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McADOO, Caroline, alias BRUHN; report in 1865 that her children are living in ‘a house of ill-fame’ at Maryborough. 3 pages, List 53. CONNECTION FOUND
MACANSH, James Gilchrist. Qld police ask to be notified when he is returning there in 1906; 45 years, an alcoholic. Photo on file, 3 pages, List 70.
MACARTNEY, George David Dr., M.L.A. Died of overdose of chloral at Williamstown in 1878. File covers 1878-1884 re missing papers and possible suicide. 56 pages.
McCABB, Michael. Ballarat police report on his destitution and that of his two children, aged 2 years and 6 months, who are given to Mrs. BLUET to mind, 1872. 2 pages.
McCAIG, Constable J. File regarding sorting out the paperwork etc., following his death in 1899. His wife is praised by Frankston residents Samuel SHERLOCK, veterinary surgeon and JP, Dr Sydney PLOWMAN and wife, Dr. John F. MALCOLMSON, chemist William RICHARDSON and Mark YOUNG, licensee of the Pier Hotel. McCaig was an alcoholic who treated her very badly and she left him. 44 pages, List 42.
McCALLUM, Leonard Charles, writes from Albert Park in 1895 reporting on his private detective work for Albert TIRRELL, manager of the Gooramada Estate, in attempting to identify sheep stealers. Jack and Hal SHAW, Paddy BURKE, Jack BURKE (no relation) and Jim LAIDLAW all suspected. 7 pages, List 26.
McCALMAN, John, wrote from Korong Vale in 1902, seeking employment in the Customs Dept., as a sly grog detective; is c40 years sober. 6 pages, List 25.
McCARTHY, Catherine. Master in Lunacy requests details of her background in 1869. Admitted Collingwood Asylum 1866, brother Timothy and sister Mrs Wm WILLIAMSON went to New Zealand, other brother Florence not found. 6 pages, List 4.
McCARTHY, Daniel Thomas and wife Minnie Selina sought by solicitors in Melbourne, on behalf of a friend in Ireland. Not found. 10 pages, List 38
McCARTHY, James, Hyde Park, Sydney, wrote in 1902 re Joseph and Bartholomew McCarthy, late of Dublin, chemists, have been left money. Found. 3 pages, List 63.
McCARTHY, Johanna, murdered at Canadian near Ballarat in 1896. File re treatment of Mrs. Ann TRAIT after trial. 14 pages, List 35.
McCARTHY, May, found dead in house in Bilking Square Melbourne, occupied by Elizabeth GILBERT, in 1900. Names mentioned include Charles GROOVES, Maud HOWARD and Jane HOSKINGS. Her wedding ring given to Gilbert to pay burial expenses. 10 pages, List 49.
McCARTHY, Peter, formerly employed as caretaker at the Rialto, sought by R.K. McCAUGHAN of Melbourne in 1904 on behalf of friends, concerned over his welfare. He was c56 years, believed to be tramping his swag in NSW; wife in poor circumstances. Found. 28 pages, List 56.
McCARTY, Ruby Vida, attempted suicide at St Kilda in 1917; her father was David and she was c30 years old. List 70.
McCLINTOCK, Mrs. Walter, St. Kilda. In 1885 applied for financial assistance; report on circumstances, had 4 children. 2 pages, List 57.
McCLOY, William James, deserted children Ethel May, Gladys Irene and Dorothy Jean at Eaglehawk prior to 1903, leaving his brother in law James CLOUGH to look after them. He was born Bendigo, 39 years, went to Western Australia. Found, he sent his second wife Elizabeth HARTLEY to Victoria to collect the children. 13 pages, List 66.
McCOOEY, Kate, died Melbourne 1897. Attempt to find relatives in NSW. Sister Dorcas McCOOEY paid for burial, and property sent to her. Two letters from cousin Sarah (Mrs. James) HUGHES of Penrith on file. 17 pages, List 20.
McCOLL, Ewen. James McColl, MLA wrote in 1899 re this man, believed to be in Western Australia, who had a brother Ronald. 14 pages.
McCONNELL, Bertram, Bacchus Marsh, 12 years old, son of Isabella. Her brother, W.A., a nurseryman would like to adopt him. 5 pages, List 68.
McCONNELL, Bertie. Sought by his mother Isabella in Sydney in 1904; he was 13 years old. Her brother was William A. McCONNELL. Found interstate, 8 pages, List 9.
McCOY, Mrs. M.E., Essendon, sought information about her husband William Vincent, who went to Qld and hasn’t sent money for her and their four children. He took up land at Bogundah near Hughenden. Series of letters from both, from him at Lammermour, Alice Creek, covering 1902 – 1904, her admission to an asylum and care of the children; a very detailed file. 47 pages, List 68.
McCOY, William Vincent. Arrested at Kyabram for wife desertion, 1907. 4 pages, List 15.
MacCRAE, Donald. Information sought by wife Emily in Sydney in 1902, believed in Melbourne. Found, claimed to have been robbed but she doubts this as he’s claimed this elsewhere. 7 pages, List 62.
McCRAE, J.C. of Fifield via Trundle NSW, wrote in 1938 re his boys Les and Vincent who had been staying with their aunt Mrs. PENFOLD at Richmond, Victoria, and who had ill treated them. 5 pages, List 2.
MacCREADY, John Knox. Warrant issued for arrest, by Insolvency Court judge in Melbourne in 1895, believed to be fleeing colony. Native of Belfast Ireland, c35 years, manufacturer. 12 pages, List 28.
McCREEDIE, Frances, 19 year old daughter of Donald, died at Lindenow in 1904. An Aboriginal family, they were too poor to pay for the burial, so it was done by government. 8 pages, List 56.
McCULLAGH, Richard St Leger Barton. Father John wrote in 1877; he was 19 yrs of age and supposed to be working in the country, but was worried as he hadn’t heard for some months. 7 pages, List 5.
McCURDY, James, applied in 1879 to be reinstated in Victoria Police force. 11 pages, List 55.
McDONALD, Donald, found dead at Newham in 1898. Buried at government expense, effects sold. 3 pages, List 20.
MacDONALD, Francis C., recently arrived from Aberdeen, 7 years a constable clerk in the police force there, seeks similar position in 1901. Reply c/- George SIMPSON, Richmond. 2 pages, List 51.
McDONALD, Mrs Henry, wrote from Petone NZ in 1905 re a newspaper report of a man found dead in the bush at Beaumaris, originally identified by John RUXTON as John McDONALD, , but he was subsequently found alive. Her husband is in Australia somewhere, she has not heard from him for about 12 years, and wonders if this is him. He had a brother John. 11 pages, List 11.
McDONALD, Horace, illegitimate child of Lilian, who died in a Melbourne hospital in December 1895. Fitzroy police arrange for the child to be cared for by Mrs. TUTTON while authorities work out what to do with him. Dispute between Curator of Deceased Estates and police department over who will pay the expenses; curator declines. 11 pages, List 32.
McDONALD, Kenneth, 29 years, Scotch, charged with sheep stealing in 1878. Escaped from Hamilton gaol and disappeared. In 1895 police received information that he had been helped by the brother of Constable George WILLIAMSON who subsequently married a sister of Constable BUNWORTH. File covers original incident in 1878, including upgrade of gaol, and 1895 investigation; very large, over 100 pages, some difficult to read. List 25.
McDONOUGH, Edward. Thirteen years old, escapes from St. Augustine’s orphanage at Geelong in 1894, and escapes twice from police custody. 18 pages.
McEWAN, John, C/- Colonial Sugar, Fremantle, wrote in 1902 re his father Charles, c65 years, a fossiker, who was supposed to join him there, but hasn’t arrived. His brother is in Kew Asylum. 24 pages, List 61.
McFARLANE, Diana. Had three illegitimate children in 1900, a boy 10 years, a girl 5 years and a 2 month old girl. The father of the first two lived in NSW and the father of the third had reneged on a promise to marry her and disappeared. She is working as a domestic for Mrs FARRALL, and wants child admitted to the Industrial Schools. 9 pages, List 44.
McGAIN, Edward, Carlton, 1898, applied for police force, 3 pages, List 20.
McGANTY, Sarah, 47 years, wife of John, St. Kilda, died suddenly in 1900, found by son John. 2 pages, List 50.
McGILLIVRAY, Charles Dorrington, wrote from Bendigo in 1896 re joining Vic. police. 3 pages, List 29.
McGOUGH, Peter. Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Children report on family in 1898. Living in Kensington, the 5 children are neglected, the father is a drunkard. 18 pages, List 18.
McGOWAN, Charles, 12 years old, charged with discharging a firearm in 1903, and disappeared. His mother was in Sydney, and Robert E. VICK wrote on her behalf. Charles had been staying with an uncle Samuel BULLOCK. Not found. 8 pages, List 66.
McGRAGH, Matilda and Thomas, sought by daughter Florence Catherine in Boulder City WA in 1902; last heard from 7 years ago. Found. 8 pages, List 62.
McGREGOR, John Donald, hawker, c48 years, pawned a piano belong to Alice BOSTON of South Yarra in 1904; photo of him on file. 7 pages, List 10.
McGRODER, Louie, 18 year old barmaid, attempted suicide in 1912 after affair with married man named HIBBERT, who had deserted his wife. John GARNER, grocer, South Melbourne, was the brother of Hibbert’s wife. Police decide against prosecution, mother taking her interstate. 7 pages, List 32.
McGUFFIE, Annie, died in the Melbourne Hospital of blood poisoning after miscarriage in 1899. Brother in law Albert Arthur Victor RYAN, artist and hairdresser, Clifton Hill, wrote to the department alleging death was result of abortion. The following married women were interviewed and notes made: Harriet McMASTER, Bella SMITH, Nellie WIGCRAFT, Mary HEWSON, Eva REID, Jessey BEAVER. 19 pages, List 43.
McGUIGAN, Henry & Co, wine and spirit merchants, Melbourne, report on alleged robbery, 1891. 15 pages, List 55.
McGUINNESS, Mary, wrote from Lower Lewis Ponds via Orange NSW in 1898, re her husband David who left her 13 years ago. She is now ‘an old woman’ and unable to work, seeks help in finding him. Not found. 6 pages, List 21.
McGUIRE, William, draper, Brunswick, deserted wife and infant children in 1895, believed gone to Wellington New Zealand, 48-50 years old, fond of drink. Letter from adult son Frederick MAGUIRE in Wellington, stating father is ill, has to have daily morphine injections, cannot work, and he is supporting him. Presumes the children are to Agnes ROY “she was very foolish to have anything to do with him.” 9 pages, List 25.
McINNES, Mrs. J., writes from Newcastle NSW in 1906 re her husband C., who owes maintenance, believes he is in Warrnambool. Found, is a drunkard. 7 pages, List 26.
MacINTOSH, David, 49 years, Edinburgh Masonic Lodge, sought by wife Lena in 1897. He was last heard of prospecting at Mount Margaret Western Australia, in 1896. She writes two letters from Port Melbourne; has 8 children to support, and has heard he has died. 18 pages, List 40.
MacINTOSH, John, wanted for failure to pay maintenance on his illegitimate child by Miss ROGERS; her solicitor writes in 1899. 4 pages, List 8.
McINTOSH, Wiliam Y., baker and confectioner, Portarlington, wrote in 1900 re Sunday trading by hotels there. File includes details of his application to become a JP. 13 pages, List 46.
McKAY, William. Report in 1903 on his failure to support wife Janette and her illegitimate child David Leith AITKEN, whom he treats badly. He is a wood hawker, has 2 children, Claude and David, Wards of the State and looked after by his sister Mrs. WILSON. He has also had a child by Janette’s sister Elizabeth Aitken. Incomplete file, 3 pages, List 25.
McKECHNIE, James. Wife in Sydney wrote in 1905, he had deserted her. He was a tobacconist in Fitzroy, aunt BOWDEN. 10 pages, List 9.
McKENNA, William. Born Prahran, March 1907, mother Clara. Adopted by Mrs. Gertrude ROSE of Paddington NSW, who has had several miscarriages, and a husband (Thomas) anxious to have a child. She plans to fool him into believing the child was her own. 6 pages, List 3.
McKENZIE, Alexander George, died suddenly at Williamstown, 1900; 74 years ‘pensioner of the home government’. 2 pages, List 48.
McKENZIE, Arthur of Burnabunnia near Barnawartha. Complains in 1901 of neighbours BUSSE. 10 pages, List 4.
McKENZIE CREEK SCHOOL. No. 2396. Investigation into its destruction by fire, 1896. 8 pages, List 3.
McKENZIE, Hannah Lily of Richmond. Claimed in 1898 that solicitor Thomas NAPIER of Geelong has forged documents re her mother Margaret ROBERTS’s estate. 11 pages, List 21.
McKIE, Alfred, 14 years old in 1901, stole money from his mother Annie in Gawler, South Australia, and took off for Melbourne. Arrested there as a neglected child, gave name of Cyril RALPH. 19 pages, List 49.
MACKIE, William, c27 years, coal miner, sought by Edward KELLY, of Newcastle NSW; believed to be at Outtrim. He left there with his wife and two children, John and Agnes; not clear whose wife is meant. Not found. 7 pages, List 52.
McKINDRY/McKENDRY, Alexander, drowned while fishing at Flatbottom Rocks. Volunteers and police retrieve body, cart it to Krambruk where it is buried at government expense. Father John arrives from Prahran to identify body, but declines to pay burial costs, says can’t afford it. Local police think he can and make adverse comments. 13 pages, List 21.
McKINNON, Lachlan, wrote hrom Green Cape via Eden NSW in 1897 re uncle Finley MACKINNON, who previously worked for an MLA. Not found. 19 pages, List 20.
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McLAREN, Rev. John, wife Mary and daughter Jean. Complicated story, involving parents who lived apart and put daughter into custody of Miss M. STEWART, manager of Scots Church Neglected Aid Society in 1906. Jean absconded from her placement at Frankston; parents try a reconciliation. 23 pages, List 3.
McLAUGHLIN, John, Lal Lal, for admission into police force, 24 years, 1 page, List 20.
McLEAN, John, 40 years, trimmer on board the USS Waikare deserted wife Alice at Balmain. In 1900 He was formerly in the Sydney Water Police. Alice suspects he may be with Mrs. May WARREN, who sold her wine shop and went to Melbourne recently. Found, he claims to have written to his wife to join him. Two letters from Alice on file. 15 pages, List 44.
McLEAN, John E., wrote from Coogee NSW in 1920 re Charles L. BROWN, who had defrauded him of £1,000 by posing as a manufacturer and importer of Little Collins St. Melbourne. Claims others have also lost money to Brown, who is an American. 12 pages, List 24.
McLENNAN, Charles, Scotch, 66 years, baker, left Melbourne in 1899 to work for a Mrs. CHESSELL in Finley NSW. A. McPHAIL, wrote from Prahran on behalf of his daughter Mrs. McPhail, who was concerned about his absence and lack of contact. His movements are traced through north east Victoria, but not located. Photo of him with family on file, has been broken in half. 20 pages, List 43. See introduction re ordering copies of photographs
McLEOD, Donald, bookie at Flemington, bashed by crowd in 1906 after failing to pay winning bets. Large file, List 26. M. McLeod, Barry Dock near Cardiff, writes after seeing newspaper report, asking if it is his brother who is a good athlete, native of Stornaway Scotland, 30 years, gives physical details, hasn’t heard from him since 1887. Police reply it is a different person, suggest he try the U.S. for brother, under name of Donald STEWART. 6 pages, List 26.
McLEOD, H. Disappeared from Melbourne beach in 1905; wife believes he has run off to escape creditors and to be with Bella ROWE in Corowa NSW. Rowe traced to Melbourne, is not with him, hardly knew him. Details of what happened to children given; wife goes to sister Mrs. JOBSON in Goulburn. 20 pages, List 23.
McLOCKLAN, Catherine. Later Mrs Leonard BISHOFF. File compensation to be paid her for loss of bullocks at Bairnsdale in 1866; includes two letters from her. 31 pages, List 6.
McMAHON, Thomas, wrote from Goyura in 1900, querying his rejection from entering the police force. 2 pages, List 44.
McMILLAN, E., wrote from Harbour St. Sydney in 1897. Has seen a report of the accidental death of a 16 year old child of that name at Yarraville, asks if it is her only child who ran off with unnamed friend two weeks ago. Police confirm it is not her son. Small sample of his clothing on file. 7 pages, List 40.
McMILLAN, James Silas. Died in railway carriage at Spencer St., in 1898, returning from Echuca Consumptive Sanitorium. Lived in Hawthorn. 17 pages, List 18.
McNAMARA, Albert Edward, convicted of murder and arson at Carlton in 1902. Report of costs involved in case and letter from Cooper PANTON, Hull England; his wife is a cousin of offender. 12 pages, List 61.
McNAMARA, James. Applied for position of blacksmith and farrier to the police department in 1864; he had been in business in Bendigo for ten years. 4 pages, List 4.
McNAMEE, Laurence, deserted wife M., at Darlinghurst Sydney in 1905. He had worked on the railways, was 12 years. Not found. 8 pages, List 65.
McNAUGHTON, John. Wrote from Launceston Tasmania in 1904. His late father John was living in Carlton, a bootmaker, when he went security for a man on a criminal charge c1860, and forfeited his farm. He believes the family might be able to recover a portio of the value. Two letters. 8 pages, List 10.
McNEIL, Mrs. Catherine, wife of James, died suddenly at Chilwell in 1902. Report on. 4 pages, List 21.
McQUADE, John, applied for admission to benevolent asylum in 1902; comment on his circumstances. 6 pages, List 62.
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MADDEN, James Joseph, wanted for embezzlement in 1906; 34 years, insurance agent. Photo and newspaper cutting on file. 8 pages, List 50.
MADIGAN, Mrs. Anonymous letter in 1918 claiming her confectionery and refreshment shop at 36 Glenferrie Rd. Malvern was used for gambling purposes. She was a widow; her married daughter Mrs. SAVAGE and two children lived with her, her husband was at the war. Police report there was no sign of gambling, but ‘the lads frequent the place for something else besides supper’. Madigan subsequently sells to William SYMONDS. 6 pages, List 3.
MAGGS, Elizabeth Emily, wrote from Breadalbane Railway Station Tasmania in 1898 re husband William Brooks Maggs, who deserted her 11 years ago; they have 2 children. Photo on file. Not found. 10 pages, List 22. See instructions re photographic copying arrangements.
MAGILL, Miss H. ‘Westella’ Canterbury Rd., St. Kilda, knocked over by cyclist Mark KEMPTON in Melbourne in 1898; file on case. 8 pages, List 7
MAHONY, Catherine, born 1895, daughter of Jeremiah and Johanna, living at Corooke near Colac in 1910; sent to Melbourne to give birth, aged under 16 years. Thomas FINNEGAN, 20 years and John RICHARDS, 18 years, suspected of carnal knowledge; Finnegan’s father pays maintenance. 9 pages, List 24.
MAHONY, Martin Francis. Charged with carnal knowledge on Irene Daisy KILEY at Shepparton in 1914. Incomplete file. 12 pages, List 3.
MAIN, Mrs. A., married in 1902 to G., wrote in 1903 that he has not supported her and is living in Melbourne under an assume name; she is in service at Toorak with Mrs. MILLARD. 5 pages, List 66.
MAIR, G.A., Carlton, wrote in 1882 re Emanuel TURNER of Yarrowee near Ballarat, who left his 14 year old son in his care two years previously, and hasn’t paid any maintenance for nearly a year. Found. 6 pages, List 57.
MAIS, Harold Clement alias ANDREWS. Failed to pay maintenance to M.T. DRAPER at Rushworth in 1918; brought back from Qld to face court, and promised to marry her, but ran away again. He was an engineer. 16 pages, List 3.
MALAM, Ed. Writes from Menzies Western Australia in 1897, asking police to confirm background of his wife Alvena Elizabeth Annie (Addie) BURFORD, is divorcing her.
MALLETT, William, living at Longford Gippsland in 1900, and in destitute circumstances and probably senile. File covers attempts to get him into a benevolent asylum for his own protection. 13 pages, List 44.
MALLON, James. Writes from Perth in 1899; has been accepted for Perth police. Asks CCP for confirmation that he was acquitted of rape charge in Victoria, when he was in the police force here, which is true. Father John writes in support; both ask that his illness not be mentioned. 4 pages, List 17.
MALMBERG/MELMBERG, Walter Edward, returned soldier, died of influenza in Griffith hospital IN 1919; file contains details of return of property to mother in Melbourne, his military discharge etc. 29 pages, List 69.
MALONE, Garret, sought by mother Elizabeth in 1905; was last heard of in the railways in Melbourne. Found. 6 pages, list 69.
MALOUF, Nicholas, found hawking without a licence and exhausted at Mentone in 1896. Local police report he is a Syrian and only 12 years old and are concerned about his family circumstances. He claims his uncle sent him hawking, but Achan Malouf of Lonsdale St says he is a distant relative only, and that the boy, who is really 15, was left with him by his father, and if he can’t work, the State will have to look after him. 4 pages, List 35.
MALOY, Joseph, charged with incest on youngest daughter Mary Monica in 1912. He is a widower, 54 years, she is pregnant to him. Family lived at Lavington and Albury NSW. 5 pages, List 32.
MANCEY, John, wrote from Launceston Tasmania in 1898. His 15 year old son Richard John had taken ship to Melbourne; gives physical description and asks police to put him on a ship back there. 4 pages, List 7.
MANI, Hans Stephen, reported missing by wife Mary Jane, Albert Park, in 1928. He was a returned soldier, c35 years. 1 page and small photo. List 59.
MANNERS, Hon Arthur Cecil Selwyn. Sought by solicitor in Sydney in 1904, is in delicate health. Found in private care, 5 pages, List 9.
MANNY, Bartoleme. Swiss Consul in Melbourne wrote in 1900 on behalf of relatives. He was believed to have died, but had a wife and daughter. Police find he died in 1880, widow in prison, has dementia and no information can be ascertained. 27 pages, List 43.
MARCOPOLO, John. Large file re his bigamy; married Lily NORTH at Shepparton in 1894 as MARKA, a widower, had earlier married Margaret WHITE. 1881. CONNECTION FOUND.
MARCOPOLO, John, committed bigamy in 1894 when he married Lily NORTH at Shepparton, first wife still alive. Also known as MARKA. Photo on file. Law department advise against prosecution. 25 pages, List 30. (This is a different file from the one above.)
MARGERY, Mrs, wife of Dr. G of Carrington, Sydney, wrote 2 letters in French in 1899, complaining of thefts and overcharging by the Grand Hotel, Melbourne. 16 pages, List 42.
MARKS, Dora, wrote from Surry Hills Sydney in 1896; a friend has reporting seeing a newspaper report of the death of Jacob Marks. She has been separated from her husband for over 16 years, they have 2 sons and 3 daughters. Is this him – no. 9 pages, List 35.
MARKS, Mary Ann, wrote in 1900 re her husband Thomas, whom she hasn’t seen for 14 years. His brother Richard had died at Newstead and she believes he may be there and also has committed bigamy. File has copy of his marriage to Charlotte LEGGE in 1899; both were Cornish. He is charged, but Mary Ann withdraws case after they have come to an arrangement – he recently inherited money. 17 pages, List 47.
MARKS, William Frederick, fishmonger, deserted wife L.L. at Geelong in 1898, leaving her destitute. He went to Hobart. This file is quite detailed. 3 pages, List 66.
MARMO, John Joseph. Fathered an illegitimate child which subsequently died while in care of Agnes LYTTON, 1887.
MARRISON, George Oswald Lucas, dispenser at the Police Depot Hospital. In 1928 it was found that he had collected money for medical fees but not passed them on. A large file, List 59.
MARSDEN, Ada. Launceston Tasmania police telegram in 1895 that she has left there, probably with William LAWSON. She is 19 years, he c28 years. Father wants her returned home. Found with married sister in Brunswick, says she will throw herself overboard if forced to return home as she is scared of father and brother; police suspect she was seeking an abortion. 9 pages, List 26.
MARSDEN, Jeremiah. Died at Longwood in 1866, leaving a wife and nine children in poor circumstances. File re refusal of local justices to attend inquest. 15 pages, List 3.
MARSDEN, Nancy Elizabeth, charged with manslaughter of her baby, body found in park at Yarrawonga, 1897. 9 pages, List 40.
MARSH, Richard F., patentee and inventor, Maitland, wrote in1908, asking help to trace his wife Mary nee ROBSON, who left him and their six children to visit her sister Mrs. George CUTHBERTSON near Newcastle, and disappeared. He offers a reward for information, and encloses a photo. Not found. 11 pages, and photo. List 54.
MARSHALL, Roderick, fireman, Victorian Railways, West Melbourne; file re his unpleasant interactions with licensing detectives in 1895; alerted publicans and abused police. 12 pages, List 28.
MARSLAND, Charles Alfred, left Ledcourt Glenorchy in 1896 for Melbourne, but wrote to his wife saying he was going to W.A. ‘I am determined to drink no more’. She was left with seven children and another expected, and asks police to try and find him and see if he is alright. In the meantime she receives a letter from him. 9 pages, List 37.
MARTIN, Mary (Mrs. James) wrote from Mologa Railway Station (near Mitiamo) in 1905, she was to care for 3 year old Mary Elizabeth WILSON, daughter to Fanny Elizabeth Wilson, a married woman whose husband had deserted her. 4 pages, List 65.
MARUINE, Pierce, Kiernan and Alice, sought by H.D. REWELL of Castle Hill via Parramatta NSW in 1912. Their parents were killed in a fire c30 years ago. Found. 7 pages, List 34.
MASON, Andrew James Duncan alias Harold LEIGH. Sought by wife Elizabeth in Newcastle NSW in 1904, he left there with Mary/Molly WRIGHT. She has six children and he has paid no maintenance. 9 pages, List 9.
MASON, Clara, wrote from Leichardt NSW in 1917 re her husband William Joseph, son of Leopold and Frances nee ELLIOTT, who left her ten years ago. She believes he’s in the army and she can get maintenance from his army pay. Police interview May Henrietta Mason, who also claims to have married him and has three children. He is identified as Sapper No. 8664. 29 pages, List 70.
MASON, Ellen, asks police to find her husband James Robert, baker, in 1882. He was believed to be in Adelaide. She and their 4 children are destitute. South Aust. police report a Deed of Separation has been signed. 4 pages, List 57.
MASON, Frederick, Balaclava, 13 years, fell off horse and injured. 2 pages, List 50.
MASON, George, wrote from Geelong in 1912, asking police to help find Miss Esther JACKSON, an inmate of the Charity Organisation Society’s home in north London. His father in law died 1909, leaving money in trust for her, with the interest to be paid regularly. He cannot get a response from her directly. Scotland Yard provides details. 13 pages, List 35.
MASON, William, wrote from Greyston, Berrima, N.S.W. in 1902, his wife (unnamed) has run away from him again, was found in Melbourne last time. She has their two boys, 4 yrs and 1 yr old, one a cripple, with her. He is a mining and civil engineer, encloses copies of printed testimonials. Not found. 9 pages, List 19.
MASSON, Alexander, 38 years, ship’s carpenter and swagman, died at Wodonga in 1901, on way to Wangaratta hospital. Mother at Toryboy, Aberdeen Scotland, written to, but letter returned; buried at government expense. 7 pages, List 52.
MASSON, Alexander, deserted wife Margaret at St. Kilda in 1898. Found, he did not pay maintenance and she renewed her claim against him in 1902. This appears to be an incomplete file. 12 pages, List 62.
MASTERSON/MASTERTON, Rose, gave birth to illegitimate child while a servant at Louis BURGER’s place in Fitzroy in 1905. Police called and later query re medical costs. 8 pages, List 52.
MASTERTON, William. Lost in bush at Warrandyte, 80 years old, 1882.
MASTIN, Albert, applied in 1879 to be reinstated in Victoria Police force. 13 pages, List 55.
MATHESON, Alexander died suddenly at Footscray in 1900, 73 years. 2 pages, List 49.
MATHESON, John. Information sought by wife Janet in 1900, was licensee of the Federal Club Hotel in Melbourne, transferred licence. She came to her parents in Broken Hill, and he was to follow but hasn’t done so. 10 pages, List 45.
MATHEWS, Mrs. J. of Port Victor, South Australia, wrote in 1899 regarding Richard Wolfenden Mathews, a music teacher, aged about 55 yrs. Not clear what the relationship between the two was, perhaps husband and wife. Not found. 4 pages. List 4. CONNECTION FOUND
MATHIESON, Archibald, left his brother’s home in South Yarra in 1900 for hospital. Daughter Amy in Beaconsfield Tasmania writes expressing concern as to his whereabouts. He is a Scot, 78 years; died in hospital. 5 pages, List 46.
MATHIESON, Joseph, lives in house in South Melbourne owned by niece A.E. Mathieson, (daughter of Archibald), who wrote from Beaconsfield Tasmania in 1903, asking for a report on Mrs. HODGKINSON/KIDNER, who was supposed to be looking after him in return for free rent. Detailed report on his senility. 15 pages, List 65.
MATHIESON, William. Charged with intent to murder Alice GAFFER, 1905. Incomplete file.
MATSON, David. Petitions Chief Commissioner of Police for release from Kyneton Gaol in 1865, was serving 6 months for selling illicit spirits. 4 pages, List 34.
MATTINSON, John, sought by South Aust. Children’s Department in 1896; he owed maintenance on his children. A plaster, Scotchman, 40-50 years, addicted to drink. Not found. 10 pages, List 35.
MATZEN, A.B., wrote from Queenstown Tasmania in 1912 re wife Jane, who deserted him and their child 12 years ago, with a man named FERGUSON. Her family TEMBY lived in Brunswick. Not found. 4 pages, List 32.
MAWHINNEY, David. Perth Supreme Court officials write in 1899; he is a bankrupt. 5 pages, List 16.
MAXWELL, Clifford alias Charles JACKSON, 19 years, Victorian, escaped from Castlemaine Reformatory in 1928; captured and escaped from custody at Richmond, then recaptured. Large file. List 61.
MAYBURY, F. Belmore Rd, Balwyn. Writes letter of complaint in 1906 regarding neighbours SINCLAIR and TAYLOR who are verbally abusing his wife. He is a railway detective, they are in government employment. 4 pages, List 3.
MAYSON, James Hickson. Sends strange telegram from Melbourne to police in Hobart Tas., and they ask an investigation. He is the son of late Rev. Joseph Mayson, an early chaplain in Tas. 5 pages, List 5.
MAZZINI, Mrs. wrote from Redan in 1900, on behalf of her sister Mrs. PICKERING, asking police to find their brother Edward Thomas SMITH, who went to Warragul 20 years ago and hasn’t been heard from. 5 pages, List 45.
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MEADOWS, Phemmy. Illegitimate child, adopted by Mrs. Emily MORLEY in 1891, but died. Morley came from Islington NSW, lives in a Melbourne brothel and had two illegitimate children herself, who died. She has left her husband.
MEAGHER, John, Constable No.3919. Very large file dealing with his domestic affairs in 1905/6. He has left his wife Minnie and family and is living with Johanna NEVINS who has twin girls to him. She is a former barmaid with a sister named May. He is forced to resign. List 46.
MEDLEY, H.M., embezzled money in Melbourne and went to Samoa and worked under the name of R.H. WALTERS. In 1891 it was discovered he had stolen money in Samoa as well. Various letters on file. 8 pages, List 55.
MEEHAN, William, born Kilkenny Ireland, aged 66 years, left wife at Yarck and went to W.A. In 1895 she asks police to find him as he has paid no maintenance. Police find he has died. 6 pages, List 28.
MEEKING, Eric. Embezzled money from Australian Mining Standard (journal), 1905. Correspondence re costs of investigation and who should pay for his extradition c30 pages, List 3.
MEIKLE, Andrew lodges complaint that cattle stealing has been going on in the Blackwood, Gippsland area in 1894, suspects include Thomas and William GOOD and Thomas SCHILLING. Thomas Good has gone interstate, and Meikle can’t afford the cost of extradition, so nothing is done. In 1896 the file is re-activated. 66 pages, List 36.
MELBOURNE FREE CONCERTS. File re supposedly free concerts given on Sundays in 1894, but for which entrance fees were asked. Frank M. Clark, manager of the Grand Rational Concerts prosecuted for insulting language to undercover police who were monitoring them as against government regulation to charge on Sundays. Several flyers listing performers on file; all names listed have been placed on this webpage. 26 pages.
MELBOURNE, Elizabeth. Lived in Brighton, but moved to Carlton Refuge in 1897 and alleges she was criminally assaulted and made pregnant. Police investigate and comment on claim. 3 pages, List 20.
MELISH, Fanny, attempted suicide by poisoning in Ballarat in 1899. 2 pages, List 42.
MERCER & CO., 346 Flinders St., Melbourne. Advertised a work from home scheme in 1910, and advertised a ‘Home Workers Club’ with secretary F. Clifton HILL. The Police Department received a number of complaints from people who had sent money and either received nothing or realized the scheme was a doubtful one. William C. MacPHERSON wrote that he had invested money in the company, and had worked in the office. He now believed it was a swindle and spelled out how the scheme worked. The owners were William John Bowden JONES, F. Clifton HILL, Charles J. BROWN, – MAIR and himself. Police seek advice and are advised against any prosecution. Large file, includes samples of advertisements, one of the advertising cards that people were encouraged to make up, and several letters of complaint. List 34.
MERKINS, Elizabeth, working for Captain BEAUMONT at Coongulmerang in 1889 when got pregnant to William HALL, farmer of Lindenow. Gave birth to Nellie in August 1889, claims he initially paid maintenance. Child committed to State care in 1894 and in 1895 attempts are made to get maintenance from him. 26 pages, List 25.
MERRILEES, Allen McDonald. R. SIMPSON of Freemantle Western Australia wrote in 1899 on behalf of the wife of this man. He married Mary Eliza SIMPSON in South Australia in 1896, was a seaman, left in December 1897 and hasn’t returned. They have seen a newspaper report of the death of a seaman named Allen McDonald who is believed to have jumped overboard and drowned, and her husband used this name. Police find it is a different person. 6 pages, List 2.
MERTON, Mrs. C. Writes from Balmain Sydney in 1906 re her daughter Mrs. Ted CHRISTIE, who hasn’t been in touch for some time. 6 pages, List 4.
METCALFE, Georgina Cecilia Mary, wrote a number of strange letters from St. Kilda 1899-1900. Local police state she is a lunatic. 24 pages, List 42.
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MICHE, Gustav, found dead in bush at Dereel in 1902; a German, widower, with 3 children. Late wife’s sister Mrs. COTCHIN reveals that the children were all adopted; Henrietta DOUGLAS, 27 years, Alice 15 years and Otto. The latter contacted for reimbursement of government costs. 25 pages, List 62.
MILDERN, Ernest Edward, Geelong, reported death of infant son in 1899. Attended by midwife Mrs. Margaret SARGEANT, Nellie PETERSON also present. Detailed description of circumstance. 2 pages, List 42.
MILES, John. Agent General’s office asks details of his death, died in Melbourne in 1888, intestate, had a sister in England. 8 pages, List 5.
MILLAR, Frederick Thomas. Gatekeeper near Malvern railway station, complains of assault by a passerby in 1892. Witness statement from Walter DUNSTAN, plasterer, Malvern, on file, and letter from Millar. 12 pages, List 12.
MILLER, Dulcie Vera, 16 years old, gave birth of Muriel Gladys Miller in 1912; is daughter of J.A. Miller, manager of Mimosa Station near Temora; father of child is Frederick TURNER. List 15.
MILLER, Henry Joseph, Merton, applied to join police force in 1895; 19 years. 1 page, List 27.
MILLER, Mrs. George, sought by nephew F.W. WRIGHT of Goulburn NSW in 1898. He’s also known as MORGAN. N.S.W. police report he’s recently been discharged from gaol. She is found. 8 pages, List 21.
MILLER, James Hatton, absconded from Melbourne in 1882 to avoid a breach of promise case by the guardian of M.A. HUDE, the daughter of a Panton Hill storekeeper, who had his child. Not found. 9 pages, List 57.
MILLER, Mrs. Jane of Bellevue, West Australia, wrote in 1906 re Pearl MOSES not paying maintenance on her child who is in Miller’s care. Moses’s parents live in Midland Junction. 7 pages, List 4.
MILLER, Joseph, Lonsdale St., wrote in 1880, asking police to protect a vine growing in front of DAKIN’s shop in Bourke St., as he was preparing the grapes for the Exhibition. 6 pages, List 4.
MILLER, Mary Matilda. Widow, Ballarat, married Henry SWIFT or Henry Swift POOLE in 1870, and discovered in 1872 he had committed bigamy. He had previously married Esther COLEMAN in Kadina South Australia in 1861. File covers 1872-1887 when he is found living as John MILLS with another wife and family.
MILLER, May, died at Warragul in 1897 from supposed abortion. Her dying deposition, on file, names George GIBSON, chemist of Carlton as performing the operation. She was employed in Melbourne, was 23 years old. Testimony of witnesses Mary DOWLING of La Trobe St. and Mrs. William INGLIS, baker of Richmond, also on file; no charge levied. 44 pages, List 40.
MILLER, Pauline, destitute in Mildura in 1896. Her husband Henry, charcoal burner, left for W.A. and doesn’t realize she can’t draw on the bank account. He is a German. Found in Perth. 5 pages, List 30.
MILLER, Thomas, wrote from Bootra Station near Broken Hill in 1902 re his mother and sister Mrs. SEARLE, who kept a hotel in Melbourne. Found. 16 pages, List 62.
MILLER, William. Discreet enquiries sought on behalf of General Sir F. HAINES in 1882. William was the son of General Miller, Madras Artillery, and was last heard of in Qld in 1880. He was aged 34; found. 5 pages, List 57.
MILLETT, Mrs. George, Maffra, wrote threatening letter to QC Purves in 1900. Police asked to keep an eye on her if she goes to Melbourne, and when she does report on her activities. Mention of her son being convicted of a crime. 20 pages, List 47.
MILLS, Miss Millie, writes from Launceston Tasmania in 1898, asking police to investigate P. SWAN who passed there as a single man. She has found he is married and his wife is in South Yarra. Police respond it is not their business. 2 pages, List 21.
MILSTON, Meyer of Wrightville via Cobar NSW, wrote in 1917 re his daughter Rachel, who left there suddenly and was believed to be in Melbourne; is concerned for her safety. Found. Photo and 7 pages, List 3. See instructions re cost of copying photographs.
MINCHINGTON, Mary, charged with concealment of birth and disposal of body at Fitzroy Coffee Palace in 1906; copies of testimonies given at inquest and trial on file. Names listed: Edward HANDS, night porter, Elizabeth McNAMARA, house maid, Emily ALDER, wife of proprietor. Large file with much duplication. List 50.
MING, Samuel, fell from lorry at Richmond in 1900 and injured; son Robert witnessed event. 4 pages, List 51.
MISSEN, Mrs. E., wrote from Paddington Sydney in 1904 re her unnamed 16 year old daughter, who has been living with Mrs. J. BLACKBURN of Fitzroy for four years as a companion. She wants her daughter returned, but the Blackburn family refuse. (Reply not on file). 4 pages, List 33.
MITCHELL, Edna Mary, 22 years, reported missing by her mother Laura M. Mitchell, Fitzroy, in 1928; believed to have gone off with married man – SLUICE. 6 photos on file, of her, view from top of house etc. 2 pages, List 59.
MITCHELL, George Charles. Wrote from Coolgardie Western Australia in 1906. On a ship back to Australia recently, he was told by an elderly passenger that poisoned rabbits were sold for human consumption at Bacchus Marsh in Victoria; writes to warn department. Police decline to act unless he names informer, but he refuses. 4 pages, List 3.
MITCHELL, John alias Charles THURGOOD or McKIE. Escaped from Ararat gaol in 1917, charged with false pretences. Had previous convictions in N.S.W. and Victoria. Born 1884 England, a journalist. Listing of his possessions which were sold by police. 19 pages.
MITCHELL, R. of Corowa, NSW, wrote in 1938 re alleged neglect and ill treatment of his unnamed son, who is living with his mother and Jack ROBERTS at Bowenvale near Maryborough, Victoria. 8 pages, List 2.
MITCHELL RIVER, Gippsland, flooded in 1900, damaging Lindenow, Bairnsdale etc. Description of police and resident actions. 18 pages, including newspaper article. List 46.
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MOBLEY, Thomas, sought by daughter Sarah, Laanecoorie in 1897; last heard of 3 months ago. He was 65 years old, a butcher. Found. 13 pages, List 41.
MOE SWAMP. Reports on series of fires deliberately lit there in 1898; locals suspected. Names mentioned: Frank and John BRAITHWAITE (13 and 15yrs old), Dorothy Ann BURKETT, George EVANS, James HENNESSY, George and Joseph HOUGH, Mr. HUNTER, Catherine LEISHMAN, and James WHITTON. 23 pages, List 7.
MOHABEER, Vincent. Herbalist, 1895. Letters on his behalf re non payment of debt ‘puts his faith in the power of God and the Bible, with a little assistance from police’.
MOLLER, Frederick Conrad. Deserted wife Rebecca in Sydney in 1908; is also known as MILLER, ARMSTRONG and CONRAD. 4 pages, List 5.
MOLLOY, Annie, Montague, assaulted by husband, taken to hospital, 1900. 2 pages, List 49.
MOLLOY, Catherine, died in lunatic asylum Beechworth in 1905 and buried at government expense. Relatives sought by authorities and identified as daughters Mrs. HICKEY and Alice McNALLY of Redfern. 9 pages, List 63.
MOLONEY, James, left Port Fairy in 1928 and not seen for a month. He was formerly manager of the Carlton Inn Hotel at Killarney and his wife was the licensee. He was addicted to drink, 30-42 years old. Photo with two of his children. 1 page, List 60.
MOLONY, J. D. A solicitor in Forbes N.S.W., he wrote in 1906 seeking police help in finding the death of Mary Ann FLANAGAN nee KEALY, who was first married to Charles EDWARDS in Yass in 1853, and had a daughter Mrs. LEGGE at Granya, and died there. Legge reports that her mother was Mrs. EDDY nee CALDWELL, but Molony writes that she was not married to Eddy. 13 pages, List 4.
MOLONY, John Thomas. Wrote from Torrington NSW in 1908 re his wife [unnamed] and child, believes she is living with George PERT; wants his daughter Blanche Molony back. 10 pages, List 5. CONNECTION FOUND
MONGER, T.C., publisher of San Remo Times. Complains of police treatment in 1898, several letters, newspaper cuttings etc. 50 pages, List 17.
MONTAGU, N.B., Commander H.M.S. Psyche, Sydney, enquires in 1910 whether Mrs. M. McINTOSH of Ballarat really needs the £15 of her son John’s wages that she has asked for. Detailed report on her circumstances and letter from her on file. 6 pages, List 24
MONTAGU, N.B., Commander H.M.S. Psyche, Sydney, enquires in 1910 whether Agnes ROBSON of Port Melbourne is dependent on Ord. Seaman Edgar ROBSON. 5 pages, List 24.
MOODY, A.C. Solicitor, Adelaide. Writes in 1902 re his wife Dora TAYLOR, formerly a barmaid, found in a brothel.
MOORE, Rev. Father Isaac, wrote from St. Ignatius, Richmond in 1895, seeking details of Patrick KEENAN, who arrived 1863, was formerly in the Royal Irish Constabulary, became a lunatic. Several men of that name identified. 8 pages, List 30.
MOORE, Delia of Newtown Sydney, wrote in 1905 re her husband John, who had deserted her and their young baby, and had left her 9 year old daughter Winnie with a Mrs J.H. McDONALD in St. Kilda. McDonald’s husband worked on ships; she traced to Sydney. 10 pages, List 3.
MOORE, Mrs. Maggie, wrote from Wolloongabbie, Brisbane in 1900 re a newspaper account of the death in Melbourne of Robert Moore; is it her husband, last seen 7 years ago when released from gaol. Somewhat faded photo on file. He was 34 years, from Northern Ireland, also known as IRITION. Police report no such death. 10 pages, List 43. See instructions re photograph copying.
MOORE, Robert Ernest, cook on H.M.S. Protector, c23 years, steals property of Robert BRUCE in 1919. Photo of Moore in naval uniform. 3 pages, List 21. See instructions re photograph copying.
MOORE, Mrs. Sarah, a widow of Jeffcott Nth near Donald, complained in 1918 that someone was annoying her at night. She lived alone, on 160 acres. Her brother James STRICKLAND, at Billery via Coonamble NSW is informed of police investigations. 10 pages, List 3.
MOORE, T., Glen Wills, complains in 1906 about Freeman & Wallace Institute who said their medicines would cure his back problems, but have not. 4 pages, List 26.
MOORE, William, shearer, deserted wife and 2 children in South Melbourne in 1892, born Victoria, c30 years, believed at Narrandera. 5 pages, List 38.
MOORE, Young, Water Board employee, Kangaroo Flat, went missing in 1897. Mother offers reward, but he is not found. 19 pages, List 40.
MORAN, Mrs. Elizabeth, wrote from Carlton in 1912, applying for a warrant for desertion by her husband James, who left her and their four children seven years ago. He was working in Sydney for David Jones & Co. NSW police interview him regarding providing support, but he declines and claims she deserted him and he is divorcing her, so no warrant issued. 5 pages, List 34.
MORAN, J.P., wrote from Sydney in 1907, complaining his wife had not replied to his letters. She and the children were living in Carlton. Located, she claims to be better off without him. 3 pages, List 44.
MORAN, James of Redfern, Sydney, wrote in 1917 re his wife Lizzie, the mother of James, Nellie, Richard, Elizabeth, Kitty and Florence. Found. 7 pages, List 3.
MORGAN, Darcy Lismore Trevellyan, 3 years, died on board S.S. Edina in 1896. Mother Ada Louisa, widow; death not suspicious. 5 pages, List 30.
MORGAN, Frederick James sought by sister Margaret, Toorak, in 1910. She hasn’t seen him since 1881, when he was 11 years old and went to live with family in Gippsland, following death of their mother, father had died 5 years previously. He was born in Launceston Tasmania. Not found. 9 pages, List 23.
MORGUE, MELBOURNE. Correspondence re cost and method of conveying bodies to, 1884.
MORGUE, RICHMOND. Correspondence re necessity for, 1865.
MORNING STAR HOTEL, Williamstown. Anonymous complaint in 1896 that licensee GRANT is trading on a Sunday. 6 pages, List 37.
MORRIS, Eric William Bray. Born 1914, mother Mildred claims she is married to father, but still married to – HOWARD. Court case.
MORRIS, Ethel. Mrs. E. Keefe, a neighbour, claims she is running a brothel at “Claretta” 38 Lennox St., Richmond. Several letters from Keefe and several police reports, 1902. 36 pages, List 12.
MORRIS, Louise, nee NORRIS, eft her husband Edward at Prahran c1900, taking her son George Edward PARKER, his son by a previous marriage Willie Leslie Morris, c18 years. In 1904 Edward asks police to find them, enclosing a photo of Willie. Not found. 5 pages, List 65.
MORRISH, Sarah, restaurant proprietor, Geelong, charges Estella Martha and Alex Gordon PENDER with fraud/larceny in 1906. 5 pages, List 50.
MORRISON, Amelia, Cobargo, NSW, wrote in 1905 re her uncle F. CHAMBERS, c80 years old, once wealthy but lost his fortune. Relatives found. 18 pages, List 64.
MORRISON, David. Living at 100 Arden St., North Melbourne in 1905, when a small fire breaks out. Report. 2 pages, List 17.
MORRISON, Janet. Mother Martha of Waterloo near Myrtleford, wrote to the CCP in 1888 re Constable FAIGH, who had seduced her daughter, and suggested an abortion when she became pregnant. She demands that he be forced to marry her. 5 pages, List 4.
MORROW, George Samuel, son of Henry, 6 years old in 1900, died suddenly at Port Melbourne. 2 pages, List 49.
MORSHEAD, Priscilla. Domestic servant, Bendigo, suicides, 1898. Large file re treatment of body, newspaper claims etc.
MORTENSEN, Hans. Employed as nightwatchman at river widening works at Heyington in 1930, an explosion occurred in the hut he occupied. The foreman of the works was John BRASHER and the contractor G.W. VAUGHAN. 6 pages, List 4.
MORTIMER, Mrs. E.J., wrote from Bendigo in 1900, asking if the Mortimer male killed in Sydney is her husband, last heard from 2 years ago in Sydney. He was 28 years. NSW police report the death was William, a wharf labourer, 34 years and married. She had moved when police tried to provide information, and file states she is a prostitute known as Jenny OPIE. 8 pages, List 44.
MORTON, James, trading as James ALLEN/ Charles CLARKE/Les BROWN, declared insolvent in 1928. List of debtors, many of whom deny claim, witness Eliza DAVIDSON loaned him money, her daughter became his fiancé. A very large file, List 59.
MORTON, Joseph, died at Gisborne in 1866. File re burial costs and property left. He has 2 sisters in Melbourne. 7 pages, List 35.
MOSS, M.A. Writes from Woolloomooloo Sydney in 1899 re G.H. Moss, son of Mrs. STERRY of the Gold Mine Hotel, Ironbark, who left here 3 years ago. She has 2 childrn and needs help. Police find Sterry who will not assist. 10 pages, List 17.
MOSS, Rosetta, Echuca East, shot herself in 1895 after argument with husband Alfred, and claimed Indian Hawker had done it; later admitted truth to brother Constable McCUBBIN. 13 pages, List 31
MOTTRAM, Samuel. Found dead in Clifton Hill by workman Albert HOOK in 1898. Employed as a groom, c27 years, addicted to drink. Letter from mother S. REYNOLDS of Newcastle NSW on file. 18 pages, List 18.
MOUNT WILLIAM GOLDMINERS CLUB. Report of illegal gambling and sale of liquor there in 1902 by Nathan J. RUBINOWICH and wife, who own a nearby hotel. Copy of Rules and Regulations on file; R. CAIL is secretary, Mrs. MOONEY is stewardess. 20 pages, List 61.
MULCAHY, Jane, renewed application in 1882 for compensation for the death of her brother Martin CHERRY accidentally killed at Glenrowan. 2 pages, List 57.
MULHOLLAND, John, suicided at Sandsmere near Kaniva in 1900. File re disposal of his assets. He was married with two children, but she had left him. 6 pages, List 45.
MULLALLEY, Charles. Child desertion, Sydney police write, 1884. Large file.
MULLINGER, William Jervois Bass, found dead in his bed in Box Hill in 1900, had been working for Mr. HILLIER, a draper. Believed to have sisters in the Channel Islands, and to have arrived in Melbourne about a year ago, after death of his wife. Photo on file. 8 pages, List 46.
MULLINS, Martin, 46 years, died at Mt. Margaret Hospital, W.A. in 1898. They seek details of sister Mrs. CAHILL of St. Kilda. Found. 4 pages, List 22.
MULLINS, Maude. Adopted infant illegitimate daughter of Martha COOK, at Women’s Hospital, 1901. She had no children of her own, is married to Thomas.
MUMMERY, A.G.F. and Kate. Write from Qld in 1906, asking police help in obtaining property of late George BROWN, who died in the Liverpool (NSW)Asylum, which was taken by Frank Mummery of Whitfield. 10 pages, List 3.
MUNDAY, Mrs. A., wrote from Dubbo NSW in 1895 re her sister Sabina TAYLOR, found married to Joseph SCOTT. 9 pages, List 25.
MURCHIALLI, Frances, wrote from Sydney in 1894 re her husband Peter M., who has been slow to pay maintenance; they have 3 children. Found, out of work. 8 pages, List 24.
MURDOCH, R.R. Wrote on letterhead of Wm Howard Smith & Sons, Melbourne, in 1900, re a silver watch and chain stolen while watching the celebrations for the Relief of Mafeking, 3 pages, List 14.
MURPHY, Arthur G., Carrum, 1914. Writes to CCP seeking employment, copies of references on file; was 7 years with New Zealand Herald, 6 pages, List 19.
MURPHY, B.T. O’D., wrote from North Road Brighton in 1896, complaining about Wren’s tote shops in Collingwood. Detailed police reports explain difficulty in proving offences. 36 pages, List 36.
MURPHY, Jeremiah. He and his brother William are sought by Mrs. Louisa KNIGHT of Collingwood in 1877. They and their sister Elizabeth were bought up in a Catholic orphanage in Emerald Hill [South Melb.]. Jeremiah would be now c23 yrs. Found. 27 pages, some very faint as ink has faded. List 5.
MURPHY, John, asks details of his background in 1896. He was admitted to the Industrial Schools in 1869 when five years old. Their records state mother Mary sent to prison then asylum and he admitted from Creswick, but local Watch House Charge book gives children’s names as Daniel and Henry. 25 pages, List 37.
MURPHY, Thomas Joseph. Wife Bridget wrote from Berrigan, NSW in 1908. He, under the name of CARMODY, lived there about a year with another woman, but sent her away when Bridget returned. She subsequently found out about the other woman, the pair quarrelled and he cleared out, leaving her destitute. She is crippled, has lost one of her hands etc. Three of his children are kept by Victorian State government.
MURRAY, F., Sydney, NSW, widow, wrote in 1905 re Oliver SMITH, was he staying at a hotel in Melbourne with a woman, if so he has committed bigamy. The writer’s sister is his wife and she has been keeping her and their two children for a year. 3 pages, List 64.
MURRAY, Georgena. Wrote from Wallsend in 1906 re her husband David who had deserted her and their boy. 6 pages, List 5.
MYERS, Hannah. Elderly woman, died in brothel of Ellen ROSE, Bendigo, 1886.
MYERS, Isaac, known as Nick. Escaped from military custody in 1919, while being bought to Melbourne; a Sapper, 40 yrs, well known in Adelaide as a hairdresser. One small photo and an enlargement of him in uniform on file. 12 pages, some repeats.
MYSLIS, J.H. [Joseph Hyman] Bailiff, Local Court, Coolgardie, wrote in 1896, asking for references from local police; he was for 13 years at Sorrento. This is done, and a thank you letter is on the file. 5 pages, List 36.
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NASH, William Charles Henry, licensee, Bush Inn, Carlton, charged with unlawful possession of 50 yards of silk in 1919. Acquitted, Customs Dept claims silk, and he writes agreeing not to claim it. 9 pages, List 27.
NATION, Mrs Maud, of Browns Plains near Chiltern, wrote in 1906, asking if a young man now in New Zealand, could join the police force without coming to Melbourne. 1 page, List 3.
NATIONAL MUSEUM (VICTORIA). Police report on finding of human bones in a hollow tree near Coleraine by Herbert JARRETT and Herbert MURTAGH in 1906. Bones subsequently identified as Aboriginal, and given to the museum. 10 pages, List 4.
NEALE, David Andoneran. Arrived Sydney 1839, then came to Victoria, used name GADSDON or GADSON, married and had family. 1902 enquiry.
NEEDHAM, Hercules, sought by mother M. of Leichardt, Sydney, in 1906. He left there in 1905; dying father wants to see him. 21 yrs. Not found. 6 pages, List 26.
NEEDLE, Martha. Charged with murder; file re exhumation of children etc.
NEELY, William. U.S. Consul in Melbourne wrote in 1896 on behalf of US friends. He was formerly at Beechworth. Found, almost a cripple. 5 pages, List 36.
NEILSON, Robert W., Penola, S.A., wrote in 1920 re his wife Maggie who took the baby and left there for Melbourne some time ago; has not returned home. Not found. 11 pages, List 69.
NELMES, Samuel Albert, Northcote. Writes strange letter in 1902. Report states he has an “ill-balanced brain” and gives his background. 9 pages, List 16.
NELSON, Mrs., Footscray, complains to chief commissioner of police in 1896 that her daughter Lizzie, a barmaid at the Portland Hotel in Russell St. Melbourne has ‘gone completely to the bad … has a fancy man William KENNEDY who has a criminal record’ etc. Very detailed report on Lizzie and the family; licensee Mrs. Ellen WAUGH mentioned. 8 pages, List 35.
NELSON, Peter, Beeac. Child Queeny died suddenly in 1898, 4 weeks old. Report on, not suspicious. 2 pages, List 22.
NELSON, Sarah. Master in Lunacy requests information on, admitted Collingwood Asylum in 1868. Husband Andrew is a Norweigan, real name A. Julius NIELSON; mother Mrs. BENNETT. 9 pages, List 4.
NELSON, Sarah. Mother died at Geelong, father left four children in Orphan Asylum. Sarah in service in Melbourne; alleged seduction of 15 year old Christine by Harry JEFFERYS, a sailor on the Cerebus, 1885.
NETHERSOLE, C.W. Series of letters in 1915 re Oliver MARKS, whose wife and child left him and went to the country. His daughter Dora took out a maintenance order, but Marks absconded. Nethersole critical of slowness of police action.
NEVINS, Wilton. A commercial traveller living in Camberwell, he was robbed by Stanley WITHEL, a friend of his domestic servant Annie SIMPSON in1913. File includes letter of thanks from Nevins. 13 pages, List 8.
NEWBOULD, Ethel, wrote from Footscray in 1912 re her husband Rupert, c. 25 years, bread carter, who had deserted her. She believed he was droving with Nelson MONTAGUE in NSW. Her father Thomas ALLITT guarantees to pay extradition costs. Warrant withdrawn when she divorces him in 1916. 14 pages, List 34.
NEWBURY, Frederick. Sister Mrs. S. PORTER, Erskinville Sydney, wrote in 1904; has heard he has been killed, seeks details which are provided. 6 pages, List 56.
NEWLANDS, Christina. Wrote from Melbourne in 1877 seeking her uncle William TOOMATH; found. 5 pages, List 5.
NEWMAN, Mrs. Emma. Deserted by husband James David Newman in 1898, living in a hut at Eldridge’s sawmill at Wahgunyah; due to give birth soon. Neighbour Mrs. HIGGINS writes to police re assisting her. File covers her trip to Melbourne and return, comment on his brother William at Benalla etc. 41 pages, List 16.
NEWMAN, Isabel. Suicided at Mordialloc in 1913, a baby farmer who had killed two infants. Other Newman family mentioned were Thomas Charles, Thomas Oldfield, Alice Annie and Isabel Collier, and other names were Dr Crawford H. MOLLISON, Mrs Amy TOPPIN and Mrs Dolly FOLEY. List 15.
NICHOLLS, Elizabeth, Long Gully, wrote several letters in 1904-05 re her husband Joseph who went to W.A. four years ago, and has stopped sending maintenance for her and their 5 children. 17 pages, List 64.
NICHOLLS, Ernest A., Constable, Sydney, wrote in 1912 asking for help to find his sister Fanny Adelaide, not heard from for 2 months. She was employed by Mrs. EWINS of Aspendale. Photo on file. 4 pages, List 34. (See Explanation about ordering photos.)
NICHOLLS, John. Herbal specialist. False registration of eight children, Mrs. Sophia DENNIS involved. Large file covering 1894-1898.
NICHOLLS, W.A., Ararat, 1902. Applies to join force, served in South Africa. 1 page, List 12.
NICHOLS, W. Writes from Regina Canada in 1898; is a member of the North West Mounted Police, with five years experience, is 30yrs, applies to join police in Victoria. 1 page, List 7.
NICOLSON, Charles William Balfour, 38 years, station manager; secret enquiries sought by wife in Toorak in 1902. Had been in Sydney. She believes he is with Fanny MOSS nee MARTIN. Several letters on file. 13 pages, List 62.
NICHOLSON, Rev. Joseph, Maryborough, Victoria. Series of letters in 1905 re local betting arrangements at Highland Society, and copies of newspapers. Large file, List 52.
NICHOLSON, L.M. Sought in 1898 by daughter Maggie Grace Nicholson of Dromana, last heard of in Elsternwick. 10 pages, List 21.
NICOL, Andrew, left Melbourne for Dulbery NSW in 1895, c25 years, a Scot. Information sought by Mrs. WEST of West Melbourne, ‘he is wanted very urgent.’ Found. 8 pages, List 30.
NICOLELLA/NICOLETTA, Nicola. Italian Consul wrote in 1905 on behalf of his mother who was anxious about him, hadn’t heard for a year, he was cc 22 years old. 8 pages, List 9.
NIGHTINGALE, John Hollier, file re his damaging a railway bridge at Moorabool, brothers George and Frederick SCALES witnesses. 14 pages, List 13.
NIVEN, Colin, grazier, Moyerisk, did not register daughter Isabel Kate, born in 1900, until 1901, in order to avoid vaccination. File re possible prosecution. 15 pages, List 52.
NOACK, Friedrich Wilhelm. German Consul Melbourne seeks death certificate in 1908; born 1807 Schoneberg, believed died Victoria 1888. 3 pages, List 5.
NOBLE, John, Richmond, queries the medical rejection of his application to join police force in 1905, asks reconsideration. 7 pages, List 69.
NORMAN, Arthur, complains to the Governor he was taken out of prison in 1895, and to Malvern Court without being able to change out of gaol clothes, which told against him in subsequent court case. 10 pages, List 26.
NORTH, Mrs. A., wrote from King Lake in 1899 re her sister – ANDERSON, who had gone into service at Kirkella Station near Stawell. Due to return home to her mother in Prahran, she had not done so. Mother, a German, was worried. Found. 9 pages, List 49.
NOTMAN, Thomas and wife, Lancefield. Adopt a child abandoned on their doorstep in 1867. 6 pages, List 35.
NOTT, A. South Yarra, 1920 letter requesting return of pea rifle confiscated from son Oswald by Healesville Court. 4 pages, List 3.
NUBIE, Lizzie. Qld. Aborigine, c18 years old, working as a nurse girl at Wycheproof, 1898. Alleges rape by Hugh Anderson; he acquitted. Gives birth to a child but it dies.
NUGENT, Jane, charged Thomas WHITFIELD with deserting his illegitimate child in 1894. He was a miner, 27 years, whose parents were in Creswick area. In 1896 he was arrested at Ensay. 28 pages, List 42.
NUGENT, John, Irish, shoemaker, c48 years, deserted wife at Brooklyn near Footscray in 1892. Found interstate, but unable to support her. 6 pages, List 38.
NUTTALL, Florence, left mother in Myrtleford and took a job in Melbourne in 1903. A.T. HUGHES writes on behalf of her mother who is German and can’t write in English. She wants her daughter sent home. 4 pages, List 69.
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OAKLEY, Thomas. Writes threatening letter to Dr. Louis HENRY of Melbourne, who goes to police. Has a grievance against his father the late David Henry over a legacy. 8 pages, List 16.
O’BRIEN, Elizabeth, formerly married to – SKUDDEN and living in Echuca, sought in 1898 by Thomas CLARKE, auctioneer etc., Walgett, NSW. Found. 5 pages, List 21.
O’BRIEN, Laurie, child, of Bridge Road Richmond, found a wallet and money in 1919. It was handed to police but not claimed, so given to him. He was to share part of the proceeds with friend Basil CHARLESTON. 7 pages, List 3.
‘OCEANA’ GOLD ROBBERY. Sydney, 1897, £5,000 stolen. Very large file.
O’CONNOR, John, sought by brother P.J., Rokewood, Sydney NSW, in 1905, not heard from since 1870, had been in Victoria police years ago, would be c59 years. Not found. 13 pages, List 64.
O’CONNOR, William George. Port Melbourne. Bomb thrown at his house, 1928. 1 page, List 4.
O’DONNELL, Michael, wrote from Fitzroy in 1906. He is the eldest son of Sgt. D. of the Detective Force, wants to join police. He is a trained pen and ink sketcher; is under age. 4 pages, List 26.
O’DONOHUE, James, a patient in Yarra Bend Asylum in 1900, he wrote asking about property left at Walhalla. He was subsequently discharged and wanted it sent to Port Fairy. 11 pages, List 44.
O’DONOHUE, Michael, c60 years, native of Co. Cavan Ireland. Information sought by eldest son James in 1895, has heard that he died on the W.A. goldfields; requests that reply be sent to his mother at Yambuk Mrs. C. O’Donohue interviewed and states that her husband deserted her 24 years ago, that James has recently been released from a lunatic asylum and that he is possibly delusional. 6 pages, List 29.
O’FARRELL, Peter Andrew Charles. Threats to William LANE of St. Kilda, 1886. Further file 1886. Taken to hospital by police 1898, died destitute a few days later; former solicitor who attempted to shoot Archbishop Goold.
O’FARRELL, P.A.C. Discharged from gaol in 1884 and kept under surveillance by police. Letters from various R/C officials, and an 1863 letter from O’Farrell on file. A very large file, covering 1884/85. List 56.
OGLE, Arthur, accidentally killed on railway near Leongatha in 1901; file re burial expenses etc., had sister in Geelong. 10 pages, List 51.
O’GORMAN, Thomas. Morwell, 1898. Two letters re joining the police force; rejected on medical reasons. 4 pages, List 7.
O’GRADY, M., applied in 1879 to be reinstated in Victoria Police force. 1 page, List 55.
O’GRADY, Thomas Joseph. His wife Elizabeth writes from Yass in 1906. They were married in 1895 and have three children. She has heard that he has married Lenna MACK. He has a sister Mrs. Ellen MOONEY in Footscray. 9 pages, List 4.
O’HARE, James, 69 years, husband of Ann, arrested for being drunk and disorderly, took poison and died in Melbourne police cell, 1906. Report on case. 13 pages, List 34.
OHEBERG, Erick William. Information sought by wife at Somerville in 1901, he was 38 years, a Swede, a traveller for a nursery, and not heard from for a year. Faded photo of him with a bike is on file. 2 pages, List 52.
O’KANE, Mrs. Wrote from Sydney in 1910 re her husband Richard, timber worker, 46 years, has brothers Harry and Bernard; he has deserted her. 15 pages, List 24.
O’KEEFE, Daniel, wrote from Rowsley in 1900. He was a candidate for the force, and asked if he needed to transfer a lease of land at Glenmore Station before being admitted. 1 page, List 44
OLD, Ernest, Dingee, 1902, applies to join force, fought in South Africa, is a racing cyclist. 2 pages, List 12.
O’LEARY, Mrs. Catherine, wrote strange letter to police from Yabba Yabba near Dookie in 1900; locals give her a bad character. 8 pages, List 46.
O’LEARY, Daniel, wrote from Donald in 1896 re alleged rape of girl PARKER by William MORGAN, son of her employer. Mrs. Morgan is proprietor of the Donald Times and he claims local police are friendly with her. Detailed report on situation includes statement that Morgan horsewhipped O’Leary, who owns a rival newspaper. 9 pages List 35.
OLERHEAD, E.M., wrote from Salisbury West via Inglewood in 1896; re Angus K. STOCKTON. Refers to previous letter which is not on file. Writes of maintenance of an illegitimate child. Not found. 8 pages, List 37.
OLFE, M. Wrote from Adelaide in 1888 re her husband J.D.M., a watchmaker. Police report states that she is really only trying to confirm his death and he has attempted suicide several times. 3 pages, List 5.
OLIPHANT, Arthur, East Melbourne. Private enquiry sought by Admiral Sir Harry RAWSON, Government House Sydney, in 1903; he had applied for employment there, as he knew his father in China many years ago. Detailed report given ‘had been wild and extravagant’ in his youth. 8 pages, List 67.
OLIVER, Mrs. nee BROCKHOUSE, living with father in Preston after her husband Samuel, 32 years, iron moulder, left her and their 3 children and went to Queensland. Asks police to find him. 8 pages, List 36.
OLIVER, George, 70 years, died suddenly at George Hotel Williamstown; sister was Sarah Gibbs Oliver. Child Bessie FAIRFOUL found him; licensee is Jennie GORDON. 4 pages, List 51.
O’MAHONY, Edward. Wrote from O’Mahony’s Creek, Lardner in 1894, complaining of the treatment he received by a local constable. Comment on his character. 17 pages, List 13.
O’MALLY, Charles. Wife Doris reports him missing from his home at McKinnon in 1928. He was a signalman, 46 years. Small damaged photo on file. List 61.
O’NEILL, John, died in Melbourne hospital in 1894, 35 years old, not known to people, so photograph taken. Family in Rushcutters Bay NSW identify the photo as being the son of Patrick and Julia nee Holloway, born at Sydney, and give history. Letters re his being given a proper burial. 25 pages plus faded copy of the photo. List 41.
O’NEILL, John, bootmaker, 17 years, and George LAYTON, hired a jinker and horse from COFFEY BROS. of Richmond and took it to Shepparton where they abandoned it after trying to sell it. Charged with larceny. Witness James TALLANT, Coffey employee. 8 pages, List 27.
ONSLOW, Daisy Bell, child of Adelaide Louisa, committed to Industrial School in 1900 after being found to be neglected. File re conveyance there from Yackandandah. 12 pages, List 47.
OPIUM DENS. Report on 3 in and off Lt. Bourke St., Melbourne in 1895. ‘Male Europeans who smoke are of the fairly respectable or working class … the women are nearly all prostitutes, but while here they are invariably sober and noting to complain of … Opium Dens are visited by smokers for one purpose, of having a quick smoke only … not used for immoral purpose.’ List 31.
ORD, George. File re paying for his stillborn child, born at Shepparton in 1894; he is working on the railways. 15 pages, List 4.
O’REILLY, Bessie & James. Charged with murder of child Elizabeth at Ballarat, acquitted, 1901. Large file.
O’REILLY, Isabel, 14 years, sent from Perth to Melbourne by her stepmother Bell ANDREWS in 1912. Andrews subsequently wrote to police that she had received a letter from Isabel, alleging ill-treatment on the part of her sister Mrs. HALL. Another sister Mrs. SAUNDERS named on file. Detailed report shows that Isabel had been taken from a convent by Andrews 5 years previously and looked after. 8 pages, List 33.
O’RORKE, L.M. Wrote from Carlton in 1907, applying to join C.I.D. Formerly a detective in the Johannesburg Town Police, but retrenched, previously in Thorneycroft’s Mounted Infantry. Married, 30 years. 4 pages, List 22.
O’ROURKE, Patrick. Large file re his death in 1906. Annie BROGAN involved, letters to her on file.
OSBALDESTON, Francis, ‘sailmaker on board the Livington on the articles Francis Graham’ writes re a ‘great wrong’ in 1899. He can transmit his thoughts over long distances and receive same from others, but some have been sending foul and childest thoughts, and he blames the Prince of Wales. He has also written to Scotland Yard about it. 2 pages, List 19.
OSBORN, Joseph, Bendigo, jeweller. Wife Alswitha wrote from Fitzroy, in 1895 alleging his involvement with various criminal activities. He writes that she has deserted him and their children, is mentally unwell; police agree. 13 pages, List 25.
OSBORNE, Henry James. Sought by Mary, whom he married at Tamworth in 1896 and left shortly after. She has found he has another wife, Isabella. Not found. 14 pages, List 20.
O’SHEA, Timothy. Suicided at Kerang in 1906. Father at Wagga Wagga seeks details; letter from brother Michael on file. 18 pages, List 3.
OSTON, Charles August, boot maker, sought by sister Mrs. O.A. BUCKWELL of Sydney in 1917. Found. 11 pages, List 70.
O’SULLIVAN, K., wrote from Bright in 1904, asking details of her husband Cornelius William, who left two years ago, and was last head of at Walhalla. He was living with a half caste Chinese in Fitzroy under the name of RYAN and had a child there. Was about 35 years of age. Not found. 4 pages, List 33.
OTTENSON/OTENSON, Michael. Information sought by Imperial Russian Consul, Melbourne, in 1895. Last heard of at Drysdale. Found. 5 pages, List 30.
OTWAY, Benjamin. His wife writes from Creswick to Scotland Yard, thinks he may have committed bigamy in England. They reveal he is a suspect in a murder there in 1897, is found to be a habitual criminal, with an alias of Joseph THOMBLIN. Has a brother Charles. File covers 1897-1904. 40 pages, 2 almost illegible, including sketches of him. List 10.
OXENHAM, William. Daughter Gertrude writes from Paddington Sydney in 1898, asking for discreet enquiry whether he is still alive; mother is still paying his insurance. Second letter states he has written, no need for search. 2 pages, List 22.
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PAGE, Gladys. Writes from Brisbane in 1920. She is 19 years old and pregnant to Captain Edward MacMILLAN; seeks police help in finding him.
PAGE, Mrs. Mary, West Melbourne, deserted by husband Henry in 1903, leaving her and three children destitute and starving. Report on case. 11 pages, List 67.
PAGE, Thomas. Wife Annie writes from Adelaide, hasn’t heard from him for 9 mths; he is a railway carpenter, 42 yrs, born Gloucester England. 6 pages, List 5.
PALM, Elizabeth, wife of Maurice, dentist, wrote from Perth in 1912 regarding her mother Elizabeth Ellen McLAREN, living in South Melbourne, who needed to go into care somewhere. She was from Edinburgh Scotland and had no other family here. 25 pages, List 32.
PALMER, Harry, born Portsmouth England. Sought in 1908 by A. ROYLE of Qld who had been asked by Palmer’s sister Lizzie to help find him. Harry was last heard of 20 years before, then had a hotel in Sandhurst. Police find he had died, but locate his widow and son. 9 pages, List 10.
PALMER, Lindsay Clarence and Clarence Roy CAULFIELD, jockey, both of Carlton, travelled to Watchem and broke into shop of WARNE & GREEN in 1928. Arrested, tried and gaoled. Files includes two letters from Palmer and one from his mother, copy of evidence etc. Large file, List 59.
PALMER, W.T., ironmonger, Ferguson St. Williamstown. Two coloured letterheads on file relating to purchases by local police, along with illustration of stoves by R. DURRANT. 2 pages and 1 page, List 40.
PANKHURST, Adele. Anti conscription brochure on file, report on her speech.
PARAVICINI, Andrew, charged with indecent assault on 7 year old Lucy May McALLISTER at Barry’s Reef in 1897. Warning: This large file has graphic details. List 65.
PARKER, Christopher. Sought by Agent General in 1888, a tinsmith. Found interstate. 8 pages, List 5.
PARKER, Jennie, 17 years old, wrote in 1903 asking police to find her mother. She is the daughter of William and Mary nee BRANAGAN, and ‘was stolen from my home by my father’ c15 years ago. She has siblings William and Samuel, and her mother was the daughter of Daniel of Scotland. Not found. 7 pages, List 65.
PARKER, Robert R.B., arrested at Government House in 1903 and committed to an asylum. Detailed report on circumstances. 14 pages, List 66.
PARSONS, J.M. of Brooklyn Tinning St. Brunswick, thanks police in 1920 for helping his wife who took ill on a tram. 6 pages, List 24.
PARSONS, James. In 1899 an unknown male was found dead at Talbot. Letters found on the body refer to a sister at Abbotsford. W.O. STACEY, his brother in law arrives to identify body, but it has already been interred. From description he confirms identity, but problems arise in trying to get death certificate amended. Detailed background of Parsons given. 29 pages, List 16.
PARTRIDGE, Charles. Formerly a tobacconist, c74years old, with a one son who is a butcher. Information sought by James WORTLEY of Brisbane, 13 pages, List 10.
PATE, Mrs. C. c/- Albert Park Coffee Palace, wrote in 1917, complaining that noisy youths next door to her property ‘Mon Repos’ in Mentone were upsetting her tenants. 2 pages, List 70.
PATEN, Agnes Maud, Fremantle, WA, wrote in 1905 re her husband Henry James Paten, c48 years, who left over two years ago and had only sent a small amount of money since for maintenance. Found, he wanted her to join him in Victoria, but she refused. 7 pages, List 65.
PATERSON, Ellen, attempted suicide at North Melbourne in 1910; 48 years, wife of Robert, an engineer at Newport workshop; children William and Martha. 8 pages, List 23.
PATERSON, George Beal, Newcastle NSW wrote in 1915 re Ivy WALDRON of Raywood. They had married after only knowing each other a short time, and she had left shortly afterward, taking some of his money. Interviewed, she gives a different version of events. 10 pages, List 54.
PATON, David, swagman, drowned at Kyabram in 1900. Report states received remittances from Mr. KING of Beath, Schuss & Co, and he pays burial expenses. 10 pages, List 47.
PATTENDEN, Mrs. F. of Neutral Bay Sydney, wrote in 1918 re Elizabeth CHAFFEY, last heard in Brisbane. Her widowed invalid mother is anxious to find her; not found. 4 pages, List 3.
PATTERSON, Alexander. Victorian Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children reports that he has illtreated a child named Bertie RICKETTS at Mornington in 1898. Police report. 5 pages, List 3.
PATTERSON, David. Complains in 1919 that the woman he married in 1917, Agnes McWHINNIE, committed bigamy as her first husband was still alive when they married. Two marriage certificates on file, one with Patterson, the other with Albert Edwin SHEPPERD. Patterson described as ‘eccentric’. 16 pages.
PATTERSON, Frank, wanted for embezzlement on Edward Francis HUGHES at Casterton, in 1906. Real name believed to be Francis GOURLEY; actor, believed to be appearing under name Herbert LINDEN in ‘The Fatal Wedding’ a flyer for which is on file. Photo and 8 pages, List 50.
PATTON, James. Sought by brother John of Cootamundra in 1904; not found. 6 pages, List 12.
PAUL, E. Sought by police in 1913 over fraud on Royal Bank in Melbourne by an N. Paul. He and a Mr. GOTOBED were farmers in Langwarrin; faded photo of the two of them in front of a tent. File is incomplete; 5 pages, List 8. See comment below re cost of photographs.
PAULL, Mrs. Charity, Tarilta. Her hotel and post office burnt to the ground in 1896, only partially insured. Thomas GEORGE and Herbert WHARTON fined for letting off crackers. Witness statements from Alice SPENCER (nee Paull), William James GEDDES, Edmund DUNSTAN. 29 pages, List 35.
PAYNE, Thomas, fruit grower, Seville, attempted suicide in 1906. File covers details and whether to charge him or not; no. 6 pages, List 34.
PAYNTING, George Jnr. File re charge of receiving stolen property at Eaglehawk, 1880. Witnesses William CRACK, Thomas GIST, William LEWIS give evidence. Case dismissed. 18 pages, List 2.
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PEACOCK, H.A., Sydney, wrote in 1903 re his 15 year old daughter Ethel, who had run off, possibly with – NICHOLLS; her mother had recently died. Police establish they had tried to marry at Lancefield. 3 pages, List 66.
PEACOCK, Dr. Samuel. Anonymous letter from Cape Town, 1902, alleges he is an abortionist. Police report on his activities.
PEACOCK, Dr. Samuel, advised in 1900 he was adopting his late brother’s children Ethel Knox, Vera Knox, John Knox and William Knox Peacock. 5 pages, List 47.
PEARCE, R., bootmaker, Kyneton, in 1903 asks police to help get his 19 year old daughter to return home. Detailed report on family shows the mother is an invalid; daughters Helen and Ethel mentioned. 6 pages, List 66.
PEARSON, Helen. Daughter of William of Caulfield, claims child is too ill to be vaccinated in 1893, but still has not been done in 1895, when he is at Wodonga. 16 pages, List 29.
PEGUS, S.G., Maytown, Cooktown, Qld, wrote in 1894, asking if the ‘Civiate Remedial Agency’ Dr George Walsh, 131 Collins St., Melbourne was genuine, of a ‘quack’ organisation. 8 pages, List 13.
PEIRCE, William. Died in Bendigo Hospital in 1881. File re expenses of burial. 6 pages, List 2.
PEKIN, Mrs., Richmond, 1898. Husband begs local constable Thomas C. KELLY, who is off duty, to help him get her to Abbotsford Convent to dry out, she is a drunkard. Neighbours petition, complaining about his actions. Report on case. 18 pages, List 22.
PENCO, Francesco. Italian Consul in Melbourne writes on his behalf; he is working at Yarraville and has been threatened by his workmates. 6 pages, some very faint as ink has faded, List 5.
PENNEY, Mrs. James A., wrote from Queenbeyan NSW in 1906 re relative Daniel McCAULEY, carpenter,w ho had not answered her letters; is her only living relative in Australia on her father’s side. Found. 3 pages, List 27.
PENTRIDGE GOVERNOR. Unsuccessful attempt by police in 1894 to identify printer of scandalous verse being circulated about the governor, J? BULL. Copy of the poem on the file. 5 pages, List 3.
PEPPER, John. Wife Elizabeth wrote from Charlton in 1895, asking police to help get him to pay maintenance. He was in Fremantle. Her baby had died, she is living with her parents KNIGHTS. Medical bills on file, also death certificate of Lydia Pepper, 3 months. Police report less than flattering. The family had been in Melbourne; her mother Lydia Knights nee SHARP ran a brothel in Charlton and a man named CLARK has been paying maintenance on the child; false information has been supplied on the death certificate. Clark’s mother Mrs. BANNON received a letter demanding money, even though the child had died. Pepper sends money. 37 pages, List 28.
PEPPER, Elizabeth, alleges husband John tried to poison her in Fremantle WA in 1895; hands sample of tea to government chemist and it is found to contain arsenic. Now living with mother Lydia KNIGHTS (taken name of de-facto) in Richmond Vic. W.A. police send a detailed report, including that she was pregnant to another man when she joined her husband in WA, that a Deed of Separation had been drawn up and that her claims were false according to near neighbours. 25 pages, List 27.
PERCEVAL, Dr. Montague W.C. Information sought by wife Jane, c/- Rev. E. HIGGINS, Koroit in 1905; hasn’t sent maintenance since 1903. He is a grandson of the Hon Spencer Perceval, formerly British Prime Minister and his brother will be the Earl of Egmont, and has been living with a Mrs. PORTEOUS. She is a sister of Col. TEMPLETON. Scotland Yard report that he has recently married there. 15 pages, List 65.
PERCIVAL, [PERCEVAL?] Mrs, Hawthorn, widow of a barrister, has two sons. Police receive anonymous letter in 1901 re a girl she has adopted. She explains circumstances; child is 9 year old Mary KEELY from Hay, NSW, and she had been abandoned by her father. Her mother had two illegitimate children by another man. 5 pages, List 49.
PERKIN, William, Carlton, applied in 1881 to be reinstated in Victoria Police force. 2 pages, List 55.
PERMAN, Tom, Gaiety Theatre, Melbourne, charged with overcrowding the theatre in 1904; letter from him on file. 15 pages, List 56.
PETERS, R.A., Corinella, Western Port, asks when he will be called into police force, is on waiting list. 1 page, List 20.
PHELPS, Thomas, deserted wife Margaret and children at Camperdown NSW in 1906. Found with brother. 13 pages, List 69.
PHELPS, Thomas William, deserted wife Margaret and 3 children at Camperdown Sydney in 1906; they are destitute. Found. 7 pages, List 69.
PHILLIPS, Thomas, sentenced to 3 months gaol at Blackwood in 1865 for assaulting his wife. Memorial asking for early release, is a small farmer and he will be ruined if he can’t plant his crop. Signs with an X. 2 pages, List 34.
PHILLIPS, William ‘Boxer’ taken to hospital in 1900 after being found drunk in the street and delusional, but died there. 2 pages, List 47.
PHILLIPS, William, deserted wife Catherine at Ulverstone Tasmania c1895. In 1904 a Victorian constable reported that he had married again and was living at Maffra. Established that no warrant was ever issued for the desertion. 5 pages, List 56.
PHILLIPSON, Walter John, 62 years, ‘a mining man’ deserted wife Rose Ann in Sydney in 1912. Not found. 6 pages, List 35.
PHILMORE, Gordon Gregory, son of farmer at Jan Juc, died while parents were taking him to hospital at Geelong; police decide inquest unnecessary. 3 pages, List 30.
PIANTI, Pietro. Committed suicide at Walhalla in 1882. File re burial, creditors etc. List 57.
PICKERING, C., of Pickering and Haldane, Hull England, wrote in 1899 re his cousin Thomas CHERRY, who regularly corresponded but hasn’t been heard from for some time. Found in Melbourne. 4 pages, List 38.
PICKUL, Leiser. Russian Consul in Melbourne wrote in 1896, seeking details of this man, a Russian Jew, tailor, keeping company with a Miss CALDER. His wife and family are in Russia. Found as PEACOL. 9 pages, List 35.
PIERCY, H., Wrote from Bourke NSW in 1895, applying to join police force, he was 25 yrs old. 2 pages, List 26.
PIGDON FAMILY. Queenscliffe. Correspondence re charge of neglecting children, 1898.
PIGEONNEAU, -., French Consul, Melbourne, asked for a good conduct certificate for his son George Ferdinand, who was going to enlist in the French army in 1910. Copy of certificate on file. 3 pages, List 54.
PILSTER, John, wrote from Queensland in 1905. His mother had died and his father deserted him. His aunt Mrs. R.A. WARREN of Richmond Vic., has told him that he has a brother Charles, known as MILLETT. Asks police help to find them. 7 pages, List 8.
PIMBLETT, James, charged at Hamilton with carnal knowledge in 1895, along with unnamed father in law. Trial postponed, allowed out on bail. 4 pages, List 28.
PINKERTON, John. Foster (Gippsland) police report that he has applied to join force, but is not suitable ‘is only half witted & has no education’. 4 pages, List 6.
PINKUS, Mr. and Mrs. Henry, caring for Eva, Ivy and Ethel LAUGHTON in Bendigo in 1896. Anonymous letter claims they are being ill-treated. 9 pages, List 37.
PIPER, Charles, sought by wife Ellen, Granville NSW in 1905. He left her and their child without support; three letters on file. He ws a plate layer on the railways, 53 years. 14 pages, List 64.
PIZARS, Sabina. Left her home in Geelong with Eileen KEATING, to visit sailors in Williamstown in 1913, both teenagers; parents alert police. 3 pages, List 8.
PLANCKE, Aloyse/Louis, sought by Belgian Consul in Melbourne in 1877; hasn’t been heard of since 1873. Found. 8 pages, List 5.
PLAYHOUSE, Prince’s Bridge, Melbourne. Theft of cash register from confectionary shop leased by Mrs. BAXTER in 1919. Secretary writes confidentially to police that caretaker John WHYTE reported theft; Baxter had been given notice to quit, they suspect her. 6 pages, List 27.
PLUMMER, J.B. of Kogarah NSW, asked police to find his daughter Alice Maud GODDARD in 1908. She had a son William. Found. 4 pages, List 4.
POLLARD, Arthur. Proprietor of Lilliputian Opera Co. Wife writes from Qld re his address, 1909. List 4.
POLLIE, Indian hawker, took ill and died at St. Arnaud hospital in 1895. Ali ACKBER/ACKEBER, wrote from Bendigo, claiming his possessions. 5 pages, List 29.
POLLOCK, Alexander. Charged with murder of Thomas C. BRUNER at Queenscliff, 1899. Large file, List 3.
POLLOCK, Robert Manderson Leckie, deserted his wife and children at Marrickville and went to Melbourne c1900. He was formerly in Brisbane. File contains letter from wife and his sister Mrs. E.RIGNEY. 23 pages, List 49.
POND, Dick, young child, alleges father shot someone and disposed of body in dam at Springhurst in 1894. Detailed report of investigation, story dismissed. Names mentioned: Mathew and Caspar MEYER, Thomas SINCLAIR, Robert CANNING, Roderick McLEAN (a youth). 26 pages, List 13.
POPE, Phillip, 14 years, shot and killed his younger brother Jack, 10 years at Moorabbin in 1928. Traced by police, arrested and found insane, so placed in care. In 1931 police discuss what to do with the murder weapon. This is a large file. List 60.
POPE, Rose, 16 years, living with uncle William Henry RANDELS in Brighton, was returning from her father’s house in Footscray when indecently assaulted on a train in 1899. 10 pages, List 41.
POPPENS, William, licensee of the Melbourne Hotel, Bourke St. objects in 1900 to being charged with trading after hours. Police report that Fanny HOSKINS, who lived in a nearby wine shop, was seen leaving his premises with bottles, and others found on premises. 4 pages, List 44.
PORTER, Annie, born Poowong 1892, birth never registered by father Hugh, a labourer; brothers Hugh and Henry, born Drouin, may not have been registered either. 4 pages, List 39.
PORTER, John, Constable 3261, left force in 1887. In 1901 asks for a copy of his discharge papers, is leaving for overseas. 2 pages, List 52.
POSNER, Mrs. M., wrote from Marickville, Sydney in 1900 re her ex husband Maurice, a dentist, who went by the name of PARK, and owed maintenance. 4 pages, List 46.
POSSET, Eugene. Murdered, inquest and trial brief, 1894. James C. WATSON and Alfred DOUGLAS suspected.
POTTER, Daniel. Wife writes from Parramatta NSW in 1883, he deserted her in 1875; had been in NSW police force.
POTTICARY, Mary. Sydney solicitor writes in 1895 on behalf of her husband Richard who is concerned he hasn’t heard from her. She kept an umbrella repair shop in Bendigo, and her maiden name was SHADWELL. Found. 16 pages, List 29
POTTICARY, Richard, writes from Sydney in 1897 re wife Mary, last heard from in Eaglehawk. Found, she refuses to have anything to do with him; he left her 3 year ago. 7 pages, List 25
POULTENEY, Zephaniah. Alfred MAYNE reports to Melbourne police in 1908 that Poulteney, recently released from a lunatic asylum, had threatened to follow his wife to Tasmania and shoot her. Tasmanian police alerted and find that the wife is staying with her stepfather, MEREDITH at Oyster Cove, but had met with him in Hobart where his mother lived. 12 pages, List 10. CONNECTION FOUND.
POULTON, Alfred, of Korumburra, committed to gaol in 1904 for failure to pay maintenance on children Beatrice May, Edith Jane and Frederick FIRTH, whose mother had died. Also had a child by Mrs. Honora TILBY. 10 pages, List 10.
POUND, Edwin James, sexton of Runmnymede Cemetery, writes in 1910 re account of Wilhelm HAGEDORN who dug grave of old-age pensioner William BRANKSON. 3 pages, List 24.
POWELL, Giles, applied in 1879 to be reinstated in Victoria Police force; refused. 5 pages, List 55.
POWER, Henry/Harry. 1870 file re trial. 1887 complaint from his sister Mrs. SLATER of Oakleigh, that local constable is bringing people to see him – he is living with her.
POWER, William. Printed statement setting out his request to be reinstated in the Victoria Police Force in 1877; joined 1854. 8 pages, List 55.
PRAHRAN, 244 Chapel Street, small fire there in 1900, occupied by Wilhelmina KRIMPOTICA as a restaurant. 2 pages, List 50.
PRANDONI, Jack. Applied for employment with MLC Assurance Co., in 1912, citing police as reference. They report he was briefly a revenue agent with sly grog selling cases, but is unsuitable for employment. He was born in northern Italy. 5 pages, List 32.
PREECE, Joseph, tailor, Auburn, fined for failure to vaccinate daughter Maud in 1900. 20 pages, List 51.
PRENDERGAST, Therese, 19 years, very easily led astray, left home in Sydney in 1898; sought by sister Mary McLEOD of Auburn. Not found. 14 pages, List 23.
PRENTICE, Mrs. J.E., wrote from South Melbourne in 1898, on black bordered paper. Her husband had just renewed his car registration and licence when he died; seeks a refund of money. Refused. 2 pages, List 22.
PRENTICE, William Edward. Lodges complaint in 1918 about his treatment by police. He is a returned soldier. Report states he went to the South African War, was associated with the Whitton episode [Breaker Morant], and sentenced to death. Detail of his criminal activities. 11 pages.
PRESTON, Mrs. Hannah, wrote from Hindmarsh South Australia in 1898, is a ‘brokenhearted wife, mother and sister’. Looking for sister Ellen GWYNNE, who came from the UK c13 years ago, and was last heard of in 1893, using mother’s maiden name of HARDINGHAM. Hannah is the mother of 15, 7 of which are alive. Mentions daughter Maude Elizabeth who married John Henry WHITE, but ‘does not bear a good name in Society.’ Is critical of her own husband ‘a human beast more than a man’. 23 pages, List 17.
PRESTON, Walter Charles, born New Zealand 1905, son of James George. In 1928 came to Australia and used the name Walter KIMBER to compete in professional running events, winning quite a lot of money. Officials suspicious so police investigation followed. Photo of him in running gear on file. 43 pages, List 59. See introduction re copying of photographs.
‘PREUSSEN’. Quarantined 1887; engineer VON RUTI escapes.
PRICE, Jane and brother Arthur, accidentally killed in Beech Forest in 1896. Two page report. List 37.
PRICE, Thomas, died in 1893 at Southern Cross Hospital ,Western Australia of consumption. Lillie McILWRAIN wrote from Clydebank Sale in 1895 on behalf of his sister Elizabeth, her employee, who has heard that he has died and left some assets. 8 pages, List 25.
PRITCHARD, Charles, boat builder, Leichardt NSW, wrote in 1903 re his wife Fanny Ann, 55 years who had left him with Leslie SOUTHWELL, 23 years, his apprentice and gone to Melbourne. They had been married for 40 years; heartfelt letter from him. He seeks police help to get her to return. An interesting file. 7 pages, List 66.
PROGRESSIVE POLITICAL LEAGUE OF VICTORIA. Printed rules and platform, 1891.
PRUDE, Lucy, 38 years, attempted suicide at Richmond in 1912; son in law Lewis WHITE took her to hospital. Report on, and decision not to charge her. 6 pages, List 32.
PRUEN, Mrs. L.M., wrote from Bathurst NSW in 1896 re her husband Edward Jenner Pruen. She believed he was keeping a hotel or bar in Melbourne; was a singer and comedian on the stage, and owed her maintenance. Not found. 15 pages, some damaged. List 29.
PURCELL/PURSELL, William. His mother, who lives at Bendigo, has not heard from him for about two years, and asks police to check if a murdered man at Nowra in NSW is her son, as he was last heard from there. He was a blacksmith. Police find him alive. 7 pages, List 2.
PURDIE, John, cut wife Annie’s throat with a razor at Ballarat in 1891, in front of adopted children Rose and Robert. Arrested, he died in gaol. Detailed report on incident and care of children. 8 pages, List 51.
PURSE, Clara. Mother, Mrs. John NICHOLL of Carlton, writes in 1894, stating that Clara, 13 yrs, had left Seymour some months before with Charles BOND and his family, and he refused to return her. 7 pages, List 13.
PURTLE, Patrick, died suddenly in Red Lion Hotel, Melbourne, in 1900, c45 years. He was blind and lived there out of charity of licensee Alex. CATHCART. His sister was Mrs. Mary LEONARD of Netherby and he had a brother in NSW. 5 pages, List 49.
PYSING, George. Incomplete file re him being arrested at Perth and extradited to Melbourne in 1898. 5 pages and photo, List 7. See comment re photographic costs. CONNECTION FOUND.
PYWELL, Henry Claude. Telegram from W.A. in 1897 refers to Police Gazette entry and reports he is in Fremantle, was arrest desired. Father in law Thomas BOOKLESS of Drouin refuses to pay costs, so case dropped. 6 pages, List 39.
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QUICK & HYETT, solicitors, Bendigo, give notice in 1896 that William Arthur SPENCER, and his wife, now of Ellesmere, formerly of Charters Towers, have adopted Martha Mary Jane SNELL, 10 years, born Cobar NSW, daughter of late George Henry SNELL, late of Coolgardie. 3 pages, List 36.
QUIGLEY, Daniel. Deserted wife Rosina in St. Kilda in 1897, went to Western Australia. Carpenter, c40 years. Found. 4 pages, List 17.
QUIGLEY, Ellen, gave birth to illegitimate child at the house of her employer Mrs. REYNOLDS, Ballarat, in 1900. Medical man alerts police who arrange for a nurse and for her to go to step father Harry ELDRIDGE in Learmonth. File covers claims for payment by nurse Mrs. W. HARRISON. Father of child named. 20 pages, List 46.
QUIGLEY, I.T., Terang, 1902; applies to join police force, 2 pages, List 12.
QUILL, Teresa nee FAHEY. Large file re her bigamy with John Francis ROE, school teacher. His mother wants her prosecuted. 1901-02. Further large file – Teresa sues him for maintenance of their child.
QUIN, Alexander Chamberlin, murdered Margaret E. WATSON at Albert Park in 1896. File re case. 16 pages, List 39.
QUIN, John P., sought by brother Theodore in Melbourne in 1903. He was late of Bright, 43 years, son of the late Charlotte, one of several brothers, including Augustus Whitney and Alfred Ernest. Found. 13 pages, List 67.
QUIN GEE. Died at Browns near Scarsdale in 1898, buried by police. Had a share in a hut with ME SING who asks police to sell property as he wants to return to China as he is old – his letter on file. Part of the proceeds of sale are refunded to cover cost of burial. 3 pages, List 16.
QUINLIVAN, Mary. Warrant issued in 1896 after she failed to appear at Gordon Court in case involving attempted carnal knowledge of 13 year old Anne Greene by her father John GREENE, licensee of the Railway hotel there. Mary is 17 years old, and his stepdaughter. Mrs. Margaret HUNT and Mrs. Mary Ann CARROLL are witnesses in the case, as was Mary. 57 pages, List 38.
QUINN, Elizabeth, 7 years, living with mother Mary Ann Quinn in brothel in Melbourne, in 1900 raped by AH LOY alias HE LIM/LEW AH LOY, Chinese, c32 years, who had been living with her mother for past 8 years in the Brighton area. Child taken from mother and placed in government care. Warning: this is a particularly distressing case. 25 pages, some repetition, List 45.
QUINN, J. wrote confidential letter from Barmah in 1895, had lived there for 17 years. Reported that cattle stealing was going on in State Forest Common; has found hidden bits of brands cut from live animals, and encloses one. Asks investigation without his name being mentioned. 5 pages and sample in envelope.
QUINN, Mathew. Wrote from Fitzroy in 1897. Claims he was assaulted by Edward KING at Havelock and police did nothing about it. Report shows he was one of a gang of unemployed men at temporary work. Others were Arthur HILL, Franz WANGEMANN, Thomas BROWN, James ROY, who sign statement that he was struck in self defence, and was drunk. Given a bad character. 9 pages, List 20.
QUINN, Patrick, wrote from Rookwood Sydney in 1904; signs with an X. His papers were left with solicitor DYER in Bacchus Marsh; he is entitled to an Imperial Pension. Dyer has died, asks police help to find his records. He is old and nearly helpless. Police cannot assist, but when they reply NSW police report he is in an asylum under the name of John McFARLANE. 6 pages, List 34.
QUINT, Edwin, bricklayer, assaulted in 1898 by Herman KANE and James GRACE at Fitzroy. Richard BARNES, bootmaker, involved. Crown Solicitor gives opinion over whether to lay assault charge – no. 32 pages, List 21.
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