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FABRIO, Louis, found dead at Adelaide Lead near Maryborough in 1900. Papers found include a number of Austrian documents and a letter from V. ZAN of North Melbourne, who states he was a friend, not a relation, and won’t pay burial costs. Mention of Fabrio’s son in law in New Zealand. 18 pages, List 45.
FAIR, Mrs. Mary nee CAUL, occupier of Coffee Palace Yarrawonga in 1896. Premises caught fire, servant Isabella WATSON raised alarm; police have suspicions it was deliberate. 13 pages, List 30.
FAIR, Minnie, Toorak. Wrote re her husband who went to the U.S. and divorced her. She has 2 children and needs assistance. 2 pages, List 18.
FAIRBURN, Harry, elderly, found in destitute condition in Mansfield in 1898, local Nelson PETERS paid to take care of him for 4 weeks, but he dies. Claimed to have had a brother James in Sydney. Police there find James’s widow Charlotte Lindsay Fairburn, but she says man is imposter, Harry died years ago. Police confirm that’s who he was. 16 pages, List 21.
FAIRHALL, A.E., Mount Lofty, S.A., asks whereabouts of Leonard Fairhall in 1905; was gaoled for two years in 1902, formerly worked for Sir Frederick SARGOOD. Found. 4 pages, List 64.
FAIRS, David. Father Eric Newton Fairs sentenced to gaol in Adelaide, gave his son David to a woman, (a prostitute) who in turn gave him to a Mrs. BUCHANAN of South Yarra, to look after, and subsequently married – SCARLETT, and now, 1938, claimed David back. Police ascertain that the child’s mother is known as Sybil O’NEILL, and that she and the father were divorced. David sent to father. 5 pages, List 2.
FALL, John, of Meerlieu near Stratford. File re suspected poisoning of family and ill feeling between them and neighbour John McCamey. 28 pages.
FALVEY, Caroline, wrote from Riddells Creek in 1900, had been deserted by her husband Timothy. She had been partly supported by her father Thomas CLARK, but local police say they’ve had a falling out. Not found. 9 pages, List 46.
FANNING, Frederick, wrote from Rookwood Hospital in 1906 for the address of his father P.H. and uncle H. MADDEN. Sister Lottie located and states he is in an asylum. 6 pages, List 71.
FARMER, G. Employed briefly by detective department as a ‘special’ in 1865, but found not suitable for permanent employment. 4 pages, List 4.
FARMERS UNION HOTEL, (Jeffrey’s) Beaulah. Burnt down in 1894, as was Robert Jeffrey’s tailor shop. Report on, servant Mina KAY and Assyrian hawker Michael COORY also mentioned. 6 pages, List 38.
FARRAN, Mrs. A.V., Ballarat, writes in 1895; her husband is an ex constable who has had little work. She asks for his re-instatement; refused. 9 pages, List 28.
FARRELL, John. His sister Mrs. BURKE of South Yarra wrote in 1895, asking if the person who died in Sydney as a result of skylarking is her brother; response states it was not him, he is still working in newspaper office there. 16 pages, List 28.
FARRELL, P.P., Collingwood, complained in 1903 that his neighbour Mrs. WARD, had robbed him; police report she is c60 years of age and he is eccentric. 8 pages, List 67.
FAULKNER, Samuel, wrote from Mildura in 1899; has heard his brother Joseph W. Faulkner died some time ago in Melbourne, asks details. Confirmed, estate went to father Joseph in Oxford, U.K. 6 pages, List 42.
FAY, Edith E., Grafton, wrote in 1917 re her husband William A., missing for 3 years. He was c60 years old. His sister in a convent is now dead. Not found. 9 pages, List 74.
‘FEDERAL’ SHIPWRECK. Very large file re disposal of bodies etc. 1901.
FEIGLIN, Moses, of Shepparton, wrote in 1919 re his son Abraham’s failure to report under the Aliens Act. 4 pages, List 3.
FENTON, Alfred, c30 years, boarded with Mrs. COLLIER in Hawksburn and worked for DANKS & SONS, disappeared suddenly in 1910; suicide feared. Brother F.J. Fenton, Sale, asks police help, not to be made public. 15 pages, List 54.
FENTON, Jane, left husband Michael in Perth in 1896, taking 5 year old son with her. Was a noted horsewoman, believed to have gone to uncle in Geelong, but located elsewhere. 8 pages, List 14.
FENTON, John William, sought by J.T. PETTETT of Melbourne in 1895, who writes on behalf of himself and other relatives. Left Melbourne c13 months ago for Western Australia, worked a mine with Henry RICE, Lawrence DEVITT and Ernest LINSAY, some of whom were old friends. Quotes report in Avoca newspaper. Fenton is 38 years, born Victoria. Not found. 14 pages, List 26.
FERGIE, William Seymour, barrister and solicitor and HORNBY, Ernest A., law clerk, committed fraud on M.U.I.O.O.F. and absconded. Sighted in Colombo in 1900. 11 pages, List 46.
FERGUSON, Bella. Murdered child; investigation into her background, 1899.
FERGUSON, Henry alias FRANKLIN. Information sought by wife Mrs. Franklin, Newtown, Sydney in 1902; she hasn’t heard from him for 15 years. Not found. 11 pages, List 61.
FERRIER, C., Lockhart, NSW, wrote in 1917 re daughter Catherine, supposed to be in Melbourne, underage. Found to have married John MAY. 3 pages, List 72.
FERRIS, David. Fined for disloyal remarks, 1915; resigned from Benalla Shire Council.
FIELD, Dora, foundling, found on doorstep of Mrs. FORBES of Albert Park in 1912 and given this name. 2 pages, List 33.
FIELD, Thomas H., Bendigo, wrote in 1917 seeking re-admission in the police force, a returned soldier, 45 years. 1 page, List 72.
‘FIJI’ WRECK at Moonlight Head, 1891. File re burial expenses etc. List 1.
FINLAY, Alice, Aborigine, enticed away from Cummerangunja Mission Station by Charles WILSON in 1900, and abandoned in Victoria. 2 telegrams only. 2 pages, List 44.
FINLAY, John. Information sought by L. Finlay of Auburn NSW in 1902. He was employed by police; found. 7 pages, List 61.
FINLAY, Samuel, wrote from Foster in 1894, complaining that his 18 year old son Samuel was charged with shooting at birds, while his companion John JONESs was not charged, because he is the son of the Shire President. Report on claim. 4 pages, List 24.
FIRE PRETENTION ASSOCIATION. Upper Maffra region. President Donald MANSON, secretary M. DRUMMOND, advise police of their existence in 1901. Copy of Rules on file, 3 pages, List 53.
FIRMIN, Florence, Stanmore, Sydney, wrote in 1903, asking if Elizabeth MARTIN had ever kept a hotel in Melbourne between 1857 and 1866, possibly the wife of brewer P.J. Martin. 6 pages, List 67.
FISHER, W.T., Australasian Steam Navigation Co., Brisbane, wrote in 1904 re Minnie McPARLAN, born Dublin, c27 years, who went from Horsham to Melbourne in 1901. Not found. 7 pages, List 68.
FITZCLARENCE, Roy, c19 years, charged with stealing car of Thomas Leigh BERRIDGE, school teacher, Heidelberg in 1928. Photo in cowboy outfit. 2 pages, List 58.
FITZGERALD, (female) gives birth at Lying In Hospital Ballarat in 1902, claims she is a married woman named Murray from Kangaroo Flat, but this is false. The unnamed child is cared for a nurse then committed to the Neglected Children’s Department. The father is named. This is an incomplete file. 4 pages, List 62.
FITZGERALD, Thomas Augustine. Sought by mother Mrs. A. ALCHIN of McPhail, Dubbo, NSW in 1902. He was working for a contractor named WALDRON. Traced through various country areas. 10 pages, List 19.
FITZGERALD, William, nightwatchman, murdered at Perfection Knitting Mills in Fitzroy in 1928. He was born in Waimate New Zealand in 1889, had served in their military and had sisters in New Zealand. A very large file, with photos of the site where the murder took place. List 58.
FITZPATRICK, Alexander. Owes two years’ maintenance on McKAY child, 1879. Second file: George REEVES, Tungamah writes 1883 re his paying attention to his sister.
FITZPATRICK, Mrs. G. of Bathurst NSW, wrote in 1918 re Daniel DUSTING and his family. Not found. 4 pages, List 3.
FITZPATRICK, Johanna, died in Sunbury Asylum 1897; son James, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand, approached to pay burial costs. 8 pages, List 41.
FITZROY, 149 Brunswick Street. Fire there in 1900; owned by Edward WARING, and Mrs. Harriett ATTWOOD and Thomas LOVE had shops there. 7 pages, List 49.
FITZROY, 343 Brunswick Street. Fire at in 1900; owned by John KENNEDY, grocer, occupied by Mrs. Margaret SMITH, widow, dressmaker. 2 pages, List 50.
FITZROY, 36 St. David’s Street. Fire at in 1900; occupied by Mrs. Margaret HILLIARD, seen by Dolph SCHMUTSCH and John WALKER who broke in and put fire out. Owner Peter GIBAUD. 2 pages, List 50.
FITZSIMMONS, Henry, committed to asylum after damaging church property with a knife in 1870. 6 pages, List 30.
FLAGSTAFF GARDENS. Report re vandalism in, broken statues, 1875.
‘FLASHDALE’ Champion Clydesdale, died suddenly on the farm of his owner Corrie Spencer RODDA near Jeparit in 1928 and found by him. Owner suspected poisoning. Employee Peter HARVEY and local vet Thomas BELL provide statements. A very detailed report is provided. 23 pages, List 58.
FLEMING, -. Unemployment agitator, report re his presence at concert for Duke, 1901.
FLEURY, Achille & Co., Criterion Hotel, Ballarat, wrote to government in 1860, asking if a proposed play was legal entertainment; copy of script on file. List 27.
FLEXMORE, Ronald. Fifteen year old son of Alfred, took money and disappeared in 1919. File covers search for him and includes a photo. 18 pages. CONNECTION FOUND.
FLEXMORE-CONLIFFE, Frederick Charles. Wife writes from Kalgoorlie in 1906; he left her and child in Perth 3 years ago and went to Melbourne to obtain work, but has sent little money. Is a scenic painter, formerly employed at the Wax Works in Bourke Street. Found. List 24. CONNECTION FOUND.
FLOOD, Nellie, Ward of the State, 1900. Living at Echuca when charged with setting fire to haystack of Mrs. Annie MASLEN with whom she was living. Makes claim again Constable George FAULKNER of Echuca which is investigated and disproved; taken to Good Shepherd Convert. 30 pages, List 2.
FLOWER, Albert C. A child living with Mrs. Elizabeth REICHEL/RIGHTELL in Fitzroy in 1899, neighbours report her cruelty to Society for Prevention of Cruelty who ask police to investigate. Mother of child has remarried to Thomas TANGYE and is now living in NSW. 26 pages, List 17.
FLOWERS, Nellie. File re her adoption from the Infant Asylum by Mr and Mrs. Fred SHOLER, subsequent complaint about Mrs Sholer being a prostitute, removal of Nellie and placement with Mrs. E. MOLONEY. Nellie was 7 in 1894. 41 pages, List 13.
FLYNN, Thomas, publican at Beveridge in 1866, complains to police of sly grog sellers, 6 pages, List 14.
FOGG, R., wrote from Albert Park in 1904, asking police to help get his sister Dorothy away from her father who was neglecting her. Police can’t interfere; file gives background. 5 pages, List 10.
FOLKS, William. Query in 1902 whether he can be charged with an offence as he also uses the name LINDSAY. He is illegitimate, his mother subsequently married Lindsay. 7 pages, List 16.
FORBES, John, bricklayer, South Yarra, attempts to have his eldest daughter removed from the Reformatory in 1887. Chief Commissioner asks for report on him and his circumstances. 4 pages, List 56.
FORD/FOORD, George. Wife Ann of Carlton fears he has deserted her, 1869. He is Cornish, 44 yrs old, they have two children, she is destitute and has breast cancer. 10 pages, List 4.
FORD, Gertrude, 61 years, Fitzroy, charged with murdering Alice Ivy KELLY after performing abortion in 1928. Kelly’s sister was Irene Ethel Alice BURROWS. A large file, with some duplication, List 58.
FORD, Jane Elizabeth, file shows arrangements of her being sent to her father John in Victoria from interstate, 1900. File is incomplete, but reference to him being wanted for wife desertion. 5 pages, List 49.
FORTESCUE, Arthur H., wrote from East Charlton in 1903, applying to become a sly grog detective. 4 pages, List 19.
FORTUNE, Thomas. Charged with vagrancy 1914, born Victoria c1855, widower, given room in private home in Carlton by Elizabeth HALL.
FOSS, Alice, writes from Gunnedah NSW in 1900. Husband Thomas, former policeman at Balranald, supposedly left Melbourne for home, but she’s heard nothing for some months. Not found. 10 pages, List 22.
FOSS, Thomas, left wife and three children in Balranald NSW in 1899. He had been in the NSW police but “got into trouble over a barmaid Charlotte PETERSON”. His wife wrote in 1900, seeking maintenance, and enclosed a photo of a woman, seems to be Peterson. Police interview Peterson’s sister Mrs. COWLEY in Ballarat. 12 pages and photo, List 45. (List is a different file from the one above.)
FOSTER, Mrs. Elizabeth, Dandenong State Forest, asks for help in 1896. She has 2 children of her own and 4 grandchildren, 12, 10, 8 and 6, children of Abel KAY, to maintain and can’t find food for them. Police report she has a house and land near the Mitcham Railway Station and a shop and cottages in Collingwood let to Jack WREN for a tote. 16 pages, List 36.
FOSTER, Mary, Collingwood, asks in 1896 if the Foster who is on trial for fraud in Sydney is her husband Thomas. They have been married for 21 years, were in North Qld for 4 years when he suggested she go ahead to Melbourne and he would join her, but he never did. She is 55 and ‘getting up in years’ and needs support. Not him. 5 pages, List 37.
FOSTER, Miss Ursula, Windsor, rode her bicycle through a children’s procession in 1899 and was reprimanded by traffic constable. She complains, and William H. IRVINE of Armadale supports her. 11 pages, List 41.
FOSTER, William. His unnamed wife in Brisbane Hospital writes to police in 1904, wanting him to support her as she is leaving there shortly. He was living in South Melbourne. Police find he died that year, but beforehand declined to help her because she had left him 11 years previously. 7 pages, List 10.
FOUBISTER/FOUBISTUER, Florence C., wrote from Campbell’s Creek in 1909 re her husband John George, 55 years, believed to be in Melbourne where his brothers James and Robert were. Not found. 6 pages, List 70.
FOWLER, Mary, Carlton, formerly a publican, wrote in 1900 asking police help in getting a neighbor HENRY (a German) to give her access to her newly purchased property in Duke St. Brunswick; he had put up a fence and kept dogs. 4 pages, List 46.
FOX, Katie, 24 years, spinster, accidently burnt and subsequently died in 1900; report on incident. 4 pages, List 43.
FRAME, John, South Yarra, child Eric J., not vaccinated in 1900 because of illness; medical certificates on file. 11 pages, List 51.
FRANCIS, John. A lunatic. File re removing his effects to the Kerang police station, and unpaid account of John O’HEARN, 1880. 7 pages, List 2.
FRANCIS, William Nichol, long term employee of Port Melbourne Council, married, with an adult family, accused in 1903 of interfering with 5 year olds Walter WILLIAMS (son of Walter) and Roy LAUDER (son of Lydia). Warning: this is quite a confronting file. 14 pages, List 67.
FRANKLIN, Horace J., bookseller, Bourke St., Melbourne. Allegation indecent books being sold there; flyers on file. 9 pages, List 58.
FRANKLIN, Sarah, living apart from her husband and with – GIRDLESTONE and 6 month old child in Fitzroy in 1909, and in poor circumstances. Report on. 4 pages, List 53.
FRASER, George James, Kookynie, W. Aust., wrote in 1905 re father’s Will, has not received his share; Joseph REWCASTLE is executor, interviewed. 8 pages, List 23.
FRASER, Katherine. Shot her husband Dr. Paul Fraser, 1899.
FREDERICKSON, Mrs. Catherine of Richmond. Applied to run a travelling show in 1895; ‘she is a lady boxer, girls are high kickers and songsters, men heavyweight lifters and sword swallowers’.
FREEDOX, John, sought by solicitor in Sydney in 1895; had been in Tasmania, formerly in Salvation Army, now living with Mrs. MOOD. Found in gaol. 8 pages, List 25.
FREEMAN, H. of Sydney, wrote in 1917, seeking details of Albert BUCKLEY, a former Melbourne abortionist. Included physical details and a pencilled sketch. 7 pages, List 3.
FREEMAN, S., wrote from Adelaide SA in 1899; she has had the illegitimate male child of George PERRIN for 8 years, and he has paid maintenance but not recently. He was believed to be in Melbourne, a sharebroker with a wife and family, from whom he was separated, at Watervale in S.A. Not found. 24 pages, List 42.
FRENCH CONVICTS. Military Inspectors from New Caledonia visited Melbourne in 1884, inspected French prisoners and provided information about their backgrounds and previous convictions. Those identified were: Jean M. PORTES alias MARCELLIN, Jean HERMAN alias STIEFLERT, Gabriel GAVALLI/GILVALIER, alias Emile (political prisoner), Edward DESCHINS alias TOUSSAINT, Lorenzo DE MAZURS, alias Enrico. 11 pages, List 56.
FREES, Mrs. Boarding House Keeper, Melbourne, wrote in 1896 re Robert and Rachel Ida THOMAS and their two chilldren Augustus and Maude had come to stay with her the previous year. Both parents left, promising to pay for children’s care, but had never done so. Rachel Thomas had previously kept a hotel in Perth WA; her first marriage was to HAZEL, a hotelkeeper in Qld. Couple found in Sydney, impoverished, and Maud sent to them. 14 pages, List 36.
FREESTONE, Mrs. Ellen, Maryborough, 1895, submits account for looking after VENNELL children while mother on trial for murder. 22 pages, List 25. See also VENNELL entry for another file on this case.
FRENCH ISLAND PROGRESS ASSOCIATION. Complain to police in 1915 about Miss Edith LOWE of Northcote, who arranged two concerts there in aid of the Red Cross, but has refused to hand over the proceeds to them. 15 pages, some in pencil. List 2.
FRESHWATER CREEK. Fire destroyed property, formerly a hotel, now a house rented by Mr. BUCKLEY who had just left. Property owned by Mrs. Catherine SKINNER. Insurance company suspect foul play, ask report. 36 pages, List 30.
FRIEND, George H. Secretary of Post Office and Telegraph Department Annual Road Race organisation in 1899. Asks police department to reconsider their ban on bike road races as the event has already been organised; department agrees. Poster advertising race on file. 5 pages, List 2.
FRITH, William, died in Geelong gaol in 1900. Police find a letter from his son Arthur in Northam W.A., and contact him re payment of burial expenses. 7 pages, List 45.
FROST, Charles, has used name SELHURST, ‘very well connected’ had been on squatting station in NSW. Confidential enquiry sought by brother Herbert, Newcastle, NSW in 1903. Found to have attempted suicide. 10 pages, List 67.
FROST, James, a candidate in the 1927 Preston Municipal elections, investigated for irregularities in getting people to fill in postal votes. Mrs. Emma McNESS and her daughters Daisy Nellie and Ruby Olive were innocently involved; J.P. John Thomas ELLINSON, 78 years and partly deaf, was used by Frost. 20 pages, List 59.
FRY, George, Queenstown Tasmania, wrote in 1917 asking police to get his wife and two children living in Brunswick to return home; report finds 17 year old daughter is awaiting an operation. 16 pages, List 72.
FULLER, Frances, daughter of Mrs. Agnes, gave birth to child in Maryborough in 1865, reputed father Henry GILL. Report on background and inquest file on child who died. 10 pages, List 53.
FURLONG, Mary Cecilia, rang away from her home in Brighton in 1894, aged 16 years. Father William R., professor of music, takes out warrant and charges her with vagrancy. Anonymous letters claim she was ill-treated by step-mother MACKAY nee DOUGLAS. In 1896 police interview neighbour Mrs ANDERSON and others who confirm claim. Suspicion that she may have been murdered and house and grounds searched, but nothing found. Cousin Mrs. Thomas CHAPLIN receives letter from her; various other relatives are interviewed, but no trace. Brothers were William and Frank. Stepmother’s claims to having been ’in society’ in Queensland disproved. Not found. Faded photo of Mary on file. See instructions re how to order copy of a photo. Very large file, List 37.
FURNELL, Mrs. S., Hawksburn, reports in 1904 that daughter Ada is missing; is 35 years and ‘mentally weak’. Located in asylum under another name. 4 pages, List 68.
FYANS, Foster. A remittance man, left wife 26 years ago, missing and believed dead, but found, 1906.
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GADSDON, Emily, George and Clara. Anonymous letter alleges that neighbour Frederick W. JONES has interfered with Gadsdon’s daughter Clara in 1899. Both families were market gardeners at Highett. Jones was c 30 years old. Gadsdon family lived on land owned by Walter HOWELL, adjoining Jones. Local police have her examined and no trace of offence found; they give reason for ‘trumped up’ claim. 18 pages, List 43.
GAFFNEY, Philip, deserted wife Johanna and 6 children in Brunswick in 1881; Irish, brickmaker, 32 years, sister at Yabba Yabba near Shepparton. In 1897 she asks police if Terence Philip Gaffney is him; no. 9 pages, List 20
GALE, Samuel. Married Hannah MURPHY in Cork Ireland in 1872 as GEALE; married Belinda LOFT in Melbourne in 1885. Bigamist.
GALLAGHER, Charles, Perth, West Australia, wrote in 1901 re his brother Daniel, not heard from for 3 years, was then in Outtrim. Found. 7 pages, List 49.
GALLAGHER, Kenneth Percival. Someone, possibly his parents, (letter not on file) enquired for him in 1900. Letter on file confirms he jumped overboard from the New Guinea while working his passage; had a brother in South Africa. Letter from E. EDWARDS of Fernbank Gippsland on file, cousin Harry CORKE interviewed. 14 pages, List 22. See also Missing Friend entry.
GALLAGHER, George, Singleton NSW wrote in 1904, detailing his troubles and asking police for help to find his wife Ernestina and their seven children. Police find she is in gaol and the children in the Industrial Schools. 6 pages, List 11.
GALLAGHER, Joseph, Port Darwin, wrote in 1918 claiming that uncle Thomas NOWLAN had died at Stawell under the name of OSBORNE some years previously and left his wealthy estate to him. 10 pages, List 74.
GALLAGHER, Roy, deserted wife Elvira Alexandra at Geelong in 1928. His sister Mrs. O’NEIL lived at Burwood. Anonymous letter claims he is working in that area; not found. 9 pages, List 58.
GALLERY, Francis. Wrote from Melbourne in 1914, complaining about local police harassment since 1909. In that year Patrick JOYCE attempted a robbery nearby, and was shot by police. Police report he has a drinking problem. 7 pages, List 3.
GALLOP, George. Wrote from Colac in 1904, offering police free samples of his medicinal oil for treatment of sore feet. List 16.
GALVIN, Timothy, died in police hospital in 1862. Very detailed file which includes his will, inventory of estate and disposal of assets, arrangements for burial and memorial, and two letters from brother Jeremiah at Laharn, Killorglin, Co Kerry Ireland, one of which describes their father’s last illness. 25 pages, List 69.
GALWEY, George, Boort, applied for Old Age Pension in 1901, stated he had a son George in Qld. Son found, but declines to support him. 6 pages, List 51.
‘GAMBIER’ SHIPWRECK, 1891. Body identified by son as Mrs. TREWENACK and sent to Adelaide, but daughters say it is not her. Then believed to be wife of Joseph BAKER of Broken Hill, but he says she’s really the wife of Albert DAVIDSON, butcher of Redfern.
GANNAWAY, James Frank., former clergyman, arrested in 1895 for incest on daughter Alice Emily at Nunawading. Her seven children by him were all taken into care. Medical bill for childbirth disputed by police department. 27 pages, List 31.
GARBUTT, John and family, of South Melbourne. Suspected poisoning of, 1894. 6 pages, List 13.
GARRICK, Mrs. Teresa, died in Fitzroy in 1896; body exhumed as police suspect an abortion; mother Mrs. Ellen HENDY says she had a stillborn child. 21 pages, List 131.
GARRIGUES, Benoit Andre, died Tarnagulla 1875. French Consul in Melbourne asks details re cause of death, will etc., in 1898. Detailed report provided. 4 pages, List 19.
GARSDEN, W. Wrote from Northam, W.A. in 1900, asking police to try and find his watch, lost when arrived in Melbourne from U.K. and drunk. 3 pages, List 14.
GARTH, Murray. Complicated story involving Ida HYAMS (divorcee) who went into partnership with him in Garth Trading Co, but they had a falling out. In 1931 he was tied up and assaulted by Frank ROBERTS, her gardener, (lived in Camberwell) and Albert EASTWOOD, her driver, (lived at Port Melbourne). Large file, List 4.
GARVEY, Bridget. Gave birth to illegitimate child 1894; charged with false registration and abandoning it. Two files.
GARVIE, Mary E., Aldgate, South Australia, wrote in 1904 re family of Samuel James SMITH, surgeon dentist, brother in law of late G.L. GEORGE, dentist. He married Emily Marion JOHNSON in South Melbourne c1876, had children Arthur and Violette Ethel Hester who married Leonard V. ARROWSMITH. Smith went to gaol for forgery and subsequently deserted his family. He is a beneficiary in an estate. 10 pages, List 68.
GASCOIGNE, Captain James. Believed to have died in Torres Straits shipwreck in 1869. Widow Harriet requests any papers etc. found be given to her. Query re case from Brisbane. She is second wife, first wife was Sarah. 5 pages, List 4.
GAS INDUSTRY STRIKE, 1920. Large file re police used, complaints re filthy conditions in canteen etc.
GASKELL, Mrs. Dick, Cessnock, NSW, asks police in 1917 to find her husband and get him to send maintenance; he is a fireman on the S.S. ‘Tarcoola’. 5 pages, List 75.
GASPERO, Matteo. Admitted to Kew Asylum in 1914. Brother Jins wrote from Currawarra NSW, asking details. 8 pages, List 32.
GASTON, Percy, Mansfield, deserted wife Janet in Sydney in 1903; is a returned South African soldier, 32 years. 7 pages, List 64.
GATELY, Mary Ann, licensee of the Gelantipy Hotel, Buchan, charged with licensing offence in 1895. Brother Thomas COX. 12 pages, including newspaper cuttings, List 28.
GATENBY, J.W. of Clifton Hill, wrote in 1906. He had been assaulted by larrikins. Police report that his 40 year old son, who is ‘not in his proper state of mind’ had attacked them first. 10 pages, List 4.
GATHEN, A., dairyman, Albert Park, reports that his servant Lizzie HORNE has had an illegal operation performed by Dr. Thomas HODGSON of Fitzroy in 1897. Report on claim, statements taken and on file. No charge laid. 12 pages, List 40.
GAUDION, John. Shot by 22 year old Arthur LAMBLE near Healesville in 1901; Gaudion’s wife was Clara. 41 pages, some difficult to read. List 4.
GAULT, John, wrote from St. Kilda in 1900. Had been accepted into the police force, but couldn’t produce birth certificate as was born in Northern Ireland. 1 page, List 44.
GAUNT, T. Watchmaker, Bourke St., complains of musicians busking on footpath, 1880. 5 pages, List 4.
GAUSLAND, Caroline, wrote from Port Adelaide in 1912, asking if man who shot himself in Melbourne was her husband Neil HANSEN. She has not lived with him for over 12 years. He uses different names but right one was Christian Enval Endresen Gausland Neil. Police reply it is not her husband. 4 pages, List 33.
GAUT, T.W. Information sought by wife who wrote from Wahroonga, Sydney in 1901. He is a ’balloonist and phrytechnist’ who goes under the name GAUNT, and has left her and their 3 children destitute. Not found. 13 pages, List 52.
GAVIN, Thomas Henry, stevedore, arrested for larceny and placed in gaol in Melbourne 1900. Writes protesting innocence and states Thomas BOYES of Franklin St., with whom he has lodged, will vouch for him, which he does. 16 pages, List 45.
GAVIN DUFFY, J., solicitor, asks in 1905 that Eugene HERLIHY be admitted to force although a ‘trifle too short'; refused. 2 pages, List 23.
GAY, William, married M.M. MURPHY in New Zealand in 1876. The pair came to Victoria. In 1887 he was offered a government position in Hamilton; she refused to go there and they have been separated ever since. In 1894 he is shire engineer at Stratford and alleges she committed bigamy with David BOYDON in 1890. 4 pages, List 24.
GAYNOR, E.J., ex constable No. 4104, seeks readmission to the force in 1895. He resigned in 1889 to help father who had been persuaded to buy the CREMEAN HOTEL in Swan St., Richmond, and found the manager a drunk and a gambler. 2 pages, List 29.
GAZE, Edwin Thomas, Kew. Attempted suicide in 1903, recovered. Family requests to be kept from newspapers. Police intend to charge, but Chief Secretary instructs them not to do so. 5 pages, List 19.
GEAKE, James Edward. Large file re his fraud on William John VANDERBILT of Carlton, and others, and his subsequent arrest in Monte Video South America, on information supplied by George SKINNER in 1897. Photo on file. List 40.
GEARY, Patrick. Hanged for murder. Mary KENNEDY of Fitzroy claims body, claiming he is her brother. No truth in her claim.
GEGGIE, John. Imprisoned in 1887, he sends a letter to his wife from gaol, and receives one from his brother James; copies of both on file, along with police comments on them. 11 pages, List 56.
GEDDES, Margaret. Murdered at Shepparton in 1898. Large file. List 22.
GENDLE, Ada A. Wrote from Stanmore NSW in 1906 re a Mr Gendle who left England many years ago, would now be 60-70 years. Her late husband was trying to find him, possibly a relative. James GENDALL found, but says he is not the person sought. 13 pages, List 14.
GEOGHEGAN, Kate, sought by mother Mrs. Catherine, Deniliquin NSW in 1896, last heard of in Geelong. Not found. 11 pages, List 33.
GEORGE, Elizabeth Jane and Edward, living at Ross’s Creek, Woods Point in 1906. She writes objecting to a prohibition order placed on them by local constable. Report states their children are neglected and ill fed as they spend money on drink. 7 pages, List 26.
GEPHART, Mrs. Wrote from Daylesford in 1893 re newspaper report of child Emil Claud WILLIMOFF adopted by claimant of Robert RAND estate in NSW, now charged with fraud. She thinks it is her grandson, abandoned by his musician father, whose mother is dead. Background of child and claimant given. Warning: this file could be quite distressing to family members. 14 pages, List 25. CONNECTION FOUND
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GERT, [PERT?]Lydia, attempted suicide in 1917, lived in Barnett St., Kensington. 4 pages, List 71.
GIBBON, Stephen, Inglewood, wrote a threatening letter to the Railways Dept. in 1901 over a compensation claim that was rejected. This is passed onto police who compile a report on him. He is 80 years old. 7 pages, List 49.
GIBBS, J., wrote from Ipswich Qld. in 1902 asking the date Ned SILVER ‘a darkey’ was sent home to Ceylon; the late Thomas CHIRNSIDE had bought him to Victoria as a servant; former employees interviewed. 9 pages, List 62.
GIBBONS, Dr., Sydney, published a 6 page booklet on nervous diseases and cures in 1896. Mrs. HEADEN of Carlsruhe forwards a copy to the Chief Commissioner, asking for legal action; local school children found copies strewn around. Locals interviewed include WEST family, SKIDMORE and school teacher Mr. WORTHINGTON. 12 pages, List 36.
GIBBS, James. Wife wrote from Clifton Hill in 1899; he had left over 3 years ago, leaving her with 4 children. She has heard he is at Boggy Creek near Bairnsdale. Found. 5 pages, List 76.
GIBSON, Daniel William, surveyor, 45 years, sought by brother George in Melbourne in 1903; believed to be in W.A. 8 pages, List 66.
GIBSON, Edward. Attempted suicide at Northcote in 1918; wife Rose Ann. 7 pages.
GIBSON, Henry, sought by son Alfred of Flinders St. in 1898. He was a cabinet maker, left his wife in Adelaide; she is now dead as is his other son. Not found. 14 pages, List 21.
GIBSON, Kate, licensed out to service from Brookside Reformatory to James PATTERSON, 64 years, farmer, Wedderburn, in 1894. She makes allegation against him, but is not believed as reports from Hamilton and Casterton give her a bad reputation. 19 pages, List 38.
GIBSON, Mrs. Mary Jane. File re a fire in a house occupied by her in St. Kilda in 1865. Her proper name was DUNDEN, and police and insurance company suspect the fire was deliberately lit. 12 pages, List 4.
GILBERT, Ada, 15 years old in 1898, gives birth to illegitimate child at Epping; is in service to Edward TOUBURN and wife, who adopt it. Police suspect he is father. 10 pages, List 21.
GILCHRIST, John, c46 years, coal miner, deserted wife and three children at Charlestown via Newcastle, NSW in 1902. 12 pages, List 62.
GILES, Joseph Henry. Occupier of house owned by John McINTOSH at Wonga Works, Stawell in 1900. House caught fire and burnt down. Insured with South British Insurance Co., who are given copy of report. Statements from above plus George WALKER (old man), Henry WALKER (newsboy), Arthur WARD, George BATCHING. 11 pages, List 43.
GILES, Thomas. Died suddenly at the Family Hotel, Portartlington in 1899. Report on; brother took body for burial. 3 pages, List 17.
GILL, Annie Elizabeth, nee BOURKE, a widow, Abbotsford, found drowned in Yarra River in 1900. Police establish she was in a relationship with Patrick Alexander BERGIN who visited her regularly. Her daughter Rosa was in the local Convent, and her other sisters were a nun and a nurse in Adelaide, with another in Mooroopna. 13 pages, List 48.
GILL, William, brother of H., the proprietor of the Hobart Mercury newspaper, left his son Bertie, 11 years, with Mrs. M.S. TILY of Carlton in 1895. She complains of his failure to pay maintenance in 1897. 8 pages, List 40.
GILLICK, Margaret, nee DELAHUNTY, charged with concealment of birth after the bodies of two infants were found by workmen besides Harlen’s hotel at Warragul in 1899. The suspected fathers were a local solicitor – GREY and a laborer named Michael DOYLE. Her husband James had left some years ago. Large file, List 43.
GILLIES, Euphemia Isabel, bashed and raped by Michael QUIGLEY at Yendon in 1902. Copy of evidence etc. A large file, List 61.
GILLIGAN, William Herbert, 23 years, died of typhoid fever at Hughenden Hospital Queensland in 1899. M. FINDLAY, matron, asks police to notify family in Kyneton. The father was James. 7 pages, List 39.
GILMORE, Hubert S. A Ward of State in South Australia, he is sent from there to Mrs. Sarah CURRAN in Sydney, via Melbourne. 8 pages, List 4.
GIRVEN, Rose, Leederville, wrote in 1905 re her husband Thomas, who was supposed to have joined her there from Melbourne, but hasn’t done so or sent money. 5 pages, List 64.
GLANS, John, died Broadmeadows 1895, a Swede. File re burial and sale of property. 24 pages, List 27.
GLASS, C.E. Manager of Vic. Labor Institute, 1877. Several letters from him and one from his clerk J.O. PENSON regarding the claim by William ALFREY that they had taken his money and sent him to J.B. ENDERS at Trentham for work, but there was none; he demands a refund. Patrick DUNN mentioned as being employed at Enders, and several employment forms on file. 17 pages, List 5.
GLASSON, Lucy, Koorootang, wife of Rev. Henry, who was 87 years old. She asks police in 1905 to force Percy Edward HUBBARD, who was at Carlton, to support their daughter, his wife, and four children. 4 pages, List 69.
GLEESON, Catherine May. Investigations regarding false information on a birth certificate in 1896; original enquiry not on file. She was living with James Gleeson, brother of her late husband at Jumbunna, Gippsland, but the pair returned to N.S.W. Not found and presumably certificate not altered. 11 pages, List 37.
GLEESON, William. Wife M. writes from Canterbury, Sydney NSW in 1898 that he has left her and gone to Melbourne ‘a woman has been the cause of it’. 9 pages, List 16.
‘GLENELG’ SHIPWRECK. Large file, 1900.
‘GLEN HOLME’ Caulfield. Licensee Miss E. HARCOURT complains in 1918 of police treatment in the capture of escaped patient Lilian Jane MARSHALL. Detailed report; nurse Mary HEALY and Arthur G. MACKIE of ‘Barwon Downs’ give evidence. 24 pages, List 74.
GLOSTER, Fanny Maud. Sued Horton HOLDER, merchant and importer, for maintenance for two children, Gladys and Leslie, 1896.
GLOVER, Samuel, son of late Samuel Edmund Glover, theatrical manager, who died in Scotland in 1860, sought by solicitors re estate in 1898; his mother has died. Police find he is dead and his widow remarried to George ROPER. 9 pages, List 22.
GLUCK, Charles. Murdered Hugh Lavery at Beulah, 1900.
GOBBI, Domenico. Wrote from Day Dawn W. Aust., in 1902 re his under Gulian GOBBI, greengrocer. 6 pages, List 18.
GODDARD, Mrs. Walter, nee Nora FLYNN of Co. Limerick Ireland, sought by sister Katie in 1904; arrived Melbourne c1884. 7 pages, List 8.
GODENZI, Ellen Sinclair, 7 years old, daughter of Eliza, indecently assaulted at Murrumbeena in 1912. Was playing with friends Ethel HAINES, Jack BOX, Edie VIVASH and Robbie HILL when approached by unknown male and given a farthing, (which is on file) to accompany him. 13 pages, List 33.
GODFRED-SPENNING, Ellen, Auburn, wrote in 1907 re her husband Seren, hairdresser and tobacconist, who sold up in 1892 and disappeared. She has received a letter from Qld signed JOHNSTON which she thinks is from him. 6 pages, List 71.
GODFREY, Ida. File re her actions in 1900; a Ward of the C/E Home for Children, Middle Brighton, she left her employer and lived with Thomas JEANS. She was then 17 years old, he 19 years old.
GOGGINS, Mrs. Gipps St., East Melbourne, Applies for financial assistance in 1874, husband is surveyor. Unflattering report. 5 pages, List 31.
GOOD TEMPLARS, Working Band Lodge 8, Collingwood. Chief Templar C.A. BERGLUND complains in 1897 about Foster’s Lager Beer labels which are thrown around the street and stick to fences, posts etc. Sample of label stuck on file. 7 pages, List 40.
GOODMAN, Mrs Sarah or PHELAN, in 1903 asked former employer Mr. H.J. MERCER of Drouin to mind her child briefly while she went to hospital, to which he agreed, but did not return to collect her. She is found in the Women’s Refuge, destitute and with a new baby. 9 pages, List 67.
GOODSIR, Mrs. Anne. A widow in poor circumstances, living in Sydney in 1894, with two sons and a daughter Ruby, 8 years old. Answered advertisement for couple seeking to adopt young girl and handed her to John NEWTON, who claimed to be married and live in Adelaide. Child taken to Melbourne, and after a few days left at a lodging house run by Peter LEARNEN in Melbourne. Police find Newton gave false details and return child to mother. 20 pages, including letter from Ruby.
GOON, Frank Sam. Chinese herbalist, Ballarat, 1909. Seeks evidence of wife Florence’s misbehaviour for divorce. Her maiden name is KEEN.
GOOPY, John, Brisbane, wrote in 1907 re his sister Mrs. DUNN who left there suddenly, leaving 3 youngest children behind with elder daughter. He asks her mode of living. 7 pages, List 70.
GORDON, Mrs. A. of Bendigo, writes in 1899 re a man found dead at Temora, is it her husband Robert John who has been absent for some considerable time; he is 46 years old. Police reply it was a George Gordon who died. 14 pages, List 2. CONNECTION FOUND.
GORDON, George Eric, charged with murder of Richard and Catherine CLEMENTS at Bullumwaal, Gippsland in 1928. and subsequently found guilty. A very large file, with photos of both the victims and offender’s homes. List 58.
GORDON, James. Mrs. A.M. BRIGHT of Beleura Mornington writes in 1876 re his ill-treatment of his children at Balcombe Creek. He is a brewer. 10 pages, List 6.
GORDON, Stanley. Born 1897, mother Bessie McNEILL of Brunswick. Abandoned him on doorstep of Mrs. ROSENWAX in Latrobe St. in error, meant for Selina SUTHERLAND’s children’s mission. Bessie is a widow with 3 children and destitute, and wanted him looked after for a few months.19 pages, List 18.
GOREY, Mrs. H. (Alice) wrote from Yanko Siding via Narandera, NSW in 1912, asking police help in getting her 13 year old daughter home. She had left with the QUINLIVAN family at Bass, Gippsland; “they were to keep her and treat her as one of their own” and pay the mother a weekly amount, which they reduced. They then said they would no longer have her at all. Police co-operate. 7 pages, List 33.
GORMAN, Dennis, applies to join police force. Mayor of Sebastopol, members of Ballarat Hackney Carriage committee and Ballarat councillors write in support, query why his name was taken off list. 10 pages, List 38.
GORMAN, Patrick. 1866 file re his being allowed to change his Ticket of Leave district to Longwood, and subsequently issued with a free certificate (ie was a criminal released early). 14 pages, List 3.
GORMAN, Patrick and Mary. Living at Wy Yung in 1896 when local clergyman, D.B. VERLIN of Bairnsdale, asks Minister to find somewhere for them to go. Agreed they will go to Bendigo Benevolent Home under police escort. 22 pages, List 35.
GOSCHE, Vesey R. Writes from Sydney in 1906; he is Consul for Nicaragua. His friend J.E. GIBSON recently arrived from Shanghai and went to Melbourne for a couple of days, but hasn’t returned. 7 pages, List 4.
GOSLING, Ellen. Information sought by husband Thomas H., Pleasant Valley via Whitton, NSW in 1899. She left him 7 years ago, believed to be living with Jerry AH TIE/TOY at Bendigo. Confirmed. 10 pages, List 42.
GOSSLER, Frank. Engineer, Melbourne, complains re actions of Mr. and Mrs. HEGARTY, who secretly arranged for Mrs. Kitty BRUEN to be admitted to Abbotsford Convent in 1915, 6 mths previously. Mrs. Hegarty and her sister Kitty used to run the Railway Hotel at Yarraville, but the latter is an alcoholic. Gossler’s dau Mrs. Mona OGNAR is being blamed by Bruen, but she was innocent. Another sister Mrs. POPJOY mentioned. 8 pages, List 2.
GOUGH, Francis William, military deserter, living apart from wife Ethel, Abbotsford, in 1918. Their child Rose Beatrice, 3 years taken by his mother Mrs. Rose WATSON and not returned. Letter from him on file. 9 pages, List 74.
GOULD, Mrs. Charlotte Rebecca, Richmond, attempted suicide in 1917; note on file. Sister Mrs. CLEMENTS will look after her on release. List 75.
GOULD, Mrs. Elizabeth, wrote from Singleton NSW in 1907 regarding her niece Beatrice STONEHAM who she believes has committed suicide; police report no record of any such event. 5 pages, List 15.
GOULDING, Frank. His children are with Pollard’s Strolling Players, 1904.
GOURDIN, Pierre Joseph. Large file re identity of unknown male shot by police (Constable DUNGEY)at Yarra Glen in 1892. At first believed to be Gourdin, but French Consul says he is in New Caledonia. Deceased ‘Joey’ came from Alsac; photo of deceased on file. List 18.
GOVERNMENT HOUSE. Fire in 1897 in sitting room of Mrs. FREEMAN-THOMAS; handled discreetly by staff and fire brigade. 6 pages, 2 very faint. List 40.
GRABNER, Louisa, wife of Fritz, curator of Camberwell municipal gardens, sued husband for maintenance in 1906. Complicated case in which she complained to his solicitor – ROBERTS, about his conduct, and he swore she was insane and had her locked up by police. She was released after a few hours and issued a warrant against JP J.F. WALKER and solicitor ROBERTS. 13 pages, List 34.
GRACE, Thomas Delores, charged with sending threatening letter to Mrs. Maria LAWLESS in 1895; had previously been charged with setting fire to their barn at Burramine, but been discharged. Envelope in the name of KINGSLEY found in his possession. She writes thank you letter to police. 24 pages, List 29.
GRAHAM, Alice. 1906 file, includes number of letters from her from Irrewarra. Admitted to an asylum; identified as Annie McRAE from Portland; “seems to be madness in the family”; former lover George LAMBLE mentioned. 57 pages, List 4.
GRAHAM, Dugald, sought by wife Charlotte E., Townsville Qld in 1918; not seen for 8 years, formerly lived at Nambour. She has 4 boys, eldest is Archibald Heydon Graham. Found living with another woman. 12 pages, List 74.
GRAHAM, Frederick, wrote from Brunswick in 1897 re his 18 year old son Frederick, employed by Mr. GILBERT on the Buchan Station. He wrote that his was returning home (letter on file) but hasn’t done so, and family are concerned. Found working in Bruthen. 8 pages, List 40.
GRAHAM, George A., wrote from Redfern Sydney in 1896 re his brother William, a signwriter and decorator, not heard from for 2 years, believed to be in Victoria. He has seen a report of a death; not his brother. 8 pages, List 36.
GRAHAM, J.S., Bairnsdale. In 1884 reported theft of jewellery he had imported from England. 8 pages, List 56.
GRAHAM, James (7 yrs) and Mary Ann (5 yrs). Correspondence from Bendigo of 1864 re their admittance to a reformatory rather than an industrial school; their parents were both in gaol. 4 pages, List 4.
GRAHAM, Mary. Murdered at Ballarat in 1908. William V. ILES, butcher, 33yrs, suspected and sought. Robert Henry CRAIG picked up in error for him. Arthur DEVER found body. Large file, including 4 pages concerning letter from William BURNS of Waverley Sydney NSW re his missing daughter Mary, who married Daniel LEHY. List 3.
GRANEY, M. Wrote from South Australia in 1913 re his wife, whom he had sent home to her mother Mrs. Laura PLOWRIGHT in Grassy Flat near Bendigo. Chinese gardener KIM COOK/KOOK mentioned.
GRANT COMMON SCHOOL. Building being used, and three houses nearby were all destroyed by fire in 1866. Houses were owned by M. SMITH, William REED and LEE Bros; woman PEACH is a witness. 2 pages, List 6.
GRANT, Daniel Joseph, Constable, suicided at Donald in 1905. Large file includes report on background to event, letter from cousin etc. Large file, List 23.
GRANTHAM, Edwin, attempted suicide in 1909, had previously had nervous breakdowns. Brother Walter is to look after him. 13 pages, some damaged, List 53.
GRAVENALL, Mrs Mary Ann, c40 years, attempted suicide in home of siter Elizabeth MURPHY, North Melbourne, in 1912. She had had a nervous breakdown previously. Hospitalized. Police decide against prosecution. 7 pages, List 35.
GRAVES, Helen, in 1900 found to be destitute and arrangements made to take her to Bendigo Benevolent Home, 4 pages, List 47.
GRAY, Annie, Geelong, asked in 1910 that her son Leslie be allowed to continue driving a car, even
though he is under age; is working for Mr. J.C. BROWN, motor engineer. 2 pages, List 54.
GRAY, George. Suicided at Cheltenham in 1894, and subsequently found to be William FLEETWOOD, who deserted his wife Julie 7 years ago in Parramatta. He had a sister Mrs. G.W. THOMPSON in America. The LARKIN frauds are mentioned, but no details given. A copy of his suicide note is on the file, and letters from his wife. 20 pages, List 3.
GRAY, John, of Gray & Co., Swan Hill, wrote in 1902 re Fred SCOWN who owes him money; believes he is interstate, but it is his father. 4 pages, List 18.
GREATOREX, Thomas. See BEAUCHAMP, Elizabeth. Subsequent complaint from him in 1892, while living at Yabba Yabba near Dookie, about local constable. Police report reveals that his wife had an illegitimate child while he was living with Beauchamp/Brown.
GREAVES, Ethel, servant to Colonel TRYTHALL, South Yarra; gave birth to child there in 1905, which died shortly afterwards. Her sister Florence WRIGGLESWORTH of Prahran arranges for her to be looked after as the Colonel won’t have her in the house. The family were from Toongabbie. A sad story. 8 pages, List 64.
GREEKS/GYPSIES. Destitute group of 22 , taken up by showman and touring country Victoria on way to Qld; advertising flyer on file. 1898.
GREENE, Mrs. Agnes, Fitzroy, boarding in Fitzroy, alleges in 1917 that her son in law William Ernest MORGAN, tramways employee, has indecently assaulted 6 year old Gladys STONE, who is living with her grandmother Mrs. FIELD at the same address. Morgan denies claim and believes she has done it because her daughter is trying to divorce him and needs grounds. Case dropped. 8 pages, List 75.
GREEN, Alice, 17 years, gave birth to illegitimate child, which died, in 1904 at the Livingstone Home, Cheltenham, Matron L. TRUDGEON. Green is a Ward of the State and has been living with the family of Daniel DIFFY [DIFFEY?] at Tarawingee for 11 years. She claims Diffy is the father of the child. Police try to establish her birth-date in order to charge him with carnal knowledge, but have great difficulty. Eventually they establish the following: Her mother was Martha Margaret Agnes DONNOLLY, born Hobart, who married 3 times – to Joseph ABBOTT, Bernard GREEN and John LANGFORD. She was living with another man when she had Alice in Carlton, and is herself now dead. Prosecution dropped because of doubts of her age. 19 pages, List 34.
GREEN, Sarah Elizabeth, sent from Brisbane to Melbourne by steamer, by her brother William in 1884. ‘A girl of weak mind’ she is returned to Brisbane. 8 pages, List 56.
GREENBAUM, Meyer. Reported missing from his home in Melbourne in 1919, partly crippled, 34 years. Photo of him as hospital patient on file. Found.
GREENHILL, Nellie or WINTER, Nellie. W.A. police write that they found letters in the former camp of John Greenhill in Coolgardie in 1899, and forward to Victoria. They identify the writer as Nellie, who had lived with a man named Daniel WINTER, who was now in an asylum. Background of both given, and letters on file. 12 pages, List 41.
GREENWAY, C. Howard, convicted of embezzlement c1892, deserted wife in Fremantle and believed gone to South Africa. File reactivated in 1902. 6 pages, List 63.
GREENWOOD, Arthur, wrote from Geelong in 1900, asking police to find out whether his wife Ellen is alive. She was arrested for vagrancy and sent to gaol for 6 months, was a cripple and he couldn’t afford to pay someone to nurse her. Police find she was admitted to a benevolent home and died there in 1897. 9 pages, List 44.
GREGORY, Joseph Ernest, died Yarawonga 1895; mother Mrs. A.R. Gregory asks details of money he had earned etc., had worked for Mr. THOM. 12 pages, List 30.
GREGORY, Samuel Henry, 18/19 years old, left his home in Richmond c1899, last heard from in Sydney. Information sought by mother in 1900; she’s now a widow with no means. 9 pages, List 46.
GREY, Edward, arrested at Malmsbury in 1867 during Waterworks Strike, charged with threatening language and sentenced to 3 months gaol. Father Robert GRAY of Brunswick visits police headquarters and local residents in Fitzroy petition for his early release. 4 pages, List 35.
GREY, Joseph Henry. Solicitor, Geelong, fled to Fiji with family, 1901. Large file.
GREY, Mrs. N., South Brisbane, wrote in 1917 re Clive LILLEY ‘who has left a delicate child of 5 here and never supported it’. Sister Mrs. SWYER, Hawthorn is interviewed. 6 pages, List 74.
GRIBBLE, James, wrote from Happy Valley in 1895 alleging Constable Ivey of Skipton stole government property, has illegitimate child etc. Ivey refutes claims, has had Gribble fined at local court several times. 6 pages, List 29.
GRIBBLE, James. Wrote from Happy Valley in 1899 re the ill-treatment of his mother by his father Theophilus ; asks police protection for her. Local police report he is no better, that family dispute is at bottom of complaint. 7 pages, List 17.
GRIFFIN, Gertie. Wife of Leslie of Amphitheatre, in 1913 she writes to her brother Hal and father McKenzie in Brunswick, re her unhappy marital state. Claims her husband is having an affair with Mrs. HILL, licensee of the Amphitheatre hotel, and widow of the late J.J. Hill, a former constable. List 15.
GRIFFIN, Patrick Francis, born Co Galway Ireland, c55 years old, formerly a teacher and last heard of at Mooroopna in 1895; information sought by brother Anthony Nicholas Griffin, Gap Farm, Roma, Qld in 1899. A solicitor named FINN is a relative. 17 pages, List 42.
GRIFFITHS, Ada. Barmaid, Reform Hotel Melbourne, is receiving insulting postcards and letters in 1908 and complains to police. 7 pages, List 5.
GRIFFITHS, John, 69 years, died suddenly at work in South Melbourne in 1900, while helping son John; a carpenter. 2 pages, List 49.
GRIGGS, Ronald Geeves, Methodist Minister, Omeo; charged with murdering wife Ethel Constance nee WHITE in 1928 by poisoning her, but acquitted. He was having an affair with Lottie Elizabeth CONDON. In 1929 his successor came across a suspicious white substance buried in the garden and alerted police. This is a very large file, List 59.
GRIMES, Mrs., Brunswick, attacked by her husband in 1903; he subsequently killed himself. File relates to payment of account of MD Louis HENRY. 6 pages, List 66.
GRIMSHAW, Edmund. John Hood enquires regarding him on behalf of Belfast relatives in 1877, was 2nd officer on board ship. 5 pages, List 5.
GRISDALE, Wilfred, reported missing by wife Mary Ann, Woods Point, in 1897. Victorian, 28 years, small faded photo taken c1891 on file. 1 page and photo. List 40.
GRISDALE, William, arrested after arriving in Melbourne and gaoled in 1892. Wrote from gaol, asking that his property be sent there from his lodgings, which was done. 4 pages, List 56.
GROUNDS, Herbert, chemist, Ascot Vale, fire in 1900. 5 pages, List 50.
GRUBER, Catherine Ann, writes a number of letters from Gippsland in 1904-05, alleging ill treatment by husband John. Admitted to asylum. 11 pages, List 64.
GRUER, James E., found dead at Rushworth in 1916, has wife had predeceased him and their 3 children were taken to grandparents LOBEGEIGER in Toowoomba. In 1918 the grandfather enquiries about the funds the children should have inherited. 13 pages, List 73.
GRUNDY, Mrs. James, Warrnambool, wrote in 1903 re her husband who left five years ago; 29 years, a seaman. Not found. 10 pages, List 66.
GRUNER, Amelia. Reported missing by Zoe FORBES-EWAN of Elsternwick in 1899; returned after a few days. 5 pages, List 16.
GULLEN, Emily, died at Birchip in 1899, destitute; left 3 children, two of whom died shortly afterwards. Her sister, Mrs. WISHERT, with whom she is living, now ill. Husband Henry in NSW refuses to pay costs of burial or maintenance of children. 4 pages, List 17.
GURNER, John A., Crown Prosecutor; tenant of Frogmore Murrumbeena in 1902, complains of damage to property and annoying boys. 6 pages, List 18.
GUTHRIE, J. Wrote from Western Australia in 1906, asking for his references to be forwarded to him. He was previously in the Victorian police force, but dismissed in 1899, subsequently served in force there. 3 pages, List 4.
GWYNN, Eyre Hardy, left Brisbane for Melbourne in 1881. In 1885 his wife Sarah Ann wrote, asking police to find him. He was Irish, 28 years, and believed related to Judge Gwynn. Incomplete file, 9 pages, List 56.
GYPSIES. Group camped at Fishermen’s Bend in 1902 are annoyed by large crowds visiting them . Charles SIEVERS, 13 year old and Alfred SEDDON, c17 years, are peppered with shot after stones are thrown. George DEMURE and Cabrina PARMIZA charged. Quite detailed report on situation. 13 pages, List 20.
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HABER, Mr. Newsagent, St. Kilda. Of German descent, scared soldiers are going to attack him, 1916. List 6.
HACKENBERGER alias BERGER, Charles, claims in 1888 he is an escaped French convict from New Caledonia, but French Consul gives real background and states he just wants his fare back paid. 10 pages, List 56.
HACKETT, Mrs. Mary, wrote two letters from Granya in 1904, complaining of the licensee of the Club Hotel, Mrs. M.J. RIELLY (RILEY) who had let her son get into debt through gambling and nearly poisoned her husband. Report is negative on Hackett who disgraced herself while drunk. 11 pages, List 56.
HADDON, Mary Ann nee SMITH; parents Charles Smith and Mary Thistle. Married Hobart c1876 to Thomas Haddon, separated c1881. He subsequently married Annie STOREY in Victoria after having 3 children with her. His parents were Joseph and Caroline nee RUSSELL.
HADDON, Thomas, 1900 file re his bigamy. First marriage to Mary Ann Matilda SMITH in Tasmania; second to Elizabeth OTICK 1878, she a widow. He left Elizabeth c1882, she rejoined him in Melbourne, but they separated. 16 pages, List 22. Note: this is a different file to that above. CONNECTION FOUND.
HAGBOOM FAMILY. Parents Edward and Annie killed in State Forest when tree fell on tent, 1894. Correspondence re care of children Dolly, Horrie, Gustav and George. Letters from D. COWEY and Millie WARD on file.
HAGEN, Joachim F., kept under surveillance by police after being released from gaol, 1891. 5 pages, List 55. Another file re his arrest in 1888 for threatening to shoot William HARPER of Robert Harper & Co; report on his background. 7 pages, List 56.
HAGUE, Emma. Wife of Joseph, acting in a strange manner in 1880. 15 pages, List 4.
HALL, Clement George, Deloraine, Tasmania, wrote in 1910 re Edward DIMMACK, carpenter, 51 years, who left there to look for work in Victoria; his family are anxious. Found. 6 pages, List 54.
HALL, George, inmate of Gordon Insitute in 1907, 16 years, sent out with sheep drover to NSW, ran away and asked Wahgunyah police to help him to get back; is the son of Mr A. Hall, hairdresser, of West Melbourne, 3 pages, List 15.
HALL, John, deserted wife E.P. and child in Parramatta in 1897. He has a brother Charles, a butcher, in Collingwood. Wife asks for help, but he is not found. 8 pages, List 41.
HALL, John, labourer, born Victoria, 49 years in 1910, charged with failure to pay maintenance of his children Ivy May, Claude Patrick and Percy Harold, who are Wards of the State, and were committed at Collingwood. Found in Adelaide, living with a Mrs. DAVIS under assumed name. 20 pages, List 22.
HALL, Kate. Sister Mrs. F. CARRATT of Concord NSW writes in 1902, is concerned about her. Report states picked up in Bendigo slums leading immoral life, was in a Mission Home, but left. 9 pages, List 18.
HALL, Minnie, murdered at Eaglehawk in 1897 by husband Charles J. Originally thought to have drowned herself, but body exhumed and signs of violence found. He had had an affair with Miss Eva SCOTT; Martha ALLCOCK, registered nurse, is asked to take care of her and child, and complains of low payment by police. Large file. List 39.
HALLIDAY, Hugh H., applied in 1879 to be reinstated in the Victoria Police force, 4 pages, List 55.
HALLINAN, William, also known as CONROY, died of alcoholism at Royal Mail Hotel in Geelong in 1902. Mrs. May HARVEY of Carlton had lived with him there for awhile; wife in Collingwood informed. 10 pages, List 61.
HALTON, Mrs. Mary, Zeehan, Tas, complains in 1909 that daughter Katie has left her and is living with one of her brothers in Victoria; wants her returned. Note: letter almost indecipherable. 6 pages, List 55.
HAMIL, William. Two letters from sister Mrs LABY in Cork Ireland in 1907 re her failure to receive anything from his estate. William, James and John left Ireland c40 years ago. He died in the care of the Little Sisters of the Poor in Northcote in 1905. His cousin Michael MANGAN is criticized. 6 pages, List 15. CONNECTION FOUND.
HAMILTON, Mr. of firm of Thurling & Hamilton, reported in 1896 that his 10 year old son had left their home in Mercer Rd., Malvern. Asks police help in finding him, but also asks matter to be kept quiet. Child found. 7 pages, List 32.
HAMILTON, Andrew, died at Sunbury in 1895. A cousin, James Hamilton, publican of Yanco Creek NSW was asked to pay his burial expenses, and was another relative William ANDERSON of Romsey. 24 pages, List 28.
HAMILTON, Annie, 49 years, widow with 3 children, died suddenly at Collingwood in 1900. 2 pages, List 50.
HAMILTON, Hannah, deserted by husband Peter M. in 1901. Found. 4 pages, List 62.
HAMILTON, Irene Auguste Douglas, sought by mother E.A. Douglas Hamilton of Hobart Tasmania in 1905. Was working as a housemaid in Melbourne to a Mrs. MARSDEN, but letters returned. Found. 7 pages, List 3.
HAMILTON, James. Information sought by Mrs. J. SNUDDEN of Newtown NSW in 1899. He arrived c1875, was at one time a schoolmaster, now in mining, aged about 56 years, used to be a great athlete. A friend in gaol could be released if he could be found. Police check many by that name but fail to find him. 33 pages, List 43.
HAMMERSLY, H., wrote from Bontherambo Hotel, Boorhaman via Wangaratta in 1896 re the lack of police presence in area. Wangaratta police comment negatively on his character. 5 pages, List 35.
HAMPSON, Louie, 21 years, formerly living in Richmond, sought by mother, in WA, in 1902. Found. 6 pages, List 62,
HAMPTON TEA GARDENS. Licensee Mrs. Alexandrina KRONHUBER. 1906 file re anonymous letters and complaint from WCTU re the running of a dancing saloon etc. She was refused renewal of her license. Constable Scammell defends her; his son worked there for awhile. 19 pages, List 34.
HAMRIN, Louis. Found dead in bed in loding house in Lt. Bourke St. by porter Charles BAKER in 1898. Suicide. A Swede, with no relatives in the colony. List of property found and sold to cover burial costs. 6 pages, List 18.
HAND, Barney, attacked by dog at St. Kilda in 1900; dog shot by police. 3 pages, List 51.
HANDY, John, 23 years, deserted Mary STEWART in Qld in 1900; she gave birth afterwards to his child and in 1901, destitute, asks police to find him. 10 pages, List 52.
HANLEY, William Henry, c36 years, born Newcastle NSW, sought by sister Mrs. STANNER, Double Bay NSW in 1917; has heard he has enlisted. 7 pages, List 74.
HANNA, Stella, widow, housemaid at the Beehive Hotel, Richmond, was persuaded by David de JAUX to give him money in 1928 so they could marry and travel to Canada to meet his wealthy father. Instead he absconded with the cash. 15 pages, List 59.
HANNAH, Edward Owen Patrick. Incomplete file re his wife desertion in 1917 and request by wife’s solicitor in 1918 to locate him. 4 pages, List 73.
HANNAH, Robert, accidentally killed at Eastern Arcade in 1894, file includes sketch of scaffolding and verandah. 28 pages, List 24.
HANNAN, A. of Glanville, South Australia, asks police to find son John in 1906; last heard of at Mirboo. Found. 5 pages, List 4.
HANNON, Thomas, deserted wife and 3 children at Kyneton in 1865. Found in Brisbane, and sends money for the family to join him months later, but insufficient. He was born in Glasgow, is 29 years, a labourer. 34 pages, List 35.
HARDBOTTLE, Walter. Wife enquires in 1895 and 1897, incomplete file, her letters not extant. He had brothers at Dollar near Foster. 12 pages, List 20.
HARDING, Robert Fitzmaurice, committed suicide in Melbourne in 1917; a doctor who formerly practised in Qld, captain in militia camp; details of background, burial and relatives in Dublin given. 18 pages, List 72.
HARDY, Inez, Vine Hotel Richmond, wrote in 1900 re her mother Mrs. Hardy, who went as cook to McMeikens at Mannus Station, Tumbarumba near Corryong. 8 pages, List 46.
HARDY, James. Unknown male, c54 years, died Melbourne hospital, 1895, believed to be him. Photo taken after death on file. Believed to have been in Omeo gathering herbs, but unknown there. 8 pages, List 28. See instructions re photographs.
HARGREAVES, Mary. Number of letters form her in 1877, including a copy of a legal account from Everett BARDWELL who evidently acted on her behalf; she is apparently in Kew Lunatic Asylum and her husband is overseas. 8 pages, List 5.
HARLEY, P., Bunbury, Western Australia, wrote in 1904 re Arthur FISHER of Ballarat who fathered a child by an unnamed woman there. Found. 6 pages, List 68.
HARPER, Ida, sought her sister Jane in 1910; went to W.A. with a man named McGuire, and supposedly died there in 1906, but she has heard otherwise. Police ascertain she died under another name. 11 pages, List 54.
HARRIS, A.J., Crossover near Drouin. Claim in 1897 that he ill-treated his sons James and John A. Harris, 15 and 13 years. They had run away and were charged with being neglected. Aunt Mrs. PEARSON confirms their claims. 5 pages, List 39.
HARRIS, Hannah, widow, Morrisons, gave birth to illegitimate child in 1896; son Herbert went for Mrs. LEWIS to help; child died, no suspicious circumstances. 2 pages, List 30.
HARRIS, Harriet, wife of James and daughter of Margaret WILLIAMS, widow of Richmond, made allegations of a robbery at her home in Quarry Hill in 1891, but this was found to be false. In 1896 her husband sued the railways after being injured in an accident. Crown Solicitor asks background of the couple, and this is supplied. 25 pages, List 37.
HARRIS, John, storekeeper, Minyip, had his shop burgled and house set on fire in 1899. 9 pages, List 43.
HARRISON, Gertrude, Chilwell, Geelong, wrote in 1903 re her husband Herbert William, 34 years, who deserted her in 1900. His father, William Thomas Harrison, is a builder in Elsternwick. He is found interstate, has been injured. 19 pages, List 66.
HARRISON, Hugh, sought by Mrs. J. BUTLER of Goulburn in 1902. She wished him to send money for his child’s medical bills. Not found. 8 pages, List 12.
HARRISON, Walter, alias GINGER, alias WALSH. Brisbane police ask if he is know in Victoria, is on trial there for conspiracy. Physical description given, and a letter to his brother Jack SCOTT is on file. Police state he is James W. SCOTT alias Richard Scott, and his brother is in business in Fitzroy. 12 pages, List 29.
HARRISON, William G. Wife Mrs. M. wrote to police in 1904, asking them to trace him. He was formerly assistant town clerk of Port Melbourne, and was believed to have gone to the Cape Colony, leaving her and their 3 children behind. 4 pages, List 14.
HARRY, John Dunstan. Married Ellen WARD nee STANDISH in 1871. Suspected bigamist.
HART, Emily Maud. A servant, of Kensington, had an illegitimate child, Harry Douglas Hart, in 1898, claimed maintenance from father Alfred ROBERTS, a 22 year old Victorian, but he cleared off interstate and was not caught. She subsequently married William Robert PYLE at Bacchus Marsh; he claims while he was drunk. Complicated case regarding whether she had another child and what she had done with it. 13 pages, List 6.
HART, L.H., wrote on letterhead of Madame DEMARET, Flinders St., Melbourne in 1895 re plainclothes policeman who enquired for him. Two letters. 5 pages, List 28.
HARTIGAN, Mrs. Elizabeth, Horsham, writes a strange letter to CCP in 1909; local police report husband John’s neglect ‘has caused her to become delusional’. 5 pages, List 53.
HARTNETT, Patrick. Information sought by niece Ellen BARBOUR nee HETHERINGTON, of Fremantle W.A. in 1901. Last heard of in Ballarat; found. 6 pages, List 52.
HARVEY, Charles E., found wandering at Gordon in 1891 and committed to asylum. 5 pages, List 51.
HARVEY, Gertrude Mary, 4 years old in 1895, was sexually abused by WON POY HEM, who was gaoled for the offence. File covers correspondence re medical expenses. 16 pages, List 28.
HARWOOD, Frank. Name used by murderer of A.T. PRESTON and possibly Lee WELLER in NSW in 1896. CHAPLIN possibly correct name. Photo on file.
HASSAN, Thomas, Fitzroy, receives letter from P. NETLEY, boarder of Simpson St East Melbourne in 1895, advising that his daughter Mary Phoebe is very ill and needs help. She died and father finds a 12 month child in the house and an assurance policy in the name of the child, Harold Walter PHILLIPS. Asks police to find father, doubts they were married. Police cannot find him. 21 pages, List 28. CONNECTION FOUND.
HASTINGS, Charles, boarded at the Bushman’s Home, Spring St., Melbourne, manager Hans VOGER. Taken ill and to hospital by Harry WALMAN where he died, 1900. 3 pages, List 48.
HASTINGS, Herbert Leonard. Born Indianapolis USA in 1878; living in Victoria in 1917/18 and arousing suspicion under the Aliens Act. 17 pages, List 13.
HATELEY, Charles, accidentally killed at Timboon in 1898, sons Williamd and Edward with him at time. Report on incident, no inquest. 5 pages, List 22.
HATTERS, H. Teacher, St. Leonard’s school. Pro German remarks investigated.
HATTON, Francis. Information sought on him in 1901, had been in Victorian police force, on behalf of Captain SYMONS of the Nile which was then in port. Not found. 11 pages, List 49.
HATTON, Kate, wrote from Nth Sydney in 1905, has heard her husband George James Hatton, jeweller, has died; they have been separated for some years. Confirmed. 6 pages, List 23.
HAUTMONT, Prof. Leo. Someone, probably him, sent poster advertising his ladies French Safety Pills, brochure and postcard to fictitious people at Sutton’s Coffee Palace, Launceston. Local police forward on with request charge him. 10 pages, List 36.
HAWKINS, Horace. Of Longwood South Australia. Writes re his brother in law Robert DAVIES who divorced wife in Victoria on grounds of desertion, but had paid her to go to South Africa. Subsequently married wealthy Bertha CAMPBELL, with whom he’d been living in South Australia; writer thinks he is exploiting her. 1906.
HAWKINS, Robert Billson, charged with murdering his second wife Martha in 1902. Had an affair and child with her sister Catherine RINALDI and suspected of getting rid of child. Report on various costs etc. Warning: this is a very confronting file. 38 pages, List 61.
HAWKLET newspaper. Copies of December 1902 and July 1903 issues re indecent advertisements [probably for birth control].
HAWTHORN. Fire broke out in a paddock in 1905, damaging property of Alfred E. JOHNS and C. HULLATT. Children David LEE, 12 years, Henry Lee 8 year, Reginald GIBBS 12 years and Charles ANDERSON, 9 years, implicated as they had been playing with matches. Lee and Anderson charged. 11 pages, List 64.
HAY, Archibald of Melton, wrote in 1892 re the poor treatment he received from a local constable over the burial of a son. 4 pages, List 12
HAY, Mrs. Hubert Godfrey Gladstone Shaw of Paddington N.S.W. Wrote in 1918 re a letter to her husband from President Wilson of the United States, commending his scheme for the sinking of submarines. It was given to H.H. Champion of Melbourne for safekeeping, but has not been returned. 7 pages.
HAYCOCK, Joseph, found interstate in 1903; wife had been looking for him previously. 3 pages, List 67.
HAYES, Herbert, charged with being a neglected child in 1898, stowed away 3 times from Sydney to Melbourne. Mother in Woollomooloo contacted, will pay to have him returned home, so handed over to charity group to arrange return. 9 pages, List 23.
HAYES, Samuel. Chief Commissioner Frederick STANDISH enquires about him in 1873. He was found starving in the Eastern Market as a lad some years ago, and given a job in the Depot Hospital. Now married. 1 page, List 31.
HAYES, W., 42 years, accidentally killed at Williamstown in 1897. E.L. Hayes of Capel, Western Australia asks if it is his brother; no. 6 pages, List 40.
HAYLOCK, Alice, lodging with Mr. and Mrs. HENSHAW at Carlton in 1917. Police investigate an allegation that they are ill treating her. She is the aunt of Colonel R.H. Owen and Colonel Percy T. Owen and her trustee is Fred BROUGHTON of Springwood NSW. 8 pages, List 70.
HAYNES, John E., Newcastle NSW, wrote in 1906 seeking his wife and children Lottie (16) and George (14); they have been separated for some years. Her brothers were Edgar and George WHORLOW. Found. 7 pages, List 71.
HAYNES, Mary Ann, wrote in 1900 re her husband Robert J., a cook on the s.s. Marlo. He had failed to support her and their children. Not found. 9 pages, List 43.
HAYNES, M.A., Annadale Sydney, wrote in 1902 re her husband Robert James, who has taken their two children, 14 and 10 years old, to Melbourne. She is concerned for their welfare. Found, he states she is not capable of looking after them. 6 pages, List 62.
HAYWARD, John. Photographer, Redfern NSW, married daughter of John ARNOLD 1880, and left for Melbourne, believed to have wife and children in St. Kilda. First wife says married Moama 1870. Photo.
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HEAD, Rowland. Missing child, lost at Pakenham, 1894. Two photos. CONNECTION FOUND
HEAFEY, Patrick, 55 years, Coppin St., Richmond, attempted suicide in 1917; lives with siblings Catherine and Lawrence. 11 pages, List 75.
HEAGNEY, Michael John, deserted wife and 4 children at Numurkah in 1897. In 1899 she asks police help to find him “I am of a respectable family and I am also a respectable woman.” He has a cousin John at Clifton Hill and two aunts at Northcote. Last heard of interstate. List 25.
HEALEY, William wrote from Devonport Tasmania in 1902. Has read of death of Charles Healey in Victoria, asks if this is his brother, not heard from in 4 years. Police report it is another person. 4 pages, List 21.
HEALY, Daisy, Fitzroy, wrote to chief engineer of S.S. Dawn – McCONNARCHY, in 1917 asking him to help her get away from Australia. She refers to past connection between them, ‘is not drinking now’ etc. Officials in Apia Samoa intercept the letter. 5 pages, List 75.
HEALY, Richard, applied in 1879 to be reinstated in Victoria Police force. 1 page, List 55.
HEARD, Frederick T. Wife Fanny writes asking police to investigate whether Frederick BOYS/BOYES who shot himself at the Alligator Creek Qld in 1897 is her husband; police confirm. 16 pages, List 6.
HEDE FAMILY. Anonymous letter re this family, living in Melton in 1919. 6 pages, List 3. CONNECTION FOUND.
HEDGES, Benjamin. Reported missing by brother Harold of Oakleigh in 1917. Is 14 years old and an accomplished violinist. Found. Photo.
HEDLEY, Jane, Jumbunna. Two anonymous letters in 1917 allege she is pregnant to Herman SANDMANN and already has an illegitimate child. Detailed report. 5 pages, List 70.
HEFFERNAN, Margaret. Charged with infanticide; report on her background, 1900. Incomplete file, 10 pages.
HEFFERNAN, Michael. Accidentally killed at Sunbury in 1876; letter from brother William seeking property. 14 pages, List 6.
HEHIR, Catherine. Formerly of Cunninghame, but moved to Bairnsdale in 1908 and ran a shop. File re being robbed; Mrs. Isabel THORBURN complains to police re being suspected of the robbery, and gives her background of respectability. 9 pages, 4 very faint. List 4.
HEIN, Joachim, information sought by German Consul, Melbourne, in 1900. 11 pages, List 48.
HEINNEN, Mary Amelia. Daughter of Frederick and Elizabeth nee CASTLEMAN, born 1878. Gave birth to an illegitimate child in 1894 while living at Dunolly with James SMITH, who is charged with carnal knowledge, but eventually married her to prevent court case. 14 pages.
HEINRICH, Corrie. Took out warrant for Albert ALLINGHAM alias COLLINS alias Henry WORT, for child desertion 1928. She has four children to him.
HELLER, Sigismund Robert, married Kate Agnes JORDAN in 1878, then Annie BLISS in 1895. Then went to Goulburn and married Amy DOUGLAS c1896. Amy writes from Newtown Sydney in 1898, found out he was married and had 8 children living in Richmond. He has now left her with a child and no income. Reports on his activities. 26 pages, List 22.
HENDERSON, Alice, left Adelaide c1899 with Mrs. C.N. ELLIOTT and went to Fitzroy. Sister Lizzie HOWARD, Angaston, South Australia, sought her in 1903. Elliott located as housekeeper to Mr. HUNT who kept a dairy, but Alice not found. 10 pages, List 46.
HENDERSON, Daniel (‘Africanus’). In 1902 information about him was sought by Captain WALLINGTON and a report compiled. He married a widow FLOYD, who had two sons, and was deceased. Quite good detail about him given. The original letter is not on file. List 63.
HENDERSON, Captain David, real name Digby Sheldon HEPWORTH, committed suicide in Melbourne in 1910. George FRENCH wrote from New Cross London England asking details of the case, he was a friend. File includes list of possessions etc. 30 pages, List 54.
HENDERSON, James. Described as ‘an aged miner’ he died at Wentworth River in 1900. Dargo police had to arrange burial, contact relatives etc. His sister was Mrs. HALDAN of Burnley.
HENDERSON, Joe H. Accountant, Boulder Council, W.A., wrote in 1917 re his wife Elva who left three of their children with him in 1916, and was believed to be in Melbourne. Her father was Rev. R.J. DADDOW of Adelaide. 6 pages, List 3.
HENDERSON, Sarah Jane, deserted by husband James in 1896, and took out a warrant. In 1912 she found out where he was living and asked police to apprehend him, but they were slow to do so. Eventually arrested in Northcote and taken before magistrate, but he ruled warrant was too old and discharged him. 10 pages, List 33.
HENDRY, James. His body found at Rochester in 1882, but real name was HENLEY. He was born London, c60 years old, and single. His brother Robert predeceased him. 8 pages, List 2.
HENDY, William, 18 years and Arthur, 27 years, sought by parent M. in Carlton in 1900. They had gone to Tasmania for work; found. 7 pages, List 43.
HENLEY, Vera Grace, 3 years old, died suddenly at Prahran 1900. 2 pages, List 48.
HENNESSY, James. Wrote from Adelaide in 1894; hadn’t heard from his daughter Mrs. J.H. MADDEN of North Melbourne for some time and worried about her. Found. 4 pages, List 3.
HENRY, Mrs. Catherine, Warrnambool, printed a brochure headed ‘ARDLIE-CAREW WILL CASE in 1910, in which she made accusations about the death in 1903 of Patrick Carew and illegal activities by Dick and William Ardlie. 3 pages, List 54.
HENRY, James, 60 years, hairdresser; information sought by wife Annie, Fremantle, WA, in 1905. 8 pages, List 69.
HENSLEY, Thomas, lost at Woodend in 1867; 3 years old. File contains details of unsuccessful search. 7 pages, List 35.
HENWOOD, Horace Rupert, embezzled a large amount of money from W. CROSBY & Co. in 1917 and fled to the USA with Ethel W. BAIRD, leaving behind a fiancée Myrtle AISBETT, teacher, Ballarat. He was a returned soldier. This is a large file, list 72.
HEPBURN, Mary. Information sought by Secretary of the Royal Commission of the Patriotic Fund, London, in 1896. She has not answered letters. Found living with her son William. 6 pages, List 37.
HEPPELL, Ann, arrested as a lunatic on board the Suffolk at Queenscliff in 1872. File re property. 8 pages, List 31.
HEPWORTH, Margaret. Large file re her claim of forced marriage to AH HIM, (she 18 years, he 60 years) in 1885 by her mother Mrs. CONDY. Her sister [Mary] Ann was married to HUNG CHOE.
HERBERT, William Henry of Carlton. Applied to join police force in 1898, but was rejected because of a varicose vein. Encloses doctor’s certificate in an attempt to have the decision changed. 3 pages, List 3.
HERKES, R.N., wrote from Yannathan, Gippsland in 1906, re neighbour lighting fires which burnt his property. Evidence given from William KELLY, Rowland HERKES, Vilma WILDES, Roy ADDISON, Harry WILDES. 11 pages, List 27.
HERMAN, Charles William, deserted wife Ellen and 3 children at Alexandra in 1892. In 1894 she asks police to again look for him. Dismissive report on character of both. 9 pages, List 41.
HERTZ, Leslie. Only son of Caroline, widow of a Dane, in Melbourne. Went missing, aged 22 yrs. Found, 1919. 3 pages, List 4.
HESPERIDES arrived at Williamstown in 1895. Captain WAWN had crewmen Herbert SCHULTZ, Walter FUERST, Adolph FURCH, Charles JOHN, Alexander PUTTNING charged with stealing goods. They planned to blow up the ship but plans reported. Evidence given by James BLACK, Carl FLODIN, Hans LIND, Neils KROGH. His son Charles Ernest Wawn also on board. 11 pages, List 29.
HESLOP, Robert and John, leather merchants, Preston, took over the Cape Paterson run in 1895, in the name of their clerk John H. BURGESS, and placed Thomas MARTYN in charge. File re allegations of sheep stealing by them, including complaints from John St. CLAIR, manager of Greaves farm at Keriak and J. RIDGWAY. 39 pages, List 35.
HESKETH, Moore, teacher at the Deaf and Dumb Asylum; accused of indecent assault on inmates and former inmates in 1881 and dismissed. Evidence taken from David PIPER, 24 years, teacher; David LAWSON, Thomas ASHLEY, Alex WILSON, 26 years, Clarence Tudor N. TURNBULL, 23 years. Note: this is a somewhat confronting file. 24 pages, List 58.
HEWITT, C., butcher, North Brighton; in 1897 asks details of death 8-9 years ago of Bill Williams or Hewitt, carrier, c50 years, believed to be working on Tolarno Station, but died at Wilcannia. He believes it may be his brother William, not seen for 40 years. 23 pages, List 40.
HEWITT, Henry David. Deserted wife Mary Ann nee CALLOW in 1887; born Castlemaine, engine driver. She took him to court, but maintenance never paid. In 1898 she writes to police, has heard he is at Walhalla. Police report he is there, married to a Miss VAUX and has 5 children to her. Copy of first marriage certificate on file; Callow was born Launceston Tasmania and 16 when married. Both wives are informed of the bigamous marriage but decline to act. 19 pages, List 21.
HEYNE. F. Writes from Northcote in 1906; he was knocked off his bike and injured on Point Nepean Rd near Cheltenham by a motor car. 10 pages, List 4.
HEYWARD, George Henry, wrote from Rookwood Asylum in 1904, asking police to find his wife as he expected to be discharged shortly. They were from Korumburra; he left there to look for work in New South Wales. 9 pages, List 64.
HIBBERT, Edith, Richmond, wrote in 1904 re her husband Thomas, bricklayer, 44 years, went to work in Numurkah and hasn’t been heard from. She is destitute and about to give birth. Not found. 18 pages, List 68.
HICKEY, William, 26 years, painter, sought by brother Christopher, painter, Melbourne, in 1895; last heard of in 1888. Mother has previously enquired for her husband and their father James B. Hickey, who had died in 1892. 10 pages, List 36.
HICKLETON, Sarah E., daughter of Robert J., Wallacedale, pestered by Douglas SUTTON of Condah in 1917. Her father asks local constable for help, but he assaults Sutton who then charges with offence. Detailed file. 18 pages, List 74.
HICKLING, Maud H. c37 years and brother Money George c35 years sought by Mrs. Jane BARRY of Napier New Zealand, on behalf of their mother in 1907. The father Charles Maddock Hickling died in Cooktown Qld in 1878. He had remarried and had 4 children by his 2nd wife. After his death the widow married a Mr. DAVEY. The mother had tried previously to find them in 1898. 14 pages, List 22.
HICKMAN, John. Wife wrote from West Melbourne in 1895; he went to Bunbury WA, leaving her with 4 children. Found. 6 pages, List 28.
HICKS, Tom of Bulumwaal, returned soldier. Anonymous complaint in 1938 to Vic. Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Children, claiming he is ill treating his children Elsie, William, Alice, George, Mark. The mother has deserted. 3 pages, List 2.
HIDGCOCK, Charles, auctioneer, Hay NSW, wrote in 1899. A Sydney paper reported the death of James GORMAN in Melbourne, 35 years. Asks if it is the brother of a friend of his, whose real name was James GORMLY. Police state correct name was O’GORMAN, 45 years, from Limerick, parents in Richmond, and his wife and 2 children were unprovided for. She subsequently went to gaol and the children were placed in care. 11 pages, List 42.
HIGGINS, Ada, 15 years, living at Balaclava. Swallowed Lysol at Richmond in 1912 and taken to doctors, where she recovered. Police decide not to charge her with attempted suicide. 7 pages, List 33.
HIGGINS, Henry, Her Majesty’s Hotel, Swanston St., Melbourne, complains in 1909 of youth ‘Ike’ who is pestering him and his customers; 2 letters and report. 5 pages, List 53.
HIGGINS, James. Died at Rosedale in 1866, destitute. File re police burial. 5 pages, List 6.
HIGGINS, Samuel, old age pensioner, died at Sale hospital in 1902 after coming from Walhalla. File re burial costs etc. 8 pages, List 62.
HIGHLEY, George Henry. Sought by brother Herbert in 1896; he left Jumbunna in 1895, 36 years, native of Bedford, had been in New Zealand, 18 pages, List 14.
HILL, Cecilia Wyndham. Investigation into complaint by her of lost property, 1909
HILL, E. Mc. S., Bega NSW, wrote in 1903 seeking details of the service of late Inspector Henry Hill; was researching family history. Henry’s widow also wrote. 6 pages, List 67.
HILL, Elizabeth, died in Ballarat Hospital in 1900, after suffering a miscarriage. She was employed by Henry MITCHELL, a teacher, as was Eliza ARCHIE. Dr. Herbert Appleton PALMER criticized for his treatment of her, while Jonas HILL admitted he had been intimate with her. Crown Solicitor’s opinion sought on charges. Large file, including inquest deposition. List 43.
HILL, George Felix A. South Australian Children’s Department write in 1899; he has been recently released from Victorian prison after serving six months for bigamy. His wife and children there need financial help. Found living with Constance M.E. LAING.
HILL, Olive, 5 years, indecently assaulted by unknown male in Carlton in 1928. Mrs. Mary Colin FRASER and Mrs. Penelope GULLETT offer a reward for information. Kenneth COSTELLOE, 16 years, interviewed, but is not the offender. 7 pages, List 60.
HILL, William. Left Newcastle for Melbourne c1897, with another young man named CHAMBERS. His mother wrote from Merewether NSW in 1899, concerned about him; he was 21 years old. Not found. 7 pages, List 42.
HILLAS, Fleming. Information sought by his brother, a doctor in Melbourne in 1882. He had heard of his death interstate, but no trace found. In 1868 he had a child with Annie EDWARDS, a farmer’s daughter, Plenty Road, whose father had threatened him. 5 pages, incomplete file. List 57.
HILTON, Mrs. Edward, formerly Maria POOLE, wrote from Orange, New Jersey, USA in 1896 asking for address of company she bought shares in in 1866 and has never received a dividend. She left Australia in that year. 2 pages, List 31.
HINCH, John Edward, owes money to his wife at Bourke for her maintenance in 1901; formerly in business at Gundagai under the name CLYNE. Not found. 8 pages, List 52.
HINES, Mrs. V., Fitzroy, lodging house keeper, asks police to find Clarence FORTH who borrowed money from her in 1917. 4 pages, List 73.
HINRICHS, John Edward. Deserted wife Christina and two children at Fitzroy c1897, and went to Perth, Western Australia. In 1900 she asks police to find him as he’s not paying maintenance. They report that in 1898 he was living with a woman, and that he claims his wife is a prostitute. They are doubtful that he will send money for his children as he claims he will. 9 pages, List 44.
HISHON, Cornelius and Sarah, lived in Williamstown and involved in nasty divorce case in 1904. This is a very large file and covers alleged perjury of Sarah and some others. List 64.
HITCHCOCK, Miss E.M., wrote from Kalgoorlie in 1900 re Frank PASSERINI who has deserted her and their child; believed in Melbourne. Not found. 20 pages, List 47.
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HOAD, Dorothy, 8 years, daughter of Colonel Hoad, died accidently 1900. 1 page, List 48.
HOBAN, T., of Broadford. Writes in 1898, asking if he is to be employed by department; have lost their baby there. Has a job offer in Qld, but will stay if likelihood of work. 2 pages, List 16.
HOBBA, R., Bowenvale, compalains of Constable GARRETT paying attention to his wife in 1898. 2 pages, List 16.
HOBBS, George, 30 years, coach driver, deserted wife Mary Eliza at Redfern NSW in 1912, after ill-treating her and getting another woman pregnant. Not found. Very small photo on file. 14 pages, List 33. See instructions re copying photographs.
HOCKENS, Mrs. Alice, took poison at Carlton Club Hotel in 1917 where she was employed. Recovered, no prosecution. 5 pages, List 72.
HODGES, Elizabeth Ann, sought by mother who lives near Epsom in Bendigo district in 1896. She left her illegitimate child with her mother two years ago, last heard from in NSW. Found. 10 pages, List 38.
HODGSON, Cecil, sought by Chief Commissioner of Police in 1906. He was formerly an accountant and mining speculator, c40 years, divorced. Brother E.H., bank manager, mother Mrs. CUMBERLAND and ex wife interviewed. Latter’s brother John GLADSTONE saw him recently. 10 pages and small photo, List 31.
HODGSON, Ralph Victor, died in a Melbourne hospital and buried as a pauper. Sisters Haidee and Ethel in Ballarat complain about not being informed of event etc. 13 pages, List 73.
HOGAN, Alice. Gave birth to illegitimate male child in Melbourne 1873, under age. Father Michael a printer in Fitzroy, mother Alice. Claimed Constable Bartholomew O’CONNOR father of child; acquitted.
HOGAN, Anne. Master in Lunacy asks for details of her background in 1869. Was admitted to asylum in 1866, sister married Laurence BAGNELL, of Duck Ponds but has died. Parents were from Co. Tipperary. 4 pages, List 4.
HOGAN, Nellie. Anonymous letter from Castlemaine in 1900 alleges she runs a brothel and sells sly grog in Chinese Camp. Report states she is living with LANG FONG and the writer is Lizzie LAMONT who lives with AH LUM and is not on good terms with her. Emily WELDON is also there. 9 pages, List 47.
HOGAN, William, applied in 1879 to be reinstated in Victoria Police force. 10 pages, List 55.
HOHNEN, Mrs. Harriet, Redfern, Sydney, wrote in 1917 re her husband Charles Sydney, motor driver, who left in 1913; she has a warrant out for him. Found to have enlisted under name Frederick Sydney THORNTON. 5 pages, List 74.
HOKIN, Mrs. Anne, deserted by her husband George. Ernest R. ABIGAIL, solicitor, Sydney, wrote in 1905, she is seeking divorce. George was believed to be in Richmond under the name of John GRAY and living with a woman and child. A letter from her uncle W. TODD is also on the file. 9 pages, List 64.
HOKIN, Ruth, sought by solicitors in Sydney, acting for her husband John James Hokin. She left him several years ago, believed to be in Melbourne. Found. 6 pages, List 52.
HOLDING, Robert, embezzled funds of Cohuna Irrigation and Water Supply Trust, of which he was secretary, in 1895. Large file re prosecution of him. List 26.
HOLLAND, E. Brighton Le Sands, Sydney, wrote in 1918 seeking Margaret HORNE. Sydney police report author of letter was her illegitimate son Ronald Horne, a returned soldier, who was trying to find his mother. Information about her is suppressed. 5 pages, List 73.
HOLLAND, Edward. Arrested for murder of two year old Fred GEACH in 1901; his background given. 10 pages, List 2.
HOLLAND, Mrs. Ellen, South Yarra, sudden death of, while on a visit from Kyabram, 1900. 2 pages, List 48.
HOLLAND, Emma, found destitute and ill in house in Carlton in 1899 and eventually placed in Benevolent Home even tho c30 years old. Her husband was interstate. Her sister Mrs. George GUY of Fingal Tasmania arranged for her to go there. 32 pages, List 42.
HOLLAND, Sarah of Leichardt NSW, wrote in 1901 re Edward Holland being arrested for murder of Fred Geach. Her missing husband’s name was Edward; had spent some time in a lunatic asylum, was a compositor, English and 53yrs old. Asks if this is the same person – no. Details of other Edward Holland given. 6 pages, List 4.
HOLLINGSWORTH, Hugh and Allan. Arrested in Sydney for fraud on National Australia Bank in Melbourne, 1913. They were 21 and 22yrs. File includes following names: Gustavius BECHLEY, Thomas Easton SELL, Harold MATES, Alex. Lockwell MUNRO, James Shiel O’CONNOR, William Gill SEWELL, William Henry GRAYCOX. Barmaid HAMILTON travelled with them, first name not given. 105 pages, including photo of each. List 8.
HOLMAN, Elizabeth Jane, suicided at Richmond in 1900. Found by son Joseph, living apart from husband Thomas. 3 pages, List 48.
HOLMES, Henry J., employed on farm near Rutherglen, sought by father William N. Holmes of Leichardt Sydney in 1901. He was 23 years and ‘not of strong intelect’. Not found. 13 pages, List 51.
HOLT, William Edward, born Adelaide, c30 years, deserted wife Annie and 4 children at Castlemaine in 1895. Posed as a single man using the name WILLIAMS and while at Launceston Tasmania formed a relationship with May McNEAR. She discovers truth and writes letter. 10 pages, List 36.
HOMELESS WOMEN, Melbourne. Report on, 1886; no names are given. List 18.
HOMEOPATHIC HOSPITAL LADIES ASSOCIATION. Report and balance sheet 1905 and letter by secretary Clara BENJAMIN.
HOOD, Margaret, St. Kilda, asks police to trace her daughter Louisa, born Hobart, left home 11 years ago, who wrote recently, but hasn’t been heard from since. Not found. 9 pages, List 41.
HOOF, Bert. Accidentally drowned in Yarra River. Police find he was the illegitimate child of Eliza Geraldine PICKERING, who was herself the adopted daughter of Mrs. Hoof, who kept the Cumberland Arms Hotel, Sydney Road Brunswick. Bert was born Albert Pickering in 1879, and adopted by Mrs. Hoof. Florence Pickering, sister of Eliza also lived with Mrs. Hoof, but was overseas at the time of Bert’s death.
HOOKE, George. Bigamist. Married Elizabeth MARTIN in Ireland, left her in 1888, married Annie ELVIS, Melbourne, 1895.
HOOPER, James, c80 years old, collapsed and died in grounds of Adelaide Steamship Co., in Geelong in 1899. Reported by Alfred FREEMAN, Henry POWELL was paid to cart him to morgue. His children lived in Melbourne area. 2 pages, List 41.
HOPE, C.A. Newtown, Sydney, wrote in 1903 seeking information on Harry JUSTIN of South Yarra. He was in South Africa, may be living with daughter of his landlady. 4 pages, List 67.
HOPE, Mrs. Lily H., wrote from Berwick in 1900, complaining of Border Hotel there; she alleges after hours trading. Her husband is addicted and making life miserable for the family. Local police say licensee Mrs. BAIN manages the hotel well. 8 pages, List 47.
HOPKINS, Thomas John Yardley Feltham, sought by wife in Exeter, Semaphore, South Australia in 1901. She had not seen him for 12 years, and had heard he had been gaoled. Not found. 14 pages, List 52.
HORE, Mary Josephine. Born 1918, mother Rose Mary Hore, born Albury NSW, 27 years. Father Bert McLAREN. Child given to Mrs. Esther BOWEY for adoption. Rose Mary takes poison, depressed over giving baby away.
HORN, Herman. Wanted for fraudulent insolvency on Edward William SMAIL. He was a German Jew, 36-40yrs of age, believed to have gone interstate or overseas. Large cardboard backed photograph on file. 31 pages, List 4.
HORNBLOWER, Sophia. Wrote in 1904, asking for the papers found on her deceased brother Joseph MARSHALL to be given to her. Incomplete file, 1 page, List 4.
HORN, John Wrote from Queenstown near Port Adelaide Sth Australia in 1888. Has seen a newspaper cutting referring to death of James HORN in Melbourne, and asks if it is his brother who left home c15 yrs ago and hasn’t been heard of. Police find deceased was son of James Horn of Glasgow Scotland and not his bother. 6 pages, List 5.
HORNER, Mrs. William nee Lydia Archena MARTIN. Wrote from Surprise Creek, Winton, Qld., in 1902, asking police to trace relatives, and encloses a list. Those named were uncles Harry Starkest and James Artemas Martin, brothers of her father Joel Archibald Martin, who died in Toowoomba c1876; their sister Archena, and their parents Edward Norman Harry Starkers and Archena Martin. Not found. 8 pages, List 21.
HORNSEY, Thomas, wanted in 1912 for failure to pay outstanding maintenance order at Geelong West for 3 illegitimate children by Kate Murphy; 40 years, works on wharves. 8 pages, List 33.
HORTON, Mrs. J., mother of Caroline CARGILL and Arthur Horton, who had just been released from prison. Anonymous letter in 1909 about them. 6 pages, List 53.
HORWOOD, Norman, son of late Joel of Horwood Foundry, Bendigo Iron Works, went to Melbourne for Royal Visit in 1901 and hadn’t returned home; 24 years old. Family and local doctor write. ‘if he has one drink … he loses all control.’ Found. 8 pages, List 51.
HOSIE, Mary Ann. Seduced by Constable George DONNELLY at Naring, Lower Murray and became pregnant. Her father complains to police headquarters, she is only 16 yrs old, and Donnelly subsequently marries her in 1865. 14 pages, List 3.
HOULEY, Emma Monica, nurse, Hamilton Hospital. Attempted rape of, in 1897. A ‘speiler’ named TUXFORD suspected. 22 pages, List 20.
HOUSTON, Hettie (Mrs. NEIL) Collie, W.A. wrote 2 letters in 1917 re her brother George BLUNDERFIELD who was charged with the murder of Mrs. Margaret TAYLOR and her child. File contains details of the case, background of Taylor etc. 42 pages, List 75.
HOWARD, Mrs. B. of Parramatta, asks police help in getting her husband to support her; he has been living in Melbourne with another woman unde the name De Graves. 11 pages, List 3.
HOWDEN, Charles, trading as Howden & Co., Collins St., Melbourne. Complaint in 1906 re fraudulent conduct in sale of land at Malvern Rd Hawksburn. Mary Ann and Frank STRAPP wanted to purchase it, but W.D. CLOSE’s name was put on the title in an attempt to get more money out of Strapp. Howden’s manager JAMIESON implicated. Albert DIXON, manager of Land Mortgage Bank alerts authorities. Authorities decide no prosecution, but Bank’s solicitors query this. 39 pages, List 34.
HOWDEN, James, found drowned in the Yarra river in 1899. Miss Janet DINWOODIE claimed to have been engaged to him; he was born at Haddington in 1847. Two certificates, one for a marine engineer and one for a Victorian engine driver, are on file. His effects were sold at auction. 13 pages, List 43.
HOYLAND, Charles Hugh, died 1896. Local Registrar reports false information provided that he was married to Eleanor Marie BROPHY, but he was not. Police state he had a wife and 3 children in Doncaster England. Brophy appointed executor of Will, obtained probate then went overseas. 7 pages, List 37.
HOYLE, J.B., wrote from Morwell in 1900 on behalf of Mrs. Margaret ALLEN nee McCLURG, who has been informed that someone was looking for her c20 years ago. She was born Co Armagh c1835, left home as she couldn’t get on with her stepmother, and arrived in Victoria in 1855. She had worked
HUDICKE, Elizabeth, reported missing in 1917 by her mother Mrs. GROBBECKER, Footscray. She was 18 and last heard of in Sydney. 7 pages, List 73.
HUDSON, William James. Incomplete file, but he was a child of 15 yrs in 1918, with parents in Sydney, NSW, who ran away and was found in north east Victoria. He had an aunt, Mrs. F. BEANLAND in Footscray. 4 pages, List 3.
HUGHES, Frank. Lived in Hammer St Williamstown, a night watchman on the Railway Pier. His wife took a child from the Industrial School and adopted it when 12 months old. In 1892, when the child was nearly five, police removed it from their care. He asks reason for this. 4 pages, List 12.
HUGHES, John William Enoch. Deserted wife and four children in 1920; was living with Ruby REYNOLDS.
HUGHES, Margaret, Richmond, complains in 1874 that her house was broken into and property stolen while in gaol for bigamy. First husband was John Henry MOORE. John WELLS, blacksmith also lives in the house, turned out by first husband. She alleges Moore is the offender and employers lawyers TAYLOR & MARTIN. 15 pages, List 31.
HUGHES, Phillip. 1899 Herald newspaper report that he lay undetected in city gardens for several days and nights, suffering from dysentery and starvation, before getting to Melbourne Hospital. Police report that he is known to local charities and the claims false. He arrived c16 months ago from England, 54 years, commenced, but never completed, a medical degree. 14 pages, List 43.
HUGHES, William, died in restaurant of Thomas HAMPTON, Bourke Street Melbourne in 1900. Owner provides some details and daughter Lily is found in Tasmania. She is 17 years old, was adopted by Catherine BESTON of Launceston some years before. Her father was born in Surrey, c45 years, a gardener, had brothers George, James and John at Gravesend in England. He had formerly worked for Mr. Kermode at Mona Vale, and his wife had died there. File covers burial expenses and sale of property to cover them. 18 pages, List 47.
HUGO, Madeline. Five year old child, lost in bush at Yandoit in 1894, trackers used. 15 pages, List 13.
HULL, W.H. East Melbourne. Complain re youths stealing items from his garden, 1883. 6 pages, List 4.
HUMAN REMAINS found at Ballark near Steiglitz in 1899, believed to be those of Wiliam SWAYNE, tinsmith, c70 years. He had gone missing, had been living in an old hut on the property of Mrs. Hugh MACKAY of Dean. 25 pages, List 39.
HUME, George Pierce James, legal manager, 36 years, reported missing from his home in Oakleigh by his wife in 1897. Body found at Dromana by lad Walter GIBSON, whose father Thomas sues police department for payment of the reward offered. 47 pages, List 68.
HUMMEL, R.V. Wrote from Eaglehawk in 1906 re death of his uncle Valentine Hummel at Wood’s Point. 7 pages, List 14.
HUMPHREYS BROS., Warrnambool, ask police to find Charles, c37 years, in 1895, left money by deceased mother. 4 pages, List 28.
HUNT, George, sought by sister Lily Hunt of Windsor in 1919, last heard of in Childers Qld some months ago. Found. 11 pages, List 21.
HUNT, William A. Living at 418 Drummond St., Carlton in 1905 when small fire broke out. 2 pages, List 17.
HUNTER, Anne, Castlemaine, applies for release of her 2 children from the Industrial School in 1866. Local police report she is keeping a brothel at Kyneton. 6 pages, List 35.
HUNTER, Florence Agusta nee JONAS, wrote from Melbourne in 1917 seeking her husband Thomas William, known as Captain LINDO of Wirth’s Circus. Located in NSW, he denies the marriage; copy of 1915 marriage certificate on file, proving he had committed bigamy. He was in gaol for failure to support his wife Louisa who was in Auburn NSW. 22 pages, List 72.
HUNTER, John M., carpenter, living with Ellen COOKSON and his daughter Agnes at Reedy Creek. In 1870 she brings child to Melbourne where police are alerted that the child is ill; 6½ years old, has venereal disease. 13 pages, List 30.
HUPFIELD, Frederick and Catherine, Warracknabeal. Accidental poisoning death of two sons, Ernest McGeorge and Richard Norman, in 1901. 18 pages, List 62.
HURFORD, Stella. Aged 17, ran away to Sydney NSW, married mother’s former lodger Sydney PRIDAY/PRIDIE. Both charged, 1901; he suicides. Very large file.
HURLEY, Mrs. Report of woman wandering in bush between Chiltern and Barnawartha in 1896, ‘appearing peculiar in her manner’. Police locate and look after her, then send her on to her father John SLATER, farmer of Bobmiawarre (?) near Milawa. She had been sent to him from the Gladesville Lunatic Asylum. 8 pages, List 37.
HURLEY, Laurence, wrote from Sydney in 1902. He is trying to get the old age pension and asks police to confirm his arrival in the 1850s. 4 pages, List 61.
HUSTLER, Thomas. Incomplete file regarding someone seeking details of a one-armed person named Hustler in 1897. Details of Thomas who had Hustler’s Reef goldmine are given, died in poverty, and Benjamin who worked at Terrick Terrick Station. 8 pages, List 40.
HUTCHINSON, Frederick, ordered by Stawell Court in 1901 to pay maintenance on his child Ann Lillian HOOK, a Ward of the State, but disappears and is believed to be in W.A. Later returns to Victoria. 16 pages, List 52.
HUTCHINSON, Joseph Patrick, sought by wife Kate in Sydney in 1906. They lived in West Melbourne in 1890, she hasn’t seen him since, has had to support 2 children herself. He is about 55 years old. 5 pages, List 26.
HUXTABLE, Florence. Daughter of late Dr. Huxtable, stepdaughter of – BRYANT. Aunt Mrs. BARTLY concerned about her; mother died and family home broken up. She is under 17 yrs and believed pregnant. Claim that Jack MERRIGAN paid for her to have an abortion. 1900. 16 pages, List 3.
HUYSMAN, George, wrote from Mallacoota in 1896, complaining of police action in executing a warrant for his brother. Report states his dog attacked the constable. 8 pages, List 37. [See also S.S. BOGONG entry]
HYLTON, Robert Samuel, boot mechanic, committed bigamy by marrying Minnie BASTIAN under the name ANDERSON, when his first wife Elizabeth was still alive. In 1917 John WILSON of Clifton Hill alerts police and he is charged. 16 pages, List 73.
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ILES, Mrs. M.A., Westbury, Tasmania, wrote in 1917 re husband Charles Vincent who left her with a young woman Lucy McGINTY, and was believed to be in Victoria. 8 pages, List 72.
ILES, Robert, wrote from Carisbrook in 1856 re non payment of fencing he did for police. 2 pages, List 25.
ILLABAROOK. Petition of 24 signatures from residents who had heard that the police station was to be removed from Staffordshire Reef, and wanted it to go there, 1891. 3 pages, List 51.
INCH, Robert of Charters Towers Qld., wrote in 1901 re Alexander WOTHERSPOON, had a railway contract at Bacchus Marsh eleven years ago. Found. 10 pages, List 2.
INDIANS. Complaint in 1898 that premises at 323 Exhibition St., 33 La Trobe St., a house in Cumberland Place and in King William St., Fitzroy are being used by Indians married to European women who take in sewing and employ young girls, but they are really for immoral purposes. Names mentioned: Mahin DEEN, May CRAWFORD, Mrs. Kate STAFFORD, Meeyan ABDULLA, Sahib DEEN, Mary PETIT, Alice OTOGON, Alice Maud O’NEIL. 9 pages, List 23.
INDUSTRIAL WORKERS OF THE WORLD (I.W.W.) Secret report on activities of members in 1917; names listed were R.S. ROSS, Ada GARDENER, C. JOHN, W. ANDRADE, F.J. RILEY, George H. HILL, Mrs. J. SMEDLEY (Footscray), May FRANCIS, Norma JEFFREY, E. CALLAARD, Dan GREEN, Percy LAIDLER, Syd GOWER, J. SWEBLESES, Jock WILSON, G. WAUN, Maurice BLACKBURN, MLA, Monty MILLER, A. CLEMENT, W.H. RYAN, Charles DUNN, M. STEVENS, J. COGAN, John and Catherine HORROCKS (Wonthaggi), Rose ACHESON, Vic BARBER (Richmond), T.V.CRISP (Wodonga), Scott BENNETT. 15 pages, List 74.
INGHAM, James Herbert Ivey, M.D. Has a private hospital at Dimboola; comes to Melbourne suffering from insomnia and disappears. Brother in law C.H. LUCAS of Collins St., contacts police. Thought to have gone interstate but found drowned at St. Kilda in 1918. 25 pages and two photos, one of him and two nurses at his hospital.
INGLE, Edward. Information sought by wife Mary in Sydney; he left six months ago. She has seen a report of a drowning death, asks if it is him – no. 6 pages, List 41.
INGLE, Mary, Lithgow NSW, wrote in 1897 re her husband Edward, who left there six months ago and hasn’t been heard from. His sister M. MORGAN is living in Fitzroy. Not found. Note, this is a separate file from the one above. 9 pages, List 65.
INTERNTIONAL LABOR DAY DEMONSTRATIONS, 1897. Several reports of Socialist meetings, two flyers advertising event on Yarra Bank. 49 pages, List 40.
IRELAND, Annie Lily (Nancy) Prahran. Detailed report on her lifestyle and the brothel she was running at 18 Yarra Street Prahran in 1917. Other names mentioned were Alice SHARPE, Nellie MUNRO, Neta LONGERGAN. This is a large file, covering 1916/17/ List 70.
IRVING, Captain G.G.H. of 1st Batt. Infantry Brigade Melbourne, provides reference to T. WALKER who is anxious to join Tasmanian police force, and asks Chief Commissioner to endorse, 1895. 1 page, List 28.
ISAACS, Abraham Maurice, picked up on Melbourne street in 1897, drunk, and taken to Watchhouse. Subsequently found to be ill and taken to hospital but died there. 20 pages, List 39.
ITALIAN STREET MUSICIANS. 1888 Report.
JACKSON, Clara Bell. Mrs. Minnie SIMMONS of Moonee Ponds asks police for details of her family; her mother has 4 children by THOMASSON who were sent to the Industrial Schools. She wishes to keep the girl herself, ‘is a connection’. 4 pages, List 31.
JACKSON, Mrs. E.A., wrote from Bullarto in 1904, wanting transportation details of convicts Henry JACKSON and John BENNET. Police cannot comply. 3 pages, List 10. CONNECTION FOUND
JACKSON, Harry, deserted wife at Chirrup near Bendigo in 1894, brother James was at Long Gully, sister Mrs. H. HILL at Happy Valley. In 1896 wife reads Sydney newspaper report of death of Florrie Hunter who was living in a defacto relationship with Harry JOHNSON, and asks police if this is her husband; no. 13 pages, List 36.
JACKSON, Henry E., asks police in 1917 to find his nieces Millie 19 years, and Muriel 17 years. Their parents, who lived near Macedon, have died; some of the 7 children are in State care. Very detailed report on situation. 6 pages, List 72.
JACKSON, Lottie. Found drowned at Middle Park in 1898. Lived with Henry HAASE who wanted the gold wedding ring back. 10 pages, List 18.
JACKSON, Sarah. Wrote from Rutherglen in 1881 re land application of Harriet E. PERRY, wife of George, but living with William STEWART. Both were Kelly Gang sympathisers and he was a convicted felon. 8 pages, List 4.
JACOBSEN, Frederick, Port Pirie, South Australia, wrote in 1918 re wife Lily, believed in Melbourne. He sought police help in getting her to return but she refused because of his illtreatment. 7 pages, List 73.
JAMES, A.H., wrote from Carlton in 1897, complaining about police being called to his laundry, but not removing two women as requested. Report states they were Mrs. BURTON and her daughter, who claims to have become pregnant by him. 6 pages, List 20.
JAMES, Mrs. Charles, staying at Bendigo in 1899, asks if there is a chance for her 26 year old husband, currently in the W.A. police force, being accepted into the Victorian force. Their aged parents and friends live in Victoria. 2 pages, List 42.
JAMES, Ernest H. & Co., motor engineers, Flinders Lane Melbourne, wrote in 1910 objecting to the new motor regulation that stated that cars over a certain weight had to have a reversing gear. He has been manufacturing voiturettes, copies of French models, and this would put him out of business. 5 pages, List 54.
JANSSENS, Eugene. Sought by Consul in Melbourne in 1920; he married Eva HOCKEY in 1910. Found. 9 pages, List 15.
JARRAD, Henrietta. Her sister Mrs. BELLEARS of Euroa convicted of assault on he/emr in 1905; Henrietta was on a visit and was returned to her guardian in Millicent Sth Aust. 6 pages, List 11.
JASPERSON, Frederick, wrote from Hurstville NSW in 1905 re his son Frederick who had been lured away ‘by a fast Woman keeping a bad house in Lonsdale St’ named Julia MACARTHY, he was under 21 yrs. He was using the name WILLIAMS. 5 pages, List 11.
JEFFERY, William Ernest, fitter at Sunshine Harvester Works, deserted wife at Ballarat in 1905; 23 years, believed in Tasmania. 9 pages, List 64.
JEFFREY, Maude. Complains of husband’s conduct towards her; formerly had a saddler’s shop in Hobart, 1915-1917.
JEFFREYS, Clara Ann, wrote from Walhalla in 1892 re her husband Robert who had deserted her and their three children some months previously. 4 pages, List 56.
JEFFKINS, William Isaac, attempted to shoot wife at Warragul in 1891 and sent to gaol. Due for release in 1897, various members of his family write, asking protection from him, including son in law R.T. PURCHASE. He is kept under surveillance. 12 pages, List 40.
JEFFS, Andrew. Deserted wife and children at Bendigo, believed to be in South Africa in 1904, but Durban police cannot trace. 10 pages, List 14.
JELLETT, Joseph, dairyman, Camberwell, fire broke out in1900 in a paddock rented by him and owned by Trustees of the STODDART Estate. 4 pages, List 50.
JENKINS, Catherine, died Beechworth Asylum in 1900, born NSW, 52 years, a widow. Son Edwin Thomas lived in Urana NSW, sister Mrs. DRUMMOND at Eskdale, brother William McINTYRE at Queenbeyan. File re payment of burial costs. 12 pages, List 45.
JENKINS, Percy ‘Snowy’, shot outside his confectionery shop in East Melbourne in 1928; later a bomb was thrown at the premises. His girlfriend Madge VAUGHAN suspected George MORRIS and John ‘Snowy’ HALLAM. A large file, containing police comments on Jenkins and other petty criminals. List 59.
JENSEN, Andrew/Peter, sought by wife Lizzie in Richmond in 1893; he was a seaman, was in Fremantle, she believes he may be in Sydney; she is staying with her sister. Uses Peter, but real name is Andrew, Norwegian, has not sent maintenance, last heard of in 1892. Although her letter is dated ‘93’ the file regarding the search for him is 1903. 16 pages, List 6.
JEPSON. Mrs. admitted to Melbourne Hospital after having an abortion in 1905; won’t reveal the name of the person who did it. She is married, 20 years old and has one child. 5 pages, List 65.
JEWELL, Edward. Sends two telegrams from Subiaco, Western Australia, in 1906, seeking details of his daughter Lily’s circumstances. 6 pages, List 4.
JEWELL, Harriet, wrote from Prahran in 1895, alleging her sons Horace, Herbert and Hedley were being targeted by local police. They report two are leaders of the Malvern Road larrikin push. 9 pages, List 29.
JEWELL, Hellene R., gave birth to two illegitimate children at Allansford 1903-4. Rumours that her brother Walter is the father; report in 1907. Warning: this is a very confronting file. 11 pages, List 70.
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JOEL, Lilly, Balmain Sydney, wrote in 1919 asking help to prove her claim to her father David’s estate; he was lost on the Blue Mountains. Her mother’s parents were Stephen and Eliza HARRIS nee CREASE. An uncle found in Melbourne. 8 pages, List 69.
JOHNSON/JOHNSTON, Alexander or ‘Soldier Jack’ ‘magsman and bogus land salesman’ cheated PICKFORD Bros, farmers at Buangor of money in 1928 and escaped to New Zealand. Traced there by police, the brothers wouldn’t pay extradition expenses. He remained there until 1936 when took ship to Australia, and New Zealand police alerted authorities in Melbourne. Photo and list of offences on file. 5 pages, List 60. Original file identifies them as John King PICKFORD and Robert William PICKFORD and gives details of other frauds at Cobram and Barooga. 32 pages, List 60.
JOHNSON, Mrs. F.L., Hill End, Brisbane, wrote in 1903 re her brother Patrick BRINN or BREEN, last heard from at West Melbourne in 1894, Not found. 8 pages, List 67.
JOHNSON, Frederick Anton, c45 years, sought by stepsister Mrs. E.J. MITCHELL, West Hobart, in 1917. He was last heard of twelve years ao at Stony Creek. His stepbrother William WEBB mentioned. Not found. 4 pages, List 70.
JOHNSON, Jack, found dead under a dray at Dunkeld in 1867 by Peter FRY. Inquest found accidental death, but his mate Charles LOVELL, alias Charles the Swede had taken out an insurance policy on his life. In 1888 Philip JOHNSON of Cowley’s Creek wrote to police, claiming to have evidence of the murder by Lovell. File gives detailed history of case and police suspicions of Lovell, but concludes Johnson’s claimed evidence is doubtful. 19 pages, List 56.
JOHNSON, John, Cooramook near Warrnambool, suspected by wife Beatrice of poisoning her and their children including Annie and John Jnr and employee Allan MEADE/NEADE in 1897. He had ‘not been right in mind for a number of years … had been in an asylum.’ Detailed report on marital situation; no charges laid. 19 pages, List 41.
JOHNSON, John, 72 years, Irish, ex police constable, died at Albert Park in 1903 and found to have a large amount of gold and money. Relatives sought, and people wrote claiming relationship: included were Henry RIDGWELL, London, who believed it was his brother Joseph who left home years ago and assumed the name; Francis COOKE, Bradford Yorkshire, who claimed he was a nephew; John W.T. MURRAY, Aberdeen Scotland; Isabella MURRAY, Carlisle, Rockliffe, Cumberland who claimed he was her father’s cousin; John JOHNSTONE, Moreton Village near Birkenhead, claimed to be a son; James MAYNES, New Brunswick Canada, on behalf of sisters; Robert JOHNSTONE, Kames Bank, Margaret Drive; William Henry CRICHTON, Ayrshire, claimed father’s cousin, Frank P. RAE, Oshawa, Ontario, Canada, who claimed he was grandmother’s brother, and W. JOHNSON of Watson’s Bay Sydney. The newspaper report had spelled the name JOHNSTONE instead of JOHNSON. 27 pages, List 67.
JOHNSON, Mary, of Sydney, wrote in 1903 re child Florence WHITEHOUSE, left in her care two years previously; mother has failed to pay maintenance, was living in South Yarra. Father of child was F. GRAY. 7 pages, List 4.
JOHNSON, Thomas, reported missing by brother in law Josiah BAKER, Seymour in 1896. Not heard of for 2 years, was English, 68 years, miner, believed heading for Temora NSW. Not found. 7 pages, List 30.
JOHNSON, William Richard. Phyllis HANSEN of Perth W.A. writes in 1910 re maintenance order she has against him; last heard of in Melbourne, doesn’t believe rumour he is dead, but police report that is the case. 4 pages, List 24.
JOHNSON/JOHNSTON, William Robert, born Victoria, accidentally killed by a tram in Sydney in 1900. He was a boilermaker whose mother lived at Port Melbourne. A sibling, G.H. Johnston wrote to police seeking details and return of his clothing. 9 pages, List 44.
JOHNSTON, Christopher, alias Harry, 12 years, left his home at Rosewater, Port Adelaide and took a ship to Melbourne where he had two uncles in fire brigades and where they used to keep a greengrocer’s shop in Windsor. Parent’s ask police to find and return him, which they do. His mother was nee HICKS. 13 pages, List 53.
JOHNSTON, Georgina M. Wrote strange letter to Chief Commissioner from Branxholme in 1894. Local police report she is daughter of late Dr. Johnston and comment on her actions. 7 pages
JOHNSTON, Henry, Victoria Street Windsor; death of newly born child, 1900. Report on. 2 pages, List 48.
JOHNSTON, John, painter, Essex Street Prahran, reported in 1900 that his wife had given birth to a child who died shortly after; no doctor present. 4 pages, List 50.
JOHNSTON, Sarah. Found drunk at Kew in 1908. Medical assistance called by police; she is a habitual drunkard, and her family decline to pay account. Her husband is at Kingston, her sister Mrs. George WILLIAMSON of Clunes. 5 pages, List 5.
JOHNSTONE, Elizabeth, wrote from West Footscray in 1896 re her husband Charles, who left 6 months ago for W.A. He is a Swede, 31 years, formerly a sailor. Not found. 10 pages, List 35.
JONES, Mrs. A. Writes from Jerilderie in 1906, asking police to confirm her husband is living with her sister in Melbourne, as man and wife; no Christian names given. 4 pages, List 4.
JONES, Adeline Anne. Died in Kew Asylum 1901. Alleged to have been illtreated, so body exhumed 5 pages, List 4.
JONES, Andrew Thomas. Murder of, Quarry Hill, 1901. Report by police, William LETHLEAN initially suspected, but cleared. Jones was engaged to Miss FAIRBROTHER, her brother Robert gives evidence, as do Antonio CENERI, Alice Cecilia Jane AGNEW, Elizabeth O’KEEFE, Caroline WHITE, Martha Ann GODDARD, Arthur Lee ROBERTS, Elizabeth MAXWELL, Elizabeth SCULLY, Thomas JONES (deceased’s father), Theophilus OLD, George BROWN, Axil Rudolph JANSSON, Isabella TAYLOR. 14 pages plus copy of inquest file plus maps of murder scene. List 4.
JONES, James. Died destitute at Macarthur in 1897. File contains letter from friend Benjamin TUCKER of St. Arnaud, letter from niece Bertha Jones in U.K., bank book covering 1882-1896, personal detail – he was a native of Bristol, 89 years, had land but had sold it, cost of burial etc. 18 pages, List 20
JONES, L., Melbourne. Complains in 1910 that the Spiritualist Association is charging a fee for Sunday night meetings, which is against the law. 4 pages, List 24.
JONES, Louisa (late BARRETT) asks details in 1901 of her daughter Edith Emily Barrett, who was 5 years in the Industrial School, sent to Mrs. McNABB of Tullamarine c1898 and got pregnant. Other daughter Annie mentioned; authorities won’t let her see her daughter. 5 pages, List 51.
JONES, John, sought by wife Sarah, Gracedale House near Heaslesville in 1896. He was late of T. ROBINSON & Co, Melbourne. He left her in 1893 to go to Sydney for work, and she hasn’t seen him since. He was born in Sydney, would now be 46 years, son of William, formerly master of a grammar or high school there. Not found. 9 pages, List 33.
JONES, Nora, Boggabri, NSW, wrote in 1907 re mother Mary RYAN, last heard on in Carlton. Daughter Gretchen at Warrigal. 8 pages, List 70.
JONES, William, died at Footscray 1902, 74 years, leaving a large estate and no will, so relatives were advertised for in Australia and U.K. . Known to have a sister Harriet who married – ROBINSON. Various people claimed relationship including Thomas Jones, Sydney, who claimed to be a son who had run away from home many years before and whose father had married for a second time to Ann TOOMEY; William Edward PARRY of Altrincham, Cheshire, who claimed to be a nephew and Jane GOODMAN of Wednesbury, Staffordshire, who claimed to be a sister. 16 pages, List 67.
JORDAN, Albert, 32 years, plasterer, deserted wife Alice in Collingwood in 1899. Found interstate. 7 pages, List 26.
JORDAN, Arthur Charles, enlisted in the AIF in 1917, but was under age. His father Joseph, Meander via Deloraine, Tasmania, refuses permission. 5 pages, List 75.
JORDAN, Charles James. Bigamist. Married Anita MENDOZA in Melbourne 1892, Mabel CLARKE in Auckland New Zealand in 1894. Born Hobart, parents George and Sarah nee GREENWOOD.
JORDAN, Frederick, murdered Minnie HICKS in 1894; his prison statement on file. 39 pages, List 41.
JOSEPHSEN, Frank J., left wife in Sydney in 1900 and ‘took up’ with Mrs. JONES of Rae St., North Fitzroy –they met when she came to Sydney with fellow bowlers. Jones was a widow who had been left money. Detailed report on the pair, including a photo of him. 4 pages, List 47. See instructions re copies of photographs.
JOY, Johanna, wife of William, licensee of Wentworth Hotel, in 1895 gave birth to premature twins who died at home of William WEBSDALE, his brother in law and buried there without being registered etc. 5 pages, List 29.
JOY, John Robert. W.E. Bate and Mortimer, house and land agents, Maritzburg, Natal, write in 1898 on b ehalf of his wife who hasn’t from him in four years. Police find him with a wife and two children, 11 pages, List 16.
JUDD, Marion, wrote from Hawthorn in 1900. Her son had been admitted into police force and required his birth certificate. He was born before her marriage, doesn’t know it and she begs the Chief Commissioner to be allowed to make a statement instead. 2 pages, List 43
JUDKINS, W. Sec. Australasian Institute of Social Service and Reform. Claims lots of gambling dens run by Chinese and of immorality in parks, 1910.
JURY, Mrs. H., Hurstville NSW, wrote in 1918 asking help to find her father in law Samuel Jury, believed in Melbourne; her husband is dying. 5 pages, List 73.
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KALTHOFF, Alice M., wrote from ‘The Gunyah’ Corrimal NSW in 1912 re her husband, supposed to be living at Doncaster, deserted her 3 years ago. He was German, 54 years. Not found. 6 pages, List 32.
KANGAROO FLAT. Dynamite explosions in 1906, near railway station and at home of Thomas POWER; powder found under house of his brother in law William Frederick HARDER. Very detailed file re arguments between them and Isabella and the MOORE family, whom they accuse of the offence, but police doubt. Evidence taken from: Walter TWYFORD, Mary Ann OLDFIELD, Matthew MATTHEWS, Christopher BENUSSI, David HYLAND, Leonard RUCK, William HATTAM, Maggie McGRATH, John COUTTS etc. 59 pages, List 71.
KEANE, Michael, ex constable, charged with being drunk & disorderly and threatening to assault his wife Mary Jane at Hamilton in 1896. He was the Court cleaner and they lived onsite. Note on file states her brother was Alexander RADLY, recently released from Pentridge and ‘a criminal of the worst class’. They are ordered to leave the site. 27 pages, List 36.
KEATING, Andrew, killed by train at Dandenong in 1906, a journalist. His wife Louisa, Sandford Brisbane, asked to pay funeral and other expenses; details given. 39 pages, List 71.
KEATING, Mrs. Annie. Constable BAUDINETT charged with giving abortion drugs to her as she was pregnant to him. Case dismissed, 1900. He seeks re-instatement, resigned. Large file.
KEEGAN, Peter, Mt. William, married widow of James LEWIS (died Sydney c1893) who had four children, and had two children with her before her death. W.T. PARKER wrote from Perth in 1904 claiming Keegan is unfit to care for the children, and that relatives, including his sister Mrs. GORRIE of Bathurst and Mrs. P. EGAN also of Bathurst want to take care of them, but he is refusing to hand them over. 13 pages, List 68.
KEENAN, Annie, asks police to check information she has received from Richard CARTER in 1901, claiming her husband, known under the name of KANE, had died and was buried at Cooper’s Creek. He was wanted for wife desertion. 13 pages, List 49.
KEENAN, Edward, Perth, W.A., wrote in 1903 seeking details of his brother Michael, c60 years. Extensive investigation undertaken, but not found. 20 pages, List 64.
KEENE, Mary Ann. Attempted suicide at Digby in 1899, after a drinking spree; a servant. Charged, she signs pledge. Letter from her on file. 23 pages, List 3.
KELL, Arthur, sought by father in law William LAITHWAITE of Brisbane in 1898. He is nearly 70 and in ill health, seeks help. Letter from Kell on file; found. 7 pages, List 22.
KELLETT, Winifred, became ill when locked up in drunken state in Sth. Melbourne in 1910, and taken to hospital. Correspondence re unpaid medical account. 8 pages, List 24.
KELLY, Edward, last heard of at Hamilton. Henry F. FOSTER wrote from Northam WA in 1902 on behalf of his father who was anxious about him, is only 16 years. His mother is at Nhill. Found. 6 pages, List 21.
KELLY, Eleanor Mary, 24 years, wife of Michael Joseph, labourer, Richmond, attempted suicide in 1917. Her brother John CARROLL, 14 years, called police. 6 pages, List 74.
KELLY, Edward, Braidwood NSW, wrote in 1905; has heard that William McKAY was hurt in a Bendigo mine. He cleared out with Kelly’s wife and two children, Jack and Aggie,15 and 14. No trace there. 8 pages, List 11.
KELLY, Henry of Melbourne, wrote seeking Henry COX, Irish, 30 yrs, had a brother in 12th Lancers, last heard of at Portland Vic. Found. 5 pages, List 5.
KELLY, James, Chairman of the Hospital Board at Fremantle, wrote in 1900 re William COLLINS, bootmaker, who was ill there, asking police to contact family in Werribee with a view to getting him returned . 5 pages, List 44.
KELLY, John W., wrote from Baltic South Dakota USA in 1901 re his relatives Phil, Luke, and James CONELLY or CONDLY, who were born near Boine River Ireland, were sailors and settled in Australia. Their sister Ann married his father, and another brother John arrived in USA c1856. Their father was Luke, and after their mother’s death he married Margurite NEAL. Not found. 5 pages, List 39.
KELLY, R.A., Korumburra, 1905, complains re charge of obstruction by his horse. File includes 2 photos of streetscape, newspaper cutting, reports, sketch of site. 27 pages, List 23.
KELLY, Robert. Berwick, 35 years, charged with sexual act on Ellen SCOTT, fifteen year old servant, 1892. Case dismissed.
KELSON, Ethel, deserted by her husband c1902, gives birth in house of Arthur John DELLAR, where she is a servant, in 1904, and claims the child is legitimate. Police decide no prosecution, as she pleads she will lose her position if the truth is known. 10 pages, List 34.
KEMP, Florence Violet, 14 years old in 1910, left her home at Green Swamp, near Sea Lake when her father Frederick, carpenter and builder, discovered she had been using money meant to pay bills on buying things for herself. Letter from father on file, unflattering report on her actions. They had come from Lascelles via N.S.W. 12 pages, List 23.
KEMP, William. Secretary of the Victoria Tender Board, fled owing money in 1894. File details search for him interstate and overseas, and is quite large. List 3.
KEMPTHORNE, William, writes from Newcastle NSW in 1895 re newspaper cutting about ‘the notorious Sydney criminal’ of that name convicted in Melbourne. He asks details. Police report that it was an alias of Henry IRELAND. 7 pages, List 26.
KENNEALLY, John. Charged with carnal knowledge of 15 year old daughter Ellen in 1901 at Strathfieldsaye; she gave birth to a child. Ellen changes her testimony however, stating that it was her brother Patrick who was the offender. Witness statements on file from Theresa, Mary, John Kenneally, Mary Enright, Matthew Rundle. Copies of birth certificates also on file. 91 pages, with some explicit details. List 4.
KENNEDY, Edith, servant, gave birth to illegitimate child at Ascot Heath Station near Dartmoor in 1896. Handed child to groom Joseph MINOGUE, who placed it in bushes. Police informed and find child alive, but it dies. They are charged with infanticide and acquitted. Nurse Catherine SIMKIN gives evidence. Mrs. PHILIP is owner of Station. 22 pages, List 25.
KENNEDY, Harold Montague, left wife Laura c1899. She asks police to find him in 1904. He is the son of James, tuckpointer and bricklayer, and an aunt is Mrs. COOMBES of South Melbourne. Not found. 8 pages, List 34.
KENNEDY, William John, employee of SUGDEN & CORNWALL, solicitors, Melbourne, stole money and absconded. 21 years, letters from people he owed money to, and photo of him with group of unnamed men at Richmond. 19 pages, List 70.
KENNEY, Mrs. W., Mengha, near Stanley, Tasmania, wrote in 1918 re her daughter Minnie, known as Mrs. BOURKE, who is in the Abbotsford Convent. They have her 2 year old son and would like her returned to their care. Warning; explicit details of her lifestyle are given. 6 pages, List 69.
KENNY, A.L. Dr., Collins St. Melbourne. Will be touring overseas; seeks letter and permission to carry revolver, 1905.
KENNY, Alphonse, 21 yrs, fireman at Carlton Brewery, attempted suicide at Ascot Vale in 1912; had been drinking. Father James Hugh Francis Kenny, mother Louisa. John BROWN, drover, testified that they had been drinking together; William Ernest SIMPSON and Edward Addeman ACTON, rescued him. 13 pages, List 33
KENNY, Rosanna. Reports from Carlton that her husband Thomas Edward had absconded interstate, leaving her destitute and with four young children. 5 pages, List 6.
KENNY’S BATHS. Gaps in fencing, nude bathers can be seen, 1884-1887 file.
KENNY’S BATHS. Fire at, in 1865, part of Royal Pavilion Baths destroyed. 4 pages, List 4.
KER, Douglas, wrote from Broken Hill in 1904 seeking police help. His wife Marianne Louisa had left White Cliffs Opal Fields with their children Maida, Alexander Charles Douglas and Edna Gertrude, to visit her sister Edith Emmaline BOXALL for a holiday. Boxall’s employee Frank MORRIS went with them. His wife has now left 2 of the children with his sister in Adelaide and disappeared; he thinks she is with Morris. 4 pages, List 34.
KERR, A., writes from Bendigo in 1897 regarding a newspaper report of the death of Michael LEARY in Albury, supposed 102 years old. Is this his mother in law’s long lost brother, born in St. Barry’s Cork Ireland? Reply states it was Mathias LEARY, father of Mrs. ODDIE. 7 pages, List 39.
KERR, Charles, Victorian, c30 years, boarding with Mrs. Rebecca Hill EASTMAN at South Yarra in 1896 and stole some of her property. Photo and 1 page. List 39. See instructions re copying of photographs.
KERR, John, Nyora, wrote in 1896 on behalf of David, brother of late James KEARNS, who died at Swan Hill in 1895. Kerr went to school with James, knows the family. Wishes to know more about James’s estate, encloses part of David’s letter asking questions. Executors were J.F. EGAN and J.C. WATSON; Curator declines to act. 11 pages, List 37.
KETELS, Carl F.W. Teacher at Metcalfe, alleged pro German remarks.
KHULL, Edward. Failure to pay wife’s maintenance, ordered at Fitzroy court; his wife in Sydney complains, 1880.
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KIDDELL, George. Using the name Thomas JAMES, apparently had 3 children to his daughter Georgina in Victoria between 1891-1896. Police alerted by his son in law Henry DARMANCOURT of Launceston Tasmania, but can’t secure proof before Georgina dies of cancer in 1896. Initially Kiddell gives false information on death certificate, then seeks to correct it. Police charge him with this offence but a magistrate dismisses the case. Other daughter Mary HOOKEY mentioned. Their mother was Mary Hart formerly BAKER. Warning: this is a confronting file. 60 pages, List 32.
KIEFEL, Ronald. Hairdresser and tobacconist, Natimuk. Report on 1891 fire which destroyed premises.
KIERNAN, Elsie, married to James, who is serving overseas, committed suicide in 1917. Her stepbrother Rev B.R. TOI/TOY handles burial arrangements. Mrs. Mary Anne EDWARDS wrote from Sydney; she was James’s aunt and had reared him, comments negatively on Elsie. 13 pages, List 72.
KIERNANDER, J.C., wrote a strange letter to Chief Commissioner in 1900, generating enquiry. He held the position of Superintendent of Gardens in Calcutta at one time. 6 pages, List 45.
KIES, William, 34 years. Information sought by brother F. of Lyndoch, South Australia in 1897; last heard from in 1896. Not found. 12 pages, List 40.
KILBORN, Mrs. R. File re permission to bury her in Foord’s private cemetery at Wahgunyah in 1899. 5 pages, List 2
KILBY, William. Wrote from Launceston Tasmania in 1897, asking police to investigate letter from William STUART of Geelong, who was asking personal details with regard to a bequest. Police find Stuart’s real name is Kilby and he claims to be a half brother to the Tasmanian person. They give him a bad character and report he has no money. 15 pages, List 40.
KILKELLY, Thomas, Pitfield, 1903. Charged with failure to support mother Catherine, an old age pensioner. 17 pages, List 19.
KILPATRICK, A.J., Euston Station, NSW, wrote in 1928 re jewellery stolen, perhaps by Ben & Jessie BROOKS who had been employed by him. 7 pages, List 58.
KINDER, Charles Lake. Solicitors Sincock & Wadham wrote in 1897, asking police to remove him from the Blackburn area. His mother, over 70 years old, has had to get him out of her house. Local police report they have him under surveillance, but he is doing work when available, so can’t be charged with vagrancy. His criminal offences are listed. 10 pages, List 40.
KING, A., Merriwa, NSW, wrote in 1918 re his brother William; found at Moonee Ponds. 5 pages, List 75.
KING, Eva, died in railway waiting room in Melbourne in 1899. Aged 19 years, she had recently given birth. Sister Edith, who had a heart condition, was sought, but brother in Wangaratta was found first. 8 pages, List 49.
KING, Mrs. H.E. of Hobart Tasmania. Wrote in 1899 re her son in law Victor Emanuel WOOLLEMAN and his failure to pay maintenance on his three children in her care – her daughter died over two years previously. He is found to be very ill. [Very sad case]. 11 pages, List 2.
KING, Herbert, undertaker, Richmond, 1894. Complains re conduct of Snr Const. Nolan in case of body of Peter COX, and his involvement with undertake John ALLISON. 17 pages, List 3.
KING, Stephen, Dooen North, charged with carnal knowledge of his grand-daughter Hannah King (also known as GOODMAN), 15 years. Quite graphic details provided. Case dismissed. 39 pages, List 37
KING, William, 51 years, labourer, left wife and family at Nagambie in 1897 for Bunbury Western Australia; she asks police to find him. Police search unsuccessfully for him and when reporting back to her, find she has gone there to join him. Very faded and blurred tintype photo on file. 18 pages, List 40.
KINGSBURY, G.M., Spottiswoode, asks in 1893 when he is likely to be called into the force. 2 pages, List 50.
KIRBY, Blanche, North Brighton, wrote in 1902 re her husband William who went to Perth four years ago and hasn’t sent money. She is destitute and about to be evicted. 6 pages, List 62.
KIRK, Michael Malcolm. Information sought by David WHYTT, solicitor, Yass NSW, in 1901, on behalf of overseas clients. He was committed to an asylum in 1892 and died there, unmarried, carpenter, 60 years, born Edinburgh. Police report that he was married, and his wife Amelia predeceased him. Brother Poulteney Kirk mentioned. 13 pages, List 53.
KIRK, Poulteney Malcolm, died at Whittlesea in 1872. David WHYTE, solicitor, Yass NSW, asks details in 1902. 3 pages, List 61.
KIRKMAN, Mrs. Sarah. Owner/occupier of cottage cnr Bank St. and Nelson Rd. South Melbourne in 1898. Report of fire. 2 pages, List 18.
KIRWIN/KIRWAN, John, disappeared from Boggy Creek Gippsland in 1886. In 1895 suspicion falls on brother Michael having murdered him and buried him in a mine shaft. File covers 1895-1898 and attempts to check mine shaft, costs involved etc. Michael died 1898. Large file. List 20.
KITSON, H. of Coolgardie W. Australia, wrote in 1899 re his wife Olive Cowen (known as Dot) who had left him two years ago and was believed in Melbourne. Police report it likely she has gone overseas. 5 pages.
KITTSON, H.G. Cape Bridgewater, 1918. Writes re Mrs. Lillian Maud WILSON nee LIGHTBODY, who gave birth to a female child, registered as Jean WILSON, but her husband William Gilmore WILSON has been overseas for more than a year. The real father is a local (not named). Child subsequently given to Dept of Neglected Children.
KLAUSE, William Robert, married Rhoda Sarah STEADMAN in 1891, but committed bigamy; previously married in Glasgow. Rhoda discovered this and in 1892 demands he leave Victoria and not see her again, otherwise she will press charges. His letter agreeing to this is on file. Further file re his property. 9 pages, List 56.
KLEINERT, Ernest Ambrose, charged with murder at Mitcham of Iolene Mary SAMPSON in 1928. This is a very large file that includes newspaper cuttings and letters from mainly anonymous people offering various theories as to the murderer. Joseph PYLE of Carlisle River wrote 3 letters on this subject. List 57.
KLOFKORN, Peter Christopher. Died at Inglewood Hospital 1881, came from nearby Berlin. File re burial expenses. 10pages, List 2.
KLOOT, Jacob. Embezzled money from a number of people in 1919, including returned soldier Charles Henry GILBERT of St. Kilda, Margaret and Ellen COLLINS of Malvern, Bessie Florence HOCKING, Andrew Clarence TAIT and LANE’S MOTORS P/L. Sent wife and son to Canada, then fled to Sydney, disguised himself and applied for a passport under name LEVIN. American, of Jewish appearance, 31 years. Identified, arrested, tried and found guilty. 5 photographs on file, 2 of him sitting in cars, 2 blurred close-ups of his face, and 1 with a beard and glasses he used for disguise. See introduction for details of how to order photographs. Large file, List 27.
KNELL, H., GUNNER, Queenscliffe Barracks, applies for police force, rejected as unsuitable. 4 pages, List 23.
KNIGHT, GEORGE, sought by wife Maggie, Balmain, Sydney in 1902. He was a waiter, left her, and is believed to be in Melbourne. His brother Harry lives in Richmond. Found living with Maud HARVEY and their children. 6 pages, one damaged. List 61.
KUEHN, Charlotte. Writes in 1915 disputing soldiers’ claims her husband was a German spy.
KULCZIJEKI [KULCZYCKIE] Enrico. Austrian Consul Melbourne wrote in 1877 about this lad, whose father Anton had poisoned himself and wife some years ago. 8 pages, List 5.
KUPSCH, Fred. His sisters write from Preston in 1894 after a newspaper report of two men frozen to death in Kiandra, asking if he was one. Police report it was a false story. 11 pages, List 13.
KURRLE, Vernon Constantine. In 1907 Isabel F. SHORT of Jumbunna issued a warrant for his desertion of her illegitimate child, which subsequently died, but she refused to cancel warrant in 1908. 11 pages, List 10.
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LACEY, Emma Elizabeth. In 1894 alleged her stepfather Robert WITCOMBE sexually interfered with her; he and her mother had gone to Sydney, she refused to join them. 12 pages, List 13.
LACY, Jane, Auburn, has child of Mrs J. STEWART, of Kalgoorlie, who has not sent maintenance, has had to be kept from school, no boots etc, 1903. 4 pages, List 6.
LADIES COLLEGE OF HEALTH. Booklet ‘Women’s Guide to Health’ on file. Suspected abortion pills sold; no action taken, 1914.
LAGAL, Miss E., North Melbourne. In 1917 wrote to Scotland Yard asking if a cable she received stating that her fiancé Staff Sgt Major George COULTHARD had been killed was genuine; no. His sister was Mrs. ELLIS of Yorkshire. 3 pages, List 70.
LAGING, William Robert. Naturalised German living in Malvern in 1916, reports he had heard that ‘roughs’ intend to attack him because he is German. His background given. List 6.
LAITY, William Henry. Deserted wife Sarah in 1897 in Victoria, believed to be in Western Australia. He was born Adelaide, 55 years, a cordial manufacturer. The search was renewed, unsuccessfully, in 1899. 42 pages, List 38.
LAKE BOLAC POST OFFICE. Mary TILLOTSON asks police help because of obscene messages being placed on fence in 1896. William VEALE writes similar letter, but she suspects it’s his family who are the offenders. Note: offensive messages in file. 18 pages, List 37.
LAMBERT, Benjamin, died at Blackwood in 1898 and buried as a pauper; c80 years old. His daughter Hannah (Mrs. John) LOCKWOOD wrote from Saltaire England, seeking details. 13 pages, List 42.
LAMBERT, Sydney or ARCHER, sought by wife Esther in 1910. He left her 3 months after their marriage in 1909; she obliged to live with Nuns. He was 28 years, fond of drink, had been at Potilla then Echuca. Not found. 10 pages, List 33.
LAM CHIN, sailor on the S.S. Mayune, deserted in 1903, charged with being a prohibited immigrant. Photo on file. Brother Quong HEE SHING is in Lt. Bourke Street. 3 pages, List 65.
LAMPRELL, William Joseph, sought with regard to a maintenance order taken out at Inglewood in 1919 by – BERTRAM. Solicitors’ letters on file. Not found. 12 pages, List 31.
LANCASHIRE, George, son of Samuel, JP, Melbourne, married in Sydney under name ELLIS in 1902, and arrested for bigamy. Second wife asks police for details of first wife etc. 7 pages, List 62.
LANCASTER, Elizabeth, lived in Brunswick with parents in 1894, 13 years old. Went as domestic servant to Alfred MILLER, livery stable keeper at Wycheproof; her sister Amelia is working for a storekeeper there. Alleges attempted sexual assault by Miller, but medical evidence says no trace. Her respectable background given. 21 pages, List 38.
LANDERS, Charles Fitzroy. Brother George wrote from Annadale NSW in 1905 seeking information; hasn’t heard for about 18 years. 5 pages, List 64.
LANE, David, c76 years, old age pensioner, died at Hibernia Hotel, Jericho in 1902; had been cared for by licensee J.J. MOORE, who writes several letters re costs incurred. 16 pages, List 62.
LANCEFIELD. Mac’s Hotel. Public Thomas FERGUSON reports theft of watch and chain in 1896. Frederick HOOD, c22 years suspected, was in his employ. Hood arrested and letter from Publio FABZON of Sydney found, a friend. Also on file is a Registry Office employment agreement between Nellie McCORMACK and Ferguson; she was a servant there. 13 pages, List 39.
LANDER, T.B., wrote from Perth, W.A. in 1907. Has seen a newpaper report that his father Adam was arrested for vagrancy in Ballarat. He had wanted to return there, and was given money and had possessions. Queries police action, which is explained; Adam suffering memory loss. 8 pages, List 44.
LANE, Mrs. Marion. Licensee, City Club Hotel, Collins St. Complains of larrikins in 1883. 10 pages, List 4.
LANE, Rose Isabel and Lelia Ann, grand-daughters of Captain William THOMAS, R.N., sought by their step-sister Mrs. E. SIMSON in 1907. They left Tonga, South Sea Islands, c1878. Her mother was the eldest daughter of Captain Thomas and married John C….[illegible], and died when she was 3 years old. Her father remarried and took the family to New Zealand. 9 pages, List 44.
LANG, R.T., wrote from Adelaide in 1909; his wife Isabel had deserted him and their two children and was believed to be in Melbourne. She was 22 years, 6’4″, physical appearance and clothes described. Her maiden name was HANCOME/HANCORNE. Not found. 10 pages, List
LANGFORD, Edwin, wrote from North Melbourne in 1900, alleging false registration of death of child DIMELOW at Geelong. Police report the child was registered under the name of RUFFIN, John H., by his grandmother. 6 pages, List 45.
LANGLEY, Frank Aubrey, deserted wife Rose Annah Jane Langley at Bordertown South Australia. In 1917 she wrote to Victorian police for help, as she had heard that he had enlisted under the name THOMPSON and been killed; confirmed. 17 pages, List 71.
LANNEN, Thomas M. Sought by W. LYNCH of Newcastle NSW, a relative, in 1902. Found. 7 pages, List 16.
LARRIKINS. 1896 reports on Carlton and Fitzroy larrikins, including a list of court cases heard over a 6 month period. 30 pages, List 32.
LARTER, George, Richmond, charged with ill-treatment of ten year daughter Florence in 1903. His wife Margaret had left with son Harold because of his cruelty. Detailed report from the Vic. Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to children. Mrs. SCHEELE and Grace WAGGLEN are witnesses. 13 pages, List 65.
LA TOUCHE, Ada, wrote from Paddington Sydney in 1895 re Gerald La Touche, a stranger in Melbourne, who wrote to her that he was ill. 4 pages, List 30
LATROBE STREET RAGGED BOYS HOME & MISSION. One page yearly report of activities, including photos of unnamed boys, and two sheets of letterhead, one blank, the other with a letter from secretary W. Minton. President was Clement Davidson. 1898. 3 pages, List 2.
LAUDER, Charles, died in 1900 after being knocked down by a tram. He boarded with Arthur RAXWORTHY in Richmond, was c60 years and a remittance man who arrived c1898. It was believed his real name was ARDOCK. There are a number of letters from his nephew John (no surname) in Edinburgh on the file. List 46.
LAURENCE, Frederick Bryant. Charged with perjury at Castlemaine in 1897, over transfer of license of Commercial Hotel Guildford from Catherine FINLAY. 4 pages, List 3.
LAW, George. Murdered at South Melbourne in 1928. File has testimonies of: John Charles HICKEY, Eugene STACKPOOLE, Frederick George FURLONG, Victor James MITCHELL, Clifford WILLIAMS, Henry Harold MARSHALL, Jean ALMA, Daniel Emmett NOLAN, Thomas Leslie LEE, Annie Gladys MITCHELL. 40 pages.
LAW, Walter, 51 years, left wife Esther and Child in Elsternwick in 1896, and went to Cornelia Station, but then left there. Wife asks help to find him. Found interstate. 11 pages, List 35.
LAWRENCE, E.Z. wrote a long letter from Woomelang Hotel in 1917, alleging she is being followed and persecuted because she have evidence in a South African case. Police establish that she is a travelling saleswoman, selling ladies corsets and is delusional. 15 pages, List 70.
LAWRENCE, Joseph, Darlinghurst, Sydney, wrote in 1903 seeking details of his wife Cecilia and 5 year old son, believed to be in Hawthorn. Police find her but decline to give him any information. 5 pages, List 67.
LAWSON, Mrs. Annie, Kalgoorlie, WA, wrote in 1902 re her mother Mrs. M. GRIMES Snr, who hasn’t answered her letters, last heard of at South Melbourne. Found. 6 pages, List 63.
LAWSON, Benjamin. Receives anonymous letter that his daughter Bessie Clara is pregnant to farmer DOBBIE at Lorquon in 1905. Local police find she has had an illegitimate child and persuade Dobbie to marry her; quite intimate details given. 6 pages, List 65.
LAWSON, Thomas and William, 10 and 12 years old, arrived at the home of solicitor De Courcy IRELAND, Natte Yallock, in 1903, claiming they were from Ballarat and had lost their father in Melbourne; police establish they had escaped from the Reformatory School 7 pages, List 67.
LAY, Mrs. Jane, Brighton, reports handbag containing over £200 stolen while she waited for arrival of son on troopship at South Melbourne in 1919. Police doubt story. 3 pages, List 31.
LAZARUS, Margaret, wrote from Darlinghurst Sydney in 1909 re her husband Michael, last heard of in Canada. Found, using name BRAHAM. 6 pages, List 70.
LAZBROOK, John Holden. Murdered by John O’BRIEN near Inglewood in 1871. O’Brien believed living in NSW under name HOWE in 1881; his sister married to person of that name. Victoria police investigate. Large file, List 2.
LEAHY, Bridget, wrote from Horsham in 1898 re her son James who left there for Gippsland the previous year after the death of his father. Police find he has been acting strangely ‘a harmless lunatic’ and send for brother William. 12 pages, List 46.
LEAR, Bertie Babington. Police investigate rumour that he attempted suicide at Tarraville in 1898. His siter Mrs. NICOL interviwed. 6 pages, List 21.
LEARED, John Robert Boxwall, born c1855 Morpeth NSW, son of John Robert and Mary Kate. Father died shortly after his birth and mother remarried to George RUSSELL. Child adopted by uncle Benjamin WILLAN, another uncle is Precious Willan. In 1900 his mother asked police help to find him. Found, he thought his mother was dead. 6 pages, List 46.
LECKIE, William, Maribyrnong. Charged with manslaughter by neglect in 1928 after his daughter St. Clair Margaret Leckie died shortly after giving birth to a stillborn child which he buried. She was being treated by herbalist F.D.P. MILLER, who wasn’t aware she was pregnant. Prosecution dropped. c50 pages, some duplicates. List 60.
LEDDEN, Margaret, Fremantle, W.A., wrote in 1902 re her unnamed husband, a tailor, formerly of Broken Hill, who deserted her. Not found; W.A. police report she is living with Alfred SKINNER. 8 pages, List 62.
LEDGERD, Daisy, 42 years, murdered at East Melbourne in 1928 by Thompson Gardiner William BACON. A large file, List 61.
LEE, Henry Herbert. Whereabouts sought by W.H. GADD, Guy’s Forest School Committee, Walwa, in1906; he was late teacher there. His sister Mrs. HEDDELL found. 6 pages, List 50.
LEE, John. In 1908 filled in birth entry for child John Ellis Lee, claiming married to mother Lydia Wiley ELLIS, but was not. 8 pages, List 5.
LEECH, Sarah. Master in Lunacy requests report on her background in 1869; admitted Yarra Bend Asylum 1860. Husband John found to have died 1859, children not found. 17 pages, List 4.
LEFEVER, Isaac, sought by wife E., of Jumbunna in 1900. She had taken out a warrant for his desertion; last heard of in NSW. In 1898 he took two of their children, but abandoned them. 12 pages, List 49.
LEFEVRE, H.L.P. and William J.H.C. Neglected children of Isaac, who deserted them and their mother Eliza Jane in Frankston in 1898. Correspondence re what to do with children. 35 pages, List 16.
LEGGATT, William, wanted in 1928 for failure to pay maintenance for illegitimate child of Ruth SMITH of Carlton. He was a gardener, 55 years, with land at Portsea. 7 pages, List 58.
LEMON, William. Address sought by mother in Sydney in 1900, after she received a worrying letter form him; he is a boy. 12 pages, List 4.
LEMON, William John, pensioner, 70 years, died Kyneton in 1905. Letter from brother Joseph Sanfield Lemon on file; paid burial expenses. 6 pages, List 23.
LEM SING, Silas, Creswick. Complains of youths throwing stones at his house at night; report states he thinks they are after his European wife. 4 pages, List 22.
LENNOX, Francis William, wrote from Fitzroy in 1899, protesting that his application to join police department was rejected because of varicose veins. 1 page, List 43
LESSING, Ernst. German Consul in Melbourne writes re the family 1888-1904. Ernst is a native of Skogen, Prussia, came to Victoria in 1887. His father embezzled money and the Prussian government thinks he has sent it to his son. Ernst married Ester Jane WARE and went to Mentone to farm. Father Friedrich arrived in 1890s and died here. Family still in poor circumstances in 1904.
LETHAN, David. Tenant at 50 Roden St., West Melbourne when fire broke out in 1898. Owner was Isaac WILLIAMS of Coburg. 2 pages, List 18.
LEVER, Mrs. George William, wrote from Windsor in 1894 to Sydney police regarding a newspaper report on two men who had died in the snow near Kiandra. Asks if one is her husband who left some months ago. Police report the story was false. She has a large family and is destitute. 12 pages, List 13.
LEVINSON, Hyman, alias Henry Lewis GORDON, died in Melbourne in 1897. Sydney police query whether he is the same person wanted for bigamy there – yes. His wife in Melbourne mentions hearing from a daughter Millie in Sydney, and wife Anna, an asylum inmate in NSW is also advised. 12 pages, List 41.
LEVY, Samuel. Wife writes from Redfern Sydney in 1894, he has gone to Melbourne, a distiller, and left her and two children destitute. Found. 12 pages, List 41.
LEVY, Samuel, brewer and distiller, deserted wife and children in Sydney. J. WATTS, Leichardt wrote in 1904 on her behalf, she is destitute. 8 pages, List 68.
LEWIN, Agnes J., wrote from Casterton in 1892 re her husband Herbert Albert, who had deserted her some time ago, and was believed to be with Fitzgerald’s Circus some months ago. She is destitute. 2 pages, List 56.
LEWIS, Eva, reported missing by her mother Mrs. A.J. LEWIS of Geelong in 1896. Photo on file and letter from mother. 5 pages, List 39. See instructions re copying of photographs.
LEWIS, Mrs. M. Wrote from Gembrook in 1899 seeking help in finding her son Evan M.J. MOYLAN who had run away from his employer, 8 pages, List 8.
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LIAUT, Annand and Adolphe MARCHAUD sought by French Consul in 1877; 18 pages, List 5.
LIEBERMANN, Helena. Of Surry Hills Sydney, wrote in 1894 seeking details of her husband Emil, last heard of at Bendigo. Found. 3 pages.
LIEBERMANN, Helena, Paddington, NSW, wrote in 1897 re husabnd Emil. Not found. 9 pages, List 20
LIEBERMANN, Helena. Marcus SIEVWRIGHT, solicitor, writes on her behalf in 1899, husband Emil deserted. 11 pages, List 17.
LINDLEY, Reginald, sought by Miss Carrie BELTON, Queenston, Port Adelaide in 1896. An artist, he left there about 6 months ago and hasn’t been in touch. Not found. 10 pages, List 30.
LINDSAY, Mrs. E.J. of West Wyalong, NSW, wrote in 1898, asking police to find relatives of William QUINLAN, who died there after accident, aged c36yrs. His father Thomas was dead, and his mother Mary had remarried. His sister was Mrs. J.H. ALLEN of Mirboo. Found. 5 pages, List 3.
LINDSAY, James. Information sought by wife in Adelaide in 1919, hadn’t heard from him in 7 months, was employed by Sennitt’s Ice Works South Melbourne. Found. 8 pages, List 43.
LINDSAY, Mabel, Fitzroy, wrote in 1906 re her husband Con, a journalist, last heard of in New Zealand. Police there report he is a drunkard. Reference made to previous enquiry, but not on file. 4 pages, List 69.
LINDT, J.W. Hermitage, Black Spur. Fears than the man who assaulted him and was gaoled for three months will return and set fire to his place or worse, 1899.
LINLEY, W., Newcastle, NSW, wrote in 1917 re son Ewart, discharged from military a few months ago and missing; had letters from Millie WEST in Collingwood. 5 pages, List 74.
LIPZKER, Samuel, left wife Jane and 3 children in North Melbourne and went to New Zealand c1897. She is now destitute. He is English, c40 years and was last heard of in Christchurch. Not found; children committed to Industrial Schools. 10 pages, List 42.
LISTER, John. Threatened Captain EVANS of Albany Road Toorak in 1896 and making a nuisance of himself. He had been gaoled in 1888 for inflicting grevious bodily harm and released in 1891; born 1843 England. 9 pages, List 32.
LITTLE, Agnes Rebecca. Born Elaine, Victoria; in 1884 alleged her father John had been interfering with her for the past 5 years, while they were living at Darlimurla, Gippsland, and she was now pregnant to him. She told James McMILLAN of Richmond, who wrote to her father, but received no reply. Her mother Rebecca believed her, but as there were no witnesses, no prosecution took place. 17 pages, List 57.
LITTLECHILD, Harold, West Devonport Tasmania, wrote in 1917 re his son Algernon, who had left home and enlisted in the navy in Sydney, but who was discharged when found to be under age. He had not returned home and was believed with his uncle Thomas GENTLES in Melbourne; found to have enlisted in Melbourne under name Charles MORRIS. Several letters from father on file. 24 pages, List 72.
LT. LONSDALE ST. – Nos. 112/116. Anonymous letters re persons living there. Names mentioned: Ruth KELLY, Mrs. DALBEAN o/wise Sarah HUTTON or Mrs. Darkie Tom, Maud GUNTER, Dolly TAYLOR, Liz WILSON, Sal REDDAN, Lizzie Ah LET/LOT. 1917. 17 pages, List 3.
LITTLEWOOD, Henry, 36 years, died in 1870 at a Melbourne hotel, recently arrived from Liverpool. Brother in law Joseph HUGHES, carpenter, identifies him. Littlewood was married to his sister, who remains in Liverpool with 2 children. File re disposal of property. 9 pages, List 30.
LIVINGSTON, John and James Auld, sought by brother R.W. of Balham London UK in 1904. Not found. 8 pages, List 34.
LIVINGSTONE, James Horace, released from gaol in 1928 after serving a term for bigamy and promptly re-offends, this time with Mary Ellen PATTERSON of Queamong, Conargo, NSW. His wife Alice Mary sought as a witness; police interview her parent BUZZINI. 23 pages, List 60.
LIVINGSTONE, Robert, wrote a very strange letter to the Chief Commissioner in 1909, mentions a Dr WILLIAMS, who is interviewed and says a former lunatic patient of his. 5 pages, List 53.
LLEWELLIN, E., Sydney, complains in 1910 of daughter Isabel, known as Bella, who has been persuaded to run away from Sydney to Melbourne by her step-sister Ettie MILLER, wife of William, ‘who is a bad companion’. Bella wants to go on the stage. 5 pages, List 55.
LLOYD, Mrs. H., wrote from Marrickville Sydney in 1900, claiming her daughter was secretly married in Melbourne c1889 to Wallace GAY, son of Captain Gay. His sister has let slip that he was already married. Lloyd asks investigation, and police find no record of any marriage. Various men of that surname in Melbourne are interviewed. 34 pages, List 45.
LLOYD, John, Samuel and Thomas. Convicted, with Jimmy DAVIS, of cattle stealing at Benalla in 1865. John BUTLER assisted police, seeks payment; three letters from him and details of case. 35 pages, List 4.
LODGE, Francis, died Stawell 1897. Executors of his estate ask police help in finding missing money. 20 pages, List 20
LODINGTON, Kenneth William, sought by John McKENZIE of Albany W.A. Their uncle Hugh McKenzie has died. Found. 15 pages, List 16. CONNECTION FOUND.
LOE, Walter Herbert, wrote from London England in 1897, asking to join police force. He was formerly in the 16th Lancers, and served mostly in India. Copy of references on file. 3 pages, List 39.
LOFTUS, Mary. Brothel in Lonsdale; details of court case involving her daughter Winifred, whose real name was WESTON. Henry CORNWALL, nearby resident, complains, 1885.
LOGUE, Mrs. T. of Maryborough, Victoria, wrote in 1938 re her son George, who had been sentenced to 18 mths gaol at Mildura. 3 pages, List 2.
LOHDEN, John. Writes from Sydney in 1906, re a body found at Cobram, which he thinks may be his brother William. Police establish it was William ANDERSON. 5 pages, List 4.
LOHFF, Elsie Marie Rebecca, a child, taken in by Mrs. TAYLOR of Hawksburn in 1903; father Max, Murchison is a widower. 2 pages, List 66.
LOHFF, Frederick Max. Sought by Mrs. TAYLOR of Hawksburn Road in 1905. She’s looked after his daughter Elsie for 2 years as he was destitute and a widower, living in a bark hut. He was supposed to pay maintenance but has not done so.
LONG, Mrs. Charles, wrote from Amherst in 1896 re her youngest daughter Esther COLLINGE, 14½ years, who was persuaded by John McPHEE Jnr, 30 years, son of the owner of Woodstock Station, to marry him and go interstate. He has returned but her daughter hasn’t. Asks police help. A most interesting letter, giving all sorts of details. Esther is found interstate. 9 pages, List 35.
LONG, Oliver John. Writes from Euroa in 1898; is on waiting list for police, asks when he is likely to be called. 2 pages, List 19,
LONGFIELD, Frederick B. Son of H. Longfield of the Argus newspaper; in 1908 Tasmanian police report he was arrested there as being destitute; file re collection of items pawned, and passage back to Victoria, 11 pages, List 10.
LONGLEY, George Sargeant. Sought by sister Mrs. T. MILLS in 1900. Her letter missing from file. Found. 4 pages, List 43.
LONGMORE, R.B., Brisbane, wrote in 1903 asking police protection for his sister, as H.C. WHITE has threatened her. 4 pages, List 67.
LOONEY, Kingsley. Malvern. Letterbox blown up in 1934. He rented a flat from Mrs. Elizabeth BARRY and her sister Miss Janet TOWNSEND. 11 pages, List 4.
LOPEZ, Sarah Martin. Her husband A. MARTIN, Redfern, writes in 1883. She has been an inmate of lunatic asylum, left four days previously and took ship to Melbourne. Photo of both on file.
LORDEN, Lewis, baker, formerly of Bendigo, wrote letter to Premier from Fitzroy, claiming he is the next Duke of Middlesex. Police give his family background, father died in Hobart in 1879; he is delusional. 8 pages, List 37.
LORDEN, Louis, writes a number of letters re a purse and pawn tickets stolen from him at Boggy Creek near Kyneton, while he was on his way to Echuca, seeking employment, in 1896. The tickets are presented to pawn broker P. PERLSTEIN in Melbourne, and a coat and silver watch handed over. The watch is a family heirloom, and he is keen to get it back. He writes that he uses the name Charles Louis, but his real name is Louis. 35 pages, List 36.
LORENZO, Nella, sought by uncle Pietro FOPOLI of Walhalla in 1897, last heard of at Chiltern. Not found. 5 pages, List 41.
LOTHROP, Ada M., wrote from Sydney in 1902 re her son Harold LLOYD. He was due to attend the University, but has gone to Ballarat to make money after falling in love with a married woman. Found. List 62.
LOUBENS, Madame, nee Catherine BERGER. Information sought by French Consul in 1918. File reveals she has run away from home in Adelaide and is with a German, Frantz Richard SCHULT in Melbourne. 4 pages, List 46.
LOUTH, William J., drowned at Victoria Docks Melbourne in 1896, 37 years, passenger on the S.S. ‘Gulf of Genoa’; formerly in Royal Irish Constabulary. File re disposal of effects and attempts by Victoria to be reimbursed for their costs. 29 pages, List 39.
LOVELOCK, Martha alias GEORGE. Prostitute; rented house in Lt. Lonsdale Street, 1895, but moved.
LOVEWELL, G.H., photographer, left wife Maud in Melbourne c1894 and hadn’t paid maintenance; last heard of in NSW. She asks police help in 1895 to find him. Photo on file. (see instructions re ordering of copies of photos.) Found. 6 pages, List 30.
LOWRY, John. Alias DALE and COOK. Bushranger, 1866; file re arrest and conviction. Reward offered by William JENKINS, carrier, Nth Melbourne, for horse stealing.
LUCAS, Annie, (known as Lewis) attempted suicide in 1909 while lodging at Fitzroy Arms Hotel, Melbourne, manager Lewis LEWIS, servants Minnie DOYLE, Elizabeth ANDERSON. Two suicide notes on file; no prosecution. 13 pages, List 70.
LUCAS, Charles D., charged with embezzling funds of the Chiltern Branch of the Amalgamated Miners’ Association, president George SKERRY. Arrested in Qld and extradited. Large file re procedures and costs involved. List 28.
LUCAS, Mack Carr, widower, married 21 year old Ellen JOSE in 1906, but she left him and took money so he charged her with larceny. Her parents were at Alexandra. Photo of her and child on file. 17 pages, List 50.
LUDWIG, Ludwig Joseph, born Augsburg Bavaria 1881, became a sailor, believed to have deserted in Victoria. Information sought by brother S. Ludwig of Munich in 1900. Found to have been gaoled for an offence against Ella Amelia IBITSON, daughter of John, grocer of Geelong. 18 pages, List 47.
LUMSDEN, David, found dead in his paddock at Camberwell in 1900. 3 pages, List 50.
LUSCOMBE, Mrs., Watson St., Brunswick, reports in 1899 that her sister Norah L. COLLINS, single, had a miscarriage that she thinks may have been induced. Medical details show child was born stillborn and was syphilitic. 5 pages, List 41.
LUMLEY, Beatrice, looked after from an infant by Mrs. DOUGLAS of Cork St. Qld. In 1903 Mr. SHANNON, Headingley Station via Barrlia Qld, asked police help to find her brothers Harry and Tom, believed working in Richmond quarry; she is now 17 and had been separated from the family for many years. 20 pages, List 67.
LYFIELD, Catherine. Second wife of Henry, and murdered by him in 1896. Allegations of incest by daughter of first marriage; a particularly revolting case.
LYFIELD, Catherine, murdered 1896. Statements made by Annie Louise MILLER, manager of Geelong Coffee Palace, Annie DOUGLAS and Margaret HOOPER nee ROBB about their knowledge of the ill-treatment by her husband. Two letters of Lyfield also on file. 12 pages, List 39.
LYNCH, David and wife, licensee of Britannia Hotel Melbourne in 1915, sought by Miss M.E. RYAN of Moree NSW, in 1917; she had recently arrived from New Zealand. Found to have gone to overseas. 6 pages, List 74.
LYNCH, William. Travelling with Lynch’s Bellringers in Qld in 1919, he reports the windows in his home at Windsor have been broken again, after receiving word from his wife. 14 pages, List 3.
LYONS, Amy, living apart from her husband and with wharf labourer Thomas COOPER when she attempted suicide in Melbourne in 1910. 33 years, addicted to drink. 7 pages, List 23.
LYONS, Hugh, 40 years, took ill while working on farm of Mr. J. TROTMAN at Glenroy and taken to hospital where he died. His family were at Kyneton; his sister Mrs. BING pays expenses. 13 pages, List 51.
LYONS, Thomas W., c28 years, deserted wife Annie, Adelaide S.A. in 1904; had been at Broken Hill, believed to be originally from Ballarat, but this is incorrect. List 68.
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