPATRICK, F.H. Writes from Fort William, Ontario Canada in 1916, seeking details of entering police force here. Has both military and police experience. Is married. Note: Letter is damaged over third letter of surname, so could be KILPATRICK. 1 page. List 9.
KLAR, Mrs. Nellie, of Chicago, Ill., USA, wrote in 1916 re her son Joseph, aged 22 yrs, born Frankfort, Indiana, a telegraph operator, who sailed as cook on a ship from England in 1915. Not found. 4 pages, List 6.
KLEMENS, Charles, sought by brother Th. KLIEMANN, Bertsdorf near Tritlau, Silensia, Germany, in 1897. Letter in German, with translation. Not found. 7 pages, List 25.
KLEPSTAD, Paul and John of Chicago, Ill., USA., wrote in 1892 re their brother Olaf KLEPSTAD or OLSEN, native of Norway, aged c39 years. 1 page.
KLIBANSKI, L. Russian Consul in Melbourne wrote in 1896 re this person – he had had an enquiry from St. Petersburg. Found under a different name. Most of the file deals with a reprimand of a constable for taking 10 days to report his findings. 10 pages, List 8.
KNIGHT, Mrs. C., wrote from Worcester, Mass., USA in 1895 re John QUIRK, known as KIRK there, proprietor of the 7th Star Hotel in Australia; her brother. 1 page, List 28.
KNIGHT, George, wrote from Blackpool England in 1896 seeking information on his father George, a brickmaker at Sandhurst who has been in Australia over 40 yers. 5 pages, List 33. KNOWLES, Arthur, enquired for by sister Mrs. M. HOCKING of Blackburn, Lancashire, in 1898. Last heard from 4 years ago when in Ballan. List 26.
KNOWLTON, Mrs. Isabel, Los Angeles, California, wrote in 1905 re Richard JOHNSON/JOHNSTON, who left Manchester New Hampshire many years before. 11 pages.
KOCH, John Frederick. Sought by brother in law William SCHLEUSE of Tavistock, Ontario Canada in 1900. Koch was born at Meckelburg Schwerine Germany and left there in 1855 when aged 21 yrs. Not found. 13 pages, List 18
KOHN, Maurice. Austro Hungarian Consulate in Melbourne wrote in 1899 on behalf of his mother, who lived at Karsbad. He was sent to Australia in 1893, was addicted to drink. Other Kohns interviewed, but no relation. 11 pages, List 17.
KOROALSKY, Sandar of Brooklyn New York USA wrote in 1892 regarding Barney and Charles MARX, brothers, who had spent more than twenty years in Melbourne. 2 pages.
KOSS, Eva, writes from Neustadt West Prussia District of Danzig, Germany in 1892, (in German) regarding her son John. 4 pages.
KRAUSE, Charles A. wrote from Milwaukee USA in 1894 re his uncle E.H. MARSCHNER, born Sachen, Germany[?] aged 54 years, was in Melbourne six years ago. Writer is son of sister Carolina. 6 pages. List 4.
KUHN, Stuart. Left his wife and child 21/2 years ago in 1907 in Pimlico London England. She writes asking if he is earning a regular wage as he is sending her no money. 6 pages, List 9.
KUPLER, Ludwig, sought by Felix, master baker, Greulich, Silesia, Germany in 1897; left there in 1844, not heard from since. 19 pages, List 29.
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LACEY, Maurice, wrote from Dallas Texas in 1897 re his uncle Michael, who left Dublin Ireland in 1864 for Melbourne, was a waiter. Found. 5 pages, List 35.
LACY, Edward J., wrote from Hartford, Conn., USA in 1897 re Michael LACY who left Ireland for Australia ‘a great many years ago’; he would be c80 years old now. He had siblings John, Edward, Dennis, Thomas, James and Margaret and others. Edward is his nephew, born in the USA. Not found. 18 pages, List 36.
LAECHLER, Mrs. Jane of Dorchester, Mass, US., wrote in 1911 re Alexander McKELVIE. Not found. 4 pages, List 13.
LAIRD, Peter, of Glasgow Scotland, wrote in 1894, re his sister Elizabeth and her husband William COCHRAN, who left there 30 years ago for California, and were now believed to be in Melbourne. Not found. 5 pages, List 17.
LANE, E.C. of New Plymouth, New Zealand, wrote in 1908. Has seen a report of the death of a man named Lane, and asks if it is her son; reply states not him. 5 pages. List 5.
LANE, W., of Birmingham England, wrote in 1907 re the date of death of John or Thomas WALTON, supposed to have died on the gold diggings c50 years ago; there was a large amount of money in chancery for him. Reply states that the only death of relevance was John Walton alias Moore, who died in gaol in 1855, was a ship’s carpenter and aged 45. 4 pages, in poor condition. List 11
LANG, Arthur Edward. Sought by wife Lillian of Grafton Bridge, Auckland New Zealand in 1917. She hasn’t heard from him for over two years; his family live in Melbourne. Not found. 6 pages, List 11.
LANGWORTHY, Richard Robert, sought by James HELLYER of Dittisham, Dartmouth, Devon in 1896; he is executor of Langworthy’s aunt Ann BROWN and he is entitled to a share. His brother Walter Dinnathorne Langworthy is in Hobart. Found. 6 pages, List 31.
LANIGAN, Mrs. nee PILON, wrote from Cincinnati Ohio USA in 1892 re James COLLINS ‘one time head constable of the Police Force’ and her uncle. 1 page.
LANIGAN, Mrs. Ann, wrote from Cincinnati, Ohio US in 1894 re her uncle James COLLINS. She had written before, needs help “very badly”. Her mother was Jane COLLINS nee PILLON. Her husband has died, she has 3 children. In a second letter she has heard he has died; he had two sons John and James. 4 pages, List 30.
LANIGAN, Mrs, Mary C. of South Brooklyn New York USA, wrote in 1893 re Martin BURKE, formerly of Galway Ireland, whose wife was Eliza FEENERTHY/FEENERTY. She is the daughter of Martin’s sister Ellen, and a widow. 2 pages, List 4.
LANNEN, H.K. of Portmagee, Co. Kerry Ireland wrote in 1900 re brother Thomas Michael LANNEN. 14 pages.
LARBY, Mrs. Mary, of Fermoy, Co. Cork Ireland, wrote in 1906. Three brothers, James, John and William HAMIL emigrated to Australia c40 yrs previously, William died in Melbourne recently, and she thinks he would have been well off, yet she’s received nothing from his estate. A cousin Michael MANGAN handled the estate. 6 pages, List 18.
LARKIN, Miss C. of Dublin Ireland, wote in 1911, asking police to see Archbishop CARR and get him to send her some money as she is penniless. Her aunt Mrs. Maria COOK died in Melbourne and left her estate to the church. Larkin was formerly of Augharengh [?] Co. Wicklow. [Letter difficult to read]. 6 pages, List 15.
LARTER, E.J., of Picture Butt PO via Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada, wrote in 1914 re his wife Lily who ran off with Reg. HOBBS in 1911. She is 32, a native of Plymouth Devon England and took their four year old child with them. Police find them under the name of HERBERT. 5 pages.
LA SEUR, Marie Josepha. Sought by Belgian Consul Melbourne, on behalf of Foreign Office, Brussels in 1905. She was born there in 1853, divorced from Hubert DESENFANS and came to Australia in 1890. Found. 11 pages, List 12.
LATHROP, Miss Ann Evelyn of Sherman, Texas, wrote in 1913 re John EBDON, last heard of in Melbourne in 1853; he had a daughter Amelia. ‘They are part heirs to an old estate’. John’s youngest sister Mary Ebdon Vining Lathrop is the writer’s grandmother. Police interview Tasmanian Ebdon family, but they are not the correct people. 10 pages, List 13.
LATROS, Antoine, sought by brother Panayotis in Constantinople in 1898, found. 5 pages, List 25. See also PATROS.
LAUDER, Reginald Cape. Wrote from Johannesburg, South Africa, in 1906, enquiring if a firm of NOLAN & NOLAN existed in Melbourne; police give details. 6 pages, List 19.
LAUNDRY, Samuel, sought by Miss M.L. ROGERS of Plymouth, England in 1899. His daughter Jenny WOOLLEY located. 5 pages, List 37.
LAURIE, James. Information about him sought by his wife in Kennington Park, Glasgow, Scotland in 1901. He was born 1835 in Paisley Scotland. 12 pages, List 15.
LAURIE, James. Information sought by wife in Kinning Park Glasgow in 1902. A cook, born Paisley, father Thomas, has a brother R. 4 pages, List 24.
LA VERDE, Lucile, of Chicago, Ill., USA, wrote in 1918 re the sisters Blaine who lived in Melbourne in 1879. Mrs. ROLFE and Mrs CALDWELL were their married names. Police track descendants who state name really BANN. 4 pages, List 16.
LAWLESS, Thomas of Aston Road Birmingham England wrote in 1892 re his brother William, who belonged to the 44th Regiment, and left India c1884, with comrades, for Australia, to join the police force. 4 pages.
LAWLEY, A.L. of Beira, East Africa, wrote in 1910 asking police to give a letter to Brunswick police, advising of the death of the son of Mr. and Mrs. Pascoe. Police find the Pascoes live in Coburg. 2 pages, List 13.
LAWLOR, James Valentine, sought by sister Jane in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, in 1898. He left there c40 years ago and would be about 68 years old. Not found. 4 pages, List 18.
LAWLOR, Phillip, sought by father Thomas of Drumany Pleydwell, Milltown, Balburbet, Co. Cavan Ireland in 1899. Wen to Perth c1895. Found. 13 pages, List 23.
LAWRENCE, Joseph of Woodjpise Carr Leeds England wrote in 1894 re his uncle Harry GREEN ‘a great Bookmaker and betting man of Melbourne’ aged c70 years. Lawrence is his brother’s son. 5 pages, List 4A
LAWRENCE, Margaret A., of Oaklands, Kenley Surrey England, wrote in 1892 re Edward SURBEY, husband of her cook. Surbey had married the woman and taken her to Sydney New South Wales Australia; he was a house decorator. He subsequently sent her and their baby girl back to England as her health was failing, and sent money for some months. The wife has now not heard from him for five years. Surbey is located under the name of HOBSON and was recently prosecuted for making a false statement in relation to the birth of a child. 7 pages.
LAWSON, Annie, King’s Head, Richmond, York, England, wrote in 1913 re Philip PARSONS (real name Billie PORSON) born Devonport England c1887, left there for Australia; she has a maintenance order out against him. Found, he denies paternity. 17 pages, List 29.
LAZENBY, George Hull of Cardiff, South Wales, wrote in 1905 re his sister’s husband, Dr. David Grahame BROWNE, who left her 20 years ago and went to Australia. Police find him in Western Australia: ‘This man is a hopeless wreck … thru his drunken habits … has another wife in Melbourne and grown up family …’. but only report finding him. Letter subsequently from Mrs. Emma Josephine BROWNE, of Cookstown, Co. Tyrone, Ireland, seeking details, but he has gone from there. 12 pages, 3 in faded pencil. List 12.
LAZONBY, Edward, of Seaham Harbour Co. Durham. His only child, Mrs. Robert BARKER writes from Heathcote Victoria in 1892. She left home many years ago, and is now in poor circumstances; seeks details of her father – whether he is dead and if so what happened to his estate. Police in England reply that he died in 1881, leaving his estate to the daughter of John and Margaret NICHOLSON, Margaret BAXTER and her children, and their TURNBULL grandchildren, and enclose a copy of his Will. 7 pages, List 5.
LEDSHAM, W., Captain South Raglan Barracks, Devonport, Stock England, wrote in 1893 re George FOUNTAIN, his brother in law, who was in Melbourne in 1888. His parents have not heard from him for some years. 6 pages, List 3.
LEE, C.W., wrote from Cheyenne, Wyo, USA in 1905 re Robert LEE, who had been in Australia over 40 years. 3 pages.
LEE, Mrs. Ellen, c/- Mrs. HARRIS, Bootle Liverpool England, wrote in 1914 re her husband Harry H., known as William HEATLEY. He was a sailor and left 4 years ago; encloses a 1913 letter from him and a photo. Found. 10 pages, List 7. Note instructions re photo costs.
LEGG, H.J. Head Constable Guildford Surrey writes in 1899 on behalf of unnamed brother who has had no reply to his letters. Photo of J.H. on file, wearing Crimea Medal. 4 pages, List 23. Note instructions re photo costs.
LEGGIT, Robert, of Edinburgh Scotland, wrote in 1862 re his son David, a shoemaker at Ballarat, has not heard for two years. 5 pages, List 5.
LE GRICE, Frerderick, or his family, sought by Linas Le Grice, Woodstock, Ontario, Canada in 1902. Not found. 4 pages, List 24.
LEHENEY, John, of N. Leominster, Mass., USA, wrote in 1894 re his uncle of the same name, who was born in Co. Roscommon and not heard of in 35 years. 1 Page, List 4A
LEICESTER, Lieut. R.A.H. of 1st Bedfordshire Regt., Bengal, India, wrote in 1906, asking for details of entry into police force; he was 28yrs, had seen service in South Africa. 3 pages, List 19.
LEIGHTON, E. Forester. Wrote from St. Andrews, Fife, Scotland, in 1906, seeking employment in police department. He has served in Natal police. 3 pages, List 19.
LENNON, J., of Dundalk Ireland, wrote in 1908 re his uncle John Lennon, an ex Royal Irish Constabulary member. Found by police. 7 pages, List 10.
LEONARD, Patrick, James and Bridget. All arrived in Victoria c1874. Bridget married James O’BRIEN and moved to the north east. Information sought by Dennis E. RYAN, clerk of Supreme Court, Buffalo New York in 1898. Found. 3 pages, List 20.
LESSLIE, Mrs. M. of Dundee Scotland, wrote in 1906 re her aunt Miss Isabella SIMPSON of Parkville, who had failed to answer her letters. 5 pages, List 19.
LETT, Elizabeth Kate of New Cross London, wrote in 1914 re her husband Herbert Charles, 26 years, native of London, who was employed on a ship to Australia and has not returned. 8 pages.
LETTIERE, Peter, of Trenton, New Jersey USA wrote in 1914 re his grandfather Michael FLEMING, last heard from about 15 years ago, would be 75-80 years old. Not found. 6 pages, List 8.
LEVY, Miss Roselle F., of New York City, wrote in 1892 re Henry, aged 52 years. 2 pages.
LEVY, Samuel, sought by wife Johann in 1897. He had been missing since 1888, last heard of in Melbourne. Letter in German on file. B. GREENFIELD of New York wrote on her behalf. Not found. 13 pages, List 35.
LEWIS, George M. Solicitor William H. Gilman of Watertown New York wrote in 1897 re Lewis, who died in a steamship disaster off the coast. He had come from Australia, was an actor with two sons. His heirs were entitled to a considerable sum of money and police were asked to find them. Lewis, aged about fifty years, may have been known under a different name in Australia. 9 pages.
LEWIS, Mary Jane, wrote from Montego Bay, Jamaica in 1918 re her stepfather Richard Albion COLE, who left there c40 years ago for Australia and was never heard from again. He was a carpenter. Police trace descendants of Richard Cole of Footscray, but he is not the person sought. His death certificate is on file. 14 pages, List 16.
LIDDELL, D., of Clapham, London England, wrote in 1917 re his great uncle Thomas GRAY, who went to Victoria c1848 and was a warden on the Ballarat goldfields; last heard of in Queensland, and would be about 86 years old. Not found. 8 pages, List 6.
LIGHT, Mrs. George, of Liverpool, Lancashire, England, wrote in 1913 re her son Edgar, who came to Australia fourteen months ago to live with her elder sona nd wife. He is only 15 years, and she hasn’t heard for four months. Found. 7 pages, List 12.
LILLER, Joseph, wrote from Perth Western Australia in 1912. He was there on a holiday and asked whether there was any vacancies in the Victorian detective office. He was English, 29 years, had served in the King’s Royal Rifles in South Africa and Somalia, then joined the Bombay Police and was an Inspector there. He spoke several languages. Both he and his wife suffered from malaria, so keen to leave India. 4 pages, List 33.
LILLIE, Charles, died in Maryborough Hospital (Victoria), in 1914, an Old Age Pensioner. Police attempt to trace relatives and find that a sister Mrs. A. KEMP is in London, her husband has a grocer’s shop, and a brother Thomas is a hotel keeper. Mrs. John KING in Halsted Essex might also be able to help with information. Deceased kept a diary of his life. 7 pages, List 7
LILLIS, Lance Corporal Richard, of R.E. Cairo, Egypt, wrote in 1895 re Patrick O’SULLIVAN, who died at Sandringham. He seeks information about the circumstances on behalf of relatives, mother, two sisters and a brother in Ireland, another brother and sister in U.SA. It was believed O’Sullivan was wealthy. Report gives true story. His body had been identified by Daniel TRACEY of Brunswick. 5 pages, List 30.
LINEGHAN, Catherine, wrote from Dunedin New Zealand in 1899 re her husband, who deserted her and their child. Has heard he is in Melbourne. 11 pages, List 36.
LINDSAY, James. Sought by nephew John E. Lindsay of Buffalo New York in 1902; he was a sheep farmer. John is a son of Thomas. Not found. 8 pages, List 21.
LINDSAY, Walter. Sought by unnamed wife in Salisbury England in 1919. He left in 1916 and had not provided any support since. His mother was Mrs. PRESTON. Police find he in gaol under another name, and his mother had died. 12 pages, some damaged. List 17.
LITTELL, Dr. U.G. of Sunset, USA, wrote in 1917, seeking Benjamin DALLEY, who left London for Melbourne c1878, and would now be about 56 years old. His sister, Mrs. John W. DRENNING of Santa Ana California, was quite ill, and wanted to make contact with him. She was formerly Ann Frances DALLEY, who married firstly David A. HOGGARTH in 1870 and then DRENNING in 1895. She had a brother William and a sister Josephine, and their father Benjamin had property in Carlton at some time. Not found. 10 pages, List 11.
LIVESAY, Joseph. A convict, landed Sydney 1818, last heard of in Melbourne 1857. John COYLE of Wigan, Lancashire writes, 1862, was 11 years at the time, Livesay’s daughter was about a month old. 3 pages, List 5.
LLOYD, Captain D. of the Barque ‘Zinni’ Cardiff Wales, wrote in 1892 re his brother John, a ship’s captain, who disappeared from London in 1888, just before he was due to sail. The family believed him dead, but an anonymous letter has said he is in Melbourne. He left a wife and children. 3 pages.
LLOYD, F.G. of Oakwood, Bexley, Kent England, wrote in 1893 re J.D. PHILPOT. Has heard he was in police custody and admitted to asylum. He gets remittances from friends in England. 4 pages, List 3.
LONG, Samuel. Nottingham police write to him via Victoria police in 1897; local police had to read it as he was illiterate. It concerned his daughter who was seeking financial assistance, which he declined to give. 10 pages, List 20.
LOUTZENHISER, Albert B. Poster, $150 reward. Bank teller, single, American, c35 yrs wanted for embezzlement on First National Bank, USA. 1905. One page only, no further details. List 19.
LOVELESS, Mrs. M.E. of Southampton England, wrote in 1895 re her husband Edwin [?] who left her and their two small children in 1890 and went to Australia. She has not heard from him since 1892. 10 pages, List 4. Another file relating to an 1897 enquiry from his wife May. 9 pages, List 20.
LOVETT, Sophy, wrote from Clapham Surrey England in 1901 re her brother Charles Beveridge LOVETT, who left there 17 years ago and hasn’t been heard from since. 7 pages List 4.
LOWENDS, Mary. Wrote from San Miguel California in 1897, asking if anyone named James Lowends, a native of Co Meath, and her father, had been hanged at Ballarat; police find no trace. 5 pages, List 20.
LOWNDES, Mrs. J. of Masterton New Zealand, wrote in 1908 re her sister Mary Hannah LONGHURST, 47 years of age, whose husband Joseph died c2 years ago. Another sister in Queensland has had her letters to her returned, and the pair are anxious about her. Found. 3 pages, List 9.
LOWTHER, Thomas, sought by John BROCKLEBANK of Cleveland Ohio USA in 1896; believed in Melbourne, arrived c7 years ago, English. Not found. 8 pages, List 33.
LOXTON, Ada, wrote from Twickenham London in 1900, asking if a newspaper report on a James Loxton, chemist, who was gaoled for abortion, is her husband James Stokes Loxton. Police report no such case. 8 pages, List 39.
LUBELSKA/LUBELSKI, Sch. J. (?) left Piotrokon Russia c1872, went to U.S. then to Australia. One of his 3 daughters, Mrs. B. LIEBDSKOW asks police to trace him in 1910. 6 pages, List 27.
LUCAS, John. Wife writes to police from Williamstown Victoria in 1908, has heard he is dead; last heard of in New Zealand. Police report that he is alive and living at the Bluff, but don’t reveal he has two children to a part Maori woman named Elizabeth Jane CROSS. List 21.
LUNN, Frederick Dixon. Chief Constable’s Office, Ipswich, England, wrote in 1919 on behalf of a friend of Lunn’s father, Mr. WISEMAN. His father was in ill health and living at Manchester. Frederick was last heard of in the employ of G. MARCHBANK at the Black Spur. Not found. 8 pages, List 17.
LUTTED, James, wrote from Buffalo New York USA in 1895 re his brother William who arrived in Australia c40 years ago from Scotland. Believes he was murdered, and had valuable property. No trace found. 10 pages, List 29.
LYNCH, Patrick, sought by brother John, Drum Boyle, Co. Roscommon Ireland in 1912. He was born Co Kerry; found employed at Phoenix Brewery, Warrenheip. 5 pages, List 33.
LYNCH, Thomas Francis, born Victoria, 26 years, left Australia in 1901 as member of the Vic. Contingent, later joined Transvaal police. In 1906 applied to join Victorian police force, would like to return home. 2 pages, List 30.
LYON, James, sought by brother Thomas, Herne Hill, London UK in 1895; not heard from since 1893. Not found. 4 pages, List 28.
LYON, James, sought by Glasgow Parish Council in 1912. He deserted his wife c25 years ago and went to Australia; is aged 60 years, a native of Glasgow and a ship’s steward. 7 pages, List 14.
LYSANDER [?] Frederick C., a painter, wrote from Wanganui New Zealand in 1898 re his wife Elizabeth O’KEEFE, from whom he separated in 1887, they were married in London. She went by the name of CLARKE and kept a house of ill-fame. 3 pages, List 24.
LYSTER, George H., solicitor, Dublin Ireland, wrote in 1914 re John SCANLON who arrived in Melbourne 1880-1890. He is entitled to a share in the estate of his uncle Malachi HOGAN who died in 1881, a lunatic and intestate. Scanlon won’t answer Lyster’s letters and he must do so to claim his share of the estate. Police interview Scanlon who says he won’t have anything to do with Lyster as he knows him. 8 pages, List 7.
LYSTER, Mrs. M., of Wellington New Zealand wrote in 1915 re an uncle of her husband, who used to have a jeweller’s hop. Police find Watkin William Lyster had died and locate a son Samuel. 5 pages, List 8.
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