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MABON, Mrs. Jane of Carlisle, Cumberland, England, wrote in 1906 re her recently deceased uncle William NICHOL. 4 pages.
McACHRAN, Miss Jessie of Mattoon Ill., USA, wrote in 1893 re her brother Frank McACHRAN, who left home 8 years ago. 2 pages, List 4.
MACARTNEY, Hugh. Father D. (Major, retired) wrote from Edinburgh Scotland in 1900 regarding his son, who had again deserted his wife and family there. He was a ship’s captain, believed he may be in Melbourne, had committed bigamy c5 years ago. 4 pages, List 37.
MacARTHUR, L.M. of Christchurch New Zealand, wrote in 1920 re his wife, who was lured away by an adopted daughter Mrs. Harry ANDERSON and is living in Victoria; seeks her location. Police interview the Andersons who report that he is a drinker and drug addict who only wants her address to get more money out of her, so police refuse to provide it. 8 pages, List 19.
McARTNEY, Abraham, left New York for Australia c1854, when about 14 years old. Arrived Melbourne and headed for the goldfields. Information sought by Egbert K. VAN BEUREN of New York in 1903. Not found. 14 pages, List 46.
McASKILL, Mrs. Jessie of Oakland, California USA wrote in 1914 re her brother James B. McLACHLAN, native of Tighnabruaich, Argyleshire Scotland, who left there in 1886 for Melbourne. Not found. 4 pages, List 7.
MACAULAY, C.T., Woodhouse Ridge, Leeds UK wrote in 1901 re Sarah HAREWOOD, c70 year, a widow. Her brother Alexander was the writer’s grandfather and is dead as is her sister Charlotte. Not found. 5 pages, List 39.
McBEAN, Mary Jane, of Edendale New Zealand, wrote in 1913 re the death of her brother James Henry ROXBURGH in Victoria. 7 pages, List 13.
McCABE, Thomas, wrote from Lurgan, Virginia Co Cavan Ireland in 1898 re his half brother Bernard and brother and sister James and Catherine, who left there in 1856 and lived in Gawler in 1858. Bernard would be about 68 yrs old. 5 pages, List 20.
McCANN, Mrs. Catherine of Belfast Ireland, wrote in 1907 re her brother John COUSINS, a native of Ballinderry Co. Antrim. 4 pages, List 14.
McCARRY, James E., Sergt. RIC, Louisburgh, Co Mayo Ireland, wrote in 1899 re Arthur HARRISON, c62 years of age, from Nottingham. He writes on behalf of Patrick O’DOWD, who also writes. 10 pages, List 14.
McCARTHY, Charles of Ballydehob, Co. Cork Ireland, wrote in 1917 re his brother Timothy, not heard from for two years. Found. 3 pages, List 16.
McCARTHY, William C., wrote in 1915 (c/- Miss C.F. Sullivan, Salem, Mass., USA) re Frank McGILLICUDDY, who left Ireland in the 1860s for Australia. Frank’s mother was Mary O’CONNOR. The writer’s mother was Ellen, sister of Frank; other sisters were Catherine and Johanna who were living in the USA. Police interview several McGillicuddy families, one whom reports that there is a McGillicuddy club in Boston, and suggests he try there. 7 pages, List 7.
MACE, Mrs. John, nee Marie SMITH, sought by niece Annie E. GIBSON of San Francisco in 1900. She was from Yorkshire and living in Ballarat in 1861. Not found. 5 pages, List 39.
McCLEERY, James A. of Belfast Ireland, wrote in 1920 re his aunt Mrs. Emily DAVISON. Found. 3 pages, List 16.
McCLELLAND, Andrew. Anonymous letter received in 1912, warning police that he is on his way to Australia. Small photo, cut from magazine. His wife is in Pueblo, Colorado USA, and he has ‘been exposed, published and run out of the USA.’ Letter claims he is intimate with a married woman named HAWKINS at Oakleigh, so police check on her. 3 pages, List 33.
McCLINTOCK, John, R.I. Constabulary, Lurgan, Co. Armagh Ireland, wrote in 1895 re Robert B. COOTE, who was in the RIC there, but left in 1887. He loaned him some money and it has not been repaid. Coote is a member of the Vic. Police force, and is asked to explain, which he does satisfactorily, detailing his mother’s desertion etc. 11 pages, List 9.
McCLINTOCK, William Klyde Maxwell, 42 years, formerly military captain and from Dublin Ireland, well connected, died 1901. File re his death. 4 pages
McCLOSKEY, Mary J., wrote from Boston U.S. in 1898 re her uncle Richard McCloskey who left Ireland c1860, and was last heard of in 1867 in Melbourne. He was a native of Streine Cornbughe (?) Co Derry, son of Thomas and Nancy nee LYNCH; she is the daughter of his oldest brother Thomas. 2 pages, List 27.
McCOLL, Neil, son of Duncan of Shiskine, Arran, Scotland, wrote in 1902 re his uncles Neil and John who arrived in Melbourne between 1850 and 1860. They were from Calgary, Mull, Argyleshire and sons of the late Hugh. Various McColl members in Victoria are interviewed, but not found. 25 pages, List 42.
McCOLL, Neil, wrote from Police Station, Shiskine, Arran Scotland in 1904 re his uncles Neil and John, sons of late Hugh of Penmore Argyleshire, who emigrated c40 years ago and were at Darlington many years ago. Not found. 6 pages, List 22.
McCORMACK, James, left Drumoory Wood, Co Longford Ireland c1881 for Australia; was in Qld in 1886. Brother Peter Joseph, R/C Priest, asks police to find him in 1895. 8 pages, List 28.
McCORMACK, Peter, real name Robert KANE, sought by son Thomas Kane, Palo Alto, Santa Clara, Co California in 1902. He was born in Co Londonderry Ireland, married his mother in 1866 in New Zealand, and left them to go shearing in 1877. He has heard he is in Melbourne and wealthy. Not found. List 24. McCRACKEN, Mrs. of Canterbury New Zealand wrote in 1919 re her son W. McCracken, who returned from the front (1st World War) on Boxing Day 1918, and was missing. His brother Hugh had also returned from the War and was now in an asylum. 8 pages.
McCREADY, William A., of Articlave, Castlerock, Co. Derry Ireland wrote in 1904 re William FINLAY, born Ballywildrick, Co. Derry, emigrated about 40 years ago, now aged about 60 years. 9 pages.
McCROSSEN, John, sought in 1914 by niece Allice McMANAMAN of St. Louise USA. Police find he died 32yrs ago, but provide details of his children. Letter returned from Dead Letter Office. 6 pages. List 8.
McCUNN, James, sought by R.J. ORKNEY of ship Albany on behalf of relative D.A. McCunn of Rothesay, Scotland, in 1899. James was a tinsmith. Not found. Two photos of him on file, both the same. 13 pages, List 17.
McDONALD, Angus, of Invercargill New Zealand, wrote in 1899 re Lucy BARTLETT. She left Dunedin for Melbourne in 1898 as servant to Mrs. W. ANGUS, who was going to live in Melbourne. Lucy was formerly in the Industrial School and was hired out to Angus. McDonald is making enquiries for her brother George, who is in his employ. Police found Lucy in another position. 3 pages.
McDONALD, Miss Flora, of Paisley Scotland, wrote in 1914 re her brother Owen, a bank employee, who has not written for some time. Found. 6 pages, List 15.
McDONALD, James, Inspector of Poor, Parish Council, Dumbarton, Scotland, wrote a series of letters 1912-1916 re Thomas MOONEY, who deserted his wife and four children in 1907. He was a shipyard worker, 33 years old, son of Patrick and Mary nee MacKAIL. The Council is having to support the family and wants him to contribute. Police find him in 1912 but he contributes little to the family over the next few years, before being killed in an accident, leaving no money or property. 14 pages, List 7.
McDONALD, John Alexander, of Bermondsay England, wrote in 1916 re his siblings, aunt and uncle, James Maxwell, Charles Arthur, Florence Evelyn and Ethel Victoria. Police locate his aunt. 6 pages, List 8.
McDONALD, Lillian nee PARKINS, wrote from Gisborne New Zealand in 1912, seeking the address of her cousin Will DUDLEY, now in the Vic. Police force. She was adopted when a baby and seeks details of her four brothers. ‘I have not been all I should be … am married now and turned over a new leaf’. Dudley found. 5 pages, List 12.
McDONALD, Louisa, claimed in 1913 that Edward TURNER had deserted their two illegitimate children, Lilian and Alice, in Melbourne. He was c27 years, a slaughterman, and was said to be residing with a Mrs. ADAMS in Ashburton New Zealand. Police interview him, he denies paternity. 10 pages, List 12.
McDONALD, Mrs. Mary of Oakland, California wrote in 1914 re James Bain McLAUGHLAN, her brother. He was a gardener who had been in Melbourne for some years. Police could not locate him. 7 pages.
McDONALD, Norman, wrote from Auckland New Zealand in 1919 re his brother John who died in Victoria in 1918; sister Kate POWELL in Victoria. 13 pages.
MacDONNELL, Carlotta, wrote from England in 1918, on letterhead of New South Wales Agent General, London, re her husband John Bertram Morton KNUTSEN, engineer. She was married to him in 1911 in Melbourne, but ‘has neither lived with him or been supported by him’. She wants the marriage annulled ‘as my home is this side of the water and I earn my own living’. Police locate husband who offers to send passage money and make a home for her in Melbourne. 6 pages, List 6.
McDONNELLY, W.A. of New South Wales wrote in 1899 on behalf of the relatives in Brighton England, of E. Henry GROVES, who was working under an assumed name of H.G. ARMSTRONG. Groves was 38-40, born London and well educated. Photo of him on file. 5 pages.
McDUFF, Michael, died New Guinea 1897. Brother in law ex police Sgt. John McCOPPIN writes asking for details, he was his wife’s brother. Detailed report supplied. 16 pages, List 25.
McENAMY, Miss S.M. wrote from Philadelphia USA in 1894 re Edward and Susan McEnamy, brother and sister of her father of Londonderry Ireland. Susan married Charles BYFORD, and was last heard of in 1863. 3 pages. List 4.
MACENERY, Louis, sought by wife in Birmingham England, in 1916, who hasn’t seen him for nearly a year. Police found he was a Recruiting Officer for Aust. Army, but now dispensed with. Found. 8 pages, List 6.
McERLAIN, Michael or McLEAN. Shaun O’KEENAN wrote from Castle Dawson, Co Derry Ireland in 1918 re his man, who is his cousin, the son of his maternal uncle, the late Charles McErlain of Co. Antrim. Left NSW in 1915 and hasn’t been heard from since. He would be about 40 years. Not found. 6 pages, List 6.
McEVOY, Patrick. Sought by his brother Edward of Menick, Mass., US, in 1899. He was from Queen’s Co. Ireland and last heard of in the Victoria police force 1860-1870. Found. 17 pages, List 17.
McEWEN, John, wrote from Royal Hotel, Southport, Lancashire in 1898 re W. Warern CARTWRIGHT, in police force in 1860s, he is son of his sister hannah. 2 pages, List 25.
McFARLANE, Ellen, of Whiteinch by Glasgow Scotland, wrote in 1894 and 1895 re family of late Dougal McFARLANE, who left Ulva, Mull in 1851/2 for Melbourne. She is their aunt. Dougal had 3 sons and 4 daughters, and was a captain of a river steamer who drowned saving someone’s life. 5 pages, List 4.
McFARLANE, David, Almonte, Ontario Canada, wrote in 1895 on behalf of William HOURIGAN and his sister Marie Hourigan, regarding their father Michael’s brother Jeremiah Hourigan, from Co. Tipperary Ireland. He died c16 years ago, and they have been told of an advertisement in a Canadian newspaper looking for next of kin. Police find her died in 1873, leaving only a small estate. 5 pages, List 30.
McGARR, Mrs. Samuel, South Bethlehem, PA, USA, wrote in 1894 re her father Thomas HOLMES, a baker aged about 50 years, who has not been heard from since 1868. 5 pages, List 4A CONNECTION FOUND
McGEE, Herbert. Investigation in 1899 report of his death in London in October 1898. Parents in Warrnambool believe the report was faked. He went to Edinburgh to study medicine and was seen in Paris after alleged death. Mother Mrs. James McGee mentioned. 9 pages, List 36.
McGINN, Mrs. L., wrote from White Lion St., Norton Folgate, Bishopsgate England in 1897 re Kate GILL nee McGinn, her late husband’s sister, who went to Australia 40 years ago. Two letters. 5 pages, List 36.
McGLINCHY, James, of Stoke Newington London England, wrote in 1899 re his old friend Samueld Benzin HUSBANDS, who had been found dead in his hut in country Victoria. Among his possessions was a Crown Grant belonging to McGlinchy for land at Talbot. Discussion re method of selling same. 15 pages, List 17.
McGRATH, John, wrote from Goldsborough, West Coast, New Zealand in 1895. He had received a request for money for his son James, injured at Tatura in Victoria, which he had sent. Has since learnt that his son has died, so requests help in getting return of his money. Police ascertain that the son had not died. 8 pages, List 31.
MacGRATH, Robert, Ordnance Dept. Gibraltar, wrote in 1894 re his only brother John, who left Bath England for New Zealand then Australia many years ago. He has not heard from him for 30 years, and has now heard that John is looking for him. 4 pages, List 4A
McGREGOR, V.B. of Rochester New York USA, wrote in 1917 re his half-sister Mrs. SLACK nee Etty McGREGOR. They are children of Dr. John James McGREGOR of London England, who was born in Waterford Ireland. Writer is 59 years old, has never met Mrs. Slack. Police find son, mother is ill. 6 pages, List 6.
McGUANE, Mrs. E.W. of Holloway, London, England, wrote in 1918 re her husband George. He was formerly in the 2nd D.A.C. (military). She sought financial assistance. 5 pages.
McINTIRE, John of Chelsea Mass USA wrote in 1894 re William McINTIRE, ‘well known resident of Melbourne, who died there c3 years ago’; believes him to be an uncle. 1 page, List 4A
McINTOSH, Joseph, wrote from Edinburgh Scotland in 1900, had received a letter advising of the death of his brother James in Richmond. Asks details, which are provided; wife Annie Grant had divorced him etc. Letter from mother on file. 13 pages, List 39.
McINTYRE, Mrs. Hannah E. of Chicago, Ill., USA, wrote in 1894 re her brother Frank GILMOUR, a plasterer, who left there c16 years ago. 4 pages, List 4A. Mrs. Nora McIntyre of Chicago, Ill., USA, wrote in 1913 re her brother Frank GILMORE, a plasterer, who left there 37 years ago, and would now be c60 years. Not found. 3 pages, List 12.
MacKAY, Mrs. of Springwell, Blantyr, Lanarkshire Scotland wrote in 1914 re her brother Malcolm McPHERSON who had died in Melbourne. He was born at Hellinsburgh and was a ship’s cook. 5 pages.
MacKAY, Mrs. A., nee Helen TAYLOR, wrote from Dennistoun Glasgow Scotland in 1914 re her cousin John CUMMING, one time partner in a woolbrokers in Melbourne. Four brothers settled in Melbourne many years ago – Donald, Robert, Davidson and John CUMMING. They have not been heard of for many years. 6 pages, many other duplicate pages.
McKAY, Angus Willliam, Upper Riccarton, Christchurch New Zealand, wrote in 1911 re employment in police force, he was single, 28 years etc. 2 pages, List 11.
McKAY, Donald, sought by brother Private R. McKAY, 2nd Battalion, Cameron Highlanders, Pretoria, South Africa, in 1905. Donald left Scotland c16 years ago and was at some state in the Victorian railways. 6 pages, List 5.
McKAY, William. Wife writes from Dunedin New Zealand in 1896. She has seen a report of a man killed in Carlton and asks if it is her husband. He was born in Sutherlandshire Scotland andleft her over 20 years ago and went off with Jessie LAURNSON (?). Police respond that the person killed was 24 years old and thus not her husband. 6 pages, List 31.
McKILLOP, Samuel, of Chicago, USA, wrote in 1901 re John SHERIDAN, his mother Maria’s brother. He left Glasgow c40 yrs ago. Not found. 8 pages, List 18.
McKIRDY, Daniel, wrote from Otakeho, Taranaki, New Zealand in 1895, enquiring about a Home for Inebriates for his wife, current in gaol because of her drunkenness. She is 27 years, educated and well connected. 3 pages, List 28.
McKNIGHT, Miss Mary of New York City USA, wrote in 1906 re her uncle George McKnight, who was a native of Dumfries (?not clear) Scotland, and arrived in Australia over 40 years ago. He had kept a hotel in Melbourne. Police interview people who knew him years ago, but fail to locate him. 18 Pages, List 9.
McLAREN, Archibald, tailor, Scotch, sought by wife C. of Toronto Canada, in 1915. He left for Melbourne nine months ago, supposed to have gone to friend David FRASER, another tailor, in Melbourne. She hasn’t received any money from him in over two years. Not found. 4 pages, List 8.
McLAUGHLIN, James, Royal Irish Constabulary, Milltown Malbay, Co Clare, Ireland, wrote in 1902, seeking a position in the police force. He was 29 years old. 2 pages, List 43.
McLEOD, Alexander. Attempted suicide while boarding with Mrs. Ellen VANCE and her family at Richmond in 1914; a shearer, from New Zealand, 31 years. No charge laid. 8 pages, List 32.
McLEOD, Donald. Chicago Police write requesting he be located in 1899. He kept a hotel in Melbourne. Found; had a brother John in Chicago. 7 pages, List 24.
McLEOD, Mrs. John S., of South London, Ontario, Canada, wrote in 1894 re William PARK, who left there some years ago and was now believed to be in Melbourne. Not found. 5 pages, List 17.
MacLEOD, Roderick of Learfskerry [?] Thurso, Scotland wrote in 1892 regarding his son Edward, aged about 30 years. He had been in Drouin Victoria, but left. 4 pages.
McMAHON, Mary, now Mrs. John HUNT of New York City USA, wrote in 1896 re Thomas McMAHON who left Ireland c.1865. He had two brothers, Hugh and Michael, she is Michael’s daughter. 2 pages, incomplete file.
McMAHON, Michael of Caher Co. Clare Ireland wrote in 1892 re his eldest son Michael, known as Michael RUSSELL, who was killed in Victoria in 1890. 3 pages.
McMEIKAN, Joseph, sought by Mrs. J. McMeikan of Grenock, Scotland in 1905; he was a carpenter. Not found. 5 pages, List 18.
McMENEMY, Mrs. Maude of Portsmouth England, wrote in 1918 re her husband Henry James. She left Melbourne in 1914 and asks if their divorce is finalised yet. 3 pages, List 6.
McMILLAN, William B., of Oakland, California USA wrote in 1915 re his brother Matthew, who left Scotland in 1862, married Martha ROBERTS in Melbourne and had 6 children. He was writing on behalf of father William, who was 82 years old. 8 pages, List 8. CONNECTION FOUND
McMULLAN, Robert. Public Trustee New Zealand write in 1910; they are handling his estate – he died in 1900.. He has left a legacy to his sister Mrs. E. TAYLOR’s children. 3 pages.
McNAMARA, Catherine of Albany New York wrote in 1917 re her aunt Miss Mary MADIGAN; has not heard from her in 2 years. Not found. 16 pages, List 6.
McNAMARA, Patrick, sought by Margaret Nash ARMSTRONG of South Wigston near Leicestershire in 1899. He left Tipperary Ireland c45 years ago, and was believed to be publican in Melbourne. McNamaras in Melbourne checked, unsuccessful. 28 pages, List 37.
McNEILL, P.F. wrote in 1892 re Bridget Davoran, from Moycullen Co Galway Ireland, who left there 30-40 years ago; her father’s name was John. He is the son of her sister Maria. 4 pages.
MacPHERSON, A.J. of Wellington New Zealand, wrote in 1919 re the whereabouts of John MacPHERSON, a farmer, c60 yrs, last heard of at Murrayville; he had a brother at Swan Hill. Found. 5 pages, List 18.
MacPHERSON, Dr. James Simpson, C.M.G. of Canada reported his 13 year old daughter Mary Violet Thornley as missing in 1919. She had been raised by her aunt Mrs. Edith BOYD of Koroit Victoria, who refused to give the girl to her father until forced by a Court to do so. It was suspected that her uncle, Edmond Ashworth THORNLEY of Hawkesdale Victoria was implicated in Mary’s disappearance from the Albury railway station. Mary’s photograph on file. 4 pages.
MacPHERSON, Thomas, left wife and two children in Scotland and arrived Melbourne c1883. She has heard nothing since. In 1896 Miss C. HENDERSON wrote several letters on her behalf. He was c38 years old then. Not found, but seen recently. 23 pages, List 34.
McSWEENEY, Daniel, of Barring and McSweeney, Secret Service Agency, Scranton, PA, USA, wrote in 1896. He enclosed two copies of a circular letter containing two photos, regarding William A. AMBROSE, wanted for embezzlement, an American lawyer, 40 years, who they had heard was in Melbourne. A listing of their references is on the file. Not found. 10 pages, List 33.
McWHIRTER, George, wrote from Petone, Wellington New Zealand in 1905 re Thomas J. PICKFORD. He is planning to marry a woman who had a child by Pickford, and went by the name of Mrs. Pickford. Asks details of Pickford’s death. 8 pages, List 27.
McWILLIAM, N.J. Lieut., Royal Engineers, Dunstable, Bedfordshire England, wrote in 1916 , applying for entry to Victoria Police. He was related to the late Sir Chas. Cayzer, Bart., was a graduate of Dublin University, had been on the Western Front. 2 pages, List 6.
MADDEN, Mrs., wrote from Chicago USA in 1899 re her brother William DOVE, supposed to be in police force in Melbourne c35 years ago. Letter only, no file. 2 pages, List 34.
MADELEY, Henry, a Constable of Birmingham England wrote in 1896 re his aunts Priscilla and Eliza Madeley, who left there 38 years ago, c.1858. 11 pages.
MAGUIRE, Jeremiah, Irishtown Police Station Dublin, wrote in 1895, asking to join police force. He is the champion step dancer of Dublin. 2 pages, List 31.
MAHER, Martin, sought by nephew Dan MAHAR, Minnisota, USA in 1911. Maher was born in Parish Temple Derry, Co. Tipperary. Police interview two Maher’s but neither from that parish. Included in file is a magazine clipping of a photograph of the Tipperary First All Ireland Hurling Champions, 1887, which includes several Maher players – two of the initial D, two of the initial M and one T. Maher. List 12.
MAHONEY, Hanora, daughter of John and Mary nee MAHER, born 1837 Galbally, Co Limerick Ireland, arrived Australia 1854, married Hugh COLL. Mrs. John DESMOND wrote two letters from St. Louis, Missouri in 1901, on behalf of her aged mother. Not found. 9 pages, List 40.
MAHONEY, Mrs. Lucy, of Kingsland, Auckland New Zealand, wrote in 1913 re her brother John Benjamin WRIGHT, born Kingsland, London England, aged 66 years, who left there c1865. She has recently joined her daughter and husband in New Zealand. John was married to Sarah Matilda EVANS in Sydney and last heard of in Collingwood in 1891. Police find his widow. 7 pages, List 12. CONNECTION FOUND
MAILER, James Melrose. Head Constable, Liverpool England, wrote in 1906 re this man who had applied to join the police there. Local police are asked to interview his referees and confirm references, which they do. 3 pages, List 11.
MAILLIN, Dr, in French Navy, arrived Melbourne 1895 and lost some property which he asked police to find and forward to Noumea. 6 pages, List 30.
MALIN, James of Philadelphia Pennsylvania USA wrote in 1914 re his relatives. His aunt Catherine MALIN, a native of Kings Co. Ballingar Ireland, left there about sixty years before and settled in Bendigo. She married Mr. SIMPSON and they had four children. 7 pages.
MALLON, Mary Ann, wrote from Whittington near Chesterfield, Derbyshire, England, in 1895 re her brother Michael DOREN of Eganstown, who has not answered her letters. Found, wants nothing to do with sister. 4 pages, List 30.
MALTON, Hillas, of Bradford Yorkshire England, wrote in 1916 re his sister Blanche, aged 21 years, who was living in Brunswick. His letters have been returned. Police locate her, she is to be married to a Mr. BENSON shortly. 5 pages, List 6.
MANSFIELD, Thomas, sought in 1899 by daughter Elizabeth TURNER, Vineland, New Jersey. Hasn’t heard since he left Wednesbury Staffordshire c1865. Not found. 11 pages, List 29.
MAPSON, Hart. Annie Beatrice THOMAS of Fitzroy claims he deserted his illegitimate child to her in 1913. He was English, c25 years, and she believed he was in New Zealand. Police locate him and he agrees to pay maintenance. 9 pages, List 12.
MARCH, Richard Bassett, of Cardiff Wales, wrote in 1910 re his uncle William BASSETT, a native of Plymouth Devon England. Relatives found. 7 pages, List 14.
MARELLI, Filippe, died at Piggoreet in 1863, and buried at Smythesdale under the name of MARINI. In 1900 Swiss Consul in Melbourne asked by authorities in Berne for his death certificate, and discovers the death was never registered. Very detailed report of the circumstances of his death; Pietro or Aquilini PERINONI was present. 16 pages, List 39.
MARIDOS, Arakilian, wrote from Jerusalem in 1899. His wife and two sons emigrated in 1896, and he hasn’t heard for some years. They were last in Rosedale and he writes there. Notified they’re in Melbourne, he asks police help in getting them to send him money for maintenance. 14 pages, List 36.
MARKS, Joe Leonard. Information sought by Commissioner, Durban Police District, South Africa in 1910. He has been convicted of theft there, believed to be an Australian Hebrew; photo and set of fingerprints supplied. Police confirm father is dead, mother is in Albert Park. 9 pages, List 27.
MARSH, Mary M., wrote from Calgary Alberta Canadia in 1915 re William Marsh. She is the widow of his nephew Thomas B. Marsh. William wrote from Brunswick River in 1888. Not found. 10 pages, List 8.
MARSHALL, Mary, of Crosshill, Glasgow Scotland, wrote in 1906 re her husband John, who left there seventeen years ago for Melbourne, to stay with his uncle James in Melbourne. She hasn’t heard from him in nine years, believes he is in W. Australia. He was 46 years old, formerly a ship’s steward and a freemason. Not found. 9 pages, List 13.
MARTIN, A.W., of Castlemaine Victoria. Writes to police that he has sent a bank draft to his brother Thomas RESEIGH in New Zealand, and heard nothing back. NZ police find him. 7 pages, 2 very faint – carbon copies. List 17. CONNECTION FOUND
MARTIN, C., Consul for Switzerland, Melbourne, wrote in 1894 re Henri PERRIN, a Swiss citizen about 35 years, from Payrne in the Canton de Vaud. Has heard he has died and asks death certificate, but found alive. 5 pages, List 4.
MARTIN, C., Swiss Consul Melbourne, wrote in 1895 seeking information of Conrad WINZELER of Scheffhausen, Switzerland; Paul and Albertina SAXER who arrived in 1857 and were recorded as SENAR; Honorins LEPKOWSKY, Polish, known to RAKOWSKY, came after the 1831 revolution; and Andrea JESCIO. None were found. 13 pages, List 30.
MARTIN, E.S., Kenkian Assoc., Yates County New York USA wrote in 1897 re his uncles and aunts: James and Margaret EMMERSON, George and Martha HUNTER, Margaret MARTIN. He is a student, a graduate of Kinda College, father William a farmer. 6 pages, List 4A
MARTIN, John Edward Farrant. William BOYD, Deputy Chief Constable, Isle of Man, wrote in 1902 on behalf of his father Edward of Castletown, who will pay his passage to Australia, but wants Chief Commissioner to handle his allowance. 2 pages, List 43.
MARTIN, Joseph, Carne Hill Gover, near St. Austell Cornwall, wrote in 1911 re his uncle William Martin, who ‘built a large manshion and kept a large boat store’. He has seen a newspaper report that someone of that name died and left a large amount of money. Not found. 3 pages.
MARTYN, Emily, wrote in 1905 from Sidcup Kent England re her husband Charles Edward Martyn, falsely registered at birth as MARTIN, an illegitimate child of an old man. Rambling letter, but seems that Charles had run off with Harriet MILNER; photo of Charles and Harriet on file. 4 pages. File incomplete, no response from police found. Additional file of 1917 has postage stamp size photo of Charles Martyn, gives physical description, states falsely registered at birth as Edward MARTIN at Charing Cross, known from birth to 1893 as Martyn, married her in 1886, has been several times to America etc. etc. Not found. 11 pages, List 6. See Introduction re cost of copying photographs.
MARZO, Pietro. Italian Consul in Melbourne writes in 1920 re this man, who was naturalised as Peter MARCH. 6 pages, List 9.
MATHEWS, James, wrote from Pahiatua, North Island New Zealand in 1898 asking is the man murdered at Eaglehawk is his brother Timothy of Kings Co, 61 years. Police report his brother is still alive at Back Creek. 8 pages, List 27.
MATTHEWS, D., Inspector, Alton Division, Hants Constabulary, England, wrote on behalf of friends of Mrs. SPAIN, in 1893. She was living at Bairnsdale and in great distress. 4 pages, List 3.
MATTHEWS, Edward, of Dipton near Invercargill New Zealand, wrote in 1898. He had seen a newspaper report of a murder, and wondered if the victim was his brother William, who was a native of Gloucester England. Police confirm it was not. 6 pages, List 14.
MAYERS, Conrad W. Information sought by C. BROWN, Inspector General, Punjab Police in 1901; he was his wife’s brother. Found. 5 pages, List 40.
MAXSEY, F. of Dromyrourke, Muckross, Killarney Ireland, wrote in 1914, asking the Chief Commissioner to place the ‘enclosed bills in the principal police stations’. The handbills are for a ‘Painless Cure for Hard Corns’ and are still on the file. He was formerly in the army, stationed at Gibraltar, Malta. 2 pages, and 5 copies of the bills. List 13.
MAXWELL, Mrs. Jane Hird, wrote from Salt Lake City USA in 1908 re her brother Joseph HIRD, a cabinetmaker, who emigrated to Melbourne in the 1860s; she is his only sister. 5 pages.
MAY, Percy, left wife and 3 children in Walthamstow England c1893, and went to Aust. Her letters to him c/- G.P.O. have been returned. Her brother in Melbourne, Constable Max FELSENTHAL, ask police to find him, believed to be in Sydney. He is c36 years, a tailor’s cutter. Found. 4 pages, List 27.
MAYER, Mrs. Margaret, wrote from Kansas USA in 1895 re her son (unnamed). She is the widow of a Methodist minister, killed in an accident, they were from Scotland. Son J.H. Mayer found. 4 pages, List 28.
MAYHEW, W. of Marion Park, East London, England wrote in 1903 re Maria, wife of schoolmaster named HOLMES, who had a sister Matilda at Avoca Victoria. She is entitled to a share in an estate. Relatives traced were Caroline Grace KERNOT and William John HOLME, solicitor. 7 pages.
MECKBACH, Barbara, wrote from Wellington New Zealand in 1899 re William KLEIN, a German Jew, who has proposed to her. His real name is Bernard FEINSTEIN. She has heard that he is married and has 3 children, but he says that he only lived with the woman. Barbara’s father was a policeman in Germany, so she asks police to find out the truth. They interview his wife. List 36.
MEEK, Mrs. J., of St. Louis, Mo, USA, wrote in 1905 re Mathew and Dennis HAYES, who formerly ran the Clare Castle Inn, and were her uncles. Police check here and in Sydney, but not found. 7 pages, List 12.
MEINUNG, Ettie, of Wellington New Zealand, wrote in 1918 re her husband Ernest Henry. She left to visit her invalid mother, and he promised to send money but has not. Police locate him, using name Harry MANNING. 4 pages, List 6.
MELVILLE, Thomas. Wrote from Glasgow Scotland in 1898, on behlaf of Mrs. McDONALD, sister of Mrs. Catherine HOLDSWORTH of Burnley, Melbourne. Catherine had promised to send money to her sister, but none has arrived. An un-named brother was given a large amount of money; she is worried that her sister has died and the brother claimed her estate. Police find she is still alive. 7 pages, List 26.
MENZEROLE, Willem, sailor, arrived 1895, left wife and two children in Amsterdam. Netherlands Consul in Melbourne enquires, 1898. 7 pages, List 25.
MENZIES, William and Thomas, Irwin and McKeesport Pennsylvania USA, wrote in 1905 re uncle William Menzies, not heard from for some years, would be 70 – 80 years old,a widower, with no family. He left Scotland 50 years ago, was going to live with the TUTTIE family. 7 pages, List 44
MERZBACH, George Sigismond Charles Stanislaus, sought by acting Belgian Consul in Melbourne, F. VANDERKELEN, in 1896. He was born in Brussels in 1876, left there in 1895 with Miss Lucie ROTTENBURG and now believed to be in Australia. His description given. Consul also sought Thomas Michael YOUENS, but not clear whether this is involved with the above case or not. Neither man found. 10 pages, List 31.
MESSNER, Eugene, of Fechenheim, Offenbacherlandstr, Germany, wrote twice in 1920 re his uncle Fritz, who emigrated c1852. They corresponded until the war. Reports the death of his father and asks details of Fritz. Detailed reply sent. 12 pages, List 18.
MEYER, Franz Heinrich Christian, born Hamburg 1825, son of Franz and Margaret MALLHIESSEN, believed to have died in Melbourne c30 years ago. He married Louise BOHN. Information sought by German Consulate, Melbourne in 1909. 2 pages, List 41.
MEYER, Mrs. G.T. wrote in 1916 from Wellington New Zealand re G.N. (Harry) YOUNG, who fathered an illegitimate child and kept her for 5 years, but has not maintained her for the past 2 years. Believed to be in Melbourne; not found, but police report a Harry Young enlisted in the A.I.F. and give physical description. 8 pages, List 6.
MEYER, P.J., solicitor, Goulburn, wrote in 1910 on behalf of Mrs. Septimus STYLES. She was married to him in 1905, and they have two children. The marriage was kept secret from his father who did not approve, so Septimus would inherit his estate. Father has died, and Septimus has now married Ada May BURGESS and gone to Canada with her. Meyer wants police to pay for his extradition to face bigamy charges. 4 pages, List 13.
MICHELMORES, solicitors, Exeter England, wrote in 1920 re relatives of Mrs. Ann ROWLANDS, sister of Mrs. Elizabeth MERRY. Found. 3 pages, List 13.
MIDDLETON, John. T. Squires, acting superintendent of Stockport Union, Stockport England, wrote in 1914 re this man, who had left there in January 1913, leaving a wife and three children behind. He had not sent them any money for a year, had been boarding with a Mrs. Archer in Richmond. He was 32 years old, a chocolate moulder. Police interview Mrs. Archer who states he borrowed money from her and has not been seen since. Not found. 13 pages, List 11.
MIGINNIS, John, sought by nephew Hugh FEGAN, Rostrevor, Co Down Ireland in 1899. He had been in Melbourne c45 years, born parish of Hilltown, townland of Leitrim, Co Down, labourer. Not found. 8 pages, List 344 MILES, Hugh, Dunedin New Zealand, wrote in 1914 re the Chicago Electrical Appliance Co., who had a branch office in Melbourne, and their ‘Magic Mirrors’. He had bought one on trial, returned it and not got a refund. Other complaints have been received about this company. Police find the manager A. GREENBURGH has gone to London. His former partner Frank GAYLOR denies any connection with the company now. L.L. ROBINSON also denies any connection, even though he occupies the same premises. 11 pages, List 10.
MILL, Hammer, Blackhill, Durham UK, wrote in 1897 re a position in police force; 25 years a gamekeeper. 2 pages, List 25.
MILLAR, J. McD., Vancouver, Canada, wrote in 1902, enclosing newspaper cutting of accident there to Edgar HULL of Lancashire England, and asking police to locate his brothers; they find Roland. List 42.
MILLAR, James, solicitor, Duns, N.B., wrote in 1900 re William HASTIE who owes maintenance on his illegitimate child there; brother of Adam. 5 pages, List 18.
MILLARD, Mrs. A. of Millard, Taunton, Somerset England, wrote in 1918 re her daughter Ada, whom she had not heard from for a year. Her sister, Mrs. SAMSON lived in Albert Park. Found. Photo and 9 pages, List 16. (See comment in introduction re the cost of photo reproduction.) CONNECTION FOUND
MILLER, A., wrote from Dunoon Scotland in 1906 on behalf of the mother of Robert Miller, born Shursco, Caithness, went to Brisbane c1884. Father, a merchant died c1898. Not found. 8 pages, List 31.
MILLER, John T. alias MERTON. Embezzled several thousand dollars from First National Bank of Columbia PA USA and absconded. Reward poster and photograph sent to Victorian police; was seen in New South Wales. Several reports on his movements. 16 pages. (See comment about reproduction of photographs in introduction)
MILLER, P.G., of Carmichael & Miller, Edinburgh Scotland, wrote in 1900 re George M.S. GRANT, c38 years, a recent arrival in Melbourne. He was from Hamilton, and on a voyage for his health, had been addicted to drink. 5 pages, List 38.
MILLIGAN, Hugh, sought by Glasgow solicitor Stewart McNICOLL on behalf of his brother Samuel; letter from Samuel, Ontario Canada also on file. 27 pages, List 42.
MILLS, Mr. T.A. of Oakamoor, North Staffs, England, wrote in 1905, re his brother Arthur Lees Mills, a chemist, who went to Australia nearly 23 years ago. 3 pages.CONNECTION FOUND
MILLWARD, Mrs. Elizabeth of Fall River, Mass., USA wrote in 1901 re her sister Mrs. Mary Ann MOORHOUSE, widow of Thomas. 3 pages. MILNE, Alexander, wrote from Poplar, London England in 1899 re his son James, not heard from since 1889 when he was in Melbourne working for engineering company. Not found. 11 pages, List 37.
MITCHELL, Fred of Bombay India wrote in 1906 re his wife Louisa who has run away with a Mr. PAUL, real name LACHMINOVICE, a hotelkeeper in Karachi who deserted his wife. 4 pages.
MITCHELL, Harry. Information sought in 1899 by wife who wrote from Mile End, London, England. They were married in England in 1883; he left after 6-7 years and went to Australia. He subsequently returned to her, but then left again for Melbourne, and promised to send for her, but has never done so, and it is now over a year. He is c40 years old. Not found. 3 pages, List 36.
MITCHELL, Michael, Brooklyn, New York, wrote in 1898 re his brothers John and Edward, not heard of for 35 years, believed at Ballarat; from Ballinasloe Co Roscommon Ireland. 9 pages, List 25.
MITCHELL, Simon. Sought by sister Emma TRUSCOTT of Truro Cornwall in 1900; he left for Australia 35 years ago. 7 pages, List 16
MOGRIDGE, C.H. Wrote from Kent England in 1907 re his cousin Ruth HURLEY. Someone has told a relative they are entitled to money left by her. Claims that c1850 a Nathan GREEN was transported to Botany Bay and she followed him and became wealthy; no trace found but he intends to pursue. 9 pages, List 23.
MOHR, Claus. German Consul in Melbourne writes in 1911 seeking descendants of this man, who died in Melbourne in 1895. 6 pages, List 15.
MOHRLE, W., wrote from Suva Fiji in 1893, re his children. One, Matilda, is in Melbourne in care, 3 in care in Sydney. His wife is a drunkard and he has not been able to pay maintenance until now. 6 pages, List 3.
MOMBERG, Louis, of Apolda, Germany, wrote in 1901 re Emil PITSCHEL, a baker, 34yrs. Found. 2 pages, List 18.
MONAGHAN, Thomas, sought by brother John, Roxbury, Boston USA in 1895; arrived c1892, formerly in R.I.C., from Co. Galway, 27 years, joined police force. 2 pages, List 29.
MONIGATTI, Antonio. Swiss Consul Melbourne wrote in 1919 re him; he had emigrated in 1883, but no news had been heard from him since 1900. Found by police. 6 pages, List 10.
MOONEY, Archie. Transvaal Town Police South Africa wrote in 1905 asking if Mooney, presently in prison there, had a record in Australia; was an Australian, aged 35 years. 7 pages.
MOONEY, Bridget, sought by Captain of Detectives, Dallas USA, in 1918, on behalf of ‘old Lady in this City that is a relative to the party in question…’ Bridget was born at Cloughan, King’s County Ireland c1841, and arrived in Australia c1861, married a Frenchman. Police find she married Philip LE LIEVRE and trace family. 9 pages, List 6.
MOORE, Frederick T. Wanted for embezzlement in Boston USA in 1906; reward notice poster on file. William Gibson Moore, born London Canada, and c40 years of age, is suspected of being the same person, but is subsequently proved not to be. He is a mason and was managing Scottish Entertainers Donaldson & Spence, but now selling photographs. Flyer from Donaldson & Spence also on file. 24 pages, List 11.
MOORE, John Grant. New Scotland Yard wrote in 1906, enclosing two photos, one full face and one profile, of this man, and asking if he was known to police in Australia. Responses from N.S.W. and Tasmania police on file; he is a convicted confidence man, nickname ‘Sparrow Jack’ and known also as John McDONALD or GILBERT, also as Arthur MOORE. 8 pages, List 11. See introduction for information on ordering photographs.
MOORHOUSE, Thomas, of Providence, Rhode Island USA, wrote in 1914 re his widowed aunt Mrs. Mary Ann Moorhouse, who died in September 1913. Her husband was his uncle and namesake, and he believes he was entitled to a share of her estate. 7 pages, List 7.
MORAN, Annie. Her niece Bridget HUGHES, Low Park, Boyle, Co. Roscommon Ireland, wrote several letters in 1902 asking police to trace her; she had a brother in Richmond. Brother found, Annie declines to have anything to do with Bridget or her husband, formerly in the Royal Irish Constabulary. 11 pages, List 43.
MORGAN, Ernest P. of Portland Oregon USA wrote in 1907 re ‘old chum’ George SWAFFIELD who migrated from London England to Australia recently. 4 pages.
MORGAN, Stephen V., of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA wrote in 1902 re his sister Mary MORGAN who left Ireland in 1884, aged about 50 years now, a dressmaker. 7 pages.
MORIN, Frank, wrote from Kingston Jamaica in 1914 re George Willis GAYLARD, who left there 32 years ago, aged 17 years. He is writing on behalf of the family. Police locate Gaylard. 4 pages, List 7.
MORLEY, Bartel, of Helena, Montana, USA, wrote in 1894 re his brother Fred. Not found. 2 pages, List 17. MORRIS, Mrs., Cog Lane, Burnley, U.K. wrote in 1895 re newspaper report of murder of Edward ELLIS of Wales, his wife and four children at Sharks Bay. No truth in story. 5 pages, List 29.
MORRELL, Herbert Hugh, c38 years, graduate of Oxford Uni. Charles J. MORRISON, law offices, Chicago Tribune, asks confirmation of Morrell’s criminal record in Victoria; is being sued by him. 19 pages, some repetition. List 44.
MORRIS, Mrs. F. of Temuka [?] New Zealand, wrote in 1905 re her brother George SWEET. She had read in a newspaper that someone of that name had been killed. He was 41 years old and her only brother. Police report it was not him. 6 pages, List 15.
MORRIS, J. Jones, solicitor, Blaenau Festiniog Wales, wrote in 1894 re Sir Edward POORE who died recently in Australia. He owned a slate quarry in Portmadoc North Wales, and left his wife and family there, and ran off with a servant, Elizabeth DAVIES to Australia some years ago. Her sister Mrs. Ann JONES seeks to make contact with her. 5 pages, List 4A. CONNECTION FOUND
MORRIS, William, left England c1854, native of Mountsorrel near Loughbrough, Leicestershire. He was a brother in law of John DIXON, ‘the great fisherman’. Information sought by sister Maria WESSON of Leicestershire in 1899. Found in country Victoria. 5 pages, List 37.
MORRISON, F.W. of Belfast Ireland, wrote in 1900 re his brother James MORRISON, a native of Belfast, who died in Melbourne. 3 pages.
MORRISSY, Daniel, baker, left Newcastle West Limerick for Australia in 1888. Solicitor for his brother Dennis wrote in 1900 advising that sister Mary CAREY has left him a legacy. 8 pages, List 38.
MORTON, Mrs. Regina of Coronado S.D. Co., California USA, wrote in 1915 re finding relatives of Jane BAILEY (married name not known) and George JAMES her cousin, who went to Australia c70 years ago. She is looking for descendants of her grandparents Baileys; were from Cambridge, her uncle was the great surgeon-artist-linguist of Cambridge and St. Bartholomew’s hospital, there were 18 children in his family. Police reply too many of that name to research. 3 pages, List 8.
MOSHER, Mrs. E. of Lawrence, Mass., USA, wrote in 1914 re her father Jeremiah WILSON, whom she has heard has died. Her mother, who is 75 years old, is living with her. Asks if he had any property. Police report he was an old age pensioner, living in Williamstown, and his wife is still living there. He left no property. 5 pages, List 11.
MOSLEY, C., of Auckland New Zealand, wrote in 1901 re a Mosley who left there c1888 for Melbourne, had six children and lived in St. Kilda. Not found. 8 pages, List 18.
MOSS, David. Police in Glastonbury, Somerset UK enquire about his Victorian background in 1894, 45 years, Jewish. 5 pages, List 22.
MOSS, Frederick. A banker, he embezzled funds in India. Police file reports his arrival in Melbourne, and apprehension in Adelaide in 1893. 11 pages, List 3.
MOSS, Timothy, sought by brother George of Valdey Alaska USA. Found, had last heard of his brother in Klondyke. 5 pages, List 8.
MOTORCYCLE RELIABILITY TESTS. File covering the Adelaide to Melbourne and Sydney to Melbourne competition between December 1913 and January 1914. Official programme, lists of riders and bikes, discussion of arrangements etc. 33 pages, List 32.
MOULTON, Alfred R., formerly conductor for Williamson and Musgrove in Melbourne, persuaded his wife Mary to take their two children Dorothy and Winifred to England, stating he would join them there, but did not. She has had to put one in a convent and the other in a Home, and has to go to hospital for her health in 1901. Asks police help to find him. Detailed report on his movements, but not found. 8 pages, List 40.
MOUNTAIN, Michael, Oxford Warren County, New Jersey USA wrote in 1892 re his uncle James Mountain, a carpenter from Ardmore Co. Waterford Ireland, with a wife and two children; he will hear something to his advantage. Police find he committed suicide. 8 pages.
MOUNTAIN, William, sought by nephew G. MEGSON, Beverley, Yorkshire, England, in 1902. He came to Melbourne many years ago, was a carrier on the goldfields, would now be c80 years old. Born near Harrogate Yorkshire. Not found. 9 pages, List 45.
MUHREN, Adolph Frederick, c30 years, sought by brother Johan, Smithville P.O. St. Louis Minnesota USA in 1903. He is in hospital there and wrote the letter in German, mentioning that Adolph had stayed with the family of Peter and Charlotte JOHNSON of North Melbourne. Translation on file and Johnsons found. 16 pages, List 45.
MULCAIR, T.J., of Mungret College, Limerick Ireland, wrote in 1914 re John HAYES, who left Ireland c20 years ago for Sydney or Melbourne. Father was a doctor, mother alive in Dublin and anxious to hear from him. He was formerly employed in a bank there. Police check every John Hayes in Melbourne, but he is not found. 11 pages, List 8.
MULLALLY, John, of Milltown, Ballrnecargy, Westmeath Ireland, wrote in 1910 re his brother Patrick who left for Melbourne 25 years ago. Found. 5 pages, List 14.
MULLANE, Patrick, sought by sister Mrs. Mary COSTELLO of Moorhead, Minnesota USA in 1897; is in police force. Found at Mansfield. 3 pages, List 35.
MULLANE, Patrick, left Ireland c30 years ago and joined Victoria police. Nephew John Mullane wrote from Lisready, Loughill, Co Limerick Ireland in 1899. Found at Mansfield. List 36.
MULLINS, W.H., wrote from Troy, New York USA in 1906, re Bartholomew and William FITZPATRICK, brothers of Maria, who wishes to hear of them, she is the only one left there, Anthony, Michael and John having died. Descendants found. 7 pages, List 29.
MUNRO, D. of Exmouth Devonshire wrote in 1901 from S.S. ‘Lynton’ at Newport. He is a master mariner whose wife has run off with – COOMBS, taking their four year old child with her. Coombs has left his wife and two children destitute. They arrived in Melbourne in September 1901, and will probably use his wife’s maiden name of JOHNSON. Coombs was a grocer and is working at his trade. 2 pages. List 5.
MUNSLOW, Alfred, of Wellington New Zealand, wrote in 1917 re his brother Arthur David Munslow, who was last heard of in Melbourne three years ago; people in England are anxious about him. 6 pages, List 6.
MURPHY, James, Quigney, East London, South Africa, wrote in 1909 asking police to trace his relatives, George BREW, railway ganger, Lorrie LINDREA, Daniel MURPHY. Found. 6 pages, List 53.
MURPHY, Miss Kathleen of Worthing, Sussex England, wrote in 1920 re James, Joe and Daniel MURPHY, her uncles, who came from ‘Green Lane Co Waterford Clonmel Co Tipperary Ireland’. She was the eldest daughter of their brother William. 5 pages.
MURPHY, Mrs. Mary of St. Kilda in Melbourne wrote in 1915 re her son Joseph MURPHY, who left for the USA nine years previously. She believes he is the person who was known in California as John Howard WILSON, and who died there in 1911, and asks police to check. File contains Californian death certificate, small photo of Joseph and details of his life there. His identity is confirmed. 16 pages, List 7.
MURRAY, Joseph Richard, of Calcutta Police, wrote in 1907 re joining Victoria police. He was 29 years, had been in the army. 3 pages, List 14.
MURRAY, Peter, wrote from Waipati, Otago New Zealand in 1910 re Thomas Charles FISHER, who used to live near Great Western, Victoria. Fisher was engaged to a local girl, but rumour said he was already married in Victoria. 3 pages, List 5.
MURTAUGH, Christopher. Emigrated from Co Longford Ireland c1849 to Australia. Information sought in 1899 by James MULLOOLY, JP, East Pittsburg, PA, on behalf of unnamed friends who had heard he had died 3 years ago. Insufficient information provided. 7 pages, List 36.
MUSSON, Mrs. Caroline, Peterborough, England, wrote in 1912 re John RANDS, who left Polebrook Northamptonshire 50 years ago, last heard from in 1863. She is a daughter of his brother David. Has heard he has died. 7 pages, List 32.
MUSTARD, Alexander, sought by Miss Margaret Mustard of Unthank, Urquhart, Elgin, Scotland in 1914. He was a ship’s carpenter, last heard from seven months ago. 4 pages, List 13.
MYERS, Ernest, 33 years, sought by mother Mrs. H. Myers, Palmerston New Zealand in 1902. His last letter to her, describing his escape from a bush fire is on file. Not found. 6 pages, List 42.
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NAIRIERE, E., Telegraph Commissioner, Angiers, France, wrote in 1893. He is the son of a police commissioner, and is compiling ‘descriptive summaries of police systems of different countries’. Letter written in French. 2 pages, List 3.
NASH, John, of Bishops Waltham, Hants, England, wrote in 1899 re William Edward WYATT, his wife’s brother. Wyatt (born in Portsmouth) left London in 1874 and was last heard of in Brisbane Queensland in 1885, but now believed to be in Melbourne. Found after extensive search. 20 pages, List 3.
NEALE, Mildred, wrote from Toronto Canada in 1912 re Mrs. Walter C. KILDAHL, nee Anastasia BREEN; her brother Jack Breen has died. Asks police to find her. They establish that the couple are at Cape Leuwin in Western Australia, under the name of LONG. 8 pages, List 34.
NECHAMIN, Isaac. Information sought by Russian Consul N. De PASEK in 1901; found. 5 pages, List 40. NEEDHAM, Frank Henry wrote from the Observatory, Cape Town South Africa re his cousin W.H. BREDIN, son of Catherine. 3 pages.
NETHERSOLE, George Bradfield. Sought by solicitor Monsieur Napoleon ARGLES of Paris France, in 1916. Was entitled to some property. Police find that he had died, but son was still alive. 5 pages. List 6.
NEW, Frederick Acworth, last heard of in Melbourne in 1899, c50 years. Information sought by wife in Falmouth Cornwall in 1900. 14 pages, List 39.
NEWBERT, Thomas, formerly of Fenton in Lincolnshire England, last heard of in 1861 at Ballarat, sought by A.M. Newbert of Hull, England, in 1901. Thomas would be 80 years old. Not found. 3 pages, List 17.
NEWBOLD, Ellen wrote from South Africa in 1903. A former army nursing sister, she had met Sidney Ewan HALL of 5th Vic. Mounted Rifles in Pretoria 1901 and married him in 1902. Now believes he was already married and he and his first wife were formerly of WILLIAMSON MUSGROVE OPERATIC CO. He had brothers George and Marshall. 7 pages.
NEWMAN, E. Whitechapel, London UK, shipping agent, wrote in 1895 re his sister Elizabeth JONES of Yarraville, who was being ill-treated by her husband. Detailed report of interviews with her shows she is delusional and has been in an Asylum. 13 pages, List 30.
NEW SCOTLAND YARD wrote in 1898 re 3 criminals convicted there ‘confidence tricksters’, asking for their Australian identities, and enclosing photographs of them side and full face. Charles McMay LAWRENCE was Frederick SUMMERS alias William/Charles McANALLY/McNALLY alias O’CONNELL. George PEARCE believed to be George STEVENS, James OSBORNE was South Australian criminal John OSBORNE alias O’CONNOR. 25 pages, List 26. Note comment re cost of coping photographs.
NIAS, Arthur E., Camperdown. Birmingham police write on behalf of his brother in 1896. He inherited money from an aunt, and there is concern he is being fleeced by a woman. He married Elizabeth LILLAS and she is controlling the money; he is found and is drinking heavily. 4 pages, List 33.
NICHOLLS, Gladys, Windsor Ontario Canada, wrote in 1917 re William NICHOLLS. Police reply that details are too meagre to trace – she only gave his name. 3 pages, List 6.
NICHOLLS, William, bootmaker, c65 years, left Christchurch New Zealand c1883, had a shop in Melbourne, then Ballarat. In 1896 solicitors Caygiel & Widdowson wrote stating that while he and his wife had a legal separation, contact was needed for legal reasons. Not found. 8 pages, List 34.
NICOLSON, William Isaac. Left Melrose Scotland many years ago, now aged about 60 years, was in Adelaide South Australia for some time. Solicitor writes on behalf of his un-named brother; has heard he has drowned. 5 pages.
NICOURT, Benjamin Victor. Letter written in French, sought by someone. 1862. 2 pages, List 5. NIELSEN, Ellen Matilda, wrote in 1914 from Devonport New Zealand, asking police to find her late husband Peter’s naturalisation papers so she had claim a pension. He died 6 months previously. Police forward file to New Zealand police, asking for more details, and the file is returned with the comment that Ellen has learnt from the Public Trustee in Auckland that he was a married man, with a wife and 4 children in Chilwell near Geelong. As her children are now illegitimate, she is not entitled to a widow’s pension, and wishes the investigation dropped. 5 pages, List 8.
NIMMO, George Alderson. Police receive a request to find him; a cabman, has been left a fortune in England. Found in Callan Asylum Sydney, but information appears to be incorrect, he is a brewer, was born in Castle Eden, Co Durham England.. His son John writes from Sydney, and other relatives write stating that he is receiving funding ‘from home’ . 28 pages, List 33.
NIXON, Joseph, Glendale, Ontario Canada, wrote in 18993 re two Mr. MALCOLMS, bachelors, who had died in Australia; there had been newspaper advertisements for heirs. Reply states details provided too meagre. 5 pages, List 3.
NOLAN, John. Wrote from Ballybeg, Littleton, Thurles, Ireland in 1900, seeking entry in the police force. His father was a farmer, and he was just over 21 years. 2 pages, List 38.
NOLAN, William of Stanford near Hycter/Kycter [?] England wrote in 1892 re William McDONALD who took his discharge from the 64th Regiment in 1853 and sailed from Bombay to Melbourne. He was married, with 1-2 children, born in the North of Ireland, a cabinet maker. His wife was from Kilkenny Ireland. His wife’s family have asked Nolan to try and find them. Police searched unsuccessfully. 6 pages.
NOOT, Harriette, wrote from Victoria, B.C., Canada in 1904 re her brother John Francis Noot, who kept a draper’s store in Malvern but has gone. Found. 6 pages, List 34.
NORMAN, Turner, born Harpley Norfolk 1841, was in Christchurch New Zealand in 1868, then went to Melbourne and hasn’t been head from since. Mrs. H. NORMAN, of Beccles Suffolk UK wrote in 1895; she is executrix of a Will in which he is left a bequest. 10 pages and photo. (Note instructions re photo charges). List 32.
NORRIS, Albert, sought by his sister Mary Ann, c/- Thomas PRICE, Harewood House, Cardiff, in 1914. He was a native of Embrough, Somerset. Not found. 4 pages, List 8.
NORTHAM, Albert, sought by wife in Longlands Park, Sidcup England in 1895; left 7 years ago, hasn’t heard from him for 5 years. 8 pages, List 29.
NORTON, Mrs. Henrietta of Wynburg, Cape Colony, wrote in 1919 re her daughter Sarah, Mrs. WATERFALL, whose husband was an electrical engineer. Not found. 5 pages, List 15. NORTON, Michael, c72 years, wife Ann, son William, c47 years, sought by Mary Ann HAYES nee Norton, of Chicago, in 1897. They were natives of Staley Bridge, Lancashire England; she is their daughter. Not found. 9 pages, List 35.
NOWRY, James P. of Victoria B.C. Canada, wrote in 1900 re his uncle Daniel ROBILLIARD of Talbot, who has not answered his letters. James’s grandmother was Mrs. Margaret Robilliard of Jersey Channel Islands. Found. 9 pages, List 18.
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O’BRIEN, Mr. J. of Glasgow Scotland, wrote in 1919 re his sister Mrs. Mary McLAUGHLIN, who left there 6-7 years ago for Melbourne. Found. 3 pages, List 17.
O’BRIEN, Michael, of Halifax Nova Scotia, wrote in 1892 re his brother Dennis, who died in Melbourne in 1876, and had come to Australia as warder in the convict service, and married Sophie COLEMAN in Melbourne. He was formerly from London. They had two daughters, Elizabeth and Ellen. Michael’s aunt died earlier in the year, and Dennis’s family entitled to a share of the estate. Daughters were found, one now Mrs. O. CARLSEN. Mother Sophie had remarried John WILLIAMS, but was now dead. 7 pages.
O’BRIEN, Timothy, San Francisco, California USA, wrote n 1893 re his aunt Mary O’BRIEN, who left Ireland ‘with a bevy of young girls who sailed from Dublin Bay in May 1849′ for Australia; she was then 18 years. The family have not heard from her since. 2 pages, List 4.
O’CONNELL, John, wrote from Invercargill New Zealand in 1897. Had seen a report of arrest of Daniel O’Connell or Connell for vagrancy; thinks it may be his father, Irish, 71 years, enlisted in 1844, served 20 years in 99th Regiment, illiterate. Police report name was O’Connor. NZ police report John going on trial for housebreaking. 21 pages, List 25.
O’CONNOR, D.J., Kildale, Liverpool England, wrote in 1904 re his brothers Patrick, c30 years ago a professor at a college in Melbourne, and John, who had been in the police force. Not found. 7 pages, List 42.
O’DEA, John, sought by nephew Patrick O’Dea of Peekshill New York USA in 1899. He was born in Doora Parish, Co Clare, Ireland, the Nihill brothers would know him. Police establish he died in 1895, widow found. 14 pages, List 37.
O’DONNELL, David, born Ballysheedy, Co Limerick Ireland c1839, left there in 1864 with neighbour Michael CLANCY, went to Australian goldfields. Nephew Cornelius CONSIDINE of Brooklyn U.S. wrote in 1894. Not found, 7 pages, List 22.
O’DONNELL, Morris, Patrick, Mary, Bridget and Catherine, left Shanagolden Co Limerick c1866. Brother John, New Jersey USA, anxious to know details; John O’LEARY, Captain of Police New Jersey, writes on his behalf. Found. 6 pages, List 29.
O’DOW, Lucy F. (Mrs.). Wrote in 1914 from Dedrick California USA re a diamond brooch she had left (ie pawned) with Mr. FRANKLIN in Melbourne some years previously. Her brother John A. OSBORNE had paid part of the amount owing, and she had paid the rest, but the brooch had not been returned. ‘She had bad luck in Melbourne, lost £600 in bad investments’ but hoped to return. Franklin confirms he has brooch, and wrote to the brother, seeking written permission from her to post it to him, but his letter was returned from the Dead Letter Office. 9 pages, List 8.
O’DWYER, Myles, of Brockton, Mass., USA, wrote in 1906, seeking address of his father James, who retired from the police force in 1904. Found. 4 pages, List 19.
O’KANE, William, solicitor, Garvagh, Co. Derry Ireland wrote in 1914 re the estate of late Patrick O’KANE of Gortmacrane Kierea, Co. Londonderry, who died in 1913, leaving a legacy to the children of his late daughter Ellen. She had gone to Australia many years previously and married a man named Spreadby. All her relations were in the USA and no-one had an address for her. Police establish the surname is SPREADBURY and find two daughters. Further letter results in additional police action. 13 pages, List 7.
O’KEEFE, John, sought by brother Edmond in 1900. He was a surveyor and farmer from Lombardstown, Ireland, left there c1858, hasn’t been heard from for 30 years. Writer is over 80 years. 10 pages, List 38.
OLIVE, Ella F., Brixton, London, England, wrote in 1905 re her husband William John, last heard of in Melbourne; hasn’t answered her letters. He left with Mrs. Miriam JOHNSON and her family. Intimate details provided. 20 pages, List 44
OLIVERA, Mrs., of Honolulu wrote in 1919 re her son Louis, 18 years, who had been on a steamship and taken ill. 4 pages.
OLLIS, W., of Stockwell England, wrote in 1894 thanking police for finding his son. (Earlier letter missing from file). 1 Page List 4.
OLSEN, Mrs. John of Seattle Washington USA wrote in 1914 re the late Carl Gustaf Anderson BOYE who died in Maryborough hospital, seeking details of his estate. Police establish it is Maryborough Qld, and not Victoria that is meant, and send file there. They find that Boye’s estate was left to August Ludwig ANDERSSON and Pehr Eric ANDERSSON of Catharineholm Klastrop, Nykopings Land, Sweden. 9 pages, List 7.
OLSEN, J., of St. Paul, Minnesota USA, wrote in 1893 re his brother Charles. 1 page, List 3.
OLVERENSHAW, Thomas. Challinors and Shaw of Leek, Staffordshire wrote in 1897. His half sister Mrs. Elizabeth MARSDEN had left him a legacy; family known locally as RENSHAW. Son John found at Sandhurst. 7 pages, List 25.
OLVERENSHAW or RENSHAW, Thomas. Solicitors Challinors and Shaw of Leek, Staffordshire England, wrote in 1904 re the two sons of Thomas, whom they had not heard from since 1899. 2 pages, List 18.
O’MAHONY, John wrote from Kanturth, Co Cork Ireland in 1856, seeks confirmation that his brother William MAHONY has died in Victoria – left Ireland in 1852. Reply c/- Rev. Thomas. 2 pages. List 4.
O’NEIL, David, sought by niece Mrs. M. HAGGER of Queenstown, Co Cork Ireland in 1900. She is the only daughter of his only sister, Margaret NOONAN. He left there c40 years ago, last heard from 17 years ago, had been a ship’s pilot. Not found. 10 pages, List 39.
O’NEIL, Miss Lottie, teacher, New Brunswick, Canada, wrote in 1899 re Michael O’NEIL or NEIL, her uncle, c66 yrs. Her father Patrick Byrnes O’NEIL died in Williamstown c1868, and her family left. Father’s other brothers were William and Harry. Found. 7 pages, List 18.
O’NEILL, Mrs. Margaret F. of Alameda, California, wrote in 1899 re her cousin Patrick REDDY who died in South Australia. 1 page, List 24.
O’NEILL, William and Maurice write in 1892 re Maurice and Michael O’GRADY, who left Ireland 45-50 years ago, and were from Tralee, Co Kerry Ireland. 2 pages.
OPIE, Miss Isabella. Letter from assistant to Major COX, British Resident, Persian Gulf, 1905, thanking police for the detective’s report on Opie. Incomplete file, no personal details on her. 2 pages, List 18.
ORAM, George, of Hackney, London, wrote in 1901 re uncle William ORAM or ALLEN, who left London in 1882. Police interview two of that name, one of whom is apparently the right person, but has never heard of his nephew. 7 pages, List 5.
ORCHARD, M., wrote from Wellington New Zealand in 1901 asking police to get her money refunded from Miss McARLY of Caulfield who sold artists’ tools for Edinburgh Art Painting, and had not supplied them. 4 pages, List 39.
O’REILLY, Gerald. Chief of Police, Cape Town South Africa, writes in 1894. O’Reilly, aged 19, has left by ship for Australia without parents’ knowledge or approval; is probably heading for his aunt Mrs. M. Fitzgerald in Melbourne. Asks police to meet ship, which they do. 11 pages List 4A
O’ROURKE, L.W., Attorney, of Portland Oregon USA, wrote in 1920 re Edwin H. WILMA, known as ‘Bert’ Wilma, and in the advertising business. Wilma’s wife has died. 4 pages.
O’ROURKE, William J., of Brooklyn New York USA, wrote in 1893 re Thomas TOOHEY, who lost his wife through a fire and became an invalid through shock. For the last 20 years Mrs. DWYER, now deceased, has been trying to find him. O’Rourke is her cousin. Police locate Toohey, who has been writing to Nellie DWYER, her daughter. 8 pages, List 3.
ORR, Samuel. Sought by sister Martha Orr and her son John McGRADY of Old Cunmock, Ayrshire, Scotland, in 1905. Last heard of 13 years ago. Found. 9 pages, List 12.
ORTNER, Johanna nee EIDENHAMMER. Sought by Swedish Consul in Melbourne (acting for Austro- Hungarian interests in Melbourne) in 1919. Found by police. 6 pages, List 10.
OSBORNE, Elizabeth Ann, wrote from London England in 1900 re her husband Samuel Slack Osborne; she has heard he is dead and seeks details. Police reply that his brother Frederick arranged burial and he only left a small estate. Two letters from her, with almost intelligible handwriting. 6 pages, List 12.
O’SHEA, Michael. Wrote from Bunratty, Co Clare, Ireland in 1900, asking details to join Victoria police. He was a member of the R.I.C. 2 pages, List 37.
OSMAN, Harry, of Coff’s Harbour NSW. Detailed police file shows that his wife Edith Maud ran off with Edward CASS/COSTELLO/HOWARD, taking her daughter Lillian Louise with her. Edith died in childbirth in 1913. (Funeral card on file). Cass then came to Victoria and married Ena Frances Mary STEWART nee STEANE, a widow, in 1914, and the pair, with Lillian, then went to South Africa. Ena was not happy there and returned to Victoria, asking police to investigate his background, and take care of the child, who had returned with her. Police establish that Cass’s first wife in Queensland is looking for him, and that he also seduced Alice ASHTON or PARKER, who had a child to him. Police cannot find Osman to return his daughter to him, but a former workmate of his, Arthur Thomas RICHARDS, offers to take the child. Photo of Cass and Lillian on file. (What a story!) 20 pages, List 8. CONNECTION FOUND.
O’SULLIVAN, Cornelius J., Kingwillamstown, [?] Co Cork, Ireland, wrote in 1903 re his sister who left c40 year ago and married Peter McArty and lived at the Rialto in Melbourne. Police establish she married McArthy, who was employed by the Rialto’s owner. 5 pages, List 45.
OSWIN, Mrs. Annie nee STANLEY, 34 years, and sons Richard Carlyle and Thomas Edgar, left husband R. at Wanganui New Zealand in 1903, and believed to be living with a butcher named W.J. ELLIOTT in Melbourne. Photo of Elliott, who came from Wanganui, on file. Extensive search undertaken, but not found. 29 pages, List 46.
O’TOOLE, John, burned to death at Walhalla in 1910. Father Patrick and brother Joseph in Lettermore Co. Galway Ireland write asking for details which are provided. John had gone to Australia many years before. 15 pages, List 15. CONNECTION FOUND
OUTWIN, C.W. of Balham London England, wrote in 1914 re his brother Edward who left Deal Kent many years ago. Police locate him. 6 pages, List 7.
OVERY, John Thomas, sought by brother A.H. of Dalston, N.E. England in 1914. He hasn’t heard from him for 20 years, was then in Melbourne. Found interstate, had deserted wife. 16 pages, List 31.
OWEN, Mrs. Ellen, Matron of Baptist Home, Brooklyn New York USA, wrote in 1894 re her son John W. BAYLY, who had been living in Melbourne since 1870, and whom she has not heard from since 1886. Bayly is her son by a previous marriage, she married Rev. J.J. Owen, Baptist Minister in 1869. 9 pages, List 4.
OWEN, Frank of Dishergarph P.O. via Sitarampur E.S.R. Bengal India wrote in 1914 re father in law Frederick Major DOWNES, living in Melbourne. Left wife and daughter destitute in England in 1904. Wife lived with her mother, but upon her death has nowhere to go and is destitute. Downes has failed to pay maintenance, and is a drunkard. Police interview him and report he claims to have been sober for 9 years but declines to answer any questions. Photo. 10 pages, List 7. See instructions re cost of photo. CONNECTION FOUND
OWEN, Richard, postmaster, Chester England, wrote in 1862 on behalf of mother and sister of John THOMAS, killed in mining accident in Bendigo in 1859. Father was a limeburner in Selantyrenr, Oswentry, Shropshire and is now dead. Enquires re property left. 8 pages, List 5.
OWEN, Samuel, wrote in 1892 re his only brother Robert, a native of Co. Wexford Ireland. 2 pages.
OWENS, Mrs., of Chicago, USA, wrote in 1893 re her only son George Wm. OWENS; has lost his address. She is travelling with a sick lady (as a companion??) 4 pages, List 3..
OWENS, James wrote from Argold Buildings, Blackwood, Wales, England in 1892 re John OWENS of Cardinganshire Wales, who came to Australia c12 years ago and stayed with his uncle Robert OWENS at Mordialloc. Robert is now deceased. 11 pages.
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PACKER, G. Wife L. writes from New Zealand in 1904; he has not supported his family for some time. An artist, was working with a photographer at Sale. Police find him and report that he is with Alexander WARD who has behaved similarly. 7 pages, List 22.
PACKER, [PUCKER?] Mrs. Lucy of Franklin, Oneida, C.O., Idaho USA, wrote in 1894 re John BERRY, who lived in Adelaide 50 years ago. He is her father’s brother; her father was Edward Berry and he came from Stockport England. 3 pages, List 4.
PACKHAM, W., of Croydon, Surrey England wrote in 1920 re son Edward, not heard from for two years. 11 pages. PAGUE, Francis. (or PAQUE). Belgian Consul in Melbourne wrote in 1905, on behalf of Foreign Office, Brussels, seeking information about this man. He was on the goldfields in the 1860s and 1870s, later in Melbourne. Police interview old residents of Talbot, who give conflicting reports, one stating he died over twenty years ago, but the other saying he has no recollection of this. Not found. 10 pages, List 12.
PAINTER, Mrs. Ethel E. of Box House, Kemsing, Kent England, wrote a series of letters 1914-1916 re her husband Ernest Charles, who left her in 1911. Miss Agnes CASEY of Malvern (Vic.) was to marry him, but cancelled the wedding after her letter. She is going to divorce him. 34 pages, some repetitive, and photo, List 7. See instructions for details of photo costs.
PALETHORPE, H. Information sought by his wife Sara of Burton on Trent, Staffordshire England, in 1905. They separated in Australia c16 years ago, and she and their two daughters came to England, leaving the son George in Australia. The father was a picture dealer, last heard of in Richmond. Found interstate. 6 pages, List 15.
PALMER BROS, boot manufacturers, Bargoed, Glam., England write (on nice letterhead) in 1910 re uncle Robert Palmer deceased, a cattle dealer in Australia, seek details. No trace found. 5 pages, List 27.
PALMER, Mrs, wrote from San Francisco USA in 1906 re her aunt Mrs. Julia DUNSTAN, widow of G., carriage builder in London, who left there after his death. Sister in Stockton on Tees, Co. Durham. 12 pages, List 30. PALMER, Mrs. E., of Glencourt Stable, Brondesbury Park, Kilburn England, wrote in 1915 re relative Thomas A. PETTY, station master in Victoria, who has not answered her letters. Found. 6 pages, List 7. P
ALMER, George, sought by nephew Sidney Thomas MORGAN of Tonypandy, Rhondda Valley, South Wales in 1908. He left there c50 years ago. Morgan is the son of his sister Sarah who married Thomas Morgan. 8 pages, List 21.
PALMER, Mrs. M.A. of Napier New Zealand, wrote in 1911 re her son Joseph Charles Palmer and his friend James GRAHAM of Bendigo Victoria. The pair left New Zealand in June 1910 for Melbourne and she hasn’t heard anything since. Not found. 11 pages, List 13.
PALMER, Robert J. of South African Police, Spioenkop, Saltpan via Brandford Orange Free State, applied for entry to Victoria Police Force in 1914. 3 pages.
PALMER, Willliam Charles and sister Emily Elizabeth, were sought by their mother Mrs. E. Palmer of Los Angeles USA in 1915. Their father was killed in a train accident in New South Wales in 1891. The widow returned to Cheswick England, but is now in California. Not found. 11 pages, List 7. Earlier letter in 1901 also located, 12 pages, List 17.
PARE, Louis Xavier. French Consul in Melbourne wrote in 1894 seeking details of him; last heard of in 1886. 7 pages, List 17.
PARISH, John, sought by brother George, London, Ontario, Canada in 1900. John was from Suffolk England. Not found. 11 pages, List 37.
PARKER, Alexander, left Coleraine Ireland c40 years ago, a carpenter. Last heard of 10 years ago in Melbourne. Information sought by nephew Sgt. Parker, Police Office, Urmston near Manchester, England, in 1905. 6 pages, List 44
PARKER, Charles. Wife Katherine wrote in 1914 from Christchurch New Zealand. He deserted her and their three children 51/2 years ago, she is now filing for divorce and wants to know whether he is still alive. He was born at Bonny Doon near Mansfield, son of John, and had brothers John and Ted. 5 pages, List 8.
PARKER, J.T., late detective of Leeds, Yorkshire England, now a private agent. Wrote in 1901 on behalf of the mother of John DUXBURY. 6 pages, List 18.
PARKER, Joseph. Found in miserable condition in hut in Ballarat in 1898 and taken to hospital. Police find he is quite wealthy. Alfred Parker, Otara, near Fortrose New Zealand writes asking if it is long lost brother, born in Tunbridge Wells, aged about 64 years. No, a native of Yorkshire, c70 years. 7 pages, List 26.
PARKER, Mrs. M.E. of St. Leonards on Sea, England, wrote in 1892 re her husband Jack who left England in 1888. He was about 41 years of ago and had been a soldier. 3 pages.
PARKINSON, E. of Bedford Park, New York USA wrote in 1901 re William Parkinson, a wealthy man of Melbourne or Sydney. 3 pages, List 9.
PARNELL, Mrs. Edsin [?], mother of Brigadier General J.P. Parnell, sought by her niece Mrs. E.C. VAREY of Toronto Canada in 1919. Found. 4 pages, List 16.
PARRAVICINI, Domenico. Italian Consul in Melbourne wrote in 1906. The Italian government seeks his whereabouts. Others of that surname interviewed, but he is not found. 5 pages, List 11.
PARROTT, Mrs. L., wrote from Bristol England in 1892 re William DARE, her mother Priscilla’s brother. He left there in 1851 and hasn’t been heard of since. They have heard he has died, and they were advertised for as next of kin. 5 pages.
PARRY, – Mrs. Wrote from Oakdale near Blackwood South Wales in 1920 re her only brother Thomas Henry EVANS, 42 years, previously a ship’s cook. She has heard he is dead. Police confirm and give details. 6 pages, List 13.
PARRY, Mrs. E. of Litherland, Liverpool England, wrote in 1920 re her daughter Mrs. W.H. ROBINSON, who sailed from England to join her husband, an Australian soldier, in Melbourne, and had written that she was destitute. 4 pages, List 18.
PARRY, Edward Hailson wrote from Pittsfield, Mass., USA in 1894 re his brother William Robert Parry, who was in Melbourne in 1890; Edward has left London and gone there. Found. 4 pages, List 28.
PARRY, J.A., wrote from Birkenhead England in 1916 re his son in law Henry KIRBY, who deserted ship 3½ years ago, leaving his wife and two children. He enlisted in Broadmeadows Victoria as a single man. Records show he joined the AIF, sailed for the front and returned in 1915, suffering from debility. Found by police. 17 pages. List 6
PARRY, William Richard; wrote to the Governor of Victoria in 1903 re Owen PARRY, native of Llanerchymedd, Anglesey, North Wales, who had left there about fifty years ago for Bendigo, and was last heard from forty years ago. 9 pages.
PARSELLE, T.G. Boyd, born 1875 Kent, and late of the 4th Royal Irish Dragoon Guards, stationed in India, had recently arrived in Tasmania (1899), and applied to join the Victorian Police Force. 2 pages, List 11.
PARTINGTON, Mrs. Sarah of Farnworth near Bolton, Lancashire England, wrote in 1902 re her brother George ROYLE, 67 years, who left Manchester in 1865. 13 pages, List 15.
PARTRIDGE, Mrs. W.J., wrote from Longville House, Kilburn, London England in 1897 and asked police to find if her daughter Annie was still with her aunt Mrs. LEWIS of Rosedale, Lurg. She wanted Annie to go to her other sister Mrs. R. SHAW of Mt. Blackwood, where he other daughter Katie was. 4 pages, List 35.
PATERSON, William, writes from Glasgow in 1910 regarding Archibald WOOD, 21 years, plater or bridge builder. 5 pages, List 27.
PATROS, Panayotis, pilot, French Station, Constantinople, wrote in 1896 re his brother Antone, a Greek subject, living in Melbourne. Letter had to be translated. 5 pages, List 15. See also LATROS.
PATTERSON, Thomas, of Invercargill, New Zealand, wrote in 1901 re his brother James, who was born in Lurgan Co. Armagh Ireland, and had been in the British Army, serving in India and New Zealand. 9 pages.
PAUL, Mr. E. of Melbourne wrote in 1906. While on a visit to the USA he had met a Mr. CROAKE who asked him to find his brother John, least heard of 40 years ago. He was a native of Co. Kilkenny Ireland, born 1840, and left there in 1863. He served in Vic. Police force from 1865-1876. Police find that Croake has died, but identify descendants. 7 pages, List 9.
PAUL, George Ontario, left Toronto for Melbourne c1853, cabinet maker. Sought by James Paul of Toronto in 1896; had died in Bendigo. 11 pages, List 33.
PAVEY, Sidney of Toronto, Ontario, Canada wrote in 1911 re Mrs. William T. POOLE Jnr. of Sale Victoria, nee Florence Louise PENN of Pembury near Tunbridge Wells Kent England. He wrote on behalf of her mother, her sister Mrs. PHILPOTT and his wife who was another sister. The family were worried about her, and had not heard from her since 1910. 4 pages.
PAYNE, Mary Frazier, wrote from England in 1894, seeking her brother Charles Edward SULLIVAN, 29 years, single, last heard of at Corowa. 16 pages, List 17.
PEACE, Hugh, school teacher, wrote from Marykirk, Montrose Scotland in 1897 on behalf of his sister in law Mrs. COUSINS of Dumblane, who has received a strange letter from James WHYTE, a legal manager in Melbourne regarding her brother James BENNET, supposedly recently jailed and needing money. He has five adult children in London, 4 daughters and a son, who are better placed to help than she. Police report on Bennet, who is c57 years, Scottish, and somewhat eccentric. 8 pages, List 34.
PEACOCK, Mrs. Jane, Stockport England, wrote in 1910 re James HANDS or RAGION. Police listed and traced every person named HANDS in Melbourne directory, but could not trace James. 20 pages, List 5.
PEARCE, Mrs. Henrietta, of Toronto Canada, wrote in 1901 re a man named either Richard or Thomas MARSHALL who married a Miss Margaret VAUGHAN in Ireland c50 yrs ago and left for Australia. 2 pages, no effort made to trace. List 18.
PEARCE, Captain Richard William. Sought by Ottawa Trust & Dep. Co., of Ottawa Canada, in 1898; last heard from in 1871. Found. 5 pages, List 18.
PEARCE, Sarah, C/- Charles Smith, Oldham, Lancashire, wrote in 1896 re her brother Ricahard JENNINGS, from Lt. London near Brill, England, who left there c50 years ago. His parents were Philip and Sarah. 2 pages, List 33.
PEARCE, Thomas, of Exeter West, Devonshire England, wrote in 1918 re his sister Mrs. Emma COURT. Found. 6 pages, List 18.
PEARSON, William Henry, left Wood’s Hotel in Melbourne in 1899, leaving property behind. He was an engineer, c48 years old. In 1900 his brother in law Dr. James LITTLE of Maryport UK, asks police help to find what happened; believes he may have suicided. 17 pages, List 38.
PEAT, Mrs. George Nelmes, wrote from Dunedin New Zealand in 1895 seeking Richard and George NELMES, formerly of Tasmania; found. 6 pages, List 30.
PEHRSSON, W. of Stadsmaklare Sweden, wrote in 1901 to Robert A. THOMPSON & Co., periodicals importers, asking for help in finding his brother, who arrived here in 1854, was living at Bendigo and using the name John PETERSON. He had had a letter from Karl VAN DAMME who told him his brother was paralyzed. Letter was passed to police who confirm details. 7 pages, List 15.
PENDERGAST, Richard, sought by James COTTER, detective, Detroit Police Department in 1898. He left Mitchelstown Co. Cork Ireland c45 years ago, last heard of in Melbourne, would now be c70 years. Pendergast and Prendergast families contacted, but not found. 14 pages, List 24.
PENGELLY, W.H. of Landsborough, Cornwall England, wrote in 1902 on behalf of Mrs. Emma LEAN of Penstraze of the Crown Land of Blackwater, Cornwall, re her son William John LEAN, who left there in 1889 for Australia, and was once at Broken Hill. His father is death and mother is anxious to hear from him. 3 pages List 5.
PENROSE, Miss Margaret Jane, of Launceston Cornwall England, wrote in 1907 re her uncle William WILLS, a native of Liskeard, who went to Ballarat 20-40 years ago. He was her late mother’s brother. 6 pages, List 14.
PEOPLES, Charles J. of Philadelphia USA wrote in 1918 re his uncle William, who left Co. Londonderry Ireland c1860 and had a sheep farm in Australia. He promised his late father that he would try and trace him. Not found. 10 pages, List 6.
PEPPER, Richard and unnamed wife, once servants of George CRAWSHAY of London, emigrated to Melbourne c1854 with their son William aged 13 years. Crawshay has heard the parents have died and is willing to pay for William’s return to England, 1855. 9 pages. List 4.
PERCEVAL, Montague W. Cairns, (Dr.). Deserted wife Jane in Melbourne, 1900. He was in New Zealand, believed heading for Cape Town South Africa, with Mrs. Agnes PORTEOUS passing as his wife. Jane is heading for London via Cape Town and asks police for assistance. South Africa police report he has already arrived.
PERRY, John, formerly of Wigan, Lancashire, a miner, left there in 1852. His daughter Elizabeth JONES nee PERRY inquires for his whereabouts in 1892, but he was not found. 4 pages.
PESCIO, Andrea. Italian Consul in Melbourne wrote in 1905 seeking information on him. He was Italian, born 1843, said to have been in Bendigo in the 1860s. Not found. 5 pages, List 15.
PETRY, Ludwig, sought by German Consul in Melbourne in 1910, on behalf of his mother in Mahlsdorf near Berlin; last heard from at Walhalla in 1907. Not found. 5 pages, List 27.
PEYTON, Richard Charles, sought by John A. JOHNSTON of Belfast Ireland in 1897. Formerly in Royal Irish Constabulary, went to Australia and joined force here. Found. 4 pages, List 25.
PFOUNDES, C., writes from Kobe, Japan, in 1905 re members of his family. Brother J. Elam POUNDS found and handed letters, but when informed of this, he takes exception. He also objects to lack of respect shown in police response: as former commanding officer of H.M.C.S. Victoria he should be addressed as Captain. 11 pages, List 27.
PHALM, Mrs. T.W. of Halifax Nova Scotia wrote in 1917 re her brother Robert J. HILTON, who once lived at Black Flats near Oakleigh; his brother has died. Police find he also is dead. 3 pages, List 6.
PHELPS, R.V., solicitor, Dunolly. Chief Constable of Worcester England wrote in 1896, asking if he has moved as he hasn’t answered friends’ letters. Found; letter from Phelps on file. 7 pages, List 33.
PHILLIPS, Mrs. Aubrey, Berea, Johannesburg, South Africa, wrote in 1912 re her brother Austin HARRIS, last heard from in South Yarra 3 years ago; not found. 10 pages, List 32.
PHILLIPS, Daniel of London England, wrote in 1914 re his son Joseph who left there in July 1913 for Victoria as an assisted emigrant, and hasn’t been heard of since. He is 18 years old. Police fail to locate him. 10 pages, List 7
PHILLIPS, George Newell, wrote from Epsom, Auckland, New Zealand in 1895 re Frank FORD, relative of his wife’s, who had written asking them to pay his far there as he was unable to get work. Asks for confidential report on him. He and his late sister Rosina were formerly in Industrial School. 6 pages, List 31.
PHILLIPS, Gordon Watts, left England in the 1870s, married, last heard of at Albert Park about ten years ago, sought by brother Basil Watts Phillips, King’s Bench Walk, London, in 1903. Found. 13 pages, List 45.
PHILLIPS, Mrs. Margaret. Sought by her brother Thomas SMITH in Mataura New Zealand in 1899. Her daughter who was born in Invercargill drowned in the Yarra river c1893. Not found. 16 pages, List 17.
PHILLIPS, William Noble. Chief Commissioner asks details in 1914; is in Sale gaol for failure to pay maintenance to wife; order taken out at Walhalla in 1912. Is part owner of a mine at Gaffney’s Creek and a suspect buyer of stolen gold. 9 pages, List 32.
PICKERING, J.E., wrote from Penruddock, Penrith, Cumberland England, in 1910 re his brother George H., who left England in 1907 and was a ship’s engineer. He has heard he is dead. Sydney police report speaking to him in 1910. 11 pages, List 13.
PICKERING, James. Solicitors from Penrith Cumberland England, write on his behalf in 1910 re his son George H. Pickering, c32 years, a marine engineer. He received a letter from Jack FARRELL telling him his son had died on a voyage from Singapore, and seeks confirmation, which cannot be found. 11 pages, List 12.
PICKERING, Robert, wrote in 1894 from Newcastle on Tyne England, re his brother William Thomas Pickering, who left Stockton on Tees c10 years before. In Chicago he used the name of George HENDERSON, now believed to be in Ballarat. Letter to brother on file, mentions Charlie, Arthur, Violet, Jenny, Jack, Andrew, George. 5 Pages. List 4.
PICKLES, Anna, wrote from Keighley, Staffs, England, in 1896 re her brother in law John FERGUSON, last heard of as in the employ of Model Dairy Co. Kew. Found working for Andrew CHIRNSIDE at Werribee Park. 10 pages, List 33.
PIGGOTT, A.F., Folkeston, U.K. wrote in 1898 re brother Cornelius who left in 1874 for Qld., was last heard of in 1882, and believed to be in Victoria. He was born in Waterbeech Cambridge, aged about 40 years. 12 pages, List 24.
PILLAI, C.W. Kathiravale, police magistrate, Jaffna, Ceylon, wrote in 1892 re Benjamin LINDSAY, formerly of Ceylon, working as a book-keeper in Victoria. 7 pages.
PINFOLD, Mrs. Ann of Shrewley, Hatton, Warwick England, wrote in 1908 re her sister Jane POPE, who went to Australia more than twenty years ago and married H.J. SAUNDERS an ironmonger. Not found. 4 pages, List 13.
PIPER, Mrs. E.E.B. of Washington USA, wrote in 1915 re her brother Frank M. BARRETT. Police find he left for England some months before, his letters were to be forwarded to New York. 6 pages, List 7.
PLATT, J.W. (Rev.) of Bristol England wrote in 1899 re his aged mother Matilda, whom he had left in Melbourne; his last letter has been returned. Police find he has sold her assets and is of questionable character. 3 pages, List 17.
PLEWS, Laura (Mrs. Arthur Gordon Plews). Sough by Mrs. Button of King’s Langley Herts. England in 1918. She was an old friend, and hadn’t heard from her for 30 years. Police find her. 4 pages, List 11.
PLUMB, Herbert, 36 years, sought by brother F. Plumb of Thornton Heath, Surrey England in 1897; last heard of in 1889 on Defiance. 11 pages, List 25.
POND, Thomas, of Datched, Bucks, England, wrote in 1862 re the property of executed criminal Henry COOLEY. His wife is Cooley’s sister; their brother William is dead. 5 pages, List 5.
POPE, William Henry alias HOPE; charged in Birmingham England with fraudulent insolvency etc. Wife Sarah deposited money in a Melbourne bank, and in 1892 wrote from Chicago USA trying to claim it. Bank officials informed police. 3 pages, List 3.
POPPENS, W., wrote from Seattle, Washington US in 1907, asks if his wife still has the Central Club Hotel in North Melbourne, and if their two daughters are with her. 5 pages, List 26.
PORTER, Alfred William. Sought by mother at Easting near Faversham Kent England in 1905 and by brother Thomas, 20 years, serving in army in India. Her husband Alfred, a florist, had deserted her and sailed to New Zealand with their two sons and a daughter in 1884, but had died on board ship. Richard was one of the brothers. 14 pages, List 20.
PORTER, R.E., editor of the ‘Evening Telegram’ in Kerkimer New York, wrote in 1900 re newspaper report on the doings of a Dr. Charles H. BALDWIN there, supposedly from Melbourne. Local police confirm no such person. 5 pages, List 38.
PORTEOUS, William J., sought by Leith Parish Council, Scotland in 1917. Mary McLEOD or PORTEOUS and her 3 children are being supported by the Council. Her husband, a native of Edinburgh, aged 35 yrs, enlisted in the Aust. forces in April 1916, promising that she would receive an allotment [allowance] from his pay, but none has been received. Police find he did enlist, but deserted a month later. 8 pages. List 6.
PORTER, F.A., wrote on behalf of Mrs. Maria U. BACH of St. Louis, MO, USA, in 1895 re her daughter Jennie, now aged about 40 years. Jennie left Baltimore some 14 years ago, with her adopted brother Christian BLECK, a barber, and was probably known as Bleck. He is about 60 years of age. Mrs. Bach is a widow and wants to find her daughter, whom she gave into the care of Mr. Bleck’s mother when she was 4 years old. 2 pages, List 4.
PORTNER/PARTNER, Fritz, sought by Louise MARET of Regent St. London, in 1916, has not heard for over 3 years. Found, but does not wish to correspond with her. 4 pages, List 6.
PORTWAY, T. of London England, wrote in 1914 re his brother Peter PORTWAY who had been killed in Melbourne in 1913. He had been living with Frank INCE. His widow wants his property sent to her in London, but Ince hasn’t answered letters. Ince maintains he has had no reply to his letters to the widow. 3 pages, List 10.
POTTER, Mrs. Jane, of Belfast Ireland. Series of letters from 1908 to 1918 re her husband Edward, and the lack of maintenance from him. A photo of him is on file. [See instructions re cost of photographs] 37 pages, List 6.
POSTLE, Benjamin. Sought by Belinda BRENNAN, Detroit, Michigan, USA IN 1902. She is his sister Belinda’s only daughter. He was from Blofield, Norfolk England. The family of Benjamin POSTILL are investigated, but not the correct family, as they were from Hull. 10 pages, List 43.
POUNDS, Harry and unnamed sister, sought by solicitors in Winchester England in 1900; entitled to a legacy. They were children of Henry Bellingham Pounds. Found. 5 pages, List 39.
POWELL, Frank. Information sought by Chief Inspector of Police, Boston, US in 1898, on behalf of an attorney friend, who wanted to know whether was married, his occupation etc. Police find he is a travelling salesman for the Peerless steam cooker, 4 page brochure on file. List 24.
POWELL, George, wrote in 1892 from Slatford via Edinburgh Scotland, re his brother Joseph, was in the Detective Force in Melbourne. 2 pages.
POWELL, H.M.A. wrote in 1913, using illustrated letterhead of Horse & Groom Hotel, Colwell near Malvern, England, seeking details of admission to Victorian police force. His parents are about to give up the above business. He has served five years as a sergeant in the Territorial Army. 2 pages, List 12.
POWELL, James, sought by sister L. ALSOP of Blaenavon, Mon., England in 1897, last heard of in Melbourne in 1894, accountant, 47-50 years of age; parents are anxious about him. Found. 6 pages, List 35.
POWELL, John Florance. Series of letters from wife, in Woolwich Common England, commencing in 1913. He had served in the London police and came to Victoria with his brother in law J.H. WHEELER in 1912. They took up a small farm, but Powell was suffering mental problems and was admitted to a lunatic asylum, then later released. London police also make enquiries. 37 pages, some damaged, and a photo. See instructions for cost of a copy of a photo. List 8.
POWER, Edmund. San Francisco solicitors wrote in 1918, asking help in finding this man, last heard of living in Melbourne. His brother Thomas done some years previously. Thomas had been born in Co. Wexford Ireland in 1858, his mother was Mary McDONOUGH. 4 pages, List 18.
POWER, William A., of Waterford Ireland, wrote in 1897 re John McGRATH, native of Hospital, Co. Limerick Ireland, who left Waterford in 1889 for Melbourne. 7 pages. List 4A.
PRENDERGAST, James F., of Kiltimagh, Co. Mayo, Ireland, wrote in 1897; he was 19 years, gave his employment history and applied for the Victorian police force.
PRENDERGAST, John, wrote in 1892 from Strand Union Workhouse Edmonton, Middlesex, England, re his sister Catherine who left England in 1856 and married William Henry ARCHER. Police find she married – ORCHARD. 11 pages, one torn.
PRESTON, John, sought by brother Thomas of Barrow in Furness, Lancashire England, in 1916. He went to Australia c.1911. 4 pages, List 6.
PRESTON, R.S. of Dundrum Dublin Ireland, wrote in 1919 re his great uncle William REILLY who was a Cobb & Co. driver many years ago and a wealthy man. Police find he died penniless. 9 pages, List 16.
PRESTON, William Deane. His solicitors RAMSDEN of London write in 1897 requesting police help in ascertaining true situation. He is on a round the world trip and keeps asking for large sums of money. Police find he is gambling. 12 pages, List 25.
PRICE, Charles, c/- Miler & Co., Button Willow California USA, wrote in 1915 re sisters Alice Price and Mrs. Laurence HARRISON who arrived in Melbourne in 1885; not found. 6 pages, List 8.
PRICE, Mrs. H. of Toorak Victoria, asks for police help in 1918 in getting her daughter Florence home from Fiji. She went there as governess to the Slovi Estate, Nadie, with Mrs. NICHOLLS, and has complained to her mother of ill treatment by the woman. 4 pages, List 16.
PRICE, H.W., Oldbury Police Station, near Birmingham England, wrote in 1913 seeking information re joining the Victorian police force, he was 22 years and single. 3 pages, List 12.
PRICHARD, Rose, of Poughkeepsie, New York USA wrote in 1915 re her sister Lillian Mabel Prichard, now Mrs. Percy HAYNES. Found. 6 pages, List 8.
PROBERT, Elizabeth, of Manchester England, wrote in 1916 re her brother Arthur. His first wife died and he married a second time to a woman with two sons of her own. Army records searched, but not found. 17 pages. List 6.
PULLEY, Ann, wrote from Cranfield near Newport Pangell, Bucks, England in 1892 re her son William who left India in 1890. 2 pages.
PURCELL, Patrick F., left Denver USA in 1892, escaping gambling debts. His father Martin has been searching for him. His wife Mary writes, as does his brother in law Thomas F. BERRY, in 1899, think he might be in Melbourne as he has a cousin there. He is identified as Oliver LANDY, and is interviewed, but hasn’t seen him. Some good family detail in the file. 8 pages, List 36.
PURNELL, Walter James, of Sherston Magna, nr Malmesbury Wilts, England, wrote in 1919. He wife had left him in 1912 and travelled to Melbourne with other people from Barry Docks in Wales, named William WAKEHAM and – HILL; she was formerly Louisa NEALE. He asks police to find her, but the letter is quite insulting, and they decline. 7 pages, List 19
PURNELLE, J.L., wrote from Denver, Colarado US in 1905 re William Riley CONKRIGHT, c75 years old. Not found. 4 pages, List 27.
PYMAN, Thomas William. Sought by wife in U.K. in 1898, c55 years, (her letter not on file.) Police find he was mining in the north east with Francis MELVILLE, and the pair cleared off, owing their partner Benjamin EDWARDS, 70 years, money. 15 pages, List 24.
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QUIN, J.D. of Galveston Texas USA, wrote in 1894 re Francis DE LACY, who he thought lived in Melbourne. 4 pages, List 4.
QUIRK, Mrs. Mary of Dublin Ireland, wrote in 1915 re her son James SMYTH, a jockey, someone had told her he was dead. She had written previously in 1913 and police located him, as they did this time. ‘If you do happen to find my son, he will be glad to hear his step father is dead.’ List 8.
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