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ABOUSSAD, Gabrian, sought by brother J. BOSSAD of Auckland New Zealand in 1901; supposed to be have been going home to Syria, his wife is anxious. Not found. 7 pages, List 40.
ADAIR, Lizzie, widow of H.M. Adair, wrote from Vineland, New Jersey USA in 1894, seeking address of his brother William H. Adair. 1 page, List 30.
ADAMS, – Mrs. of Whitechapel London England wrote in 1896 re her son Lewis, who left for Australia in 1891. He was a cigar bundler and was in delicate health. 12 pages.
ADAMS, Annie or GALLOWAY, sought by uncle William GRAY, engineer, Moffat Mills near Airdrie, Scotland in 1897. She left for Melbourne six months ago, should have been met by her brother James; he hasn’t heard anything. Found; hint of family disagreement. 8 pages, List 45.
ADDISON, Mrs. Jemima. Sought by Henry J. BAKER of Grand Rapids, Marquette, Michigan in 1899. She was his aunt, and lived in Richmond 10 years ago. Her son Thomas, 69 years is located, and family details are given. 6 pages, List 24.
ADMES, Miss Annie of Newcastle on Tyne England wrote in 1897 re her uncle John TODD, who was from Alston Northumberland. She is a daughter of the late Thomas who died inCumberland. 6 pages, List 4A
AHERN, John, Enrly? Co. Tipperary Ireland, wrote in 1862 re only son Michael, in police force, but he has heard he is dead. ‘Oh! you will in charity drop a line to a broken-hearted distracted Father …’. Rumour is false, son is still alive. 3 pages, List 5.
AHERN, John, emigrated from County Cork Ireland to Melbourne c1860, would now be c80 years old, believed at Haddon. Sought by sister Mrs. Lizzie SULLIVAN, New York in 1903. N.Y. police department wrote on her behalf. Police establish he died in 1885; parents were Timothy and Bridget. 14 pages, List 46.
AHERN, Mrs. Thomas, Boston, Mass., USA, wrote in 1905 re John DORSEY; no details provided but police locate Patrick who states he has two sisters in Boston. 5 pages, List 44.
AISTRUP, Adolf. A Dane, he was charged with embezzlement of $2,000 from his employees in Shanghai in 1905. A $500 reward was posted, and the notice, including his photograph, is all that is on the file. 1 page.
ALCORN, James, left Londonderry Ireland c1864 for Australia. Eldest daughter Nancy, now Mrs. Henry Montgomery, wrote from Greene, Iowa, US in 1894. 3 pages, List 24.
ALEXANDER, Louis, American, a ‘colored man’ found dead in a hut near Rokewood in 1901, destitute. His nephew Samuel S. FRAME of Charlestown, USA, son of his sister Rosa, asks if he left any assets. 14 pages, List 40.
ALISON, Thomas, sought by brother William of Sefton Park Liverpool England, in 1904. He had left Ireland c1884 and was a cab driver aged 56 years. 4 pages, List 15.
ALLAN, Alf. Of Nysokongaro, Wanganui New Zealand, asked police to deliver a letter to George ATKINSON of Collingwood, his wife’s father. Several letters to him remain unanswered and they haven’t heard from him for nearly three years. Police deliver letter and New Zealand police advise Allan of this. 5 pages, List 10.
ALLAN, Mrs. Alice. Taken ill at Korumburra Victoria in 1917 and sent to a Melbourne hospital. Only known relatives are a sister, the wife of William SHAW, State Collieries manager, Greymouth New Zealand, and a brother William ECKERSLEY, also in New Zealand, who are notified. 10 pages, List 6.
ALLAN, Benjamin, c19 years, sought by father W.O. Allan of Greenock Scotland in 1894. He was in the employ of Jacobs Timber Merchant. Found. 4 pages, List 34.
ALLAN, Mrs. Charles, nee Mary McLACHLAN, sought by U.S. Consul in 1901. She left Glasgow in 1852 for Bendigo, was last heard of in 1865; had two children, Mary and William. Not found. 14 pages, List 18.
ALLAN, Henry, plasterer, left Jersey Channel Islands in 1888 for Geelong. In 1893 and 1895 Jersey official writes re his supporting his family there. Interviewed, he refuses. 11 pages, List 28.
ALLAN, James. The clerk of Glasgow Parish Scotland wrote in 1914 re this person. He was a cabinet maker, 38 years of age, who came to Melbourne in 1912, leaving his wife and two children there. He has stopped sending maintenance to his family, and the Parish has had to do so. 8 pages, List 10.
ALLAN, William Pearson Jnr, wrote from Balclutha New Zealand in 1900 re his father of the same name who left there 12 years ago. He was a Scot, c50 years old and a dyer. Not found. 20 pages, List 39.
ALLARDICE, Mrs Margaret of Glengate, Kirriemuir, Forfarshire Scotland, wrote in 1917 re her husband James, who left there five years ago, and since then she had to live on charity. He was 38 yrs old. 6 pages and a photograph of the couple and their two sons. List 6. (Note: See comment about copying photographs at top of page)
ALLCOCK, Elizabeth writes from Manchester in 1892. Her brother William left Liverpool England when 16-17 years of age by stowing away in a ship. He is now 30-34 years of age. The family thought him dead, but a nephew Denis CARNEY saw him in Melbourne, and she now seeks his location. 3 pages.
ALLE, Mrs. Elizabeth, of Hamilton, Ontario Canada, wrote in 1914 re cousin Henry HALLIDAY, and wife Mary and uncle and aunt John and Margaret WOOLEY . Eventually found by police. 16 pages, List 7.
ALLEN, Ada. Wrote from Wellington New Zealand in 1916 re George HASTINGS of Lansdowne Masterton New Zealand, the father of her illegitimate female child who was born in August 1908. She has a maintenance order out on him, but he can’t be located. It is believed he has joined the Aust. Imperial Force in Qld. under the name of George HAINES. 22 pages List 6.
ALLEN, David, wrote from Newry Ireland in 1914, re William WYLIE, from Co. Down, who left Ireland c1880 for Melbourne. Wylie had worked in his hardware store. 7 pages, List 8.
ALLEN, John Frederick. New Scotland Yard wrote in 1900 enquiring as to his antecedents. He had applied to join the police force there. Local police in Mildura provide a report. 3 pages, List 39.
ALLEN, Josephine, of Teignmouth Devon England, wrote re Thomas HELLER in 1903. He was last heard from in 1897 and his mother, old and illiterate, needs financial aid. He was 35 years old. Found. 9 pages, List 21.
ALLISON, Frederick Allison, formerly Inspector of Works & Measures, West Ham, London, left there in 1891 and hasn’t been heard of since. Mrs. Amelia Allison c/- Anstey & Sons, Plaistow, London UK, wrote in 1895. Has heard he shot himself in Melbourne; no trace. 5 pages, List 28.
ALLISON, Lillian. Nurse at Military Hospital, Leeds England, wrote in 1916 re her brother John William Allison, who arrived in Australia in 1913. Family had not heard from him. Found. 7 pages, List 9.
AMBROSE, Frank, wrote from Boston Mass., in 1904 re Michael and Maurice Ambrose, who left for Australia in the 1850s. Their brother Thomas last heard from them about 40 years ago when they were at Amherst. Family found. 7 pages, List 22.
AMBROSE, Mrs. Rose, of Rochester New York US, wrote in 1911 re her uncle Thomas SHORT, who left Ireland when a young man and came to Melbourne. Police interview two people of that name, but neither are the person sought. 6 pages, List 13.
AMERICAN CONSUL, Melbourne, wrote in 1914. He had received a letter from Mrs. H.B. CLARKENSON re the death of her husband in Melbourne in 1913. Police find he used the name Henry Laurence VERNARD but confessed his real name to his doctor before his death. He had been living with Maria WILLIAMS. 9 pages, some torn, List 10.
AMERICI, Ugo, son of Leopoldo, born 1868 Perugia Italy, said to be in Melbourne under name Scotti MANCINELLI, was sought by the Italian consul Melbourne in 1916. Police interview Robert MATICI, who gives details of his scandalous actions some years ago, but no trace of him found. 6 pages, List 8.
ANDERSON, A.J. of Cincinnati, Ohio, USA, wrote in 1905 re Maurice MEEKER, who left c45 years ago for Australia. Relatives haven’t heard from him for 5 years and his 83 year old brother Ogden is anxious to hear from him, so the writer is enquiring on his behalf. 4 pages, List 15.
ANDERSON, Caroline (Mrs. Charles A.) of Honolulu, T.H., wrote in 1913 re her uncle William LAING. Found by police. 4 pages, List 13.
ANDERSON, Herbert J. Father James writes from Invercargill thanking police for their efforts. He has heard from his son. Note: original letter of enquiry not on file. 1 page.
ANDERSON, Rev. Irvine K., Rector, Tavy St. Mary, Devon, England, wrote in 1905 re Roger DOIDGE, living near Ballarat. Some of his parishioners require a statutory declaration that he is still alive; ‘a lease difficulty’. Police supply. 4 pages, List 12.
ANDERSON, James. Prime Minister’s Office requests information on this man in 1905, has had a request from Johannesburg solicitors. He was a disinfectant manufacturer inMelbourne in 1890s. Police find he bigamously married Blanche H. MOON in Melbourne. 4 pages, List 18.
ANDERSON, John B., painter, wrote from Germiston, Johannesburg, South Africa in 1899. He had received an anonymous letter about the behaviour of his wife and asks confirmation. Report confirms claim but his kept from him. 5 pages, List 36.
ANDERSON, Mrs. Olaf, wrote from Ridgefield Park New Jersey USA in 1904 re her brother Ole B. LAURITSEN or OLSEN, born in Norway, 49 years old. Not ound. 5 pages, List 20.
ANDERSON, Peter of Peiter Martizburg Natal South Africa wrote in 1908 re his uncle and aunt Andrew and Janet BORLAND, children of Andrew Borland, deceased, born in Newmilns, Ayrshire Scotland. Janet had sailed from Scotland to Australia in 1854; Andrew was an engineer, he had left the Cape Colony for Australia in 1882. 10 pages.
ANDERSON, Quinton, wrote from Gallowgate, Glasgow Scotland in 1895 re his brother Thomas James, a joiner, last heard of from Melbourne in 1891. Found. 7 pages, List 31.
ANDREWS, Aden. Wife in Wareham Dorset seeks information about him in 1919; found in gaol. 5 pages, List 17.
ANDREW, Alexander, ship’s apprentice, sought by mother M. Andrew of Little Park, Falkirk, Scotland, 1901. 5 pages, List 5.
ANDREWS, Joseph, sought by Mrs. Elizabeth Wall TATTERSALL of Norwood Minnesota, USA in 1901, the daughter of his sister. He was in the Irish Constabulary at Killarney, then went to Australia, and was last heard of 30 years ago. Not found. 6 pages, List
ANGELL, Mrs. E. of Dunedin New Zealand, wrote in 1900 re her husband William George Allsopp Angell, aged 31 years, who was working on ships. 9 pages, List 9.
APACK, Peter, stationmaster, Nagli, Aidin Railway, Smyrna Turkey, wrote in 1892 re his nephew John APACK, son of Paul. He left Turkey c10 years ago, was aged 35 years. 6 pages.
ARGNANI, Auguste. Died Dunolly Victoria 1880. Italian consul in Melbourne receives private papers, including inventory of estate, for friends in Italy. 10 pages, List 5.
ARLINGTON, George Harwood, sought by wife in Handsworth, Birmingham England. He ran off with Mrs. Florence Ada TEMPLE, taking all his money. His estate has been made bankrupt, and their house sold, leaving wife and child ‘without a penny’. He is a ‘very famous cricketer’ has played for two counties. Police find the couple using the name ASTLEY running a hotel in Melbourne. Photo of him on file. [See note in introduction re cost of photos]. 22 pages, List 6. CONNECTION FOUND
ARMITAGE, George, formerly of Manchester England, last heard of at Richmond in 1891, sought by R.W. KNOWLES of Carnforth England in 1896, his wife is a sister. Found. 5 pages, List 34.
ARMSTRONG, A.W., Kensington London, wrote in 1901 re his uncle Edward O’CONNELL, native of Athlone Ireland, whose father William O’CONNELL, MD, died in 1869 and mother Bedelia Mary nee CUSACK died in 1875. O’Connell was in the Irish police force, and last heard from in Victoria in 1872. 1 page, List 4A.
ARMSTRONG, F., British Consul, Milan, wrote in 1901 re two young men named JONAS who had defrauded him and other British officials. Father interviewed and paid amounts owing. 5 pages, List 40.
ARMSTRONG, Mrs. Helen, Bucks Cottage Workers Agency, Olney, Bucks, England, wrote in 1915 re lace sample sent to G.S. Holmes of Kew, which has not been paid for nor returned. Letterhead states: An institution established to promote and revive the making of pillow lace in the rural villages of Buckinghamshire …. Police establish he is now serving with the Expeditionary Forces, but his parents return lace. 7 pages, List 8.
ARMSTRONG, James, of Oneonta, San Diego, California wrote in 1892 regarding William BALFOUR, formerly a constable at Roscommon near Athlon [sic] Ireland c1860, afterwards in Victorian police force at Avoca. Armstrong had served under ‘General George Brown the Old Hero’, and wanted to contact Balfour re ‘family affairs’. 2 pages.
ARMSTRONG, William, New York, USA, wrote in 1902 re his uncle William Samuel COX, last heard of in Melbourne some years ago. Police find relatives. 5 pages, List 44.
ARNELL, Mrs. E., Barry Docks, South Wales, wrote in 1902 re her brother William HELLINGS, 48 years, ship’s carpenter, sailed for Melbourne and hasn’t been heard of since. Not found. 6 pages, List 44.
ARNOLD, George of Kew Gardens London England, wrote in 1893. His brother and another young single man of the London Police Force wish to join Victorian force. His brother is 24 years old, and has had two years in the police force there. 1 page.
ARNOLD, George of Point St Charles, Montreal, Canada, conductor on the Grand Trunk Railway there, wrote in 1893. His father is James ARNOLD, and his father was Robert, and his mother Harriet LONG. His father had six brothers, William, Edward, John, Robert, Joseph (only 5 named) and three sisters, Sarah, Isabella and Jane. Now he is very sick and always speaking of his siblings. George asks if there are any ARNOLD or McLOUGHLIN families in Melbourne. 2 pages, List 3.
ARON, Felix. Chief Constable, Birmingham England wrote in 1917 re this man. His wife Emma ARON of Elsternwick Victoria has written to the Chief Constable, asking whether he is still employed at Austin Motor Works there, as she has not received support from him and is now penniless. He claims to have sent money. 2 pages, List 6.
ARSCOTT, F.W., Denver, Colorado, wrote in 1902 re his brother George Henry, who left England for Melbourne c25 years ago, last heard from c10 years ago. Found. 5 pages, List 43.
ARTHUR, Mr. W., of Southall, Middlesex, England, wrote in 1920 re his daughter Mrs. W. WILLIAMS who was being badly treated by her husband. There were two children, but one child she had had before marriage to Williams. 5 pages.
ARTHUR, William, sought by brother John ‘practical horseshoer’ of Pueblo Colorado USA in 1895; is in Victorian police force. 6 pages, List 28.
ARTHUR, William MacGeorge. Information sought by wife, c/- Mrs. ALLUM, Corn Hithe, Wrentham, Suffolk ENGLAND in 1902. He was an engineer and had deserted her and their baby. His mother was in Dunedin, New Zealand. Found. 10 pages, List 43.
ASH, Mrs. Margaret, wife of Frank, wrote in 1892 from Providence Rhode Island, re her brother John TRACY, whom she has not seen in 29 years. 1 page, List 3.
ASHMAN, Mrs. Emily, of Seattle Washington USA, wrote in 1904 re Absalom and Charles DATSON who left Redruth Cornwall c40 years ago. Absalom is her stepfather and Charles is son. She was formerly Emily MIDDLETON. 10 Pages, List 4.
ASHURST, Mrs. Margaret of Wigan Lancashire England wrote in 1901 re her husband Robert, whom she married in 1881; they have 3 children. He has married again and is legally married to her. Robert, a police constable, is forced to resign from the force. 20 pages. List 4A CONNECTION FOUND
ASQUITH, John, sought by niece Jennie Asquith CHAPMAN, St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada in 1900. She wrote on behalf of her father, his younger brother. Not found. 5 pages, List 39.
ATHERTON, Ernest, sought by Chief Constable, Norwich England in 1917. His wife Ada Sophia Annie Atherton is now destitute and has applied for relief. He has failed to send maintenance. He is 43 years, a spindle machinist, and the ends of some fingers are missing. Victoria police find him at Diamond Creek. 4 pages, List 6.
ATKINSON, Edwin, sought by Australia House London England, in 1913, on behalf of his wife W.M. of Bush Hill Park Middlesex. He is 38 years of age, was a greengrocer, had been in Victoria since 1911. 15 pages, List 14.
ATKINSON, Mr. Justice, Snr Pusine Judge, British Guinana, wrote in 1895 re Mrs. Margaret SPANN and her daughters; a relative of his in the U.K. has become entangled with one of the daughters, asks report on their background, which is given. 5 pages, List 28.
AVENELL, William. Chief Constable Toronto Canada wrote in 1915 that his wife Mabel hasn’t received any maintenance for herself and child for the past year. Police interview his sister Mrs. SNOOK, who shows she is sending money to Mabel from his pay – he is in the A.I.F. 3 pages, List 8. CONNECTION FOUND
AVERA, G.H. Wrote from Byron, Georgia USA in 1905 seeking information on someone of that name who went from North Carolina to Australia and died there, leaving millions of dollars; thinks this is a relation. 5 pages, List 21.
AVERY, George. His wife wrote two letters from Custom House, London England, in 1913. He had left her and their two children in 1911, was a seaman; she had heard he had changed his name to LAMBERT. 15 pages, List 9. Further letter, 1914, she is a cripple, both her parents are dead. Her brother in law was Robert WOLFE who was in Sydney. 2 pages, List 15.
AVIS, Horace James. Charged with larceny of jewellery in Victoria in 1893 by John NICHOLLS, who hired him to sell it. Avis absconded with the jewellery, met up with his friend Charles PATWORTH and disappeared. The pair had recently arrived in Victoria. Horace’s father, living in Chelsea London, was written to by Nicholls, and was appalled by what had happened and disowned his son. 13 pages, List 15.
AVIS, William T. Sought by sister Ida Louisa Avis ofBrooklyn New York in 1901. He’d been a sailor, had been in India, China, Africa etc. Not found. 12 pages, List 18.
AYERS, Frank L. Sought by mother Mrs. J.T. LOVELAND of Sheldon, Ill., USA, in 1898. He was 22yrs old, and her last letters have been returned. Very faint pencilled letter. 12 pages, List 18.
AYLMER, L.C. Wrote from Colombo, Ceylon in 1914 re joining the Victorian Police Force. He is in the Royal Artillery and aged 25 years. 3 pages, List 10.
AYRES, Alvin D., sought by wife in Naugatuck, Connecticut USA, in 1897. He was a graduate of Yale university, was in debt, and had gone missing in 1896. Not found. 9 pages, List 35.
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BACHE, Mrs. H. of Handsworth, Birmingham England, wrote in 1893 re her brother Thomas WOOD. She is his only sister, their parents are dead, and she has ‘lorst his address’. 4 pages, List 3.
BAILEY, Mrs. A. of Ashtead near Epsom, Surrey England, wrote in 1912 re her brother Josiah VENN, who left England two years ago. 2 pages, List 15.
BAILEY, Mrs. E. of Manor Park, London UK wrote in 1914 re her husband Henry Samuel. Encloses photo and marriage certificate which shows they were married in 1904 in Essexand her maiden name was FAIRWEATHER. He has left her with 4 children, aged 9, 7 2 and 8 months, and no means ‘and I don’t now how to keep them…he as never trouble over me ore his children…’ He left there in July. Police find him and he claims he has been sending money to them and is arranging for them to be bought to Melbourne. Police letter reporting this, and enclosing photo and certificate, is returned with ‘gone away’ on envelope. 8 pages, List 7. (See instructions re cost of reproducing photographs.)
BAILEY, Timothy, sought by Mary Bailey, now Mrs. MURPHY of East 4th St. New York in 1895. He left Limerick Ireland c30 years ago. She is the daughter of Ned, who was his uncle. Not found. 5 pages, List 28.
BAIN, George N. Wrote from London in 1898; husband of Helen. He had sent a ship’s ticket to his brother in law Frank WHITE to Melbourne, so he could return to England, but someone else took the ticket and used it. Asks police help to make sure he gets the next ticket sent, and encloses a photo of White, which is on file. 10 pages, see comment re photographic copies. List 20.
BAIN, W., wrote in 1893 from Police Chambers, Edinburgh, Scotland, seeking copies of newspaper reports of divorce case WEEDING vs WEEDING and ROSE. No reason given for request. (Co-respondent Rose was a medical practitioner). 5 pages, List 3.
BAIRD, A.C. & Co., of Glasgow Scotland, wrote in 1913 re Mrs. Mary Ann SUMMERVILLE or HARRIS. She and her husband David Harris are believed to have had a store at Ballarat many years ago. It is believed Mary Ann died about 30 years ago. Her sister has died and she is entitled to a share in her estate. Not found. 9 pages, List 13.
BAIRD, Robert, of Kincardine, Ontario Candada, wrote in 1894 re William IRWIN, who emigrated 40 years ago. Baird’s wife Louise nee NEWCOMBE, is a cousin. Not found. 6 pages, List 17.
BAKER, Charles, left England in 1914 on an assisted passage, aged 17 yrs. His father, C. Baker, of Rustington Sussex England wrote as he had not heard from him in 15 months. Police him find him under an assumed name, which he claims was to avoid repaying his passage money. 6 pages, List 8.
BAKER, Mrs. H.V. of Grand Pacific Hotel, Seattle, Washington USA wrote in 1914 re her husband, who came to Melbourne some months ago. He had agreed to pay her $30 per month maintenance, but ‘he has not sent me one cent for months’. They were married in 1910 and separated in 1913. Not found. 6 pages, List 7.
BAKER, James and George. Information sought by Town Clerk Melbourne, on behalf of Mr E.M. WOLFE, lawyer, Mountain Home Idaho USA who was acting for an elderly lady there (unnamed). James was once a mining man, brother George in Melbourne 20-30 years ago. Police find a James in Sydney but he is the wrong person; he states that a James, formerly a sharebroker in Ballarat died at Temora in 1894, aged 68 years, was born Pensnettt, Staffs, UK, married Mary CROCKETT and later Margaret Antisill SHORT. Children from both marriages. 12 pages, List 31.
BAKER, William John, sought by Mrs. GOOD of Nth. Braintree Essex England in 1898. He was at Sandhurst, found. 4 pages, List 25.
BALDERSON, Joseph, from Middlesboro on Tees, Yorkshire. Information sought in 1900 by Richard BOLDISON of the same place, a relative. Claims Joseph had shops etc., in Ballarat, and they last heard from him c5/6 years ago, but no record of this is found. 4 pages, List 39.
BALFOUR, W., Carnoustie, Scotland, wrote in 1903 re his father W. of the Camp Hotel Werribee; not heard from for over fourteen years. Found. 4 pages, List 46.
BALL, Miss Matilda of Chudleigh, South Devon, England, wrote in 1903 re her father John BALL, stonemason, who had left Devonshire for Australia c.1854 and in the 1870s was with Edwin LAMBELL at Castlemaine or Bendigo. 18 pages.
BALLACH, Adam. His nephew John EDWARD wrote in 1902 from the Shipyard, Yoker, Scotland. Ballach was of the parish of Marnoch, Banffshire, left c1853, and was working on the gold escort. Not found. 5 pages, List 24.
BALLARD, D.A. Supt. of Police, Bangalore India, wrote in 1905 on behalf of Mrs. Elizabeth FULLER re her brother Thomas DUCKWORTH, last heard of in 1857. Their father was in the Indian Medical Service. Widow found. 8 pages, List 27.
BALLARD, Patrick, last heard of in Melbourne c1900, employed in railways. Information by Richard V. Ballard, Boston, USA in 1903. 11 pages, List 46.
BALSDON, Mary. Wrote from Niagara Falls in 1904 re her brother Thomas GREGORY, last heard of at Bendigo in 1891. Not found. 15 pages, List 23.
BANBURY, Fred. Police receive a cable from his mother in Torquay England. in 1914 asking them to check out his request for money. They interview him; he is an accountant, 28 yrs, who left Torquay in February and has been spending freely. He was robbed when drunk and cabled his mother for more money to tide him over until he can get a job; file gives employment history. 3 pages, List 7
BANNERTH, F. of Kensington London, wrote in 1898 re his/her aunts Sophia RYAN, a widow, c75yrs old and her sister Mary c68yrs old, who married firstly Thomas HILL and had a son Thomas (was in Customs department) and secondly a draper (unnamed). The writer was suffering bad health and anxious to contact relatives. 5 pages, List 20.
BANVARD, Mrs. J. of Rawalpindi, India, wrote in 1900. She visited Melbourne the previous year to arrange artistes for her theatrical company, ran short of money and pledged gold watch. Subsequently gave ticket and money to redeem watch to A. MARTIN of Elsternwick, who was shipping horses to India, but the watch hasn’t turned up yet. Police find Martin who states he gave the watch to J.B. ARNOLD of Bombay, who has since died. 9 pages, List 18.
BARFORD, Val. Thomas, of Roade, Northampton England wrote in 1916. He was one of the executors of the late James BARFORD, who left a small legacy to F.W. BARFORD, who was believed to be in Melbourne. 6 pages, List 6.
BARKER, Charles, sought by wife Mary, Calcutta India, in 1912. He left there 9 months ago, hasn’t been heard from for 6 months; an electrician, c30 years, works for tramway company, they were married c3 years ago. Found. 6 pages, List 33.
BARKER, Mrs. Louisa of Kidsgrove, Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire wrote in 1914 re her uncle Thomas STEVENSON of Sandhurst [Bendigo]. He went there c60 yrs ago, was a widower, she is his only niece, his brother John’s child. He was very wealthy, but police find he squandered it and died penniless. 8 pages, List 8.
BARKER, William Henry, late of Rochdale, Lancashire, sought by Samuel FAULKNER of Cheltenham, Manchester, England, on behalf of Barker’s sister Annie, in 1905. Barker had left England about 29 years ago. 5 Pages, List 5.
BARLEY, William G. of Brixton London England, wrote in 1915 re his son Leonard Harold Charles, c29 years. Last heard from 2/3 years ago , when he was using the names BAILEY/BAYLEY. Police reply, giving his address, but do not mention his convictions for theft, or his marriage, details of which are on the file. 53 pages, List 8.
BARNES, Mrs. Mary E., of Truro Nova Scotia wrote in 1892 re her father Abraham LIVINGSTON who went away about forty years ago to the goldmines in Victoria. He was believed dead, but someone has recently seen him in Melbourne. 8 pages.
BARNES, Mrs. Mary of New York City wrote in 1901 re her relative Mrs. Anna CRAWFORD of Melbourne, whom she hasn’t heard from since 1896. 7 pages List 4
BARRETT, Patrick, born Ireland c1844, sailed from there to Australia, last heard from 20 years ago. Information sought by niece May LEHAN of San Francisco in 1899. 4 pages, List 36.
BARRON, Beatrice, of Battersea Park London wrote in 1914 re her husband John who left England in 1902. She has two children, has never received any maintenance from him. 4 pages.
BARRY, Robert, left Scotland c1890 for Melbourne, formerly a draper in Liverpool. Brother Louis, a Dublin policeman followed him. In 1909 their sister Ellen wrote from Glasgow Scotland, seeking information. 9 pages, List
BARTLETT, Miss Nellie, left her home in Stonehouse, Plymouth England in 1882. Robert HYNE, Stonehouse, wrote in 1894 on behalf of her sister Selina. Not found. 4 pages, List 34.
BASH, Austin, sought by relatives Miss N. Bash of Rose Hill and Mr. John Bash of Necastle on Tyne in 1913. Arrived Melbourne c80 years ago, became wealthy; no record. 9 pages, List 29.
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BATCHELOR, John Black. Barrister and solicitor, born Scotland. Charged with theft in 1918 by Bernard Percival VOICE of Christchurch New Zealand. Arrested in Victoria. Photo and 9 pages, List 16. (See instructions re cost of reproducing photographs.)
BATEMAN, Joseph wrote from Bristol, England in 1919, re his uncle George FREEMAN, who left for the goldfields about 1862. 8 pages.
BATES, Charles P. Police in Oakland California write in 1905 on behalf of his mother who is looking for him; he is an actor. 4 pages, List 21.
BATH, Norman, enquired for by High Commissioner’s Office, London, England in 1918, on behalf of sister Laura. Norman left England in 1914, had lived at Brixton. 6 pages.
BATTISON, James Ogilvie. Wrote from Cape Province, South Africa, in 1920, applying to join Vic. police force. He is 38 yrs, an ex sgt. of police, a widower etc. Copies of references on file. 6 pages, List 18.
BATTY, Ernest Oswald. Solicitors from Liverpool England wrote in 1908 on behalf of the next of kin of Batty, seeking details of the circumstances of his death etc. 7 pages, List 13.
BAUMRICK, Sophia, wrote from Romania wrote in 1894 re her fiancée Leopold HAUSER, a baker, who had emigrated to Melbourne some time before, but failed to answer her letters. She is heartbroken when police report on his activities. 13 pages. List 4. CONNECTION FOUND
BAWARD, Mrs. Jane of Harold’s Musical Warehouse, Calcutta India, wrote in 1901. She left goods with her friend Mrs. LAWLOR, music teacher in Footscray six months ago, and has had no reply to her letters. 4 pages, List 15.
BEALE, John, solicitor, Auckland New Zealand, wrote in 1914 re George or William DICKINSON, 27 years, who used to work on the trams in Melbourne, and claimed to be a widower, with one son. Dickinson has left his client pregnant, after promising to marry her. Police find he deserted his wife and other children in 1913, and his wife has a maintenance order out for him. 6 pages, List 8.
BEALL, Mrs. Martha, formerly BURNS, widow of Sgt James Burns, wrote from San Francisco USA in 1904 seeking Joseph and Jane BAKER. He had been in the Victorian police force in the 1860s. His widow found; they are sisters. 5 pages, List 42.
BECKWITH, Mrs. M.A., Dunston, Gateshead, England, wrote in 1903 re her half brother William BOY, who went to Ballarat c1862 and hasn’t been heard from since. Not found. 6 pages, List 46.
BEDWELL, R.E. of Cafford, London England, wrote in 1914 re brother in law Charles R. HEWSON, who was in business in Cobram in 1913 and has disappeared. His aged mother is worried about him. Police report he got into financial difficulties and cleared out. 5 pages, List 7.
BELABRE, Vivyan M de. French Consul in Melbourne in 1913 forwards letter from French Consul Belabe in Newcastle on Tyne England, regarding his son Vivyan, who left Sussexwith Thomas EADY family for Australia, without saying goodbye. He is now apparently living on a farm in Victoria with the family, and his father wants details. Found. 15 pages, List 14.
BELL, Mrs. George, wrote from Stayner, Ontario Canada in 1897 re her niece Fanny WHITTLE, now Mrs. James GRUNDY, who had two sons Samuel and William. Police interview several Grundy families, but fail to locate the correct family. 14 pages, List 20.
BELL, James, of Greenhill, Hownam, Kelso N.B. wrote in 1892; has seen a report of the death of a William YOUNG in Victoria, described as a native of Carmunnock Lanarkshire, 2 years, engine driver. Asks if this could be his wife’s uncle of the same name, who left Cumnock Ayrshire many years ago. His sister Ann YOUNG or McHUTCHON is still alive. Reply states appears to be a different person. 6 pages.
BENBOW, Allen V., wrote from Balham London in 1913 re joining the Victoria police force. 3 pages, List 14.
BENNETT, George W., wrote from Tunbridge Wells UK in 1898 re his 19 year old daughter Kate, living with disreputable family named Irvine/Irving in Melbourne. His brother in law is George WOOD. Kate was due to sail back there with his wife and children, but got off the boat. 6 pages, List 25.
BENNETT, John, Senior, wrote from Ballygeary, Kilhane, Co Wexford Ireland in 1905 re his stepson George DONACHIE, who used the name John Bennett; last heard of in Melbourne, married but believed separated. Found. 8 pages, List 44.
BENNETT, Sydney Charles, 18 years, sought by uncle John R. LOGAN, Macclesfield, South Australia in 1903; he ran away from his home. 8 pages, List 46.
BENSON, Samuel, of Hobart Indiana USA, wrote in 1894. He had seen a newspaper article ‘Heirs to a half Million’ seeking whereabouts of Samuel B. HIGGINBOTHAM, his first cousin, and formerly a lawyer of Brooklyn New York, and himself. In 1847 his uncle Samuel BENSON, wife and two children, his aunt Evelina SHIRES and son Sam, and uncle James BENSON, arrived in Australia from Manchester England. They were siblings of his father William. He is convinced some relatives are trying to deprive him of his share of the estate. 7 pages, List 4.
BENTLEY, Thomas, emigrated c1868 and joined brother Simon at Ballarat. Their brother Henry, Pallas Toomevara Ireland, asks help to contact him in 1900; he was born Co. Clare, 4 miles from Limerick, would now be 55 years. Found. 6 pages, List 38.
BENYON, Samuel, sought by nephew William, Lampeter Velfrey Narberth, Pembrokeshire Wales, in 1904. He ran away with he was about sixteen, joined army. Would now be about 60 years old. William’s father died over fifteen years ago. Found. 5 pages, List 32.
BERG, Arnold, of Wellington New Zealand, writes in 1907 re a young woman who is staying at his place and has recently given birth. She claims to be a Mrs. GILLIE, he believes her real name is Annie ROCHESTER, born in Inglewood Victoria, and single. He seeks confirmation, and will ask her to leave if this is the case. Local Inglewood police confirm, but say that she is respectable, she shouldn’t be hounded for a mistake, and Berg shouldn’t be told the truth. New Zealand police agree with this. 4 pages, List 10.
BERGER, Gus, real name August SOHLBERG, Swede, arrived 1894 from Chicago, c32 years. Relative Edward STEELE writes from Wonthaggi in 1895, he has gone missing, and Steele thinks a skeleton found on Elwood beach may be him. Not found. 12 pages, List 29.
BERTRAM, Mrs. Clara. New Scotland Yard wrote in 1907, enclosing a letter they had received from Clara, who lived in Melbourne. She sought their help in tracing her husband Conrad Augustus Bertram, who had deserted her and their son. They state that they only deal with criminal matters, but Vic. Police take up the case and he is eventually arrested. Conrad left her in 1903 and went to W. Aust with Alice Margaret CORDWELL, and now had a daughter Elsie by her. His father is E.E. Bertram of Leadenhall St., London, his mother lives in South Kensington London, and his sister is Mrs. Fred SHORTER. 22 pages, List 13. BEVAN, Alfred, of Aldridge near Walsall, Staffs, wrote in 1912 for the address of James SARGOOD, a railway agent. Incomplete file, 2 pages. List 18.
BIBBY, Thomas William, writes from Rhyll N.W. England, on behalf of mother Margaret in 1906. Father Thomas deserted 24 years ago. Asks police to issue a warrant. He is the eldest of 4 children. File includes 2 letters from mother. 10 pages, List 29.
BIGGAR, John, accountant, Glasgow, Scotland, wrote in 1912 re his bother Thomas, who sailed from there in 1909 as a ship’s steward, and not heard from since 1910. 6 pages, List 32.
BIGGS, Frank William, Dunedin New Zealand, wrote in 1902 re his sister Elizabeth Mary (Bessie) WARREN, at one time with Simonsen’s Opera Co. Married – BUCKLEY, now known as Mrs. WILLIAMS. Found interstate under the name of VIVIAN. 7 pages, List 45.
BILES, William, sought by mother Mrs. A. Biles, Horsham, Sussex England, in 1919. He left there in 1908, when 18 years old, and worked for some time at Mt. Elephant; she hasn’t heard from him for some years. Her letter sent to Queensland police who forward it to Victoria. Not found. 7 pages, List 12.
BILLMAN, Miss R. of Grey Lynn, Auckland New Zealand wrote in 1909 re Thomas Robert COOKE, formerly employed in Felt Hat Mills in Wellington and Auckland, who was married to her sister. They had heard he already had a wife and family in Melbourne. 5 pages.
BINDER, Miss Amelia of Ogden, Utah, USA, wrote in 1894 re George HEWITT who ‘is or was formerly connected with some bank there’. 6 pages, List 4A.
BINGHAM, James and son Joseph, left Cumberland England in 1852, went to Ballarat, not heard of for many years. Information sought by Jane Isabella PECKOVER, Fern Hill, Bramley, Leeds England in 1903. Not found. 17 pages, List 45.
BIRCH, Mrs. Florence, wrote from Essex England in 1907 re her husband William James Birch, who was shipwrecked off the coast of Dunedin, but saved and taken to Sydney. She had last heard from him in 1906, when he was ill. They were married in Albany WA and have 5 children. He was supposed to be going back to England, working a ship, but never arrived. His brother is Richard and his nephew James is in the Victorian police force. She writes again subsequently, has heard he is living with Alma KING, who keeps a hotel in Sydney. Nephew James is asked in 1909 and says he believes he is on his way, via Calcutta. 19 pages, List 33.
BITTERS, Robert. Wife wrote from Liverpool England in 1902. They were married for a month when he left as ship’s crew for Australia and hasn’t been heard from since. He goes under the name of Peter ROBERTS or Leopold SENG, and was a German. Not found. 6 pages, List 44.
BLACK, James William; information on sought by Chief Constable Manchester England in 1915. Black wrote to him re his wife’s family stealing £300 of his money left in a building society there 18 years ago. Records show the building society closed in 1885. Black claims his wife wrote to him two years previously, saying the money was safe. 8 pages, List 8.
BLACKMORE, Charles of Christchurch New Zealand wrote in 1912, seeking a position in the police force. He was aged 35 years, had served three years in the Australasian navy and gave his chest measurement and weight. 3 pages.
BLACKWELL, Henry of Cornwall England wrote in 1892 re Arthaniesus Blackwell. About 24 years ago his father at St. Just near Lands End, had a letter from Australia, relating to money and property at Mt. Blackwood Victoria left to him by Arthaniesus Blackwell in Australia. His father returned the letter as no relation, but Henry, the only living son, wants to revive the claim now. Police find that a John Blackwell was at Mt. Blackwood years ago, but not there now. 6 pages.
BLACKWELL, J.R. of Miami Florida USA wrote in 1917 re Thomas EYTON and wife Isabella Pyne. He is an old friend and hasn’t heard from them for 25 years. Eyton was previously in Montreal Canada under the name of C.J. PAGE. Sons John and Frederick and sister Eliza Jane who married Arch. DEAN are mentioned. 7 pages, List 6.
BLACKWOOD, Mrs. T. of St. Hubert’s Mission, Saskatchwan, Canada, wrote in 1920 re her nephew John Blackwood, ‘who lives on a farm near Melbourne’. Not found. 4 pages, List 16.
BLACKWOOD, Thomas, sought by sister Jane, who wrote from Sunnymead, Whitewood, N.W. Territory (Canada) in 1894. He had a farm near Melbourne; his wife committed suicide. Son John found. 11 pages, List 30.
BLATCH, Arthur, wanted for murder of Alfred WELCH at Colchester, Essex England in 1893. In 1897 was sighted in New Zealand, and R.D. COOMBES, Chief Constable at Colchester asks Victorian police for help. Detectives identify suspicious character using name Williams and have 2 photos taken, but it is not him. The photos are faded and unclear. Reward poster, with photograph and description of Blatch on file, along with English Police Gazette entry on him. 14 pages, allowing for 1 page of Gazette. List 35.
BLEAKLEY, Jane, of Brookaboro Co. Fermanagh Ireland, wrote from 1916-1918, seeking details of her brother John, who left there in 1902. Not found. 14 pages, List 18.
BLIGH, William, sought by son Charles Martyn Bligh, who wrote from Chicago in 1896. He left his wife Eliza nee Martyn and two children Charles and Lizzie in Cornwall c1862 and came to Australia. He knows William has a wife and family. William found in Ballarat; his daughter had just died. He says he will write to his son, which he does, and Charles writes and thanks police for finding him. 11 pages, List 34.
BLIGHT, Mr. J.R., of Portreath, Redruth, Cornwall England wrote in 1905 re Mrs. Catherine ANDREWS of Ballarat East, who was entitled to some money from the sale of property in Cornwall. 3 pages.
BLOUNT, William (or STEVENS) actor. Wife in U.K. asks police to find him and provide details. He is found to have married Flora CAMPBELL (index states Charlotte Elvira Campbell) in 1892; wife is going to sue for divorce. List 19.
BLYTH, Mrs. M. of Berea Johannesburg South Africa wrote in 1920 re her sister Mrs. Kate COLLIER of St. Kilda. 4 pages.
BOLAND, James Patrick, sought by sister Mary MINOGHAN, Brighton Park, Chicago USA in 1895. He left many yeas ago; two uncles named MALONE mentioned. 2 pages, List 28.
BOLTON, Henry, Nag’s Head, Chorlton at Medlock, Manchester, wrote in 2904 re his sister and brother in law Mr and Mrs E. HONEY. Found. 4 pages, List 47.
BOLTON, Walter H., recently arrived in New Zealand from England, employed solicitors in 1902 to arrange bank draft for nephew John BOLTON, living near Ballarat. John was found in prison in Melbourne, but wished it kept secret from his uncle. 16 pages.
BOOTH, Charled Edward Nelson. Arrived in 1895 with wife Anne. Her mother Mrs. Jane GRIFFITH of Manchester wrote, alleging cruelty towards his wife. He was divorced, a hawker and pugilist. Photo on file shows him in boxing gear and heavily tattooed. Wife writes asking for matter to be dropped. Further letter from mother in 1897, has heard nothing from daughter for 6 months, but has had abusive letters from him. He was also known as Charles NELSON. 18 pages, List 25.
BOOTY, Alfred, of East Ham, Essex England, wrote in 1914, re uncle Elijah. Police report his death and locate son. 6 pages, List 7.
BORASH, Leon, location sought by J.L. KEIDANSKY, Odessa, Russia, in 1912, believed to be in Melbourne. Not found. 6 pages, List 32.
BORCHARDT, Mrs. Max, sought by sister Minnie EASTBURG of Galesburg, Ill., USA in 1897. Last heard from in Melbourne. Found. 7 pages, List 35.
BOSISTO, John Lazenby of London England wrote in 1899. He had heard of the death of Joseph Bosisto, is the son of his eldest brother, seeks detail of his estate. 7 pages, one torn, List 20.
BOUTAGY, Najeb Seraphim. Left his home in Jaffa Palestine in 1900; sought by S.S. Boutagy in 1904. Found. 7 pages, List 22.
BOUGHTON, Clara, wrote from Aylsham, Norfolk England in 1894 re her husband Alfred, hasn’t heard from him. She has two sons, 8 and 9 years, dependent on her. Found. 9 pages, List 30.
BOWDEN, Joseph of Brooklyn New York, wrote in 1913 re his ‘father’s father’s brother John BOWDEN’ who was born in Cornwall in 1815 and went to Aust c1852 and died there. He was looking for a share in his estate. 4 pages, List 15.
BOWEN, Thomas wrote in 1892 re his brother Henry, from Mallow, Co. Cork Ireland, who was in the Victorian police force in 1852. 2 pages.
BOWES, Thomas, sought by brother Andrew of Albany New York USA in 1895; last heard from over 20 years ago. Was from Co. Monaghan Ireland, would be 52 years old. 5 pages, List 29.
BOX, Edward John, wife and children, sought by niece J. Eliza THOMAS, Bristol England in 1902. Police find he had deserted his family and his wife was remarried to Henry SHERRATT and had children by him. 8 pages, List 43.
BOYD, Andrew, of West Philadelphia, Pennsylvania USA wrote in 1914 re six brothers named GILCHRIST – Robert, Andrew, William, Thomas, James and John, who left Co. Tyrone for Sydney in 1886 and thence to Melbourne. Their sister Mrs. Mary Boyd left Tyrone for Philadelphia in 1888. Police interview all Gilchrist males of those names but cannot locate the brothers. 29 pages, some repetitive, List 7
BOYS, John William, sought by son in law J. ILLINGWORTH of Savile Park, Halifax, England. Left England 30 years ago, last heard of 12 years ago in Warragul, Victoria. Found there. 6 pages, List 5.
BRABNER, George, patient, St. Paul’s Hospital, Vancouver Canada wrote in 1906 her his brother Alexander, last heard of c1876 at Burrumbeet. He was married, with a arge family. Police find he had died but locate family. 5 pages, List 31.
BRACE, Lewis Knight Brook, otherwise Lee BOND. Information sought by British Consul General, Los Angeles USA in 1912. Found to have collected money in Melbourne, but not traced. Incomplete file, letters returned to Lord Mayor. 5 pages, List 32.
BRADBURY, Mrs. Annie, of Gorton, Manchester England, wrote in 1914 re her husband Aaron. Married in 1910, she had a child in 1911 and he deserted shortly after. His brother Benjamin is in Victoria, but claims he doesn’t know where he is. Wonderful description of the child who wins a baby prize and is a ‘Nestles’ baby, with a 25″ chest measurement. 8 pages, photo, List 7. See introduction for details of photo costs.
BRADBURY, Mrs. E., of Cheltenham Gloucestershire England wrote in 1917 re her husband Percy BRADBURY, who left there in 1913. She hasn’t heard since 1916, when he was living in Richmond Victoria. Police ascertain he has left there, but are unsuccessful in tracing him. 12 pages, some damaged, List 6.
BRADBURY, Pte. J., 3rd Leicestershire Regiment, Partington Yorkshire England, wrote in 1915. His original letter is missing from the file, but it concerned his daughter Emma who had emigrated to Melbourne. He enclosed a letter he had received from Mrs. Cassie Kirk, telling him that Emma had married her son William, had miscarried and was pregnant again, and the couple were very poor. Police confirmed this statement, but the letter sent back to Bradbury was returned, and is on the file, as is Mrs. Kirk’s letter. 8 pages, List 7
BRADLEY, William J., of Germantown, Philadelphia, Penn., USA, wrote in 1913 re his uncle and aunt, John and Susan McGRAW nee BRADLEY. She is a daughter of Charles of Coleraine, Co. Derry Ireland. They arrived in Melbourne c.1853. Not found. 6 pages, List 12
BRADSHAW, Joseph, sought by Enoch MAYERS of Pendleton Manchester England in 1897. He emigrated with his wife and family to Melbourne c1894; his brother Charles lives there. Wife and children returned to England, and he was to join them, but hasn’t done so, and they are dependent on the kindness of neighbours. Found. 7 pages, List 36.
BRADSHAW, Richard. Wrote in 1897 re his half brother John ALDERMAN of Bedfordshire England, who left there in 1852 for the Victorian goldfields. He had advertised inMelbourne papers for him, and was suspicious of a response. He believes Alderman was a wealthy man, but police find otherwise. 15 pages, List 9.
BRAGARD, Charles, Sergt., Armee Belge, Belgique, wrote in 1919 requesting details on the background of George BEAR, son of J.E. Bear of Spottswood. [Bear probably in army] 3 pages, List 15.
BRAITHWAITE, John Ripley. Information sought in 1908 by John Ernest Ripley FORD, Rochdale, Lancashire.
Braithwaite left Yorkshire c60 years ago and settled in Ballarat. Relation found. 13 pages, List 41.
BRAMAN, F.L., Toledo, Ohio USA wrote in 1903 re Lucien RAMAN, his father. He had written previously 3-4 years ago. He has now heard that his father sailed from PortlandOregon 32 years ago for Melbourne under the name of T.G. BUSH. 10 pages, 2 torn.
BRAMPTON, T.C., of Rosebank Johannesburg South Africa wrote in 1916. His/her mother Mary nee GILLIES sought the location of auctioneers and land agents named GILLIES, last heard of in Sydney. The will of John GILLIES of Ford, Loch Ave., Argyleshire Scotland is mentioned. He was the brother of Duncan, and she is Duncan’s eldest daughter. 6 pages, List 8.
BRANIGAN, William. John Ross writes from police station West Maitland, New South Wales, 1862, on behalf of Mrs. Bridget BRANIGAN, who has seen a newspaper report of a railway accident at Elphinstone Victoria, in which a William Branigan was killed. Ross asks on her behalf if it was her son. Investigations show it was. 4 pages, List 5.
BRAY, Edmond Selwyn, sought by sister Mrs. S.F. BROWN of Sumner, Christchurch New Zealand in 1896; last heard of in San Remo. His wife in the UK is in need of financial help, hasn’t heard from him for 5 years. 6 pages, List 31.
BRAY, Edward Selwyn, died in Melbourne hospital in 1896. Sister Sarah S. BROWN wrote from Christchurch New Zealand in 1897 querying whether it was really him, and asking details, which are provided. 19 pages, List 36.
BREEBACK, William. Isaac DUNN wrote from Everton, Liverpool England in 1899; his mother is a daughter and seeks information. He has heard that he died in Melbourne in 1870. Police find he died under the name PRIEBACH. 10 pages, List 36
BRENDON, W.E. & Sons, Plymouth, UK, wrote in 1911 re W.H. PASSMORE, a plumber as ‘his life is on a lease which we hold under the Earl of Mount Edgcumbe’. 4 pages, List 15.
BRENNAN, James, born Partick (Scotland?) 1857, arrived Melbourne 1889 as a ship’s carpenter, and boarded in Port Melbourne. Chief Constable of Partick wrote in 1900 on behalf of his mother. Not found. 12 pages, List 39.
BRERETON, William, Manchester, England, wrote in 1902 re his father J.T., who left there in 1889 and hasn’t been heard from since. A master bricklayer, c56 years, he is found under the name of KAY. 6 pages, List 41.
BRESLIN, Thomas. The secretary, Leith Parish Council, Scotland, wrote re him in 1914. He was Irish. His wife Mary BAIRD or MANSON or BRESLIN, and 4 children leftMelbourne for there with his consent, and he was to follow. They are now destitute and he has failed to support them. Police find him in the AIF and his wages are garnished. 19 pages, List 8.
BREWER & Sons, Solicitors, Barnstaple, England, wrote in 1914 re Thomas PASSMORE, c73 years old, whose sister has died. 3 pages, List 14.
BRIDGES, James (or R.E.) accidentally poisoned at CHEGWIDDEN’s chemist shop Melbourne in 1902. Wife Julie, Woodstock, South Africa, wrote regarding his effects being sent to her; she and their child are penniless. 6 pages, List 43.
BRITLAND, C.T., of USS Wyoming, New York Cikty, USA, wrote in 1913 re his uncle J.T. Britland who went to Melbourne c1881 to start a hotel. Not found. 4 pages, List 14. CONNECTION FOUND
BROCKLEBANK, Thomas, sought by Lizzie Ann SMITH of Saint Lau… (illegible) USA in 1897. Her father George Smith, born Cockermouth, England, was his nephew, and visited him in 1876. Police trace Brocklebank. 10 pages, List 35.
BRODERICK, William. Mother wrote from Wellington New Zealand in 1914 as she hadn’t heard from him. Believed to be living and working in Melbourne. Found by police. 6 pages, List 11
BROGIE, Matthew of Merlick near Limerick Ireland wrote in 1892 re his brother Daniel, who left home 25 years ago. He has heard that Daniel is dead and wants to claim his share of the estate. 4 pages.
BRONI, Eliza, Russel Square, London England, wrote in 1905 re her brother Henry Charles STEPHENSON, who left there for Melbourne c1862. Reply states details too meagre. 3 pages, List 45.
BROOKS, Sgt. M. wrote from Sydney Police Station in 1895 on behalf of old neighbour Mrs. DONELLAN nee Bridget CONNOR, of Ballinaslie Ireland, who asked him to trace her brother Patrick CONNOR who left there 48 years ago, when 20 years old. He was in Geelong at some stage. Police investigate in Geelong and Bendigo districts, but not found. 33 pages, List 29.
BROOME, Louisa nee CREED, sought by W.J. Broome of Lima, Ohio, USA in 1895; hasn’t heard since 1888; her brother is Jack. Found, she reports that he deserted her c9 years ago and she has since remarried to – ADAMS. 7 pages, List 29.
BRONKHORST, B. Oppoenheimer, Seckel & Co. London, wrote in 1912. He was their traveller in South Africa, has sold his samples worth £800 and absconded. They believed he was in Melbourne. Police reply they require a physical description, details are too meagre for them to do anything. 3 pages, List 12.
BROOK, A.W. of Invergordon, Scotland, wrote in 1913, on behalf of Joseph GILCHRIST, who is 84 years old, and would like to contact his sister Mrs. Ann MANN, whom he hasn’t heard from for 12 years. 8 pages, List 12.
BROOK, Abraham John of Essex House, Hornsey Lane, London England, wrote in 1892 re his son Herbert John, who left for Australia c1880. Herbert was well educated, aged about 37 years, a fairly good singer who spoke French. ‘Through his follies he has been known to you on more than one occasion.’ Police report that he has been in prison. 8 pages.
BROOKS, Emma E., of Charlestown BH District Mass., USA. wrote in 1892 re her son Fred C. BROOKS. He would now be 23 years old, left Boston c1885, she has not heard from him for five years. ‘He read some improbable stories about boys in Australia and the West and when he went away he carried revolvers with him. The boys around us had the cowboy mania and several talked of going off, but Fred was the only one that went …’. 9 pages.
BROOM, Daniel, deserted wife and 7 children at Kawa Kawa, Bay of Islands, New Zealand, in 1891. Several letters from his wife from 1894-1896 seeking him; not found. 29 pages, List 33.
BROWN, Mrs. of Lower Kimmage Road Dublin Ireland wrote in 1918 per Charles Franklin of Dublin, enquiring about her daughter Mrs. GRACE of East Melbourne, a theatre attendant, whom she had not heard from for over a year. Found by police. 4 pages, List 6.
BROWN, Alexander Ross, dentist, Windsor. Barony Parish Council, Glasgow Scotland, wrote re his insufficient maintenance for his son John Ross Brown, left there c1896. 4 pages, List 25.
BROWN, Bonnie H., sought by mother Mrs. E.H. Brown, St. Louis, USA in 1904; last heard of in Melbourne, 27 years, worked his passage to Australia on a ship, electrician and engineer. Movements traced. 11 pages, List 47.
BROWN, Mrs. Elizabeth, Mingo, Jefferson Co., Ohio USA, wrote in 1894 re her brothers Robert, William and James BUCHANAN, formerly of Landaire Northern Ireland, who came to Australia 30-40 years ago. 2 pages, List 4A.
BROWN, Elizabeth K., wrote from Glasgow Scotland in 1902 re her husband John, married 1868, who left there in 1879, a ship’s rigger, and hasn’t been heard from since 1884. She has seen that a man of that name died in Albert Park in 1898 and asks if it is her husband. She is unconvinced when told it is not. 14 pages, List 42.
BROWN, Frederick George. Left Oakland California in 1912, aged about 50 years, a bible student. Chief Commissioner of Police writes in 1913 on behalf of his wife who is missing him. Not found. 4 pages, List 8.
BROWN, I.L. of Birmingham England, wrote in 1892 re his father Ned BROWN. Ned’s wife and family are greatly in need of his help, and have not seen him for eight years. 2 pages.
BROWN, Mrs. J.C. wrote from Darlington, Co. Durham England in 1914 re her husband Frederick, a printer’s engineer. He had left there the previous October, taking their two eldest daughters, Nellie and Winnie, with him, and was supposed to be working in a printing office in Melbourne. She and her youngest child are destitute. 10 pages.
BROWN, Jane H., Northgate, Darlington, Co. Durham, wrote in 1905 re her husband Thomas, a clerk, who left there in 1902 and hasn’t been heard from since. He is 50 years, well educated, and they were married for 20 yeas. ‘He was writer for the Era paper …’. Her father was a chemist and druggist, and she gives family background. 9 pages, List 44.
BROWN, Johanna R., sought by Mrs. P.J. McCARTHY, Litchfield, Mass., USA. She was born Waterford Ireland, her husband was a brass maker. The writer is the daughter of Mary Ann KINSELLA, who last heard from her sister Johanna from Sydney in 1877. Not found. 8 pages, List 41.
BROWN, John Russell. Chief Constable, Kirkcaldy Scotland, wrote in 1914. His brother Robert, a retired engineer, had asked his help in finding John, who emigrated to Australiac1869/70, will now be 75 years old, was an engineer, son of the late James. He was last heard of in 1907. Police check all John R. Brown entries in Melbourne directory, but he is not found. 11 pages, List 8.
BROWN, Mrs. L., St. George’s Square, Forest Gate, London England, wrote in 1917 re husband Charles BROWN, working in Melbourne. 8 pages.
BROWN, Mary, Glasgow Scotland, wrote in 1897 asking police to find her sons James, 40 years and John, 45 years, both seamen from Stranrear, Wigtownshire Scotland; she is in need of funds. John is found working for John McLELLAN at Lyndhurst. 9 pages, List 47.
BROWN, Mary McGill of Auckland New Zealand, wrote in 1901 re her brother Andrew DODD, who left there twenty years ago. She has seen a death of an Andrew DODDS in Kyneton, and asks whether this is her brother. Police provide details. 8 pages, List 18.
BROWN, Patrick. The Parish Clerk of Glasgow Scotland wrote in 1912, re this man, who failed to maintain his wife Elizabeth MERRICKS or BROWN and 9 year old child Elizabeth. They were both from Anderson, Glasgow. He was also known as PALMER, was born in Glasgow, 39 years old. He came to Melbourne as a marine fireman in 1904 deserted ship, and has not been heard from since. His wife is trying to avoid going into the Poorhouse. Not found. 8 pages, List 33.
BROWN, Thomas. Confidential information sought in two letters in 1904, by his brother John S. Brown of Hamilton Scotland, who wrote on letterhead of W. Brown & Sons, builders, contractors and quarry masters. Thomas arrived in Melbourne two years ago from Cape Town; married a widow named KEMPSTER, and supposedly carrying on business under name of NEWMAN & Co. Report on his circumstances. 14 pages, List 33.
BROWN, Mrs. Thomas J. of Chelsea, Roxbury, Mass. USA, wrote in 1897 re mother Maria HARKINS, whom she has not heard from for 27 years. Her mother was born in England, and went from Dunedin New Zealand to Melbourne. 7 Pages, List 4A.
BROWN, William, left Perth Scotland for the Australian goldmines c1890s. Sought by brother James, Sundial P.C. Alberta Canada in 1910. Had been in Melbourne. Not found. 6 pages, List 41.
BROWNE, Dr. D.G. Information sought by William HETREED of Royal Irish Constabulary Limerick in 1902, on behalf of his wife whom he deserted c20 years ago. They were married in 1874 and he was believed to be in Melbourne. Found interstate, ‘confirmed drunkard’. 13 pages, List 42.
BROWNE, George, wrote form the Board of Education, Detroit, Michigan, re old school friend Jos. W. GRAY who left Dublin for Australia c1880 and settled in Melbourne; not found. List 43.
BROWNING, Mrs. E. of Oxford, England, wrote in 1892, thanking police for locating her missing son W.R. BROWNING. Original letter and police search not on file. 1 page, List 3.
BRUNSDON, Joseph, sought by mother Mrs. Brunsdon of Mellon Ground, Peckham, Surrey, London in 1856, hasn’t heard from him for a long time. 5 pages. List 4.
BRYAN, Henry, left England for Australia in 1896, had previously lived here for many years. He was born 1844, the son of George, formerly a London solicitor, and a blindmaker. The Reversionary Interest Society, London UK, sought information about him in 1912. Found. 7 pages, List 32.
BUCHANAN, George, Wenz & Co., Melbourne, wrote on behalf of his un-named sister in London in 1910 re Thomas John SUTTON, who deserted his wife and children there. He was a ship’s steward and his people live in Melbourne. Not found. 6 pages, List 27.
BUCKLEY, – Mrs. Wrote from 81 Cross Lane Gorton, Manchester England in 1914, hasn’t heard from her husband for four years, but recently received a photograph of him, taken in Melbourne, and sent to her ten year old daughter Clara. He left them destitute. Police respond that she must provide more details – his given name, age, occupation etc. 4 pages plus photograph, List 10. (See instructions re cost of reproducing photographs.)
BUCKLEY, Edward, sought by wife Kitty, Totland Bay, Isle of Wight in 1912. He left London for Melbourne 3 months prior and hasn’t been heard of since. 32 years. Found interstate. 11 pages, List 33.
BUGGY, James, Inspector, Liverpool Police, wrote in 1901 on behalf of relatives re his friend Lewis C. KINCHELA, born Kilkenny Ireland. 11 pages, List 15.
BULL, Alfred of Winchester, Hampshire, England, wrote in 1865 re his brother William, a builder, believed to be in Melbourne. Not found. 4 pages, List 10.
BULL, Mrs. George. Sought by sister Maria ENRIGHT of Toronto Canada in 1904. She left Limerick Irealnd c1865, hasn’t been heard of for 30 years. Family found. 8 pages, List 23.
BULLEY, Edward H., wrote from London UK in 1904, asks police to find his brother John S. of the Colonial Navy; has been trying to find him for 20 years, was last heard of at Williamstown. Not found. 10 pages, List 33.
BULLING, Corporal C.G. of 5th Pioneer Battalion, AIF, wrote from France in 1917 re his wife’s character. He hadn’t heard from her in 14 months, was living in Fitzroy. 4 pages, List 16.
BULLIVANT, Mrs. H. Wrote from Darlington (England??) in 1898 re her sister Mrs. A. FLAHERTY, last heard from in 1896. She was a widow, 26 yrs, her husband Thomas, a bus driver, had died. Not found. 7 pages, List 20.
BULLOCK, Charles or William, formerly living in Detroit, Michigan, USA, sought by daughter Ida BULLOCK, now Mrs. HUBER of St. Louis in 1895. Separated from him for over 20 years, she was adopted by a Mrs. ANDERSON, 2 pages, List 28.
BURBANK. Chief of Police, Winnipeg USA writes re this man, no given name listed, who is in Winnipeg and claiming to have been the editor and proprietor of The Argus newspaper which is in Melbourne. Very detailed physical description given. Local detectives state is not known in Melbourne, and must be an imposter. 3 pages.
BURGER, M., New Bedford, Mass., USA, wrote in 1906 re his brother Louis, a pawnbroker in Fitzroy, who left home 26 years ago; hasn’t replied to letters. Found. 14 pages, List 30.
BURKE, Mrs. Hannah, Boston, Mass., USA, wrote in 1904 for the address of Mrs. Hanora MORGAN, last heard from in Melbourne. Richmond police report she had died and trace her husband, who says the writer is her
sister. 4 pages, List 42.
BURN, A.D., wrote from Invercargill New Zealand in 1899. He had bought shares in a gold mining company, and suspects Louis A. PEARCE, who was looking after them, has cheated him. A complicated tale, including Neville BARRIDGE who was admitted to a lunatic asylum. 8 pages, List 36.
BURNS, Alexander. Sought by Superintendent of Police in Cleveland U.S. in 1903. His brother William died in 1901 at Alexandersville; his mother died in New York c.1900. Not found. 3 pages, List 21.
BURNS, George. Died in America 1909 aged 27 years, leaving 3 brothers, James, William and Hugh in Victoria. Tolman & King, Attorneys, Spokane Washington, wrote in 1915 as there is a little estate to distribute. Police find James has died and his widow remarried. 9 pages, List 8.
BURNS, Jessie C., wrote from Cape Town South Africa in 1905 re her husband John Robert, who shipped as cook on a ship to Australia; was formerly in the police force there. 5 pages.
BURNS, William J., Detective Agency, Denver Colorado USA, wrote in 1912, re John BARRIE alias Hugh O’NEAL, stated to have worked in Melbourne, embezzled money, deserted wife and 3 children and come to the US with an actress, c7 years ago. Police report no record here. 7 pages, List 33.
BURROWES, Alexander, wrote from Christchurch New Zealand in 1897, asking confirmation of his age from police records; he joined in 1858. 2 pages, List 36.
BURROWS, Lillian E., Cape Nome City, Alaska, wrote in 1902, seeking her grandparents. J.H. WILLIAMS married Louise BROWN, subsequently she married Thomas BROWN. They went to San Francisco in 1886, when she was 4 years old and her sister 2 years. The writer is Louise’s eldest daughter from her second husband; her mother has been dead for 5 years. Both Brown and Williams were of German descent. Letter to grandparents on file, as is poor quality photo of Lillian. Letter rather rambling. 15 pages. List 5.
BURSILL, J. Wrote from Wandsworth Common, London in 1899 re his daughter Hettie who left there to work for Llewellyn WILLIAMS, a swindler etc. Found in Melbourne. 3 pages, List 24.
BURTON, B.W., St. Peter’s Park, London England, wrote in 1902. He has received a letter advising of his brother Alfred’s death and asks if it is genuine. Alfred had been getting regular remittances. 4 pages, List 44.
BURTON, Edward, sought by wife in Newark New Jersey USA in 1920. He left saying he was going to the Klondike in 1897 and she has never heard since. Not found. 5 pages, List 16.
BURTON, T.B., of Beverley England, wrote in 1914 re his nephew George Bernard PLOWMAN, c19 years old, who was working in Brisbane but left. 5 pages, List 14.
BURY, John W., c/- Pacific Hospital, San Francisco USA, wrote in 1905 on behalf of his father Edward, who was looking for his siblings, from Co Wicklow Ireland; a spirit medium had told him to write. He is sceptical, but a relative is found. 4 pages, List 46.
BUSHE, Alma, wrote from Evansville, Indiana, USA in 1895 seeking Paul or Gus Bushe, who left Ireland many years ago, last heard of in 1879. 1 page, List 28.
BUTCHER, Samuel Henry. Police in Barnsley, West Riding, Yorkshire, England, wrote in 1894 on behalf of his wife who wanted details of his lifestyle – was he living with a woman? He was believed to be living near Geelong. Found by police. 4 pages, List 13.
BUTLER, John. Supt Herbert ACKERS of Colchester Police asks his antecedents in 1900. Butler has applied for an alehouse licence and says he was employed in the Melbourne Hospital and was a stallholder in Victoria on file. 8 pages, List 38.
BUTLER, John Patrick, deserted wife Vera in Mortlake, London UK c1917. Found in Victoria with mother, formerly in AIF. He wants her and their child to join him, but she refuses. 8 pages, List 26.
BUTTERWORTH, Charles. Sought by son Ernest of Rochdale Lancashire in 1908. He left England in 1884, and was believed living with a woman he had married in England, but this marriage was illegal, as Ernest’s mother did not die until 1902. He had an uncle Thomas WOLFENDEN at Talbot, and was last heard of in Melbourne. Police find he had died in 1906. 5 pages, List 13.
BYRD, John Thomas ‘a colored man’ formerly a native of Willmington Delaware, sought by sister Eliza DEAN of Philadelphia in 1900. Their sisters Lelitia, Maggie, Mary and Martha are all deceased. 11 pages, List 38.
BYRNE, Thomas W., Chief Constable, City Police, Worcester England, wrote in 1893 re Arthur PACE, seeking confirmation he was with a firm of solicitors, if he was married and if his wife was with him. 3 pages, List 3.
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CADMAN, W.H., Huntly, Auckland New Zealand, wrote in 1902, asking if Harry ALLCOCK was in Melbourne; his daughter has been deserted by him. 7 pages, List 43.
CAHILL, Miss Mollie, of Cork Ireland, wrote in 1913 re her uncle James Cahill, born in 1854 and formerly of Mallow, who went to Melbourne years ago, also her sister Mrs TRACEY. Police find James served in the Victorian police force, but left in 1879 and can’t be located. 8 pages, List 12.
CAIN, James, sought by nephew Thomas Cain Jnr, Syracuse, New York, USA in 1910, on behalf of his father. He was Irish, shipwrecked c50 years ago, would be c70 years. Various James Cains contacted, but no relation. 13 pages, List 41.
CAINE, W.C. American Consul in Melbourne forwards letter from Caine, of Chicago Illinois, 1905, re his uncle John Caine, thought to have been murdered ‘in the early days of the colony’. His father James H. Caine was John’s only brother, and they had lived in Newport, Mayo, Ireland. Report gives early history of European settlement in Victoria, and concludes that the person meant is probably John KEANE a shepherd, whose body was burnt in an attempt to hush up his murder. 18 pages
CAINES, William Richard, sought by Walter E. GREGORY of Theatre Royal Melbourne in 1897, on behalf of English friends. He was born in 1842 in Poole, Dorsetshire England, parents were Harry and Susan. Last heard of in 1877. Found. 20 pages, List 35.
CAINEY, Joseph, of Parlie Scotland, wrote in 1918 re his son Michael, last heard from in Echuca seven years ago, would be 28 years of age. Not found. 13 pages, List 13.
CALLAGHAN, Winifred M., of New York City U.S.A., wrote in 1892 re her brothers Michael and James FLEMING, born Loghstown, Blessingtown, Co. Wicklow, who left there about 26 years ago, and were last heard of in Melbourne. 2 pages.
CALLAHAN, John, Troy, New York, USA, wrote in 1905 re Edward and Mark SHEEHY, brothers, last heard of in Melbourne c10 years ago. The enquiry was on behalf of their sisters Bridget and Mary, the latter his mother. Found. 5 pages, List 44
CALLIHAN, Mrs. P. of Sacremento California wrote in 1898 re her son Eugene, missing for eleven years. 1 page, List 11.
CAMERON, Robert, and sister Mrs Ann STEEDS, left Scotland c1855 for Melbourne, along with Rev. Ronald RANKIN and Rev. Angus McDONALD, Catholic priests. Information on them was sought in 1901 by Charles S.M. Cameron, Boston Mass, USA. Robert and his brother Allan were seaman, born Fort William, Inverness. 21 pages, List 40.
CAMERON, Robert, wrote from Vancouver British Columbia in 1917 re his brother Alexander, last heard of 24 years ago in Melbourne. He was a builder and carpenter, a native of Greenock Scotland, and had two children, Donald and Lizzie. Police report he had died, but locate his son in Western Australia. 10 pages, List 6.
CAMM, Alfred B. of Hornsey London England writes in 1914 re Gordon BRAWN who was engaged to his daughter and was in the Australian Imperial Force. 5 pages.
CAMMACK, Miss Ada, of Fairfield Liverpool England, wrote in 1915 re William CAMMACK, who left England many years ago, is aged c76 years. Not found. 5 pages, List 8.
CAMPBELL, Alexander wrote from Brandon, Manitoba, Canada in 1892 re his uncle Donald CAMPBELL, a native of near Thurso, Caithness, Scotland, who emigrated to Australiac1860 and married a wealthy widow. 2 pages.
CAMPBELL, James, solicitor, of Saltcoats, Ayrshire, Scotland wrote in 1914 re Robert HERDMAN, who left there as a ship’s steward in 1892 and hadn’t been heard from since. He was presumed dead, but is now believed to be alive, and as such is entitled to a share of his late father’s estate. 16 pages.
CAMPBELL, John Lawrence, architect and civil engineer, sailed from Antwerp 1891. His wife Agnes has heard nothing since and is left with five children to support. He was aged 40 years, and Scotch. She wrote from Bishopston, Bristol, England in 1892. 2 pages
CAMPBELL, John Thomas, sought by father Thomas of Winchombe, Gloucestershire in 1898. He sent money for his return but he hasn’t arrived. Found in Eaglehawk. 8 pages, List 26.
CAMPBELL, Katherine, daughter of Frank and Sarah nee DOUGHERTY, born Co. Sligo Ireland, transported for stealing c1857; sought by sibling James/Jane Campbell of Mornoyuck [?], Philadelphia USA in 1895. [writing difficult to read] 2 pages, List 29.
CAMPBELL, Roderick. Wrote from Sydney in 1910, applying to join police force. He had just arrived from Scotland, was 26yrs old, and enclosed copies of references form Rev. Angus FIDDES and Rev. R. MacKENZIE, both of Isle of Skye. 3 pages, List 18.
CAMPBELL, Mrs. William, of Dumbarton Scotland, wrote in 1912 re William KERR, who left Co. Antrim Ireland c30 years ago for the Darling River, but was later in Melbourne or Sydney. All William Kerr’s in directory checked, but none at the correct person. 13 pages, List 15.
CANCARE, Giuseppe, sought by Italian Consul in Melbourne in 1914. He arrived February 1913, is a marble worker and decorator, aged c21 yrs. Not found. 6 pages, List 7 .
CANE, Elizabeth (or SPENCE) sought by Mary DOHERTY, Douglas, Isle of Man, in 1900. No other details given; not found. 2 pages, List 38.
CARE, Mrs. Ada, and 2 sons Leslie and Bert BROACH, left Manchester England in 1912 and came to Melbourne. They had purchased a piano on hire purchase from J.A. CROSS of Manchester and bought it with them. In 1914 Cross claims they had not paid it off and seeks police help in getting payment. Albert Broach maintains they had paid about a third of it off, and will pay the rest when he inherits money from the estate of the late Ann Broach, but Cross says this is not true. 8 pages, List 31
CAREY, E.W. British Consulate-General, San Francisco, wrote in 1905 in response to request from Victorian police, providing a confidential report on E.W.Carey, sometimes HUELIN, who was now believed to be in Honolou. His wife Marion was in England. Lydia SALVANA mentioned; file is incomplete. 3 pages, List 15.
CARLAND, Thomas P., wrote from Philada, Penns., USA in 1895 re uncle and three cousins, Robert, William, Elizabeth and Mary Jane AULL. 2 pages, List 28.
CARLTON, Andrew. Governor Genera’s office forwards letter from Mrs. Carlton of Liverpool England in 1919 re her husband Andrew Carlton, last heard of in Melbourne. He uses the name Thomas BURNS. Not found. 7 pages, List 15.
CARMINE, Joseph, born New Zealand, suicided at Jumbunna in 1899. Sister Mrs. T.M. SWAFFORD and brother L. Carmine, both in NZ, seek details. 16 pages, List 36.
CAROLAN, Myles, constable, Dublin Metro Police, asked if he could transfer to Victoria police in 1910. He had 10 years’ experience, was 30 years old. 3 pages, List 41.
CARR, Frank, ‘champion window dresser of the world’ deserted wife Ida L. and children in Brooklyn and ran off with Ida Van Voorhis (?). In 1900 wife wrote seeking his whereabouts, believed he may have committed bigamy. Found. 5 pages, List 39.
CARSON, Mrs. Ellen of Toronto Canada, wrote in 1918 re her brother John W. LYNN, last heard from in Melbourne. He was going to return to Canada, but has never arrived. Found by police. 4 pages. List 6.
CARSON, John. Cathcart Parish Council Glasgow Scotland wrote in 1914 seeking information. They have been supporting his wife and family for six months and want him to send maintenance. Found. 5 pages, List 31.
CARSON, Mrs. Louisa. Royal Irish Constabulary’s Office, Dublin, wrote in 1899 for a report on her character; she gets a pension. 5 pages, List 17.
CARTER, Miss A., of Northwich, Cheshire England, wrote in 1913 re her brother William Henry, who left for Australia in 1906 on account of his health, and was last heard from in 1908. Found. 7 pages, List 12.
CARTER, T.A., of Cambridgeport, Mass., USA, wrote in 1893 re William CARTER, who went to Melbourne in 1852. 1 page, List 3.
CARTER, William Absalom, eldest son of late Martin Carter of Staffordshire, wrote from Digbeth, Walsall, England, in 1904, re Thomas POWELL who married his oldest sister Isabella, and was once in the police force. Names two other sisters, Matilda and Mary Ann. 5 pages, List 22.
CARY, Mrs. Mary, of Buffalo New York State USA wrote in 1894 re her brother Dan MORRISSY, a baker. 15 pages, List 4A.
CASE, Mrs. Sophia, Providence, Rhode Island, wrote in 1905 seeking her brother Henry Howard EDGAR, c50 years. Not found. 8 pages, List 46.
CASS, Denis, wrote from Calean, Co Kilkenny Ireland in 1901 re brothers Edward and John; former had been a teacher. Found. 5 pages, List 40.
CATHERALL, Samuel, wrote from Chester in 1899 re his father of the same name, who left his wife and four children in 1860 for Australia, and was to send money, but never did. He has heard his father has another family, and wants to charge him with a criminal offence. 8 pages, List 36
CAUSLEY, William. Wrote from Thames New Zealand in 1899 re woman who ‘took up with Christian Israelites’ and left there with a preacher named TRIMMER, a former baker who had a wife and family. Police find she was pregnant. 8 pages, List 23.
CAVANAGH, Owen J., of Buffalo, New York USA, wrote in 1908 re his relative Mrs. Elizabeth KAVANAGH, who was born Cory, Co. Wexford and was last heard of in Melbourne. He writes on letterhead of Marine Firemen, Oilers and Watertenders Benevolent Association. Police report she has died. 4 pages, List 10.
CAVANAUGH, Patrick and James, sought by brother John of Lincoln, Ill., US in 1898, last heard of 30 years ago when James was at Castlemaine. Not found. 5 pages, List 24.
CAVENAGH, Eugene, died Medan, Sumatra in 1896, formerly jockey. In 1900 Consul General for the Netherlands asks police to find relatives – brother Patrick found after extensive search. 38 pages, List 38.
CAVANAGH, Patrick Allen. Information sought by solicitors in 1900, acting for estate of Eugene Cavanagh who died in 1896. Traced through Qld and details given, but not found. Letter to Annie REILLY, Qld on file. 16 pages, List 39.
CHAMBOISSIER, Pascal, wrote from Algeria in 1900, asking police to inform Pierre Chamboissier that his mother had died. 4 pages, List 18.
CHAPMAN, Alice, wrote from Blackpool England in 1912, re husband William, last heard of in Melbourne, a lithographer. Found, he claims he has sent money for her and their child to join him. Further letter from Alice states money never sent. List 33.
CHAPMAN, Mrs. Ellen of Leeds, Yorkshire England, wrote in 1912 re her husband George, an ironmoulder, who left there in 1908 and was 32 years of age. Photograph on file. 18 pages, some torn, List 15. See introduction re cost of supplying photographs.
CHAPMAN, John, professional cyclist, supposed to have left for San Francisco in 1901 but hadn’t arrived, and his mother is anxious. R.M. MINTON of Atlanta USA writes on her behalf. 5 pages, List 40.
CHARD, Ernest, sought by Chief Constable, Plymouth UK, in 1910, on behalf of his wife. He was a seaman, 35 years etc. 4 pages, List 27.
CHARLESTON, ‘Professor’. Phrenologist, ‘New York Orator'; on lecture tour of Gippsland 1899. Report on his activities, poster on file; married Miss LETU in Orbost. 16 pages, List 23.
CHARLESWORTH, Absolum, wrote from East Clive [?] Haslington near Crewe, Cheshire England in 1894, re his son Albert. Someone wrote asking for money, using his son’s name, and ‘the suspense is near killing me’ as to what has happened to his son. Eventually located; lost his money in bank crash. 19 pages, List 4.
CHARLESWORTH, James. Chief Constable of Hyde, England wrote in 1902 re this man who left there c5 years previously and was last heard of at Abbotsford. His wife is destitute. James’s uncle George is interviewed, and file states that he too had left a wife behind in England. James is located. 17 pages, List 43.
CHATTERTON, Thomas, and sons Charles Joseph and David Smedley, were sought by Thomas’s unnamed brother who wrote from Pawtucket, Rhode Island in 1901. They arrived in Melbourne in 1857 and he hadn’t heard for 25 years. Family found. 21 pages, List 40.
CHAZAN, K., wrote from Margate Kent England in 1896 re brother A. BENSON;, his last letter to him was returned marked ‘deceased’. He was a bachelor and businessman. Police find William ELLIOTT who worked for him for years and states that he died in the Benevolent Asylum in 1895, a pauper and insolvent. 5 pages, List 33.
CHELLEW, T.J., solicitor, Saint Ives, Cornwall, wrote in 1896 re William R. HODGE, who had died at the Albert goldfields in NSW; supposed to have assets at Sandhurst; no trace. 5 pages, List 34.
CHEVALIER, Captain J.F., Harbour Office, Jersey, Channel Islands. Wrote a number of letters in 1898 regarding Mrs. Margaret KIRKER, who was sent from there to Melbourne by her friends. She was born in Belfast Ireland in 1868, is an alcoholic, her late husband Dr. Nathaniel MORTON divorced her and otained custody of the only child – ‘painful for me to write’. 18 pages, List 23.
CHRISTEY, Annie Marion. Sought by C.R. Christey of Waiuku, Auckland New Zealand in 1915, claiming to be her brother. She is living with a man named CREAMER. New Zealand police report that he is her husband; he persuaded her to leave her husband McDONALD, and live with him. McDonald divorced her and they married c2 years ago. She has now run off with his savings and Creamer. 10 pages, List 8.
CHRISTY, W.J., dentist, Melbourne. Mother wrote from Chicago in 1903, hasn’t heard from him for a year; found. 3 pages, List 46.
CHUNDEE, Latchoo, sought by brother Indur of Port Louis, Mauritius in 1897. He left there c8 years ago, and not heard from in 6 years. Police trace his employment history, known as Louis CHUNDA. 12 pages List 35.
CHURCH, William, left U.K. in 1874 for Brisbane, last heard from by sister Mrs. T. TURNER in 1884. Rev. F. Monkhouse SPARKS wrote from Aston Rowant Vicarage, Tetsworth, Oxon in 1896. Found. 10 pages, List 31.
CLAMPETT, George, alias CAMPBELL. Commissioner of Police, Johannesburg, South Africa, wrote in 1905 re this man, recently convicted there, and believed to have been a criminal in Victoria. Photographs and fingerprints sent, but local police have no record of him. He was a native of Montreal, Canada, aged 27 years. 5 pages, List 5.
CLARK, Agnes wrote from Auckland New Zealand in 1919, sought maintenance for herself and four children from husband Langdon. The family had been in Sydney. 15 pages.
CLARK, Edward, c/- Mr. Mills, Blackwall, Poplar, London, England, wrote in 1893 re his brother Thomas CLARK, and wife Agnes, who left London in 1874. 4 pages, List 3.
CLARK, John, solicitor, Brighton in Furness England, wrote in 1905 re James CLEWS, who left Sandbach Chester about 33 years ago for Melbourne. He was a baker and would be about 53 years old. He will hear something to his advantage. Found. 8 pages, List 13. CONNECTION FOUND
CLARK, Ralph A., escaped from Sanatorium in New York in 1907. Police there ask if he is in Melbourne; is 45 years, slightly demented, relatives anxious. Not found. 5 pages, List 23.
CLARKE, – (Mrs.) of Low Hill, Liverpool, England, wrote in 1918 re her husband William, whom she married in 1911 in Birkenhead; was formerly in British Navy. She has heard he has married another woman named Lucy HACKENSCHMIDT. 5 pages.
CLARKE, Maria, Gorton, Manchester, England, wrote in 1904 re her husband Joseph, a plumber, last heard of in 1884, c52 years. Found living with another woman. 9 pages, List 47.
CLARKE, Maria, of Gorton, Manchester, England wrote in 1907 re her husband Joseph Barlow CLARKE, born Westminster London. Seeks confirmation of his death; she is his legal wife. 4 pages.
CLARKE, Thomas, of Sutton Mallet Bridgewater England, wrote in 1904 re Henry RISDEN, living at Trentham Victoria, asking what sort of a life he was living. 3 pages, List 4.
CLAZEY, James Oswald. Left his home and family in London England in 1885. Charlotte Clasey wrote from Sunderland England in 1897; two identical letters on file of 8 pages. List 20. CONNECTION FOUND.
CLEARY, James, Middleline, Mount Shannon, Co Galway Ireland, wrote in 1903 re the death of his brother John, a former policeman, in 1902. 14 pages, List 45.
CLEARY, Herbert of New York City USA wrote in 1916 re his uncles Austin, Herbert or William Cleary, who had not been heard of for 8 years. Police check all William Cleary entries in directories, but are unsuccessful. 16 pages, List 6.
CLENDON, Mrs. A. of Handsworth, Birmingham, England, wrote in 1918 re her husband Robert Willis Clendon, who had not supported her for 14 months. Police locate him. 3 pages, List 16.
CLIGNY, E. of Los Angeles, California, wrote in 1920 re his sister Bertha CLIGNY DE BOISSAC, who had not answered his letter. Found by police. 7 pages, List 9.
CLIVE, Andrew. Sought by wife Annie of Walton, Liverpool England in 1915. He a was a fireman on board ship. She is ‘deeply depressed’. He was heard of living with a Mr. and Mrs. MANN in South Melbourne. Found. 7 pages, List 8.
COCHRANE, Mrs Mary, Ashmont, Dorchester, Boston, Mass., USA, wrote in 1901 re brother William B. NOWLAN who married Christine CAMERON and had a son William. 5 pages, List 5.
CODLING, Mrs. Sarah of Mongonui Auckland New Zealand, wrote in 1898 re John Codling, who left there for Melbourne in 1897, and hasn’t been heard from for some months. Not found. [Family information is that her first husband was William MAUGHAM]. 8 pages, List 14. CONNECTION FOUND.
COE, Louisa, Highbury Hill, London, England, wrote in 1902 re her son, Walter Richard HONEYMAN, ironmonger, c45 years, well educated, last heard of in 1890. Her relative Harry Coe, lives in Hamilton Victoria and is interviewed. 10 pages, List 42.
COE, Mrs. Olive of Standon Park, Honor Oak Park, Forest Hill, London, England wrote in 1919 re her missing husband Frederick Horatio COE, who left England in 1913; was an assistant steward on a ship. 7 pages.
COFFEY, John. Letter from executor of the estate of Michael COFFEY of Boston, Aughrim, Co. Galway Ireland, in 1919, seeking John or his relatives. Another from his relative John Coffey of Co. Galway, whose father Thomas was a first cousin. Relatives found. 12 pages, List 17.
COGHLAN, Mrs. Alice, of Dublin Ireland, wrote in 1898. She had seen a newspaper report of a murder in Victoria, and the description fitted her missing husband Patrick Coghlan, who deserted her and their children in 1897. Police confirm it is not him. 8 pages, List 14.
COHEN, Louis, Hotel Alamo, San Francisco, California, wrote in 1916 re his father David COHEN, hadn’t heard from him in 12 years; used to be in the tailoring business. Not found. 5 pages. List 6.
COHEN, Sara of Stepney, London England, wrote in 1894 re David NELLEUM, tailor, c24 years, whom she last heard from about 5 years ago; in London he was better known as YANKEL. 2 Pages, List 4A
COKE, Col. J.d’E. of Nunirons, Warrington, Turvey, Bedford England, wrote in 1920, asking that his son Patrick be assisted with advice if necessary. He was working his passage to Melbourne. Coke was an Inspector in British Police. 4 pages, List 18.
COLE, S.J., National School, Tavistock, Devon, wrote in 1894. Has not heard from her husband for over a year, was at Ballarat. Found. 8 pages, List 34.
COLEMAN, Anthony, sought by sister Miss Annie Coleman of San Francisco in 1906. He was born Co. Westmeath Ireland, 36 years. Not found. 6 pages, List 30.
COLEMAN, Mabel. Chief Constable Leicester England wrote in 1915 re her and her 8 year old daughter Evelyn A. Husband W.E. Coleman won’t send money for her support and she is destitute. Police find he left for Egypt with A.I.F. and Defence Dept notified of his marital state. 3 pages, List 8.
COLES, Miss Alice, New York, USA wrote in 1920 re her uncle William COLES, a house painter, aged 47 years, who had a daughter named Ivy, and used to live in Brisbane. 7 pages.
COLL, Dolly (Amelia A.) Limerick Ireland, wrote in 1905 re her uncle William Coll, who left there some years ago ‘and is chief of police in Melbourne’. She is the daughter of Patrick. Police find he was a constable who resigned in 1883. Another brother John, retired policeman, is located. 6 pages, List 46.
COLLINGWOOD, Henry, and son Charles, c64 and 44 years, sought by British Consulate in Boston US in 1900 on behalf of Mrs. Ellen COOK, who is Henry’s daughter. Not found. 9 pages, List 26.
COLLINS, Florence Louise. Sought by sister Edith CRESSWELL of Liverpool England in 1915. She had arrived in 1914 and worked as a cook. Found interstate. 4 pages, List 8.
COLLINS, Joseph Henry, of Mulley/Mutley?, Plymouth England, wrote in 1902 re Mrs. William MORGAN, last heard from in Melbourne. ‘… as the conveyance of a little property cannot be effected without particulars from her …’. Encloses a letter for her, which is still on the file, and shows he was her uncle and her given name was Annie. 4 pages List 5.
COLLINS, William, sought by relative William Collins CLEGG, Morley, England, in 1898. He was late of the Star Bakery; found in Abbotsford. 5 pages, List 27.
COLLIS, Henry George. Sought by mother Merry Madeline Collis, now Mrs. LITTLETON, via agent D. READY, Bengal India, in 1910. Collis was born Bengal India in 1861 and is now probable heir to an estate. Not found. 5 pages, List 5.
COLLITON, I.J., wrote from Philadelphia, P.A., USA in 1916 re Margaret SHIELDS, sister, and uncles Joseph & Patrick LYNCH of his mother Kate. She tried to find them in 1908, and is now dead, and he is trying again. They were born in Queens Co. Ireland, and went to Australia over 50 years ago. Not found. 15 pages, List 6.
COLLIVER, Richard, of Montreal Canada, wrote in 1895 re Thomas Colliver, late of the English Navy. 11 pages, List 4.
COLLON, William Wade, Co. Louth Ireland, wrote in 1864 re Robert WADE, a native, 32 years of age, who was in the police force, and whose aunt Teresa WADE was anxious to hear from him. Police report his death. 5 pages, some damaged, List 15.
COMERFORD, L. of Islington England, asks police in 1900 to check if Edmund BURKE has taken ship’s passage from Western Australia to Qld. 5 pages, List 18.
COMERFORD, Richard, sought by nephew Michael, c/- Milwaukee Sentinel, USA, in 1901. Four brothers, John, Martin, Richard and James, left Kilkenny Ireland in the 1840s. The others went to the USA, but Richard and an unnamed sister went to Australia. The writer is a son of John. Not found, despite interstate search. 14 pages, List 40.
CONIFFE, Catherine, wrote from Cork Ireland in 1896 re brother Patrick COLLINS, who had been clerk to Mr. HAYES who kept a corn mill some years ago. He was a native of Cork, 40-59 years old, went ‘on the land’. Two letters from him on file, one from Cobram in 1888. Not found. 12 pages, List 33.
CONNELL, William, wrote from Dunedin New Zealand in 1896 re his daughter Mrs. FINLEY/FINDLAY, who has written to him of her husband’s ill-treatment, and is suicidal . He gives details of his own background; arrived 1854, joined gold escort, later to Otago for police force there. Her sister Mrs. Robert GROUNDS has also had a letter from her. Police report shows she is a prostitute. 6 pages, List 29.
CONNER, Mrs Margaret of New York City writes in 1894 re brothers Patrick and Michael O’NEILL. 9 pages.
CONNIFF, Matthew, sought by niece May M. LOUTH of Newcastle on Tyne England in 1914. He is an ex sergeant of police. Report shows he is dead, but son Matthew located. 8 pages, List 7.
CONNLY, John. Sought by Mrs. John BARRY of Dunedin New Zealand. He was formerly in the police force and retired c30 years ago. Police establish the name is CONNOLLY and he had died. 4 pages, List 7.
CONNOLLY/CONNELLY, Joseph, left Liverpool 1895, sailor, wife M.J. “left pennyless with 2 little children” 2 and 4 years. On arrival in Melbourne he deserted ship. Two letters from wife; not found. 17 pages, List 25.
CONRAN, William Massey, of Burbank, USA wrote in 1917 re descendants of D.M. Conran, Sergt H.M. 50th Regiment, or his son Hubert, who left Manchester England in 1848, a civil engineer and railroad surveyor, also descendants of James, born 1808 Ballingmore Parish, Ballenlop, Co Wicklow Ireland. Police interview all Conrans in Victoria, who are no relation. The file then sent to Queensland, and a Mary Conran undertakes to write to him, although she thinks no relation. 12 pages, List 6.
CONROY, Miss Julia of Preston England, wrote in 1919 re Edward L. NUTTALL. She had had a maintenance order served on him in Sydney, but he denies paternity of her child. He had been in the Australian army and was in the Sydney police force. 6 pages.
CONVENT OF GOOD SHEPHERD, New York, USA. Sister Mary St. Celestine writes from there in 1892 re Michael KENNEDY, once a member of the Victorian police force. The only serving police member says he does not know her or anyone in New York. 3 pages.
CONWAY, John Harris. High Commissioner’s Office, London England wrote in 1917 on behalf of Octavious T. Price, solicitor, Newent, Gloucester England re Conway. His relatives were anxious about him; he was an old age pensioner. 6 pages.
CONWAY, Michael of San Luis Obisfro (?) California wrote in 1900 re his brother James CONWAY, formerly a policeman in Co. Cavan Ireland and then in Victoria. 2 pages.
COOK, Francis B., Lance Corporal in Gloucestershire Regiment, based at Malta, enquires about joining Vic. Police, 1912. 3 pages, List 14.
COOKE, Gnl. [General?] W. of Burnham Crouch, Essex, wrote in 1899 re his housekeeper’s son, Edmond Charles DORMAN, who left England 8 years ago. Found. 9 pages, List 17.
COOKE, George, wrote from Arlington, Rhode Island USA in 1896 re his son George, who left Ireland in 1885 for Qld, aged 28 years. His siblings were Alice, Samuel, Maggie, David, Thomas and Jane. The family left for the US in 1891. Not found. 7 pages, List 32.
COOPER, Mrs. W.H.N. of Dayton Ohio USA, wrote in 1894 trying to find the brother of Dr. W.H.N. Cooper, veterinary surgeon, who was said to be in Australia on a sheep and ostrich farm. 1 page, List 4.
COOTE, Samuel Henry, wrote from Chicago USA in 1897 re his brothers James and William and sister Sarah who married William SHIELDS. Found. 6 pages, List 45.
CORBETT, C.W. Writes from New York to American Consul in Melbourne in 1919, on behalf of Mrs. Catherine McLAUGHLIN of Quincey Mass., re a newspaper advertisement seeking FLAHERTY/HART relatives. Police find the inquiry genuine; Clara JEWETT of Melbourne was seeking her mother’s relations; they were from Co. Sligo Ireland. 4 pages, List 11.
CORBETT, John Henry. Arrived Brisbane c1867 from England, last wrote to friends there in 1870, Constable H. Corbett wrote ‘is nearly related’ to ask if the department would check to see if the John Corbett murdered in Queensland was the same person. Reply states not the same; the murdered man was from Co. Clare Ireland, 30-35 years. 6 pages, List 11.
CORBETT, Patrick Jnr., wrote from Kilnish, Thurles, Co. Tipperary Ireland in 1912, thanking police for finding his uncles, and asking about joining the Victorian police force. 3 pages, List 32.
CORBITT, Alice Jane, of Montreal Canada, wife of Mathew Walker Corbitt, wrote in 1898 re his sisters, Anna Margaret, and the wife of George PERRY, photographer. He leftMelbourne 1860. Found. 7 pages, List 18.
CORCORAN, John, of Philadelphia USA, wrote in 1894 re his sister, whose first marriage was to TURNER, then second marriage had been to William DONALDSON. Found. 8 pages, List 17.
CORCORAN, Michael, sought by nephew Sgt. J.C. Corcoran of the Royal Irish Constabulary, Delvine Co. Westmeath in 1920. He left Ireland over 50 years ago, was born Leitrim, Parish of Kilbride, and his mother was Flanagan. Found. 6 pages, List 17. CONNECTION FOUND
CORDNO, Bella of Oamaru New Zealand, wrote in 1910 re her brother William Cordno, carpenter. She has newly arrived in the colony and hasn’t seen him for many years. 10 pages, List 14.
CORFIELD, Patrick, sought by New Zealand police in 1894; not found. Other Corfield names contacted. 16 pages, List 17.
CORK, Joseph. Wife Martha, of Liverpool England, wrote in 1917, seeking him. He was a seaman who had deserted her and their three children, and sometimes used the name COOKE. 5 pages, List 18.
CORMICK, J.B., of London England, wrote in 1898 re his brother Railston Cormick. Found. 5 pages, List 14.
CORNELL, Thomas H. Wrote from Hamilton Victoria in 1908 seeking details of heath of his brother George, killed in South Africa. 4 pages, List 21.
CORNFORTH, William Francis, left UK for Australia in 1853, not heard from since 1862; would be around 80 years old. William URPETH, North Shields UK wrote in 1900 on behalf of his 2 sisters there. Not found. 6 pages, List 37.
CORWIN, M.T., wrote from Boatman’s Bank, St. Louis, in 1901, asking for information on purchasing
“weapons of the original natives”. 2 pages, List 40.
COSTELLO, Miss Annie, of Brooklyn, New York USA wrote in 1920 re her sister Mary, whom she has not heard from in three years. Annie is Mrs. SCHRADER, and her letters were censored during the war, as her husband is German. 11 pages.
COSTELLO, J.J., Royal Irish Constabulary, Portumna, Co. Galway Ireland, wrote in 1915 re James MARTIN who is claiming a share of an estate there. Asks if he is genuine, also if solicitor Daniel HOGAN is also genuine; police confirm both. Martin was born in Sydney, but father came from Galway. 5 pages, List 7.
COTTON, T.H. of Putney, London, England, wrote in 1919 re his cousin Phyllis LOCK. His grandparents anxious to hear from her. 6 pages.
COUCH, Albert Adams, sought by mother E. Couch in Dartmouth England in 1897. Left England 14 years ago. Found. 6 pages, List 20.
COUCHMAN, T. of Elsternwick Victoria, wrote to New Scotland Yard in 1911 enquiring about a family named WRIGHT and a son Loftus. 3 pages. List 15.
COUPER, Mrs. Jean, wrote from Hamilton Ontario Canada in 1915 re her son William, who left Glasgow Scotland six years and was a butcher. Police find he has joined the A.I.F. 6 pages, List 8.
COWIE, Alexander, of Edinburgh Scotland, wrote in 1915 re his son John, 24 years, a carpenter, who came to Australia four years ago and has not been heard of since. Not found. 5 pages, List 11.
COWIE, Roseina. Died Wellington New Zealand in 1918. Public Trustee seeks her two children, Margaret Greta RAMSAY born Melbourne 1893 and Antony Louis HARVEY born 1900, both legally adopted by Antony Louis Francis & Mary Emma BAJOMEZ in 1905. 3 pages, List 24
COWIESON, Margaret of Leeds England, wrote in 1894 re her sister and her husband Alex. MacGREGOR, who formerly lived in New Zealand, then came to Melbourne. Found. 7 pages, List 17.
COX, Mrs. E. of Withington, Manchester England, wrote in 1917 re her husband John Albert Cox. Her two daughters are to benefit from a life assurance policy on him. ‘It would give me great pleasure to hear he was well in health, working and able to keep himself in a respectable manner, which I am sorry to say he did not do for years before he left England.’ Not found. 7 pages, List 6.
COX, Mrs. Ellen of Waltham, Mass. USA, wrote in 1894 re Cornelius DOWNEY, a businessman in Melbourne, aged about 65 years. 4 pages, List 4A.
COX, Captain Talbot Ashley, wrote from Canton in 1860, enclosing a letter from Daniel FEALEY, 1st Battalion, 3rd Regiment of Foot, asking for his sister Ellen to contact him. Family details given, including naming brother John and sister Bridget. Ellen left home when he was a child, and is supposed to have married in Melbourne. She is not located and both letters remain on the file. 6 pages, List 41.
CRAIGMILE, Charles, wrote from Auckland New Zealand in 1897 re his brother Sandy, who was supposed to have been killed in a Victorian gold mine. He landed in Victoria c40 years previously. Charles claims that an imposter has claimed the estate and spent thousands of pounds that should have been his. 7 pages, List 20.
CRANE/CREAN, Daniel, Rochester New York U.S.A., wrote in 1917 re his father’s brother James Crane/Crean, a native of Co. Sligo Ireland who came to the goldfields, did well, and died unmarried. Some years ago Otto T. Daly, a private detective, claimed to have found James Crane and wanted Daniel to give him sole control of the estate that James left. Daniel refused, but now is trying to find the details for himself. (See Daly entry for earlier letter). List 6, 5 pages.
CRANE, James of Gateshead England, wrote in 1892 re his uncle Thomas CRANE, a jeweller in Melbourne. 2 pages.
CRAWFORD, Mrs. Elizabeth, Greenock Scotland, wrote in 1894 re the alleged bigamy of her husband John, an engineer, some years resident in Melbourne. Police find that he lived firstly with Johanna McDONALD who died, as Mrs. Crawford, in 1887, then with Lillie or Elizabeth EDMUNDS, by whom he has two daughters, Nellie Victoria and Lillian Hilda Irene, both registered as illegitimate. 5 Pages. List 5.
CRAWFORD, Mrs. Ellen of Addington Natal South Africa wrote in 1892 re her sister Frances BISHOP, 44 years and single. Wanted enquiry made quietly, ‘as she has ceased all correspondence with her family’. 5 pages.
CRAWFORD, M.E., former inspector of the Metropolitan Police London, and now with the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, writes re Mrs. Mary Florence GLASSCOCK who left Melbourne and arrived in England in 1914. She has a child, Leonard ROGERS, with her. He suspects she is illtreating the child, and seeks details of her background. Local police report she was formerly Polly O’GRADY, who married a bookmaker named MADDEN, then Glasscock, who died and left her very wealthy. The boy’s background is unknown, but she has looked after him for 9 years. 7 pages, List 8.
CRAWSHAW, Ann, wrote from Swinton Manchester UK in 1894 re her brother John DEALTRY. 5 pages, List 28.
CREIGMILE, Charles, of San Francisco USA wrote in 1897 re his brother Sandy, whom he has heard died in 1892 at Ballarat. He is next of kin. No such death found. 4 pages, List 4A
CRIEGMILE/CRIEGMILL, Charles, of San Francisco USA wrote in 1897 re his brother Sandy, believes he died at Bendigo in 1892, very wealthy. Miss ARCHIBALD of Davenport New Zealand writes an indecipherable letter, possibly on his behalf. No trace found. 18 pages, List 25.
CRITCHLEY, William Henry. Information sought by Mrs. Edith Critchley of Broadstairs, England, in 1898. 2 pages, List 26.
CRONIN, Mrs. Mary, of Pittsburg US, and her sister Mrs. Thomas CARR, both wrote in 1918 re their nieces Melba and Kathleen HOGG. Their mother, formerly Kate FITZPATRICK, died about 10 years ago, their father John Morrison HOGG had remarried. They had three brothers, Jack, James and Stewart; the first two were killed in the war. Found. 8 pages, most in extremely poor condition, List 16.
CROOKS, Miss Mary J. of Belfast, Ireland, wrote in 1909 re her aunt Violetta KOLLNER, last heard from ten years ago. Found. 5 pages, List 18. CONNECTION FOUND
CROSBIE, Henry, sought by father Mr. H. Crosbie of Marshfield, Gloucestershire, England in 1905. He had not heard from him since 1893; ‘he has been a heavy trial to me half his life’. Would now be 40 years of age. Found in Melbourne. 5 pages, List 12.
CROSKEY, Henry. American Consul in Melbourne writes in 1915 on behalf of Consul at Chefoo, China. Croskey married wife Elizabeth in Amoy China in 1903; he was an oldPhiladelphia family. Someone has told his wife he was in Melbourne in 1911; police find no trace. 4 pages, List 8.
CROSSEN, Mrs. Janet of North Woolwich, England, wrote in 1894 re her husband William, a cook. Left her and two children about three years ago, his father a doctor in Melbourne. 17 pages.
CROUCH, Edwin, Police Inspector, Singapore, formerly in the army, seeks employment in Victorian police force, 1909. 3 pages, List 41.
CROWE, John W. of Edgley N.W.T. Canada, wrote n 1894 re his brother William FULTON who left there and was last heard of n Australia in 1886/7. 5 pages, List 4.
CSMORTANYI, Louis. Died in his hut on the Victorian goldfields 1888. Born Hungary. File re property left by him. 18 pages. List 5.
CUCKOW, George, of Indianapolis Indiana, USA, wrote in 1893 re his long lost brother Robert, a native of Maidstone Kent England, who emigrated to South Africa in 1884. A brick mason, he left there with his wife Emily Sarah and daughter Jessie. 4 pages, List 3.
CUFF, St. Lawrence of Wandsworth, London England, wrote in 1915 re his uncle, ex constable John BARRY, who retired c1894, and was the author of a police guide to duties. Police locate family. 10 pages, List 8.
CULLEN, Mrs. Sarah, wrote from Bray Athy, Co. Kildare Ireland in 1895 re her son George; hasn’t heard for 15 months. 3 pages, List 28.
CUMMINS, Harry H., of Hobart Tasmania, wrote in 1904. The wife of J.J.G. RHODES of Kimberley. South Africa, had arrived there with H.J. BOWEN, and was posing as his wife. Divorce papers were on the way from South Africa. Cummins asks police assistance, as it appears the couple had left for Melbourne. Police decline, stating it was not police business. 4 Pages, List 9.
CURRAN, Nicholas wrote on letterhead of Waltham Watch Company, Waltham, Mass., USA in 1919 re his sister Mary who left Ireland c30 years ago and was married to a man named LYNCH, from Co. Limerick. They had three boys. 5 pages.
CURRAN, Patrick. Information sought by Rosalie LOEW, attorney, New York. Found. 6 pages, List 25.
CURRAN, Thomas, wrote on letterhead of Grand Union Hotel, New York in 1895 re Patrick CURRAN, last heard from in poor health; other address is Waterbury, Conn. 1 page, List 28.
CURRIE, William, wrote from Sligo Ireland in 1895 re a report that his brother Daniel, of Paily, Scotland, who emigrated to Australia 14 years ago, a book-keeper, was the person who died in an insane asylum. Confirmed. 7 pages, List 30.
CURTIS, Jack Adams, of Buffalo, New York, USA, wrote in 1913 seeking his uncle Thomas Curtis. Jack is in local police force and came to the USA 40 years ago. His mother lives in Michigan with youngest brother Frank. Thomas was born at Stoney, Stratford, Bucks, England and came to Australia c50 years ago. Not found. 12 pages, List 12.
CUTHBERT, Jane. Wrote from Newcastle on Tyne England in 1913, re her husband Edward, who left there 18 months ago. She and their 3 children are destitute. Located by police. 12 pages and photo, List 13. See Instructions re cost of copying a photograph.
CUTLAND, E. of Bristol England, wrote in 1917 re his son Charles. He has heard he was drowned in Melbourne in 1915, but has heard nothing from wife. Widow is found with five young children and in poor circumstances; she is illiterate. 4 pages. List 6.
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DABDOUB, Hanna J., wrote on letterhead from Bethlehem, Palestine in 1900, asking when Exhibition will be held – she exhibited in Chicago Exhibition in 1893. 1 page, side damaged. List 26.
DACRE, Ernest John, alias WARD. Photographer and bigamist. Married Elizabeth GRAHAM in Sydney in 1900 as well as another woman with initials M.E., who was a teacher. Charged by Scotland Yard with stealing wife’s property; Old Bailey court case. 11 pages and photo in one file, 9 pages in another file. See Introduction re cost of copying photographs. List 12.
DALE, Dr. William Kelynack. Information sought by wife Laura, St. Keverne, Cornwall, in 1901; hasn’t heard from him since 1896. Found. 12 pages, List 41.
DALGETY, Andrew, left Forfarshire Scotland 1851. Brother George H. Dalgety of South Lima, New York, USA, wrote in 1904, has heard from him in many years. 9 pages, List 5.
DALY, Daniel, of San Francisco, USA, wrote in 1905 re his brother Philip, born Co. Meath Ireland, c48 yrs old, last heard from 20 yrs ago. 13 pages, List 18.
DALY, O., private detective, wrote from Rochester New York in 1907 re James CRANE or CREAN who left Sligo Ireland c.1862 for Australian goldfields and has not been heard from in 40 years. 7 pages. See also subsequent letter from Daniel CRANE/CREAN in 1917.
DANZIGER, George, of Cheltenham Manchester England, wrote in 1917 re Jacob DANZIGER, ‘his aged parents are anxious’. Found. 4 pages, List 6.
D’ARC, Madame A. Jane, wrote from D’Arc’s Grand Waxworks, Cardiff, South Wales re her daughter Emily, who had left her father’s touring company the Marionette Troupe, inAustralia. Emily was using the name Mrs. JOHNSON and was found in Brisbane. 8 pages. Further letter from mother re child left behind. 6 pages, List 5.
DASHWAY, Charles, of Harmston’s Circus, Calcutta, India, wrote in 1896. A workman named Jose MURPHY had died in Singapore, and Dashwood held money owing to him. Among his papers was a letter from a woman begging for financial help, and this is on the file. Police find his real name was Joss SHEEHAN, and his wife Annie was the person who wrote; she is now living with her mother Mrs. HURST. 8 pages, List 15.
DAVEY, James of Jagersfontein OFS, South Africa wrote in 1914 re his brother Raleigh, now in a lunatic asylum, asking what crime he had committed. 5 pages.
DAVEY, Walter. Metropolitan Police Office, Public Carriage Branch, New Scotland Yard, London, wrote in 1919. Davey was living in London and had applied to act as conductor on stage carriages. Police ask if his background in Melbourne is correct; police confirm he is a sober respectable man. There is a small photograph attached to the file. 4 pages, List 12. See Introduction re cost of photography.
DAVIES, Miss Annie, Llanfarion, Aberystwyth, Wales, wrote in 1902 re Mary PHILLIPS nee DONOGHUE, who married William Phillips in Melbourne in 1856; her father’s name was Dennis, mother Joanna nee HERON. The couple lived in North Melbourne and he was a teamster. Police locate a cousin, – MURRAY. 8 pages, List 44.
DAVIES, Howard, sought by Deputy Chief Constable, Pembrokeshire Constabulary, Haverford West Castle, in 1914. He was a Nonconformist minister. His sister has not heard from him for over a year. Found. 4 pages, List 8.
DAVIES, William, timber merchant, c75 years, sought by Mrs. John A. DAVIES, Cleveland Ohio USA in 1902. Police find he died at Foster in 1901, leaving an estate, and solicitors in Cardiff, Wales are handling the estate. 8 pages, List 43.
DAVIS, Benjamin. Writes from Manchester England in 1904 re his brother David, his wife and family, and David’s father in law Homan RICE, late of Co Mallow Ireland, who sailed for Melbourne in 1885. David and Homan went into business together as watchmakers and jewellers. Not found. 14 pages, List 23.
DAVIS, Mrs. K., of Pleasantville, New Jersey USA wrote in 1915 re her relative John BIRMINGHAM who left Philadelphia in 1878 and settled in Australia. He was a carpenter and builder. Police interview several Birmingham people, but fail to locate him. 11 pages, List 7.
DAVOREN, Bridge Agnes,, born Co. Galway, sought by nephew Peter F. McNEILL, son of her sister Maria; refers to earlier letter, not on file. 2 pages, List 28.
DAVOREN, Mrs. Ellen, Ennis, Co. Clare Ireland, wrote in 1909 re husband James, who left her and their four children 7 years ago for Melbourne. Apart from a photograph, she’s heard nothing since, Police track down a poor quality proof copy of the photo, and locate him. 9 pages, List 41.
DAVY, John James, last heard of in Melbourne in 1897, sought by brother T.W. of Moorside, Neston, Cheshire England in 1901. Not found. 18 pages, some damaged. List 40.
DAWES, Isaac, convicted at Stafford c1847 and transported to Australia. Son in India sought details (his letter not
on file). Brother Charles located. 5 pages, List 41.
DAY, Mrs. T.A., of Victoria, B.C., Canada, wrote in 1917 re her daughter Mrs. Annie SWANNIE; hasn’t heard from her for 3-4 months. Police find she married Mervyn George SWEENEY before leaving Canada, and the pair are living in Melbourne. 4 pages, List 11.
DAYNES, Edward. Sought by Mrs. S. Daynes of Norwich, Norfolk England in 1899. He was transported in 1842, opened a shop in Geelong ‘married a rich lady’, no issued, and last heard of twenty years ago. Police find an Edward DINES was in business in Geelong, but no Daynes. 8 pages, List 17.
DEEN, Fatta. The Director of Criminal Intelligence, Simla, India, wrote in 1913 regarding this man, asking details of his activities in Australia, and to be notified if he returned to India. Police report he married an Italian, Marjorie F. LARMA, and she has written articles in the Euroa Advertiser and issued a pamphlet Proof of Prophet Mohammad and way of Eternal Life, a copy of which is on the file. Their movements in Victoria and New South Wales are detailed. 24 pages, List 12.
DEEVY, Richard, wrote from Ballycomey, Castlecomer, Co. Kilkenny Ireland, in 1899 re his brother James, who left for Melbourne in 1857 and was last heard of c.35 years ago. James would now be 66 years old. 2 pages, List 3.
DEGEN/DEIGN, Herman. (‘or some name like that’) Accidentally killed in Los Angeles in 1898. George B. STUDD, supt. Peniel Hall Mission writes seeking his family, he had 2 adult sons believed to be in Melbourne, was German, a painter 50-55 years old. Not found. 13 pages, List 23.
DEGERMARK, Carl F., wrote from Denver Colorado USA in 1897 re his brother in law James ISACHSEN, native of Norway, 29 years, not heard from for some years. Not found. 7 pages, List 36.
DEGUET, C.A. A Frenchman, he absconded from Adelaide in 1915, owing money . He was 55-60 years of age, and had been at Goodwood South Australia. Photograph on file – see Introduction for costs involved in copying photographs. 5 pages, List 12.
DELANEY, Margaret. Wrote from Belfast Ireland in 1899 re her sister Anna Cecilia MOFFATT, who died in 1898 in the South Yarra home of their brother George DOUGLAS. Requests information re her estate. 6 pages, List 23.
DELANEY, Roderick R., of Belfast Ireland, wrote in 1893 re his sister Mary Ann and her husband James FOX, who left there c26 years ago and were last heard of in Queensland. 2 pages, List 3.
DELANY, Jeremiah, Color Sgt, 20th Royal Foot, writes from Portsmouth England in 1862 re his brother P. Delany, who was in Victorian police force. Hasn’t heard from him for 18 months. 2 pages, List 5.
DELUY, Jean Baptiste. French Consul in Melbourne asks police to find him in 1882, on behalf of his daughter Eugenie in Marseilles, France. Not heard from since 1878. Found. 10 pages, List 42.
DEMERS, L.H., a Canadian, writes from New York in 1898 re his brother Joseph Davis de MERS (who spells his surname ‘the old way’) and was at Coopers Creek. 4 pages, List 4.
DENNETT, Mrs. L.B., Kalispell, Flathead Co. Montana, USA, wrote in 1909 re her brother Augustus Innes MACPHERSON, last heard of in Qld. Not found. 11 pages, List 41.
DENT, Hodgson, wrote from Durham England in 1907 re his wife Mary Jane’s father Edward JACKSON, who left there for New Zealand some years since. Police establish he had died and his widow remarried to W. SUTTON. 5 pages, List 23.
DENTON, Miss Amy, of Roxbury, Mass., USA wrote in 1897 re her brother Frank Denton, who left England in 1884, was a local preacher for awhile, stonemason by trade, native of Hull Yorkshire, c35 years. ‘His mother is broken-hearted about him and is very sick’ List 4A
DENTON, Mrs. Frances, Bootle, Liverpool, U.K., wrote in 1910 re her husband Jack. She had received a letter from Albert KINNS, a shipmate, who wrote that Jack had been killed by Indians in Bolivar. She suspects that the letter was written by Jack; it is 2 years since he sent any money for her and their two children. Police investigate and confirm that Kinns did not write the letter. 10 pages, List 41.
DENTON, Louisa, wrote in 1892 re husband Herbert C. Denton who had deserted her. She wrote from Southsea? (England?) 4 pages.
DERHAM, F.W. Wrote from Darlington (U.K.?) in 1904 re his sister Mrs. Fred WILSON, who he hadn’t heard from for some time. Police find both she and her husband, Charles Frederick Wilson, have died. Four children are left Ida, Reginald, Toney and Leonard and details of them are given. 8 pages, List 20.
DERING, Harold, sought by parent W.F. Dering, Seattle, USA, in 1919. He left Iowa in 1915, was 22 yrs old. Not found. 7 pages, List 18.
DE ROUS, Louis Jules. Deputy Chief Police, Brooklyn, New York US, wrote in 1898 seeking details of him, on behalf of family. In 1893 was in Williamstown, married Susan DOYLE, and had 3 children. Wife found. 11 pages, List 24.
DERWIN, Patrick, of New York USA wrote in 1894 re his cousin Mary RHATTIGAN, from Longford Ireland, who went to Melbourne in the early 1850s with a batch of emigrants, among whom was Ann RYAN, Catherine ST. JOHN, Sarah BARTLEY, Ellen GLENNAN [?], Catherine KINNEY and Ellen FITZSIMMONS. Ellen GLENNAN [spelling of name not clear] later paid for her brother John to emigrate, and Catherine KINNEY paid for her brother Peter. Patrick has never heard from his cousin since then. 2 pages. List 4.
DEVAIN, J.M. Wrote from Maesteg, Glamorgan, Wales re her husband James, who had left there for his health ten years ago; she hadn’t heard from him for some years. Not found. 6 pages, List 22.
DEVEAN, Mrs. Bertha, nee Bertha Pearl TURNER, wrote from San Francisco California in 1905 re her father Peter Turner. She left Melbourne in 1897 and has lost touch. 7 pages, List 44.
DEVENISH, T., wrote from London England in 1892 re his brother Henry, a boot seller and repairer; found under name of DEVONSHIRE in asylum. 9 pages.
DEVERY, William St., Deputy Commissioner of Police, New York, wrote in 1901 for information on Bernard Devery, brother Thomas and sister Bridget. Relatives found. 18 pages, List 40.
DEVINE, Mrs. Margaret of South Boston, Massachusetts, USA wrote in 1892 re her brother in law Robert WEEKS, once a constable in the Victoria police. Located by police. 5 pages.
DEWAR, D., Chief Constable Dundee Scotland, writes in 1892 at request of local magistrate re Isabella MASON, 40 years, who left there in 1889 with her illegitimate daughter Ann MELDRUM, 15 years and arrived in Melbourne, but has not written home. Isabella’s mother is concerned. 6 pages.
DE ZOETE, Teunis. Consul General for the Netherlands seeks him in 1906. Found. 4 pages, List 18.
DIAMOND, Mrs. Jessie, of Michigan USA, wrote in 1911, re her brother Charlie WILLIAMS, last heard from fourteen years ago. He was in a circus under the name of FRENCH. 3 pages, List 15.
DICKENTMAN, Piet. Consul General for Netherlands in Melbourne wrote in 1914 on behalf of Dickentman who wanted to know whether his wife Lillie nee BRASHER, who has left him, is still alive and the sex of the child she was due to have. 8 pages.
DICKENTMAN, Piet, wrote from Amsterdam in 1912 asking details of his wife Lilian BRASHER, daughter of George, who married him in 1909 and left him the same year. He is a professional cyclist, and gives details. 5 pages, List 32.
DICKSON, Mrs. C.W. of Chicago Ill., USA, wrote in 1892 re her father’s brothers Charles, John, Thomas and Edward DAILEY (also spelt as DAILY), they had not heard from them or years. 3 pages.
DIDDAMS, Harry, of Overton, Hants England, wrote in 1901 re his brother William George DIDDAMS, who left Whitchurch Hants in 1887 and formerly served in the Metropolitan Police Force, London and was aged 45 years. 22 pages. List 4.
DINAN, William, of Catlettsburg, Kentucky, USA, wrote in 1905 re his uncle Lawrence Dinan. Has heard he died wealthy, will liberally reward police after he gets his share of the estate. Police interview Michael Dinan, who gives details of Patrick Dinan. 4 pages, List 18.
DIXON, R.M., wrote from Hull England in 1901, on behalf of Henry Stephen BURLEY who was looking for the Burley family, who were from Woolwich. All Burley names in the Melbourne and suburban directory were contacted, but no relation. 14 pages, List 40.
DODD, M. of Liverpool wrote in 1895, re John JAMES, last heard of in Melbourne in 1890. James has left his wife, Dodd’s sister, totally unprovided for. 4 pages.
DODKINS, Edward, born Chigwell Essex, formerly a seaman, sought by niece Alice ALLAN of La Crosse, Wisconsin USA in 1900. His widow found in Echuca. 15 pages, List 38.
DODSON, M.A. wrote from Woolwich London England in 1906 re Frederick Richard GREEN, builder and contractor of Camberwell, has heard from him. Found. 5 pages, List 29.
DOLLEY, Frank, architect and surveyor, wrote from London UK in 1901, asking police to trace his wife and child whom he believed were in Melbourne and who had left him ‘without cause’. They may be using the name LEIGHTON. Found. 8 pages, List 40. P8478
DONALD, Mrs. J.L. of Blackpool England wrote in 1915 re her brothers John Frederick and Joseph Alfred KAY, who left Manchester c32 years ago and were last heard of 18 years ago. She had been in the USA for some years. Joseph found. 8 pages, List 8.
DONNELLY, Joseph wrote in 1892 from Glasgow Scotland re his brother Peter who had been in an asylum. He left there about 37 years ago. 4 pages.
DONNELLY, Joseph of Glasgow Scotland wrote in 1898 re his brother Peter, a grocer, aged about 72 years. A letter sent to Melbourne has been returned. 5 pages.
DONOHUE, Luke, Head Constable, Newbridge, Co. Kildare, Ireland, wrote in 1913, on behalf of Mrs. O’REILLY, seeking details of her uncle John CAPLES, who died in Bendigo. Is she left anything in his Will. 4 pages, List 13.
DOOLEY, Kiernen, of Yonkers, New York USA, wrote in 1914 re his brother Patrick, who was in Melbourne 3 years ago. The writer last saw him in King’s Co. Ireland 40 years ago; they have two other brothers, Bernard and Charles, and a sister Maud. Found using name John Patrick. List 7.
DORAN, Andrew, last heard of employed at a Melbourne hotel, sought by brother Michael J. Doran in 1899; wrote from Manila 13th Infantry British Army base. Not found. 9 pages, List 37.
DOULL, Mrs. Cecily, a nurse, wrote a series of letters 1916-1918 re her husband William Mervyn Doull, an electrical engineer. They were married in England in 1916; he went to New Zealand and she was to follow, but he sent a telegram postponing her trip. He was then boarding with a Mrs. BETTS at Onehunga, and Cecily believed he was in a relationship with Lucille Betts. Mrs. Betts confirmed he went to Melbourne with Lucille and Maud RICH. Both New Zealand and Victorian police are involved in trying to track him down, which they eventually do. 23 pages, List 11.
DOWNEY, Edward of Failesworth near Manchester England, wrote in 1919 re his sister Kate DOWNEY. 7 pages.
DOWNEY, George. The Public Carriage Branch of London’s Metropolitan Police, wrote in 1919 re this man, who was living at Hounslow England, and had applied for a licence. He stated that he had been employed at Lake Bolac in 1914, before joining the army; London police seek verification, and attach a small photograph of him to the query. 3 pages, List 9.
DOWNING, Charles, of Roseau, Dominica, B.W.I., wrote in 1903 re his son Percy Claude “who claims he was drugged and put in a lunatic asylum”. His brother in law is Dr. WEST of Kilkenny, Ireland. 4 pages, incomplete file. List 19.
DRISCOLL, Mrs. Annie of Sidney Ohio USA, wrote in 1894 re her sister Julia NOLAN, whom she had not heard from for about 35 years. Julia left London for Melbourne to stay with her sister Hannah, the wife of John Peter McGRAH [McGRATH?] and had three children, Edward, Julia and Annie. 2 pages, List 4.
DRIVER, John Haworth of Guiseley near Leeds, England, wrote in 1914 re Mrs. Florence ATKINSON nee DRIVER, about 32 years, who had left there in 1908 with her husband and child for New Zealand. In 1912 she left her husband and came to Melbourne. She had not been heard of since. 4 pages.
DROSOPHORE CO. LTD., Manchester, England, wrote in 1901 that their employee Henrich WESTPHALEN, late of Ahmedabed, India, had disappeared and money was missing. He was a German, physical description given, married with one son; it was believed the family were travelling together to Australia. Not found. 9 pages, List 40.
DU BOIS, Mrs. A.L., wrote from Grand View Spencer Co. Indiana USA in 1893 re her brother Jonathan STORMS who left his native land 10-12 years ago and went to Australia. ‘We all thought him dead’, but a letter came from him 3 months ago; he is unemployed and in ill health. Gives history of family; uncle Daniel STORMS died previous year etc. 3 pages, List 3. CONNECTION FOUND
DUCHENE, Louis. Wrote from Mauritius in 1897 re his relative F. Duchene, who left there in 1874 when about 16 years old. Was employed by a man named PERTRIX a few years ago. 10 pages, some hard to read. List 20.
DUCROS, Ernest. The Consul General for France, in Sydney, wrote in 1912 re this man. He was about 50 years old, and was sought by his daughter Mme Vve. Chamoisin, in Paris. Police interview all DuCROS/DUCROW residents, but fail to find him. 17 pages. List 9.
DUFF, James, of Scotch descent, c70 years, formerly in Ontario Canada and left there c1852, possibly a former partner of Sir James MAXWELL. Information sought by Stanton CLARKE and G.A. McKINNON, both of Detroit USA, in 1896. Not found, but details of Irishman Paul Duff given. 7 pages, List 34.
DUFFY, John H., sought by brother Detective James A. Duffy, Toledo, Ohio, in 1901. He left there in 1868, not heard from for c15 years, would be 54 years old. Their father, now 87, would like details of him. Not found. 10 pages, List 41.
DUGUILD, Alex., H.M.S. Osiris, Malta, wrote in 1915 re ‘the whereabouts of a lady I had the pleasure of knowing while I was serving on the Encounter … it is nearly 6 years now since I last heard of her. Her name was Lillian M. DUNGAN of Richmond. Police reply that her brother works in the Chief Commissioner’s Office in Melbourne, and he will reply to Duguild. 4 pages, List 7.
DUHELOW, John, Inspector of Police, Newport, Monmouth England, wrote in 1901 enquiring about his uncle James, a doctor in Melbourne. No trace found. 7 page, List 40.
DUNCAN, William, accountant, wrote from Wick, Scotland in 1905 re his brother in law James LAUGHTON, last heard of 50 years ago. Not found. 9 pages, List 27.
DUNHAM, John Nelson, sought by nephew Skellington H. Dunham of St. John’s N.B. Canada in 1898. Found. Second letter from nephew gives details of St. John’s at that time. 10 pages, List 17.
DUNN, Charles. Glasgow Parish Clerk wrote in 1912 re this man, who had deserted his wife. He was born in Glasgow, was 38 years, a marine fireman, and had sailed for Australia some time before. He had sent a little money only, was much addicted to drink, and the Parish was supporting his wife. 6 pages, List 9.
DUNN, Stephen, sought by brother Alfred, Bradford, Yorkshire England, in 1903. He was a seaman who arrived in 1894. Not found. 5 pages, List 46.
DUNNE, Laura Wilhelmina nee CAULEN, sought by niece Mary Evangeline ANDERSON, Farnsworth near Boulton, England, in 1901. Found, had remarried and was now Mrs. A.J. PHILLIPS. 4 pages, List 40.
DUNNE, Martin. Sought by Mrs. M.J. BRADY of Luzerne P.A. USA in 1914. He left for Australia 35 years ago, when about 10 yers old. His aged mother and sister are enquiring. Not found. 5 pages, List 14
DUNPHY, James, wrote from Cullun, Co Kilkenny Ireland in 1904, asking police to find his sister Bridget, formerly a servant at Scott’s Hotel Melbourne. His brother John was also there. Bridget found, now Mrs. W.H. BURNARD. 4 pages, List 33.
DUNSMORE, George D., wrote from Glasgow Scotland in 1897 re his brother Archie who went to Australia about 1886. 10 pages. Wrote again in 1901, mother seriously ill. 5 pages, List 18.
DUNSTONE, Mrs. Ellen, of Freemantle Southampton, England, wrote in 1913 re her husband Thomas James Dunstone, asking if he is still living with Rose Florence PEIRCE, by whom he has a daughter, Connie, born in New South Wales. Ellen has two daughters, Lily and Kate. Police report he has gone to New South Wales. 7 pages, List 12.
DUPEN, William of New Zealand, wrote in 1901 re his uncle Richard who left London c35 years ago and was believed to be in Melbourne. Not found. 5 pages, List 15.
DURKEN, John, son of John and – (nee BEGGY), married Lizzy KELLY, at Ballarat in the 1850s, brought out his brothers Pat and Mathew, sister Margaret and brother in law – McLEON. Sought by sister Biddy CAIRENS c/- James G. WELCH, Stratford New Zealand in 1898. Not found. 6 pages, List 26.
DUTTON, Harry, of Derby England, wrote in 1919 re his late uncle William DUTTON’s Will. 4 pages, List 17.
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EAGAN, Mrs. Catherine, of New York City USA wrote in 1900 re her three sisters who went to Melbourne from Co. Tipperary, and were last heard of in 1862. Julia CONROY was at the Golden Age Hotel and her sister Mrs. Winifred WILSON was at the King’s Arms. Police check history of licensees, and also in Maryborough district, but fail to locate either of the sisters. 19 pages, List 16
EAGLESON, Alexander, of Rye Hill, Garvaghey Bally Gawley Co. Tyrone Ireland wrote in 1892 re his son William Alexander, whom he had not heard from since 1891. 3 pages.
EARL OF KILMOREY (Francis Needham) visited Australia in 1898 and discovered on return that his Order of St Patrick and St. Andrews regalia was missing, believed stolen. Scotland Yard asks police help and it is found in the Oriental Hotel by a maid. Charles W. CULPIT, manager, advises Earl’s friend. 13 pages, List 35.
EARLSCLIFFE, Herbert, wrote from St. Veep Heights, El Montecito California in 1895, seeking heirs of John MULLETT, formerly of London England, who went to Australia c1850 with his four children. Not found. 11 pages, List 31
EARP, Alfred, sought by wife Maria of Worcester, U.K. Left there the previous year, aged 49 yrs. Found. 5 pages, List 19.
EASY, Eliza, wrote from Duxford, Cambridgeshire in 1895 re her brother Richard who emigrated to Melbourne in 1843, aged 25 years. She is 80 years old;their parents were Simeon and Sarah. 2 letters. 4 pages, List 28.
ECCLES, Edward Blanchard. Alias Baron EICHOLZ and STEEL. Small photograph of him, no file. H was c50 yrs, a commission agent. List 18.
ECKERT, O.C., of Eckert & Cohen, wrote from Providence, Rhode Island USA in 1894, on behalf of Ellen O’CONNELL re four brothers John, Maurice, Daniel and Kerin O’Connell and their sister Kate, who left King’s Co. Ireland c16 years before. 2 pages, List 30.
ECKMAN, Mrs. Elizabeth, of Hokitika, Southland New Zealand, wrote in 1913 re William GUNTHER, a musician, who was in Bendigo in the early 1860s and kept a hotel there. Not found. 4 pages, List 15.
EDELINI, Carlo (Charles), son of Giovanni and Maria nee FLORIND, 34 years, arrested in village near Florence Italy in 1897. Consul asks details of background, claims born Victoria. Police report he was born in Naples, arrived in 1895 with a Frenchwoman whom he subsequently left, and went to W.A. with a young Italian girl. May have been previously convicted overseas. 6 pages, List 34.
EDEN, Mrs. Lizzie, of Sale, Manchester England, wrote in 1912 re her brother George WOODRUFF, 28 years. Not found. 5 pages, List 12.
EDGAR, Robert, c70 years died Frankston 1882, buried at government expense. Among his papers were letters from son Henry in Hull England and daughter Esther STEPHENSON, who were informed. She writes in 1891, having misplaced the Chief Commissioner’s letter, asking the result of the sale of her father’s effects. 13 pages. List 5.
EDLIN, Frederick. British Consul in Zagazig Egypt wrote in 1915 asking for details of the ‘Moral Reputation, standing and firm position. Is he married?’ Police report he arrived with his wife from England c8 years ago, has 6 children aged from 1-11 years, and has never supported his family properly, nor provided a home. Apparently he is in the armed services. 9 pages, some repetitive, List 8. CONNECTION FOUND
EDMONDS, Edward, wrote from St. Peters Port, Guernsey, Channel Islands, in 1898. Has received a letter advising of death of son Arthur John Edward, who boarded with Mr. & Mrs. E. SMITH of Footscray for many years. Asks details and return of property. 8 pages, List 26.
EDMUNDS, Rev. L. of Litle Leigh, Northwich, England, wrote in 1914 on behalf of the parents of Alfred NEILD, who hadn’t answered their letter. Found. 6 pages, List 7.
EDWARDS, J.B., butcher, wrote from Cardiff South Wales in 1898 re John MADDREN or BOTTRELL, a relative, last heard of in the employ of ‘Redan Lead Mining Co Goulong’ 40 years ago. Not found. 18 pages, List 21.
EDWARDS, Mrs. Marino nee HILL; left Ashton under Lynn U.K. 36 years ago. Nephew J. Hill NICHOLLS of Werueth, Oldham U.K. writes, believed to be in the Geelong area. Not found. List 29.
EDWARDS, Thomas and James, sought by Robert DODDS of San Francisco in 1899, on behalf of friends. Thomas left Dublin Ireland c1859 with his father who was an engineer on the railways. Found. 10 pages, List 37.
EGIDE, Jaroslan, Austrian, sought by Alois TOVA of Prossnitz Austria in 1913; found interstate. 10 pages, List 29.
ELKAN, Charles Junior, c30 years, born London, Jewish, sought by brother Alexander, London, cigar importer, in 1903. Photo on file. Cousin Joseph found. 13 pages, List 45.
ELLIOT, George W. wrote from Providence Rhode Island in 1894 re his brother in law John R. HENDERSON, who was born in Nova Scotia. His parents are anxious. 7 pages. List 4.
ELLIOTT, Alfred Meadows, solicitor, Hastings England, wrote in 1915 re Ernest Edward TRINDER who left there in 1914. He has acted for him in the past and Trinder has left a picture with him for safe keeping. Elliott has joined the army and wants to know what to do with it. Found. 5 pages, List 8.
ELLIS, Henry W., of New Malden, Surrey England, wrote in 1916 re his aunt Mrs. BOTTING; husband once worked for Buckley & Nunn in Melbourne. Her brother has died. Found. 9 pages, List 6.
ELLIS, John Robert of Hammersmith, London England, wrote in 1897 re a letter sent from Australia regarding the family of John ELLIS of Ipswich. He is the eldest son. Police find person searching, John GILLHAM, whose mother was Charlotte nee ELLIS. 7 Pages
ELLIS, Roberta, wrote from Brierfield Vicarage near Burnley, Lancashire, UK in 1894, an only child of 20 years, her father Robert was born at St. Asaph Wales, and married her mother in England. The pair went to Australia where he had a bank job, but her mother left him and took Roberta back to England. Mother is dead, she now seek details of her father. [Vic. birth index has mother as Elizabeth Jane Haworth] 6 pages, List 28.
ELLIS, Mrs. Sarah of Scholes near Leeds England, wrote in 1919 re her husband Frederick John Ellis, a chemist, who absconded some years ago and has sent nothing for the support of her and their three sons for four years. Encloses photo. Police find him living with Bertha Annie [surname not given]. He claims he left because of Sarah’s intemperance. 9 pages, List 17. See introduction re cost of copying photographs.
ELSTONE, Mrs. Susannah, wrote from Southampton England in 1897 re her husband Arthur William, an engineer, who had been employed in Melbourne, and from whom she had not heard for past ten months. 6 pages, List 4.
ELWIG, Jack, sought by sister L. MASON, Tunbridge Wells, UK, in 1901. Another brother, James, was in Qld. Not found. 13 pages, List 41.
ENGEL, Nicholas, wrote from West Ham, London UK in 1896 re his brother Philip, c37 years, a baker, German, who left London in 1876 for Sydney, and last last heard of in Melbourne in 1877. Not found. 8 pages, List 32.
ENRIGHT, Michael, believed to be in New Zealand, sought by mother Mary in 1865. She was living in Kyneton Victoria. 8 pages, List 6.
ENTERKIN/ENTKIN, Robert. Sought by sister Mrs Margaret Loudon MUIR/MURE of Carmyle Glasgow Scotland, in 1894. He left there in 1853, she has heard he was killed in 1893. Three letters, with surnames spelt differently. 10 pages, List 22. CONNECTION FOUND
EPOSITO, Domenico. Information sought by Italian Consul in Melbourne in 1882. A native of Monte di Procide, Italy, he was in in various States and New Zealand. Living with a woman named CUMMINS alias KING while in New Zealand; a fisherman. Found. 21 pages, List 42.
ERASMUS, P., c/- Registrar Supreme Court, Pretoria Transvaal wrote in 1916 re Robert Joseph MADDEN who left South Africa c1897, supposedly for Australia. He had been a publication then had a shop in Natal, then a prospector in Swaziland. The matter was of ‘great importance’. 2 pages, List 6.
ERIKSSON, Axel Fredrick. Consul for Sweden and Norway in Melbourne writes in 1903 re Eriksson, known in Melbourne as Axel JACKSON. He was formerly a sailor, is now dead, and left a widow and three children. They are entitled to a small inheritance. 4 pages.
ESSER, Carl Adolph Alphonse. Information sought by the German Consul in Melbourne in 1902, on behalf of his sisters in Germany. Found. 7 pages, List 42.
ETTINGER, Mrs. Florence, nee Jackson, wrote from Cleveland Ohio USA in 1896 re her uncle William JACKSON, who was born London England, son of George a cheese monger of Knightsbridge and Newgate Market, who died c1852. William had left England c1848 and would now be about 70 years. Not found. 7 pages, List 34.
EVANS, Abraham, of Brigham City Utah, USA, wrote in 1914 re Jane EVANS, an old lady who lived in Ballarat. His last letters to her were returned. 2 pages, List 15.
EVANS, Eliza Ann of Pimlico, London, writes in 1904 re her husband Harry EVANS, who she hasn’t heard from in eleven years. He won a billiard championship about 1884 or 1886. 3 pages, List 15.
EVANS, Mrs. S., wrote in 1914 from Durban South Africa re her son Victor JACKSON, who she left with Miss [Selena] SUTHERLAND 16 years ago, and would now be about 23 yrs. He may be know as WATSON. Victor found, but the letter advising her is returned ‘insufficient address’. 6 pages, List 8.
EVANS, Thomas. Left wife Emily and two children in Victoria and returned to Durban South Africa in 1916, after she had caught him in bed with Sylvia WARNER of Nhill. Series of letters from wife. He had arrived in Victoria ‘after cohabiting with a native woman in Durban’ and bought his daughter from this relationship to Victoria, registering her as May Evans. She was now in a Home near Ballarat. Thomas was c38 years, and a commission agent. His brother C. Evans was a constable in the Vic. Police force. 26 pages. List 6.
EVANS, William of Pendeford, Roby, Liverpool England, wrote in 1911 re his brother Thomas, to whom he has been sending money for many years. Thomas is now 86 years old. William wanted to know if he was still living, because the last letters of acknowledgment receiving the money have been written by another. 2 Pages.
EVANS, William E. of Newcastle, Garfield Co. State Colo. USA, wrote in 1894 re Mary MORGANS of Cefen Hechan parish of Lanwyno Co. Glamorgan, South Wales. 2 pages, List 4A
EVANS, William alias RANKIN. South African C.I.D. wrote in 1907, he is under arrest there, ask if anything known of him in Australia. 34 years, English, tattooed, photo and fingerprints on file; not known. 8 pages, List 23.
EWING, George. Chief Constable of Banff, Scotland, wrote in 1920 re this man, who had left his wife 12 years ago. Found. 3 pages, List 18.
EZRA, F.S.D., of Calcutta India, sends printed form in 1892, seeking his son Joseph Hyeem EZRA, who went missing from Chandernagore Station in 1890, believed insane. Five hundred rupees reward offered. Not found by police. 3 pages, List 3.
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