Indexes to Missing People M-ZHelen | Updated on Thursday, November 7th, 2013
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M MABON, Mrs. Jane of Carlisle, Cumberland, England, wrote in 1906 re her recently deceased uncle William NICHOL. 4 pages.
McACHRAN, Miss Jessie of Mattoon Ill., USA, wrote in 1893 re her brother Frank McACHRAN, who left home 8 years ago. 2 pages, List 4.
MACARTNEY, Hugh. Father D. (Major, retired) wrote from Edinburgh Scotland in 1900 regarding his son, who had again deserted his wife and family there. He was a ship’s captain, believed he may be in Melbourne, had committed bigamy c5 years ago. 4 pages, List 37.
MacARTHUR, L.M. of Christchurch New Zealand, wrote in 1920 re his wife, who was lured away by an adopted daughter Mrs. Harry ANDERSON and is living in Victoria; seeks her location. Police interview the Andersons who report that he is a drinker and drug addict who only wants her address to get more money out of her, so police refuse to provide it. 8 pages, List 19.
McASKILL, Mrs. Jessie of Oakland, California USA wrote in 1914 re her brother James B. McLACHLAN, native of Tighnabruaich, Argyleshire Scotland, who left there in 1886 for Melbourne. Not found. 4 pages, List 7.
MACAULAY, C.T., Woodhouse Ridge, Leeds UK wrote in 1901 re Sarah HAREWOOD, c70 year, a widow. Her brother Alexander was the writer’s grandfather and is dead as is her sister Charlotte. Not found. 5 pages, List 39.
McBEAN, Mary Jane, of Edendale New Zealand, wrote in 1913 re the death of her brother James Henry ROXBURGH in Victoria. 7 pages, List 13.
McCABE, Thomas, wrote from Lurgan, Virginia Co Cavan Ireland in 1898 re his half brother Bernard and brother and sister James and Catherine, who left there in 1856 and lived in Gawler in 1858. Bernard would be about 68 yrs old. 5 pages, List 20.
McCANN, Mrs. Catherine of Belfast Ireland, wrote in 1907 re her brother John COUSINS, a native of Ballinderry Co. Antrim. 4 pages, List 14.
McCARRY, James E., Sergt. RIC, Louisburgh, Co Mayo Ireland, wrote in 1899 re Arthur HARRISON, c62 years of age, from Nottingham. He writes on behalf of Patrick O’DOWD, who also writes. 10 pages, List 14.
McCARTHY, Charles of Ballydehob, Co. Cork Ireland, wrote in 1917 re his brother Timothy, not heard from for two years. Found. 3 pages, List 16.
McCARTHY, William C., wrote in 1915 (c/- Miss C.F. Sullivan, Salem, Mass., USA) re Frank McGILLICUDDY, who left Ireland in the 1860s for Australia. Frank’s mother was Mary O’CONNOR. The writer’s mother was Ellen, sister of Frank; other sisters were Catherine and Johanna who were living in the USA. Police interview several McGillicuddy families, one whom reports that there is a McGillicuddy club in Boston, and suggests he try there. 7 pages, List 7.
MACE, Mrs. John, nee Marie SMITH, sought by niece Annie E. GIBSON of San Francisco in 1900. She was from Yorkshire and living in Ballarat in 1861. Not found. 5 pages, List 39.
McCLEERY, James A. of Belfast Ireland, wrote in 1920 re his aunt Mrs. Emily DAVISON. Found. 3 pages, List 16.
McCLELLAND, Andrew. Anonymous letter received in 1912, warning police that he is on his way to Australia. Small photo, cut from magazine. His wife is in Pueblo, Colorado USA, and he has ‘been exposed, published and run out of the USA.’ Letter claims he is intimate with a married woman named HAWKINS at Oakleigh, so police check on her. 3 pages, List 33.
McCLINTOCK, John, R.I. Constabulary, Lurgan, Co. Armagh Ireland, wrote in 1895 re Robert B. COOTE, who was in the RIC there, but left in 1887. He loaned him some money and it has not been repaid. Coote is a member of the Vic. Police force, and is asked to explain, which he does satisfactorily, detailing his mother’s desertion etc. 11 pages, List 9.
McCLINTOCK, William Klyde Maxwell, 42 years, formerly military captain and from Dublin Ireland, well connected, died 1901. File re his death. 4 pages
McCLOSKEY, Mary J., wrote from Boston U.S. in 1898 re her uncle Richard McCloskey who left Ireland c1860, and was last heard of in 1867 in Melbourne. He was a native of Streine Cornbughe (?) Co Derry, son of Thomas and Nancy nee LYNCH; she is the daughter of his oldest brother Thomas. 2 pages, List 27.
McCOLL, Neil, wrote from Police Station, Shiskine, Arran Scotland in 1904 re his uncles Neil and John, sons of late Hugh of Penmore Argyleshire, who emigrated c40 years ago and were at Darlington many years ago. Not found. 6 pages, List 22.
McCORMACK, James, left Drumoory Wood, Co Longford Ireland c1881 for Australia; was in Qld in 1886. Brother Peter Joseph, R/C Priest, asks police to find him in 1895. 8 pages, List 28.
McCORMACK, Peter, real name Robert KANE, sought by son Thomas Kane, Palo Alto, Santa Clara, Co California in 1902. He was born in Co Londonderry Ireland, married his mother in 1866 in New Zealand, and left them to go shearing in 1877. He has heard he is in Melbourne and wealthy. Not found. List 24. McCRACKEN, Mrs. of Canterbury New Zealand wrote in 1919 re her son W. McCracken, who returned from the front (1st World War) on Boxing Day 1918, and was missing. His brother Hugh had also returned from the War and was now in an asylum. 8 pages.
McCREADY, William A., of Articlave, Castlerock, Co. Derry Ireland wrote in 1904 re William FINLAY, born Ballywildrick, Co. Derry, emigrated about 40 years ago, now aged about 60 years. 9 pages.
McCROSSEN, John, sought in 1914 by niece Allice McMANAMAN of St. Louise USA. Police find he died 32yrs ago, but provide details of his children. Letter returned from Dead Letter Office. 6 pages. List 8.
McCUNN, James, sought by R.J. ORKNEY of ship Albany on behalf of relative D.A. McCunn of Rothesay, Scotland, in 1899. James was a tinsmith. Not found. Two photos of him on file, both the same. 13 pages, List 17.
McDONALD, Angus, of Invercargill New Zealand, wrote in 1899 re Lucy BARTLETT. She left Dunedin for Melbourne in 1898 as servant to Mrs. W. ANGUS, who was going to live in Melbourne. Lucy was formerly in the Industrial School and was hired out to Angus. McDonald is making enquiries for her brother George, who is in his employ. Police found Lucy in another position. 3 pages.
McDONALD, Miss Flora, of Paisley Scotland, wrote in 1914 re her brother Owen, a bank employee, who has not written for some time. Found. 6 pages, List 15.
McDONALD, James, Inspector of Poor, Parish Council, Dumbarton, Scotland, wrote a series of letters 1912-1916 re Thomas MOONEY, who deserted his wife and four children in 1907. He was a shipyard worker, 33 years old, son of Patrick and Mary nee MacKAIL. The Council is having to support the family and wants him to contribute. Police find him in 1912 but he contributes little to the family over the next few years, before being killed in an accident, leaving no money or property. 14 pages, List 7.
McDONALD, John Alexander, of Bermondsay England, wrote in 1916 re his siblings, aunt and uncle, James Maxwell, Charles Arthur, Florence Evelyn and Ethel Victoria. Police locate his aunt. 6 pages, List 8.
McDONALD, Lillian nee PARKINS, wrote from Gisborne New Zealand in 1912, seeking the address of her cousin Will DUDLEY, now in the Vic. Police force. She was adopted when a baby and seeks details of her four brothers. ‘I have not been all I should be … am married now and turned over a new leaf’. Dudley found. 5 pages, List 12.
McDONALD, Louisa, claimed in 1913 that Edward TURNER had deserted their two illegitimate children, Lilian and Alice, in Melbourne. He was c27 years, a slaughterman, and was said to be residing with a Mrs. ADAMS in Ashburton New Zealand. Police interview him, he denies paternity. 10 pages, List 12.
McDONALD, Mrs. Mary of Oakland, California wrote in 1914 re James Bain McLAUGHLAN, her brother. He was a gardener who had been in Melbourne for some years. Police could not locate him. 7 pages.
McDONALD, Norman, wrote from Auckland New Zealand in 1919 re his brother John who died in Victoria in 1918; sister Kate POWELL in Victoria. 13 pages.
MacDONNELL, Carlotta, wrote from England in 1918, on letterhead of New South Wales Agent General, London, re her husband John Bertram Morton KNUTSEN, engineer. She was married to him in 1911 in Melbourne, but ‘has neither lived with him or been supported by him’. She wants the marriage annulled ‘as my home is this side of the water and I earn my own living’. Police locate husband who offers to send passage money and make a home for her in Melbourne. 6 pages, List 6.
McDONNELLY, W.A. of New South Wales wrote in 1899 on behalf of the relatives in Brighton England, of E. Henry GROVES, who was working under an assumed name of H.G. ARMSTRONG. Groves was 38-40, born London and well educated. Photo of him on file. 5 pages.
McDUFF, Michael, died New Guinea 1897. Brother in law ex police Sgt. John McCOPPIN writes asking for details, he was his wife’s brother. Detailed report supplied. 16 pages, List 25.
McENAMY, Miss S.M. wrote from Philadelphia USA in 1894 re Edward and Susan McEnamy, brother and sister of her father of Londonderry Ireland. Susan married Charles BYFORD, and was last heard of in 1863. 3 pages. List 4. MACENERY, Louis, sought by wife in Birmingham England, in 1916, who hasn’t seen him for nearly a year. Police found he was a Recruiting Officer for Aust. Army, but now dispensed with. Found. 8 pages, List 6.
McERLAIN, Michael or McLEAN. Shaun O’KEENAN wrote from Castle Dawson, Co Derry Ireland in 1918 re his man, who is his cousin, the son of his maternal uncle, the late Charles McErlain of Co. Antrim. Left NSW in 1915 and hasn’t been heard from since. He would be about 40 years. Not found. 6 pages, List 6.
McEVOY, Patrick. Sought by his brother Edward of Menick, Mass., US, in 1899. He was from Queen’s Co. Ireland and last heard of in the Victoria police force 1860-1870. Found. 17 pages, List 17.
McEWEN, John, wrote from Royal Hotel, Southport, Lancashire in 1898 re W. Warern CARTWRIGHT, in police force in 1860s, he is son of his sister hannah. 2 pages, List 25.
McFARLANE, Ellen, of Whiteinch by Glasgow Scotland, wrote in 1894 and 1895 re family of late Dougal McFARLANE, who left Ulva, Mull in 1851/2 for Melbourne. She is their aunt. Dougal had 3 sons and 4 daughters, and was a captain of a river steamer who drowned saving someone’s life. 5 pages, List 4.
McFARLANE, David, Almonte, Ontario Canada, wrote in 1895 on behalf of William HOURIGAN and his sister Marie Hourigan, regarding their father Michael’s brother Jeremiah Hourigan, from Co. Tipperary Ireland. He died c16 years ago, and they have been told of an advertisement in a Canadian newspaper looking for next of kin. Police find her died in 1873, leaving only a small estate. 5 pages, List 30.
McGARR, Mrs. Samuel, South Bethlehem, PA, USA, wrote in 1894 re her father Thomas HOLMES, a baker aged about 50 years, who has not been heard from since 1868. 5 pages, List 4A CONNECTION FOUND
McGEE, Herbert. Investigation in 1899 report of his death in London in October 1898. Parents in Warrnambool believe the report was faked. He went to Edinburgh to study medicine and was seen in Paris after alleged death. Mother Mrs. James McGee mentioned. 9 pages, List 36.
McGINN, Mrs. L., wrote from White Lion St., Norton Folgate, Bishopsgate England in 1897 re Kate GILL nee McGinn, her late husband’s sister, who went to Australia 40 years ago. Two letters. 5 pages, List 36.
McGLINCHY, James, of Stoke Newington London England, wrote in 1899 re his old friend Samueld Benzin HUSBANDS, who had been found dead in his hut in country Victoria. Among his possessions was a Crown Grant belonging to McGlinchy for land at Talbot. Discussion re method of selling same. 15 pages, List 17.
McGRATH, John, wrote from Goldsborough, West Coast, New Zealand in 1895. He had received a request for money for his son James, injured at Tatura in Victoria, which he had sent. Has since learnt that his son has died, so requests help in getting return of his money. Police ascertain that the son had not died. 8 pages, List 31.
MacGRATH, Robert, Ordnance Dept. Gibraltar, wrote in 1894 re his only brother John, who left Bath England for New Zealand then Australia many years ago. He has not heard from him for 30 years, and has now heard that John is looking for him. 4 pages, List 4A
McGREGOR, V.B. of Rochester New York USA, wrote in 1917 re his half-sister Mrs. SLACK nee Etty McGREGOR. They are children of Dr. John James McGREGOR of London England, who was born in Waterford Ireland. Writer is 59 years old, has never met Mrs. Slack. Police find son, mother is ill. 6 pages, List 6.
McGUANE, Mrs. E.W. of Holloway, London, England, wrote in 1918 re her husband George. He was formerly in the 2nd D.A.C. (military). She sought financial assistance. 5 pages.
McINTIRE, John of Chelsea Mass USA wrote in 1894 re William McINTIRE, ‘well known resident of Melbourne, who died there c3 years ago’; believes him to be an uncle. 1 page, List 4A
McINTOSH, Joseph, wrote from Edinburgh Scotland in 1900, had received a letter advising of the death of his brother James in Richmond. Asks details, which are provided; wife Annie Grant had divorced him etc. Letter from mother on file. 13 pages, List 39.
McINTYRE, Mrs. Hannah E. of Chicago, Ill., USA, wrote in 1894 re her brother Frank GILMOUR, a plasterer, who left there c16 years ago. 4 pages, List 4A. Mrs. Nora McIntyre of Chicago, Ill., USA, wrote in 1913 re her brother Frank GILMORE, a plasterer, who left there 37 years ago, and would now be c60 years. Not found. 3 pages, List 12.
MacKAY, Mrs. of Springwell, Blantyr, Lanarkshire Scotland wrote in 1914 re her brother Malcolm McPHERSON who had died in Melbourne. He was born at Hellinsburgh and was a ship’s cook. 5 pages.
MacKAY, Mrs. A., nee Helen TAYLOR, wrote from Dennistoun Glasgow Scotland in 1914 re her cousin John CUMMING, one time partner in a woolbrokers in Melbourne. Four brothers settled in Melbourne many years ago – Donald, Robert, Davidson and John CUMMING. They have not been heard of for many years. 6 pages, many other duplicate pages.
McKAY, Angus Willliam, Upper Riccarton, Christchurch New Zealand, wrote in 1911 re employment in police force, he was single, 28 years etc. 2 pages, List 11.
McKAY, Donald, sought by brother Private R. McKAY, 2nd Battalion, Cameron Highlanders, Pretoria, South Africa, in 1905. Donald left Scotland c16 years ago and was at some state in the Victorian railways. 6 pages, List 5.
McKAY, William. Wife writes from Dunedin New Zealand in 1896. She has seen a report of a man killed in Carlton and asks if it is her husband. He was born in Sutherlandshire Scotland andleft her over 20 years ago and went off with Jessie LAURNSON (?). Police respond that the person killed was 24 years old and thus not her husband. 6 pages, List 31.
McKILLOP, Samuel, of Chicago, USA, wrote in 1901 re John SHERIDAN, his mother Maria’s brother. He left Glasgow c40 yrs ago. Not found. 8 pages, List 18.
McKIRDY, Daniel, wrote from Otakeho, Taranaki, New Zealand in 1895, enquiring about a Home for Inebriates for his wife, current in gaol because of her drunkenness. She is 27 years, educated and well connected. 3 pages, List 28.
McKNIGHT, Miss Mary of New York City USA, wrote in 1906 re her uncle George McKnight, who was a native of Dumfries (?not clear) Scotland, and arrived in Australia over 40 years ago. He had kept a hotel in Melbourne. Police interview people who knew him years ago, but fail to locate him. 18 Pages, List 9.
McLAREN, Archibald, tailor, Scotch, sought by wife C. of Toronto Canada, in 1915. He left for Melbourne nine months ago, supposed to have gone to friend David FRASER, another tailor, in Melbourne. She hasn’t received any money from him in over two years. Not found. 4 pages, List 8.
McLEOD, Alexander. Attempted suicide while boarding with Mrs. Ellen VANCE and her family at Richmond in 1914; a shearer, from New Zealand, 31 years. No charge laid. 8 pages, List 32.
McLEOD, Donald. Chicago Police write requesting he be located in 1899. He kept a hotel in Melbourne. Found; had a brother John in Chicago. 7 pages, List 24.
McLEOD, Mrs. John S., of South London, Ontario, Canada, wrote in 1894 re William PARK, who left there some years ago and was now believed to be in Melbourne. Not found. 5 pages, List 17.
MacLEOD, Roderick of Learfskerry [?] Thurso, Scotland wrote in 1892 regarding his son Edward, aged about 30 years. He had been in Drouin Victoria, but left. 4 pages.
McMAHON, Mary, now Mrs. John HUNT of New York City USA, wrote in 1896 re Thomas McMAHON who left Ireland c.1865. He had two brothers, Hugh and Michael, she is Michael’s daughter. 2 pages, incomplete file.
McMAHON, Michael of Caher Co. Clare Ireland wrote in 1892 re his eldest son Michael, known as Michael RUSSELL, who was killed in Victoria in 1890. 3 pages.
McMEIKAN, Joseph, sought by Mrs. J. McMeikan of Grenock, Scotland in 1905; he was a carpenter. Not found. 5 pages, List 18.
McMENEMY, Mrs. Maude of Portsmouth England, wrote in 1918 re her husband Henry James. She left Melbourne in 1914 and asks if their divorce is finalised yet. 3 pages, List 6.
McMILLAN, William B., of Oakland, California USA wrote in 1915 re his brother Matthew, who left Scotland in 1862, married Martha ROBERTS in Melbourne and had 6 children. He was writing on behalf of father William, who was 82 years old. 8 pages, List 8. CONNECTION FOUND
McMULLAN, Robert. Public Trustee New Zealand write in 1910; they are handling his estate – he died in 1900.. He has left a legacy to his sister Mrs. E. TAYLOR’s children. 3 pages.
McNAMARA, Catherine of Albany New York wrote in 1917 re her aunt Miss Mary MADIGAN; has not heard from her in 2 years. Not found. 16 pages, List 6.
McNAMARA, Patrick, sought by Margaret Nash ARMSTRONG of South Wigston near Leicestershire in 1899. He left Tipperary Ireland c45 years ago, and was believed to be publican in Melbourne. McNamaras in Melbourne checked, unsuccessful. 28 pages, List 37.
McNEILL, P.F. wrote in 1892 re Bridget Davoran, from Moycullen Co Galway Ireland, who left there 30-40 years ago; her father’s name was John. He is the son of her sister Maria. 4 pages.
MacPHERSON, A.J. of Wellington New Zealand, wrote in 1919 re the whereabouts of John MacPHERSON, a farmer, c60 yrs, last heard of at Murrayville; he had a brother at Swan Hill. Found. 5 pages, List 18.
MacPHERSON, Dr. James Simpson, C.M.G. of Canada reported his 13 year old daughter Mary Violet Thornley as missing in 1919. She had been raised by her aunt Mrs. Edith BOYD of Koroit Victoria, who refused to give the girl to her father until forced by a Court to do so. It was suspected that her uncle, Edmond Ashworth THORNLEY of Hawkesdale Victoria was implicated in Mary’s disappearance from the Albury railway station. Mary’s photograph on file. 4 pages.
MacPHERSON, Thomas, left wife and two children in Scotland and arrived Melbourne c1883. She has heard nothing since. In 1896 Miss C. HENDERSON wrote several letters on her behalf. He was c38 years old then. Not found, but seen recently. 23 pages, List 34.
McSWEENEY, Daniel, of Barring and McSweeney, Secret Service Agency, Scranton, PA, USA, wrote in 1896. He enclosed two copies of a circular letter containing two photos, regarding William A. AMBROSE, wanted for embezzlement, an American lawyer, 40 years, who they had heard was in Melbourne. A listing of their references is on the file. Not found. 10 pages, List 33.
McWHIRTER, George, wrote from Petone, Wellington New Zealand in 1905 re Thomas J. PICKFORD. He is planning to marry a woman who had a child by Pickford, and went by the name of Mrs. Pickford. Asks details of Pickford’s death. 8 pages, List 27.
McWILLIAM, N.J. Lieut., Royal Engineers, Dunstable, Bedfordshire England, wrote in 1916 , applying for entry to Victoria Police. He was related to the late Sir Chas. Cayzer, Bart., was a graduate of Dublin University, had been on the Western Front. 2 pages, List 6.
MADDEN, Mrs., wrote from Chicago USA in 1899 re her brother William DOVE, supposed to be in police force in Melbourne c35 years ago. Letter only, no file. 2 pages, List 34.
MADELEY, Henry, a Constable of Birmingham England wrote in 1896 re his aunts Priscilla and Eliza Madeley, who left there 38 years ago, c.1858. 11 pages.
MAGUIRE, Jeremiah, Irishtown Police Station Dublin, wrote in 1895, asking to join police force. He is the champion step dancer of Dublin. 2 pages, List 31.
MAHER, Martin, sought by nephew Dan MAHAR, Minnisota, USA in 1911. Maher was born in Parish Temple Derry, Co. Tipperary. Police interview two Maher’s but neither from that parish. Included in file is a magazine clipping of a photograph of the Tipperary First All Ireland Hurling Champions, 1887, which includes several Maher players – two of the initial D, two of the initial M and one T. Maher. List 12.
MAHONEY, Hanora, daughter of John and Mary nee MAHER, born 1837 Galbally, Co Limerick Ireland, arrived Australia 1854, married Hugh COLL. Mrs. John DESMOND wrote two letters from St. Louis, Missouri in 1901, on behalf of her aged mother. Not found. 9 pages, List 40.
MAHONEY, Mrs. Lucy, of Kingsland, Auckland New Zealand, wrote in 1913 re her brother John Benjamin WRIGHT, born Kingsland, London England, aged 66 years, who left there c1865. She has recently joined her daughter and husband in New Zealand. John was married to Sarah Matilda EVANS in Sydney and last heard of in Collingwood in 1891. Police find his widow. 7 pages, List 12. CONNECTION FOUND
MAILER, James Melrose. Head Constable, Liverpool England, wrote in 1906 re this man who had applied to join the police there. Local police are asked to interview his referees and confirm references, which they do. 3 pages, List 11.
MAILLIN, Dr, in French Navy, arrived Melbourne 1895 and lost some property which he asked police to find and forward to Noumea. 6 pages, List 30.
MALIN, James of Philadelphia Pennsylvania USA wrote in 1914 re his relatives. His aunt Catherine MALIN, a native of Kings Co. Ballingar Ireland, left there about sixty years before and settled in Bendigo. She married Mr. SIMPSON and they had four children. 7 pages.
MALLON, Mary Ann, wrote from Whittington near Chesterfield, Derbyshire, England, in 1895 re her brother Michael DOREN of Eganstown, who has not answered her letters. Found, wants nothing to do with sister. 4 pages, List 30.
MALTON, Hillas, of Bradford Yorkshire England, wrote in 1916 re his sister Blanche, aged 21 years, who was living in Brunswick. His letters have been returned. Police locate her, she is to be married to a Mr. BENSON shortly. 5 pages, List 6.
MANSFIELD, Thomas, sought in 1899 by daughter Elizabeth TURNER, Vineland, New Jersey. Hasn’t heard since he left Wednesbury Staffordshire c1865. Not found. 11 pages, List 29.
MAPSON, Hart. Annie Beatrice THOMAS of Fitzroy claims he deserted his illegitimate child to her in 1913. He was English, c25 years, and she believed he was in New Zealand. Police locate him and he agrees to pay maintenance. 9 pages, List 12.
MARCH, Richard Bassett, of Cardiff Wales, wrote in 1910 re his uncle William BASSETT, a native of Plymouth Devon England. Relatives found. 7 pages, List 14.
MARELLI, Filippe, died at Piggoreet in 1863, and buried at Smythesdale under the name of MARINI. In 1900 Swiss Consul in Melbourne asked by authorities in Berne for his death certificate, and discovers the death was never registered. Very detailed report of the circumstances of his death; Pietro or Aquilini PERINONI was present. 16 pages, List 39.
MARIDOS, Arakilian, wrote from Jerusalem in 1899. His wife and two sons emigrated in 1896, and he hasn’t heard for some years. They were last in Rosedale and he writes there. Notified they’re in Melbourne, he asks police help in getting them to send him money for maintenance. 14 pages, List 36.
MARKS, Joe Leonard. Information sought by Commissioner, Durban Police District, South Africa in 1910. He has been convicted of theft there, believed to be an Australian Hebrew; photo and set of fingerprints supplied. Police confirm father is dead, mother is in Albert Park. 9 pages, List 27.
MARSH, Mary M., wrote from Calgary Alberta Canadia in 1915 re William Marsh. She is the widow of his nephew Thomas B. Marsh. William wrote from Brunswick River in 1888. Not found. 10 pages, List 8.
MARSHALL, Mary, of Crosshill, Glasgow Scotland, wrote in 1906 re her husband John, who left there seventeen years ago for Melbourne, to stay with his uncle James in Melbourne. She hasn’t heard from him in nine years, believes he is in W. Australia. He was 46 years old, formerly a ship’s steward and a freemason. Not found. 9 pages, List 13.
MARTIN, A.W., of Castlemaine Victoria. Writes to police that he has sent a bank draft to his brother Thomas RESEIGH in New Zealand, and heard nothing back. NZ police find him. 7 pages, 2 very faint – carbon copies. List 17. CONNECTION FOUND
MARTIN, C., Consul for Switzerland, Melbourne, wrote in 1894 re Henri PERRIN, a Swiss citizen about 35 years, from Payrne in the Canton de Vaud. Has heard he has died and asks death certificate, but found alive. 5 pages, List 4.
MARTIN, C., Swiss Consul Melbourne, wrote in 1895 seeking information of Conrad WINZELER of Scheffhausen, Switzerland; Paul and Albertina SAXER who arrived in 1857 and were recorded as SENAR; Honorins LEPKOWSKY, Polish, known to RAKOWSKY, came after the 1831 revolution; and Andrea JESCIO. None were found. 13 pages, List 30.
MARTIN, E.S., Kenkian Assoc., Yates County New York USA wrote in 1897 re his uncles and aunts: James and Margaret EMMERSON, George and Martha HUNTER, Margaret MARTIN. He is a student, a graduate of Kinda College, father William a farmer. 6 pages, List 4A
MARTIN, Joseph, Carne Hill Gover, near St. Austell Cornwall, wrote in 1911 re his uncle William Martin, who ‘built a large manshion and kept a large boat store’. He has seen a newspaper report that someone of that name died and left a large amount of money. Not found. 3 pages.
MARTYN, Emily, wrote in 1905 from Sidcup Kent England re her husband Charles Edward Martyn, falsely registered at birth as MARTIN, an illegitimate child of an old man. Rambling letter, but seems that Charles had run off with Harriet MILNER; photo of Charles and Harriet on file. 4 pages. File incomplete, no response from police found. Additional file of 1917 has postage stamp size photo of Charles Martyn, gives physical description, states falsely registered at birth as Edward MARTIN at Charing Cross, known from birth to 1893 as Martyn, married her in 1886, has been several times to America etc. etc. Not found. 11 pages, List 6. See Introduction re cost of copying photographs.
MARZO, Pietro. Italian Consul in Melbourne writes in 1920 re this man, who was naturalised as Peter MARCH. 6 pages, List 9.
MATHEWS, James, wrote from Pahiatua, North Island New Zealand in 1898 asking is the man murdered at Eaglehawk is his brother Timothy of Kings Co, 61 years. Police report his brother is still alive at Back Creek. 8 pages, List 27.
MATTHEWS, D., Inspector, Alton Division, Hants Constabulary, England, wrote on behalf of friends of Mrs. SPAIN, in 1893. She was living at Bairnsdale and in great distress. 4 pages, List 3.
MATTHEWS, Edward, of Dipton near Invercargill New Zealand, wrote in 1898. He had seen a newspaper report of a murder, and wondered if the victim was his brother William, who was a native of Gloucester England. Police confirm it was not. 6 pages, List 14.
MAYERS, Conrad W. Information sought by C. BROWN, Inspector General, Punjab Police in 1901; he was his wife’s brother. Found. 5 pages, List 40.
MAXSEY, F. of Dromyrourke, Muckross, Killarney Ireland, wrote in 1914, asking the Chief Commissioner to place the ‘enclosed bills in the principal police stations’. The handbills are for a ‘Painless Cure for Hard Corns’ and are still on the file. He was formerly in the army, stationed at Gibraltar, Malta. 2 pages, and 5 copies of the bills. List 13.
MAXWELL, Mrs. Jane Hird, wrote from Salt Lake City USA in 1908 re her brother Joseph HIRD, a cabinetmaker, who emigrated to Melbourne in the 1860s; she is his only sister. 5 pages.
MAY, Percy, left wife and 3 children in Walthamstow England c1893, and went to Aust. Her letters to him c/- G.P.O. have been returned. Her brother in Melbourne, Constable Max FELSENTHAL, ask police to find him, believed to be in Sydney. He is c36 years, a tailor’s cutter. Found. 4 pages, List 27.
MAYER, Mrs. Margaret, wrote from Kansas USA in 1895 re her son (unnamed). She is the widow of a Methodist minister, killed in an accident, they were from Scotland. Son J.H. Mayer found. 4 pages, List 28.
MAYHEW, W. of Marion Park, East London, England wrote in 1903 re Maria, wife of schoolmaster named HOLMES, who had a sister Matilda at Avoca Victoria. She is entitled to a share in an estate. Relatives traced were Caroline Grace KERNOT and William John HOLME, solicitor. 7 pages.
MECKBACH, Barbara, wrote from Wellington New Zealand in 1899 re William KLEIN, a German Jew, who has proposed to her. His real name is Bernard FEINSTEIN. She has heard that he is married and has 3 children, but he says that he only lived with the woman. Barbara’s father was a policeman in Germany, so she asks police to find out the truth. They interview his wife. List 36.
MEEK, Mrs. J., of St. Louis, Mo, USA, wrote in 1905 re Mathew and Dennis HAYES, who formerly ran the Clare Castle Inn, and were her uncles. Police check here and in Sydney, but not found. 7 pages, List 12.
MEINUNG, Ettie, of Wellington New Zealand, wrote in 1918 re her husband Ernest Henry. She left to visit her invalid mother, and he promised to send money but has not. Police locate him, using name Harry MANNING. 4 pages, List 6.
MELVILLE, Thomas. Wrote from Glasgow Scotland in 1898, on behlaf of Mrs. McDONALD, sister of Mrs. Catherine HOLDSWORTH of Burnley, Melbourne. Catherine had promised to send money to her sister, but none has arrived. An un-named brother was given a large amount of money; she is worried that her sister has died and the brother claimed her estate. Police find she is still alive. 7 pages, List 26.
MENZEROLE, Willem, sailor, arrived 1895, left wife and two children in Amsterdam. Netherlands Consul in Melbourne enquires, 1898. 7 pages, List 25.
MERZBACH, George Sigismond Charles Stanislaus, sought by acting Belgian Consul in Melbourne, F. VANDERKELEN, in 1896. He was born in Brussels in 1876, left there in 1895 with Miss Lucie ROTTENBURG and now believed to be in Australia. His description given. Consul also sought Thomas Michael YOUENS, but not clear whether this is involved with the above case or not. Neither man found. 10 pages, List 31.
MESSNER, Eugene, of Fechenheim, Offenbacherlandstr, Germany, wrote twice in 1920 re his uncle Fritz, who emigrated c1852. They corresponded until the war. Reports the death of his father and asks details of Fritz. Detailed reply sent. 12 pages, List 18.
MEYER, Franz Heinrich Christian, born Hamburg 1825, son of Franz and Margaret MALLHIESSEN, believed to have died in Melbourne c30 years ago. He married Louise BOHN. Information sought by German Consulate, Melbourne in 1909. 2 pages, List 41.
MEYER, Mrs. G.T. wrote in 1916 from Wellington New Zealand re G.N. (Harry) YOUNG, who fathered an illegitimate child and kept her for 5 years, but has not maintained her for the past 2 years. Believed to be in Melbourne; not found, but police report a Harry Young enlisted in the A.I.F. and give physical description. 8 pages, List 6.
MEYER, P.J., solicitor, Goulburn, wrote in 1910 on behalf of Mrs. Septimus STYLES. She was married to him in 1905, and they have two children. The marriage was kept secret from his father who did not approve, so Septimus would inherit his estate. Father has died, and Septimus has now married Ada May BURGESS and gone to Canada with her. Meyer wants police to pay for his extradition to face bigamy charges. 4 pages, List 13.
MICHELMORES, solicitors, Exeter England, wrote in 1920 re relatives of Mrs. Ann ROWLANDS, sister of Mrs. Elizabeth MERRY. Found. 3 pages, List 13.
MIDDLETON, John. T. Squires, acting superintendent of Stockport Union, Stockport England, wrote in 1914 re this man, who had left there in January 1913, leaving a wife and three children behind. He had not sent them any money for a year, had been boarding with a Mrs. Archer in Richmond. He was 32 years old, a chocolate moulder. Police interview Mrs. Archer who states he borrowed money from her and has not been seen since. Not found. 13 pages, List 11.
MIGINNIS, John, sought by nephew Hugh FEGAN, Rostrevor, Co Down Ireland in 1899. He had been in Melbourne c45 years, born parish of Hilltown, townland of Leitrim, Co Down, labourer. Not found. 8 pages, List 344 MILES, Hugh, Dunedin New Zealand, wrote in 1914 re the Chicago Electrical Appliance Co., who had a branch office in Melbourne, and their ‘Magic Mirrors’. He had bought one on trial, returned it and not got a refund. Other complaints have been received about this company. Police find the manager A. GREENBURGH has gone to London. His former partner Frank GAYLOR denies any connection with the company now. L.L. ROBINSON also denies any connection, even though he occupies the same premises. 11 pages, List 10.
MILL, Hammer, Blackhill, Durham UK, wrote in 1897 re a position in police force; 25 years a gamekeeper. 2 pages, List 25.
MILLAR, James, solicitor, Duns, N.B., wrote in 1900 re William HASTIE who owes maintenance on his illegitimate child there; brother of Adam. 5 pages, List 18.
MILLARD, Mrs. A. of Millard, Taunton, Somerset England, wrote in 1918 re her daughter Ada, whom she had not heard from for a year. Her sister, Mrs. SAMSON lived in Albert Park. Found. Photo and 9 pages, List 16. (See comment in introduction re the cost of photo reproduction.) CONNECTION FOUND
MILLER, A., wrote from Dunoon Scotland in 1906 on behalf of the mother of Robert Miller, born Shursco, Caithness, went to Brisbane c1884. Father, a merchant died c1898. Not found. 8 pages, List 31.
MILLER, John T. alias MERTON. Embezzled several thousand dollars from First National Bank of Columbia PA USA and absconded. Reward poster and photograph sent to Victorian police; was seen in New South Wales. Several reports on his movements. 16 pages. (See comment about reproduction of photographs in introduction)
MILLER, P.G., of Carmichael & Miller, Edinburgh Scotland, wrote in 1900 re George M.S. GRANT, c38 years, a recent arrival in Melbourne. He was from Hamilton, and on a voyage for his health, had been addicted to drink. 5 pages, List 38.
MILLS, Mr. T.A. of Oakamoor, North Staffs, England, wrote in 1905, re his brother Arthur Lees Mills, a chemist, who went to Australia nearly 23 years ago. 3 pages.CONNECTION FOUND
MILLWARD, Mrs. Elizabeth of Fall River, Mass., USA wrote in 1901 re her sister Mrs. Mary Ann MOORHOUSE, widow of Thomas. 3 pages. MILNE, Alexander, wrote from Poplar, London England in 1899 re his son James, not heard from since 1889 when he was in Melbourne working for engineering company. Not found. 11 pages, List 37.
MITCHELL, Fred of Bombay India wrote in 1906 re his wife Louisa who has run away with a Mr. PAUL, real name LACHMINOVICE, a hotelkeeper in Karachi who deserted his wife. 4 pages.
MITCHELL, Harry. Information sought in 1899 by wife who wrote from Mile End, London, England. They were married in England in 1883; he left after 6-7 years and went to Australia. He subsequently returned to her, but then left again for Melbourne, and promised to send for her, but has never done so, and it is now over a year. He is c40 years old. Not found. 3 pages, List 36.
MITCHELL, Michael, Brooklyn, New York, wrote in 1898 re his brothers John and Edward, not heard of for 35 years, believed at Ballarat; from Ballinasloe Co Roscommon Ireland. 9 pages, List 25.
MITCHELL, Simon. Sought by sister Emma TRUSCOTT of Truro Cornwall in 1900; he left for Australia 35 years ago. 7 pages, List 16
MOGRIDGE, C.H. Wrote from Kent England in 1907 re his cousin Ruth HURLEY. Someone has told a relative they are entitled to money left by her. Claims that c1850 a Nathan GREEN was transported to Botany Bay and she followed him and became wealthy; no trace found but he intends to pursue. 9 pages, List 23.
MOHR, Claus. German Consul in Melbourne writes in 1911 seeking descendants of this man, who died in Melbourne in 1895. 6 pages, List 15.
MOHRLE, W., wrote from Suva Fiji in 1893, re his children. One, Matilda, is in Melbourne in care, 3 in care in Sydney. His wife is a drunkard and he has not been able to pay maintenance until now. 6 pages, List 3.
MOMBERG, Louis, of Apolda, Germany, wrote in 1901 re Emil PITSCHEL, a baker, 34yrs. Found. 2 pages, List 18.
MONAGHAN, Thomas, sought by brother John, Roxbury, Boston USA in 1895; arrived c1892, formerly in R.I.C., from Co. Galway, 27 years, joined police force. 2 pages, List 29.
MONIGATTI, Antonio. Swiss Consul Melbourne wrote in 1919 re him; he had emigrated in 1883, but no news had been heard from him since 1900. Found by police. 6 pages, List 10.
MOONEY, Archie. Transvaal Town Police South Africa wrote in 1905 asking if Mooney, presently in prison there, had a record in Australia; was an Australian, aged 35 years. 7 pages.
MOONEY, Bridget, sought by Captain of Detectives, Dallas USA, in 1918, on behalf of ‘old Lady in this City that is a relative to the party in question…’ Bridget was born at Cloughan, King’s County Ireland c1841, and arrived in Australia c1861, married a Frenchman. Police find she married Philip LE LIEVRE and trace family. 9 pages, List 6.
MOORE, Frederick T. Wanted for embezzlement in Boston USA in 1906; reward notice poster on file. William Gibson Moore, born London Canada, and c40 years of age, is suspected of being the same person, but is subsequently proved not to be. He is a mason and was managing Scottish Entertainers Donaldson & Spence, but now selling photographs. Flyer from Donaldson & Spence also on file. 24 pages, List 11.
MOORE, John Grant. New Scotland Yard wrote in 1906, enclosing two photos, one full face and one profile, of this man, and asking if he was known to police in Australia. Responses from N.S.W. and Tasmania police on file; he is a convicted confidence man, nickname ‘Sparrow Jack’ and known also as John McDONALD or GILBERT, also as Arthur MOORE. 8 pages, List 11. See introduction for information on ordering photographs.
MOORHOUSE, Thomas, of Providence, Rhode Island USA, wrote in 1914 re his widowed aunt Mrs. Mary Ann Moorhouse, who died in September 1913. Her husband was his uncle and namesake, and he believes he was entitled to a share of her estate. 7 pages, List 7.
MORGAN, Ernest P. of Portland Oregon USA wrote in 1907 re ‘old chum’ George SWAFFIELD who migrated from London England to Australia recently. 4 pages.
MORGAN, Stephen V., of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA wrote in 1902 re his sister Mary MORGAN who left Ireland in 1884, aged about 50 years now, a dressmaker. 7 pages.
MORIN, Frank, wrote from Kingston Jamaica in 1914 re George Willis GAYLARD, who left there 32 years ago, aged 17 years. He is writing on behalf of the family. Police locate Gaylard. 4 pages, List 7.
MORLEY, Bartel, of Helena, Montana, USA, wrote in 1894 re his brother Fred. Not found. 2 pages, List 17. MORRIS, Mrs., Cog Lane, Burnley, U.K. wrote in 1895 re newspaper report of murder of Edward ELLIS of Wales, his wife and four children at Sharks Bay. No truth in story. 5 pages, List 29.
MORRIS, Mrs. F. of Temuka [?] New Zealand, wrote in 1905 re her brother George SWEET. She had read in a newspaper that someone of that name had been killed. He was 41 years old and her only brother. Police report it was not him. 6 pages, List 15.
MORRIS, J. Jones, solicitor, Blaenau Festiniog Wales, wrote in 1894 re Sir Edward POORE who died recently in Australia. He owned a slate quarry in Portmadoc North Wales, and left his wife and family there, and ran off with a servant, Elizabeth DAVIES to Australia some years ago. Her sister Mrs. Ann JONES seeks to make contact with her. 5 pages, List 4A. CONNECTION FOUND
MORRIS, William, left England c1854, native of Mountsorrel near Loughbrough, Leicestershire. He was a brother in law of John DIXON, ‘the great fisherman’. Information sought by sister Maria WESSON of Leicestershire in 1899. Found in country Victoria. 5 pages, List 37.
MORRISON, F.W. of Belfast Ireland, wrote in 1900 re his brother James MORRISON, a native of Belfast, who died in Melbourne. 3 pages.
MORRISSY, Daniel, baker, left Newcastle West Limerick for Australia in 1888. Solicitor for his brother Dennis wrote in 1900 advising that sister Mary CAREY has left him a legacy. 8 pages, List 38.
MORTON, Mrs. Regina of Coronado S.D. Co., California USA, wrote in 1915 re finding relatives of Jane BAILEY (married name not known) and George JAMES her cousin, who went to Australia c70 years ago. She is looking for descendants of her grandparents Baileys; were from Cambridge, her uncle was the great surgeon-artist-linguist of Cambridge and St. Bartholomew’s hospital, there were 18 children in his family. Police reply too many of that name to research. 3 pages, List 8.
MOSHER, Mrs. E. of Lawrence, Mass., USA, wrote in 1914 re her father Jeremiah WILSON, whom she has heard has died. Her mother, who is 75 years old, is living with her. Asks if he had any property. Police report he was an old age pensioner, living in Williamstown, and his wife is still living there. He left no property. 5 pages, List 11.
MOSLEY, C., of Auckland New Zealand, wrote in 1901 re a Mosley who left there c1888 for Melbourne, had six children and lived in St. Kilda. Not found. 8 pages, List 18.
MOSS, David. Police in Glastonbury, Somerset UK enquire about his Victorian background in 1894, 45 years, Jewish. 5 pages, List 22.
MOSS, Frederick. A banker, he embezzled funds in India. Police file reports his arrival in Melbourne, and apprehension in Adelaide in 1893. 11 pages, List 3.
MOSS, Timothy, sought by brother George of Valdey Alaska USA. Found, had last heard of his brother in Klondyke. 5 pages, List 8.
MOTORCYCLE RELIABILITY TESTS. File covering the Adelaide to Melbourne and Sydney to Melbourne competition between December 1913 and January 1914. Official programme, lists of riders and bikes, discussion of arrangements etc. 33 pages, List 32.
MOULTON, Alfred R., formerly conductor for Williamson and Musgrove in Melbourne, persuaded his wife Mary to take their two children Dorothy and Winifred to England, stating he would join them there, but did not. She has had to put one in a convent and the other in a Home, and has to go to hospital for her health in 1901. Asks police help to find him. Detailed report on his movements, but not found. 8 pages, List 40.
MOUNTAIN, Michael, Oxford Warren County, New Jersey USA wrote in 1892 re his uncle James Mountain, a carpenter from Ardmore Co. Waterford Ireland, with a wife and two children; he will hear something to his advantage. Police find he committed suicide. 8 pages.
MULCAIR, T.J., of Mungret College, Limerick Ireland, wrote in 1914 re John HAYES, who left Ireland c20 years ago for Sydney or Melbourne. Father was a doctor, mother alive in Dublin and anxious to hear from him. He was formerly employed in a bank there. Police check every John Hayes in Melbourne, but he is not found. 11 pages, List 8.
MULLALLY, John, of Milltown, Ballrnecargy, Westmeath Ireland, wrote in 1910 re his brother Patrick who left for Melbourne 25 years ago. Found. 5 pages, List 14.
MULLANE, Patrick, sought by sister Mrs. Mary COSTELLO of Moorhead, Minnesota USA in 1897; is in police force. Found at Mansfield. 3 pages, List 35.
MULLANE, Patrick, left Ireland c30 years ago and joined Victoria police. Nephew John Mullane wrote from Lisready, Loughill, Co Limerick Ireland in 1899. Found at Mansfield. List 36.
MULLINS, W.H., wrote from Troy, New York USA in 1906, re Bartholomew and William FITZPATRICK, brothers of Maria, who wishes to hear of them, she is the only one left there, Anthony, Michael and John having died. Descendants found. 7 pages, List 29.
MUNRO, D. of Exmouth Devonshire wrote in 1901 from S.S. ‘Lynton’ at Newport. He is a master mariner whose wife has run off with – COOMBS, taking their four year old child with her. Coombs has left his wife and two children destitute. They arrived in Melbourne in September 1901, and will probably use his wife’s maiden name of JOHNSON. Coombs was a grocer and is working at his trade. 2 pages. List 5.
MUNSLOW, Alfred, of Wellington New Zealand, wrote in 1917 re his brother Arthur David Munslow, who was last heard of in Melbourne three years ago; people in England are anxious about him. 6 pages, List 6.
MURPHY, James, Quigney, East London, South Africa, wrote in 1909 asking police to trace his relatives, George BREW, railway ganger, Lorrie LINDREA, Daniel MURPHY. Found. 6 pages, List 53.
MURPHY, Miss Kathleen of Worthing, Sussex England, wrote in 1920 re James, Joe and Daniel MURPHY, her uncles, who came from ‘Green Lane Co Waterford Clonmel Co Tipperary Ireland’. She was the eldest daughter of their brother William. 5 pages.
MURPHY, Mrs. Mary of St. Kilda in Melbourne wrote in 1915 re her son Joseph MURPHY, who left for the USA nine years previously. She believes he is the person who was known in California as John Howard WILSON, and who died there in 1911, and asks police to check. File contains Californian death certificate, small photo of Joseph and details of his life there. His identity is confirmed. 16 pages, List 7.
MURRAY, Joseph Richard, of Calcutta Police, wrote in 1907 re joining Victoria police. He was 29 years, had been in the army. 3 pages, List 14.
MURRAY, Peter, wrote from Waipati, Otago New Zealand in 1910 re Thomas Charles FISHER, who used to live near Great Western, Victoria. Fisher was engaged to a local girl, but rumour said he was already married in Victoria. 3 pages, List 5.
MURTAUGH, Christopher. Emigrated from Co Longford Ireland c1849 to Australia. Information sought in 1899 by James MULLOOLY, JP, East Pittsburg, PA, on behalf of unnamed friends who had heard he had died 3 years ago. Insufficient information provided. 7 pages, List 36.
MUSSON, Mrs. Caroline, Peterborough, England, wrote in 1912 re John RANDS, who left Polebrook Northamptonshire 50 years ago, last heard from in 1863. She is a daughter of his brother David. Has heard he has died. 7 pages, List 32.
MUSTARD, Alexander, sought by Miss Margaret Mustard of Unthank, Urquhart, Elgin, Scotland in 1914. He was a ship’s carpenter, last heard from seven months ago. 4 pages, List 13.
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N NAIRIERE, E., Telegraph Commissioner, Angiers, France, wrote in 1893. He is the son of a police commissioner, and is compiling ‘descriptive summaries of police systems of different countries’. Letter written in French. 2 pages, List 3.
NASH, John, of Bishops Waltham, Hants, England, wrote in 1899 re William Edward WYATT, his wife’s brother. Wyatt (born in Portsmouth) left London in 1874 and was last heard of in Brisbane Queensland in 1885, but now believed to be in Melbourne. Found after extensive search. 20 pages, List 3.
NEALE, Mildred, wrote from Toronto Canada in 1912 re Mrs. Walter C. KILDAHL, nee Anastasia BREEN; her brother Jack Breen has died. Asks police to find her. They establish that the couple are at Cape Leuwin in Western Australia, under the name of LONG. 8 pages, List 34.
NECHAMIN, Isaac. Information sought by Russian Consul N. De PASEK in 1901; found. 5 pages, List 40. NEEDHAM, Frank Henry wrote from the Observatory, Cape Town South Africa re his cousin W.H. BREDIN, son of Catherine. 3 pages.
NETHERSOLE, George Bradfield. Sought by solicitor Monsieur Napoleon ARGLES of Paris France, in 1916. Was entitled to some property. Police find that he had died, but son was still alive. 5 pages. List 6.
NEW, Frederick Acworth, last heard of in Melbourne in 1899, c50 years. Information sought by wife in Falmouth Cornwall in 1900. 14 pages, List 39.
NEWBERT, Thomas, formerly of Fenton in Lincolnshire England, last heard of in 1861 at Ballarat, sought by A.M. Newbert of Hull, England, in 1901. Thomas would be 80 years old. Not found. 3 pages, List 17.
NEWBOLD, Ellen wrote from South Africa in 1903. A former army nursing sister, she had met Sidney Ewan HALL of 5th Vic. Mounted Rifles in Pretoria 1901 and married him in 1902. Now believes he was already married and he and his first wife were formerly of WILLIAMSON MUSGROVE OPERATIC CO. He had brothers George and Marshall. 7 pages.
NEWMAN, E. Whitechapel, London UK, shipping agent, wrote in 1895 re his sister Elizabeth JONES of Yarraville, who was being ill-treated by her husband. Detailed report of interviews with her shows she is delusional and has been in an Asylum. 13 pages, List 30.
NEW SCOTLAND YARD wrote in 1898 re 3 criminals convicted there ‘confidence tricksters’, asking for their Australian identities, and enclosing photographs of them side and full face. Charles McMay LAWRENCE was Frederick SUMMERS alias William/Charles McANALLY/McNALLY alias O’CONNELL. George PEARCE believed to be George STEVENS, James OSBORNE was South Australian criminal John OSBORNE alias O’CONNOR. 25 pages, List 26. Note comment re cost of coping photographs.
NIAS, Arthur E., Camperdown. Birmingham police write on behalf of his brother in 1896. He inherited money from an aunt, and there is concern he is being fleeced by a woman. He married Elizabeth LILLAS and she is controlling the money; he is found and is drinking heavily. 4 pages, List 33.
NICHOLLS, Gladys, Windsor Ontario Canada, wrote in 1917 re William NICHOLLS. Police reply that details are too meagre to trace – she only gave his name. 3 pages, List 6.
NICHOLLS, William, bootmaker, c65 years, left Christchurch New Zealand c1883, had a shop in Melbourne, then Ballarat. In 1896 solicitors Caygiel & Widdowson wrote stating that while he and his wife had a legal separation, contact was needed for legal reasons. Not found. 8 pages, List 34.
NICOLSON, William Isaac. Left Melrose Scotland many years ago, now aged about 60 years, was in Adelaide South Australia for some time. Solicitor writes on behalf of his un-named brother; has heard he has drowned. 5 pages.
NICOURT, Benjamin Victor. Letter written in French, sought by someone. 1862. 2 pages, List 5. NIELSEN, Ellen Matilda, wrote in 1914 from Devonport New Zealand, asking police to find her late husband Peter’s naturalisation papers so she had claim a pension. He died 6 months previously. Police forward file to New Zealand police, asking for more details, and the file is returned with the comment that Ellen has learnt from the Public Trustee in Auckland that he was a married man, with a wife and 4 children in Chilwell near Geelong. As her children are now illegitimate, she is not entitled to a widow’s pension, and wishes the investigation dropped. 5 pages, List 8.
NIMMO, George Alderson. Police receive a request to find him; a cabman, has been left a fortune in England. Found in Callan Asylum Sydney, but information appears to be incorrect, he is a brewer, was born in Castle Eden, Co Durham England.. His son John writes from Sydney, and other relatives write stating that he is receiving funding ‘from home’ . 28 pages, List 33.
NIXON, Joseph, Glendale, Ontario Canada, wrote in 18993 re two Mr. MALCOLMS, bachelors, who had died in Australia; there had been newspaper advertisements for heirs. Reply states details provided too meagre. 5 pages, List 3.
NOLAN, John. Wrote from Ballybeg, Littleton, Thurles, Ireland in 1900, seeking entry in the police force. His father was a farmer, and he was just over 21 years. 2 pages, List 38.
NOLAN, William of Stanford near Hycter/Kycter [?] England wrote in 1892 re William McDONALD who took his discharge from the 64th Regiment in 1853 and sailed from Bombay to Melbourne. He was married, with 1-2 children, born in the North of Ireland, a cabinet maker. His wife was from Kilkenny Ireland. His wife’s family have asked Nolan to try and find them. Police searched unsuccessfully. 6 pages.
NOOT, Harriette, wrote from Victoria, B.C., Canada in 1904 re her brother John Francis Noot, who kept a draper’s store in Malvern but has gone. Found. 6 pages, List 34.
NORMAN, Turner, born Harpley Norfolk 1841, was in Christchurch New Zealand in 1868, then went to Melbourne and hasn’t been head from since. Mrs. H. NORMAN, of Beccles Suffolk UK wrote in 1895; she is executrix of a Will in which he is left a bequest. 10 pages and photo. (Note instructions re photo charges). List 32.
NORRIS, Albert, sought by his sister Mary Ann, c/- Thomas PRICE, Harewood House, Cardiff, in 1914. He was a native of Embrough, Somerset. Not found. 4 pages, List 8.
NORTHAM, Albert, sought by wife in Longlands Park, Sidcup England in 1895; left 7 years ago, hasn’t heard from him for 5 years. 8 pages, List 29.
NORTON, Mrs. Henrietta of Wynburg, Cape Colony, wrote in 1919 re her daughter Sarah, Mrs. WATERFALL, whose husband was an electrical engineer. Not found. 5 pages, List 15. NORTON, Michael, c72 years, wife Ann, son William, c47 years, sought by Mary Ann HAYES nee Norton, of Chicago, in 1897. They were natives of Staley Bridge, Lancashire England; she is their daughter. Not found. 9 pages, List 35.
NOWRY, James P. of Victoria B.C. Canada, wrote in 1900 re his uncle Daniel ROBILLIARD of Talbot, who has not answered his letters. James’s grandmother was Mrs. Margaret Robilliard of Jersey Channel Islands. Found. 9 pages, List 18.
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O O’BRIEN, Mr. J. of Glasgow Scotland, wrote in 1919 re his sister Mrs. Mary McLAUGHLIN, who left there 6-7 years ago for Melbourne. Found. 3 pages, List 17.
O’BRIEN, Michael, of Halifax Nova Scotia, wrote in 1892 re his brother Dennis, who died in Melbourne in 1876, and had come to Australia as warder in the convict service, and married Sophie COLEMAN in Melbourne. He was formerly from London. They had two daughters, Elizabeth and Ellen. Michael’s aunt died earlier in the year, and Dennis’s family entitled to a share of the estate. Daughters were found, one now Mrs. O. CARLSEN. Mother Sophie had remarried John WILLIAMS, but was now dead. 7 pages.
O’BRIEN, Timothy, San Francisco, California USA, wrote n 1893 re his aunt Mary O’BRIEN, who left Ireland ‘with a bevy of young girls who sailed from Dublin Bay in May 1849′ for Australia; she was then 18 years. The family have not heard from her since. 2 pages, List 4.
O’CONNELL, John, wrote from Invercargill New Zealand in 1897. Had seen a report of arrest of Daniel O’Connell or Connell for vagrancy; thinks it may be his father, Irish, 71 years, enlisted in 1844, served 20 years in 99th Regiment, illiterate. Police report name was O’Connor. NZ police report John going on trial for housebreaking. 21 pages, List 25.
O’CONNOR, D.J., Kildale, Liverpool England, wrote in 1904 re his brothers Patrick, c30 years ago a professor at a college in Melbourne, and John, who had been in the police force. Not found. 7 pages, List 42.
O’DEA, John, sought by nephew Patrick O’Dea of Peekshill New York USA in 1899. He was born in Doora Parish, Co Clare, Ireland, the Nihill brothers would know him. Police establish he died in 1895, widow found. 14 pages, List 37.
O’DONNELL, David, born Ballysheedy, Co Limerick Ireland c1839, left there in 1864 with neighbour Michael CLANCY, went to Australian goldfields. Nephew Cornelius CONSIDINE of Brooklyn U.S. wrote in 1894. Not found, 7 pages, List 22.
O’DONNELL, Morris, Patrick, Mary, Bridget and Catherine, left Shanagolden Co Limerick c1866. Brother John, New Jersey USA, anxious to know details; John O’LEARY, Captain of Police New Jersey, writes on his behalf. Found. 6 pages, List 29.
O’DOW, Lucy F. (Mrs.). Wrote in 1914 from Dedrick California USA re a diamond brooch she had left (ie pawned) with Mr. FRANKLIN in Melbourne some years previously. Her brother John A. OSBORNE had paid part of the amount owing, and she had paid the rest, but the brooch had not been returned. ‘She had bad luck in Melbourne, lost £600 in bad investments’ but hoped to return. Franklin confirms he has brooch, and wrote to the brother, seeking written permission from her to post it to him, but his letter was returned from the Dead Letter Office. 9 pages, List 8.
O’DWYER, Myles, of Brockton, Mass., USA, wrote in 1906, seeking address of his father James, who retired from the police force in 1904. Found. 4 pages, List 19.
O’KANE, William, solicitor, Garvagh, Co. Derry Ireland wrote in 1914 re the estate of late Patrick O’KANE of Gortmacrane Kierea, Co. Londonderry, who died in 1913, leaving a legacy to the children of his late daughter Ellen. She had gone to Australia many years previously and married a man named Spreadby. All her relations were in the USA and no-one had an address for her. Police establish the surname is SPREADBURY and find two daughters. Further letter results in additional police action. 13 pages, List 7.
O’KEEFE, John, sought by brother Edmond in 1900. He was a surveyor and farmer from Lombardstown, Ireland, left there c1858, hasn’t been heard from for 30 years. Writer is over 80 years. 10 pages, List 38.
OLIVERA, Mrs., of Honolulu wrote in 1919 re her son Louis, 18 years, who had been on a steamship and taken ill. 4 pages.
OLLIS, W., of Stockwell England, wrote in 1894 thanking police for finding his son. (Earlier letter missing from file). 1 Page List 4.
OLSEN, Mrs. John of Seattle Washington USA wrote in 1914 re the late Carl Gustaf Anderson BOYE who died in Maryborough hospital, seeking details of his estate. Police establish it is Maryborough Qld, and not Victoria that is meant, and send file there. They find that Boye’s estate was left to August Ludwig ANDERSSON and Pehr Eric ANDERSSON of Catharineholm Klastrop, Nykopings Land, Sweden. 9 pages, List 7.
OLSEN, J., of St. Paul, Minnesota USA, wrote in 1893 re his brother Charles. 1 page, List 3.
OLVERENSHAW, Thomas. Challinors and Shaw of Leek, Staffordshire wrote in 1897. His half sister Mrs. Elizabeth MARSDEN had left him a legacy; family known locally as RENSHAW. Son John found at Sandhurst. 7 pages, List 25.
OLVERENSHAW or RENSHAW, Thomas. Solicitors Challinors and Shaw of Leek, Staffordshire England, wrote in 1904 re the two sons of Thomas, whom they had not heard from since 1899. 2 pages, List 18.
O’MAHONY, John wrote from Kanturth, Co Cork Ireland in 1856, seeks confirmation that his brother William MAHONY has died in Victoria – left Ireland in 1852. Reply c/- Rev. Thomas. 2 pages. List 4.
O’NEIL, David, sought by niece Mrs. M. HAGGER of Queenstown, Co Cork Ireland in 1900. She is the only daughter of his only sister, Margaret NOONAN. He left there c40 years ago, last heard from 17 years ago, had been a ship’s pilot. Not found. 10 pages, List 39.
O’NEIL, Miss Lottie, teacher, New Brunswick, Canada, wrote in 1899 re Michael O’NEIL or NEIL, her uncle, c66 yrs. Her father Patrick Byrnes O’NEIL died in Williamstown c1868, and her family left. Father’s other brothers were William and Harry. Found. 7 pages, List 18.
O’NEILL, Mrs. Margaret F. of Alameda, California, wrote in 1899 re her cousin Patrick REDDY who died in South Australia. 1 page, List 24.
O’NEILL, William and Maurice write in 1892 re Maurice and Michael O’GRADY, who left Ireland 45-50 years ago, and were from Tralee, Co Kerry Ireland. 2 pages.
OPIE, Miss Isabella. Letter from assistant to Major COX, British Resident, Persian Gulf, 1905, thanking police for the detective’s report on Opie. Incomplete file, no personal details on her. 2 pages, List 18.
ORAM, George, of Hackney, London, wrote in 1901 re uncle William ORAM or ALLEN, who left London in 1882. Police interview two of that name, one of whom is apparently the right person, but has never heard of his nephew. 7 pages, List 5.
ORCHARD, M., wrote from Wellington New Zealand in 1901 asking police to get her money refunded from Miss McARLY of Caulfield who sold artists’ tools for Edinburgh Art Painting, and had not supplied them. 4 pages, List 39.
O’REILLY, Gerald. Chief of Police, Cape Town South Africa, writes in 1894. O’Reilly, aged 19, has left by ship for Australia without parents’ knowledge or approval; is probably heading for his aunt Mrs. M. Fitzgerald in Melbourne. Asks police to meet ship, which they do. 11 pages List 4A
O’ROURKE, L.W., Attorney, of Portland Oregon USA, wrote in 1920 re Edwin H. WILMA, known as ‘Bert’ Wilma, and in the advertising business. Wilma’s wife has died. 4 pages.
O’ROURKE, William J., of Brooklyn New York USA, wrote in 1893 re Thomas TOOHEY, who lost his wife through a fire and became an invalid through shock. For the last 20 years Mrs. DWYER, now deceased, has been trying to find him. O’Rourke is her cousin. Police locate Toohey, who has been writing to Nellie DWYER, her daughter. 8 pages, List 3.
ORR, Samuel. Sought by sister Martha Orr and her son John McGRADY of Old Cunmock, Ayrshire, Scotland, in 1905. Last heard of 13 years ago. Found. 9 pages, List 12.
ORTNER, Johanna nee EIDENHAMMER. Sought by Swedish Consul in Melbourne (acting for Austro- Hungarian interests in Melbourne) in 1919. Found by police. 6 pages, List 10.
OSBORNE, Elizabeth Ann, wrote from London England in 1900 re her husband Samuel Slack Osborne; she has heard he is dead and seeks details. Police reply that his brother Frederick arranged burial and he only left a small estate. Two letters from her, with almost intelligible handwriting. 6 pages, List 12.
O’SHEA, Michael. Wrote from Bunratty, Co Clare, Ireland in 1900, asking details to join Victoria police. He was a member of the R.I.C. 2 pages, List 37.
OSMAN, Harry, of Coff’s Harbour NSW. Detailed police file shows that his wife Edith Maud ran off with Edward CASS/COSTELLO/HOWARD, taking her daughter Lillian Louise with her. Edith died in childbirth in 1913. (Funeral card on file). Cass then came to Victoria and married Ena Frances Mary STEWART nee STEANE, a widow, in 1914, and the pair, with Lillian, then went to South Africa. Ena was not happy there and returned to Victoria, asking police to investigate his background, and take care of the child, who had returned with her. Police establish that Cass’s first wife in Queensland is looking for him, and that he also seduced Alice ASHTON or PARKER, who had a child to him. Police cannot find Osman to return his daughter to him, but a former workmate of his, Arthur Thomas RICHARDS, offers to take the child. Photo of Cass and Lillian on file. (What a story!) 20 pages, List 8. CONNECTION FOUND
O’TOOLE, John, burned to death at Walhalla in 1910. Father Patrick and brother Joseph in Lettermore Co. Galway Ireland write asking for details which are provided. John had gone to Australia many years before. 15 pages, List 15. CONNECTION FOUND
OUTWIN, C.W. of Balham London England, wrote in 1914 re his brother Edward who left Deal Kent many years ago. Police locate him. 6 pages, List 7.
OVERY, John Thomas, sought by brother A.H. of Dalston, N.E. England in 1914. He hasn’t heard from him for 20 years, was then in Melbourne. Found interstate, had deserted wife. 16 pages, List 31.
OWEN, Mrs. Ellen, Matron of Baptist Home, Brooklyn New York USA, wrote in 1894 re her son John W. BAYLY, who had been living in Melbourne since 1870, and whom she has not heard from since 1886. Bayly is her son by a previous marriage, she married Rev. J.J. Owen, Baptist Minister in 1869. 9 pages, List 4.
OWEN, Frank of Dishergarph P.O. via Sitarampur E.S.R. Bengal India wrote in 1914 re father in law Frederick Major DOWNES, living in Melbourne. Left wife and daughter destitute in England in 1904. Wife lived with her mother, but upon her death has nowhere to go and is destitute. Downes has failed to pay maintenance, and is a drunkard. Police interview him and report he claims to have been sober for 9 years but declines to answer any questions. Photo. 10 pages, List 7. See instructions re cost of photo. CONNECTION FOUND
OWEN, Richard, postmaster, Chester England, wrote in 1862 on behalf of mother and sister of John THOMAS, killed in mining accident in Bendigo in 1859. Father was a limeburner in Selantyrenr, Oswentry, Shropshire and is now dead. Enquires re property left. 8 pages, List 5.
OWEN, Samuel, wrote in 1892 re his only brother Robert, a native of Co. Wexford Ireland. 2 pages.
OWENS, Mrs., of Chicago, USA, wrote in 1893 re her only son George Wm. OWENS; has lost his address. She is travelling with a sick lady (as a companion??) 4 pages, List 3..
OWENS, James wrote from Argold Buildings, Blackwood, Wales, England in 1892 re John OWENS of Cardinganshire Wales, who came to Australia c12 years ago and stayed with his uncle Robert OWENS at Mordialloc. Robert is now deceased. 11 pages.
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P PACKER, G. Wife L. writes from New Zealand in 1904; he has not supported his family for some time. An artist, was working with a photographer at Sale. Police find him and report that he is with Alexander WARD who has behaved similarly. 7 pages, List 22.
PACKER, [PUCKER?] Mrs. Lucy of Franklin, Oneida, C.O., Idaho USA, wrote in 1894 re John BERRY, who lived in Adelaide 50 years ago. He is her father’s brother; her father was Edward Berry and he came from Stockport England. 3 pages, List 4.
PACKHAM, W., of Croydon, Surrey England wrote in 1920 re son Edward, not heard from for two years. 11 pages. PAGUE, Francis. (or PAQUE). Belgian Consul in Melbourne wrote in 1905, on behalf of Foreign Office, Brussels, seeking information about this man. He was on the goldfields in the 1860s and 1870s, later in Melbourne. Police interview old residents of Talbot, who give conflicting reports, one stating he died over twenty years ago, but the other saying he has no recollection of this. Not found. 10 pages, List 12.
PAINTER, Mrs. Ethel E. of Box House, Kemsing, Kent England, wrote a series of letters 1914-1916 re her husband Ernest Charles, who left her in 1911. Miss Agnes CASEY of Malvern (Vic.) was to marry him, but cancelled the wedding after her letter. She is going to divorce him. 34 pages, some repetitive, and photo, List 7. See instructions for details of photo costs.
PALETHORPE, H. Information sought by his wife Sara of Burton on Trent, Staffordshire England, in 1905. They separated in Australia c16 years ago, and she and their two daughters came to England, leaving the son George in Australia. The father was a picture dealer, last heard of in Richmond. Found interstate. 6 pages, List 15.
PALMER BROS, boot manufacturers, Bargoed, Glam., England write (on nice letterhead) in 1910 re uncle Robert Palmer deceased, a cattle dealer in Australia, seek details. No trace found. 5 pages, List 27.
PALMER, Mrs, wrote from San Francisco USA in 1906 re her aunt Mrs. Julia DUNSTAN, widow of G., carriage builder in London, who left there after his death. Sister in Stockton on Tees, Co. Durham. 12 pages, List 30. PALMER, Mrs. E., of Glencourt Stable, Brondesbury Park, Kilburn England, wrote in 1915 re relative Thomas A. PETTY, station master in Victoria, who has not answered her letters. Found. 6 pages, List 7. P
ALMER, George, sought by nephew Sidney Thomas MORGAN of Tonypandy, Rhondda Valley, South Wales in 1908. He left there c50 years ago. Morgan is the son of his sister Sarah who married Thomas Morgan. 8 pages, List 21.
PALMER, Mrs. M.A. of Napier New Zealand, wrote in 1911 re her son Joseph Charles Palmer and his friend James GRAHAM of Bendigo Victoria. The pair left New Zealand in June 1910 for Melbourne and she hasn’t heard anything since. Not found. 11 pages, List 13.
PALMER, Robert J. of South African Police, Spioenkop, Saltpan via Brandford Orange Free State, applied for entry to Victoria Police Force in 1914. 3 pages.
PALMER, Willliam Charles and sister Emily Elizabeth, were sought by their mother Mrs. E. Palmer of Los Angeles USA in 1915. Their father was killed in a train accident in New South Wales in 1891. The widow returned to Cheswick England, but is now in California. Not found. 11 pages, List 7. Earlier letter in 1901 also located, 12 pages, List 17.
PARE, Louis Xavier. French Consul in Melbourne wrote in 1894 seeking details of him; last heard of in 1886. 7 pages, List 17.
PARISH, John, sought by brother George, London, Ontario, Canada in 1900. John was from Suffolk England. Not found. 11 pages, List 37.
PARKER, Charles. Wife Katherine wrote in 1914 from Christchurch New Zealand. He deserted her and their three children 51/2 years ago, she is now filing for divorce and wants to know whether he is still alive. He was born at Bonny Doon near Mansfield, son of John, and had brothers John and Ted. 5 pages, List 8.
PARKER, J.T., late detective of Leeds, Yorkshire England, now a private agent. Wrote in 1901 on behalf of the mother of John DUXBURY. 6 pages, List 18.
PARKER, Joseph. Found in miserable condition in hut in Ballarat in 1898 and taken to hospital. Police find he is quite wealthy. Alfred Parker, Otara, near Fortrose New Zealand writes asking if it is long lost brother, born in Tunbridge Wells, aged about 64 years. No, a native of Yorkshire, c70 years. 7 pages, List 26.
PARKER, Mrs. M.E. of St. Leonards on Sea, England, wrote in 1892 re her husband Jack who left England in 1888. He was about 41 years of ago and had been a soldier. 3 pages.
PARKINSON, E. of Bedford Park, New York USA wrote in 1901 re William Parkinson, a wealthy man of Melbourne or Sydney. 3 pages, List 9.
PARNELL, Mrs. Edsin [?], mother of Brigadier General J.P. Parnell, sought by her niece Mrs. E.C. VAREY of Toronto Canada in 1919. Found. 4 pages, List 16.
PARRAVICINI, Domenico. Italian Consul in Melbourne wrote in 1906. The Italian government seeks his whereabouts. Others of that surname interviewed, but he is not found. 5 pages, List 11.
PARROTT, Mrs. L., wrote from Bristol England in 1892 re William DARE, her mother Priscilla’s brother. He left there in 1851 and hasn’t been heard of since. They have heard he has died, and they were advertised for as next of kin. 5 pages.
PARRY, – Mrs. Wrote from Oakdale near Blackwood South Wales in 1920 re her only brother Thomas Henry EVANS, 42 years, previously a ship’s cook. She has heard he is dead. Police confirm and give details. 6 pages, List 13.
PARRY, Mrs. E. of Litherland, Liverpool England, wrote in 1920 re her daughter Mrs. W.H. ROBINSON, who sailed from England to join her husband, an Australian soldier, in Melbourne, and had written that she was destitute. 4 pages, List 18.
PARRY, Edward Hailson wrote from Pittsfield, Mass., USA in 1894 re his brother William Robert Parry, who was in Melbourne in 1890; Edward has left London and gone there. Found. 4 pages, List 28.
PARRY, J.A., wrote from Birkenhead England in 1916 re his son in law Henry KIRBY, who deserted ship 3½ years ago, leaving his wife and two children. He enlisted in Broadmeadows Victoria as a single man. Records show he joined the AIF, sailed for the front and returned in 1915, suffering from debility. Found by police. 17 pages. List 6
PARRY, William Richard; wrote to the Governor of Victoria in 1903 re Owen PARRY, native of Llanerchymedd, Anglesey, North Wales, who had left there about fifty years ago for Bendigo, and was last heard from forty years ago. 9 pages.
PARSELLE, T.G. Boyd, born 1875 Kent, and late of the 4th Royal Irish Dragoon Guards, stationed in India, had recently arrived in Tasmania (1899), and applied to join the Victorian Police Force. 2 pages, List 11.
PARTINGTON, Mrs. Sarah of Farnworth near Bolton, Lancashire England, wrote in 1902 re her brother George ROYLE, 67 years, who left Manchester in 1865. 13 pages, List 15.
PARTRIDGE, Mrs. W.J., wrote from Longville House, Kilburn, London England in 1897 and asked police to find if her daughter Annie was still with her aunt Mrs. LEWIS of Rosedale, Lurg. She wanted Annie to go to her other sister Mrs. R. SHAW of Mt. Blackwood, where he other daughter Katie was. 4 pages, List 35.
PATERSON, William, writes from Glasgow in 1910 regarding Archibald WOOD, 21 years, plater or bridge builder. 5 pages, List 27.
PATROS, Panayotis, pilot, French Station, Constantinople, wrote in 1896 re his brother Antone, a Greek subject, living in Melbourne. Letter had to be translated. 5 pages, List 15. See also LATROS.
PATTERSON, Thomas, of Invercargill, New Zealand, wrote in 1901 re his brother James, who was born in Lurgan Co. Armagh Ireland, and had been in the British Army, serving in India and New Zealand. 9 pages.
PAUL, Mr. E. of Melbourne wrote in 1906. While on a visit to the USA he had met a Mr. CROAKE who asked him to find his brother John, least heard of 40 years ago. He was a native of Co. Kilkenny Ireland, born 1840, and left there in 1863. He served in Vic. Police force from 1865-1876. Police find that Croake has died, but identify descendants. 7 pages, List 9.
PAUL, George Ontario, left Toronto for Melbourne c1853, cabinet maker. Sought by James Paul of Toronto in 1896; had died in Bendigo. 11 pages, List 33.
PAVEY, Sidney of Toronto, Ontario, Canada wrote in 1911 re Mrs. William T. POOLE Jnr. of Sale Victoria, nee Florence Louise PENN of Pembury near Tunbridge Wells Kent England. He wrote on behalf of her mother, her sister Mrs. PHILPOTT and his wife who was another sister. The family were worried about her, and had not heard from her since 1910. 4 pages.
PAYNE, Mary Frazier, wrote from England in 1894, seeking her brother Charles Edward SULLIVAN, 29 years, single, last heard of at Corowa. 16 pages, List 17.
PEACE, Hugh, school teacher, wrote from Marykirk, Montrose Scotland in 1897 on behalf of his sister in law Mrs. COUSINS of Dumblane, who has received a strange letter from James WHYTE, a legal manager in Melbourne regarding her brother James BENNET, supposedly recently jailed and needing money. He has five adult children in London, 4 daughters and a son, who are better placed to help than she. Police report on Bennet, who is c57 years, Scottish, and somewhat eccentric. 8 pages, List 34.
PEACOCK, Mrs. Jane, Stockport England, wrote in 1910 re James HANDS or RAGION. Police listed and traced every person named HANDS in Melbourne directory, but could not trace James. 20 pages, List 5.
PEARCE, Mrs. Henrietta, of Toronto Canada, wrote in 1901 re a man named either Richard or Thomas MARSHALL who married a Miss Margaret VAUGHAN in Ireland c50 yrs ago and left for Australia. 2 pages, no effort made to trace. List 18.
PEARCE, Captain Richard William. Sought by Ottawa Trust & Dep. Co., of Ottawa Canada, in 1898; last heard from in 1871. Found. 5 pages, List 18.
PEARCE, Sarah, C/- Charles Smith, Oldham, Lancashire, wrote in 1896 re her brother Ricahard JENNINGS, from Lt. London near Brill, England, who left there c50 years ago. His parents were Philip and Sarah. 2 pages, List 33.
PEARCE, Thomas, of Exeter West, Devonshire England, wrote in 1918 re his sister Mrs. Emma COURT. Found. 6 pages, List 18.
PEARSON, William Henry, left Wood’s Hotel in Melbourne in 1899, leaving property behind. He was an engineer, c48 years old. In 1900 his brother in law Dr. James LITTLE of Maryport UK, asks police help to find what happened; believes he may have suicided. 17 pages, List 38.
PEAT, Mrs. George Nelmes, wrote from Dunedin New Zealand in 1895 seeking Richard and George NELMES, formerly of Tasmania; found. 6 pages, List 30.
PEHRSSON, W. of Stadsmaklare Sweden, wrote in 1901 to Robert A. THOMPSON & Co., periodicals importers, asking for help in finding his brother, who arrived here in 1854, was living at Bendigo and using the name John PETERSON. He had had a letter from Karl VAN DAMME who told him his brother was paralyzed. Letter was passed to police who confirm details. 7 pages, List 15.
PENDERGAST, Richard, sought by James COTTER, detective, Detroit Police Department in 1898. He left Mitchelstown Co. Cork Ireland c45 years ago, last heard of in Melbourne, would now be c70 years. Pendergast and Prendergast families contacted, but not found. 14 pages, List 24.
PENGELLY, W.H. of Landsborough, Cornwall England, wrote in 1902 on behalf of Mrs. Emma LEAN of Penstraze of the Crown Land of Blackwater, Cornwall, re her son William John LEAN, who left there in 1889 for Australia, and was once at Broken Hill. His father is death and mother is anxious to hear from him. 3 pages List 5.
PENROSE, Miss Margaret Jane, of Launceston Cornwall England, wrote in 1907 re her uncle William WILLS, a native of Liskeard, who went to Ballarat 20-40 years ago. He was her late mother’s brother. 6 pages, List 14.
PEOPLES, Charles J. of Philadelphia USA wrote in 1918 re his uncle William, who left Co. Londonderry Ireland c1860 and had a sheep farm in Australia. He promised his late father that he would try and trace him. Not found. 10 pages, List 6.
PEPPER, Richard and unnamed wife, once servants of George CRAWSHAY of London, emigrated to Melbourne c1854 with their son William aged 13 years. Crawshay has heard the parents have died and is willing to pay for William’s return to England, 1855. 9 pages. List 4.
PERCEVAL, Montague W. Cairns, (Dr.). Deserted wife Jane in Melbourne, 1900. He was in New Zealand, believed heading for Cape Town South Africa, with Mrs. Agnes PORTEOUS passing as his wife. Jane is heading for London via Cape Town and asks police for assistance. South Africa police report he has already arrived.
PERRY, John, formerly of Wigan, Lancashire, a miner, left there in 1852. His daughter Elizabeth JONES nee PERRY inquires for his whereabouts in 1892, but he was not found. 4 pages.
PESCIO, Andrea. Italian Consul in Melbourne wrote in 1905 seeking information on him. He was Italian, born 1843, said to have been in Bendigo in the 1860s. Not found. 5 pages, List 15.
PETRY, Ludwig, sought by German Consul in Melbourne in 1910, on behalf of his mother in Mahlsdorf near Berlin; last heard from at Walhalla in 1907. Not found. 5 pages, List 27.
PEYTON, Richard Charles, sought by John A. JOHNSTON of Belfast Ireland in 1897. Formerly in Royal Irish Constabulary, went to Australia and joined force here. Found. 4 pages, List 25.
PFOUNDES, C., writes from Kobe, Japan, in 1905 re members of his family. Brother J. Elam POUNDS found and handed letters, but when informed of this, he takes exception. He also objects to lack of respect shown in police response: as former commanding officer of H.M.C.S. Victoria he should be addressed as Captain. 11 pages, List 27.
PHALM, Mrs. T.W. of Halifax Nova Scotia wrote in 1917 re her brother Robert J. HILTON, who once lived at Black Flats near Oakleigh; his brother has died. Police find he also is dead. 3 pages, List 6.
PHELPS, R.V., solicitor, Dunolly. Chief Constable of Worcester England wrote in 1896, asking if he has moved as he hasn’t answered friends’ letters. Found; letter from Phelps on file. 7 pages, List 33.
PHILLIPS, Mrs. Aubrey, Berea, Johannesburg, South Africa, wrote in 1912 re her brother Austin HARRIS, last heard from in South Yarra 3 years ago; not found. 10 pages, List 32.
PHILLIPS, Daniel of London England, wrote in 1914 re his son Joseph who left there in July 1913 for Victoria as an assisted emigrant, and hasn’t been heard of since. He is 18 years old. Police fail to locate him. 10 pages, List 7
PHILLIPS, George Newell, wrote from Epsom, Auckland, New Zealand in 1895 re Frank FORD, relative of his wife’s, who had written asking them to pay his far there as he was unable to get work. Asks for confidential report on him. He and his late sister Rosina were formerly in Industrial School. 6 pages, List 31.
PHILLIPS, Mrs. Margaret. Sought by her brother Thomas SMITH in Mataura New Zealand in 1899. Her daughter who was born in Invercargill drowned in the Yarra river c1893. Not found. 16 pages, List 17.
PHILLIPS, William Noble. Chief Commissioner asks details in 1914; is in Sale gaol for failure to pay maintenance to wife; order taken out at Walhalla in 1912. Is part owner of a mine at Gaffney’s Creek and a suspect buyer of stolen gold. 9 pages, List 32.
PICKERING, J.E., wrote from Penruddock, Penrith, Cumberland England, in 1910 re his brother George H., who left England in 1907 and was a ship’s engineer. He has heard he is dead. Sydney police report speaking to him in 1910. 11 pages, List 13.
PICKERING, James. Solicitors from Penrith Cumberland England, write on his behalf in 1910 re his son George H. Pickering, c32 years, a marine engineer. He received a letter from Jack FARRELL telling him his son had died on a voyage from Singapore, and seeks confirmation, which cannot be found. 11 pages, List 12.
PICKERING, Robert, wrote in 1894 from Newcastle on Tyne England, re his brother William Thomas Pickering, who left Stockton on Tees c10 years before. In Chicago he used the name of George HENDERSON, now believed to be in Ballarat. Letter to brother on file, mentions Charlie, Arthur, Violet, Jenny, Jack, Andrew, George. 5 Pages. List 4.
PICKLES, Anna, wrote from Keighley, Staffs, England, in 1896 re her brother in law John FERGUSON, last heard of as in the employ of Model Dairy Co. Kew. Found working for Andrew CHIRNSIDE at Werribee Park. 10 pages, List 33.
PIGGOTT, A.F., Folkeston, U.K. wrote in 1898 re brother Cornelius who left in 1874 for Qld., was last heard of in 1882, and believed to be in Victoria. He was born in Waterbeech Cambridge, aged about 40 years. 12 pages, List 24.
PILLAI, C.W. Kathiravale, police magistrate, Jaffna, Ceylon, wrote in 1892 re Benjamin LINDSAY, formerly of Ceylon, working as a book-keeper in Victoria. 7 pages.
PINFOLD, Mrs. Ann of Shrewley, Hatton, Warwick England, wrote in 1908 re her sister Jane POPE, who went to Australia more than twenty years ago and married H.J. SAUNDERS an ironmonger. Not found. 4 pages, List 13.
PIPER, Mrs. E.E.B. of Washington USA, wrote in 1915 re her brother Frank M. BARRETT. Police find he left for England some months before, his letters were to be forwarded to New York. 6 pages, List 7.
PLATT, J.W. (Rev.) of Bristol England wrote in 1899 re his aged mother Matilda, whom he had left in Melbourne; his last letter has been returned. Police find he has sold her assets and is of questionable character. 3 pages, List 17.
PLEWS, Laura (Mrs. Arthur Gordon Plews). Sough by Mrs. Button of King’s Langley Herts. England in 1918. She was an old friend, and hadn’t heard from her for 30 years. Police find her. 4 pages, List 11.
PLUMB, Herbert, 36 years, sought by brother F. Plumb of Thornton Heath, Surrey England in 1897; last heard of in 1889 on Defiance. 11 pages, List 25.
POND, Thomas, of Datched, Bucks, England, wrote in 1862 re the property of executed criminal Henry COOLEY. His wife is Cooley’s sister; their brother William is dead. 5 pages, List 5.
POPE, William Henry alias HOPE; charged in Birmingham England with fraudulent insolvency etc. Wife Sarah deposited money in a Melbourne bank, and in 1892 wrote from Chicago USA trying to claim it. Bank officials informed police. 3 pages, List 3.
POPPENS, W., wrote from Seattle, Washington US in 1907, asks if his wife still has the Central Club Hotel in North Melbourne, and if their two daughters are with her. 5 pages, List 26.
PORTER, Alfred William. Sought by mother at Easting near Faversham Kent England in 1905 and by brother Thomas, 20 years, serving in army in India. Her husband Alfred, a florist, had deserted her and sailed to New Zealand with their two sons and a daughter in 1884, but had died on board ship. Richard was one of the brothers. 14 pages, List 20.
PORTER, R.E., editor of the ‘Evening Telegram’ in Kerkimer New York, wrote in 1900 re newspaper report on the doings of a Dr. Charles H. BALDWIN there, supposedly from Melbourne. Local police confirm no such person. 5 pages, List 38.
PORTEOUS, William J., sought by Leith Parish Council, Scotland in 1917. Mary McLEOD or PORTEOUS and her 3 children are being supported by the Council. Her husband, a native of Edinburgh, aged 35 yrs, enlisted in the Aust. forces in April 1916, promising that she would receive an allotment [allowance] from his pay, but none has been received. Police find he did enlist, but deserted a month later. 8 pages. List 6.
PORTER, F.A., wrote on behalf of Mrs. Maria U. BACH of St. Louis, MO, USA, in 1895 re her daughter Jennie, now aged about 40 years. Jennie left Baltimore some 14 years ago, with her adopted brother Christian BLECK, a barber, and was probably known as Bleck. He is about 60 years of age. Mrs. Bach is a widow and wants to find her daughter, whom she gave into the care of Mr. Bleck’s mother when she was 4 years old. 2 pages, List 4.
PORTNER/PARTNER, Fritz, sought by Louise MARET of Regent St. London, in 1916, has not heard for over 3 years. Found, but does not wish to correspond with her. 4 pages, List 6.
PORTWAY, T. of London England, wrote in 1914 re his brother Peter PORTWAY who had been killed in Melbourne in 1913. He had been living with Frank INCE. His widow wants his property sent to her in London, but Ince hasn’t answered letters. Ince maintains he has had no reply to his letters to the widow. 3 pages, List 10.
POTTER, Mrs. Jane, of Belfast Ireland. Series of letters from 1908 to 1918 re her husband Edward, and the lack of maintenance from him. A photo of him is on file. [See instructions re cost of photographs] 37 pages, List 6.
POUNDS, Harry and unnamed sister, sought by solicitors in Winchester England in 1900; entitled to a legacy. They were children of Henry Bellingham Pounds. Found. 5 pages, List 39.
POWELL, Frank. Information sought by Chief Inspector of Police, Boston, US in 1898, on behalf of an attorney friend, who wanted to know whether was married, his occupation etc. Police find he is a travelling salesman for the Peerless steam cooker, 4 page brochure on file. List 24.
POWELL, George, wrote in 1892 from Slatford via Edinburgh Scotland, re his brother Joseph, was in the Detective Force in Melbourne. 2 pages.
POWELL, H.M.A. wrote in 1913, using illustrated letterhead of Horse & Groom Hotel, Colwell near Malvern, England, seeking details of admission to Victorian police force. His parents are about to give up the above business. He has served five years as a sergeant in the Territorial Army. 2 pages, List 12.
POWELL, James, sought by sister L. ALSOP of Blaenavon, Mon., England in 1897, last heard of in Melbourne in 1894, accountant, 47-50 years of age; parents are anxious about him. Found. 6 pages, List 35.
POWELL, John Florance. Series of letters from wife, in Woolwich Common England, commencing in 1913. He had served in the London police and came to Victoria with his brother in law J.H. WHEELER in 1912. They took up a small farm, but Powell was suffering mental problems and was admitted to a lunatic asylum, then later released. London police also make enquiries. 37 pages, some damaged, and a photo. See instructions for cost of a copy of a photo. List 8.
POWER, Edmund. San Francisco solicitors wrote in 1918, asking help in finding this man, last heard of living in Melbourne. His brother Thomas done some years previously. Thomas had been born in Co. Wexford Ireland in 1858, his mother was Mary McDONOUGH. 4 pages, List 18.
POWER, William A., of Waterford Ireland, wrote in 1897 re John McGRATH, native of Hospital, Co. Limerick Ireland, who left Waterford in 1889 for Melbourne. 7 pages. List 4A.
PRENDERGAST, James F., of Kiltimagh, Co. Mayo, Ireland, wrote in 1897; he was 19 years, gave his employment history and applied for the Victorian police force.
PRENDERGAST, John, wrote in 1892 from Strand Union Workhouse Edmonton, Middlesex, England, re his sister Catherine who left England in 1856 and married William Henry ARCHER. Police find she married – ORCHARD. 11 pages, one torn.
PRESTON, John, sought by brother Thomas of Barrow in Furness, Lancashire England, in 1916. He went to Australia c.1911. 4 pages, List 6.
PRESTON, R.S. of Dundrum Dublin Ireland, wrote in 1919 re his great uncle William REILLY who was a Cobb & Co. driver many years ago and a wealthy man. Police find he died penniless. 9 pages, List 16.
PRESTON, William Deane. His solicitors RAMSDEN of London write in 1897 requesting police help in ascertaining true situation. He is on a round the world trip and keeps asking for large sums of money. Police find he is gambling. 12 pages, List 25.
PRICE, Charles, c/- Miler & Co., Button Willow California USA, wrote in 1915 re sisters Alice Price and Mrs. Laurence HARRISON who arrived in Melbourne in 1885; not found. 6 pages, List 8.
PRICE, Mrs. H. of Toorak Victoria, asks for police help in 1918 in getting her daughter Florence home from Fiji. She went there as governess to the Slovi Estate, Nadie, with Mrs. NICHOLLS, and has complained to her mother of ill treatment by the woman. 4 pages, List 16.
PRICE, H.W., Oldbury Police Station, near Birmingham England, wrote in 1913 seeking information re joining the Victorian police force, he was 22 years and single. 3 pages, List 12.
PRICHARD, Rose, of Poughkeepsie, New York USA wrote in 1915 re her sister Lillian Mabel Prichard, now Mrs. Percy HAYNES. Found. 6 pages, List 8.
PROBERT, Elizabeth, of Manchester England, wrote in 1916 re her brother Arthur. His first wife died and he married a second time to a woman with two sons of her own. Army records searched, but not found. 17 pages. List 6 PULLEY, Ann, wrote from Cranfield near Newport Pangell, Bucks, England in 1892 re her son William who left India in 1890. 2 pages.
PURCELL, Patrick F., left Denver USA in 1892, escaping gambling debts. His father Martin has been searching for him. His wife Mary writes, as does his brother in law Thomas F. BERRY, in 1899, think he might be in Melbourne as he has a cousin there. He is identified as Oliver LANDY, and is interviewed, but hasn’t seen him. Some good family detail in the file. 8 pages, List 36.
PURNELL, Walter James, of Sherston Magna, nr Malmesbury Wilts, England, wrote in 1919. He wife had left him in 1912 and travelled to Melbourne with other people from Barry Docks in Wales, named William WAKEHAM and – HILL; she was formerly Louisa NEALE. He asks police to find her, but the letter is quite insulting, and they decline. 7 pages, List 19
PURNELLE, J.L., wrote from Denver, Colarado US in 1905 re William Riley CONKRIGHT, c75 years old. Not found. 4 pages, List 27.
PYMAN, Thomas William. Sought by wife in U.K. in 1898, c55 years, (her letter not on file.) Police find he was mining in the north east with Francis MELVILLE, and the pair cleared off, owing their partner Benjamin EDWARDS, 70 years, money. 15 pages, List 24.
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Q QUIN, J.D. of Galveston Texas USA, wrote in 1894 re Francis DE LACY, who he thought lived in Melbourne. 4 pages, List 4.
QUIRK, Mrs. Mary of Dublin Ireland, wrote in 1915 re her son James SMYTH, a jockey, someone had told her he was dead. She had written previously in 1913 and police located him, as they did this time. ‘If you do happen to find my son, he will be glad to hear his step father is dead.’ List 8.
R RADFORD, S.J. (stage name Miss Ruby DE VERE) wrote from Covent Garden London England in 1903 re her father William Radford whom she has not seen since she was nine months old. He is a miner who was in New Zealand. Her mother left him, but is now an invalid. 13 pages.
RAFFERTY, John, sought by niece Mary Jane RAFFERTY of Cork Ireland in 1908. He was a native of Glenluce Stranraer, worked for Bains Bros, shipowners in Liverpool, then was Consul in U.S., came to Melbourne in 1856. She is daughter of his brother Peter. Several Rafferty men in Melbourne interviewed, but none are related. 9 pages, List 21.
RAFFERTY, Mrs. M.A. of Bridgeport, Connecticut USA, wrote in 1899 re her only brother Michael MANNING, who left Ireland in 1860. Police find his widow. 5 pages, List 17.
RAINSBURY, Sergt., Police Reserve Force, Calcutta, writes in 1910 seeking to join Vic. police force, provides physical description. 3 pages, List 27.
RAINSFORD, Miss E., of Silky Oak, Birmingham England, wrote in 1915 re her brother Abraham, who left there in 1910. Found. 3 pages, List 7.
RANK, Mrs. C. wrote from Bodmin Cornwall England in 1892, seeking her husband Thomas A., and maintenance from him. 2 pages.
RAVEN, Alexander J., solicitor, Fressingfield Vicarage, Harleston, Norfolk England, wrote in 1893 re George MOOD, convicted at Salisbury in 1844 and transported to Australia. Relatives seek details of his criminal record. His real name was Mark or George MAGGS. 8 pages, List 41.
RAWLINS, Gerald W., wrote from Rainhill England in 1897 on behalf of the wife of Charles S. McGREGOR, who left there c6 years ago, was a lithographer, believed to have been in prison in Victoria. 12 pages, List 20.
RAYNOR, Mrs. Mary of Entally, Calcutta, wrote in 1893; hasn’t heard from her husband E.L. in two years. 4 pages, List 3.
READ & READ, solicitors, Sydney, write in 1914. They have been asked by London solicitors to trace Carl ZENO and Madame ZENO. He lived in London and before that in Sydney and Melbourne as a fortune teller. Both left London hurriedly, and have used the names of RUMBART, HAWES and NORMAN. Her mother and sister are supposed to be in Melbourne. He is of Japanese/Italian parentage. Police confirm their arrival in Sydney. 5 pages, List 7.
READ, Charles, wrote from London England in 1894 re his brother Henry READ, last seen in Melbourne in 1888. Their parents have died, and he is entitled to a legacy. 11 pages. List 4.
READER, Frederick H., of Dulwich Village London England, wrote in 1920 re his brother Arthur George Reader; hasn’t heard from him for over a year. Found. 3 pages, List 13.
REARDON, Michael, wrote from Glounreagh, Kiskearn Co. Cork Ireland in 1896 re his son Denis, who left there 7 years ago, and was last heard of at Carriang [Corryong?]. 1 page, List 8.
REAY, John, wrote from Newcastle on Tyne, UK, in 1895 re a ‘very near relation’ Mary Hilda HOPPER now living in Melbourne, who asked UK friends for financial assistance. In two letters he provides detailed background to the case; she has separated from her husband John, and left child with the father; both suffer from ‘intemperance’. She is found in South Melbourne. 22 pages, List 28.
REDFERN, Miss, woman police officer, Gloucestershire Constabulary, England, wrote in 1918 re Thomas John Adrian MARONEY, D.C.M., who was previously a private in the 58th Battalion and discharged, suffering from shellshock. She is engaged to him, and asks a confidential report on him, as she has not heard for some months and is worried about his health. He is interviewed and denies engagement. 2 pages, second page of her letter missing.
REES, William, Sgt. Llandudno Police Station, Carnarvonshire, wrote in 1896 asking police to ascertain the living arrangements of Evan PARRY of Ballarat, who had left a wife and family there. Local police found he is living on a nearby farm with a married woman and her three children but don’t know what the relationship is. 6 pages, List 33.
REEVES, Mrs. A. of Johannesburg South Africa wrote in 1920. Her husband Charles Godfrey Reeves died there in 1911, he was the eldest son of Isaac Reeves, who died the same year in Victoria; asks if Isaac left any estate. 4 pages.
REGAN, M.D. of Auckland New Zealand wrote in 1902 regarding sister Mrs. Annie SKELLON, a widow, who had remarried to a man who took her to Melbourne and ill-treated her. She had 4 children, and had been in prison. 10 pages.
REGAN, Samuel of Newton Heath near Manchester England wrote in 1892 re Walter HOLLIS alias known as John WILES, last heard of nine years ago in Rockhampton Queensland. 5 pages.
REID, David Forrest, watchmaker and jeweller, c44 years. Information sought by only daughter Agnes, now Mrs. David STEPHENS of Aberdeen Scotland in 1900; last heard of in 1892. Not found. 5 pages, List 39.
REILLEY, Edward, Attorney at Law, Philadelphia USA, wrote in 1894: is acting for Edward REILLY who wants to track his sister Catherine REILLY or O’REILLY, from Co. Cavan Ireland, who lived from infancy with her uncle Eugene and part of the time with her aunt Mrs. PLUNKETT. Catherine left Liverpool c1852 as nurse or maid with a family, she was then about 22 years of age. 2 pages. List 4.
REILLY, Miss Alice McGrath of New York USA wrote in 1903 re Mary McGRATH, native of Gaminsfield Co. Tipperary Ireland, who was last heard of thirteen years ago. 2 pages.
REYNOLDS, Arthur Horton. A sordid tale of having children to his niece Alice Mary Reynolds from 1904-1907 in Tasmania and New Zealand and ill-treating her. ‘It would be difficult to conceive that a more despicable specimen of male humanity exists in this country’. File sent to New Zealand police but no charges laid. 12 pages, List 14.
REYNOLDS, E. Lionel, of Upton, Slough, England, wrote in 1910 re his cousin Jasper HUSBAND. He formerly practised as a barrister; the family haven’t heard from him for 14 years. Found. 7 pages, List 13.
RICE, Miss S.M., dressmaker, Co. Down Newry, Ireland, wrote in 1921 re her uncle Robert McKAY, supposed to have been murdered in a hotel in Australia c43 years ago. He had been living at Avoca Tasmania. Felix LARKIN had worked at the hotel, and police try to trace him, but without success. 11 pages.
RICE, William, sought by wife in Liverpool England in 1914. He was a fireman on board ship; she has six children to support. A second letter in 1915 reveals that he is still missing. Police find he has left on a ship. 9 pages, List 7
RICHARDS, C. Bellew, wrote from Rathmines, Dublin, Ireland in 1898 re his brother John Bellew Richardson, who was in police force, would now be more than 74 as he was older than the writer. His cousin Kyrle Bellew saw him in Melbourne some years ago. Police find he died in 1886, and give details of his widow’s activities. 6 pages, List 24.
RICHARDS, Margaret, Penarth near Cardiff, Wales, wrote in 1892 re her brother Thomas Francis REES, who left England about 14 years ago and has not been heard of for several years. He was generally called Thomas Rees. She offered to pay his fare home, but police could not locate him. 4 pages.
RICHARDS, Miss Susie Curtis, of Owen Sound, Ontario, Canada, wrote in 1905 re her uncle William RICHARDS, about 69 years, came from Birmingham England. 5 pages.
RICHARDS, William, native of Pyle near Bridgend, South Wales, emigrated to the Australian goldfields and subsequently connected with the Fawn Hotel, Ballarat. In 1900 his nephew Rees REES, M.P.S. London, wrote from Pietermaritzburg, Natal, seeking information; William would be c65 years old. His mother Elizabeth was William’s sister. Not found. List 39.
RICHARDSON, Mrs., of Linlithgow Scotland, wrote in 1913 re death of Mrs. Margaret FINNIES nee MEIKLE, in 1911. She had left a bequest to Meikle and GARDNER families there, but Andrew Gardner and his son are delaying things. Letter is extremely difficult to read. Police reply it is not police business. 5 pages, List 12.
RICHARDSON, Jessie Cameron, wife of George, sought by her brother Duncan CAMERON of Glasgow Scotland in 1907. She left there with her husband and two boys in 1900, aged 35 years. He hasn’t heard from her for over two years. Police find she died in 1906. 6 pages, List 13.
RIDD, Frederick of Galena, Illinois, USA, wrote in 1893 re drafts of money sent to him from William AUSTIN of Geelong, which had been dishonoured. 2 pages, List 4.
RIDDELL, Edgar, left Origon near Washington USA c1890, aged 21 years. Mother Mrs. E.E. Riddell wrote from Cableskill New York in 1895. 2 pages, List 29.
RIDDELL, James of Mullacronk Co Monaghan Ireland wrote in 1898 re an unnamed brother ‘who ust to get his letters in the Dunnolly post office’, had left there 35 yrs previously; had a sister named Mary Ann WOOLLEND [WOLLEND?] Police establish William is the name of the brother, and report findings. 6 pages, List 20.
RIDDLE, Gladys, housemaid in service of Lady DARNLEY of Cobham Hall, Kent England, met Private Patrick James Joseph KELLY, an orderly, and had a child, Sydney Kelly Riddle to him in 1919. He had promised to marry her, and her parents John and Mary, in South Shields, eventually agreed to this, but he pleaded lack of money and returned to Australia. She applied to AIF headquarters for financial assistance and they requested a police report on him. He was found living at Kirkstall near Koroit. 12 pages, List 15.
RIES, Phillip, died 1857. His children, William, Mary, James, Malcolm, Henry and Frances, who married Frederick R. FERRIER, and his widow Elizabeth nee JENNINGS, are sought by German Consulate in Melbourne in 1907. Two deaths located. 7 pages, List 10.
RITCH, William, sought by George Dundas NISBET, Minister of John Knox Parish, Aberdeen Scotland, on behalf of his wife. He left there two years ago a steward on board ship. He was ‘far from temperate’. Wife is supporting the family and has no desire for his return, but wants to know if he is still alive. Not found. 4 pages, List 7.
RITCHIE, Mrs. Margaret, wrote in 1904 from Invercargill New Zealand re her husband John A. Ritchie, 40 years, gives detailed physical description. She enclosed letters from Mrs. E.G. WEBB of Richmond with whom he was boarding, and who was concerned about his health; he had gone away and left his things behind. Body of man found in Yarra was not him; photo of the unidentified dead man on file. 23 pages, List 32. See introduction regarding cost of reproducing photographs.
ROBERTS, Mrs. Ada, wrote from Greet, Birmingham, England, in 1920 re husband H.E., last heard of in Melbourne 2 years ago. She and two children are destitute. Found. 7 pages, List 27.
ROBERTS, Edward T., brass moulder, c59 years, born in South Wales, sought by only living sister Miss Anna Roberts of Milawaukee USA in 1900. Not found. 13 pages, List 38.
ROBERTS, John, sought by nephew Andrew Blair HILL of Dundee Scotland in 1900. Andrew’s father William lived in Perthshire, died 20 years ago. Robert was last heard of at Pennyweight Flat, Castlemaine in 1870. His mother is anxious to know if he is still alive as she would be next of kin. Found living under name of David Blair RAMSAY. 9 pages, List 37
ROBERTSON, Maggie Balfour, wrote in 1892 from Paterson, New Jersey, USA re her father William BALFOUR. His brother Peter was a jeweller in Melbourne. 2 pages.
ROBERTSON, William of North Salt Springs, British Columbia, writes in 1897 re ‘dear friend Robert HOLBURN’ who left Hong Kong for Australia about ten years ago. 3 Pages.
ROBILLIARD, Daniel, sought in 1906 by D. Robilliard of Vancouver., who wrote 2 letters. Daniel was from Guernsey, a grocer, the enquirer’s father is Isaac. Police find he died in 1902. 7 pages, List 30.
ROBINSON, Rose, alias Lady Rose Robinson alias Lady COTTENHAM. (Great story!) Scotland Yard write in 1908 re this woman who has been charged with fraud and embezzlement, seeking her background in Australia. Police report she came from Western Australia and claimed to be a sister of Lord Richard NEVILLE, and used society people like Lady Janet CLARKE and Mrs. James MURPHY, until they woke up to her and sent her to Sydney. Newspaper report of English case states she was probably the former mistress of Blundell LEIGH, the first husband of the real Countess of Cottenham, who divorced her for her adultery with Cottenham. Rose was associated with Cecil E. Robinson. She had cards from Richard and John KENNEDY, Mrs. LAUGHLIN and Mrs CRERA of Hobart Tasmania, and it was thought they might be relatives. There are two small photos of Rose and a set of fingerprints. 8 pages, List 13. See Instructions re cost of copying photographs. CONNECTION FOUND.
ROBSON, Robert Parvin, sought by sister Mrs. Eliza Robson THOMAS or New Harmony, Indiana in 1898. He went to the California goldrush in 1849, then to Australia; last heard of at Dunolly in 1862. Father Dr. Robert was a noted physician, mother a Quaker. Father’s uncle Joseph Robson was gardener to the Queen. Some good material on file. Not found. 8 pages, List 26.
ROCHE, Patrick, wrote from Dublin Ireland in 1898 re his cousin Thomas GAFFNEY, native of Shankhill, Co. Dublin Ireland. Gaffney’s wife has died and he’s handling her estate. Mrs. BAILEY of Prahan is a cousin. 6 pages, List 27.
ROCHFORD, Bridget or Catherine, sought by Joanna Rochford of Marshalton, Pennsylvana in 1895; found. 2 pages, List 29.
RODDAM, R., of Newcastle on Tyne, writes to Chief Commissioner in 1901 re letters received from Peter SHARP of Albert Park Victoria, his uncle by marriage. Sharp married Eliza Ann FALDER in 1844 on the Isle of Man. Claims her father borrowed money from him years ago and wants Roddam to pay it back, as he is hard up and over 81 years. 8 pages, List 13. CONNECTION FOUND
RODERT, E.C., wrote from Kansas City U.S. in 1905. His father was Heinrich Christian August, and came from Clausthal. Looking for family. Police locate Rodert family in Hahndorf, South Aust., who came from same area. 9 pages, List 27. RODGER, Mrs. Winnie A, of Tyldesley near Manchester England, wrote in 1918 re her husband William, who deserted her in 1917, leaving her penniless. She believed he was now in Australia. He was 25 years old, born in Cheshire, a fitter. They were married in Barrow on Furness. Not found. 9 pages.
RODGERS, Mrs. T.H. of Halifax U.S.A., wrote in 1914 re Thomas BOWLER who left there c65 years ago. He was in the police in Melbourne; his sister is anxious to hear from him. Reply states he was never in the force. 5 pages, List 8. ROE, Edward, wrote from Ilkeston, Derbyshire England in 1912 re John NOON, who has lived with him for 7 years. Irish, drinks, says sister keeps the Beehive Hotel in Melbourne, and wife also a publican. Roe has 5 young children. Reply not on file. 2 pages, List 32.
ROGERS, C. A Gunner, Royal Horse Artillery, Newbridge, Ireland, wrote in 1908, seeking to join the police force. He was 21yrs, and a total abstainer. 3 pages, List 19.
ROHDE, Jessie, of Sliema, Malta, wrote in 1912 re her husband August, last heard of in Melbourne 7 years ago. Police find he has gone interstate, is using the name Arthur RHODES and is supposed to have married a Mrs. DOWIE: her brother in law – DOMBRAIN interviewed. 7 pages, List 12.
ROLLAND, Mary, of London England, wrote in 1894 re her son Horace Rolland nee Horace NICHOLS. They used to be in Chirini’s circus. She has heard her son is in prison. 3 pages, List 4.
ROLSTON, Miss Agnes. Solicitors from Newry Ireland wrote in 1907, enclosing a letter for Agnes. They are advertising for relatives of David Rolston as ordered by the Court there. 3 pages, List 13.
ROOT, Hiram, of Althouse Joseupene? Co America, wrote in 1893 re William Summervill FORBES who is claiming to be ‘heigh born and of good lineage but I now that he was sent out a convict in winter of forty eight’. 2 pages, List 3.
ROPER, Mrs. W.A. of Canning Town, London, England wrote in 1917 re husband William Arthur ROPER, who deserted ship 1916. 6 pages. ROSE, D. of British Engineers’ Club, Calcutta, India, wrote in 1909, re Walter FRIEDLANDER, a German, who fought with the German Brigade for the Boers. He had been asked to help find him as he had deserted his wife in Berlin. Not found, and letter to Rose returned. 6 pages, List 18.
ROSENGRAVE, William wrote from Flowerdale Table Cape in 1892 re his uncle William, once a constable in Tasmania, then in government service in Victoria 19 years ago. 2 pages.
ROSEWARNE, W.J., Chief Officer S.S. Istrar, wrote in 1905 re first cousin Edwin Albert TONKING [TONKIN?] who left Hayle, Cornwall c1890. He needs to find him for settlement of an estate. 7 pages, List 27.
ROSS, Walter Godfrey, sought by foster brother Horace F. READ of Buffalo New York USA in 1895; left U.K. c12 years ago. 1 page, List 29. ROUSE, Mrs. of Johannesburg South Africa, wrote in 1898 re her husband William, who formerly kept a hotel in Melbourne. He was 39 years old, and they had one child. Not found. 6 pages, List 14.
ROUSE, Mrs. Mary Ellen, wrote from Charing Cross London England, in 1893 re her husband William who had deserted her and their child at Cape Town ten years ago. 2 pages, List 3.
ROUSE, William, sought by Mrs. M.E. Rouse of Charing Cross London UK in 1895. She was leaving shortly for South Africa. Police report he has probably gone to the US. 10 pages, List 30.
ROWE, John, wrote from Grampound Road, Cornwall England in 1892; he was now 93 years old, and wanted to contact his son John, who used to farm in Lake Learmonth, was married but no family. 2 pages.
ROWE, John, great uncle of H.C. HAMMER of Queenstown Co. Cork Ireland, who wrote to police in 1914. Rowe lived in Ballarat, and police find his widow. 6 pages, List 7.
ROWE, Mr. R. of Toronto Canada wrote in 1905, re his brother Josiah; money has been left to him. 3 pages.
ROWLAND, T.J., solicitor of Manchester England, wrote in 1892 re James BERTRAM, late warrant officer 3rd Buffs, who died in India. His widow emigrated from Calcutta in 1890 to Melbourne where her mother Mrs. CROSSLEY/CROSSLAND was in business. She was entitled to a sum of money. 5 pages.
ROWLEY, Thomas, wrote from Stratford on Avon, Warwickshire in 1896 re Dr. Robert PEEL’s address. 2 pages, List 35.
ROWSELL, Howard, Cheapside, London England, accountant, wrote in 1914 re Ernest James JACKSON, solicitor’s clerk in Essex, and left there with wife and 3 children in 1913 for Australia. Found, but letter advising this is returned ‘not known’. 5 pages, List 7.
RUANE, John, sought by P.J. McKNIGHT of Hanley, Staffs, England in 1909. He was last heard of in Coolgardie, W.A., was a son of late Mary and Edward of Cultibo near Kiltimagh, Co Mayo Ireland, a widower, c55 years old. He had two sons in England. McKnight has heard he died in Victoria. Police reply that he died in W.A. in 1907; nice comment about a friend minding his late wife’s wedding ring when he went on a drinking spree. 12 pages, List 33.
RUDD, Herbert G., of Maldon, Essex, England, wrote in 1901 re his wife’s aunt Jane HEATH who had married George McDONALD and was last heard of in 1875. Two of her aunts in London are anxious to hear about her. Rev. Samuel BRYANT of local church, formerly in Melbourne, suggested he write, and his letter is enclosed. Not found. 11 pages, List 18.
RUDD, Miss Isabel wrote from Middleton St. George near Darlington England in 1914 re her brother Edwin. Found by police. 8 pages, List 7.
RUESEL, David Pierre, of Rochester, New York, USA, wrote in 1913 re Alfred Ruesel, who was in Melbourne in 1882 then went to Cape York Peninsula prospecting for copper. Not found. 6 pages, List 12. RUGG, Mary T. Postmaster of Rochford Ill. USA writes on her behalf in 1893, seeking whereabouts of David W. ANDREWS who went to Australia c3 years previously. 2 pages, List 0.
RUPPELL, Mrs. Pastor E. of Hessen, Preussen, Germany, wrote in 1921 re her brother William LAMPMANN, who emigrated to Australia in 1873. Letter in German, and translation on file. Found. 6 pages, List 9. CONNECTION FOUND
RUSSELL, Margaret. Inspector Wm Gentles of Slamannan Parish Council, Glasgow, Scotland wrote in 1917 re Margaret, a 7 year old deserted child. Her mother is dead, father Alexander RUSSELL, a ship’s carpenter, 35 yrs, born Slamannan, is the son of John and Mary nee ANGUS. He left in 1909, was last heard of in 1914. Not found. 19 pages. List 6
RUSSELL, Robert, sought by Mrs. C. RUSSELL, Southfleet near Gravesend, wife of his brother. He was in the Artillery, came to Australia October 1913, his wife is dead, and he has four boys. Found. 7 pages, List 6.
RUTLEY, H. of Catford Kent England, writes in 1894 re his eldest brother William, c30 years, last heard from five years ago. 14 pages, List 4A.
RYAN, David B., Repton St. Los Angeles wrote in 1910 re older brother Arthur, who left Co. Limerick Ireland in 1877, then about 18 yrs old, and went to Australia. Relatives haven’t heard from him for twenty years. Their mother’s name was Mary BARLOW. All Arthur Ryan entries in Melbourne directory were traced by police, but the correct one was not found. 9 pages. List 5.
RYAN, Miss Margaret wrote in 1914 from Philadelpahia, USA re her sister Ellen RYAN, who left Mulick, Whitegate, Co. Galway, Ireland c. 1884; their father’s name was Luck. 10 pages.
RYAN, Miss Norah of ‘Broadway’ Christchurch New Zealand, wrote in 1916 re Louis SUSWEIN, an Austrian, her last letters to him returned. Found. 5 pages, List 6.
RYAN, Patrick, of New York City, USA wrote in 1892 re brother Michael who left Knockbrock Borrisoleigh Co. Tipperary Ireland 30-35 years ago. Their father was Patrick, their mother Bridget nee LYNCH. The children were Thomas, James, Laurence, Bridget and Mary. Patrick was the youngest of the family. 2 pages.
RYAN, Thomas, was in police force 28-30 years ago, has one sister living, who was married c44 years ago to Richard O’CONNELL. Information sought by Rev. M.T. MADDEN of Trumansburg, New York USA in 1895. 2 pages, List 29.
RYAN, Timothy of New York USA, wrote in 1894 re his uncle Jeremiah RYAN, a large property owner in Melbourne, has a brother in Baly Bay Co. Tipperary Ireland. Jeremiah found in country Victoria, by which time Timothy is staying with him. 5 Pages, List 4A.
RYAN, Mr. W.J. of Pennsylvania USA wrote to the Town Clerk of Melbourne in 1901 regarding Patrick CAGNEY. The Town Clerk forwarded a copy of his letter to the police department, but it is not on the file, so contents unknown. Police interviewed several Cagney family members in Victoria and NSW but failed to find him. The file seems incomplete. 9 pages, List 15.
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S SALATENA, Domenico. Sought by Italian Consul in Melbourne in 1908; found. 5 pages, List 21.
SALSBURY, Robert and Charles, brothers, of Northumberland, who immigrated to Victoria in the 1850s, were sought by unidentified person in New Zealand in 1864. 8 pages, List 5.
SAMAN, son of Ruldoo MUSSALMAN, Raipoot of village Busyula of Hoshiarpur, convicted thief No. 10. left district and went to Melbourne, and has now returned. Writer seeks confirmation that he was indeed in Melbourne. 7 pages, List 3.
SAMUEL, Eliza, wrote from Llanelly, Carmenthenshire Wales in 1901 re her husband Captain Edward SAMUEL, who was due to return from Australia and hasn’t. Photograph and 10 pages. List 4. (See note about photograph reproduction costs in introduction.)
SANDAY, W. of police station Leytonstone, Essex England, wrote in 1915 re his brother J.T. Sanday, last heard of at Carlton. Found. 3 pages, List 8.
SANDERSON, Nicholas, wrote from Preston, Lancashire, UK in 1912 re his wife’s brother William Robinson GARDNER, who had written two letters in different handwriting; they are suspicious. Gardner says one written while drunk. 6 pages, List 32.
SARA, Mrs. M.H., Foundry House, Redruth Cornwall, wrote in 1904 re her nephew William KITTO, c39 years. She has heard he was drowned and asked details. His brother Thomas was in Victoria. 8 pages, List 42.
SARVAAS, John de Marchie of the Netherlands. Left wife and sailed to Melbourne with servant Johanna BUSCH, who was pregnant to him. 1867. List 16.
SAUNDERS, A.G., Sergt, 76th Batt., R.F.A., Kirkee, India. Wrote re joining police force in 1914. 3 pages, List 10.
SAUNDERS, Jack. South African Criminal Investigation Department wrote in 1905 re Saunders; was an Australian from Queensland, on remand there for theft. Identified as alias Jacob LIPPMAN, William FRAZER, and William FISHER, with convictions in Australia. Photo on file. 4 pages. (See instructions for costs of reproducing photographs).
SAUNDERS, John R., of Woodstock, Ontario Canada, wrote in 1915 re John Joseph and Robert Lyons CONROY. No reason for enquiry given; not found by police. 9 pages, List 7.
SAUNDERS, S.P., Toronto, Canada, wrote in 1901 re his brother R.P., who wrote that he was dying in Melbourne. Not found. 13 pages, List 40.
SCALLAN, James, of New York City USA, wrote in 1894 re his first cousin Eugene SCALLAN, who emigrated c10 years ago; they were school fellows in Dublin Ireland. 2 pages, List 4A.
SCANLIN, Mrs Mary of Newark New Jersey wrote in 1894 re Bridget and Kate, her daughters, who left Limerick Ireland 25 years ago to go to their aunt in Australia, Mrs John SALISBURY nee Bridget NEVILLE. 1 Page List 4.
SCARCE, Henry and Thomas, last heard from at Kangaroo Ground, sought by sister Mrs. WOODRAD of Ipswich, Suffolk England in 1895; found. 5 pages, List 29.
SCHINDLER, Simon. Wrote from Berlin Germany in 1908 re his brother Joseph, who hadn’t written for a long time. 3 pages, List 19.
SCHLAEPFER, Eugen, sought by Swiss Consul in Melbourne in 1898, arrived c1888, worked in Gippsland, cheesemaker, not found. 13 pages, List 25.
SCHLOGEL, Max. File re his change of address interstate in 1919, under Aliens Act. 10 pages, List 18.
SCHMIDT, Otto Jacob, wanted in Nuremberg for embezzlement from the Bavarian Bank; fled with mistress
Caroline Helene SEITZ in 1909. German Consul Melbourne encloses photo and asks police to keep a look out for him; not found. 3 pages, List 41.
SCHMIEDEL, Rudolph of Fruit Vale, California USA wrote in 1898 re his brother Carl who was using the name of RUDOLPH and ‘leading a Gypsy life’. Left home in Germany nearly 18 years ago. 4 pages.
SCHRODER, Jacques. Dutch Consul in Melbourne has been asked to find Hein and Klaas, sons of the late Jacques, at one time Dutch sailor, but afterwards settled in Australia and died 8-10 years ago. They are entitled to an inheritance. 16 pages, List 4A
SCHULMAN, Mrs. of Oakley Square London England, wrote in 1914 re her son George LESLIE or LANGLEY, who was travelling with a wild west show in outback Queensland. 12 pages.
SCHWARTZ, Harry. London solicitor writes on behalf of Solomon SCHWARTZ in 1899 re son Harry. He hasn’t heard for a year and is worried. Harry would now be 11 years of age, and was living with his uncle Harry in Melbourne; his uncle cohabited with a woman, but she disappeared. Found with uncle. 4 pages, List 12.
SCHWARTZ, Henri, c/- Mr. EFRON, Nth. Melbourne, sought by wife Akuszerka Chaia Sora Schwartz of Biatystok, Grodnenska, Gubernia, Poland, in 1919. He has been in Australia since 1913. They have two children. Found. 5 pages, List 18.
SCOTT, David, of Dunedin New Zealand, wrote in 1904 re his brother Alexander, last heard of at Richmond. 3 pages, List 4.
SCOTT, G., Deputy Traffic Manager, Burma Railways, Rangoon, wrote in 1913 re Sydney Charles CLAYTON, who held a Bachelor of Civil Engineering, was born in Cork, Ireland, educated at Cheltenham College, employed there, and had fled owing a large amount of money. He had shipped to Singapore under an assumed name, O. Graham SINCLAIR and was possibly coming to Australia. ‘This rogue comes of a respectable family … but he apparently cannot keep straight’. Encloses sample of Clayton’s handwriting, as well as a photograph and physical description. Not found, but railways departments alerted. 6 pages. List 12. See introduction re cost of copying photographs.
SCOTT, Mr. H., of Birmingham England wrote two letters in 1908 re his son Sidney, aged 17 years, who arrived recently in Melbourne and was ‘easily led away’. Police find he deserted ship with another crew member, but fail to locate him. 8 pages, List 10.
SCOTT, Isabella of Dumfries, Maxwelltown, Scotland, wrote in 1862 re her brother James SCOTT, a mason, last heard of six years ago. 4 pages, List 5.
SCOTT, Sidney Barnett. Several letters from father Henry Scott of Rotton Park Birmingham England, asking his whereabouts; he is 17 years old. Henry’s brother Sidney, who was in Wellington New Zealand, also wrote. File covers 1908-1910 and traces his employment. 29 pages, List 33. See also entry for Mr. H. Scott, different file.
SCRANTON, William N. of Boston Mass., USA, wrote in 1894 re his brother George who left there in 1852 and has not been heard of since 1855. Not found. 5 pages, List 17.
SCUDAMORE, W.R. wrote from Clapham Common London in 1894 re his son Herbert Charles, aged 24 years, about whom he was worried. 8 pages. List 4.
SCULLY, John, left Colverstown, Co Kildare Ireland c1865, aged c20 years. In 1900 Kitty SMITH, wife of Robert, wrote from Sayville, Long Island, USA, seeking him. She was the daughter of his sister Mrs. Nancy McEVOY. Their father Edward had been a blacksmith. Not found. 9 pages, List 37.
SEBRING, Jacob. Sought by Mrs. Addie Sebring of Memphis, Tennessee in 1902. 1 page, List 24.
SEDGWICK, Henry N.M. of Southsea, England, wrote in 1900 re Edward Barnett NUGENT who lived in Melbourne in the 1880s. 5 pages. CONNECTION FOUND
SEXTON, Charles F., of Guanajuato Mexico wrote in 1893, asking if Charles P. SEXTON is in Melbourne, and whether any jobs for stenographers; letter is typewritten. 1 page, List 3.
SEXTON, John, of Malbay, Co. Clare, Ireland, wrote in 1905 re his late brother Timothy’s estate; he died in Melbourne 25 years ago. John and his sister Ellen CLANCY are the only siblings. Police find niece Susanna Sexton, now Mrs. PRICE, handled the estate, and speak to her sister. 19 pages, List 15.
SEYMOUR, Mrs. Susannah, wrote from Clapham England in 1919 re her husband Charles who left five years ago, has written previously. Found working for sister in law Mrs. KLING, cab proprietor, Hawthorn; spends money on drink. 21 pages, List 26.
SHACKEL, Alex. A. sought by wife Ethel, c/- Mrs. EMERSON, Nth Lowestoft, England in 1914. She has heard he joined the AIF, has a brother in Melbourne. She believes he has remarried. Found. 8 pages, List 7.
SHANAHAN, Nicholas, died as a result of accident at Colac in 1896. Report on incident involving Richard James BALL; he died in boarding house of Mrs. BEAL. 2 pages, List 37.
SHANNON, John J. of South Boston Mass., USA, wrote in 1894 re Richard SHANAHAN who was in the [police] service about three years ago. 1 page, List 17.
SHANNON, Mrs. Katherine of Jersey City New Jersey USA wrote in 1915 re GALLAGHER family. Her mother’s brother Daniel, known as Dudley, left Fermanagh Ireland when a very young man for Australia, c1864. Katherine’s mother was Mary Gallagher and had siblings Ellen and John; her grandfather was John and grandmother Catherine FERGUSON. The rest of the family went to USA after the death of Catherine. She has heard the Gallagher family are wanted to claim a legacy. Police find no trace. 5 pages, List 7.
SHARP, Mary, wrote from Patone, New Zealand in 1904 re her uncle Thomas WATES of Kent, who died in Melbourne. The solicitor handling his probate was a Mr. MILLETT. No record of death or solicitor. 5 pages, List 33.
SHARPE, George. Information sought by brother Robert of Montreal, Canada in 1900. He has recently received a request for money from his family and is suspicious. Found, he is living apart from his family. 9 pages, List 38
SHARPE, William Thomas. New Scotland Yard wrote in 1919 re this person, then living in England, who had applied for a mechanical stage driver’s licence and had lived in Australia in 1914-15. Small photo on file. 4 pages, List 16.
SHARPLES, Mrs. Jane, of Taunton Mass., USA, wrote in 1894 re her brother James SMETHURST, in Melbourne for over 30 years and has several sons. 10 pages, List 4A
SHAW, Mrs. A., wrote from Calcutta, India for address of Jack WILLIAMSON, groom to Sir C. DILKE, was in Melbourne. His brother has died at Poona, leaving a widow. Not found. 5 pages, List 33.
SHAWCROSS, Rev. William of Worcester, late of Gloucester, England re William BANCROFT, who left from Stafford near Manchester many years ago. Shawcross sends him money every year. 11 pages.
SHAWCROSS, Rev. William of Hewelsfield Rectory, Coleford, Gloucester England, wrote in 1893 re William BANCROFT. Acknowledged receipt and forwarded ‘usual bank draft’. 4 pages, List 3. Further letter 1898, enclosing usual bank draft. Gives history of Bancroft – was transported c50yrs ago, c78 yrs of age, almost forgotten there except by a few people. 6 pages, List 18. Another file, 1896 enclosing bank drafts, gives explanation of why funds are sent regularly, 19 pages, List 22.
SHEAHAN, Patrick and Daniel. Information sought by niece Mrs. M. Crowe SELLINGER of New York USA in 1900. Her mother Mrs. May Sheahan CROWE is their sister. Not found. 10 pages, List 37.
SHEEHAN, Mrs. W.F. of New York City, USA, wrote in 1905 re her uncle, mother’s only brother. Police point out she hadn’t even provided a name. 3 pages, List 18.
SHEFFIELD, John E., of Chico, California U.S.A. wrote in 1905, requesting names of ‘all Sheffields in your city.’ 5 pages.
SHEPHERD, George, coachbuilder, Goroke, was sought by wife H. of South Dunedin New Zealand in 1906. Found. 4 pages, List 19.
SHEPPARD, George Tomlinson, only son of John, a gentleman, of Middlesex, England, ‘quarreled with father on mother’s account’, sought by daughter Mrs. Hannah Hill TILBURY, Dunedin New Zealand in 1895. Not found. 9 pages, List 28.
SHERIFF, Mary Ann. Aberdeen Scotland solicitors write on her behalf re her husband Stanley Layman Sheriff, 1919. He is an Australian gunner, and they met when he was on furlough and subsequently married; she is only 19 years old. They were supposed to be going to Australia, but he has put it off, and now she doubts his background and wants it checked. Police confirm he has a sister Mrs. J. BROOKSBY of Horsham and he is of good character, but don’t mention he was illegitimate. 6 pages, List 12.
SHORT, William of Gateshead on Tyne, England wrote in 1905 re his great uncles William and Robert TERRINGTON who arrived Melbourne c.1856. 7 pages.
SHORTEN, Charles, sought by nephew Thomas GOOD. He was Irish, emigrated in 1867, now c50 years. Not found. 11 pages, List 34.
SIDEBOTTOM, George. Sought by wife Mary of Heavely, Stockport Cheshire England in 1915. He left her 8 years ago, from Denton Lancashire and is 53 years of age. She is paying his life insurance premiums and asks if he is dead. Police locate him, but he claims he is single and was never married, and that she is really Mary CARLISLE, who with her husband Robert, used to live in the same house. Further investigations prove he is lying, has a wife Esther GAGG and 3 children. 7 pages, List 8.
SIEGFRIED, Eugene, German, c23 years, arrived Victoria c1880, made glass models. Information sought by William A. HAY of New Orleans in 1902. 9 pages, List 24.
SILK, James of Whitehall, Co. Kilkenny Ireland, wrote in 1914 re John WALL, farmer, Koroit (Victoria) who died some years ago. He is a relation and queries the existence of a Will. Police reply that two people of that name died in Koroit, neither mentioned him in their wills. 4 pages, List 8.
SIMPSON, Henry. Sought by George Simpson of Hanley, Staff. Potts, UK. A newspaper notice there recorded his death in Melbourne, had a brother Joseph of Cobridge. Believes Henry is his father; mother is still alive. Not found. 9 pages, List 24.
SIMPSON, J. Clerk of Guardians, St. Peter’s Hospital, Bristol England, wrote in 1915 re Doris May CUTLAND. Her father Charles Herbert Cutland had left Bristol in 1913 for Australia. In January 1914 his wife and children followed him, except for Doris who was too ill to travel and left with an aunt there. Doris was now being supported by the Hospital, and Simpson wanted the father to pay maintenance. Police report he had drowned and the mother was in a destitute position. 9 pages, List 7.
SIMPSON, John A. of Jarrow on Tyne, Co Durham, England, wrote in 1894 re his nephew George RAMM, who left there with his mother 10-11 years ago, to go to his father in Melbourne. 7 pages, List 4.
SIMPSON, Mrs. Mary (wife of Charles C.) of San Antonio Texas US, wrote in 1913 re her uncle Patrick KENEALY, who died intestate in Melbourne in 1909. She queries the delay in settlement by the Trustees. 11 pages, List 13.
SINCLAIR, Mrs. Andrew of Everett, Mass., USA wrote in 1911 re Captain Henry SMITH, native of West Sandwich, Shetland, Scotland aged about 70 years. Despite a search he was not found. 10 pages.
SINGER, Mrs. Hanna, of New York City USA wrote in 1912 re her sister Sarah SWAAB. 3 pages.
SINGH, Haruldor Autar, schoolmaster, 3rd Burma infantry. Gives pay rate there and seeks ‘high appointment in police battalion’. 2 pages, List 3.
SINGH, RAM, hawker, died in Western District c1896. His brother Santha Singh, son of Hera Singh wrote from the Vizagapatam District, Madras Presidency contesting the disposal of his estate. Hurdit Singh, son of Jagot Singh, lied when he said he was the brother of the deceased and took possession of the property. The writer is a family man with children. Several letters from him. 33 pages, List 34.
SINGH, SINT, died in shop of Ishar DAS in Melbourne in 1902, well known as a hawker at Chiltern. Brother in law Chodhari Jagit SINGH, from Dera Khalsa District, Rawalpindi writes asking details; a Hindu, he was cremated. 11 pages, List 24.
SINGLETON, John C. of San Francisco, California, USA wrote in 1896 re his brother Michael, a native of Co. Cork, Ireland, a shoemaker who had arrived in Australia c1880 and had three brothers, John, Dan and Dennis. 6 pages.
SISSIA, Jean. Wrote in French from Paris in 1897, seeking his brother Amedo, late of San Francisco. Not found. 11 pages, List 18.
SKEFFINGTON, Richard W., last heard of in 1891, sought by sister Annie M.A. of Gargscang, Lancashire in 1900. Not found. 5 pages, List 38.
SKELTON, Hannah Maria, wrote from Sheffield Yorkshire England in 1915 re her uncle George CHAFOR, who sailed from Liverpool in 1857, then 28 years old. Her father William was his brother. Not found. 12 pages, List 7.
SKERRITT, Julia, wrote from Dunedin New Zealand in 1894 re her brother Patrick. 1 page, List 30.
SLATER, James. Blacksmith, died Natal South Africa 1904. Correspondence re his lawful wife Annie RICHARDSON, nee UNDERWOOD, who says his real name was Samuel Richardson, and he left her and lived with Catherine GALBRAITH. The latter agrees this is correct. List 15.
SLATTERY, Mrs., wrote from Dunedin New Zealand in 1899, asking police to see her daughter E.J., and see why she has not returned home as money has been sent. 9 pages, List 37.
SLAVEN, Peter, wrote from Dundee Scotland in 1912 re his relative Luke DARCY; found in Gippsland. 2 pages, List 32.
SMEATON, John H., wrote from Edinburgh City police in 1912, interested in joining Victoria police. Gives details, 29 years, served in army in South Africa. 3 pages, List 32.
SMIRNOFF, Olga. Police at Simla India write in 1908 to Victoria police regarding the suspicious activities of this woman, who was a Russian. Although posing as a tourist she travelled third class, which only poor people did, and was now on her way to Australia. Her activities in Australia were tracked until her departure. 8 pages. List 5.
SMITH, Amy of Durban South Africa wrote in 1906 and asked police to give a letter to her daughter Gladys McNAMARA who was now in a Home in Melbourne. Gladys’s father A.C. McNAMARA was executed in Melbourne in 1902. 1 page. Further letter in 1907, asks police help in seeing if her daughter could join her there, she is 16 years old and at the Sutherland Home. 6 pages, List 23.
SMITH, Mrs. Bessie of Plumstead, London England wrote in 1914 re her daughter Doris Lister WILLIS, taken from England by her foster parents WARNECKE, and believed to be in Melbourne. Child born c.1904, Bessie subsequently married in 1910. Wants her child returned to her. 9 pages.
SMITH, C. Holled [?] of Milford Hall, Montgomeryshire Wales, wrote in 1900 re Harry OAKLEY, a draper, who had left c9 years previously. His father John G. of Newtown Montgomeryshire was anxious about him. 8 pages, List 16.
SMITH, Mrs. Elizabeth, of Tralee Ireland, wrote in 1913 re her husband Dr. Robert Smith. She had previously written c1903 and police had found he had married Josephine TETU/TEETE in Orbost in 1896. His brother John has made contact with Elizabeth, seeking family papers, then sent them to his brother William in London. Elizabeth seeks information on Robert. Police find he died in 1899, leaving a widow and two children destitute; was an alcoholic. 13 pages, List 12. Two letters from Elizabeth, written in 1900, have been found in another Unit, presumably separated from the 1913 file. 4 pages, List 16. Another file in 1897 – see under Robert Smith.
SMITH, Ethel Adams, wrote in 1915 from Monkwearmouth, Sunderland England, re husband John Bell SMITH, brewer’s assistant, whom she hadn’t heard from; they have 4 children. Police find him in Sydney. A further letter in 1916 states he has failed to pay maintenance. Police respond that he has joined the AIF, and given his next of kin as Alice Sarah CARROLL whom he had married in 1915, suggesting he is a bigamist. 17 pages, List 6.
SMITH, James A. of Marshall Islands, North Pacific wrote in 1903 re his father William John SMITH, a native of Dublin, who left c.1867 for Melbourne. He used to write to his sister Mary KERWIN. 4 pages.
SMITH, Dr Robert. Information sought by wife Eliza A., Tralee, Co Kerry Ireland in 1897. They were married in Dublin in 1881 and have 2 children. He went to Australia in 1884, and she last heard from him in 1885. His brother William in London heard in 1893. Police find he is at Omeo and had married Josephine Tetu. 11 pages, List 35. See also entries under Elizabeth.
SMITH, Robert, of H.M.S. Sydney, wrote in 1906, asking for help to trace his uncle Richard G. SMITH, who left Tynemouth England c23 yrs ago, and was at some stage in the police force. Found. 5 pages, List 19.
SMITH, S.L., accountant, of Sacramento California USA wrote in 1915, enclosing 2 photos of James H. WARD and wife Mary Alicia WESTNEAT, married there in 1911. She was from Melbourne. Writer suspects Ward already had a wife in Melbourne, and the pair have run off together. Police ask reason for enquiry; no response. 2 pages. See instructions re photograph costs.
SMITH, Stanley Layton. His wife writes from Christchurch New Zealand in 1906. He has left her, and she believes he is in Melbourne. 2 pages, List 9.
SMITH, T.P., Commissioner, Royal Irish Constabulary, Belfast Ireland, wrote in 1912 re Robert ROINEY, whose family there are destitute. He was believed to be in Melbourne. 4 pages. List 15.
SMITH, Thomas. Wrote in 1899 on behalf of the mother of Kirkley/Kirstley McMILLAN, who was anxious about him; not found. 11 pages, List 20.
SMITH, Vera, recently arrived in Melbourne, gave birth to a child in 1913, being then only 16 years old. Police investigate with a view to laying charges against the father. Her married sister Mrs. DUNCAN was in Melbourne. Vera was born at Pleasant Point, New Zealand. 5 pages, List 13.
SMITH, Walter Ewing, born Liverpool England c1837. Rev. G.P. Despard of Sandhurst (Bendigo) wrote on behalf of his widowed mother in England, who hadn’t heard from him for several years. 13 pages. List 5.
SMITH, William, of Minneapolis, USA, wrote in 1910 re his brother Daniel who left New Brunswick in 1853 for Ballarat. 4 pages, List 14. CONNECTION FOUND
SMITH, William N., sought by John A. LOGAN, City Marshal, Elgin, Ill., USA in 1900. He was formerly the licensee of the Lincolnshire Hotel in Essendon, has a wife and child with him. Found, states he was born in California. 9 pages, List 39.
SMYTH, John, MD of Hon. East India Co., writes from Holywood near Belfast Ireland in 1862. Sent money to nephew Patrick Smyth, c25yrs, but apparently never received by him. Wants investigation made. 3 pages. List 5.
SNELL, Mary Jane and her daughter Emma JOHNS, wrote from Lowerquarter, Ludgvan, Long Rock, Cornwall in 1897. They have received a letter from Mrs. Susan GOYNE of Honeysuckle Creek, near Bendigo, (on file) announcing that Mary Jane’s son George Snell has died in W.A., leaving a 10 year daughter Martha, whom they would like sent to them. Local resident William Arthur SPENCER and his wife of nearby Elsmere would also like to keep the child, and have been caring for her for 3 years. Henry Goyne was with George in W.A.. 17 pages, List 34.
SNODGRASS, Frank Campbell. Wrote 2 letters from Parkville Hospital in 1914, alleging ill-treatment by police and others. Is brother in law of late Janet, Lady Clark. ‘has given a good deal of annoyance of late to his friends’. 13 pages, List 32.
SNOOK, John of Vancouver Canada wrote in 1918 re his uncle Albert and family, who haven’t been heard from for many years. Police interview every Snook in Melbourne, and report that a Mrs. Frank ASHBY nee Snook is a possible relation, and will write to him. 15 pages, List 6.
SNOW, Miss Annie E., of Hare Hills, Leeds, England, wrote in 1917 re her brother John James SNOW. 4 pages.
SNOWDON, Samuel. Sought by his granddaughter Mrs. Jane Stewart Snowdon of Redcroft, North Berwick Scotland in 1918. She writes twice, the first time asking if anyone had advertised in a newspaper for McKie or Snowdon, but her details are too vague for anything to be done. Her second letter states that Samuel came to Australia c1854 and bought land near Belfast. File includes correspondence with Lloyds, who state they were looking for a John Beattie McKee, not McKie. Samuel not found. 17 pages, List 16.
SOMERVILLE, Mrs. of Jamestown, Dumbartonshire Scotland, wrote in 1915 re her sister Mary McCULLUM or KELLY ‘she got married last year at Melbourne to Mr. SMITH, he is a farmer …’. Their brother ‘got fately wounded at the front’. Not found. 9 pages, List 8.
SOMMERFELD, E. of Hamburg wrote in 1920 re the survivors of the deceased Ferdinand FALCK who was his father’s brother. 5 pages, List 15.
SONNERGREN, Helge Emil Wilhelm. Chief Commissioner of Police in Amsterdam wrote in 1917, asking for details of his background. Police report he was secretary to the Consul here. 4 pages, List 20.
SOUBIE, Mesdemoiselles Marie and Jeannette, of Osse, par Bedong (Bassey-Pyrenees) wrote in 1868 re their brother John who had died at Castlemaine (Victoria) the previous year, and the ‘fortune’ he would have left. 8 pages. List 5
SOULE, Kate, of Harvey, North Dakota. U.S. Consul in Melbourne wrote on her behalf in 1904 re her husband who had disappeared. He was 40 years, a wheat speculator. A photo of him aged 18 is in the file. Police inquiry circulated through country districts, and Soule family at Chiltern and Warrnambool contacted. 22 pages, some duplicated, List 20. See instructions re copying of photographs.
SOUTHON, Henry David, 22 years, sailed from Kent in 1895. Supt. S. BARTLETT, Kent County Constabulary writes in 1896 on behalf of friends who haven’t heard from him and are concerned. Found interstate. Photo on file. See introduction re copying of photographs. 13 pages, List 37.
SOWDEN, Thomas Henry alias PALMER, sought by wife Selina in Adelaide in 1896; she hadn’t heard from him for more than 7 years. He was a compositor, c39 years old. Not found. 7 pages, List 37
SPARLENDER, Fritz. American Consul in Melbourne wrote in 1914 re this man, last heard of in country Victoria. His father Heinrich in Hanover seeks information. Not found. 8 pages, List 8.
SPEAR, Benjamin John Sprey. Information sought by wife in Auckland New Zealand in 1898; not heard from since 1892. Tracked throughout Victoria, but not found. 34 pages, List 25.
SPINNEY, Alfred William, sought by wife Louie, c/- Mr. Moore, Parkstone, Dorset England, in 1917. She hasn’t heard from him for 3 years, has an 8 year old daughter. Not found. 8 pages, List 6.
SPITTLE, Samuel, sought by William WALTON, grandson of his sister Nancy Spittle Walton in 1898. He writes from Homestead, P.A. Allegheany County. USA. 1 page, List 27.
SPRIGGS, Steward of Aldermanbury in the City of London. He and his partner Herbert ASHTON were declared bankrupt in 1853, but Spriggs ran away to Australia. Found. List 16.
SPRINGER, John A., Barbados, West Indies, Inspector General of police wrote in 1894 on his behalf, re his nephew Benjamin McC. Springer, c30 years, not heard from since 1891, was at Wilsons Prom. Lightho/stronguse. 8 pages, List 28.
STAFFORD, Frederick, wrote from Devonport, Devon UK in 1901 asking if his father of the same name is still alive; they previously found him in 1891. Found, but denies having a son in England. 7 pages, List 40.
STAINE, Henry Douglas. Chief Constable at Portsmouth England wrote in 1894 on behalf of George Henry Staine. His son Henry D. had written home from Melbourne and talked of suicide. He was 22 yrs. 14 pages, List 19.
STANDRING, Mrs. Mary Ann of New York City USA, wrote several letters in 1915 (appalling handwriting!) re the death of her husband (details were in a previous letter not on file) and an old friend, Miss WRIGHT who arrived c25 years ago from London and worked for various drapers in Melbourne. Police find she is now married to David MACDONALD. 15 pages, List 8.
STANLEY, Jane and Joseph; enquired for by solicitor A. Whitehorne of North Shields England in 1897, on behalf of relatives. He came to Australia 1868, she some ten years later. 4 pages.
STANLEY, Walter H. (J.P.) wrote from Edgbaston Birmingham England in 1895 re his nephew William Robert GAY, who was working in Melbourne with Mr. POWELL, dentist. Asks private report on his activities, which is given. 5 pages, List 28.
STANNERS, John, formerly of London England, blacksmith, went to Victoria 1880, and George Montgomery EDGOTT, blacksmith, sought in 1897 by sister Elizabeth Stanners FOSTER of Boston Mass., USA. Not found. 9 pages, List 25.
STANTON, Patrick, left Co Mayo Ireland c40 years ago, last heard from in Melbourne. In 1901 his cousin Andrew GIBBONS of Chicago asked police to trace him. All Stantons in Melbourne interviewed, but not found. 20 pages, List 40.
STARKE, T.P., Inspector, National Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Children, Norwich, England, wrote in 1893 re Robert THORPE. Starke is executor of his mother’s Will. Thorpe is son of an old sea captain and was lost sight of for some years, until letters appealing for money arrived from his wife. Asks confirmation of situation; police report de facto situation. 4 pages, List 3. Further letter from Starke in 1895 requesting address of Thorpe – found. 2 pages, List 9.
STEPHENS, Mrs. S., of Liverpool England, wrote in 1920 re her son Charles, who had been employed on a hospital ship and left it in 1919. 7 pages.
STEVENS, A.B. American Consul in Melbourne writes in 1908; he left San Francisco for Melbourne in 1891, was born in New Atehns, Ill., aged 38 years and a telegraph operator. Not found. 6 pages, List 10.
STEVENS, Arthur E. Sought by wife Rhoda Mary of Leicester England, in 1915. He left 3 years ago, and hasn’t been heard of since January 1914; she had four children. He had fought in the Boer War and was a farm worker and groom. Found. 10 pages, List 8.
STEVENS, Henry Blakely. Series of letters from father Genery of Worcester, Mass., USA, 1901. Henry ‘had a drink habit and thinking a long voyage where he could not get any liquor for 3 months would benefit him, we sent him to Freemantle, Western Australia … as soon as he got there and received his money, he started for Melbourne, and went on a debauch …’ . Henry eventually found, had been in prison under assumed name, wants nothing to do with parents. 46 pages, List 5.
STEVENS, Samuel, ex chief constable of Nottingham, wrote from West Bridgford Notts in 1900, asking if enclosed letter (not on file) re Joseph RINGROSE is correct regarding burial costs paid for by Charles WHITPAIN of Ballarat. 5 pages, List 38.
STEVENSON, Mrs Catherine, of Liverpool England, wrote in 1914 re her husband James, who left over 3 years ago, leaving her with 3 children. She has received a letter from Melbourne, signed Eva Stevenson, asking her to set her husband free as she has children by him. Police cannot locate him; receive a further letter that she has heard from her husband. 7 pages, List 7.
STEVENSON, Mrs. Catherine of Liverpool England, wrote in 1915 re husband James who left 5 years ago. Photo of him enclosed. File includes letter from Eva Stevenson of South Yarra, who writes that her real name is DORAN, and that she is of a good family who think they are married. She has a girl 3 yrs and a boy of 5 months, and is 24 years old. Several letters on file. 16 pages, List 8. See instructions re copying of photographs.
STEVENSON, Mrs. Jason, wrote from Melton Mowbray in 1897 re her brother John BENNETT, who left there in 1881. Encloses copy of his last letter, from Bathurst in 1888. He left a daughter behind. Not found. 9 pages, List 25.
STOBIE, Cyril Claude, sought by brother T.H. STOBIE of St. Margaret’s Twickenham, London, in 1916. He is 21 years, last heard of in Melbourne; found. 7 pages, List 6.
STOCK, C.G. of National Bank of India, London, wrote in 1900 re Alexander E. BAILEY, 40 yrs, an accountant, who left a young wife and two children in England. Had been working in a Calcutta bank, but suddenly left. Not found. 6 pages, List 19.
STOCKDALE, Thomas, sought by daughter Martha, Solomon Falls, New Hampshire, USA in 1895; not found. 11 pages, List 28.
STOEDERUM, Hartog, born Amsterdam 1888, has left his wife and children. Netherlands Consul in Melbourne writes; believed to be in Sydney 18 months ago. Not found. 6 pages, List 8.
STOYLE, Mrs. H. of Bath England, wrote in 1913 re her husband Henry, 29 years, a baker, who left two years ago. Not found. 5 pages, List 12.
STRACEY, Charles Angus alias Ronald McDONALD. Wanted in South Africa for fraud in 1917. Wife Louisa BATCHELOR found in Melbourne, and states that she married Stracey in Melbourne in 1905, then as Johnstone married him again under name of Ronald McDonald in Durban in 1911 to confuse officials. Detective Denis COMMONS and postal officer Robert Jamieson SMITH go to South Africa to give evidence. Because of the war, have to go on a navy ship. Very large file of 71 pages, but most to do with getting Smith and Commons overseas, and the costs involved. List 6.
STRACHAN, James, chemist, information sought by solicitors in Scotland in 1896. He died in Orange NSW in 1882, was a nephew of the late Colonel RENNIE who had died in Scotland. Copy of death certificate on file; married Amelia DOWN in London, had one child. Police attempt to trace family. 4 pages, List 34.
STRACK, Gottlieb, son of Philip of Brunswick Germany, went to Australia in the 1850s. Information sought by Otto CLAUS of Baltimore, USA in 1897. Not found. 5 pages, some damaged. List 36.
STRAUSS, Leon A., violinist, left US for Australia in 1900. Pinkerton’s Detective Agency, San Francisco asked discreet enquiry about his circumstances in 1901. Incomplete file. 3 pages, List 41.
STUART, Mrs. Annie, of Boston, Mass., USA, wrote in 1918 re Jack CLIVE and wife Julia nee BARRY, who left there in the late 1880s. She wants details of a girl they knew Mocine (?) ORR, who is entitled to an interest in a small estate. Not found. 4 pages, List 6.
STUART, Mrs. Annie, c/- Winchester Hotel, San Francisco USA, wrote in 1915 re husband Michael A. HYNES. They were married in 1914, but she discovered he was ‘a woman chaser’ and seeks details of his Australian background. He was a seaman, 29-35 years, parents Carl and Margaret HEINTZ supposed to be in Melbourne. Letter from his friend J.T. HIGGINS of Qld., an ‘old shipmate’ on file. Police cannot locate parents or anything about him. She is the widow of late Hon. Henry STUART, M.L.C. 21 pages, List 8.
STUART, Wallace. Came from Australia to California in 1885, gaoled for forgery for 3 years, and again for same offence in 1888, this time for 7 years. A woman claiming to be his wife has produced papers stating he was a respected businessman in Melbourne, in an attempt to get him pardoned. Charles AULL, warden, state prison, Represa, Sacramento Co. California, writes re authenticity of claim; found to be false. 2 pages.
STUBANS, Adolph, sought by nephew Frederick, Jersey City, USA in 1906. He arrived c1854, last heard of at Sandridge. Not found. 4 pages, List 31.
STUDD, George, wrote from Peniel Hall, Los Angeles in 1902, on behalf of Englishman Henry MORGAN who wanted to contact his siter Mrs. Charles DENSTON who was believed to be in Melbourne. Her husband was a journalist. Found. Small religious brochure on file on conversion of Amasa THAYER, a hatter. 16 pages, List 24.
STUDHOLME, Mrs. Mary of Long Gully, Bendigo Victoria, wrote in 1912 re her husband Robert, who left in 1898. He went firstly to Western Australia, then to England on account of his father Rev. T.M. Studholme’s death at Milnthorpe, Westmoreland. He subsequently served in the Boer War. He had an aunt Miss Elizabeth BAINES and cousins Mrs. William HODGSON and Richard MASHITER. She hasn’t heard from him since 1900. 6 pages, List 12.
STURROCK, Arthur, wanted for embezzlement on bank in Ayrshire Scotland and arrested by Victorian police in 1897. File re capture and return to Scotland. 24 pages, List 36.
SUCKLING, William, of Bureau of Public Health, Regina, Sask., Canada wrote in 1917 re brothers of that name who left Essex England about 50 years ago for Australia. 8 pages.
SULLIVAN, Denis, of San Francisco California USA wrote in 1914 re his brother Timothy, of South Melbourne, who disappeared in April 1913, leaving a family of seven young children. His mother, six brothers and four sisters are worried; have written to his wife and got no reply. Police report family are still at South Melbourne, and the wife writes regularly to her husband’s mother in Ireland and has written to Denis but got no reply. 5 pages, List 7.
SULLIVAN, Mrs. Elizabeth. Address sought in 1898 by niece Arabella Clementina LA MOON nee CHUTE, of Eastville, Bristol, England. She lived with the Sullivan family in Chilwell 20 years ago. Police find husband John had died, locate son John and mother. 12 pages, List 26.
SULLIVAN, Francis Joseph, sought by wife E., of King’s Hill, Harrismith, Orange Free State, South Africa, in 1912. He left there for Melbourne in 1908; not found. 4 pages, List 32.
SULLIVAN, Margaret, of Boston Mass., USA wrote in 1915 re her father John O’HARE, last heard of 18 years ago in Hamilton. Two men of that name interviewed but not the right person. 5 pages, List 8.
SULLY, William, wrote from London, Canada in 1904 on behalf of his father in law Rev. Archibald BLUE, who left his birthplace of Glasgow twenty-one years ago. His sister went to Melbourne and married John GILLIS. (Reply not on file). 2 pages, List 32.
SUTCLIFFE, J.T., dentist, last heard from in Melbourne, sought by T.A.A CHAPMAN of Broadford, UK in 1895. 6 pages, List 29.
SUTHERLAND, Mrs, wrote from Butterley near Ludlow England in 1910, enquiring for her brother George Henry REYNOLDS, who came to Melbourne about 14 years ago. 5 pages, List 27.
SUTTON, C.J., farmer, Catling [?] River Otago, New Zealand, wrote in 1895 asking detail of birth of a child his wife had in 1892, probably in Melbourne. She left him in 1891, then pregnant to – KEMP. She used the name MANNING, and her brother was living in Brunswick then. 8 pages, List 29.
SVEDBER, Sven. Swedish Consul in Melbourne wrote in 1891 on behalf of relatives, regarding his deceased estate. Mrs. Christiana SCOTT of Steiglitz was his landlady. 9 pages, List 15.
SVENSSON, Andreas, wrote in Swedish from Goteborg, Sweden in 1906 re Herman LARSON. Not found. 5 pages, List 29.
SWAIN, W.T., of Walham Green, Fulham London England, wrote in 1892 applying to join police force. He was 25 years of age. 1 page.
SWAINSTON, Miss E.A. wrote from Middleston England in 1895 re her father John Harward Swainston who left there 12 years ago under the name of LIVINSTONE. Not found. 2 pages, List 30.
SWANTON, Mary and Kate, Cardiff, Wales wrote in 1902: ‘we are orphans’ and asked police to find their uncles and only relatives, George Swanton and – HART. Police unsuccessful. 4 pages List 5.
SWEENEY, John, confidential investigator, London, late Dept. Insp. New Scotland Yard, wrote in 1914 re Walter WOODWARD, c30 years, querying how long he had lived with Mrs. BRILL at Port and South Melbourne. Her sister Mrs. ROBINSON lives in Fitzroy, as does a cousin. Police reply that it is not their business. 2 pages, List 7
SWEENEY, Mrs. Mary, wrote from Akron Ohio USA in 1914 re her uncle Martin CARROLL. Reply states insufficient detail provided to enable search to be undertaken. 2 pages, List 7.
SWEET, James, sought by mother Margaret, who wrote from Pendelton, Manchesgter UK in 1895. He is 20-30 years old, was in Tasmania in 1890, Victoria in 1892; not found. 10 pages and photo. List 28.
SWIFT, Lieut. Joseph, RN, wrote from Malta in 1920 re his wife, who ran off in 1915 with – BARTHOLOMEW, leaving him with their three children, and Bartholomew’s wife with five. She had twins on board ship, but they both died. She was subsequently charged with robbery. He seeks details of her present whereabouts as he wants a divorce. 7 pages, List 14.
SYKES, Mrs Minnie of Doncaster England, wrote a series of letters in 1915 re her husband Robert, who deserted 3 years ago for Australia. He sent money for the first year, but not since. She wrote to his landlady, informing her of the situation, and preventing him marrying her daughter. He is 30 and a painter. Robert was found by police and offered to send money for her passage, but she refused. 17 pages, List 8.
SYMES, William Crouch, sought by solicitors BENSON, CARPENTER & CO., Bristol England, in 1895. He was living in Melbourne in 1891, would now be c30years old. The enquiry was in connection with James CROUCH deceased. 9 pages, List 31.
SYMONDS, F., Hillside, Dunedin, New Zealand, wrote in 1914 re uncle William EWERS who hasn’t answered recent letters. Police find he has died, executor informed of enquiry. 5 pages, List 31.
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T TAIT, William A., of Jersey City, New Jersey USA, wrote in 1908 re his brother John, who left Ireland c1858, when aged about 25 years, and opened a hotel in Melbourne. He hasn’t heard from him in 25 years. Police check every Tait in Melbourne, but fail to find him. 12 pages, List 10.
TALLIS, W.H., wrote from Royal Palace Hotel Atlantic City USA in 1900 re brother A.A. Tallis, said to be in East Melbourne, but not heard from for some months. Found. 5 pages, List 39.
TARBURN, Mary Ann wrote from Paisley Scotland in 1892 re her husband George, a cab driver, who left there seven years ago and has not been heard of for some years; believed to be in Melbourne. 6 pages.
TATE, Robert P., wrote from Cash Creek, Ashcroft, B.C., in 1906 re joining police, was in Nth of Ireland Yeomanry. 3 pages, List 29.
TAYLOR, H.A., wrote from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, in 1912, asking police to find his family; he has lost trace due to a fire destroying his papers. He was born in Geelong, his father E.W. died c1906 in Melbourne, and his siblings are William Edward, Benjamin Bell and, Elizabeth Helen; one brother is a reporter. Family found. 10 pages, List 32.
TAYLOR, James, died Colvinsby Victoria in 1876; widow sought by Melbourne solicitors in 1895, last heard of living in Ararat with daughter. Found, now the wife of Hugh GARDAN. 7 pages, List 30.
TAYLOR, Lillian May, sought by mother Mary FORMBY of Liverpool, 1901. She was sent to her aunt Mrs. WILSON of Williamstown some months ago, mother had not heard since. 5 pages, List 5.
TAYLOR, Mrs. Sarah, wrote from Camberwell London England in 1897 re her husband Thomas. She has received news that he attempted suicide in 1896 and was placed in a Melbourne hospital. He had been a seaman on the Perthshire and was addicted to drink. 10 pages, List 20.
TAYLOR, William, of San Rafael, California, USA, wrote in 1907 re his brother Thomas and sister Mrs. M. GALLAGHER. He left them in Melbourne in 1904; found. 7 pages, List 18.
TEAGUE, G. of Blackfriars Works, Salford, Manchester England, wrote in 1914 re his 25 year old relative Norman WREN, who sailed for Melbourne some months before and had not been heard from since. Not found. 6 pages, List 10.
TELFORD, E.R., watchmaker, Dumfries, Scotland, wrote in 1901 re his uncle Matthew MUNRO, contractor, who was accidentally killed at Ballarat in 1899; no record of death. 5 pages, List 39.
TEMPLETON, James sought by sister in Edinburgh in 1920; she enquires through YMCA. 8 pages, List 24.
TENNANT, John, engineer, sought by brother in law Henry REID, spirit merchant, Glasgow, in 1896; he hadn’t answered letters. Found. 7 pages, List 34.
TEWKSBURY, Sidney J.B., newsagent, Hotel del Monte, Monterey, California USA wrote in 1899 to Lord Mayor of Melbourne, who passed letter to police. He was trying to locate his sister Annie WILSON, daughter of a Dr. WILSON of Australia who had died several years ago. Annie had married Richard WRIGHT and lived in Melbourne about seven years ago. The WIGGINS name was mentioned in letters from her. 24 pages, including a listing of all A. Wright entries in Victorian directory.
THOMAS, Mary of Swansea South Wales wrote in 1894 re her son George, ‘years since he left home … would like to hear from him before I depart this life …’. 2 pages List 4.
THOMAS, R.J., County Surveyor, Buckinghamshire England, wrote in 1894 on behalf of mother of Hilmar de Wahlien AGA, a Norwegian, who had been in Melbourne for many years. She was dying. 12 pages, List 4.
THOMPSON, Ada of Richmond Victoria wrote in 1915, asking for help in getting a maintenance order, issued nearly three years ago, complied with. She has a four year old child. Her husband John Hutchinson Thompson is an engineer in work at Gateshead England. Police write to English police, who find that he is living with his married sister Mrs. MILBURN and his reluctance to pay maintenance. 7 pages, List 8.
THOMPSON, Albert E., of Baltimore MD, USA, wrote in 1893 re William ALDWELL’s family. Thompson wrote on behalf of his mother Selina, who is a first cousin. 1 page.
THOMPSON, John of Southall Green, Middlesex England, wrote in 1892, applying to join police force. He was 31 years, had been in the Metropolitan Police London for nearly 11 years; copies of 3 references on file. 4 pages.
THOMPSON, John of Toronto Canada wrote in 1896 re Richard VERNON born 1786, may have been transported from England to Australia. In 1869 someone advertised for his relatives. Thompson’s mother is a joint legatee with Richard. 4 pages, incomplete file.
THOMPSON, Joseph M., of Burley, Cassia, Idaho, USA, wrote in 1917 re his uncle Robert or Michael WALKER, who emigrated from England to Australia many years ago, with an ‘Englishman of wealth who took men and all kinds of supplies for colonizing a new county. My uncle raised a large family … eldest son killed by a mad bull …’. Walker’s sister Elizabeth, now deceased is his mother, also had an aunt Ellen and a grandfather Walker, who lived in Tollington, Norfolk England. Reply states information too vague. 2 pages. List 6
THOMPSON, Mary. J.R. LUNDON, solicitor, of Auckland New Zealand, wrote a detailed letter in 1906 regarding the death of this woman in the Immigrants Home in Melbourne in 1886. He sought confirmation that she was the same person as a woman who arrived in Victoria with her family in 1856, (maiden name CAMERON), married and subsequently left her family in New Zealand. His client is a daughter. 8 pages, List 19.
THOMSON, Jessie G. of Gowan St. Arbroath Scotland, wrote in 1899 re her son Stewart G. Thomson. She had given him money to set up in business but he had wasted it. Her last letter returned from G.P.O. 6 pages, List 17.
THORN/THORNE, Edmund Paulus Niels, a Dane, died in Shanghai, China in 1920. Danish Consul there writes trying to contact relatives. Woman with whom Thorn/Thorne was living has not produced marriage certificate, but claims he was born in Melbourne in 1882 and has a son named Edwin. 8 pages.
THORPE, Frank or Frank Thorpe LINDSAY. New Scotland Yard UK, wrote in 1913 regarding three letters they had received from him. He was working on a ship, is separated from his wife and three children, and had formerly been in a lunatic asylum. Philip DONOVAN is mentioned in connection with his wife. 6 pages, List 15.
THORPE, Jabez, sought by Gloster S. WHITE, printer and publisher, Bathurst, in 1897. His 84 year father is Thorpe’s cousin and only relative in the colonies. Not heard from for 7 years. 5 pages, List 36.
THORPE, Thomas, wrote in 1917 re his son John George Thorpe, 20 yrs and single, who had arrived in Melbourne in 1914 and hadn’t been heard of since. Found by police. Photo and 7 pages. (See comment about photographic reproduction costs in introduction.)
THURSFIELD, Mrs., of Congleton, Cheshire England wrote in 1892 re her sister Mrs. GUNNING who was living near Bairnsdale Victoria. 5 pages.
THYNAN, Mrs. Thomas. Chief of Police, Montreal, Canada, wrote on her behalf in 1893; she was anxious about her brother Richard HAND. 5 Pages.
TIBBLE, Mrs. E., of Christchurch New Zealand, wrote in 1912 re her husband who deserted three months ago. He was a cook and baker, native of London and 48 years of age. 5 pages, List 14.
TICKEL, James, sought by sister Lydia WILLIAMS of North Monagan, Peterborough, Ontario, Canada in 1906. He left Beaworthy, Devonshire c57 years ago. Not found. 8 pages, List 31.
TICKLE, Thomas, sought by sister Charlotte HARRISON, Chicago, Ill., USA in 1894. Believed to be in Castlemaine. Not found. 2 pages, List 30.
TIDY, Jane, widow of Edward, accidentally killed near Auckland New Zealand in 1897. Was a hotel proprietor in Rochester. William BROWN of Brown & McCullach, Melbourne, her confidential agent, seeks details. Copy of inquest on file. 12 pages, List 25.
TILLICH, Andreas. Austro Hungarian Consul in Melbourne wrote re him in 1907, not found. 15 pages, List 23.
TIMBS, Frank, clerk, 22 years, described, ran away from parents. W.L. CHRYSTAL, Christchurch New Zealand, asks discreet enquiry in 1909. Not found. 9 pages, List 41.
TIMMONS, E.J., Chief of Police, New Rochelle, New York USA, wrote in 1901 re his uncle Samuel CLUXTON who left Ireland and was supposed to have died in Australia in the 1850s. 2 pages, List 18.
TIPP, Mrs. A. of Seattle, Washington USA, wrote in 1908. She was born in Rokewood 43 years ago, her parents being Andrena and William MAY. She is entitled to a share in her late mother’s estate. Police report that her mother left her assets to her grandchildren. 4 pages, List 13.
TIRONI, Nikolaus. Sought by Austro-Hungarian Consulate in 1906; was from Dalmatia. 4 pages, List 19 .
TOBIN, Mrs. Elizabeth, of Lowell, Massachusetts, USA, wrote in 1894 re her brother John WILLIAMS, born in Crook, Passage East County Waterford Ireland, whom she last heard from 35-36 years ago. He would be 50-60 years of age, and owned some boats ‘that used to go up and down the Canal.’ 3 pages, List 4.
TODD, William. Local vicar of Castle Eden, County Durham England, writes in 1892 re Todd, two years ago living in Melbourne. His parents are anxious to hear from him. 6 pages.
TODHUNTER, Ada of Liverpool England wrote in 1919 re her husband Thomas, who had deserted her and their three children over two years. He was a marine fireman aged 45 years. 5 pages.
TOGNOLINI, Antonio, sought by Italian Consul in Melbourne in 1915, on behalf of relatives in Italy. He was born c1855 and has lived in Australia for many years, is not identical with a person of that name who died in 1912. Police find a woman who lived with him is now living with PAROVACINA in the Mallee area, but Tognolini is not found. 14 pages, List 8.
TOMBLIN, Joseph. Scotland Yard wrote in 1906 re this person, also known as Benjamin OTWAY, who was sought for the murder in London of Florence SAUNDERS in 1897. He was believed to have returned to the Colonies, was formerly at St. Arnaud. His wife was found there and interviewed, but the offender was not found. 4 pages, List 19.
TOMES, Captain H.E. Sought in 1913 by Rev. A. Lamble [?] on behalf of wife and family in Ireland. He arrived c3 years ago, drinks heavily. Found. 12 pages, List 14.
TOMLINSON, Mrs. of Preston, Lancashire England wrote in 1915 re her daughter Agnes Gwendoline, who left there in 1912 and wrote she had married Frank Joseph WILLIAMS, but they hadn’t heard from her for two years. ‘She is our only daughter … Oh sir do please find out what has happened to her …’. Police find her living with Williams, a married man, his wife is about to bring divorce proceedings, but do not tell parents of her exact circumstances. 14 pages, List 8.
TOMLINSON, Thomas of South Shields Durham England wrote in 1906 re Jeremiah CHICKEY who left Leeds c50 years ago for Tasmania and was now supposed to be in Melbourne; he was about 80 years old. Tomlinson wrote on behalf of Chickey’s niece. 4 pages.
TOPHAM, Mrs. M. of Harehills, Leeds, Yorkshire, wrote in 1914 re her husband Fred, who has been in Melbourne a year, in the clothes trade. Police locate him. 4 pages, List 7.
TRACEY, Charles, sought by Mrs. J. BARNES, Cape Town South Africa in 1914. He was late chief steward of the S.S. South Africa which trades between there and Melbourne. She is the widow of the late Sub Inspector Barnes. Not found. 6 pages, List 14.
TRAIN, John H. of Los Angeles, wrote in 1897 re his brother Francis J. and wife Annie, both of whom accused each other of misbehaviour. Police find she is living with a man named DAWSON. 8 pages, List 18.
TRAIN, Robert of Denver Colorado wrote in 1892 re his brother Francis Joseph, aged 24 years. Their uncles were William and Robert Francis. 4 pages.
TRASK, Mrs. of London England wrote in 1902 re brother Henry HOPWOOD, then aged about 60 years, and whether his children were legitimate as he lived with several women. 16 pages, some torn.
TRAVERS, Jessie Louisa, of Wimbledon London England, wrote in 1914 re her son Arthur Percival Travers, who left England in 1913 with friend Leslie Stewart Langley FRASER; she has not heard from him. Fraser found, but not Travers. 8 pages and photo, List 7. See introduction re photo costs.
TROTTER, Frank R., wrote from Seattle USA in 1896 re Henry L. Trotter, born Co. Meath Ireland, living in Melbourne ‘a good many years.’ Not found. 6 pages, List 34.
TROTTER, John C.S. Wrote to relatives in Edinburgh Scotland in 1897, claiming to be very ill and asking financial help for his wife and four children. They contact solicitors who write asking confirmatation; police advise he died of consumption. 8 pages, List 25.
TRUAN, Mrs. Elizabeth, wrote from St. Just Falmouth Cornwall in 1895 re her brother John ROBINS, who left 43 years ago; she has heard nothing since. 2 pages, List 28.
TUCKER, Albert J. of Hintham/Flintham, Newark on Trent, Notts, England, wrote in 1894 re John HARRIS of Exeter England. Harris was a farmer in 1868; Tucker writes on behalf of John’s sister, Elizabeth TUCKER. 5 Pages, List 4.
TUCKER, Anthony, Captain 1st Cheshire Regiment Bombay India, wrote in 1892 re W.H. OSMAND who left England in 1887. 3 pages.
TUCKER, Charles Edward, sought by mother Eliza of Fairfield South, Kingston on Thomas, England in 1900. She wrote on black bordered paper. He left for Melbourne 12 years ago, and she hasn’t heard in a long time. Found. 3 pages, List 13.
TUCKER, Eliza, wrote from Fairfield South Kingston in 1901, has not heard from her son Charles for some months. Found, has a business in Lonsdale Street. 3 pages, List 39.
TUCKER, Thomas. Sought by mother Louisa of Southville, Bristol England. He arrived in Aust. C2 years ago, was a sailor aged 27 yrs. Police found a person of the same name, aged 55yrs, who thinks he’s an uncle. 10 pages, List 6.
TURA, Battista. Sought by Italian Consul in Melbourne in 1920; had arrived c40 years before. Found. 6 pages, List 9.
TURNER, C.J. Ribton, wrote from Upper Norwood London England in 1893, re W.J. BURNHAM alias J.W. ALVAN, to Assistant Commissioner of Police, New Scotland Yard,London. Burnham deserted his wife there and went to Australia; his wife is sister in law to Mr. SARGENT, agent for the Marquis of Northampton in Warwickshire. They suspect Burnham has committed bigamy. Victorian police find he is living with a Mrs. WEDGE, who is the daughter of Charles FRIEND, one time police magistrate in Tasmania, and whose husband divorced her for adultery with HODGSON. 21 pages, List 3. Couple still living in Victoria in 1894, when Pastor Allan W. WEBB asks if bigamy is true, as they are in his congregation. Incomplete file, 2 pages, List 18.
TURNER, Isabella, Aspen Grove, Lodge Lane, Liverpool, England, wrote in 1911 re her cousin James ROBERTSON, who had emigrated to the Australian goldfields prior to 1850, and was last heard from c1862. He had a brother John and a sister Isabella CAMERON in Aberdeen, Scotland. File lists all James Robertson entries located. 14 pages.
TURNER, Mrs. R.A., Rogers Hill, Worcester England, wrote in 1901 re her son Harry A. Turner, a baker, whom she had not heard from in over 3 years; found in Ballarat. 10 pages, List 4A
TYLER, Fannie L. of San Francisco. Wrote to brother George in 1884; she was married with school age children. Among a loose collection of folded pieces of paper, which included a letter to the Mayor of Melbourne from John C. MacDougall, stating that the bearer ‘who was connected with the press but has lost his hearing’ was in need of help. Also included is a printed flyer for the American Novelty Co. of Eastern Arcade, and a collection of pencilled advertising slogans and poems. No file, just the above pieces of paper. List 18.
TYLER, Mrs. T.G., nee Kate Eliza HANN; information sought by High Commissioner, Australia House, London, on behalf of Mr. J. HOWES of Feltham, Middlesex England in 1919. Found. 6 pages, List 17.
TYRRELL, Elizabeth Clydesdale, of Dracut Mass. USA, wrote in 1894 re her brother David CLYDESDALE, a native of Paisley Scotland, who was in Melbourne c30 years ago. 3 pages, List 4.
TYRRELL, F.R. St Lawrence, District Inspector of the Royal Irish Constabulary, Callooney, Co. Sligo, Ireland, wrote in 1905 re his brother Markham TYRRELL, then in Australia, who had served as a naval cadet and as 2nd officer on a ship, but was addicted to drink. 13 pages. TYRRELL, Joseph, wrote from Ballymahon, Co. Westmeath Ireland in 1895 re his brother James, who left there for Australia 7 years ago, would now be 27 years old. Has heard he has been killed; confirmed and details provided. 5 pages, List 28.
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UNMACK, Rev. Edward Carl. Chief Constable of Surrey, Guildford Surrey England, wrote in 1916 regarding him. He was rector of West Horsley Surrey, and claimed to be Australian born, but his parents are German. Encloses copies of birth and baptismal certificates and asks authenticity. Police report confirms certificates and details Unmack history of two brothers, one of whom was Edward’s father. 13 pages, List 6.
UREN, Edward of Penzance Cornwall England wrote in 1903 re Frederick William and George John THOMAS, both about 74 years, living near Bendigo. 6 pages.
USNER, Dorothy, came to Australia with Nat. Goodwin Theatrical Company, but had a falling out with them and left. She had some nude photographs taken by FALKE in Melbourne. Chief of Police and Pinkerton Detective Agency in San Francisco both write seeking copies of photos for a forthcoming court case in 1899. 7 pages, List 37.
V VALGEM/VALGENE, Jene, wrote in 1892 from Helena Montana Territory USA re joining the Victorian police force. He has travelled twice over the USA and Europe, and has worked as a detective. Reply was to be directed to C/- D. SCHNAKENBERG, New York City, USA. 2 pages. VAN DYK, Berend. Consul General for Netherlands wrote in 1908 re this person who was a tailor aged about 80 years. His family in Holland had not heard from him for some time. 9 pages. List 5
VAN HECK, Edith, of Auckland, New Zealand, wrote in 1910 re her husband’s activities in Melbourne; wants to take him to court for lack of maintenance. 4 pages, List 14.
VAUGHAN, Frank of Calgarry, Alberta, Canada deserted his wife in 1915 and sailed for Australia with Alice POTTS. Mrs. Vaughan and children left destitute. Frank Vaughan was then aged 53 and had been a soldier and a freemason. Alice Potts was 23 years. File covers a period from 1916-1918. 21 pages.
VEALE, R.R., Sheriff of Contra Cost Co., Martinez, California, wrote in 1903 re Jerry O’MEARA who, with his family arrived in Antioch, California from Madera c1900 and purchased a property. He then took a trip home to Ireland and has not returned. Family informed he had gone to Australia; photos on file. 4 pages.
VEASEY, John. Philip Baudinet, Mayor and Chief of Police, St. Helier’s Jersey, Channel Islands, wrote in 1901 re Veasey. His wife and family are destitute and he was entitled to money from the Will of an uncle, John LAURENS, formerly M.L.A. in Victoria, and should be supporting them. He was working as a gardener in Toorak. Police interview Veasey, who states that his solicitor paid his wife’s debts of 40 pounds last year, and a daughter’s music lessons and he ‘is not prepared to make any provision for his wife or family, they must look out for themselves, he left them through his wife’s extravagance, which was keeping him always in debt … has no money at present, and even if he had, he would not send them one penny …’. 4 pages, List 5.
VEITCH, Walter G., wrote from Auckland New Zealand in 1904 re his brother Robert L., who was born in Exeter. Had seen report of a death, was it him – no. 4 pages, List 22.
VILVINS, John W. wrote from Gore, Southland, New Zealand re his father of the same name, in 1896, and requested further details in 1898. His daughter was married to – ALEXANDER. [Spelling of name not clear, could be VELVINS] 12 pages
VINCENT, George, wrote from Pentridge Gaol to the French Consul in Melbourne in 1895, asking for assistance as he was French. He was convicted of forgery. 19 pages, List 29.
VINCENT, William. Sought by mother Mrs. M. of Vancouver in 1899. He left there as a seaman, hasn’t been heard of in 15 months. Police find he served a prison term. 12 pages, List 23.
VINEY, Mary, of Carlton Victoria asks police for help in 1900. Her husband Walter Kyrke Viney left in 1892 for England, in connection with a legacy, and she hasn’t heard from him since. English police interview James KRYKE and report result. 5 pages, List 13.
VINICK, Phillip of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada wrote in 1914 re Robert VINICK. 3 pages.
VOLKER, Margaret, widow, wrote in German from Wurzburg, Bayern, re her son Robert, born 1866 and went to Tasmania in 1885/6. 7 pages, List 3.
VOLKER, Robert. Brother Luise wrote in German from Bavaria in 1898; he was born 1866, went to Tasmania c1885. 7 pages, List 20.
VON FURSTENBERG, Mr. German Consul in Melbourne provides letter of introduction in 1891; he has served in Prussian Calvary. 1 page, List 15.
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W WADDELL, Willliam, of Glasgow Scotland, wrote in 1917 on behalf of the aged mother of Alexander LITTLEJOHN, who left there in 1882 for Queensland, and was last heard of in Victoria in 1886. Various Littlejohns are interviewed, but none are the correct person. 5 pages, List 11.
WADDINGTON, Beatrice M. (Miss), wrote from Katoomba New South Wales, in 1894 re Thomas BEESON or BEASON, who left England in 1868 with a Mr. DYSON. Asks his address. 1 page, List 4.
WADHAM, W.J. of West Disbury, Manchester England, wrote in 1907 on behalf of mother of E.A. Wadham, who was 78 years of age, and hadn’t heard from her daughter for some time. ‘Is she leading a chaste life?’. Police find she was married to – GRANT, but left him for another man (McDONALD) a seaman, but they were no longer together. Daughter responds to police questions ‘because a woman does not choose to live with her husband is no reason why she should be branded a bad character…’. 14 pages. List 5.
WAGNER, Heinrich. German Consul in Melbourne wrote in 1910. Heinrich had married Hannah MUSCHIALLI in Melbourne, and they had two children, Richard and Hannah, but the marriage was unhappy, and he had taken them to Germany in 1896, where they were adopted by their aunt. She would like a confidential report on their mother. 4 pages, List 14.
WAGNER, Johann Karl Justus, born Felzberg, Kreis Melzon, Hessen Germany, c1846, left c28 years ago, from London, a baker. Sought in 1899 by sister Mary MUELLER. A cousin, C. SCHMIDT says believes interstate. Found. 15 pages, List 36.
WAINE, Richard. Wrote from Calgary Canada in 1914 re his brother J.S. who was in Melbourne. Richard had cabled money for his return, but he had not arrived. 4 pages.
WAITS, Catherine of Liverpool England wrote in 1914 re her daughter Grace, married to a Mr. SMITH of Smith St. Police interview Grace’s son Terrance in Fitzroy. 4 pages, List 7.
WAKE, Florence Louise, wrote from London UK in 1897 re a newspaper report on a Henry Wake, a visitor from Qld to Melbourne, who was arrested for drunkenness. She asks if it is her brother Henry Louis Frederick Daniel Wallis, whom she hasn’t seen for ten years. She gives some family details. Police report it was Charles Wake, a butcher, and not her brother. 11 pages, List 36.
WALDIE, A.B. Solicitors in New Plymouth New Zealand write on his behalf in 1911. He and his wife separated in 1907. He has heard she has died in Melbourne and seeks confirmation. Included on file is a letter from his relative in Scotland. 7 pages, List 12.
WALKER, Ada of Ulverston, Lancashire England, wrote a number of letters from 1916-1919 re her husband George, a boilermaker, who was in Australia and not supporting her and their three children. C.W. Dean, Clerk to the Guardians, also wrote. 19 pages, List 16.
WALKER, Charles William, a baker, sought by wife M. of Connifton Crossing, G.T.R. Station, Belleville, Ontario Canada in 1895; he left England 4 years ago; she is left with 6 children to support. Found. 4 pages, List 28.
WALKER, Charlotte, of Barry Docks, Wales, wrote in 1912 re her husband John Edward Walker, who had ‘been away 16 yrs’. He was 58yrs old. 2 small pages, incomplete file. List 19.
WALKER, George S., Soldier Avenue, Younloville, Napa Co. California USA, wrote in 1897 re his sister Mary WALKER who left London in 1852 with a man named PICKETT. She is due for a legacy, and he needs confirmation of her death or otherwise. Another sister still lives in London. 11 Pages, List 4A
WALKER, Lizzie, Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA, wrote in 1893 re her brother William O., aged c38 years; she is 26 years. 2 pages, List 3.
WALKER, Robert, wrote from Rangiora New Zealand re reported death of Samuel James Walker, shot by his son Joseph in 1912. Asks is it his first cousin who was born in Portadown Co Armagh Ireland, and went to Canada. Police confirm it is. 4 pages, List 32. WALKER, Rose (nee McDONALD) of Ekehatina New Zealand wrote in 1907 re her uncle Alexander McDONALD who died in Kyneton Victoria recently. 4 pages.
WALL, Henry Charles, 18yrs, arrived Melbourne 1913, sought by father Henry of Manor Park, Essex England in 1914. Found. 5 pages, List 7.
WALLACE, John, of Hamilton Scotland NB, wrote in 1892 seeking details of his deceased brother James. Police report he died a pauper, in gaol hospital; was born Lanark. 4 pages.
WALLBURTON, P.C., wrote from Christchurch New Zealand in 1902 regarding the death of his brother Robert. 9 pages, List 21. WALMSLEY, George, sought by wife Gertrude of Wagon Drift Farm, Perseverance near Port Elizabeth, Cape Colony in 1910. He deserted her and their 3 children in 1908. They lived in Germiston South Africa, he is a book-keeper, 31 years. His family lives in Melbourne. 24 pages, List 27.
WALPOLE, Jonathon, Tralee, Co Kerry, wrote in 1895 re a near relative Thomas HUNTER, formerly in the Melbourne police, and a native of Queen’s Co. Ireland, who left there over 40 years ago. 2 pages, List 30.
WALSH, Mary Teresa of Liverpool, wrote in 1902 re brother William Stephen TOBIN, aged about 58 years, had been in Melbourne about 34 years and formerly lived in Co. Clare Ireland. All William Tobin’s in Melbourne interviewed. 10 pages.
WALSH, Moses, left Wellington New Zealand c1887 for N.S.W., a butcher. In 1895 his wife Ann writes from Wellington, has heard he is in Geelong. Not found. 12 pages, List 30.
WALSH, Mrs. P. of Syracuse New York USA wrote in 1897 re tracing Columb DALTON, who was born in Tullamore Kings Co. Ireland, son of Francis & Ann DALTON nee McDERMOTT. Columb was living in Melbourne in 1855 with John DALEY and his son Anthony, and was leaving for the Mount Blackwood gold diggings. His mother had never heard from him again, and now her grandchildren have taken up the search. Police establish a William DALTON was at Blackwood many years before, but could not locate Columb. 5 pages, List 3.
WALSH, Robert, Ballykilavane, Glenealey, Co Wicklow Ireland, wrote in 1901 re his brother James of Clashland near Meathdrum Co Wicklow, not heard of for some years. Joined the Vic. Police force c30 years ago; found. 5 pages, List 41. WALTERS, Rev. Charles, Director of the Red Hill Reformatory, Surrey England, wrote in 1863 to Messrs J.H. Clough & Co., Melbourne re Israel BENNETT and Charles Henry PARKER, both under twenty years, who were seeking work in Australia. After their arrival, Walters’s cousin A.J. DUFFIELD, of the Melbourne Club, writes to police re finding them later in the year, as they have gone missing. 13 pages.
WALTERS, Richard. (A very complicated story). A boilermaker, he deserted his family in Melbourne in 1887. His daughters Edith, Mary, Sarah and Margaret were taken into care by government officials, then the last three were sent to an aunt Mrs. S. Walters in Auckland New Zealand in 1890. Their mother Margaret bigamously married Joseph BLANCHE, but he found out about her previous marriage and went to Western Australia, and now wants police help in prosecuting Walters and not having to pay for Edith’s maintenance by government. Richard Walters had a brother named John and a nephew named Fred, both in Auckland New Zealand. 9 pages, List 9.
WARBURTON, Cyril Edward, sought by brother Arthur George of Te Awamutu New Zealand in 1919. He hasn’t written for some months. 5 pages, List 26.
WARD, G.T., JP for Folkestone, wrote in 1901 re former servant James SLADE who went to Australia for the benefit of his health in 1900. Further letter by Ann SLADE, mother of James. 10 pages, some torn.
WARD, Mrs. Jessie of Blighmont Park, near Southampton England, wrote in 1915 re Leslie ROBERTS, whose mother was living at Freemantle, Southampton, and worried about him. He is found safe and well. 7 pages.
WARD, Thomas. Died suddenly at Nareeb Nareeb Station, Caramut, in 1898. A native of Manchester, c 70 years. Police find letters from mother Mary JENKINSON, and sisters Emma NICHOLSON and M. COOKE, all from Manchester, and written in the 1860s. They are still on the file. 13 pages, List 20.
WARKE, -. Director of Criminal Intelligence, Simla, India, wrote in 1912 re two men named Warke and Wallace, who claimed they were seeing a friend off on a ship from Freemantle to Colombo, and had a few drinks on board, not realising the ship had left port. They had two women with them (unidentified, but called Mrs. Warke and Mrs. Wallace). They were charged with not having paid for the voyage, once the ship arrived in Colombo. Warke claims to have been born in Wedderburn, has a stepfather named Darling, and is a well-known jockey. Wallace claims he came from Perth, and his father is a doctor. Melbourne police confirm Warke’s claim. 4 pages, List 9.
WATERS, John, Blackpool, Lancashire, England, was written to by Mr. D.J. MacKAY 3-4 years ago, asking if he was the nephew and adopted son of Isabella Waters, who died 25 years ago. Although he replied in the affirmative to MacKay, he has been unable to get a response, so asks police help in 1895. Isabella was married when very young to William YOUNG and went to Melbourne with him. MacKay not found. 6 pages, List 31.
WATKINSON, Mrs. C.L. of Kensington, London, wrote in 1905 re her brother Henry Joseph REED, born 1866, left there in 1891 for Australia, last heard of in Ballarat in 1899. Police report his death and that Albert NICHOLS of South Melbourne paid the burial expenses. Letter from Reed to on file as well. 8 pages, List 15.
WATSON, Ernest Joseph, sought by sibling H. Watson, of Bedford England in 1919; last heard of in 1916. Was a steward on a shipping line. 5 pages, List 17.
WATSON, Mrs. P.J. of Athlone Ireland, wrote in 1915 re ‘a grand uncle of mine, William CUNNINGHAM, who was transported to Tasmania for a political offence in 1813 and never heard from until 18 years ago a death in an Irish paper of William Cunningham who died in Australia, worth thousands of pounds. His nephews and nieces thought it was him, but they are old people and uneducated. Presently a man of the name in New York is seeking information …’. Cunningham is believed to have been ‘a carpenter and married to a Maori queen.’ Not found. 7 pages, List 8.
WATTERS, Jim alias Paul JONES alias Black Pearl alias Black Prince. St Louis police chief forwards photo and Bertillon chart of this criminal in 1901, and asks if he is known in Melbourne; no. 2 pages, List 40.
WATTS, William, farmer, Kilmore, sought by sister who has written but received no reply in 1897. Mrs. J. BENNETT writes from Chadwell Essex England; not clear if she is the sister. 6 pages, List 34.
WEBB, M. of Cork Ireland wrote in 1899 re son John, who was in police force. Parents had not heard from him for past three years. 8 pages.
WEBB, Mrs. Mary of Cork Ireland, wrote in 1897 re her son, who was in the police force. She hasn’t heard from him in two years. 5 pages, List 9. WEBB, Nathan, sought by brother Sidney John Webb of Vancouver in 1906; arrived 1881. Not found. 5 pages, List 29.
WEBBER, Pte. P.G. of H.M.S. Monmouth, Hong Kong, wrote in 1908 re his father Richard, a tailor, last heard from at Stawell in 1892. Found. 7 pages, List 18.
WEBSTER, William Thomas, alias GILBERT. Scotland Yard wrote in 1899 about this man, then living in Bermondsey England with mother. An anonymous letter says he is wanted for wife and child desertion in Victoria. Report shows Tasmanian warrant issued at Bothwell. Children were Ethel, George, Tasman and Edward. 7 pages, List 36.
WEEKS, James W., ex constable, sought by Courtenay O. WEEKS, surveyor, Co. Cork Ireland. 2 pages.
WEEKS, Robert. Information sought by brother Thomas of Brittas Slade, More Co., Dublin Ireland in 1910. He was in the Victorian police force, believed to have died. Death confirmed and details of beneficiaries, including
daughter Susan G. BRESLIN, given. 6 pages, List 41.
WEINBERG, R. of Focsani Romania, wrote in 1894 re his nephew Phillip A. WEINBERG, who left there for the USA then Australia, working in a Smelting Company. 3 pages. List 4.
WEILL, Leopold, sought by brother in law Charles COHEN, who wrote from Westhofen, Alsaac in 1896. He had previously written in 1892/3 – these letters are not on this file. Leopold’s mother has died. Not found. 14 pages, List 34.
WEISELER, Joseph P. of Australia, wrote a postcard, in German, in 1898. Translation reveals he wanted details of his father Joseph. Not found. 5 pages, List 14.
WELBY, E., of Cape Mounted Riflemen, King Williams Town, South Africa, wrote in 1893 seeking address of Sir Samuel WILSON, late of Victoria, and maiden name of wife. 3 pages, List 3.
WELBY, E., of Kingstown South Africa, wrote in 1893 re Frederick and Sarah WILSON. She is his aunt and he hasn’t heard from her since 1871. One of the family is believed to have married Alexander SWANSON. 6 Pages.
WELCH, Frank R.C., of Dordrecht Holland wrote in 1917 re his father J. WELCH, who left 18 years ago from South Africa, supposedly for Australia. His brother and he are anxious to hear something. Reply states the more details are needed, such as full name, age, occupation etc. 2 pages, List 6.
WELCH, William C. of Hartford, Conn., USA wrote in 1910 re his uncle William HOWARD, native of Cork Ireland, who left there 45 years ago. Every William Howard in Melbourne directory traced, but none the correct person. 10 pages. List 5.
WELLER, Mrs. L.M. wrote to South African police in 1915 re her husband, Franklin Maximillian, for whom she has a warrant for maintenance. She claims he married Lucy STANTON but he denies this. South African police give details to Victorian police. 6 pages, 2 very faint, and photo. List 8. See instructions re photographic copying costs.
WELLS, Mrs. Amanda, of Chicago Ill., USA wrote in 1915 re Mrs. Irving SAYLES, wife of her brother. She has heard he has died. Police find her interstate. 5 pages, List 7.
WEST, A., wrote from South Hackney, London in 1892 regarding Edward John LILLEY, owner of steamer ‘The Lady Darling’ trading on River Murray. The writer’s mother was his twin sister. 6 pages.
WEST, James, of San Gabriel, California USA, wrote in 1917-19 re James A. CENTER of West Brunswick, ‘Scotch Highland Bagpipe Maker’ and his failure to send him a set of bagpipes he had paid for. He needed them to enter a Canadian Regiment. 15 pages, List 18. CONNECTION FOUND
WESTALL, John Robert. Brother write from Accington Lancashire England; has heard he has been killed. Mother is over 70. Police locate him and report confidentially he has a wife and family here, and possibly one back in England. 5 pages, List 3.
WESTERFIELD, Adolf E.R., wrote from Staten Island New York USA in 1904; intends to travel with a moving picture show and asks if daughter can perform dances. 2 pages, List 32.
WHEELER, J.H. wrote from Seaford, Delaware USA in 1895 re his uncles John and Joseph CROAD, who left Portsmouth UK about 1850 for the Victorian goldfields; relatives found. 5 pages, List 30.
WHITAKER, George, sought by William W. Whitaker, Limerick, Ireland in 1898; he was a grand uncle, had a hotel, formerly in British Army, brother of Rev. Thomas Knox Whitaker. Not found. 7 pages, List 25.
WHITE, James, of North Taunton Devon England, wrote in 1916 re his son (un-named) and a letter his daughter received from Miss E.B. WATERS of Sth Melbourne, a copy of which he encloses. Police report that his son refuses to write to him and Miss Waters wrote to relieve the family’s anxiety. 7 pages, List 8.
WHITE, John and son John Samuel, formerly of Parish of Gwithian, Cornwall; information sought by Christian ELLIS of Hayle, Cornwall in 1898. Police find father has died; son is a MLA. 9 pages, List 26.
WHITE, M., insurance agent, Blenheim New Zealand, wrote in 1900 re Harold CLARK of Fitzroy, 23 years and his father’s estate. 6 pages, List 38.
WHITE, Sydney and brother J. Information on them sought by Chief of Police, Calcutta in 1907. They were jockeys and their mother married into the CRUSH family. 7 pages.
WHITE, W.F., taxidermist, ornithologist etc., wrote from Winnipeg Manitoba in 1904, seeking William COURTNEY ‘who went out there … boring artesian wells’ c12 years ago. His mother and sister would like to know his whereabouts. His sister Miss Courtney was living in Rat Portage, Ontario. Courtney found. 14 pages, List 35.
WHITEHOUSE, William. Wrote a very sad letter from Wellington New Zealand, re death of his son (John) William, a jockey, at Katamatite in 1907, asking for details. 13 pages, List 23.
WHITMORE, Henry, wrote from Lincoln England in 1900 re his youngest brother Charles Wriothesially, last heard from in Melbourne in 1887. Gives details of family who are scattered throughout the world, and encloses a photo. Found. List 35.
WHITMORE, Mrs. W.A. of Nelson British Columbia Canada wrote in 1914 seeking her uncles the LISTON brothers, who left Scotland ‘years before’. Their sister Catherine married Daniel SHEPHERD of Dumfermline Scotland, emigrated to Canada and settled in Pembroke, Ontario. Police checked many Liston families in Victoria trying to track these particular brothers. 32 pages.
WHITTAKER, Mrs. Florence L., of Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada, wrote in 1916 re her sister, Mrs. Fred. RAYMOND, who was in Melbourne in 1913. Found by police. 6 pages. List 6.
WHITTINGTON, Emily, Erith, Kent England, wrote in 1901 re her husband Rev. Harry, who had deserted her; believed to be in Melbourne with another woman. He was a non-conformist minister and lecturer on the Boer War. His movements traced for some time, but not found. 11 pages, List 40.
WHYTE, Henry Mollison. Wife wrote from Dundee Scotland in 1900. They were married 25 years ago, and he left her 3 years later for Melbourne. Not found. 7 pages, List 38.
WIGGINS, George, sought by brother T.(?) J. Wiggins, St Mary Cray, Kent, England, in 1900. He was in Perth for some years, but left there for Melbourne 3 years ago. Extensive search fails to find him. 45 pages, List 39.
WIGMORE, Frederick, sought by J.E. Wigmore of Gloucestershire U.K. in 1895; last heard of a year ago in Essendon. Found. 5 pages, List 29.
WIGSTON, William Bernard, sought by father W.J. of Rushmere, Ashtead, Surrey England in 1909. Found by police, he states he will write but never does. Father writes again in 1914. Police find he is using the name Henry HALL and appears to be doing well. 11 pages.
WILDBORE, J.E. of Oldham England, wrote in 1919 re his brother in law John BECKETT, 25 years, formerly in the army, last heard of in Melbourne. Photo in uniform on file. 3 pages, List 16.
WILKINSON, Mrs. Ellen of Hull England, wrote in 1893 re her brother Horace W. FRANKISH, who accidentally drowned at San Remo Victoria. 13 pages, List 3. Further letter thanks Chief Commissioner for his help. 1 page, List 3.
WILKINSON, Mrs Lena of Benwell Newcastle England wrote in 1916 re her husband Joseph Edward. They had three children; she hasn’t heard from him in 4 years. Police find he went through ‘a form of marriage’ with Margaret ROBERTS and has left Victoria, fearing prosecution. 19 pages, List 6.
WILLCOX, Paul, J.P., Rahotu, Taranaki New Zealand, wrote in 1915 re Peter HALL and family, who were at Adelaide Lead near Maryborough in the 1870s. Mrs. Hall was his late mother’s sister and ‘the only relative I have’. Police report Peter and wife deceased, but find children. 4 pages, List 7.
WILLETT, William, sought by niece Elizabeth MORRIS nee MEREDITH of Blaenavon, Monmouth England in 1899. He was tried at Hereford in 1840 and transported to Tasmania. She wrote to Hobart police, who forwarded on to Melbourne police. Not found. 8 pages, List 34.
WILLGERODT, Otto, born 1868, emigrated to Australia in 1868, last heard of from White Cliffs NSW in 1896. Letter, in German, from mother in Gettingen Germany in 1900, seeking details. Not found, despite extensive search. 18 pages, List 37.
WILLIAMS, F.H., solicitor of Auckland New Zealand, wrote in 1901 re James Samuel JONES who left there c4 years ago, a miner. His wife has not received any maintenance from him. 12 pages. List 4.
WILLIAMS, J. of Ceylon wrote in 1901 re his wife’s family. Her parents, brother and herself and sister were on way to Australia, when mother died in hospital at port of Galle 22 years ago. The father and brother continued on to Australia, while she and her sister were taken care of by a Mr. ORLOFF. Both daughters are now married. The parents name was ANGLUM, (ANGLIM?) but no such name is found by police. 6 pages.
WILLIAMS, J.T., Sgt, Calcutta Police, wrote in 1907 re joining Victoria police; formerly a soldier, 26 years. 3 pages, List 14. WILLIAMS, John, Superintendent, County Police Office, wrote from Wincanton Somerset England in 1901 re Henry COTTERELL, who left there some years ago, and was a coachbuilder. His parents are anxious about him, and their letters have been returned from the Dead Letter Office. 23 pages. List. 4.
WILLIAMS, M., of Seedley Park Manchester wrote in 1892 re Thomas PARKER, his wife Annie’s brother. They were the children of Thomas Parker, a solicitor in Liverpool and formerly of Preston near Lancashire. Thomas junior was a baker and left Liverpool in 1864. 10 pages.
WILLIAMS, Mrs. Sarah McKean, of San Francisco USA, wrote in 1912 re her McKEAN relatives, Samuel, Agnes and James. She lived with them as a child in Melbourne. 4 pages, List 15.
WILLIAMS, Walter of Newport, Monmouth, Wales, wrote in 1892 re his brother Charles, a sailor, 36 years, who left Rio c1891. Charles was the eldest of four brothers and four sisters, parents dead. Walter has seen a report of a death of a Charles Williams in a boating accident and asks if this is his brother, whom the family have not heard from in a long time. Reply states another person. 4 pages.
WILLIAMSON, Thomas. Wrote from Boston U.S. in 1899 seeking police help in finding Mr & Mrs James CLELAND, who left Redding near Falkirk Scotland c30 years before; Cleland had been a gardener like his father, on estate of Sir Thomas LIVINGSTON. Found. 20 pages, List 20.
WILSON, Mrs. Anna, wrote from Chicago, Ill., USA in 1894, seeking two sisters Rachel and Elisa MATHEWS. Rachel married FITZGERALD, policeman at Co. Mayo Ireland, then moved to Melbourne. 3 pages, List 30.
WILSON, Mrs. Celia F. (Mrs Fred.) of Hyde Park Massachusetts USA wrote in 1919 re her aunt Alice LENANE, her mother’s sister. 3 pages.
WILSON, Edward Carus, of High Hayne, Moreton, Hampstead, England. Serving sentence in gaol in Melbourne under assumed name 1879. Melbourne police send a copy of his photo to English police, suspecting he is wanted there, under another name. Response states above is his correct name, and that he and his brother Herbert had both been schoolmasters and were highly educated. Edward had forged a cheque in his father’s name and a warrant had been issued, but the cheque, (the evidence) had been destroyed. 8 pages. List 5. CONNECTION FOUND
WILLIAMS, Edwin, convicted at Kidderminster, Worcestershire UK c45 years ago, and transported to Victoria, then aged 17 years. About 1880 he wrote to his nephew of the same name in Kidderminster. Son in law W.A. GREEN of Georgetown, Conn., USA wrote about him in 1895. Not found. 6 pages, List 28.
WILSON, Mrs. Eva of Palmerston North New Zealand, wrote in 1914 re her husband Arthur Henry, who ‘cleared out about ten years ago’. He was born Derbyshire England, a painter and paperhanger aged c34 years. They only lived together for c7 months. Her father is T. MORGAN of Melbourne. Police cannot locate him. 9 pages, List 7.
WILSON, Mrs. Isaac nee Kittie BENNETT of Clarkville Raiapoi Island, Christchurch New Zealand wrote in 1901 for the address of her uncle Sir Arthur Nicholson, Bart. Her father married his sister Mary. Nicholson had been in Australia but had gone back to England some years ago. 8 pages.
WILSON, Jos. Of the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Washington, USA, wrote in 1896 re his uncle Daniel HARRINGTON, or his descendants. Not found. 7 pages, List 15.
WILSON, Kate, wrote from Braamfontein, Johannesburg South Africa in 1912 re her husband Henry Harry WILSON, who has left her and their three children. She believes his correct name is James MURPHY. His sister Mrs. George BREW lives in Melbourne; interviewed, she denies any knowledge of his whereabouts. 5 pages, List 32.
WILSON, M.D., wrote from Toronto Canada in 1894 re his uncle RYALL, who left England for Australia many years before. 1 page. List 4.
WILSON, Mary Ellen. Sought by mother Ann DALLAS of Preston, Lancashire in 1894, last heard from in 1891; husband is C.F. Wilson. Found. 5 pages, List 22.
WILSON, R., of Newcastle on Tyne England, twice in 1899 re his brother Frederick William, who left there in 1876 and settled in Melbourne. His wife was the daughter of Patrick O’CONNOR and had died leaving two children; there was a court case over custody of the children. Frederick would be c46 years. 7 pages, List 15.
WILSON, Robert, of Glasgow Scotland, wrote in 1908 re his brother James, who he has not been in touch with for many years. He had heard of his death, and believes he left considerable property. Police find he died destitute. 6 pages, List 10.
WILTSHIRE. Colombo police sent a telegram in 1899 requesting police check S.S. Stuttgart due in Melbourne, with a person named B. SALTER on board, to see if he is the same as Wiltshire. Wiltshire was from Norwood Surrey England, 26 years, assistant in a mercantile firm there, and his parents were anxious about him. Police subsequently send photo which is on file, followed by a letter stating ‘mystery has been cleared up’. 26 pages, List 24.
WINKFIELD, John P.C., JP of Westminster, London, wrote in 1897 re James Charles BETTS. Winkfield is sole executor of Betts’s step-mother’s Will, and Betts is entitled to a weekly allowance, which has been sent, but remains unacknowledged. Police find he has been interstate. 6 pages, List 9.
WISDEN, Mrs. A., of Brighton, Sussex, England, wrote in 1895 re her husband William, whom she last heard from six years ago, when he was in poor circumstances. Mentions Carrie, Willie and Esther. 10 pages, List 4.
WISHART, John. Solicitors Drever & Heddle, Kirkwall, Orkney Scotland wrote in 1892 re him. He was a native of the Parish of Orphin near there, who went to Australia many years ago. His parents are now dead, and his brother is looking for him, as he is to inherit some property. Later letter acknowledges police help in locating him. 8 pages.
WITT, Florence C., of Canning Lodge, Croydon England, wrote in 1897 re her husband George Cornelius Witt, who left for Melbourne nearly three years previously, had a position with the Union Bank. He sent money regularly up to a year ago, then his father told her he had gone to the U.S. to get a divorce, and offered to give her money to let the divorce go unchallenged. She refused and the American court ordered him to pay her maintenance, which he has not done. She asks police help, but they reply it is not a police matter. 5 pages, List 9.
WITTS, John, of Wapping, London England, wrote in 1914 re his daughter Bessie Witts, 24 yrs, who left Liverpool in 1912 for Melbourne. Last heard of in a partnership with a young woman she met on board. Found by police. 5 pages, List 7.
WOLFE, Charles, alias PAGE, HANNING, HARVEY. Sentenced to gaol in England in 1904 for confidence trick. Came from Australia with his wife and children and father Walter. Scotland Yard ask his Australian background. He is Jewish, 35 years etc. Two small photos, one full face, one profile. 8 pages, List 12. See Introduction re cost of copying photographs.
WOLFSON, Jacob. Brooklyn USA police wrote in 1900 on behalf of his wife and family, not heard from for 4 months. Found. 5 pages, List 39.
WOLSTENHOLME, Alice, wrote from Radcliffe, Manchester England in 1912, asking police to visit St. Kilda cemetery and confirm that her husband Dennis is buried there and the name on the tombstone. He supposedly died in 1895, but she is suspicious. Her daughter received an income from his estate, but she has now died, aged 22, and the income has stopped. His family will not give her any financial assistance. Police confirm the death and that his name is on the monument. 7 pages, List 32.
WOOD, Mrs. C. of Prenton, Birkenhead, England wrote in 1906 re her brother Thomas HUDSON, over fifty years in Australia and living with deceased wife’s niece, Mrs. McVICAR, of Port Melbourne. 6 pages.
WOOD, Charles, of Bow, London England, wrote in 1914 re his brother Robert, once in Melbourne. Two brothers have died and he needs to let him know. Found. 2 pages, List 7.
WOOD, J., wrote from Taranaki New Zealand in 1910 re his wife who has deserted him and is living in Neerim South; wants his 3 children, Joseph Charles 12, Laurie 7 and Ivy Marion 6 years, returned to him. 6 pages, List 27.
WOOD, Percy Ambler, sought by wife Sophia of Detroit Michigan USA in 1915. She hasn’t heard from him for over 5 years. Small photo on file. 4 pages, List 7; see cost of photos at top of list.
WOODCOCK, John, bricklayer/labourer, sought in 1917 by son John of Invercargill New Zealand. Police find he was known as John WOOD, and died in 1906 in Homes for the Aged. 4 pages, List 6.
WOODCOCK, J., of Mornington Dunedin New Zealand wrote in 1917 re his mother, who left Invercargill 32 yrs ago under the name of Mrs. WILLIAMS. Her married name was WOODCOCK, maiden name Martha LAPWORTH, born Croydon England, and would now be about 72 yrs. She had a second hand shop in Melbourne about ten years ago, and three daughters, Bertha Emily, Jane and Mary Ann. Not found. 7 pages, List 6. CONNECTION FOUND
WOODGATE, Herbert, sought by father B. Woodgate of Eastbourne Sussex England, in 1919. He was a plumber. Brother Sgt. Thomas Woodgate of India also wrote. Found. 6 pages, List 16.
WOODHOUSE, Benjamin, sought by Chief Constable in Barrow in Furness England, 1903 on behalf of family. 55yrs, last heard of 1899 in St Kilda, found. 10 pages, List 20.
WOODHOUSE, Benjamin. Information sought by Chief Constable’s Office, Barrow in Furness, in 1920. Encloses copy of previous enquiry and result in 1903. 5 pages, List 16.
WOODHOUSE, Dudley, of St. Louis M.O. USA, wrote in 1893 re his uncle George Mortimer WOODHOUSE, who was living at Spring Hill near Creswick in the 1850s, and was from Co. Armagh Ireland. Found by police. 5 pages, List 3.
WOODRUFF, Hiram C., came from California to Madras India in 1894, in charge of a consignment of Australian …[page torn]. Married a widow with 6 children and ‘after a discreditable career’ died a pauper, leaving his family destitute. H.H. ANTHONY of the Paper Currency Office, Calcutta, wrote in 1896 re his antecedents and possible relatives who might help the family. Among Woodruff’s papers was a pocket book relating to William GREENLAW, a jockey, listing dates and places of races, and he thought that Greenlaw might have been his real name. Police ascertain that the lists are fictitious and Greenlaw is unknown. 18 pages, List 36.
WOODS, Frank. Wife Eliza wrote from Invercargill New Zealand in 1896 to Qld police; she hadn’t heard from him for two years – their son is ill. Found. 7 pages, List 34.
WOODWARD, George Walter. High Commissioner, Australia House, London, England, wrote in 1919 re this person, who formerly lived at Highgate London, was married, and c57 years old, on behalf of his sister Ellen Rebecca NICKSON of Southall Middlesex. Photo of him, taken c20 years ago, on file. Not found. 7 pages, List 17. See instructions for cost of reproducing a photograph.
WOOLCOCK, George, and sister Lizzie, write from Du Bois, PA, USA in 1913 re brother Hobson Woolcock, who came to Ballarat many years ago, and married the daughter of a hotel keeper there. Not found. 5 pages, List 12.
WOOLEY, John, formerly a gold digger at Bendigo, sought by brother George, Moorgate, Retford, Notts, England in 1901. Not found. 10 pages, List 50.
WOOLLEY, Arthur, wrote from London England in 1910 re his brother Edward Stafford Woolley, who died in Carisbrook Victoria in 1879. He was a remittance man, who ‘went on a spree’ every time he got money, but also taught privately. He had a daughter in England. 16 pages, List 5.
WORLEY, Mrs. wrote from London in 1910 re her husband who has deserted her and gone to Australia; she is pregnant and cannot work. Police respond that they need more information, such as his given name and a photo. 7 pages, List 27.
WORSFOLD, Thomas William, son of William of Surrey England. Interesting file concerning investigation into his activities by an English solicitor and Vic. Police. He had got money from a widow BASS (who had a son Sidney) by falsely claiming he would marry her, then left for Australia, promising to send for her. Once in Melbourne he married another woman, using the name Thomas ALISSON [? Not listed in marriage index] and the pair went interstate. She left him because of his drinking, and had supported him financially too. 16 pages, List 15.
WORTHINGTON, Richard, died suddenly at Shepparton in 1880. Police inform his father of same name in London, who reimburses costs of burial etc. 18 pages, List 17. WRATH, Nicholas. Sought by niece Fanny HAYES of Hyndman, Ontario, Canada in 1906. He went to the goldfields c50 yrs ago. Not found. 5 pages, List 19.
WREFORD, W., wrote from Exeter, Devonshire in 1907 on behalf of the brother of Mrs. Emma M. COURT, nee PEARCE, who has lost her address. Found in South Yarra. 11 pages, List 37.
WRENNELL, George. Chief Constable Blackburn England, wrote in 1914 re this man who migrated to Western Australia c3 years ago, 37 years, was much addicted to drink. His wife and three children, 15, 14 and 5 years are in Blackburn. Not found. 10 pages, List 7.
WRIGHT, Edward. Drowned in 1906, was fireman on board S.S. Port Elliott. Wife writes from Canning Town, East London, U.K. seeking details. 6 pages, List 19.
WRIGHT, George, of Aberdeen Scotland, wrote in 1906 re his sister Ann GARROW. Has seen a report that she drowned in 1904, asks details. Her husband’s name was John. 4 pages, List 19.
WRIGHT, John of Bordesley Birmingham England wrote in 1892 re his uncle Robert WRIGHT of Geelong; was aged over 80 years. 4 pages.
WYMAN, Mary Drummond of Quebec Canada wrote in 1914 re James THOMSON ‘a handsome looking man’, gives full physical description and asks if he has a wife in Australia. He has a brother in Melbourne. Police cannot locate him. 5 pages.
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XY YARLETT, Frederick William Anderson, sought by wife Jessie in Perth in 1914. He left there 6 weeks ago, in ill-health, to stay with stepmother in Flemington. He was secretary of the Industrial Workers Union. Relatives interviewed, but not found. Police believe he has eloped with another woman. Newspaper photo on file. 22 pages, List 32.
YOULL, Ruth D., of Buffalo New York USA, wrote in 1919 seeking relatives of James YOULL and Patrick or James DEAN. Police reply too meagre details. 4 pages, List 18.
YOUNG, Edward. U.S. Consul in Nova Scotia, writes re brother William H. in 1896. Police had informed him that his brother was in Bendigo Benevolent Asylum; asks details, was a former teacher, is 86, writer is 91. Charles REDMAN has helped his brother. Detailed report states found wandering. 12 pages, some damaged. List 31.
YOUNG, Henry James, wrote from Strand Infirmary, Edmonton London in 1892 re his brothers Adam, who was drill sergeant in the Hampstead Militia, then came to Victoria to join police, and Charles, who married in Melbourne c1868. Police check with every Charles Young in Melbourne, but not located. 14 pages.
YOUNG, James Henry of Homerton, London, England, wrote in 1893 re his brother Adam YOUNG, who left in 1857 as a government emigrant, had been in the army. 4 pages, List 3.
Z ZACHS, Simon wrote from Chicago, Illinois, USA in 1892 re his two sons Abraham, 27 years, and Louis, 19 years, natives of Russia, who left two years ago; ‘I am an old man and sick and distracted from grief’. They may use the surname SAKS.
ZENKER, Isabel Mary of South Shields Durham England wrote in 1915 re her husband Ernest Paul. She had written previously and police arranged for money to be taken out of her husband’s wages and sent to her. He had stopped this and she was destitute; ‘through this long strain of trying to make ends meet I have broke down in health and I went through an operation … and have my left breast cut off …’ Police speak to his employer who is going to again take part of his salary and send to her. 5 pages, List 8.
ZERVAS, Peter, of Middleboro, Mass., USA wrote in 1915 re Metros MALARIS, his Greek brother in law, who was last heard from three years ago. Not found. 5 pages, List 6.
ZIEGLER, Johann, wife and daughters Susannah and Sarah and son Hans, sought by Consul for Austro-Hungary in Melbourne in 1906. They had immigrated in 1905 and hadn’t been heard from since. Found by police under name of CEILER. 7 Pages List 9.
ZIMMERMAN, Leonard, of New York City, USA wrote in 1920 re his nephew Pirmin ZIMMERMAN, fireman on a merchant steamer, who arrived in Melbourne 1914 and hasn’t been heard from since. 6 pages.
ZVITANOVICH, Ivan, wrote from Dalmaria, Trstenik Austria, in 1895 re his brother Nicola, whom he hadn’t heard from for c10 years; he was a fisherman. Their father would like to see or at least hear from him. 25 pages, List 4.
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