Criminal & Other Case Files M-ZHelen | Updated on Tuesday, May 14th, 2013
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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. CONNECTION FOUND
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, 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 Eliz 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.
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, 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, William Vincent. Arrested at Kyabram for wife desertion, 1907. 4 pages, List 15.
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.
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.
McDONALD, Donald, found dead at Newham in 1898. Buried at government expense, effects sold. 3 pages, List 20.
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.
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.
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.
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, h 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 Cyril RALPH. 19 pages, List 49.
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 Lit. 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, 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.
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.
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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.
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.
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 Losndale 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.
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.
MARMO, John Joseph. Fathered an illegitimate child which subsequently died while in care of Agnes LYTTON, 1887.
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.
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.
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, Frederick, Balaclava, 13 years, fell of 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.
MASTERTON, William. Lost in bush at Warrandyte, 80 years old, 1882.
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, 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.
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.
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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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.
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, 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. CONNECTION FOUND
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.
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.
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 return, but the Blackburn family refuse. (Reply not on file). 4 pages, List 33.
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.
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.
MORRISH, Sarah, restaurant proprietor, Geelong, charges Estella Martha and Alex Gordon PENDER with fraud/larceny in 1906. 5 pages, List 50.
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, 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.
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. CONNECTION FOUND.
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, 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.
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.
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, 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.
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.
NOACK, Friedrich Wilhelm. German Consul Melbourne seeks death certificate in 1908; born 1807 Schoneberg, believed died Victoria 1888. 3 pages, List 5.
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.
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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, 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’GORMAN, Thomas. Morwell, 1898. Two letters re joining the police force; rejected on medical reasons. 4 pages, List 7.
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.
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.
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’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.
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, 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, 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.
PARKER, Christopher. Sought by Agent General in 1888, a tinsmith. Found interstate. 8 pages, List 5.
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.
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.
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, 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.
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.
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.
PETERS, R.A., Corinella, Western Port, asks when he will be called into police force, is on waiting list. 1 page, List 20.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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, 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.
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.
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.
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.
‘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.
PRINCESS THEATRE. Over crowding at, 1890-97, reports on cases and results; very large file c200 pages.
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.
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 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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RADIGOIS, Eugene. Sought by French Consul in Melbourne in 1877; found. 9 pages, List 5.
RADLEY, Frederick, swagman, found ill near Natimuk in 1896 and sent by police to Horsham hospital. He had come from South Australia to look for work, mother lives at Narracoorte. 5 pages, List 38.
RAFF, Alan, injured when passenger in a car driven by Dr. GORDON collided with a goods train at Carlton in 1911. File re case and his injuries. 12 pages, List 33.
RAFTON, Amy, 17 years, left Hobart for Launceston in company with Josephine DONOVAN in 1895; they were heading for the steamer to Melbourne. Her parents ask for her to be returned. 10 pages, List 27.
RAGGEDY GOLDFIELD. Two reports on rush there in 1871. List 4.
RAMSDALE, Cecil, 9 years old in 1900, fell off a roundabout owned by Harry EVANS at Albert Park. 2 pages, List 49.
RANKIN, Mrs. Dora. Writes from Sydney in 1906, seeking John NIXON, police pensioner, has news for him. 8 pages, List 4.
RANKIN, J., wrote from Fort Franklin, Portsea in 1897. Was detained there, so could not present himself for police medical examination; is 24 years old, a boxing champion in the forces. 2 pages, List 38.
RANKIN, James, left wife E. and two children c1891 and went to New Zealand, then various other places, failing to pay much maintenance. She wrote from Kilmore in 1899, asking police help to find him. He is a mining speculator. 7 pages, List 43.
RATH, -. German, living in North Melbourne in 1916, report that soldiers might attack him because he is German. List 6.
RAVEN, George alias BRADLEY. Fleeced Dora May WEAVER nee MONTIFORD out of £300 and various small amounts of money. She was a widow, in charge of the Tunstall Railway Station, had 2 children and inherited money from her father. They met in 1918, he claimed he was a returned soldier, proposed marriage to her. Photo of him with barmaid Florence POWERS, her in military uniform in NSW. Arrested in Sydney, returned to Melbourne, tried and convicted in 1919. 56 pages, List 21.
RAY, Frederick Arthur Theodore, of Footscray, wrote to friend and former resident Gerald McCARTHY in New York in 1917, giving local news, and using ‘indecent language’. Not clear, but appears letter was opened as McCarthy could not be found. Ray subsequently interviewed by detectives and charged under the Postal Act. Letter on file and very crude language used. List 3.
RAYMOND, Samuel. Charles Hamilton STERNE enquired for his address on behalf of a friend in London, 1869. Details of Raymond, (was formerly in Vic police force) and two letters from him, on file. 17 pages, List 4.
RAZEY, Jane, wrote from Qld in 1895 re her son William Joseph, 15 years, who left Tambo with William H.J. LLOYD, racing man, to work for him. Lloyd was to send him home if he required it. Police find him. 5 pages, List 27.
READ, Alice. Wrote from Brisbane in 1908. She had divorced her husband Joseph for adultery with her sister, who had a child to him. Alice given custody of her son Jack Bertram Read, but Joseph has taken him away to Melbourne. 12 pages, List 5.
REARDON, Charles Philip of Tocumwal, NSW, wrote in 1919. He was a wounded returned soldier and sought help in finding his parents Elizabeth and Patrick Kilday Reardon as he needed his birth certificate and the Registrar General had no record of it. Found. 7 pages, List 3.
REDDAN, Sarah, alias BREMNER, charged with keeping a brothel in Exhibition Street Melbourne in 1912. Case dismissed by magistrates, but Crown Solicitor’s office appeals to Supreme Court and case is sent back to court. She is found guilty. 33 pages, List 33.
REED, Richard of West Melbourne, alleged in 1877 that Dr Edward Paley had been using Yarra Bend Asylum funds to pay for his coachman. C.F. ROBERTS and Richard Marr MURRAY ask investigation. 6 pages, List 5.
REES, Rees, wrote from Newcastle NSW in 1895 re Thomas SCULLY, c35 years, employed at Jumbunna Coal Mine in Gippsland. He was co-respondent in Rees’s divorce and owes him court costs. Asks if his ex wife is with him. 7 pages, List 28.
REID, Alice. Brought from Berrigan NSW to Melbourne by grandmother Margaret CORBETT to give birth to illegitimate child, 1892; suspected father named. Child went to Bendigo, Alice to Good Shepherd Convent for seven years, then into domestic service. Lost her right hand in a mangle accident. In 1900 living with Mrs. MAY, who writes to uncle John CORBETT for financial assistance for her. He asks police to investigate.
REID, Catherine, complains to Chief Commissioner in 1900 of local police harassment. Toorak police report she is the former mistress of someone (unnamed) and now soliciting. 3 pages, List 48.
REILLY, Catherine. Gave birth to Queenie May RIELLY/REILLY at Fitzroy. Believed father William George Acton WILSFORD had registered child, but after argument in 1904 found he had not. Registered herself, but should have been within 3 days, so reported to police. She lives apart from her husband, has 3 other children. 3 pages, List 14.
REILLY, John L. Secretary of the Epsom Racing Club in 1913; robbed of £700 takings. File includes evidence of witnesses Henry James BUCKLAND, assistant secretary, Herbert Francis MOGG, VRC employee, John ISHERWOOD, weigher, Harry MILLER, contractor of Hawthorn, J. LUDLOW, Edward CONWAY, trainer, John LEEK, commission agent. 20 pages, List 8.
REINER, John Godfrey. Writes strange letters to police headquarters in 1904. He lives near Dargo, is a German, 61 years and a ‘perfect nuisance’ to local police, according to them. 24 pages, List 10.
REISON, Christian (real name RASMUSSEN) left wife and children in Carlton in 1872 and went to Bendigo. She writes several letters asking police help re maintenance. He is a native of Archouse, Denmark, miner, 35-40 years old; her father is C/E clergyman Tresham D. GRIGG of Dublin. ‘a very unfortunate marriage’. 17 pages, List 31.
RENOUF, Catherine, 34 years, died in Melbourne gaol in 1873. Husband Philip of Richmond refuses to pay burial costs. 6 pages, List 31.
REYNOLDS, Albert, 55 years, English, servant, died at Tumut NSW in 1897, formerly lived in Prahran. Only known relative is daughter Laura who lives in West Brompton London. File re disposal of assets. 14 pages, List 39.
REYNOLDS, John Desmond, 37 years, Irish, from Ashfield NSW, arrested in Wodonga in 1893 and admitted to lunatic asylum. File relates to notifying family, his release etc. 20 pages, List 25.
REYNOLDS, Thomas. Sought by brother G. COLLINS in York Western Australia in 1900; may take the name Collins. Was in the employ of Dr. L.L. SMITH in 1864. Not found. 4 pages, List 2.
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RHODES, Mrs. Mary, Richmond, claims payment for services for looking after illegitimate child Frederick Leslie PHILLIPS, whose mother Jane abandoned him, then later married Richard JOHNS, the father, and Rhodes’s brother, in 1896. Very detailed file notes. 5 pages, List 36
RICE, A.E. ‘Professor’. Writes from Ravenswood Qld in 1897 re his wife and son Fernleigh Archibald, born Ipswich 1875/6. He was a performer of some sort, who travelled around, and left his wife behind as she had ‘taken to drink’. Now wants his son back. 25 pages, List 6.
RICHARDS, George, road contractor, wrote two letters from Riana Tasmania in 1912 re his wife who took the 3 children and ran off with Charles Richard DOUCE and was in Melbourne. Douce was playing the maloden on the streets of Melbourne. Another letter from Douce’s stepfather W.P. SMITH. The couple return to Tasmania, but leave again. 14 pages, List 32.
RICHARDSON, Charlotte M. Toorak, 1898, brutally attacked at night; uncle reported case to police, and asked that it be kept out of newspapers, but Herald published details. A suspect was bought in for identification, but her parents refuse to allow her to attend the police station.
RICHARDSON, Ethel Mary Ann Lowry, 15 years, died as a result of an abortion at Delegate NSW in 1906. Inquest and report on case. Witnesses: father Alexander George, brother Lindsay William, Mrs. Jane STOKES, Mrs. Jane WALSH, Mrs. Ellen RUSSELL, Adelaide and Adelaide Cora JACKSON, William HELMERS, Dr M.A. SCHALIT. Very sad case. 27 pages, List 31.
RICKETSON, Charles N., wrote from Glen Eira, Caulfield in 1900, asking permission to ride his tricycle on the footpath; is partially paralysed. 2 pages, List 44.
RICHMOND, 73-77 Swan St. Fire in 1899, owner of property WINDRUM is suspected. Evidence of 40 witnesses listed. Large file. List 42.
RICHMOND HOTELS. Complaints by A. HODGES, art dealer, Burnley, W.G. RUSSELL, Richmond, and Rev. A. HOWELL, St. Bartholomew’s Burnley in 1896 that Cremean’s Hotel and the Gardener’s Arms Hotel, licensee Ellen BRENNAN are illegally trading on a Sunday. Reports. 42 pages, List 37.
RICHMOND HOTELS. STATION HOTEL, South Richmond, licensee Mrs. WARREN and sister Miss HOWLY. Anonymous complaint in 1896 re Sunday trading. ANCHOR OF HOPE, RED LION, YARRA and GARDENER’S ARMS implicated. 18 pages, List 37.
RICKIE, William, and son William Henry, 18 years, died in 1895 in Queensland from exposure . Mrs Jane Rickie of Richmond asks help to get their possessions sent to her. 12 pages, List 30.
RIDGELL, Richard, deserted wife and four children in 1892; plumber. In 1897 wife took out warrant for failure to pay maintenance at Kyneton; he was believed to be in Fremantle. Local police report she is living on a farm near Pipers Creek with a man named WEBB. 5 pages, List 40.
RIGGS, George M., sight damaged while mining in W.A. and returned to Victoria for treatment. Discharged from Eye and Ear Hospital in 1899 as incurable. In 1900 wished to return to the hospital and asked police to arrange train trip from north east. Discussion re costs involved revealed that he was being maintained by his brother, a solicitor in Castle Pollard, West Meath Ireland. 16 pages, List 46.
RIORDAN, Owen, arrested by Brisbane police in 1896. They ask for details of his character; is a son of ex Sgt Timothy Riordan, his mother is in Hawthorn. Owen is ‘fond of drink’ and had previously failed to pay maintenance on his illegitimate child. 11 pages, List 37.
RISPIN, Catherine, wrote from South Yarra in 1900 re husband John William Rispin, who deserted her and their two children as she was about to be confined with her third child. They are destitute. He is a carpenter, English, 35 years, believed to be at Echuca with a Miss FULFORD, 19 years. 11 pages, List 45.
RITCHIE, Malcolm. Large file re his alleged incest on daughters Mabel and Helena Ann at Pakenham in 1899. List 2.
ROACH, Jane. Deniliquin police enquire about her and her illegitimate child in 1864; she is a housemaid in Melbourne. Police find child is being cared for by Mary BARRY. 11 pages, List 3. CONNECTION FOUND
ROBERTS, Thomas Thornton, deserted wife G. in Adelaide in 1898. She has heard he is in Portland using the name MARTIN, is a bootmaker. Local police report that MARTYN is a bootmaker there, has been there for some time, has a family there. 7 pages, List 21.
ROBERTS, William. Wrote from Barraba NSW in 1908 re Thomas JONES and Abraham TERRIL. Police interview Mary Ann Terrill who explains the connection. 15 pages, List 5.
ROBERTSON, A., wrote from Beechworth in 1900, complaining about the Chinese Camp there and the brothel at AH TOE’s premises. Local police report that the writer is Reginald HEADLEY ‘a harmless lunatic’, women mentioned were Christine ROBINSON who was living with Ah CHEE, and Lily ROBINSON, recently discharged from gaol. 6 pages, List 46.
ROBERTSON, Frederick James. Writes from Cowra in 1908, asking for address of his brother and parents, whom he hasn’t seen for years. Police establish his father is Alexander Fraser Robertson, and brother Charles John, and find them. 5 pages, List 4.
ROBERTSON, John. Hotel-keeper at Gordons in 1865, charged Constable John HAMILTON, (No. 1679) with using slanderous language against him and his wife. Report of police investigation; John and William LETTS, sawyers, James WALSH, farmer, and Mary HAMILTON, witnesses. 28 pages, List 3.
ROBERTSON, William Lovat, clerk, c35 years, wanted for embezzlement on Colonial Mutual Life Assurance Co., manager Leslie J. PARK, in 1897. 26 pages, many repetitive; photo on file. List 40.
ROBINSON, Charles Alfred. Lands officer at Sale, writes suicide note and believed to have drowned himself, 1918. Wife at East Brunswick, brother Gilbert at Preston. File of 9 pages includes press cutting.
ROBINSON, Emma. Paddington NSW, wrote in 1900 re her daughter Theresa PRENDERGAST, who went with her employer Mrs. SIMPSON to Melbourne some years ago. Believes she is being used for immoral purposes; Mrs. Simpson running a pub. Police find Simpson caring for her after she has had a child. 7 pages, List 3.
ROBINSON, George Washington. Charged with bigamy in 1864. First wife Margaret THIRD, second not named but marriage took place at Tarraville. Copy of first marriage certificate on file. Witnesses John and Margaret BEGGS seek expenses. 21 pages, List 4.
ROBINSON, Margaret, 23 years, daughter of Mrs. Mary, of Collingwood. Died after illegal abortion in 1895. Had been keeping company with Arthur DAVIES, tobacconist, Collingwood, who denied knowing she was pregnant. Henrietta NICOL, keeps a wine shop; Rose KENNEDY (Madame de ROSE), palmist and Dr. J.D. TWEEDDALE give evidence. Body exhumed. 46 pages, List 30.
ROBLEY, Mary Ann nee FROOD. Writes in 1894 asking police to help in getting documents retained by Adelaide solicitor George F. Michell. These include her marriage in 1880 and false registration of birth of William Nevison Robley and Louisa Victoria Robley to mother Louisa Charlotte KLAPPROTH. 5 pages. CONNECTION FOUND
ROBSON, Robert, Stawell West, writes a number of strange letters to police in 1896; is suffering hallucinations. Mother says he is not dangerous. 18 pages, List 36.
ROCHESTER, Vena/Bena, 19 years, left Sydney by train in 1900, heading to Adelaide via Melbourne, to meet with boyfriend HYLAND whom she planned to marry. Chief Commissioner NSW telegrams police in Melbourne on behalf of her parents. They intercept her and she returns home. 6 pages, List 45.
RODWAY, Alfred Jenner, deserted wife Gertrude and 3 children at Richmond in 1904. Two letters from her, she believed him to be in W.A. in 1906, found. 18 pages, List 50.
ROGERS, Mrs. Ada. Anonymous letter from Carlton in 1897 alleges she is living an immoral life, has two young children. Report finds she is living apart from her husband, no evidence of prostitution. List 20.
ROGERS, Thomas, wrote from Outtrim Coal Co., in 1899, reporting that his wife Jane (Jeannie) had left him and their 4 month old child and gone to Melbourne; asks help to find her. 7 pages, List 41.
ROGERS, Thomas, jockey, 24 years. Information sought by South Australian Children’s Department in 1899; he was the reputed father of a child by Mary Theresa WILLIAMS of Southwark, South Australia. Not found. 14 pages, List 43.
ROHMER, Fritz. Sought by his brothers Herman and George in Sydney in 1898. Last heard of in Melbourne eight years previously, 37 years, a watchmaker/piano tuner. Photo of him on file. Not found. 11 pages, List 2.
ROLF, Frederick, writes 2 letters from Maryborough in 1897, attempting to “prevent his paramour Mrs. Sarah RANDALL” associating with the Chinese Camp inhabitants there. He was assaulted in the camp by SEE TOY. 7 pages, List 20.
ROLLS, Albert. Failure to pay alimony to divorced wife Margaret, 1902. She and the children are in Melbourne, he is in Sydney.
ROOKS, Mrs. John, wrote from Elphinstone, Darling Downs Qld in 1904 re her brother Samuel George SYMONS, believed accidentally killed in Melbourne in 1903. Police find this is true, but she has herself died by the time the answer is given. 8 pages, List 34.
ROPER, Charles, sought by mother Mrs. M. Roper, Neutral Bay in 1907. She doesn’t say so, but he was a Ward of the State who absconded in 1906. 5 pages, List 22.
ROSENGREN, G. and others. All residents in Lonsdale St., complain of larrikins, 1883. 6 pages.
ROSS, William, wrote from Rosstown in 1900, reporting damage to his railway at Rosstown Junction ‘as an old enterprizing colonist who has expended a very large fortune …’ asks police help to stop further damage. Anastasia SHANNON arrested for damaging fence. 9 pages, List 45.
ROTHVILLER, Pierre. French Consul in Melbourne wrote in 1877, seeking him, Leopold HUSSON and – BLIAULT. None found. 8 pages, List 5.
ROWE, Alexander, wool classer, Bindi Station, Omeo. Attempted suicide in 1898. 7 pages, List 20.
ROWE, P.W., wrote from Junee Junction in 1895 re his young son Charles Edward, who was employed by Alfred MONEY/MOLNEY, travelling furniture repairer, last heard of in Bendigo in 1894. 9 pages, List 28.
ROWE, James, died at his residence Yarraweyah in 1896, husband of Elizabeth. Mrs. Sarah Jane MARLENGREN wrote from Port Melbourne, asking if he is her father Richard Henry Rowe, who left her mother and 7 children in Long Gully Bendigo in 1877, and was last seen in Bethanga. Her mother died six months after he left. He was Cornish, 64 years old and had brothers Ezekiel and Matthew, and James has children of that name listed in the paper. The children of the first wife are Mary Ann (Mrs. McMAHON), herself, William Edward, James Thomas, Elizabeth Ann (Mrs. BROWN), Richard Henry Nicholas and George Woolcock. Not police matter. 5 pages, List 37.
ROWE, William, 40 years, miner, left Adelaide in 1890, last heard of in Bendigo, sought by Samuel C. HUGHES of Adelaide, who was a private enquiry agent; possibly bigamous marriage. 9 pages, List 14.
ROWLAND, Thomas Edward. Married Mary Eliza ROWSELL, when she developed phthisis employed Charlotte SCARBOROUGH to help look after her. When Mary died at Muroon in May 1897 he shortly afterwards married Charlotte, and their son Thomas was born later that year. Local constable reports he declared himself a bachelor on second marriage certificate, and queries whether he should be prosecuted. Both marriage certificates, Mary’s death certificate and Thomas’s birth certificate on file. Police evenually decide against prosecution. 24 pages, List 21.
ROWLEY, Josiah, wrote 21 page letter from Narracan, detailing his dealings with George Edward SWALLOW, who was passing valueless cheques and owed money. He claimed to be well connected, but it was all a sham, and people Rowley contacted confirmed this. Swallow sentenced to imprisonment at Morwell in 1896. 67 pages, List 36.
ROYAL HIGHLANDER HOTEL, Flinders St. Report of after hours drinking; ‘this is the worst conducted house in Melbourne’. Licensee Samuel STENNIKER. 18 pages, List 37.
ROYAL MINT. Robbery at, 1907. Large file covers 1907-1909
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RUSSELL, infant daughter of George and Elizabeth, died at Lauriston in 1867. Suspicion of ill-treatment by mother who is a habitual drunkard. There are 2 other children, 5 and 3; husband George is in New Zealand. John PEARCE stayed at the house on the night the child died. 11 pages, List 35.
RUSSELL, James. Old age pensioner living in tent at Werribee in 1902, became ill and moved to Camp Hotel. William BALFOURasks payment for services he provided. 7 pages, List 16.
RUSSELL, John William, deserted wife Mary and two children at Bolwarra near Bungaree in 1893. Irish, 50 years, has been a teacher; arrested in 1895. 19 pages, List 25
RUSSELL, Thomas Wife Mary writes from Launceston in 1898, they have eight children, four dependent on her. He is a ship’s engineer, believed to be in Melbourne, and has failed to send maintenance. Found. 8 pages, List 7.
RUSTON, James. Fourteen year old boy, alleges buggery by – STANLEY in South Melbourne in 1906; his testimony on file. Father John contacted police, but medical testimony doesn’t back up his story. 5 pages, List 4.
RUTHERGLEN ROBBERY, 1899. Victims E. VISICK and Alfred GEDDES; John NEGUS and John Henry SPARKS found guilty in 1900. Huge file, c400 pages.
RUZIN, William, wrote from Norwood, Adelaide in 1906 re brother Harry or Henry, who left Wisconsin USA in 1898. Not found. 5 pages, List 26.
RYAN, John, teacher at Bootahpool school Port Fairy, complains about local constable, larrikins etc. in 1896-7. Suggestion he is suffering from hallucinations. List 41.
RYAN, John, wrote from Geelong in 1900 re report of the death of Martin Ryan in a fight in NSW. Asks if it is brother Martin Joseph Ryan, 37 years, physical description given, who left there c.1896 and was supposed to be mining. File shows a different person. 8 pages, List 48.
RYAN, Mary Ann. File re carnal abuse of her (11 years old) by stepfather Henry WATKINS, Fryerstown, 1880. 3 pages, List 3.
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SABELBERG, Herbert Percival of Hamilton. Series of letters 1917-1919 from L.J. HUBERT of Perth, his first wife’s mother, who is rearing his six year son, whose mother has died, he is not paying maintenance for the child. 38 pages, List 2.
SADLIER-FORSTER, Richard. Left Melbourne for Bourke in 1894, wife asks police assistance in locating him in 1895 as she is anxious; he is 62 years old. 29 pages, List 25
SAHR, Mrs, found dead in bed by G. HEYER, German Lutheran Minister at Germantown, Geelong in 1896. File re necessity of quick burial ‘body will not keep in this hot weather’. 4 pages, List 39.
ST. KILDA, 35 Henryville Street, fire in 1900, occupied by Richard STEWART, commercial traveller, owned by – DAMYON, coachbuilder. Servant Floris BRITTON gave alarm. 2 pages, List 50.
SANDERSON, Elizabeth, 48 years, died suddenly at Malvern in 1900, wife of George. 2 pages, List 48.
SANDERSON, Thomas, sought by wife A.W. in Sydney in 1894. He asked her to go there, and said he would follow once his business matters were arranged, but never came. She and their daughter are penniless. She believes he’s at Archdale near Bealiba. Local police report he is there with a wife and family, and explain that he once lived with a woman named Annie MORRISON at Ballarat, and are not sure which is the legitimate wife. File ends with her obtaining money to return to Victoria. 6 pages, List 41.
SATTERTHWAITE, Thomas A., sailor on board American ship Churchill reports ill-treatment by mate Austin KEEGAN in 1900. Witness Charles Alexander LOGAN. 7 pages, List 47.
SAUNDERS, Charles, East Devonport, Tasmania, writes in 1898 re son John’s death in Inglewood hospital. 6 pages, List 19.
SAUNDERS, Samuel, sought in 1897. His brother David was accidentally killed in 1892; photo of him taken c1887 on file. They were the sons of Charles and Catherine Sheperd McPhail Saunders. She died at White Hills in 1892 and death registration also on file. Information sought by George C. McPHAIL (His letter not on file). 19 pages, List 40.
SAWERS, S. of Malvern, complains in 1906 of offensive postcards, sent he thinks by relatives Winnie and Ida, who dislike his second wife. 3 pages, List 3.
SAYERS, Jessie. Alias WALSH/WILLIAMS. Prostitute, complains about local constable harassing her; claims assisted police in past. Report on her background and present mode of living, 1895.
SCANLAN, Johanna, given permission by the Mayor of Melbourne to sell matches on the steps of the Independent Church in Melbourne in 1896. She is 24 years, has an illegitimate son and has been deserted by the father. Discussion re women selling matches at night. 4 pages, List 36.
SCARBOROUGH, Mrs., Warrnambool. House owned by her destroyed by fire in 1900; report on, and comment from insurance company. 10 pages, List 47.
SCARLETT, Emily F., wrote from Stanmore Sydney in 1912 re a report of the death of Robert SCARLETT. Is it her husband? She has been separated from him for past six years. Police report it was Robert Edward Scarlett, a painter from Ballarat. 4 pages, List 33.
SCATTERGOOD, James Holmes. Wanted for larceny on Melbourne Fire Brigade in 1898; located overseas in 1899, but problem in extradiction as no treaty. Charles SALTER is president of MFB. 28 pages, List 39.
SCHAEFFER, Helen, charged Joseph NEWSON with failure to support their illegitimate child at Prahran in 1894. He went to Sydney and she followed and tried to find him, leaving child with Mrs. CLARK of Bridport St Albert Park, who complained to police that she was owed money to care for him, and if not forthcoming she would have him committed. Helen arranges that her employer Herbert DEMPSTER will visit Melbourne and collect child, which is done. 40 pages, List 41.
SCHERNING, Alexander. Unnamed friends in South Melbourne asked police to trace him in 1899, was last heard of at Nannie in Western Australia. They believed he was a native of New Zealand, aged 27 years, but police find him and ascertain he was born in Denmark and had a sister in New Zealand. 8 pages, List 2.
SCHNEIDER, Flora A. of St. Kilda. Youngest daughter of the late J.B. WERE, and in bad health. Caring for two children whose mothers are in W.A. in 1899. Louisa KNEALE owes her money for maintenance, seeks police help in getting it. Police find she is a barmaide in Perth. 5 pages, List 16.
SCHOLZ, Charles Leslie. German Consulate in Melbourne in 1905 asks police to monitor his movements; he is a geologist and metallurgist. 9 pages, some repetitious. List 4.
SCHWERKHOLT, Carl Berno, marine stores dealer, died at the Alfred Hospital in 1899. In 1900 his stepmother Wilhelmina, and mother of his wife Wilhelmina, made a claim that he had been poisoned, and that his widow was in a relationship with Thomas JACKSON, who managed the store. Statements are taken from various people, but no action taken. 18 pages, List 44.
SCOBLE, Mrs. Florence. Applies to have licence of Albert Hotel West Melbourne transferred to her from Maria La FONTA in 1897; police report she lived with James HURAN at Ballan, two children put in a Home, adverse report on her reputation. 15 pages, List 20. CONNECTION FOUND
SCOTT, Alec. Ran away from home in St. Kilda in 1881, 6 yrs old. Found on board ship. 6 pages, List 4.
SCOTT, Mabel. Describes herself as an artist and journalist; police report states she is a maniac, 1906.
SCOTT, Thomas E., telegraphed from Stockton, NSW in 1896 re passenger named Scott reported to be injured on ship ‘Gabo’; asks details. Alexander Scott found in hospital, not seriously injured; wife at Stockton informed. 8 pages, List 39.
SCOTT, William, caretaker of National Mutual Life Ass. Co., Melbourne, attempted to attack wife in 1898; police called, charged, but dismissed, ’a domestic’. 15 pages, List 17.
SCOWN FAMILY. Fred lived with his first cousin Emmaline for nineteen years, had six children, she left him for Owen HUGHES c1917. Daughter Doris is pregnant to Charles Raymond WALTERS and is under age.
SCOWN, John. Incomplete file re failure to register birth of child at Chiltern in 1897. 6 pages, List 40.
SCRATTON, D., North Melbourne, complains in 1874 of carelessness of carters in Brunswick; charges laid. 11 pages, List 31.
SCULTHORPE, Albert, prohibited from showing ‘The Kelly Gang’ film in Melbourne in 1912. File includes small coloured film poster. 9 pages, List 33.
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SEACOMBE near Sale. Petition from residents in 1899 requesting removal of Charles SCOTT and family who were undesirable characters. Petition signed by Thomas and Desmond FITZGERALD Frederick A. SMITH, Abram BURROWS, Thomas E. BEAMS, all fishermen, William M. ABRAHAMS, State school teacher and Maurice and Thomas BOWLER, ‘graizers’. Police report on the family. 6 pages, List 38.
SEARLE, Albert, Rushcutters Bay, Sydney, wrote in 1907 re his brother Richard, c30 years old. Found. 3 pages, List 44.
SEARLE, George Ernest, native of Morrisons in Victoria, a grocer/draper, 32 years, was sought by his mother Catherine CUNNINGHAM, who wrote from Camperdown Sydney in 1899. He left Katoomba NSW in 1889 on account of his wife’s conduct. Not found. 9 pages, List 43.
SEFTON, Clarence Victor. Murdered his male infant child, mother Millicent BERGER, 1917. Death sentence commuted. Very large file.
SEGRAVE, M.F., wrote from Wehla in 1900 re her brother – MARKS, living with her, who was threatening to harm her and himself; escorted to Bendigo Benevolent Asylum. 8 pages, List 43.
SEGRAVE, W., JP, asks police help in 1896 because of anonymous slanderous letters being circulated in Flinders. James PULLING and Emily L. CLAYTON also write about the matter. Mrs. George WATSON eventually confesses. She is 32 years, has 2 girls. Constable writes sympathetic letter about her troubles. Large file, includes letters. List 36.
SEITELBACH, Mrs. J.B. Wrote from Sydney in 1899 re her brother in law W.H. O’MEARA, who has failed to pay maintenance to her sister and family as agreed. He worked in the Govt. Statist’s Office Melbourne. 11 pages, List 3.
SERGISON, Albert William. Police in Darwin ask his whereabouts in 1894. His wife in the U.K. is anxious to know if he is dead or alive. He deserted her many years ago. Found interstate, 12 pages, List 24. CONNECTION FOUND.
SEVENTH DAY ADVENTIST CAMP. Religious camp at Armadale, 1895. File includes copy of their newspaper advertising same.
SEVILLE WINE HALL, licensee Alice KELLY, 1898. Claims by James ROUGET and James P. WALLACE that she is operating after hours. Detailed reports compiled. 35 pages, List 22.
SEXTON, Frank, writs from Kelly Basin, Tasmania in 1899 re luggage left in storage at the West Melbourne Coffee Palace. He has written to the manager Mrs. MURRAY, asking for it to be forwarded on, but it has not been. It includes two manuscripts written by him. Found; his former employer NUNAN BROS. are holding it for him. 10 pages, List 41.
SEYMOUR, George, Rutherglen. Wrongly arrests on warrant for false pretences, keep in cell, seeks conmpensation, 1898. 20 pages, List 17.
SHAH MAHOMED. Indian Eye Doctor, wrote from Ballarat in 1910 re troubles he has had with larrikins for some months. Police report he is eccentric, his countrymen offered to pay fare back to India, but he refused to go. 6 pages, List 33
SHANKS, Isaiah Samuel, deserted wife Louisa Kate and children in 1906. He is a dock labourer, 37 years, may be living with Rose SYMONS. Found interstate. 7 pages, List 26.
SHANLEY, P. Applies to join police force, 1897; is living at Moyhu, 22 years, gives some background. 1 page, List 6.
SHARP, Alice. Anonymous letter claims she is being illtreated by her adopted parents WELLS at Ferntree Gully in 1898. Her mother died c1897. 4 pages, List 16.
SHARP, Samuel Albert, died in NSW in 1896, death certificate on file. He was c34 years old, and a gardener. Told Mrs. Sarah LIND that his was mother was in England. Incomplete file, but someone was enquiring about his whereabouts in 1897. 25 pages, List 38.
SHAW, Miss J.A. of Melbourne, wrote in 1898 ‘To you in whose power it is to aid and deliver human beings from a sad and bitter fate help and assist me a poor penniless and sorrow stricken girl …’. Her friend Frederick CHARLESWORTH had disappeared and she was worried sick about him. Not found. 4 pages, List 2.
SHEA, Anne Marie, writes strange letters to Chief Commissioner. Report states she is a patient on trial from a lunatic asylum, under the care of Eliza BALLINGER, wife of Joseph, at Northcote. 22 pages, List 40.
SHEARERS. Very large file on shearers, police protection of scab labour etc., 1894. List 41.
SHEEN, George. Deserted wife Alice at California Gully in 1902. Traced to South Australia. 40 years, Victoria etc. 15 pages, List 16.
SHELDON, J., Ballarat Nth, 1900. Letter re wife’s losing a fur cape at the Doonbeg Castle Hotel Melbourne; fell asleep at the bar. 3 pages, List 45.
SHEPHERD, Henry, tinsmith, Collingwood, left for Euroa in 1896, looking for work. Wife Julia apparently asked for police help to find him; her letter not on file, but report on his bad character. 3 pages, (incomplete) List 36.
SHEPPARD, Edward. Charged with sexual act on Edith May SEARLE, 12 years, at Broadford. He is 23 years old and a servant of her parents. Not guilty. 1892.
SHERIDAN, Catherine. Illegitimate child of hers died in Melbourne in 1879.
SHERLOCK, James, arrested for drunkenness in Melbourne in 1899, found to be insane and sent to an asylum. He had come from Paddington NSW, and attempts are made to contact his family. Solicitors Bradley & Son write that his wife obtained a separation order some months ago and wants nothing to do with him. 17 pages, List 42.
SHERRARD, James E., committed suicide in Exhibition Buildings in 1900; was secretary to the Trustees. 4 pages, List 47.
SHERWIN, Herbert Henry. Information sought in 1899 by Louis LEVY in Sydney, acting for wife. He left Queenstown Tasmania for Melbourne; had had a photographic studio, previously a singing teacher and performer under names Signor ENRICO and Arch. WALLACE. 14 pages, List 42.
SHILTON, Arthur William Henry. Reported missing by father in 1901. Visited grandfather in Footscray and left for home in Brighton, but never arrived. 6 pages, List 4.
SHIPMAN, Albert Ernest (or McDERMOTT), Irish comedian. Original letter not on file, but someone was looking for him in 1896. Found in Sydney. 9 pages, List 36.
SHOOBRIDGE, William Cecil. Came from Adelaide to Melbourne in 1892 and disappeared. Letters from Isabella and other family members in Angaston, South Australia, cover 1892-1894. 38 pages.
SHOULDERS, Harriet. Attempted rape on, 1876. Case withdrawn because of her reputation – had had an illegitimate child.
SHULTON, Mrs. South Melbourne, reports her 17 year old daughter Grace MANN, who lived with her married sister Mrs. KEOGH in Prahran, has left, presumably with William WRAY. One page Crime Report, with attached photograph, taken in Bendigo. List 2. See instructions below regarding the cost of photographs.
SILK, Mary Ann. Convicted of murdering her husband at Morrisons in 1883, due for release. Local police report on whether trouble likely to occur if she returns there – yes. 3 pages, List 17.
SIMMONDS, Edward Henry. Sought by wife Sarah of Erskinville NSW in 1904, last heard of two years ago, a baker, went to Boer War, believes he has remarried. 10 pages, List 10.
SIMONSEN, Pierre, in 1907 asked police help to find Josephine LANDLES, 34 years, barmaid, last heard of in Western Australia. Found. 5 pages, List 44.
SIMPSON, Frederick, committed suicide at Strahan Tasmania in 1900; 34 years, native of Fitzroy, father Robert a confectioner. Initially unknown, so photo taken; is on file. Was working at Zeehan with William MALONEY who identifies him. Copy of inquest file and letter from father on file. 57 pages and photo. List 47.
SIMPSON, Hannah. Living with Mrs. ORFORD of Brighton, who suspects she is trying to poison her illegitimate child, who subsequently dies in 1896. 8 pages, List 3.
SIMPSON, John, wanted for child desertion on Florence HEALY of Nathalia. Found in Waratah Tasmania with Walter HUMBERSTONE, wanted for horse stealing. Letter from Simpson to his mother on file. 15 pages, List 23.
SINCOCK & WADHAM, solicitors, Melbourne, ask police to investigate Robert HAMILTON and his family, living in South Sassafras Creek on a small holding in 1896; complaints they have been pilfering by D.A. ANDRADE who lives close by. They previously lived in North Melbourne. Family consisted of Robert and sons William 20, James 18, Mary 16, John 13, Robert Jnr 11, Norman 9, Isabella 7, Alexander 5. 13 pages, List 39.
SINCOCK, F.J. Writes from Melbourne in 1897 that a young woman, just over 16 years, living at Invergordon, was seduced by James Lee. Gave birth to male child, is now in the Salvation Army Home. He asks that Lee pay maintenance; he is the son of Frederick of Wunghu, who informs police that his son has gone to W.A. 7 pages, List 20.
SINGER, Charles Douglas. Arrived South Australia 1870s, used name COOK. A drunkard. Detail report on search for him, file includes photo. 1906. See instructions below regarding the cost of photographs.
SINGER, Charles Douglas. Sought by solicitors Sandford & Limbert of Adelaide in 1906; his father has died and left him property. Charles left Exeter U.K. c1874 with George R. MEALLIN, would be now 56 yrs. Details of Meallin’s life in Australia given, but Singer is not found. 23 pages, List 4.
SINNETT, Eleanor. Known as Clara SMITH. Mother Mary writes from Sydney; she left with Minnie PODFREY [GODFREY?] and is under 16 years of age. Found in Melbourne, has to return to her mother, even though she is a drunkard. Tintype photo of Podfrey/Godfrey on file. See instructions below regarding the cost of photographs
SIRR, Mrs. Complaint against her brothel in Queen St., 1870s. Letter from her on file.
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SKELLY, Mary, writes from Richmond in 1904 re her husband Richard. She has taken out a warrant for wife desertion, has head he committed bigamy with – NELSON. 6 pages, List 33.
SKEWS, Henry, charged in 1899 with indecent assault on Williamina KEITH, daughter of Dougald, and Amy SUTHERLAND, both pupils as Raglan School, where he is teacher. Other children mentioned in file, which has some graphic detail, are: Jessie HUTTON, Hannah JACOBSON, Louis THIOMPSON, Frederick SMITH, Walter DAVIS, Marie WILLS, Violet CROCKER, William SPICER, Winnie LILLY and Henrietta JOHNSON. 31 pages, some repetitive. List 39.
SKINNER, Mrs. wrote from Sydney in 1895 re husband Alexander, last heard of as an engine driver on the S.S. Lady Harriet trading on the Gippsland lakes; he owed maintenance. They have 8 children. Found. 6 pages, List 28.
SKINNER, William. His body found in Girgaree, Waranga Basin, near Tatura, 1905. James EDWARDS tried for murder, family letters, costs involved, petition from Wangaratta residents praising Cons. John GREEN of Milawa, etc. Large file. List 1. Another large file. List 23.
SLATER, Emily Frances. Wrote from Armadale in 1905, has heard that Miss Theresa K. THOMAS of Devonport is making enquiries about her, asks reason why. 8 pages, List 9.
SLATER, Mrs. Sarah. File re sale of her effects, died intestate in Melbourne Hospital in 1897; was from Templestowe. 14 pages, List 6.
SLATTER, John, a neglected child, taken into care in 1902, after death of mother Ethel. Reputed father John COHEN in prison, 3 pages, List 12.
SLATTTERY, Joseph, ex priest, lecturing in Melbourne in 1900, complains to US Consul of lack of police protection from unruly mob. Various reports on large file. List 46.
SMALL, Richard H, East Melbourne. Writes in 1902 complains police are helping women stay in houses used as brothels; he is a house agent. 11 pages, List 16.
SMALL, Thomas, found drowned in Yarra River near Richmond in 1898. Solicitor for brother Patrick in Temuka, New Zealand, asks details. 7 pages, List 21.
SMITH, Mrs. A.E. (Queenie) wrote from Launceston Tasmania in 1900. Mrs. PAGAN has taken her 5 year old child on a holiday to Melbourne where her sister Mrs. BENNETT lives, and has not returned. Smith thinks she may take the child to England, and asks police to prevent this. 7 pages, List 44.
SMITH, Mrs. E. Wrote from Natal South Africa in 1906, enclosing a letter for her daughter Gladys McNAMARA, who is in the Sutherland Homes, but they decline to giver her the letter. 2 pages, List 4.
SMITH, Mrs. E., Queens Wharf, Launceston Tasmania, wrote in 1910 re husband Frederick. He speaks broken English, a great mining man, was in Mt. Balfour and found copper mine there. She had written previously (not on file) thinks he may be at Ballarat. Not found. 6 pages, List 24.
SMITH, Frederick, left Launceston 1904 with woman, formerly master of ketch Robert Burns, 40-50 years, wife and family left destitute. 4 pages, List 23.
SMITH, George Goodwin Crouch. Held up a bank in Cape Town South Africa in 1897, shot teller, then turned gun on himself. Copy of newspaper report on file, along with somewhat gruesome photo of his head with bullet hole. His background given; brother Harry T. is in W.A. 16 pages, List 20. See comment re cost of photographs.
SMITH, Henry Steele. Information sought by wife in Melbourne in 1895; last heard of in Briagalong Gippsland in 1894. He is a plumber, 41 years; is he the C.S.W. Smith who died at Alton Downs recently – no. 9 pages, List 28.
SMITH, John and wife Ada, North Melbourne, charged in 1899 with failing to provide food and shelter to their children Ada, Mary Irene and John James, after Ada comes drunk to local police station. 14 pages, List 42.
SMITH, Joseph, wrote from Kindred (Tasmania?) in 1901, asking for details of his brother Henry’s death; can’t get a certificate. In 1873 he received a letter from William KENNEDY advising him that he was drowned on his station. Police ascertain that Kennedy owned two stations, both in NSW, and was deceased; his widow knew nothing. 8 pages, List 49.
SMITH, Louis L. Complains about prostitutes and thei/ar actions in Romeo Lane and Juliet Terrace area, 1869. File includes a list of house occupiers and owners and details who is respectable, who is a prostitute or madam, who is a felon etc. 17 pages, List 4. Names given: KELLY, John (of South Yarra), CASSIDY, James (of Fitzroy), DAVIS, Aaron Hamilton, (of Victoria Parade), SMITH, William H. (of Whitehorse Hotel, Bourke St.)
AITKINS (?), Emily; ANDERSON, Henry; BAKER, Thomas; BALAY (?), Thomas; BEATON, Sarah;
BENNETT, Elisha; BENTLEY, Henrietta; BERGIN, Thomas; BOND, Reuben Thomas; BOOTH, Emily; BRADLEY,
Joseph and Ellen; BROOKS, Marion; BROOMFIELD, Ann and Elizabeth; BROWN, Amy and Catherine.
CASSIDY, Mary; CLARKE, Ellen and Frank; COLLINS, Sarah and William; CONNOR, Alfred John and Melosin (?);
COUGHLIN, Denis, wife and 2 sons; DACRE, Mary; DAY, Amy; DICKSON, Jane; DUNCAN, Amy;
FERGUSON, Ferry; FITZGERALD, Catherine; FOSBERY, Mary Ann; GREEN, Ellen; GRIFFITHS, Thomas.
HARVEY, John; HATTON, William and Mary; HOGG, Elizabeth; HONOR, Ester; HOWE, Elizabeth; JENKINS,
Margaret; JUKES, Alice; KELLY, Patrick and Mrs.
McFARLIN, Mary; McLOUGHLIN, John and Mary; MASON, Lucy and Mary; MILL, Jane; NASH, Mrs.
RICHMOND, Amy; ROODE, Mary Ann; RYAN, Catherine; SCOTT, Sarah; SHIELDS, Ann, Andrew and Thomas;
SMITH, Catherine, Mary; SUTHERLAND, Margaret.
TRAYNOR, Ann and John; TURTLE, Margaret; WATERS, Amy; WEARAM, John; WILLIAMS, Caroline,
Catherine, Mary Jane, John; WRIGHT, Emily.
SMITH, Mrs. M., Moore Park Sydney wrote in 1905 re her sister Edie WESTERN or Ada TURNBULL, was she in gaol or deceased. Police report she is in prison.5 pages, List 11.
SMITH, N., wrote from Herbert Rd., Paddington NSW in 1903 re his son Jim, who was working with HENRY’S DRAMATIC CO., which was travelling country areas. Encloses copy of letter from Jim, at Goulburn, alleging ill-treatment. Found. 10 pages, List 19.
SMITH, William John McAuley, 11 yers, and Frederick DAVIS Jnr, 13 years, committed to Industrial School in 1897 in Hamilton. Smith briefly escapes gaol. 9 pages, List 20.
SOLOMON, G.L., wrote from Gladstone Hotel, Millers Point NSW in 1899 re daughter Emily, who left home with Ettie BINDON for Melbourne. Emily was divorced from jockey William WOODGATE, and left her child unprovided for. Pair found in a brothel. 11 pages, List 43.
SOMERVILLE, Frank. Arrested in Newcastle NSW for larceny, under another name. Admits he is wanted for failure to pay maintenance on child of Florence Elizabeth BYRNE, born 1915. Also seduced her sister, who is pregnant to him. His parents live in Ascot Vale.
SOORIAN, Mrs. L. Of Redfern Sydney, wrote in 1908 re her father John Hartley BALLARD. 4 pages, List 4. See also SOURIAN.
SORO, Antonio. Murdered Patricia BICKETT at Royal Park 1914; file includes photo of him.
SOURIAN, Lilith. Wrote from Sydney in 1908 re whereabouts of her uncle Benjamin CROSTHWAITE, last heard of in Kew. Police are suspicious of her motives; she is a palmist known as Hama SOORI, husband George LACELLES [LASCELLES?] alias Sourian, was gaoled for bigamy. 5 pages, List 5. See also SOORIAN.
SOUTH, George F., clergyman, Windsor, writes in 1900 asking for police help; his wife and son are conspiring against him. Constable reports it’s a very sad case, he is delusional and a danger to his family. 7 pages, List 22.
SOUTH YARRA, 555 Chapel Street, fire in 1900 in stables of John YOUNG, wood merchant, property owned by Alfred CHAMBERS. 2 pages, List 50.
SOUTH YARRA MISSION HOME. Hilda Warburton, c21 years, alias AUSTIN and Alice LLOYD, 16 years, escaped from here in 1913. Warburton’s parents were in West Melbourne, Lloyd’s in East Melbourne. 3 pages, List 8.
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SPARGO, Thomas. Died Mitta Mitta 1906, file re selling his effects to pay for cost of burial. H.T. McCANN purchased them. 5 pages, List 4.
SPENCE, James. Sought by mother Clara in Redfern Sydney in 1901. 6 pages, List 4.
SPENCE, W.G. Wrote 2 letters to Chief Secretary in 1898 re P. RICHARDSON, a unionist gaoled in 1894 and recently released, who has been told that Victoria police will arrest him if he returns home to his mother in Chilewell Geelong. 11 pages, List 19.
SPENCER, Jessie Elizabeth. Of Omeo; issued a warrant for Nicholas MARSH for desertion of his illegitimate child in 1893. Found. 7 pages, List 7.
SPILLANE, William Stanislaus, 20yrs, born Prahran, found wandering at St Kilda, and bought to police station; ‘appears simple-minded’, then cleaned and looked after before being sent to Christian Bros. Orphanage in Geelong. Anonymous letters claim his parents were cruel to him, he was never educated. Police prepare a brief for prosecution of father William, but looks like never charged. Evidence of witnesses given: Eva BECK, Mary Ellen ILES, Joseph DAVIES (gentleman of Windsor), Elizabeth WHITAKER, Walter HABER, Frances ALLAN and Madge COOPER. His mother was Cecilia nee GAUNT. 37 page, List 15.
SPOONER, – , chemist, Coleraine, suspected of supplying medicines to help with abortions by M. LOURIE and Annie RADLEY in 1896. 16 pages, List 50.
SPOUSE FAMILY. Daughter Florrie, 17 years, severely burnt in fire at 12 Linton St., Balaclava in 1898. 2 pages, List 18.
SPROUSE, Mrs. Annie. Gives birth to stillborn child at Buchan in 1899. 2 pages, List 17.
SQUIRE, Mary Elizabeth, wife of Henry, suicided at Geelong in 1900. 3 pages, List 47.
S.S. BOGONG wrecked at Marlo in 1896. Very large and very detailed file mentions the following: drowned were brothers George, Ernest and Edward Henry HUYSMANS, (there was a warrant out for the latter, and he had been hidden by friends/relations), John ANDERSON, Charles AISTROP/ASTROPE. Saved were Albert Edward PRICE, J.P. GALLIENNE (Master), Leonard STEVENSON/STEPHENSON. Local constable borrowed boat from Orbost Rowing Club and broke scull – they were reimbursed after his explanation. A search went on for some weeks, involving local Aboriginals Andrew CHASE and W. BLAIR, and a case belonging to Edward Huysmans was found. George ROCHFORT was living with the Huysman’s mother. A sister, Daisy DALRYMPLE, wife of John of Darlinghurst Sydney, gave permission for the case and contents to be given to Minnie HUYSMANS, who was Edward’s wife, who ‘was a woman of bad repute before her marriage and resided in a brothel’. Months later some human remains were found by Richard and George MORGAN, while mustering cattle. List 37.
STAFFORD, James, charged with cattle stealing in 1899. Local police want to take 12 year old Frederick WILSON away, as he can give evidence, but this is not supported. Wilson is a cousin of Mrs. Stafford nee DOWLING; his mother died in an asylum and his father ‘is a dissolute’ and the Staffords have given him a home. Unflattering description of families involved. 37 pages, List 41.
STAFFORD, Richard. Wrote from Kingston South Australia in 1907 re his daughter Mary Jane who ‘was taken away by G.G. Spain’; there is some money due to her. She was 24 years old. Police ascertain that she is the wife of George G. ESPAGNE/ESPAIGNE and living at Horsham. 5 pages, List 15.
STAFFORD, Victor, 19 years, North Melbourne; attempted suicide in 1912. Father Edward says he had been drinking; police decide not to prosecute. 5 pages, List 35.
STAWELL, W., of Malleson, England & Stewart, Melbourne, reports loss of his daughter’s pony in 1910. 2 pages, List 24.
STEEL, Mrs. U., Picton, NSW, wrote in 1897 re her husband Matthew who deserted eight years previously. He was c45 years old. Found, he declines to support her. 6 pages, List 38
STEEN, H.F., elderly man, died at Bundalagnah near Maffra in 1900. File re burial costs and claim of undertaker Alexander HARDIE. 14 pages, List 45.
STEIGLITZ COFFEE PALACE. Destroyed by fire in 1895; owned by Mr. HARE. Licensee Joseph Francis GILL and his mother in law Ella HICKSH charged and convicted of offence. Witness Elizabeth ROCKS praised by police. Very detailed file. 44 pages, List 35. CONNECTION FOUND
STEPHENS, Bill. Sought by Capt Charles H. HALL of Melbourne in 1877, he was c46yrs, led a wandering life, police think the person who died in 1864 in Yackandandah may be him. 13 pages, List 5.
STERNBERG, Benjamin W., writes to Chief Commissioner in 1904, claiming being unfairly persecuted, he is not a member of any secret society. 2 pages, List 0.
STEVENS, Mrs. Margaret of Warra Qld., wrote in 1918 re her husband Frederick S. Stevens, who went to stay with his brother Henry at Nagambie. Her letters are unanswered; found. 3 pages.
STEVENS, Mrs. Margaret, wrote from 16 Mile Creek, Warra, Qld. in 1919 re husband Frederick Sylvester Stevens, who is in the Salvation Army Home, has not answered her letters, has lost memory. Police find him, but daughter who is providing for him requests no letters be sent to wife. 4 pages, List 22.
STEVENSON, G.A., wrote from State School, Mount Taylor in 1904, re his 16½ year old son Gilbert, known as Bert, who went to the country. His wife is in Kew Asylum and fretting as she hasn’t seen her son. Sister Ruby is employed in Melbourne and lives there with her aunt. Not found. 8 pages, List 34.
STEVENSON, John Barr. Known as the ‘Australian Blondin’. Wanted for perjury in 1896 case. List 4.
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STOBIE, Mrs. J.C., Port Melbourne, complains in 1895 of frequent police visits, has never been convicted of anything. Report states she is a woman of ‘easy virtue’. 4 pages, List 26.
STOCK, Alice, 22 years old, alleged abortion on in 1899 by ‘Dr’ William CAROLE of Rushworth, who subsequently died. She was living with her sister Mrs. Emily LINFORD at Whroo and made a very detailed statement of the treatment she had undergone. 16 pages, List 43.
STOCKDALE near Briagolong. Sly grog shanties kept there by William VALLANCE and Edward HAMILTON in 1895. Thomas D. LORD wrote from Castlemaine in 1895, reporting on Hamilton. Report states he is a friend of Vallance. 8 pages, List 28.
STOCKMAN, Emily, wrote from Gosford NSW re her husband Frederick in 1895. He deserted ship the previous December; can be found at sisters in Middle Park. Not found. 5 pages, List 30.
STODDART, James, died suddenly at Collingwood, 1900. Police report on, not suspicious. 3 pages, List 48.
STORRIE, James, wrote from Woodside South Australia in 1894 re his son Alfred, advising that the Salvation Army can help him, as his sister is a member. Reference to court case. 6 pages, List 38
STOTT, Annie and daughter. Murdered by husband John at Prahran in1903.
STOTT, Minnie, wrote from Kensington, Sydney NSW in 1912 asking whether she had to return to Melbourne to take out another maintenance order against her husband James, who had not paid the amount owing. 5 pages, List 34.
STRACHAN, James; information sought by solicitors in Scotland in 1896. He was a chemist who died in Orange NSW IN 1882, leaving a wife and one daughter. Death certificate on file shows he was 36 years, born Scotland, married Amelia DOWN in London. He was nephew t the late Colonel RENNIE who had died recently. 7 pages, List 39.
STRANGE, Charles Henry. Sentenced to death for murder of Frederick DOWSE, 1895. Large file.
STRANGE, Charles Henry. Murdered Frederick DOWSE. Large file, List 29. (Different from above)
STRANGER, John Wiliam, found dead on railway line at Woodend in 1912; buried locally by police. Sister C.M. CASTELOW of Northcote writes that his brother in W.A. will pay expenses, wants body disinterred and buried in Melbourne. 3 pages, List 32.
STRAUBE, Hugo, wrote from Scoresby in 1896 asking details of the death in childbirth of his sister Mrs. Johaan Reyhold WALTHER in Sydney; he was anxious about the other children. 8 pages, List 36.
STRIKE, Lily. Married Edmund CHALMERS in 1894 and Henry R. HAMMERSLEY in 1896 under name of CRISTIE. Divorced from Chalmers in 1905; charged with bigamy.
STROWN, K., wrote in 1900. Her husband, correct name Fredick STRIOWSKI, left two months ago for Western Australia and she hasn’t heard. He’s German, has been a seaman, they have three children. A second letter states she has heard from him. 7 pages, List 45.
STUART, Alexander, hanged himself at Fyansford in 1896. Not identified at first, so photo taken; still on file. Identified as previously being in Tasmania as a mining speculator, Scottish, no relatives in colonies, c60 years, sister in Cheltenham England. 13 pages, List 36. See introduction re photographs.
STURGESS, William, North Melbourne, 1895, c20 years old, called an ‘audacious mendicant’ by Charity Organisation Society; is begging in the streets. Father owns property, is separated from mother who says she cannot control William. Report on family. 4 pages, List 26.
SUARES, William. Charged with failure to pay maintenance to Dept of Neglected Children for son Leslie Eric. 7 pages, List 15.
SUMMERS, Rosey, 12 years old, fell off merry-go-round at St. Kilda in 1895 and hit head. Taken to hospital by police, in company with stepfather Benjamin BREHAM. Operators of equipment William CRUMP and Arthur BURKE interviewed, but no charges laid. 4 pages, List 25.
SUTCLIFFE, Walter F., wrote on letterhead of Gibbs Bright & Co., Sydney, asking help to trace the sister of Thomas CALLAGHAN who was ill in hospital there. He was born in Collingwood and his sister Selina was married. Police establish that she was married to George NICHOLAS of Yarraville, but he declines to help as he has done so in the past. 11 pages, List 49.
SUTHERLAND, Eric. Wrote from Carlton in 1898, wanting to join police force; he was 19 years old. 1 page, List 7.
SUTHERLAND, John, native of Tasmania, 57 years, shot in W.A. in 1895. T.L. STEWART, of Stewart & McDonald, wine merchants, asks for details to be given to his widowed mother in Collingwood. 8 pages, List 25.
SUTHERLAND, Walter alias COOPER. Escaped from custody in N.S.W. in 1918, 38 yrs, french polisher, Victorian native, serving ten year sentence. Copy of letter to daughter Hilda on file. 7 pages and small photo.
SUTTON, Cora, Pakenham, writes in 1900 to Canon Horace TUCKER re her alcoholic husband Henry. He writes to police asking for help, report on file, as well as their letters. 17 pages, List 22.
SWAN, Mary Jane. Sixteen years, lured away from home at Mordialloc by Thomas GANGE in 1861. Father William writes.
SWANBOROUGH, Dorothy May. Born at Women’s Hospital in 1912, mother Kathleen/Catherine is under age. She was born in Wagga Wagga NSW, but now living in Richmond Vic. Father of child Ernest HOMAN is being charged with maintenance only. List 15.
SWEET, H., wrote from Port Adelaide in 1910 re his wife Hannah Mary nee NEWTON, 28 years, who has left him and 3 children; thinks she will book passage home to England. 3 pages, List 23.
SWINBURNE, George. Wrote to police in 1904, asking their help in finding John David JOHNSTONE, the brother of his children’s nurse; found interstate. 8 pages, List 10.
SWINBURNE, George. Wrote in 1907, expressing thanks for help with election meeting; says the assault on John WREN was his own fault. 5 pages, List 15.
SWORDS, Marianne. Lamplough Bench wrote to government in 1860 asking if she could be sent to the Immigrants Home; both parents dead and she has been deserted by Mrs. HAMILTON who has gone with her husband to the Snowy. 4 pages, List 27.
SYME, David of The Age asks police assistance with watching over friend – MELVIN, of Berry St., East Melbourne, who has threatened suicide. Father John Melvin takes over care next day. Syme pays for police protection. 14 pages, List 39.
SYME, Geoffrey of Kew. File on assault and burglary on him by Allen MOORE, 1912.
SYNNOT, Mr. Confidential memo from police headquarters to Sunbury station re his drinking sprees, 1899.
SYNNOT, Richard W. Scots Hotel, reports theft of gold watch etc, 1901, while drunk.
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TABERNACLE RAGGED SCHOOL RELIEF MISSION & NIGHT SHELTER. 23 & 25 Cremorne St. Richmond. One page history to 1901, started 1894. List 15.
TAFFE/TAIT, Joseph, 75 years, found wandering in Prahran, temporarily boarded with Mrs. Eleanor DALY while family sought; found in Beaconsfield Parade and report he has done this before. 11 pages, List 51.
TAIT, K., writes from Buninyong in 1910, asking if there is anything she can do to Percy WHYKES who has made her daughter Una pregnant. Her husband took him to caught for maternity expenses, but lost the case. 5 pages, List 24
TALFORD/TELFORD, James, stops runaway horse and dray, owner Henry McDONOUGH of East Collingwood, in Melbourne in 1870, asks reward. Driver Patrick SKEHAN was delivering potatoes. 4 pages, List 30.
TALINTYRE, Robert. Wrote two letters of complaint from Campbell’s Creek near Castlemaine in 1906 about an unnamed local constable behaving improperly with a married woman. Local inspector reports that the actual writer is Mrs. LEE, wife of an engine driver, who had a relationship with Constable Clifford JENKIN, No. 3529 and is now seeking revenge. 5 pages, List 3.
TAMAGNO, Tommaso. Italian Consul in Melbourne wrote in 1877 re him and Guiseppe CARBARINO, who had both died, asking for property details. 7 pages, List 5
TANSEY, Matilda. Investigation into her destitute state, has three illegitimate children, 1896. 21 pages, List 3.
‘TARARUA’ GOLD ROBBERY. 1880, large file. Martin WEINBERG interviewed.
TATT, Annie Amelia, 9 years, Porcupine Flat Maldon. Allegation that she had been interfered with by family friend Thomas CLARKE in 1896. 8 pages, List 36.
TAYLOR, Albert W. Wrote from Fitzroy in 1919, seeking admission into police force. He was university educated, well travelled, a civil engineer and surveyor, 37 yrs etc. 3 pages, List 5.
TAYLOR, Dora, sought by mother Mrs. W. McCOURT of St. Peters, Sydney, in 1900. Found in brothel in Melbourne, but mother not told details. 8 pages, List 45
TAYLOR, Elizabeth. Details of her convictions for abortions on Julia G. WARBURTON, Celestine FROST, Eve LATHAN; and Nellie [Ellen] CARTER in Victoria, and later interstate conviction, 1908.
TAYLOR, Ellen, and mother Ellen, Geelong. Committed for trial in 1900 for concealment of birth; child buried in backyard. 37 pages, List 44
TAYLOR, George, enquired for by wife Bessie, who wrote from Adelaide in 1912. He was employed by Aust. Workers Union, but left them and went to Dimboola, then Melbourne. He was a carpenter. Further letter in 1913, when she is working at Broken Hill and has her daughter with her. Extensive search fails to find him. 29 pages, List 33.
TAYLOR, Leslie. (Squizzie) 1918 Criminal Offence Report of claim by Sarah DALVEAN of 122 Lt. Lonsdale St., Melbourne, that he used threatening words to her and her son. Verbatim recording of foul language used is pretty bad.
TEBBLE, Elizabeth Florence, 22 years, of Kobyboyn near Seymour, gave birth to illegitimate child while alone on property. Child died and she hid it in bush. Graphic detail of what happened to body. She died shortly afterwards; was the daughter of John and Sarah. Report includes evidence of Alfred SATTERLY who worked on property, as well as family members and runs to 22 pages. Inquest is also on file and it is 25 pages. List 25.
TEESE, Victor, Euroa, applied to join police force in 1906. John GROSVENOR writes he is the father of his daughter’s illegitimate child. 4 pages, List 26.
TEHAN, John. Applies to join police force in 1897; his father James is a magistrate at Heathcote and respectable; police report brother involved in a maintenance case. 7 pages, List 6.
TELFER, Catherine, writes from Diapur near Nhill in 1902. She and her 8 children are starving. Husband James is in Ballarat gaol for failure to pay maintenance. Police arrange support. 16 pages, List 19.
TEMPLE/McGEE, Eveline Annie Jessie. Bizarre story of how she deceived her lover Louis FRANK (a travelling salesman) into registering the birth of two children as his, with her as mother, when she had received them from two different mothers, 1906. Copy of certificates on file show children were Linda, daughter of Mary Ann Day STORER, and Harry Heyward, son of Hannah BROMILOW, who were re-registered as Violet Betty and Eric Sigismund. She had done a similar thing some years previously. 26 pages, List 4.
TEMPLE, T.R., wrote from Adelaide Sth Australia in 1912 re 60 year old father Harry Stephen Temple, formerly telegraph operator at GPO there, lately in Melbourne. Has heard of his death; no record of death, not found. 4 pages, List 35.
TEMPLETON, Ruby Mary. Daughter of Francis, married Alfred George PALMER in 1913, gave birth to a child by Jack SMITH in Bendigo while Palmer was away at war, and registered it with Smith as her husband. Her sister Doris Myrtle Templeton gave birth to a stillborn child in 1918 also in Bendigo. Anonymous letter re their morals.
TERRY, Alfred, married Gladys Flora Clara RICHARDSON in 1896; Mrs. Joan Watson SMITH signed as her guardian, but she was not as her mother was still alive, and did not approve. Mother complains to police. 11 pages, List 37.
TEW, Thomas, wrote from near Queenstown, South Australia in 1894, re his daughter Mary Ann, who left home and was believed living with Charles MARTIN at the Leongatha Labour Colony as his wife. Martin had two other wives, both living. Police find a warrant from Goulburn for wife desertion is in existence. 14 pages, List 38.
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THOMAS, Charles, 16 years, left his home in Ivanhoe to go to work in Melbourne, and has not returned. Mother thinks he may have gone to Tasmania, but not found there. 5 pages, List 44.
THOMAS, D.A., JP, wrote from Customs House, Cobram in 1896, complaining that F. LONGMORE, chemist of Melbourne, had not sent the ‘Royal Hair Restorer’ he ordered and paid for. Longmore interviewed, delay in production. 7 pages, List 37.
THOMAS, George Ellis. Sought by his brother in law Henry DUTTON of Kapunda, Sth Aust., in 1908. He had been at Ballarat, had a brother and nephew in Melbourne. Not found. 12 pages, List 3.
THOMAS, Joseph. Wrote from Marrickville Sydney in 1894 querying delay in return of photograph from Star Portrait Co in Geelong, suspects fraud. Letterhead of firm on file. 8 pages, List 13.
THOMAS, R.F., teacher, Public School, Unkya Creek via Frederickton, NSW, wrote in 1900, seeking address of Mr. and Mrs. E. GARDNER of Richmond on behalf of her sister in UK who has heard she has died. Found alive. 5 pages, List 43.
THOMAS, William. Died suddenly in Melbourne in 1903; was a hairdresser, from Adelaide. Letters of reference and one from his wife on file. 17 pages, List 4.
THOMPSON, Agnes. Left her illegitimate son George at the Women’s Refuge in 1880 and hadn’t paid maintenance; letter from her on file. Susanna BARKER, Sec. of the Refuge writes to police. 22 pages, List 4.
THOMPSON, Albert James. Sought by Lavinia THOMPSON of Sydney in 1908. He was part Chinese, a butcher, supposed to have come to Melbourne to open a shop; breach of promise case. Not found. 4 pages, List 10.
THOMPSON, Alfred John. Information sought by Arthur O. HALL, solicitor of Geelong, in 1908. In 1904 Thompson’s then wife Jessie Wilson Thompson nee KNIGHT, divorced him. Present wife is living with him in Adelaide and ‘is terrified of him.’ Asks for Thompson’s criminal record but police refuse. 5 pages, List 10.
THOMPSON/THOMSON, Mrs. Annie. Widow of John Dobkin THOMPSON, Captain of the Transit. Went missing from her home in Hawthorn in 1876; is 46yrs, speaks German fluently; her stepfather was Mr. HOLMES. Her son Alfred THOMPSON, 23yrs, committed suicide a few weeks later. Police think she may have been killed, but subsequently she is found in country Victoria. BEASLEY family involved. 32 pages, photo of her on file. List 6.
THOMPSON, Annie, c/- Mr. John CONDON, Forest Lodge, Sydney, wrote in 1896 re a newspaper report of an Albert Thompson arrested for pick pocketing. Her husband deserted her, is this him. No. 7 pages, List 35.
THOMPSON, David, went missing from Glen Wills in 1890; born Aberdeen Scotland, miner, c50 years, was prospecting for tin. Police eventually take possession of his property; no known relatives in colony. In 1899 a skeleton found at Lightning Creek was identified as him. 32 pages, List 41.
THOMPSON, John Andrew, found unconscious in a Melbourne street in 1899 by Thomas SCULLY of Carlton. Taken to hospital and subsequently died. Aunts were Mrs. CONAWAY and Mrs. SHIELL. He was a native of Newcastle, England, a clerk. 9 pages, List 49.
THOMPSON, Mary Ann. Died at Bendigo in 1861, leaving 4 children, from 4 months to 11 years. She was living with – Thompson, and youngest child was by him, but elder 3 were from deceased husband (name not given) but known as Thompson. The youngest child died shortly afterwards, a girl was sent to the Benevolent Asylum, one boy given to Messrs Heffernan and Crowley and the other, John, to Thomas MORGAN of Eaglehawk , but taken away by Coroner as he was not Catholic, and he wanted to place him with a Catholic family. Morgan makes formal complaint as do local Ministers. 23 pages, List 13.
THOMSON, Mrs. Isabella, Norwood Hill, Castlemaine, wife of William, tannery hand, died 1896 after giving birth to stillborn child after difficult labour. Cause certified by Drs OWENS and WOOLLEY as heart disease. File re whether to exhume body and hold inquest. Nurse was Ellen WEBB. 9 pages, List 36.
THOMSON, Ivy. Injured at South Morang on Cup Day 1908 when youths rolled a stone down a hill. Father W. Thomson asks police to name boys involved, which they do. The boys were all from Brunswick: A. CARTER, J. STOREN, E. FRANNERY, Charles JOHNSTON, Richard GILBERT, John HOGAN, George BROWN. 13 pages, List 10.
THORNBURN FAMILY. Mrs. PARK of Dundas Sydney NSW wrote in 1902 regarding Walter, 12 years, Leslie George 11 years and Eric 9 years, who were born in India. Their mother, who was highly educated and the daughter of Rev. SLATER of Bangalore, died there; she is their father’s sister. She has cared for them for over a year, but the father has taken them back to Melbourne, after she asked for money for maintenance. She is worried they are being neglected. Very detailed report on family. 15 pages, List 20.
THORPDALE. Petition from residents re having police stationed there; 2 pages of signatures, headed by F. DICKINSON; report on situation, and refusal. 13 pages, List 26.
THORPE, J., wrote from Govt. Printing Office, Brisbane in 1895, concerned about his father C., aged 78 years, who was living alone in Williamstown and asking police to keep an eye out for him. 7 pages, List 29.
THORPE, John Fulford. Information sought by wife K. Thorpe, Melbourne in 1899; last heard of in Perth. Found. 6 pages, List 42.
THORSEN, Frank, admitted to Homes of Hope Orphanage Collingwood in 1893, 6 years old. Father’s whereabouts unknown, mother destitute. She visited him a few times, but would not contribute to his keep. In 1900 she wishes to make contact with him, but Home refuses, so she approaches police for assistance. He is working for J. BARROW of Spring Hill Kyneton, and states he is happy there, but subsequently goes to his mother. 8 pages, List 45.
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TIERNEY FAMILY, Elsternwick. Anonymous letter in 1899 complains they are abusing their only son William. Police find he was strapped for missing school, has returned home and will be sent to Christian Brothers School at Geelong. Parents given good character. 6 pages, List 42.
TOC H. Ray Baxter, secretary, wrote in 1938 re plans to establish Boy’s Clubs in industrial suburbs of Melbourne. Report on establishment, particularly the Fred. Walker’s Boys Club in Middle Park. 12 pages, List 2.
TODD, Amy. Number of letters in 1912 re rude constable who asked her mother and herself to move from their seats in the Town Hall. 14 pages, List 4.
TODD, Ellen. Mons A. LIET writes (in French) about her in 1874. She lived with Mrs. SALTER of St. Kilda for ten years; Dr. MOORE of Carlton paid annually for her support. She has absconded, is aged 14-15 years.
TOKELY, F., New Farm Brisbane, sent telegram in 1912 asking police to watch for wife who had left him and their two children and sailed for Melbourne under name of PALMER. Physical description given. Later note says landed in Sydney. 6 pages, List 32.
TOKELY, F.M., wrote from New Farm Brisbane in 1912. His wife has left him with their two children, 3 and 5, and sailed for Melbourne. They recently came from New Zealand. She had a ‘very dark complexion … is considered a very fine looking woman’. Not found. 7 pages, List 33.
TOLLEY, Mary. Nee BRANDON. Married Edward Tolley in 1889 in New Zealand; he subsequently married a Miss McLEOD in Melbourne in 1906. Mary writes that she has got a divorce but he should be charged with bigamy, 1908. Police state that it is not their affair.
TONER, James. Son of Patrick, by his first marriage. Investigation into him and possible bigamous marriage, wife Emma mentioned, 1894. 16 pages, List 13.
TONGIO HOTEL near Omeo. Stables and horses destroyed by fire in 1900. Owner of hotel was Rebecca FAULKINGHAM and the licensee was Thomas CARMODY. Horses owned by Miss FERRIS of Morass Creek. The fire was first seen by Anthony GALL and Arthur ESBERG who were camped nearby. Drinkers at the hotel were James ELLIS, Fred CONDON, Robert KING, and employee John Isaac JACKSON. 17 pages, List 45.
TONKIN, E., wrote from Portland in 1896, enclosing letter from M.J. [Mary Jane??] GRIFFITH, c/- Mrs. COPLEY, Perth, W.A. advising of death of his sister Bessie, at the home of Mr. EVANS at Mullewa, W.A. A most moving letter from Griffith. Police confirm claim. 10 pages, List 37.
TOOHEY, Frederick William, 9 years, fell down sewer shaft in Carlton in 1900; child William MOXON witnessed event. 4 pages, List 48.
TOOKER, M.G., wrote from Rockhampton in1901. His sister Mrs. BEAMISH had married Reginald BRAY, a Victorian policeman in 1876 and had a daughter the same year. She died c1881 and the child has lived with the writer ever since. Asks police to provide details of the marriage. 4 pages, List 49.
TOPHAM, George. Died at Grant in 1866 ‘without money or mates’. File re police burial and reimbursement of costs. Michael HURLEY conveyed corpse to cemetery; T.B. WILSON built the coffin, their invoices on file. Topham was known to James C. BURFIELD of Fitzroy. 7 pages, List 6.
TOPPING, Mrs. Elizabeth. Wrote from Kalgoorlie in 1907 re her husband Bena, who went to Melbourne; has heard he is ill. Not found. 4 pages, List 15.
TORPY, Patrick. Died at Elmore in 1881; file re expenses involved in burying him and unpaid account of coffin maker T.H. FARRELL. 14 pages, List 2.
TORRENTE, Venture. Italian Consul in Melbourne wrote about him in 1877; he had deserted his ship in 1867; also enquired about Giovanni PIRONI and Dionisis FONTANA. Only Torrente found. 23 pages, List 5.
TOVEY, Gertrude, reports theft of jewellery from her bedroom at Albert Park in 1919. Police doubt her story. 4 pages, List 31.
TOVEY, Jeremiah. File re his medical treatment, death and burial at Dunolly in 1899. He was a pauper, aged 87 years. Thomas REES assisted police and Lawrence TOOLE of the Golden Age Hotel also involved. 17 pages, List 41.
TOWERS, Andrew, of Teralba Newcastle NSW, contacted by Victorian police in 1912. His wife Alice and their 4 children are destitute in Melbourne; she has her sister’s infant BREWER with them, brought over from Tasmania, and has mailed him for money but none has arrived. He sends money, but children become ill and she can’t travel. 4 pages, List 33.
TOWNSEND, Mrs. J., Sydney, wrote in 1920 asking if the Annie Miller of Albert Rd. South Melbourne, listed in the directories, is her mother, who left there 11 yrs ago would be 48 yrs old. Police advise different person. 3 pages, List 3.
TOWNSEND, Mrs. K. of Burnie Tasmania, wrote in 1905. She has seen a newspaper report of an unidentified man found drowned, and asks if it is her husband. He left some weeks ago for Victoria, was 46 yrs, a drunkard who wasted their money, and had threatened suicide. Encloses sample of material from which she made his shirts. People ascertain it was another person. 6 pages, List 3.
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TRAVELLERS AID SOCIETY. 2nd Annual Report, 1918.
TREMLETT, Mrs. Ivy. Quarrelled with husband, separated, he took their 3 year old child away from her while she was living with her sister Eva BEAUVAIS in Brunswick, and in despair she attempted suicide in 1919. 10 pages, List 19.
TREVENA, Edwin. Deserted wife A.V. c1897. She writes from Broken Hill in 1902, thinks he’s committed bigamy with maggie MUNROE or CALLAGHAN at Bendigo. He claims that she is a bigamist. 6 pages, List 16.
TREVETHICK, William. Murdered Sandhurst, 1899.
TROTTER, Arthur Henry. Murdered, 1913. Large file.
TRUDGEN, Frank. Writes from Adelaide in 1898, asking if the Thomas TRUDGEON found dead in a hut at Maldon is his father, who left them in 1882, later committing a bigamous marriage in Sydney. His father used different spellings of his surname and aliases. Police report not his father. 7 pages, List 19.
TUCK, Caroline, sought by Mrs. McKinnon of Wellington via Orange NSW in 1904. In 1901 she adopted Tuck’s child from the Women’s Hospital; since then her husband has died, she is in poor health, she can’t make ends meet, and needs help. Tuck came from Cobram. Family found. 6 pages, List 33.
TUCKER, Albert, wrote from East Devonport Tasmania in 1898, asking if Sarah COOPER is at 62 High St., St. Kilda and if it is a respectable place; yes, Woodward family. 4 pages, List 23.
TUCKER, J.S., wrote series of letters from Burnie, Tasmania in 1910 re his daughter Ruby Silvy Vesta May, 19 years, who had stayed behind in Melbourne when the family returned home. She was renting a room with Mrs. Annie OSBORNE (husband William John) in Port Melbourne, and working at Swallow & Ariel’s factory. His brother W.H. Tucker interviewed. Details of family life given; she doesn’t wish to return home. 25 pages, List 24
TUNG, Henry, Ballarat, applied to become a Chinese Detective in 1904; gives background, is 33 years and single. 3 pages, List 34.
TURIN VEREIN. Police report on Fitzroy premises being attacked by a mob, 1914. 7 pages, List 3.
TURNER, James, sought by wife E. of Plympton, Fremantle, W.A. in 1899. They were married in 1898, have four children. She went to Melbourne and he was to follow but didn’t. On her return she found that he has cleared out. She belives he is with a Mrs. LUCAS in Fitzroy, but they are not found. ‘… if it costs me my life I will have him to suffer for I am like a madwoman …’. 7 pages, List 16.
TURNER, Noah. Tenders for removal of manure from Tylden police station, 1864, 3 pages, List 14. Tenders for repairs to store at Tylden police station, 8 pages, List 14.
TURNER, Richard. Identified as body found at Keilor in 1876; was from Daylesford, letter from wife on file. 27 pages, List 6.
TURNER, Walter, 43 years, storekeeper, missing from his home in Sydney in 1906. Chief Commissioner there sends details, including a somewhat blurred photo. 4 pages, List 31.
TWITT, John George, 16 years old, injured and taken to a private hospital at Nurmurkah in 1912, where he subsequently died and was buried without an inquest being held and police informed. Discussion re necessary to exhume body and hold inquest. 9 pages, List 33.
TYRRELL, William. Charged with shooting Janet GERARD at Lt. Lonsdale Street Melbourne in 1917.
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ULHORN, Mr. Hairdresser, St. Kilda, of German extraction, scared soldiers are going to attack him, 1916. List 6.
UNDERWOOD, Elizabeth. Wrote from Broken Hill in 1905 regarding her son Mark who had been apprenticed as an acrobat to Mr. N.H. TYLER. He wrote that he was being badly treated. 15 pages, List 8.
UNEMPLOYED MEETING, 1892. Two handbills advertising same.
UNKNOWN MALE, found dead in bush near Beechworth in 1896, had hanged himself. Faded photograph and 2 pages. List 39. See instructions re copying of photographs.
UPTON, Herbert George. Charged with carnal knowledge of Gertrude Irene FURZER at Flemington in 1905. Photo; 25 yrs. File incomplete, some repetitious material. See comments re copying of photographs. List 4. .
URQUHART, Donald, wrote from Allora, Darling Downs Qld., in 1907, applying for entry to police force. Reference from Commonwealth Attorney General L.E. GROOM on file. 5 pages, List 44.
U.S. NAVY. Description of 1908 deserters from Great White Fleet.
VANCE, James. Murdered, 1900, five people charged with crime. Large file.
VANDERLUFT, Looie, wrote from Heathcote in 1902 re the arrest of two burglars, asking if her daughter Mrs. J.T. ANDAS’s jewellery was among the items found; she was currently overseas. 4 pages, List 12.
VARKER, Mary Emily, nee WEATHERSON, wife of William James, gave birth to illegitimate child Duecilla Mary at Eaglehawk in 1895 and listed him as father on birth certificate. They were married in 1886, had two children, Hilda and Clarice, but have been separated for some years. Father of child is – JOHNS. She and her mother run the Huntly Wine Hall. File includes copies of birth certificates. 30 pages, List 29.
VEAR, H.C., Ballarat, wrote two strange letters to police in 1912; local police report he suffers from hallucinations and is harmless. 7 pages, List 33.
VEARING, W., wrote from Mitchellstown via Tahbilk in 1900 re neighbours SMITH, who have drunken men and women around their premises; he is worried they will destroy his sheep. They are identified as Charles Smith and his three daughters. The eldest is living with William GORDON, the second has gone to Melbourne, and the youngest is with a Mrs. TOGNELLI of Tahbilk. Vearing is Smith’s brother in law. 8 pages, List 45.
VENN, James Grosse, deserted wife in Sydney in 1892. She writes in 1898 seeking details of him. Not found. 8 pages, List 19.
VENNELL, Martha, charged with murdering son Ellis John Vennell at Maryborough in 1894; acquitted. Large file, List 24.
VERSTRUCTEN, Philippi. Sought by Belgian Consul in 1877; found. 8 pages, List 5.
VIAL, William John, deserted wife E.G. Vial previous to 1895, when she asks police to find him. She writes from Coomoora, Daylesford. 2 pages, List 25.
VINCE, Mrs. Sarah Elizabeth, wife of George, found dead in burned dairy at Teddywaddy near Wycheproof in 1900. Large file. List 22.
VINCENT, William Carthew, sought by wife Grace in Collingwood in 1899. She and their 3 children are destitute; he was believed to be in Tasmania, was a printer and aged 35 years. 16 pages, List 43.
VINES, Samuel. File re this seven year old child being sent from Bendigo to a Reformatory in 1864. 7 pages, List 4.
VINES, William. Wrote from Melbourne in 1864, demanding apology from Chief Commissioner Frederick Standish for being locked up by local police. Subsequently committed to asylum. 5 pages, List 12.
VOEGE, Lucy, brought unconscious to Maryborough Watchhouse in 1895; had given birth prematurely. Her 2 year old child Daisy Obena STALLARD was looked after by a constable’s wife before being committed to government care. 2 pages, List 28.
VON GEYER, St. John Charles, wrote from Carlton in 1896, asking police to confirm he had no criminal convictions; someone had told his employer Mr. KOLLING that he had. Incomplete file; 2 pages, List 50.
VUSCOVICH, Amelia. Died in Austin Hospital in 193. Government pays for burial, but husband Natale writes from Portarlington requesting copy of death certificate so Lodge can pay burial costs. 12 pages, List 19.
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WADDELL, John J. An ‘artist of some repute and possessed of means’ writes a strange letter to Chief Commissioner; suffers delusions. His brother W.H. Waddell, ex president of Heidelberg Council, says he will get him medically examined, 1896.
WADDELL, John H. Artist, brother of Cr. Waddell of Fairfield, apologises to police in 1904 for previous letter he wrote. Report on his mental state, has been in an asylum, and two letters on file. 9 pages, List 10.
WADDINGTON, Robert, English, cook, c50 years, believed to be the person who wandered away from Burra Station near Swan Hill when drunk and was lost in the bush in 1884. His wife Amelia, Sandhurst, confirms the description; negative comments about him on file. List 46.
WADE, Mary Jane, late of Cooper’s Arms Hotel, Melbourne, sought by Mrs. Mary ROACH of Kalgoorlie in 1912. Found. 8 pages, List 33.
WADE, Patrick, Egerton, woodcarter, had 5 children, Michael, Patrick, William Henry, George Martin and Sarah, with Sarah Jane MARTIN, who had previously married David DUNN, farmer, at Mooroopna and deserted him c1887; they were divorced. In 1896 he is charged with false registration of births. 10 pages, List 36.
WALCOT, C.B., Brighton, wrote in 1900, seeking information on a Mrs. FRASER, who, as Miss SMITH, a music teacher and daughter of a Presbyterian clergyman, arrived on the same ship as him in 1854. He was present at her marriage to a Mr. Fraser and hasn’t seen her since. Asks if she is the woman who once kept a brothel in Lonsdale Street. Report states that the brothel keeper was Sarah Fraser. The woman he knew was Laura Smith and she married Hugh Fraser. 6 pages, List 48.
WALDAECK, Dr. C. File re his eccentric behaviour at Bendigo, 1881. 4 pages, List 2.
WALKER, Henry and CLEEVE, George, broke into the boatshed of C/E Grammar School at Albert Park lake in 1892, and did £150 damage to seven boats. Dr. Ambrose J. WILSON, and A.S. WORKMAN, teachers, give evidence. Reward offered and child SMITH, of 106 Napier St., South Melbourne receives some of it. 9 pages, List 12.
WALKER, Henry, attempted suicide in Melbourne in 1905. Mother and sister Ellen Lawson Walker in Perth write and ask if it was Henry Lawson Walker, engineer; no. 10 pages, List 23.
WALKER, Horace, wrote from Omeo in 1896, complaining about local police. He is Crown lands Bailiff there. They report he is drinking heavily and his wife has taken out an order to keep him from hotels. 5 pages, List 35.
WALKER, Horace, rescued from Yarra river after jumping in at night, in 1912. Former surveyor in lands Dept., aged 75 years, claimed the reason was ‘disappointment in love’. Police find he had been drinking, no charge laid. 4 pages, List 33.
WALKER, Jean. Her brother in law Charles Edward Walker left his illegitimate child (born 1902) with her in Prahran, but hasn’t paid any maintenance for two years. She has four children of her own. He is now married and living in Paddington, but pretending the child is his nephew. 1916.
WALL, Thomas, Woolamin, pays H. KUGELMAN for herbal treatment in 1905, but delay in receiving same, so complains to police. He has died when police respond. 7 pages, List 23.
WALLACE, Annie of Wahring near Nagambie, is found guilty of mistreating 13 yr old Annie PROSSER who had been left in her care by her father. Her sister had previously been with her and died. 16 pages, List 4.
WALLACE, Harold Staunton, otherwise Heishel S. Wallace, 43 years, lately employed by GAUMONT PICTURE CO., in Melbourne. Alexander Brooks HELLMZICH, manager, charges him with larceny as a servant in 1912. He takes off with his wife Nita DART, 23 years, daughter of a Newcastle solicitor, and an American G.H. TWOMBLY, whose real name is LEED. Photo of Wallace on file.They are believed to be heading to America. 34 pages, List 34.
WALLACE, Robert. Writes from Carlton in 1887. His thirty year old daughter Mary is pregnant to her brother in law Charles THORPE, who tried to induce abortion.
WALLEY, Harry Egerton, deserted pregnant daughter of Mrs. G. BAXTER of Wellington in 1899; believed to be working on a ship; not found. 7 pages, List 42.
WALLIS, Mrs. Eliza, admitted to Dr. Harcourt’s Private Retreat in 1875, at instance of three sons; later transferred to Bay View Asylum NSW. Her sister Miss WOOTTEN, visited Australia in 1896 and arranged to have her released, but she was released early and Miss Wootten missed seeing her. She asks police to help locate Eliza, as her sons, Alexander Robert and John William, won’t co-operate. 15 pages, List 36.
WALLER, Ethel Neville, daughter of Ethel La Touche Waller. T.V. ROUND writes from Windsor in 1902 requesting details of her death in 1901; no record. 7 pages, List 19.
WALSH, Mrs. A. Wentworth Falls, NSW, wrote in 1906. She was married to Harry BUSCH, who went under the name of CARTER, and was from Sebastopol Victoria. He has deserted her. 6 pages, List 4.
WALSH, Thomas, J.P., farmer Yinnar. His wife gave birth to a stillborn child there in 1899 and he buried it on his property, near a child who died ten years previously. This was illegal and he was taken to court. 6 pages, List 2.
WALSH, Thomas, ran off with Pauline UBERGANG (UEBERGANG?) in 1899, leaving wife and 5 children destitute at Mirboo. She sold possessions and deserted children who were placed in care. 11 pages, List 42.
WALTERS, Alec, sought by Mr KRUCH, of Cobb & Co., Brisbane in 1896; he was also known as VANCE, was from Bendigo. Police locate his mother, of the Gasworks Hotel Bendigo, she hasn’t seen him for some years. 5 pages, List 29.
WARD, Amy Elizabeth. Gave birth to an illegitimate child Frederick Burnard Ward in 1895, father Thomas WILSON, a tent maker. Although he was ordered to pay maintenance, he was reluctant to do so. He had married, and offered to take the child and look after it, to which Amy agreed. His wife Eliza, sister of Susan FREEMAN, was not happy with the arrangement, and the child was found by police wandering in the street. Eliza and Thomas were charged with an offence, and the child was committed to the Neglected Children’s Department in 1898. 34 pages, List 2.
WARD, Frederick John, Caulfield, appointed to police force in 1912, but states he must reside locally as he has bought a house and has a family; police decline, and he is rejected. 2 pages, List 35.
WARD, Lizzie. Living with Archibald CAMPBELL in Argyle Place Carlton in 1883. Gave birth to a stillborn child. Annie FOYNES and Annie O’CONNOR were present ‘all a drunken lot’.
WARDILL, Richard Wilson. Commits suicide in Yarra in 1873 after defrauding his employer. Mrs. GARDINER, wife of Richmond ferryman is rewarded for her information in locating the body. Letter from Victorian Sugar Co. on file. 33 pages, List 31.
WARKE, William Knox, assaulted and robbed by Thomas MASON in Melbourne in 1896. Warke was formerly a clerk at Bendigo, now unemployed and needing financial assistance to stay in Melbourne for court case. 9 pages, List 30.
WARN, Mary, arrived from Wales c1874, in 1899 would be 42 years of age. Deserted her husband and children in Port Pirie and went to Melbourne ‘with a coloured man’ in 1897. Sought by daughter Rebecca in 1899; not found. 24 pages, List 42.
WARNE, Thomas. Bomb thrown at his house in Brunswick in 1928. 2 pages, List 4.
WARNECKE, Mr. Fruiterer, St. Kilda. A naturalised German, scared soldiers might attack him, 1916. List 6.
WARNER, Mrs. Mary, found dead in her bed by neighbour Mrs. Mary Ann NIXON and daughter Gertrude in 1900. Her son William reports to police; not suspicious. 2 pages, List 43.
WARNER, Walter Robertson, alias Thompson. In 1896 seduced Amy Mary BONES, daughter of William Bones of Ballarat, then persuaded her to forge her father’s name on a cheque for over £300, and took the money. Warner was married, a coachbuilder, 24-30 years old; photo (damaged) on file. It appears he absconded; charges against her were dropped. Large file. List 32.
WARNER, William. Deserted wife Elizabeth and two small children at Darlingford c1902. She has heard in 1905 that he has been sighted in Melbourne. 4 pages, List 11.
WARREN, Alfred. Sought by mother Mrs. J. Knight of Coolgardie, 1896. He was 17 yrs old; found. 8 pages, List 3.
WARREN, Richard. Deserted wife in 1897, sighted in 1899 and search resumed; wife then at Beenac. 9 pages, List 8.
WARRNAMBOOL ODDFELLOWS HALL. Caught fire in 1900; two families lived on site, Robert LAVERY, wife and daughter and John RICHARDS and wife. Lavery explains cause, accident. 25 pages, List 48.
WARRNAMBOOL TOWN HALL. File re a Sunday Grand Sacred Recital held there in 1894 by Messrs Saunders & D’Ensem and company, and for which an entrance fee was charged, contrary to government regulations. Includes a flyer listing performers D’Arcy Irvine, Gunn, Charles Saunders, Syria Lamonte, Carrie Bilton, Dennis Holme and the acts they were performing. Photo of Saunders and D’Ensem on flyer. 17 pages.
WARSAW, Vernon, 1938 attempts to get stepdaughter Nancy AMOS, child of wife’s former husband Percy Amos, out of care of welfare department and into their care. 7 pages.
WASH, Weymouth George, murdered wife in West Melbourne in 1895. 5 pages, List 28.
WASHSMITH, Edgar, sought by Jessie RICHARDSON of Neutral Bay Sydney in 1912; he was formerly of Carlton. Found.
WATERS, Thomas, charged with murder in 1898. File re upkeep of children Lilian and George. 7 pages, List 21.
WATSON, Daisy, assaulted by unknown man, who attempted to rape her at Albert Park in 1895. She is in domestic service, lives in South Melbourne. Claimed jockey Chris BURNS was the offender, but refused to identify him when he was found by police. 6 pages, List 28.
WATSON, Lloyd. Casterton, 1902; applies to join police force, is a returned soldier, 2 pages, List 12.
WATTERS, Mrs. Ellen, Richmond. Sought in 1898 by G.W. GRAY of Sea Hill, Qld, son in law of her unnamed sister, who has not heard from her for sometime. Found. 7 pages, List 19.
WATTERS, Mrs. Joseph, wrote from Petersham NSW in 1895 re her husband who is traveling with a magic lantern show; not found. 15 pages, List 25.
WATTS, Mrs. Gave birth to stillborn twins in 1876 at Campbell Parade Richmond, who were buried in the backyard by her husband. File re removal of them to a cemetery. 7 pages, List 2.
WAYLAND, Thomas. Writes from Adelaide in 1899 re his daughter Ellen (Nellie), 20 years, who went with EDWARDS & COOPER’s Variety Troupe. She has not been heard of for some months, believed to be in Melbourne. 8 pages, List 17.
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WEBB, Esther Jane. Died at Turton Creek 1900; request to bury her there as difficult to get her to nearest cemetery at Foster. Attended by Mrs. Adelaide WRAIGHT. 2 pages, List 3.
WEBB FAMILY. Victorian Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children ask for police report into the family in 1896. Formerly of Brunswick, now living in Carlton, one of their children has died in the Children’s hospital. Father’s name given as Henry and then as James. Report states there were 5 children, and the father is ‘a sober man’ but in very poor circumstances. 5 pages, List 36.
WEBB, Thomas John, deserted wife Florence May at Alexander. In 1907 she heard he was at Smithton Tasmania, and asked police to help find him. They locate his brother George K. Webb there. In 1914 she filed for divorce. 18 pages, List 44.
WEICHARDT, Miss. Tea Rooms, St. Kilda, of German extraction, worried soldiers are going to attack, 1916. List 6.
WEIR, Johnson. Writes seeking police help in 1907. Has lived with (Susan) Beatrice WATERS for 7 years. She is really the wife of – SPREAFICO. She has a four year old child to Weir. He is an actor, and on his return from Sydney,she informed him that ‘she did not wish to live with me’ and has left him. While he was away she had a miscarriage in hospital, and passed on her new lover as him, which upset him. Two letters on file. 12 pages, List 15
WEISER, David Ulrich, 75 years, died at Elsternwick in 1900, destitute. File re burial costs etc. 4 pages, List 47
WELCH, George, writes from Paragon Hotel, Helensburgh, NSW on behalf of his brother Tom Reader Welch. His wife Mary Ann nee GARDNER has taken their 5 year old child and left. They suspect she has gone to live with widower Joachim TESTER in Melbourne. Informed it is not police business. List 21. CONNECTION FOUND
WELSH, Mahala Lily. Gave birth to male child at Northcote in 1910, father was George James CLAUGHTON; she was 15 years old. Her family previously lived in Corowa NSW. She was under age, but as the offence was committed in NSW, no charge was laid. Claim that her father got Claughton’s sister pregnant. 10 pages, List 33.
WELLS, Thomas, hawker, Oakleigh, has not registered the births of his three children, Daniel, 5 years, Ivy, 3 years and Lily, 18 months, mother Agnes MILLER, nor had them vaccinated. 4 pages, List 28.
WELSFORD, George, seeks remission of sentence of 3 months gaol for assault of Mary CLARKE at Malmsbury in 1866; it is his first conviction. 3 pages, List 35.
WENIGERT, Mr. A. His Riding Gallery in St. Kilda attacked and forced to close, 1916. List 6.
WESSON, Harry Nun, complains of persecution in 1919; is a returned soldier who had a head wound. Is committed to an asylum. 8 pages, List 22.
WEST, C., of Melbourne, wrote to Qld police in 1895, asking if Annie BARNES and Fred ST. CLAIR, an acrobat, are wanted there for larcency; no. Melbourne police report he is a private detective seeking a reward. List 28.
WEST, George. Chief Commissioner of Police in Western Australia wrote in 1900, on behalf of John TOUSLOW of London, who was seeking his stepbrother George West, who was now a beneficiary of his father’s will. He had been in Fremantle, now believed to be in Melbourne. 7 pages, List 48.
WEST, James, suicided in lodging house, 289 Latrobe St., Melbourne in 1900. At first identity not known, so photo taken of body. Employment paper found identifies him as formerly working at Ulonga Station near Hay NSW, as a wool roller, and identified by overseer there. He was a native of South Australia. 14 pages, 1 photo, List 44.
WEST, Kitty. Verbena Cottage Lt. Flinders St. Prostitute. Complaint about her, 1874
WEST, Richard. Writes from Mornington in 1880, asking police to remove people from a disorderly house at the rear of his property in St. Kilda; police establish it is his daughter Mrs GRAY who is separated from her husband and drinking heavily. 10 pages, List 4.
WEST, Stephen Henry. Lance Corporal No. 2019A, returned invalid soldier, disappears in 1919. Father anxious about him. Photo in uniform on file. 9 pages.
WESTBURY, F.A. Owes maintenance to his wife; found interstate, 1880. 5 pages, List 4.
WESTON, Mrs. Eva of Fremantle Western Australia, wrote in 1900 re her sister Hettie Maud Smith SAWER; in 1898 she was employed by a Mrs. SHARPE of Newmarket. She often used the surname Smith. Not found. 18 pages, List 3.
WESTON, Thomas, wrote from Yarragon in 1895 to local M.P. re his neighbours the GILL family. Letter is forwarded on to police who report that Mrs. Isabella and her daughter have been convicted of drunkenness. 9 pages, List 29.
WHELAN, Finlay of Langi Willi. Applied to join police force in 1905 as rough rider, had worked for 14 years for George Russell. 1 page, List 2.
WHIFFEN FAMILY. Poisoned, 1896. Father Edward had an affair with Mrs. BRAUN, who was separated from her husband.
WHITBURN, Arthur, left his home in Paynesville in 1912 and went to stay with his brother in law William T. SHAWCROSS in 1912. His wife had died 18 months beforehand, leaving him with 4 children. He attempted suicide and was taken to hospital. Shawcross asks to be able to take him back to his home, and this is agreed too. No prosecution for attempted suicide. 7 pages, List 34.
WHITE, Albert, Isaac LIMBERG, Frederick CARMICHAEL, James ARDEN and Daniel CORTWINE, Aborigines at Condah Mission Station, involved in store robbery in 1895. Report on case, including statements, 20 pages, List 25.
WHITE, Alexander, sought by father G.W. of Fitzroy in 1896; was in Wyalong NSW. Found. 5 pages, List 36.
WHITE, Charles, Pitt St., Sydney, wrote in 1902 asking details of Supt. HARE and Constable FITZPATRICK who were involved with the Kelly Gang. He is writing an “historiograph sketch of the bushranging days”. 1 page, List 16.
WHITE, Daniel. Lake Wangoom via Warrnambool, 1898. Was called up for inspection with a view to joining force, but was in London as one of the Mounted Rifles at Queen Victoria’s jubilee; asks another change to join. 2 pages, List 7.
WHITE, Elizabeth Poole. Sister Mary Ann wrote in 1899 asking police to locate her. She had given birth to an illegitimate child in Melbourne in 1894, then gone into service with Frederick PEIPER in Newmarket, with whom she had another child. Her family had disowned her, but she would like to find her. Extensive research done, and much personal detail given, but not located. 30 pages, List 49.
WHITE, George. Charged with stealing pigeons from Cornelius MANNERING of Bendigo in 1899; just under fourteen years old, but already convicted of petty crimes three times. George TONZI also charged. Bench orders a birching, but local police constable John J. KELLY refuses and is charged with disobeying an order. 22 pages, List 2.
WHITE, J., Carlton complains of police treatment of his son in 1900. Report says father is an anarchist and ’Yarra Banker’ and son is a tote spy. 5 pages, List 47.
WHITE HART HOTEL. Opposite Parliament house. Report on three fires there, 1906. Includes list of employees.
WHITE, J.T.W., Cambrai Brighton, complains in 1920 about prosecution of his 10 year old son Clive, Stanley ADDISON, 11 years and Colin Addison, 9 years for stealing timber. 7 pages, List 24.
WHITE, Margaret Mary Teresa, gave birth to female child at Lancefield, when aged 16 yrs. She was the daughter of Jessie and Henry; her birth certificate on file. Charged James QUINLAN of Springfield, c30 yrs, single, with carnal knowledge, then withdrew claim; police suggest he bribed her mother to drop case. Michael Quinlan, publican, Kilmore, seems to be a relative. He was defended by GAUNSON, 1900. 23 pages.
WHITE, Richard. Baker, left his wife and four children – Horace (b.1907), Thomas (b.1908), Nancy (b.1910) and Laurence (b.1912) destitute. Children were made Wards of the State in 1919. 6 pages, List 3.
WHITE, Ruby, 5 years old, indecently assaulted by John DOYLE at Auburn in 1895, witnesses brother Leonard White, 8 years and Eva EMERY, 8 years. Mother Mary Ellen reports to police, but insufficient evidence and case is dismissed. 10 pages, List 29.
WHITE, W., Dover Road, Williamstown, wrote in 1896, asking to be placed on the Jurors’ list; his premises too far away. His business card on file, shows he was formerly in ship and boat building, now shipwright, surveyor and naval architect. 8 pages, List 36.
WHITE, William, wrote from Williamstown in 1900 re the burial of destitute man George SAUNDERS; he had received the funeral account from Mr. WHEAR by mistake. 8 pages, List 47.
WHITEHOUSE, William. File re his efforts to retrieve his stepson William THOMAS, licensed out to Daniel BARTROP, from the Industrial Schools Department, 1881. 5 pages, List 2.
WHITING, Frederick Samuel. Sought by Charles SLADEN on behalf of his wife. Formerly of Rokewood, and of unsound mind. Files covers 1866-1877.
WHITTLE, Sydney Thomas. Found guilty of obscene exposure [masturbated] in the window of Freemasons Hotel Beach St., Port Melbourne, [owned by his aunt] in 1916. He was brought out from England by George CHIRNSIDE as his valet, left there two weeks prior, and was going to a position as valet to Sir Harry BARRON, Governor of Western Australia, who cancelled it.
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WIFFEN, Henry. Bigamist. Married Alice FRITH 1902, deserted her c1914, then married Henrietta CAREY in 1916. Enlisted in AIF, returned wounded and died in hospital, so charge dropped.
WIGNELL, William John, wrote from Eldersle, Camden NSW in 1896 re joining Vic. police. He was 27 years old, married, wife from Victoria. Had lost money in farming. 3 pages, List 29.
WILKINSON, Mrs. Anonymous letter of 1896 claiming that a child born at her house in Brunswick was handed to her daughter Mrs. LYNCH ‘a drunken low woman and not fit to have charge of any child … wife of a spieler’. 4 pages, List 38.
WILKINSON, Mrs. Anne A., wrote from Balaclava in 1897, nearly destitute. Her husband Thomas Cave Wilkinson had deserted her. His mother and brother were in Hawthorn. E. Simpson HILL of Nogee asks his background. Not found. 41 pages, List 39.
WILKINSON, Richard. Applied to join the police force in 1882, by writing to the Chief Secretary, and enclosing a petition in support from locals. Photo of him in the uniform of the Castlemaine Volunteers is on file. VPRS 3991 Unit 1371 File 82/W11314. [Thanks to Jenny Carter for this reference. Wilkinson was unsuccessful in his application.]
WILKINSON, Miss Rose, of Broken Hill South, sought details of Mrs. Alfred KIRK, nee Elizabeth GIBSON. Rose married Kirk in 1901 and found he was previously married in 1897 in Bendigo to her. Found. 9 pages, List 4.
WILLIAMS, Mr. A., tobacconist, Wagga Wagga NSW, wrote in 1896 complaining that he paid G. GILLIAM of Chapel St., Prahran to send him a ferret and it has not arrived. 10 pages, List 29.
WILLIAMS, Ada, Elsternwick, in 1896 asks information re son William WAGENBACH, a drover, last heard of in Albury. Not found. 5 pages, List 50.
WILLIAMS, Annie Florence, 6 years old in 1900, died suddenly; a cripple. 2 pages, List 49.
WILLIAMS, Frank, native of Kent, c35 years, formerly in employ of solicitors Darvall & Horsfall, Melbourne, left and went to Perth. Returned to Melbourne 1896, involved in trading mining shares. Left wife Rosie and 2 children, heading back to Perth via Adelaide, but never arrived. Wife asks police help to find him, somewhat faded photo on file; not found. 39 pages, List 38. See introduction re photo reproduction.
WILLIAMS, James S. Sought by wife K. Williams in Sydney in 1899; his sister Mrs. Sarah CAULFIELD in Lancefield may know where he is. She is going to charge him with desertion. Not found. 6 pages, List 2.
WILLIAMS, Hartley, Supreme Court, writes in 1898 asking police help to stop men coming into his property at Malvern and stealing fruit from his trees. 2 pages, List 21.
WILLIAMS, John. Anonymous letter of 1908 criticizes his sons William, formerly in postal department, and Ishmael, in railway department, for fleecing their father of his money and leaving him destitute. Another son Alfred is also in the railway department, and a married sister lives in Perth W.A. The father is living ‘in a tenament in Chewton’ and hard up. 3 pages, List 4.
WILLIAMSON, alias WILLIAMS, Ambrose, lives with his family at Bangerang near Warracknabeal. File re suspected incest on first wife’s daughter Esther, who gives birth to a child at Geelong in 1900 and then stays with aunt Mrs. LEAHY in Richmond. Esther maintains father of child is Thomas CLARK who worked for her father. Child died. Testimonies recorded, but no action taken. 19 pages, List 44.
WILLIAMSON, W.J. Writes from Sandon in 1897, re his application to join the force. 1 page, List 6.
WILLIS, -. Ex constable. Correspondence in 1901 re maintenance of his children Marion, Ethel, Susan and Eileen at Convent of Good Shepherd, and Francis John who was with Mrs. WEIGHTMAN of Collingwood. 13 Pages, List 2.
WILSON, Angus, wrote from Lithgow NSW in 1912, re his father Allen, born near Inverness Scotland, arrived Melbourne 1883; left NSW railways 5 years prior, going on land in Victoria with brother James and John, and not heard from since. Not found. 7 pages, List 35.
WILSON, Daisy, wrote in 1896, asking confidential enquiries as to whether her brother in law Henry SOULE was still at Chiltern. Local police report rumour she is pregnant to him. 4 pages, List 36.
WILSON, Ellen Frances. Maggie O’CONNOR of Clifton Hill writes in 1899 regarding this child. Police find she and her father F.W. Wilson left Garfield 18 months previously and can’t be found. Maggie visits Ellen’s mother ‘in the Asylum’. 11 pages, List 2.
WILSON, Francis Alexander, 6 years, drowned in a dam at Lima near Benalla in 1900. Anonymous letter alleges he as murdered. Report states Mrs. TURNER (prostitute) and Mrs. HOSKINSON made the allegations. Mother Margaret O’DONNELL lived with George CLARK/CLARKE for some time, and the child was with him at the time of the accident. No truth in allegations. 9 pages, List 44
WILSON, Leslie William, shot his daughter Dorothy Jean, then himself in 1919. He was a returned soldier. Copy of evidence to be tendered at inquest; witnesses Patience Jane BENTLEY, George Harry HUNTER, Hubert Clive BENTLEY, Herbert BENTLEY, Evelyn Maud WILSON, Fanny Lavinia WILSON, Bertha Helen LEES, Leslie Tinsley DANIELS. 19 pages, List 31.
WILSON, Mrs. Mary Ann, Bushford near Woodford, wrote in 1912 asking what to do regarding a woman who had given a false name on marriage. Local police report she is referring to Winifred Paul McLAREN, illegitimate daughter of Agnes, who was born at the house of Mrs. Grace DAVEY and raised by her and called her mother. Winifred had recently married George McDONALD and given her surname as Davey. Police decide not to charge her with any offence. Local police also comment on Wilson, ‘a very undesirable character’ who lived apart from her husband and had 3 children to Robert NICOL of Rose Hill, Grasmere. When he announced his engagement to Miss TOZER, Wilson took the 3 children to his house. He subsequently shot himself. Wilson’s letter is in pencil and very faint. 4 pages, List 35.
WILSON, Thomas and SLATER, Henry, put on trial for shooting with intent to murder Constable Archibald COOPER who found them attempting to rob grocer T. MITCHELL’s shop in Fitzroy in 1919. Various sets of fingerprints on file, c50 pages, some duplicates, List 27.
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WILTSHIRE, Gertrude, North Melbourne, gave birth to female illegitimate child in 1896, father Alfred MURN. She claims that a Mrs. LAFLUER adopted the child and took it to Kalgoorlie, but police believe she abandoned it in Geelong. Investigation inconclusive, so no charges laid. 27 pages, List 38.
WIMPOLE, Mrs. George Hotel St., asks police protection as she has several Germans working for her and has heard soldiers might attack, 1916. List 6.
WINCH, George, sought by Mrs. Thomas OPSIT of Kingston, Dunedin in 1900, has taken her daughter Ruby away with him. He’s married with a family. Not found. 10 pages, List 47.
WINSTANLEY, Arthur. An unknown male, c30 years, was found dead in the bush at Kangaroo Flat in 1900, by Edward HESTER, a contractor. He had shot himself. At first it was thought to be Winstanley, and his mother was interviewed, but he was found in NSW. Two photos of deceased are on the file. He remained unidentified, and his property was subsequently sold to pay for burial costs. Large file, List 44.
WINTERS, Henry Claud and Stanley Laurence. Showmen. Henry and his wife leave their children with Mrs. LEWIS of Collingwood in 1890, agreeing to send money for their keep, but fail to do so. 1891.
WITHERS, B., wrote strange letter from Coreen NSW in 1906, asking police to get his brother John in Footscray to stop hounding him; has had to leave Melbourne because of it. Police interview John who says he has been acting strangely for years. 4 pages, List 31.
WITHERSPOON, H.W., wrote from Newcastle NSW in 1899. His nephew H.F. Witherspoon arrived recently from London and was to meet with him, but hasn’t. 8 pages, List 42.
WITTENBERG, Henry. Reported death of his 14 day old child at Newtown, Geelong, in 1899. 6 pages, List 17.
WITTGENSTEIN, William F., sought by Mrs. MA. MAY, Newtown, Sydney, his mother in law, in 1895. Her eldest daughter eloped with him from Rockhampton, and since her death c1884 they have looked after her two children; he has never paid anything for their keep. Found, married with children. 7 pages, List 26.
WOLLEN, William, chemist, Prahran, died suddenly in 1900. 2 pages, List 51.
WOOD, Helen, wrote from Newcastle NSW in 1896 re her husband Thomas, who left her and their 2 sons. Not found. 16 pages, List 29
WOOD, John Sampson, found dead at Prahran, 73 years, widower, 1900. 2 pages, List 48.
WOOD, John Wallace. Grocer, 313 Victoria St., West Melbourne. Report on fire there in 1898. Employee Robert SOMERVILLE and married woman Catherine MORRISON there. 2 pages, List 18.
WOOD, Priscilla. Died suddenly at Geelong in 1899; report on. 5 pages, List 8.
WOODGATE, Martha. Unknown body found on beach at Mentone in 1897 by Henry JOURDIAN, and taken to Mentone Hotel (GERMAINE licensee). Subsequently clothing identified by aunt Mrs GRUNDY of Richmond as belonging to her niece Martha Woodgate. She believed she was pregnant to a railway porter named COPELAND. 43 pages, List 40.
WOODS, Helena/Elizabeth and Charlotte STATTON/STRATTON arrested in Chinese laundry in Melbourne in 1894; allegation that they were ‘on the brink of destruction’ so arrested on vagrancy charge. They claimed they had been referred to a Chinese couple for a lodging house by Mr. THUNDERBOLT, Inspector of Nuisances. Police say the woman is a prostitute. Woods (called WOOLCOCK in newspaper report) was a Ward of State and had had an illegitimate child; Statton was from New Zealand, her parents had returned there from Melbourne and left her behind. 5 pages, List 38
WOODWARD, A.M. wrote from Caulfield in 1895 re her uncles George BLOODWORTH who left England in 1847 and Frank BLOODWORTH who left in 1850. They would be 67 and 58 years old now. Not traced. 6 pages, List 29.
WOOD BEILBY, John. Complains in 1894 that Catherine LOWSBY, 15yr old, that he took in, refuses to work as a servant unless paid, and is unskilled. He wishes to return her to her father William in Melbourne, but he can’t be found. 12 pages, List 3. [See also his application for government employment on the Applications web page.]
WOOD BEILBY, John. Living in Beechworth, 1898. Had been there fourteen years. Police report he is eccentric, keeps indecent pictures, has a high turnover of women housekeepers. He is 80 years old.
WOOD BEILBY, J., writes from Beechworth in 1899, complaining his property is being robbed; two letters on file. List 41.
WOOLSTON, Ruth Annie, alleges sexual interference by her brother William at Richmond in 1899, then retracts the claim; she is 15 years old and found to be pregnant. Warning: there is some graphic material in this file. 15 pages, List 42.
WOOLSTON, Thomas. Sought by his mother in Richmond, in 1906. He left there in 1901 with the RULE family, would be c25yrs of age. Police report the family are “all slightly mad”, drink and quarrel among themselves. 9 pages, List 4.
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WRAGGE, Arthur Darwin. Wife Elizabeth writes from Rockhampton in 1901, seeking details, but he is not found.
WREN, John. Number of files on his illegal Collingwood tote, 1894. Details monies spent getting evidence against the tote, 1897. Re prosecution for running tote, 1898.
WREN, John. Assaulted at election meeting in 1907; William Bell JACKSON, ‘an old man’ is identified as assailant, but no charge laid. 4 pages, List 15. See also entry for SWINBURNE, George.
WRIGHT, Mrs. A.J., wrote from Balmain Sydney in 1899 re her husband George, ‘an elderly gentleman’ supposed to be keeping a hotel. Not found. 19 pages, List 42.
WRIGHT, Charles, Superintendent of Police, Brighton, Tasmania, wrote two letters regarding his son Richard Andrew joining the Victorian police force. 4 pages, List 31.
WRIGHT, Finlay. Wrote from Sydney in 1898 seeking his brother James’s possessions. States that he suicided in Victoria in 1870, was a Clerk of Petty Sessions, former army captain, owned land etc. Police find that no one of that name was ever a CPS, and that one who suicided was called Walter Gavin Wright. 6 pages, List 7.
WRIGHT, Henry. Born Fitzroy, married Mary Jane MARSH in Melbourne 1898, giving parents as James and Mary nee WILLIAMS; subsequently found to have previously married Caroline FERNE in 1895 using the name Henry Albert JONES, with Emma Wright as his mother. No prosecution as first wife is in New Zealand and minister is overseas, so no witnesses. Second wife returned to her mother after he bashed her. Copies of two marriage certificates on file. 14 pages.
WRIGHT, James, wrote from Katamatite in 1897, complaining of Dookie police interference. They report he was working at a local vineyard and ‘became infatuated with Miss FOY of the Gladstone Hotel’ and kept sending her letters. She asked police to get him to stop. 6 pages, List 40.
WRIGHT, Samuel, charged with unlawful assault on 6 year old Mabel STEETH, daughter of Jessie and Arthur, at Fitzroy in 1896. She is his niece; he’s found insane and committed to asylum. Witness was Louisa MAURER, 7 years, her cousin. 16 pages, List 39.
WROE, John. 1863 report on the activities of the Wroeits, a religious group.
WYMER, George. Tenders for various repairs to Tylden police station, 1864, 8 pages, List 14.
WYNDHAM SHIRE. Shire Secretary forwards complaint from local residents William OUTEN, Thomas GIEVE, G. ROBINS, A. ORR and A. HANSEN regarding the cremation of an Indian (name given as MILA RAM, 16 years old, from the Punjab, died in hospital) on a local Shire road. Police report that the cremation was organized by Mr. ISSARD of La Trobe St Melbourne, who had arranged similar events at Sandringham. The van which delivered the body was driven by Frederick A. MIDDLETON. 5 pages, List 30.
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YATES, Charles H., wrote from Darlinghurst in 1912, asking police to collect wages due to him from WHITELAWS in Flinders St. NSW police report he has been arrested for wife desertion. Whitelaws state he owes them money for damaging property. 6 pages, List 35.
YATES, Philip (or Patrick), died at Kelly’s Basin Tasmania in 1899, c32 years, had been drinking heavily. His wife May (nee PHILIPS) was to be informed, but couldn’t be found. 17 pages, List 42.
YATES/YEATES, Thomas. Petition for remission of sentence of 3 months imprisonment, 1865; is 64yrs old, had his hand shot off 10 yrs ago; signs with an X. 4 pages, List 3.
YEE HING CHINESE SOCIETY, Bendigo. Newspaper reports of ‘secret’ Chinese society in 1899 prompt report. Persons interviewed: Dan YOUNG, Hang YEE, Hang HOY, Park LOON, Lee KIM, William HING. 15 pages, List 42.
YEUNGROON EAST STATE SCHOOL, near Charlton. Teacher Miss FLOWERS subjected to harassment by unknown person in 1895, who attempted to burn down the school, sent insulting poem, forged a transfer application and forged resident petition. The school is on the land of EDYVEAN family; she boards with EDWARDS family. Letter from William HILLIARD on file. Offender not found. 8 pages, List 28.
YOUNG, Albert. Sought by Govt. Statist, 1897. Has left his wife Lily and daughter; was a traveller for Singer sewing machines, c26 years old, family in New Zealand. 4 pages, List 6.
YOUNG, Elizabeth Harriet Hester. Married Charles James RICH at Fitzroy in 1909; he claimed to be a widower, but she has found out his first wife Martha Elizabeth CROUCH is still alive. Both marriage certificates on file. 7 pages.
YOUNG, Sarah, gave birth to a male child who died at Dry Creek near Bonnie Doon, in 1895. Mother Charlotte is the wife of Lee Young, licensee of the Diggers Rest Hotel. Sarah is 17 years old. Neighbour Elizabeth KRUSE/KHRUSE, wife of Adolph is a witness. Inquest file and discussion re charging her with infanticide. 15 pages, List 28.
YUCK WAH, died at Morrisons in 1900, aged 78 years. He had lived there for 30 years. Police ask if inquest necessary; no. 4 pages, List 44.
YULE, Charles G., Sergeant of Police, Dundee, Scotland, wrote in 1899 re the death of his uncle William Yule at Yapeen near Castlemaine, and the assets he would have left. Police find insufficient to pay creditors. 6 pages, List 38.
ZAGARI, Tony. Bomb thrown at the house he occupied with Antonio BARBARO and Vincent SASSONI, in 1928. 4 pages, List 4.
ZEHNDER, Charles. Swiss Consul in Melbourne wrote in 1904 seeking information about him. Not found. 11 pages, List 10.
ZERNA, Rosie Annie. Gave birth to child Percy at Women’s hospital in 1912l, only 15 years old; suspected father of child named, 1912. List 15.
ZIGI, Angelo. Italian Consul in Melbourne sought details about him in 1877. 7 pages, List 5.
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