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NAMES OF PEOPLE LISTED AND DETAILS PROVIDED

ABOUSSAD, Gabrian, sought by brother J. BOSSAD of Auckland New Zealand in 1901; supposed to be have been going home to Syria, his wife is anxious.  Not found.  7 pages, List 40.

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.

ADAMS, Annie or GALLOWAY, sought by uncle William GRAY, engineer, Moffat Mills near Airdrie, Scotland in 1897.  She left for Melbourne six months ago, should have been met by her brother James; he hasn’t heard anything.  Found; hint of family disagreement.  8 pages, List 45.

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!  will you in charity drop a line to a broken-hearted  distracted Father …’.  Rumour is false, son is still alive.  3 pages, List 5.

AHERN, John, emigrated from County Cork Ireland to Melbourne c1860, would now be c80 years old, believed at Haddon.  Sought by sister Mrs. Lizzie SULLIVAN, New York in 1903.  N.Y. police department wrote on her behalf.  Police establish he died in 1885; parents were Timothy and Bridget.  14 pages, List 46.

AHERN, Mrs. Thomas, Boston, Mass., USA, wrote in 1905 re John DORSEY; no details provided but police locate Patrick who states he has two sisters in Boston.  5 pages, List 44.

AHERN, Timothy, Cragg, Birdhill, Limerick, Ireland, wrote in 1907 looking for his brother Patrick, who went to Ballarat 62 years ago, would now be 82 years old.  Not found.  13 pages, List 55.

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.  List 2.

AITCHISON, Hugh Francis Chartres, died at Mildura in 1916.  His relative Daisy, Dunedin New Zealand is informed and pays burial costs.  11 pages, List 55.

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.

ALEXANDER, Rev E.P., Stockport England, wrote re Alexander KENNEDY, hatter, who has deserted his wife and family and gone to Australia, believed in Melbourne.  File covers 1908-1911 and includes a small photo and details of his lifestyle.  17 pages, List 68.

ALEXANDER, George Thompson, prisoner in H.M. Military Prison, Woking, Surrey England in 1913, asks if he will be recompensed for rescuing 17 year old Thomas Leslie BOYD of Abbotsford when his bike was hit by a car driven by Arthur G. HEGARTY of Yarraville.  12 pages, List 64.

ALEXANDER, Louis, American, a ‘colored man’ found dead in a hut near Rokewood in 1901, destitute.  His nephew Samuel S. FRAME of Charlestown, USA, son of his sister Rosa, asks if he left any assets.  14 pages, List 40.

ALFIERI, Raffaelle, sought by the Italian Consul in 1910 on behalf of his brother.  Found.  21 pages, List 62.

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, Arthur Percy, accountant, warrant issued at La Plate, Argentine; has defrauded a company there, 1912.  He is a native of Melbourne, family at St Kilda have a piano business; ALLAN & CO.  3 pages, List 72.

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, James, left Kirriemuir, Forfarshire Scotland in 1912, leaving a wife and 2 children.  In 1915 the Parish Council writes, asking him to contribute maintenance.  Robert GIRVAN who came on the same ship with him reports that he is ‘addicted to drink’.  9 pages, List 54.

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.

ALLEN, Stuart C., sought by mother Mrs. K. Allen, Picton, Marlborough, New Zealand in 1906; he was formerly in the Post & Telegraph Office there, won money in Tatts lottery and left for Australia, became associated with a  married woman and both were drinking heavily.  His father was formerly a magistrate in New Zealand.  Very detailed background given, and he is found.  11 pages, List 50.

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, F.S. [Frederick Signor], died of wounds in 1915.  W.A. MOSSMAN of Hastings New Zealand, writes on behalf of his father, seeking his belongings which are held by Mrs. BROWN, licensee of the Britannia Hotel Melbourne.  She refuses to hand over until the Will is produced.  17 pages, List 54.

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. List 2.

ANDERSON, Howard, Harbourne, Birmingham England, wrote in 1907 re Henry STUBBINGS, a relative.  Found.  5 pages, List 57.

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.  List 2.

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.

ANDREW, Alexander, ship’s apprentice, sought by mother M. Andrew of Little Park, Falkirk, Scotland, 1901.  5 pages, List 5.

ANDREWS, Aden. Wife in Wareham Dorset seeks information about him in 1919; found in gaol. 5 pages, List 17.

ANDREWS. F., Supt., Sheffield, Yorkshire England, wrote in 1911 on behalf of his mother in law Mrs Emma COCKER formerly GLOSSOP nee WILSON, who sought her relatives in Melbourne.  Her father Thomas Wilson, carpenter, left Manchester in 1854, with two daughters, Elizabeth and Ann, and more children were born in Melbourne.  Elizabeth married R. HEDLEY and Ann married Antonio PASSULICK.  Detailed family history given in report.  5 ANDREW, Alexander, ship’s apprentice, sought by mother M. Andrew of Little Park, Falkirk, Scotland, 1901.  5 pages, List 66.

ANDREWS, Joseph, sought by Mrs. Elizabeth Wall TATTERSALL of Norwood Minnesota, USA in 1901, the daughter of his sister.  He was in the Irish Constabulary at Killarney, then went to Australia, and was last heard of 30 years ago.  Not found.  6 pages, List

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.  List 2.

ARCHER, F., Milton New Zealand, wrote in 1913 re son Len, a carpenter, c30 years old.  Found.  3 pages, List 74.

ARGLES, Napoleon, solicitor, Paris, France, wrote in 1912 re Auguste QUEMAR or his descendants; he was born in France in 1809 and in Australia by 1855.  He subsequently asked for details of Charles Francois CUVET and his wife Catherine nee ROVE and various members of the ROVE and BLIVET families.  Descendants traced.  16 pages, List 72.

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.

ARMENIAN PRIESTS.  Harantin Garabet BALAKIAN of Melbourne, while in New Zealand in 1916, reports that two Assyrians, Simon ELIAS and Deacon J. WESLEY are posing as Armenian priests and collecting money and are now going to Australia.  A very detailed report on the two who have travelled the world doing this and are ordered to leave Australia.  Large file, List 53.

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, F., British Consul, Milan, wrote in 1901 re two young men named JONAS who had defrauded him and other British officials.  Father interviewed and paid amounts owing.  5 pages, List 40.

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. List 2.

ARMSTRONG, William, New York, USA, wrote in 1902 re his uncle William Samuel COX, last heard of in Melbourne some years ago.  Police find relatives. 5 pages, List 44.

ARNELL, Mrs. E., Barry Docks, South Wales, wrote in 1902 re her brother William HELLINGS, 48 years, ship’s carpenter, sailed for Melbourne and hasn’t been heard of since.  Not found.  6 pages, List 44.

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.

ARROWSMITH, Thomas, discharged in Cape Town after war, sought by brothers A. and W., Sandhills, Petone, New Zealand in 1906; missing for six years.  4 pages, List 49.

ARSCOTT, F.W., Denver, Colorado, wrote in 1902 re his brother George Henry, who left England for Melbourne c25 years ago, last heard from c10 years ago.  Found.  5 pages, List 43.

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.

ARTHUR, William MacGeorge.  Information sought by wife, c/- Mrs. ALLUM, Corn Hithe, Wrentham, Suffolk ENGLAND in 1902.  He was an engineer and had deserted her and their baby.  His mother was in Dunedin, New Zealand.  Found.  10 pages, List 43.

ASH, Harry, Deaf Mute Artist, Kennington, London England, wrote in 1912 re E.J.D. ABRAHAM of the Deaf Mute Centre Melbourne, publisher of the ‘Gesture’ booklet, advising that he was of dubious repute.  2 pages, List 71.

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.

ASPINALL, Harold William, sought in 1911 by Rev. A.C. Aspinall, Ipswich, Suffolk England.  He left South Africa c6 years ago, not heard from since; a marine engineer.  Found.  5 pages, List 65.

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, John, tanner, deserted wife Jane Ann and six children at Maryport, Cumberland England in 1912.  They had been separated for three years; he has now stopped paying maintenance.  Found, he states he will support the five children with his parents. 7 pages, List 74.

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.

AUVRAY, C., Leyton, North East London, England, wrote in 1913 re the children of John MATTHEWMAN, who had ‘built the first brick house in Fitzroy’.  His wife is a relative of the Matthewman family and they intend to settle in Melbourne.  Son found.  5 pages, List 74.

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.

AVERY, Lena, Caledonia, Ontario, Canada, wrote in 1909 re William Avery, whose brother Jack was anxious to hear from him.  Not found.  7 pages, List 60.

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 ofBrooklyn 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.

BACON, Mrs Lily, Highgate, London England, wrote in 1912 re her husband Thompson Gardiner Bacon, 24 years, who came to Australia in 1910 and hasn’t been heard from since 1911.  Found.  6 pages, List 70.

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 Essex and 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, Henry Edgar Samuel, sought by wife Emily Eliza of Plaistow, UK in 1915.  He deserted her and their 4 children in 1914.  Gives background information and claims he has enlisted under another name.  This is the same family as the entry above.  18 pages, List 55.

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.

BAILY, Benjamin W., New Orleans USA, wrote in 1912 re his brother Albert V. Baily, c20 years, who arrived recently in Melbourne.  The family has heard he is very ill; found.  11 pages, List 70.

BAIN, A.T.N., Inverness, Scotland, wrote in 1907.  His wife had left him because of the lies of James ALISON [ALLISON?] and his wife who knew him in Melbourne in the 1890s; is taking court action.  2 pages, List 57.

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, H., Commercial Hotel, Whangarei New Zealand, wrote in 1909 re brother Walter, c30 years, who left there c9 years ago and has not been heard from since.8 pages, List 62.

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 Henry, American, employed by Ira L. BERK, importer.  He was based in New Zealand and sold machines then pocked the money and disappeared.  He was 30 years old; photo on file.  2 pages, List 70.

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.

BALFOUR, W., Carnoustie, Scotland, wrote in 1903 re his father W. of the Camp Hotel Werribee; not heard from for over fourteen years.  Found.  4 pages, List 46.

BALFOUR, William, Carnoustie, Scotland, wrote in 1907.  He had heard that his father William had died; has heard nothing from his stepmother.  He is the eldest on by the first wife.  5  pages, List 56.

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.

BALLARD, Patrick, last heard of in Melbourne c1900, employed in railways.  Information by Richard V. Ballard, Boston, USA in 1903.  11 pages, List 46.

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.

BARCLAY, Cumming, born 1875 Peterhead England, son of John and Mary nee PATERSON, married 1896 Scotland to Mary Ann RAE.  She is now in the Royal Asylum at Aberdeen, and Peterhead Parish Funds wrote in 1916, asking police to get him to pay maintenance.  Found to have enlisted, and has 3 children by Sarah BELL.  7 pages, List 53.

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, Allen H., wanted for forgery in Pietermartzburg Natal South Africa in 1907 by Natal C.I.D..  He was 16 years old.  Not found.  5  pages, List 56.

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.

BARLOW, Nellie, sought by sister Minnie, Morden near Mitcham, Surrey England, in 1915.  She is supposed to have married Thomas HOULISON and be living in Gippsland.  Enclosed a letter from Houlison stating that she had left him and he would kill her if she did not return.  Found interstate.  10 pages, List 54.

BARNARD, Frank Henry, of Launceston Tasmania, married Edith Maria in 1906 in Petermaritzburg South Africa; deserted her and left with Carrie POOLE for Melbourne in 1907.  Wife asks police help in finding him; located.  10 pages, List 48.

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. List 2.

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.

BARRY, Dennis, Newtoun, Cardiff, Wales, wrote in 1904 re his cousin Thomas MARTIN, son of Catherine, who had joined the police force.  Last heard of at Coy’s Diggings in 1884.  Police found he had died, but locate mother and sister Mrs. GEYLE.  6 pages, List 49.

BARRY, Robert, left Scotland c1890 for Melbourne, formerly a draper in Liverpool.  Brother Louis, a Dublin policeman followed him.  In 1909 their sister Ellen wrote from Glasgow Scotland, seeking information.  9 pages, List 49.

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.

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.

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.

BAYLISS, John James, sought by sister Lilian, Highbury North, London England in 1917.  Found.  6 pages, List 51.

BEACH, Henry.  Information sought by W.J. Beach, of Leigh-on-Sea, Essex in 1912.  Henry was his great grandfather, who emigrated to Australia in the 1850s and was last heard of at Elton Farm Tarraville c1850.  Report states he left there years ago, may be person who died in Ballarat Benevolent Asylum; death certificate on file.  16 pages, List 72.

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.

BEALL, Mrs. Martha, formerly BURNS, widow of Sgt James Burns, wrote from San Francisco USA in 1904  seeking Joseph and Jane BAKER.  He  had been in the Victorian police force in the 1860s.  His widow found; they are sisters.  5 pages, List 42.

BEAM, Charles H., drowned off Stony Point in 1904.  U.S. Consul seeks detail; his brother was H.W. Bear, civil engineer, Jeffersson, Iowa.  5 pages, List 49.

BECKWITH, Mrs. M.A., Dunston, Gateshead, England, wrote in 1903 re her half brother William BOY, who went to Ballarat c1862 and hasn’t been heard from since.  Not found.  6 pages, List 46.

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.

BEEHO, George, baker, sought by son Ivor G., Southville, Bristol England, in 1913; he left there for Australia c1893 and was last heard of at Port Pirie in 1895.  Not found.  5 pages, List 74.

BEITLEY, Charles, of Erie, Pennsylvania USA, suicided in Melbourne in 1909.  In 1910 Conneaut Ohio police ask for details on behalf of unnamed niece; this goes he was known as DEITLEY.  9 pages, List 64.

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.  List 2.

BELL, Lilly Primmer, sought by husband George, Hastings, New Zealand, in 1913.  She left home c9 years ago, has a 19 year old daughter with her, Tui Winifred.  Her brother – PRIMMER is in Melbourne.  Not found.  10 pages, List 75.

BELL, Percy Douglas, No. 564 6th Machine Gun Co. AIF.  Sought by Miss E.M. READE, Southbourne, Hants England in 1920.  He had seduced and promised to marry her 18 year old sister F.M., who had had a child to him.  Copy of letter from him on file.  Found living with wife and children in Fitzroy.  20 pages, List 56.

BELLGROVE, Mrs Amy, Maida Vale, London England, wrote in 1913 re her husband George Wilshire, florist; they were married for 24 years, had 15 children, then he eloped with 22 year old Dorothy KNIGHT of Tooting, and they were living in Brisbane.  He is not willing to support Amy.  File covers 1913-1914; 32 pages, List 74.

BENBOW, Allen V., wrote from Balham London in 1913 re joining the Victoria police force. 3 pages, List 14.

BENDER, T.C., Adamsgade, Odense, Denmark, wrote in 1910 re old friend Lars Peterson SKOV, who owned Rose of Denmark hotel.  Relative found.  5 pages (damaged)  List 66.

BENJAMIN, Joseph Bernard, known as ‘Bob’, son of late Samuel of Toowoomba Qld, sought by U.S. Consul in 1909.  He left America c1883 and settled in Melbourne; aged about 25 years.  Not found.  10 pages, List 60.

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.

BENNETT, John, Senior, wrote from Ballygeary, Kilhane, Co Wexford Ireland in 1905 re his stepson George DONACHIE, who used the name John Bennett; last heard of in Melbourne, married but believed separated.  Found.  8 pages, List 44.

BENNETT, John Thomas, sought by son A.E. Bennett, Portslade by Sea near Brighton Sussex England in 1910.  J.T. was manager of a temperance hotel.  Found.  10 pages, List 65.

BENNETT, John William, Sgt in Preston Lancashire police, asks police in 1911 to find his relatives J. and Edith Jane DONALDSON nee WILLIES.  Found.  6 pages, List 67.

BENNETT, Sydney Charles, 18 years, sought by uncle John R. LOGAN, Macclesfield, South Australia in 1903; he ran away from his home.  8 pages, List 46.

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, Nellie, Apperley Bridge near Broadford, Yorkshire England, wrote in 1917 re her parents who had been helped to emigrate to Victoria and were last heard of in Richmond.  Her father John was a Chelsea Pensioner; she was their eldest daughter.  Found.  4 pages, List 51.

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.

BERR, Jacob, sought by brother Nathan, Omaha, Nebraska USA in 1913; last head of in 1903.  Found using name BEAR.  3 pages, list 75.

BERRY, F.W.T.  Information sought in 1909 by father T.A., Hay Dealer, Alden, New York.  Wife located.  7 pages, List 61.

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.

BETTINELLI, Daniel, of Langdon’s Hill near Daylesford, sought by Italian Consul in 1911.  6 pages, List 68.

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.

BEVAN, Alfreda, Miss, c/- Bert Bailey Company, on tour in New Zealand, wrote in 1913 re her luggage hamper being tampered with and clothes stolen.  Her dresses were made by Mrs LINGARD of Albert Park, and two small samples of material are on the file.  10 pages, List 73.

BEYER, C., Warwick, England, wrote in 1911 re his brother Peter Alfred, baker, German, not heard from for some years.  Various Beyer residents interviewed, but not found.  13 pages, List 67.

BEZZINA, Antonio, 44 years, laborer, late of Mista, Malta, has left wife and four children there destitute in 1913.  Charles MATTEI, Medical Officer of Health, Malta, wrote on their behalf.  Found.  7 pages, List 73.

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.

BIGGS, Frank William, Dunedin New Zealand, wrote in 1902 re his sister Elizabeth Mary (Bessie) WARREN, at one time with Simonsen’s Opera Co.  Married – BUCKLEY, now known as Mrs. WILLIAMS.  Found interstate under the name of VIVIAN.  7 pages, List 45.

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.

BINGHAM, James and son Joseph, left Cumberland England in 1852, went to Ballarat, not heard of for many years.  Information sought by Jane Isabella PECKOVER, Fern Hill, Bramley, Leeds England in 1903.  Not found.  17 pages, List 45.

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.

BIRCH, Mrs Florence, Leyton, Essex, England, wrote in 1911 re husband William James Birch; heir eldest son is dying.  Nephews contacted, but have not seen him.  7 pages, List 68.

BIRCH, John, joined ship Damascus at Cape Town South Africa in 1907 and died on board.  His brother Frederick, Charters Towers, sought details from Victoria police; states that Thomas SMITH, from Charters Towers, was on the ship was ‘not a good character’.  Quite detailed report on file.  10 pages, List 57.

BIRD, Ivan M., Sub Lieut. R.N.V.R., H.M.T. Alice, wrote from Lemnos Island Turkey in 1916, for the address of Mrs. Edward LLOYD, nee Kathleen Budie Aves THORNE, married in Perth WA in 1912.  Not found.  6 pages, List 53.

BIRMINGHAM, Mrs. Ina, Kingstown, Dublin Ireland, wrote in 1916 re her brother John HILLAS, 20 years, last heard of at Curdies River Siding.  Found.  5 pages, List 52.

BITTERS, Robert.  Wife wrote from Liverpool England in 1902.  They were married for a month when he left as ship’s crew for Australia and hasn’t been heard from since.  He goes under the name of Peter ROBERTS or Leopold SENG, and was a German.  Not found.  6 pages, List 44.

BLACK, Mrs, Portrush [Ireland?] wrote in 1913 re her missing son Tom, who came to Victoria 2 years ago as an emigrant and was working for William Lesley.  Police identify it was LESLIE BROS of Laen.  9 pages, List 75.

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.

BLACK, Mrs. Mary, Bootle, Liverpool, England, wrote in 1907 re her husband William, no heard from for 6 years; they have 4 sons.  He was a marine fireman.  Not found.  8  pages, List 56.

BLACK, Mrs Mary, Portrush, Co Antrim, Ireland, wrote in 1912 re her son Thomas; had been working at Minyip.  Not found.  6 pages, List 72.

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.  List 2.

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.

BLAIR, William, Abbey Green, Jedburgh, Scotland, wrote in 1909 seeking a confidential report on his son Matthew Selby Blair, 43 years.  He had taken his family, son William Selby, 20 years, and two daughters to Melbourne in 1908; has heard he has taken to drink. Daughter Maimie contacted.  5 pages, List 61.

BLAKE, C., Blandford, UK, wrote in 1904 re Thomas STRANGE, a teacher, who was at Mooroopna some years ago; found.  4 pages, List 47.

BLASS, Mrs Rose Berney, wrote from France in 1903, seeking her husband Berney Blass MD; not found.  In 1912 she was again requesting a copy of the 1903 response, as her papers had been burnt in a fire.  6 pages, List 72.

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.

BLEAKMORE, Lee, San Francisco USA, wrote in 1913 seeking beneficiaries of the will of James Stephen RUDD; John CHURCH, James WICKS and J.S. RUDD.  Stephen Boaz, son of Stephen Church is located and genealogical details given.  Rudd also located and gives detailed information.  28 pages, List 62.

BLELLOCH, David, lawyer, sought by Mrs Adelaide STANGIER, widow, Philadelphia USA in 1908. Not found.  5 pages, List 59.

BLEVINS, James, sought by John B. Blevins, Belfast, Ireland, his nephew.  He was the son of the late William of Vernersbridge, Co. Armagh, Ireland.  Left for Australia c55 years ago, would be about 75 yeasr old.  Found.  6 pages, List 53.

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, List 1.

BLOTT, Algernon H., Elizabeth, Leonard, Frank and Gladys, sought by G.A. PENSHAW, Victoria Park Manchester England in 1912.  Not found.  6 pages, 2 damaged.  List 70.

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.

BLUNDELL, John/Richard, identified as person who drowned in the Yarra in 1911;  a former seaman, c40 years.  British police interview his wife Julia, Salford, England, who states she left him through his ill-treatment, and he changed his name from Richard to John.  His merchant seaman discharge book on file, in poor condition, 13 pages.  15 pages in file, List 67.

BLYTH, Mrs. M. of Berea Johannesburg South Africa wrote in 1920 re her sister Mrs. Kate COLLIER of St. Kilda.  4 pages.

BOAM, William John, James and Elizabeth, sought by Mrs A. SPINNEMAN, Los Angeles USA in 1911.  They left Derbyshire England some yeasr ago; a sister Mary would like to find them.  7 pages, List 69.

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.

BOLINGBROIKE, Lewis, died 1911, intestate.  In 1912 his brother John J., Stockport, England, wrote querying delay in distribution of the estate.  Informed of death by James HARRINGTON of Kyneton.  14 pages, List 71.

BOLTON, Henry, Nag’s Head, Chorlton at Medlock, Manchester, wrote in 2904 re his sister and brother in law Mr and Mrs E. HONEY.  Found.  4 pages, List 47.

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.  Wife Hannah E., wrote from Heaton, Newcastle on Tyne in 1908; she had 4 children to him, two born in Australia, Annie Leonara and Doris Winifred.  He had fled England and was joined in Australia by Minnie TAYLOR and her two children.  Found living with Taylor.  9 pages, List 58.

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.

BORCHARDT, Max, sought by brother in law M.J. GRIMES, Newark, Ohio USA, in 1907.  Found.  4 pages, List 56.

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.

BOWDEN, William Low Fell, Gateshead, England, wrote in 1911 re John Bowden, who left in 1878, 23 years, a fireman on a steamship, and supposedly drowned.  Has heard he is alive and ill in Melbourne.  His siblings Benjamin, Edward and Joseph are anxious to find him.  Various people of that name interviewed. but not found.  13 pages, List 66.

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.  List 2.

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.

BOX, Edward John, wife and children, sought by niece J. Eliza THOMAS, Bristol England in 1902.  Police find he had deserted his family and his wife was remarried to Henry SHERRATT and had children by him. 8 pages, List 43.

BOYCE, Joseph, deserted wife Caroline and child at Whiteinch, Glasgow Scotland in 1911.  Found, declines to pay maintenance.  5 pages, List 69.

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.

BOYD, David Butler, arrested in Melbourne and committed to asylum in 1917; brother in Mansfield Park, Essex England informed.  4 pages, List 51.

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.

BRABSTAN, James, Michael, Margaret and Johanna, siblings, sought by niece Anna, Troy New York USA in 1907.  They were from Co Tipperary and left Ireland c40 years ago.  Not found.  3 pages, List 57.

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.  CONNECTION FOUND.

BRADBURY, Aaron, sought by W.F. DINSLEY, Lorton Manchester England in 1913, on behalf of his wife whom he has deserted.  Brother Benjamin is interviewed; not found.  10 pages, List 64.

BRADBURY, Aaron, sought by wife A., of Gorton, Manchester England in 1913; her father had written previously.  He was a trained male nurse.  Sister in law interviewed; not found.  18 pages, List 64.

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.

BRADBURY, Samuel William.  Information sought by wife Annie in Melbourne in 1909.  He left there in 1901 for South Africa and hasn’t been heard from for over a year.  He was formerly a medical doctor but gave that up.  South African police provide details of his lifestyle.  11 pages, List 61.

BRADFORD, Alfred William Peter, son of William of Brunswick, dismissed by police in South Africa and suspected of theft, believed returning to Australia.  8 pages, List 60.

BRADLEY, Mrs. Eliza nee DRAKE, , Widnes, England, wrote in 1916 re her stepbrother William PEARSON, who left his home in Erith, Kent, as a 15 year old cabin boy c1870 for Australia.  He had brothers George, Thomas and Charles.  13 pages, List 52.

BRADLEY, William, 35 years, butcher, left wife Annie at Moseley Birmingham England in 1908, and came to Australia with Marie LE FRAME, stage name, real name L. HOWELL, c22 years, a pantomime artist, who also used name Maisie ROWLAND.  Annie wrote a number of letters seeking him.  He is traced and interviewed and claims to have left her provided for.   32 pages, List 62.

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 in Melbourne papers for him, and was suspicious of a response. He believes Alderman was a wealthy man, but police find otherwise. 15 pages, List 9.

BRADY, Mary, Birkenhead, Cheshire England, wrote in 1917 re her husband Patrick, sailor, 4 children; not heard from for 6 months.  Founded to have enlisted and given his next of kin as Kate of Manchester.  4 pages, List 51.

BRAGARD, Charles, Sergt., Armee Belge, Belgique, [Belgium]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.

BRAITHWAITE, Hartley, Kirby in Furness, Lancashire, wrote in 1906 re brother William, last heard of 10 years ago in managing a hotel in Melbourne.  Several people of that name interviewed, but not found.  15 pages, List 49.

BRAITHWAITE, John Ripley.  Information sought in 1908 by John Ernest Ripley FORD, Rochdale, Lancashire.  Braithwaite left Yorkshire c60 years ago and settled in Ballarat.  Relation found.  13 pages, List 41.

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 Portland Oregon 32 years ago for  Melbourne under the name of T.G. BUSH.  10 pages, 2 torn.  List 2.

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.

BRAMWELL, Arthur William, Grafton, Yolo County, California, wrote in 1916 seeking his mother Ruth’s address.  He has been confined in Mexico as a military prisoner, but escaped.  His siblings were Ethel, Florence and Albert York.  Found.  9 pages, List 53.

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.

BRANNAN, Hyla Catford, left Capetown South Africa for Melbourne in 1908; wife and 4 children remained there; a jeweller.  In 1911 Miss Zora DALY of Port Elizabeth sought him. Found.  26 pages, some repetition and photo.  List 66.

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.

BRAZIL/BRASIL/BRAZEL, James.  Information sought by solicitors in Wales in 1910, who are acting for the next of kin in a probate case.  He was in Ballarat in the 1850s.  His cousin William took him to Ireland in 1908 where he died.  His will is being challenged by nephew William LINNARD.  23 pages, List 66.

BRAZZI, Domenico.  Swiss Consul in Melbourne sought details of his death at Maryborough in 1907; two daughters in Switzerland exist.  Widow Mary interviewed.  4 pages, List 57.

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.

BRERETON, Joseph, died in Auckland New Zealand in 1915.  Public Trustee there asks police to find his brother Thomas.  Found in North Melboune.  6 pages, List 54.

BRERETON, William, Manchester, England, wrote in 1902 re his father J.T., who left there in 1889 and hasn’t been heard from since.  A master bricklayer, c56 years, he is found under the name of KAY. 6 pages, List 41.

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.

BRIDGES, James (or R.E.) accidentally poisoned at CHEGWIDDEN’s chemist shop Melbourne in 1902.  Wife Julie, Woodstock, South Africa, wrote regarding his effects being sent to her; she and their child are penniless.  6 pages, List 43.

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.

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.  List 2.

BRONI, Eliza, Russel Square, London England, wrote in 1905 re her brother Henry Charles STEPHENSON, who left there for Melbourne c1862.  Reply states details too meagre.  3 pages, List 45.

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.  List 2.

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.  List 2.

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.

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.

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.

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, Albert James Studd, wanted by Transvaal police in 1906.  Accountant, 38 years, reward poster, containing photo, on file.  Wife Emily KENNEDY traced to Sydney. 7 pages, List 48.

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, Bonnie H., sought by mother Mrs. E.H. Brown, St. Louis, USA in 1904; last heard of in Melbourne, 27 years, worked his passage to Australia on a ship, electrician and engineer.  Movements traced.  11 pages, List 47.

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, Elizabeth K., wrote from Glasgow Scotland in 1902 re her husband John, married 1868,  who left there in 1879, a ship’s rigger, and hasn’t been heard from since 1884.  She has seen that a man of that name died in Albert Park in 1898 and asks if it is her husband.  She is unconvinced when told it is not.  14 pages, List 42.

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.  List 2.

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, James, left King’s Cross London for Melbourne 1852, then went to Ovens goldfields.  In 1905 his sister’s daughter Margaret Scott WATTERS, Stirling Scotland, enquired about him; found to have died in asylum.  8 pages, List 47.

BROWN, Jane H., Northgate, Darlington, Co. Durham, wrote in 1905 re her husband Thomas, a clerk, who left there in 1902 and hasn’t been heard from since.  He is 50 years, well educated, and they were married for 20 yeas.  ‘He was writer for the Era paper …’.  Her father was a chemist and druggist, and she gives family background.  9 pages, List 44.

BROWN, Johanna R., sought by Mrs. P.J. McCARTHY, Litchfield, Mass., USA.  She was born Waterford Ireland, her husband was a brass maker.  The writer is the daughter  of Mary Ann KINSELLA, who last heard from her sister Johanna from Sydney in 1877.  Not found. 8 pages, List 41.

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, Joseph Wilkin, left Newcastle on Tyne England for Melbourne in 1888.  In 1908 his brother Richard KIRKBY, Heaton, Newcastle on Tyne, ‘practical chimney sweep’ asked police to find him.  Found.  8 pages, List 58.

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, Glasgow Scotland, wrote in 1897 asking police to find her sons James, 40 years and John, 45 years, both seamen from Stranrear, Wigtownshire Scotland; she is in need of funds.  John is found working for John McLELLAN at Lyndhurst.  9 pages, List 47.

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.

BROWN, Thomas, raised on a farm near Yonkers New York, sought by niece Fanny of El Paso Texas USA in 1909.  Her father David was his brother.  Various Thomas Browns are identified, but no found.  15 pages, List 60.

BROWN, Tom, formerly of Whitehaven, Cumberland England, ship’s carpenter, left Liverpool in 1887 for Australia.  Information requested in 1910 by his son George Carter Brown of Whitehaven; A5 flyer on file.  Not found.  6 pages, List 62.

BROWN, William, left Perth Scotland for the Australian goldmines c1890s.  Sought by brother James, Sundial P.C. Alberta Canada in 1910.  Had been in Melbourne.  Not found.  6 pages, List 41.

BROWNE, Dr. D.G.  Information sought by William HETREED of Royal Irish Constabulary Limerick in 1902, on behalf of his wife whom he deserted c20 years ago.  They were married in 1874 and he was believed to be in Melbourne.  Found interstate, ‘confirmed drunkard’.  13 pages, List 42.

BROWNE, George, wrote form the Board of Education, Detroit, Michigan, re old school friend Jos. W. GRAY who left Dublin for Australia c1880 and settled in Melbourne; not found.  List 43.

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.

BRUNTON, Robert, sought by brother in law William SUTHERLAND, New York, in 1913.  Last heard of 18 years ago in Melbourne.  Not found.  10 pages, List 75.

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.

BUCKLAND, A.G., Winchester Road London England, wrote in 1907 re John LLOYD, his brother in law; hadn’t heard and mother is worried.  Found.  6 pages, List 56.

BUCKLAND, William, French Camp, Stockton, California USA, asks US Consul to find his brother Richard in 1909.  He went to Melbourne c1903; 34 years, mother’s maiden name is STANFORD.  Not found.  11 pages, List 60.

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.

BUCKLEY, James, native of Limerick Ireland, came to Australia c1868 and kept a hotel in Melbourne.  In 1908 his brother John, c/- Little Sisters of the Poo, Wilmington, Delaware USA, asked police to find him.  5 pages, List 59.

BUCKLEY, Kelita Hall, sought by Halifax police in 1911, on behalf of his father George.  He left England c1903 for Australia, c34 years.  9 pages, List 69.

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.  CONNECTION FOUND.

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, Daniel, sought by niece Laura Jane LINCOLN nee LAXTON, South Shields, England, in 1909; she is his sister’s eldest daughter.  He left there c45 years ago.  Not found.  List 61.

BULL, Mrs. George.  Sought by sister Maria ENRIGHT of Toronto Canada in 1904.  She left Limerick Ireland 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.

BULLOUGH, Richard, sought by wife B., Tyldsley near Manchester England, in 1913.  He was 28 yeas old, a labourer, last heard of at Barham.  Not found.  14 pages, List 75.

BUNNING,  John William Peter.  Wife wrote from Brooklyn, New York, in 1910 and 1911 re her husband, who left suddenly in 1910 and wrote to say he was in Australia with no memory of how he got there.  He was aged 43, and there are 2 copies of the same photo on the file.  She searches widely, and 17 year old Alfred ABBOTT of Maylands South Australia decides to try and help her, but only confuses the issue.  Bunning is not found.  35 pages, List 68.

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.  List 2.

BURDEKIN, Lydia, Westminster, London, wrote in 1915 re husband Herbert Anderson Burdekin, not heard from for some months; came from Napier New Zealand in 1913, is a draper.  Found living with a woman by whom he has had a child.  11 pages, List 54.

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.

BURGOYNE, Mrs. E. Bexhill on sea, Sussex, wrote in 1917 re her husband Alfred, 33 years.  They were in New Zealand when he told her to take their children back to England and he would follow, but hasn’t done so.  She has had no money from him and is destitute; very poignant letter.  Not found.  12 pages, List 50.

BURKE, Mrs. Hannah, Boston, Mass., USA, wrote in 1904 for the address of Mrs. Hanora MORGAN, last heard from in Melbourne.  Richmond police report she had died and trace her husband, who says the writer is her
sister.  4 pages, List 42.

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.

BURNET, David, sought by wife in Bridgeton, Glasgow Scotland, in 1913.  He left there in 1912, has a brother Alexander in Castlemaine.  Not found.  5 pages, List 75.

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, E.J., Greenwood Park, Natal, South Africa, wrote in 1913, on behalf of his neighbour Gladys McNAMARA, seeking details of the will and property left by her father Albert Edward McNAMARA, who was executed for murder in 1902.  She was deserted by her stepmother and put in a Home.  12 pages, List 75.

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, B.W., St. Peter’s Park, London England, wrote in 1902.  He has received a letter advising of his brother Alfred’s death and asks if it is genuine.  Alfred had been getting regular remittances.  4 pages, List 44.

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.

BURY, John W., c/- Pacific Hospital, San Francisco USA, wrote in 1905 on behalf of his father Edward, who was looking for his siblings, from Co Wicklow Ireland; a spirit medium had told him to write.  He is sceptical, but a relative is found.  4 pages, List 46.

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.

BUSST, Mrs Ellise, SAn Francisco, wrote in 1910 re husband Patrick John, believed in Melbourne; found.  5 pages, List 66.

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, David, Brooklyn, New York, wrote in 1917 re his brother Thomas, last heard of at Strathlodon; aunt was Mrs. Bridget RABBAGE.  Not found.  5 pages, List 49.

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.

BYE, Robert, sought by nephew Private Rowland Bye, 3rd Worcestershire Regiment, Kent England in 1909; was in Mildura in 1897.  Found interstate.  6 pages, List 61.

BYRD, John Thomas ‘a colored man’ formerly a native of Willmington Delaware, sought by sister Eliza DEAN of Philadelphia in 1900.  Their sisters Letitia, Maggie, Mary and Martha are all deceased.  11 pages, List 38.

BYRNE, Michael Joseph, sought by sister M. Byrne, Dublin Ireland in 1912; last heard of in 1900 in Hawthorn.  Police find he died in 1909, death certificate on file, children in orphanage.  9 pages, List 70.

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.

BYRNE, William, widower, Irish, in the boot trade, and had about 5 children, sought in 1912 by Kathleen DOULON/DONLON, Bayridge, Brooklyn, New York, the niece of his deceased wife.  She had not heard from him for 9 years.  Not found.  7 pages, List 72.

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