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ABANDONED newly born female child left at Sebastian Railway Station (near Raywood) in 1896. Mrs. Henrietta MEYERS paid to take care of it until taken before the Bench and committed to government care. Alexander ALLISON, head teacher, and his wife, apply to adopt the baby, which is agreed to, and it is given the name Jessie ALLISON. 11 pages, List 37.
ABBOTT, Charles, deserted wife Lavinia Alice and 3 children at Fitzroy and went interstate in 1882. She is about to be confined. He was 45 years, a scene painter and decorator. Found. 8 pages, List 57.
ABBOTT, John William, furniture dealer, sought by wife N. in 1904. Found. 4 pages, List 34.
ABBOTT, William, deserted wife and 7 children at Mt. Pleasant South Australia, leaving them destitute. In 1902 Broster HILL of Blumberg S.A. asks police to help locate him; found. 5 pages, List 62.
A’BECKETT, Thomas, (Judge), complains that his fruit and vegetables are being stolen from his garden in Armadale. 4 pages, List 21.
ABEL, Talbot, wrote from Wakool Crossing NSW in 1912 re his brother Frank Beard Moore Abel, 27 years; has heard he was killed. No trace of event. 5 pages, List 32.
ACKROYD, Alfred W., Carrington, Newcastle NSW, wrote in 1911 re his brother William. 5 pages, List 98.
ADAM, Leslie, Cloncurry Qld, wrote in 1911 seeking brother Bertie and sister Mrs E.J. STRIKE and mother Mrs R. ADAM Found 5 pages, List 100.
ADAMS, Edward, sought by sister Ella LONG, Hobart in 1907. Believed with stepfather Joseph in Richmond. 11 pages, List 83.
ADAMS, H.E., acting head teacher, Waterloo State School, complained in 1907 of the conduct of local constable FERSENTHAL. 7 pages, List 84.
ADAMS, Martha, wife of John, died at Bullarook as result of abortion in 1898. Copy of inquest file and police report. Witnesses: Martha LITTLEHALES, Mary DINNING, Dr. John Kildahl RICHARDS, Dr. William MORRISON, Dr. Henry Robert SALMON, Dr. Edward CHAMPION. Body exhumed. 61 pages, List 17.
ADAMSON, Rev Thomas, Superintendent Mintaro Girls Reformatory, wrote in 1908 re absconders Amy Elizabeth WARD and Ivy Elizabeth ANDERSON. 12 pages, List 86.
ADAMSON, William, Elmore, deserted his family in 1904, claiming his wife had been unfaithful with – PALMER. 11 pages, List 68.
ADCOCK, Percy R., Carlton, wrote to the Governor General in 1909, enclosing a copy of a long poem. Forwarded to police, who visit and comment ‘is a highly educated person … suffering from delusions.’ 14 pages, List 70.
ADDISON, Thomas Blair Dupre. Information sought on him in 1897 by Thomas LAMBLE of Glenferrie, on behalf of his wife, who is Lamble’s sister in law. Gives some employment history. Not found. 15 pages, List 40.
ADLINGTON, A., Auburn NSW, wrote in 1907 asking police to find whether her daughter Rosy Emma May, 20 years, had married in Victoria. 7 pages, List 83.
AFGHAN HAWKERS. 1890 listing of. List 1.
AGER, Frederick Stride, found dead in a hut at Colbinabbin Station in 1903. Report on, letter from R. Stride Ager, Bedford England on file. 7 pages, List 116.
AHERN, John Harold, deserted illegitimate child Reginald MANN, son of Daisy Victoria Mann, at Echuca in 1908; arrested. Local police reproved over mishandling of warrant. 34 pages, List 86.
AH MOY, James, Nintingbool, in 1913 asks police to visit him. Report on him. 4 pages, List 93.
AH SAM, reported by WONG SHIN of North Melbourne to have died suddenly in Melbourne in 1900. AH TUNG, a relative states he will pay all burial costs. 3 pages, List 48.
AH WAH, Annie, 6 years. Committed in 1883 by Ballarat Bench to Industrial School at Geelong and sent there, but the only school was for Catholics, so returned, then subsequently sent to Royal Park. File re difficulties in handling case, and payment to Mrs WALSH to look after her. List 1.
AH YOW, market gardener, murdered at Fryerstown in 1903. Large file, List 67.
AH YUK, Mary. File re cost of burying her, father Ah Yuk who was destitute, 1880. 3 pages, List 2.
A.I.F. Army asks police assistance in 1917 to prevent Melbourne prostitutes infecting members with venereal disease. Letter from Pattie DEAKIN, concerned about the women’s activities in St. Kilda. Detailed report provided. 36 pages, List 74.
AIRD, W.J. consulting optician Melbourne, offers discounted optical service to police in 1908; references on file. 3 pages, List 85.
AITCHISON, Hugh F.C. sought by Mrs. W.A. MINCHAM of Meningie in 1905; his family in New Zealand are anxious. 11 pages, List 23.
AITKEN, A. wrote of behalf of Thomas DUNN of Gia River, Walcha, NSW in 1906 re report of a boy being found by police in Melbourne; asks if it is his son who went missing four years ago; child is Walter, son of Thomas WARD. 5 pages, List 71.
AITKEN, Thomas, farmer, Rockbank, reports theft of 36 hens and a rooster in 1919. His neighbour – KELLY, caught offender. Covered wagon made by COFFEY BROS, who eventually take it and horse as L. RUSSELL, who hired it cannot be found. Previous owner was C. GOOD. 21 pages, List 27.
AITKENS, William Chambers, butcher, sought by wife in Morwell in 1899. He left her and their 8 children 10 months ago; she has heard he is in Tasmania; found. 17 pages, List 42.
AKHURST & CO. Melbourne, report a woman is getting coal delivered by them, but not paying for it. She has done this several times, using the names of Mary Ann CONLON/CONNOLLY/KNOLLY/HOWARD. Police find it is Caroline WILKINSON, who married William John CONLON, a letter carrier, in 1908. 9 pages, List 4.
ALBACUTYA STATION. Skeleton found at nearby Blooigal in 1896 by boundary rider John McMARTIN. Dingoes had scattered the bones; those found gathered up and an inquest held. Witnesses George EVERARD and Herman HEINRICH. 6 pages, List 29.
ALBERTO, James. Real name James CLYDE. File re finding his relatives after his death in 1898. His mother was Mrs. Lydia WALKER, and his brothers were Andrew and David. Incomplete file. 14 pages, List 7.
ALBERT PARK LAKE. Pieces of male body found, 1906; pathology report and sample of pubic hair on file. List 1. File re disposal of the body parts. 10 pages, List 71.
ALBONE, Emily nee AUSTIN, sought by daughter Mrs E.E. TAYLOR, Westmead NSW in 1914. She left Sydney c28 years ago, believed to have lived with Charles BLUNDELL, but he refuted the claim. 10 pages, List 113.
ALCOCK, T.H. Wrote from Isis Downs Qld in 1907, asking police to help get his 20 year old son on board ship in Melbourne and sent to him there. His wife and family live in Carlton. Police find son is of weak intellect and unfit to travel alone. 6 pages, List 23.
ALCOHOLIC CURE. 1903 Booklet written by Vincent N. TURVEY of London. List 1.
ALEXANDER, Edward, deserted wife Phoebe in 1888. Irish, carpenter, 36 years, formerly in New Zealand police force 1879-1884. Incomplete file, 14 pages, List 56.
ALEXANDER, Ellen, Redfern, wrote in 1917 re her son William James FISK, a cripple. 7 pages, List 73.
ALEXANDER, Ernest, caterer, accused of arson on Police Mess Café, Russell St., in 1928, but died before trial. He was associated with Ann WELSH and tried to implicate her; letters from her on file, statement from Cordelia May KING, barmaid, Hobart, and detailed report. This is a large file, List 61.
ALEXANDRA. Report on fire in shop of John COOPER in 1903. Neighbour Sidney H. BOWERS asks for investigation as there have been problems between them and he does not wish to be blamed. 7 pages, List 116.
ALLAM, Sultan, Indian Hawker, murdered at Miners’ Rest in 1903. A large file, which includes details of the assistance provided by William GIST of Haddon and photo of Arthur or Atta MAHOMMED, who was suspected. List 66.
ALLAN, Anne Parker, ‘Whitehall’ Sorrento, charged with disobeying a traffic policeman’s signal in 1916; writes an explanation of event, and case dropped. 7 pages, List 78.
ALLAN, John, of Enfield House, Launceston, Tasmania, wrote in 1902 re the character of Edward HAMILTON, who was boarding with him and accused of stealing money. He thinks he is innocent. Police report he is from Bendigo and is respectable. 3 pages, List 21.
ALLANSON, Charles Albert, carpenter, sought by mother in Collingwood in 1898; last heard from in Omeo 5 years ago. Not found. 5 pages, List 21.
ALLDER, Edgar Claude Bassell. Sought by NSW solicitor in 1899, last heard of near Birchip. Found. 8 pages, List 3.
ALLEN, George, Aborigine, sought by E. MORGAN of Cummergunja NSW in 1909; he borrowed a horse and sulky and hasn’t returned them. 6 pages, List 89.
ALLEN, John Thomas, Tableland, Roeburne, WA, wrote in 1913 re his sister Mrs W. HARLOW, nee Nellie Allen, native of Liverpool England, who he believed was in Bendigo; hasn’t seen her since left England in 1882. Not found. 6 pages, List 107.
ALLEN, Mary, Aborigine, died at lake Moodemere near Rutherglen in 1906. Married to Wyman McLEAN but living with Alfred KENNEDY. Her father was George Allen, Urana NSW. List 71.
ALLEN, Richard Henry, deserted wife Mary and 4 children at Bendigo in 1908. 14 pages, List 87.
ALLEN, Mrs. Susan, 72 years, found dead in bed at Geelong South by neighbor Patrick DARCY in 1901; not suspicious, no inquest. 4 pages, List 52.
ALLEN, Thomas William, deserted wife in Glebe Sydney in 1913; iron moulder, 54 years. Detailed description given, including his eating habits. 8 pages, List 108.
ALLEN, Thomas William, iron moulder, again sought by wife Ellen for maintenance in 1914. 17 pages, List 112.
ALLEN, W.H.J., Bundaberg, Qld, wrote in 1915 re Mrs E. HALL, who has care of his 8 year old son Henry james. She has moved from her Melbourne address. Found. 6 pages, List 115.
ALLENDER, Thomas, widower, with two children, moved from Watchem to Miatiamo c1905 and advertised for a housekeeper. In 1908 police establish that there has been a high turnover of women because of his sexual advances. Testimony from Lucy PRESTON, 23 years, and details of the treatment of Levinna HEWITT are given. No prosecution. 12 pages, List 85.
ALLIS, Mrs. Dr. John SINGLETON wrote on her behalf in 1882, asking police to check whether a report on her husband’s death is correct. Pointed reply questions her claim and states she still hasn’t paid the charges incurred in finding him two years previously. 5 pages, List 57.
ALLIS, Phillip. Wife asks police for assistance in finding him in 1865, he deserted her; was a former member of the police force. 3 pages, List 4.
ALLMAN, George Henry. Wife Lydia Jane writes in 1918; they were married in England 31 years ago, he has never supported her and she now seeks this; she is now living in Tasmania. He is found in NSW, married to a Miss MEALEY, aged 61 yrs and deaf, and supported by his wife. 5 pages. List 1. CONNECTION FOUND.
ALLUM, George, left his two children at Chewton with his parents c1881 and went interstate. In 1883 they joined him, leaving the children behind and they were committed to State care. File re possibility of charging him with offence. 5 pages, List 46.
ALLWOOD, Frances Irene, Kensington, gave birth to illegitimate child in 1931 when 15 years old; claimed Jack ROGERS was the father; no prosecution. List 96.
ALLWOOD, Frank, born New York. Married Maggie CREGAN at Ascot Vale 1915, copy of marriage certificate on file, but was wanted for child desertion in Sydney. He had lived with New Zealander Louisa PETERSEN and had 2 children to her, Ethel Frances and Thomas Victor, but they were never married, and she is destitute. 10 pages, List 116.
ALP, William, bought his children from Nhill to Melbourne in 1909, but left them behind when returning to dying wife. 2 pages, List 53.
AMBROSE, Fanny. Wrote from Geelong in 1898 re W. PHILLIPS, who was boarding with her and claimed to have money in Ballarat banks. He was 70-80yrs of age, and hadn’t paid her. ‘I have had to nurse him as a child … and I wont my money if he as any’. Police report back, but she has moved to Corowa NSW, so file follows her there. 13 pages, List 7.
ANARCHISTS’ CLUB. 1886 Report on, and copy of pamphlet. List 1.
ANDERSEN, Mrs. August, sought by mother Mrs. Louie CAMERON of Petersham, Sydney in 1905. Found. 5 pages, List 69.
ANDERSEN, Peter, escaped from Kew Asylum in 1913; Danish, carpenter. C. BURCHELL, a Yarra Bank agitator was raising funds for his defence. 15 pages, List 105. Another file includes a flyer for a public meeting re the horrors of Kew Asylum; background of Charles BURCHALL who has started Lunacy Reform League, and a letter signed Gertrude Madden. 35 pages, List 105.
ANDERSON, Mrs Barbara, deserted at Flemington by husband Arthur George in 1912. He was ordered to pay maintenance but hasn’t done so; asks if she can claim the surety put up by his brother Victor, Healesville. Victor’s wife is nee COWEN. 14 pages, List 108.
ANDERSON, Caroline, wife of Andrew, Footscray, and mother of Harold 15 years and Agnes 25 years, took poison in 1912, and was found by son. Admitted to hospital and Brief prepared for charge of attempting suicide, but prosecution dropped. 12 pages, List 34.
ANDERSON, Christian Peter, enquired for by wife Ann, Boulder, W.A., in 1910. She has heard of a death recently, and asks if it is him. Found living in the country, an old age pensioner. 12 pages, List 54.
ANDERSON, Elizabeth, Balaclava, wrote in 1899 asking police to find her brother William, c52 years, last heard of in Vancouver. Her letters to him have been returned and are on file. Mrs. F.M. AMESS of Frankston also writes on her behalf. Canadian police contacted, but he is not found. 13 pages, List 61.
ANDERSON, Eva, Richmond, 32 years, attempted suicide at her sister Catherine MILLER’s house in 1911; letter explains reason; other siblings were Alice, Jessie, Hannah and Tom. No prosecution. 16 pages, List 98.
ANDERSON, Frank, Deniliquin NSW, wrote in 1914 seeking details of his parentage etc., as he is to be married soon. He and his siblings William, Richard, Ernie and Rebecca were taken into State care. His real name is August Joseph, but he uses Frank, and he was born in Williamstown. Details of family background provided. 9 pages, List 112.
ANDERSON, George, 59 Laity St., Richmond. Anonymous complaint in 1902 that his 6 children are neglected; report on. 4 pages, List 18.
ANDERSON, George Robert, sought by mother Catherine, St Kilda, in 1913; she had not heard from him for 18 months, he was then in South Africa, a mining prospector. 2 pages, List 108.
ANDERSON, James, wrote from Corryong in 1895, complaining that alcohol prohibition order on his brother William of Towong was breached by local publican Alfred MASTERS. Witnesses were William DUGGAN, James NUGENT and William HOLZIGAL or TAYLOR. Case never went to court. 8 pages, List 28.
ANDERSON, Janet, died suddenly at Richmond in 1900; lived with brother. 4 pages, List 51.
ANDERSON, Mrs Janet, Heidelberg, wrote in 1913; her husband William Baines Anderson has stopped paying maintenance; has a sister Lottie in Brighton. Not found. 8 pages, List 108.
ANDERSON, John Adam, murdered at Wharparilla in 1913; David Clarence FREEMAN charged. Detailed report on file, including newspaper report of 2 pages. 21 pages, List 109.
ANDERSON, Joseph, Captain Rochford District Rifle Club, Romsey, wrote in 1914 re arrangements for police members to want to enlist. 4 pages, List 114.
ANDERSON, Marie, Hughenden, Qld, wrote in 1906 re her husband William Jonathan Anderson, c45 years, alias Billy JACKSON, who went droving a year ago, leaving her and their 4 children. ‘I was the only one ever he could Bully’. 7 pages, List 82.
ANDERSON, P.F., owner of 4 Colvin Grove Hawthorn, complains that tenants at No. 2 are annoying his tenants and neighbours; petition from neighbours in support of his claim. HO NAN and wife are tenants. 5 pages, List 23.
ANDERSON, Plant. Writes from Melbourne in 1897 re brother George Arthur Anderson, who sailed for South Africa after being in the military force. He hasn’t heard for some months, and asks if report of a murder in Kent England is his brother; no. 8 pages, List 20.
ANDERSON, Thomas Gabriel, sought by wife Mary, North Shore, Sydney. He left in 1907 and hasn’t been heard from since. He was the son of John, solicitor, Port Glasgow Scotland, a law clerk, c45 years, had been in South Africa. Not found. 7 pages, List 88.
ANDERSON, William, charged with carnal knowledge on Myrtle Alice MANN at Burnley in 1928; arrested but case withdrawn as the pair married. 26 pages, List 60.
ANDRADE, Alfred, Carlton, injured by jumping from a building and subsequently died. 4 pages, List 88.
ANDRADE, David. Escaped from Yarra Bend, 1900; a printer, brother William a bookseller, sister Mrs MOORE in North Melbourne. File re locating him. List 1.
ANDREW, Elizabeth, wrote from Darlinghurst NSW in 1920 regarding her relatives MITCHELL of Richmond. Nieces traced. 6 pages, List 24.
ANDREWARTHA, Alice. Arrested by police 1915; drunkard, neglected children, baby is not her husband’s child. Daughter Sylvia is a State Ward. Husband John in army. List 1.
ANDREWS, Albert, chemist, Beaufort, charged with appropriating funds as administrator of deceased son of William James VALE, miner, Waterloo, 1896. Andrews had 8 children, a brother Richard in Beaufort and a brother Frank in Sydney, where he was thought to have gone. Faded photo on file (see instructions re copying of photos.) 36 pages, List. 36.
ANDREWS, George Douglas. Deserted wife M. and their 5 children in Adelaide c1906. She writes in 1910 and solicitors write in 1912, seeking him. His real name is George RICHARDS. Her brother Joseph GOODWIN of Ballarat interviewed, states the couple lived in Ballarat and a child is buried there. He is not found. 10 pages, List 32.
ANGEL, John, architect, asks for police protection for his visit to Haunted Street, Stirling to peg out an abandoned claim in 1897. Believes former owner of Brunswick and Gippsland G.M. Co., Thomas NAGLE will harm him, has threatened him. 5 pages, List 41.
ANGEL, John, architect, renting a room at Richmond in 1899, complains about various matters to police; several letters on file. Landlord – CHATWIN interviewed. 20 pages, List 42.
ANGILLY, Mrs. Emily, admitted to asylum in 1899, leaving 4 children, Ethel, William, Stanley and Lily. Husband William Henry is in W.A. and contacted re care of children. 6 pages, List 42.
ANGLIN, John. Murdered wife in 1888; file on his background. List 1.
ANGOVE, Elizabeth, sought by South Australian State Children’s Department in 1897; she owes some years maintenance for her child there. Police find she married – FERGUSON in 1896 and is in very poor circumstances. She denies existence of child. 9 pages, List 39.
ANGOVE, Serena Lila. Mother Mary reports her missing from Bendigo in 1920. Domestic servant, 16 years, left employee, went to Melbourne and used a different name. Not found. 14 pages, List 24.
ANGRAVE, George. Sought by wife Annie, whom he had left destitute in Adelaide in 1899. Found. 4 pages, List 3.
ANNESLEY, Andrew, tried in 1905 with attempting to murder his wife Phoebe Helen; found guilty he was held in prison until 1910 when released to the care of the Salvation Army. In 1911 he returned to Eldorado and his concerned wife wrote to the police department. This is a very large file which covers from 1904 to 1913 and includes letters from various family members and from Dr W. CARTER-WATSON, a Sydney nerve specialist. List 106.
ANNIS, Robert. Left his family in Sydney and ran off with Mary HOFFMAN in 1902. Found in Melbourne running a hotel, with Mary posing as his wife.
Anonymous letter received by police in 1901, reporting that W.WEIR, wanted for wife maintenance, was in Adelaide, under the name John JAMIESON. His people live in Carlton. 4 pages, List 49.
ANSELL, Mabel Ronica. Investigation into possible abortion on, at Collingwood in 1919. 5 pages. List 1.
ANSON, Michael, Emu Creek, Bendigo, asks police in 1895 to find out if the J. Anson who died in Bourke N.S.W. is his son – no. File includes report on the death. 17 pages, List 28.
ANSTEE, David Richard, Constable, applies for leave of absence in 1916, has enlisted. 4 pages, List 77.
ANTI CONSCRIPTION MEETINGS. Report on actions of Mrs. BAINES of Socialist Party and East Melbourne resident W.P. McMAHON, 1917. 8 pages, List 3.
ANTISELL, Eliza, wife of Richard of Vine Hotel Richmond, taken by police to Watch House at husband’s request. File re court case, 1870. 18 pages, List 30.
ANTONIO, John Andrew/Peter, deserted wife Maud nee HARRIS and 4 children at Soldiers Hill Ballarat in 1908; of Spanish descent, c30 years, miner. In 1910 police are asked to find him, believed in Broken Hill. Not found. 21 pages, List 96.
ANWYL, Elizabeth, wife of John, Ballarat, wrote a series of letters in 1910 about various people; Mary CONNOR, Edwin HUTCHINGS and wife, nee CLEVE, of Kentish Town London. Statement from Violet May CLEVE on file. Report states she is delusional. 23 pages, List 54.
APPLETON, Mrs. Wickham, Newcastle, NSW, wrote in 1916 re her husband Harry, who left her 11 years ago. Believed to be in Melbourne and a publican. Found to have died. 6 pages, List 55.
APPLINGTON, Alfred. Reported missing from Mitchelldale near Dargo in 1898, believed drowned. Mother believed to be at Ninnitybelle near Cooma, c/- Hugh McDONALD. Police there interview Hugh who says Alfred is his son, real name Alexander McDonald. [Note that the death certificate was never amended, and is in the name of Applington.] 8 pages, List 21.
ARAN, John, died at Springvale in 1896 aged 81 years. Police called on to arrange burial and report finding his original British Army discharge papers; had been in the Rifle Brigade, discharged 1853, born Denton, Darlington, Co Durham. Local rumour says he had property, but this prove false. 23 pages, List 30.
ARARAT. Fire at Crown Hotel, in 1895, licensee Mrs. Ellen MULLINS, owner Mrs. Sarah Jane THOMAS . 6 pages, List 26.
ARCHER, Alfred. Murdered William James MATTHEWS at Strathmerton in 1898; found guilty and hanged. He had lived with Julia GROVES for some time. Her brother Philip John CANTLON mentioned. Dispute over reward etc. Very large file. List 1.
ARCHER, Elizabeth May, daughter of James Henry of Korumburra, gave birth to Osborne Richard Archer in 1915; aunt Mrs Emma RAYNER, Footscray. Report re possible prosecution of child’s father as she may have been under age. 31 pages, List 115.
ARENTS, Louis. Belgian Consul in Melbourne seeks his whereabouts on behalf of relatives. Found. 8 pages, List 23.
ARGUS, Mrs. Annie, died at Seymour shortly after childbirth in 1901. She was married to Samuel and had 11 children by him, but had left him and was in a relationship with William CHURCH when she died. Detailed report and history given. 11 pages, List 52.
ARGUS, J.T., deserted wife E. and two children at Pine Lodge near Shepparton in 1903. Found in Western Australia; no photo. 8 pages, List 46.
ARMFIELD, E. Constable. Charged with misconduct towards Hannah McALEESE and Agnes MATTEI in 1900; reduced in rank and transferred. Large file, List 2.
ARMFIELD, Nellie, Perth WA, wrote in 1911, has heard that A.B. CROWLEY is in Melbourne; she has a maintenance order against him. Not found. 13 pages, List 99.
ARMOUR, Peter, master mariner, born Paisley Scotland 1864; had to be taken off ship as found to be in a ‘fragile mental state’ in 1917 and taken to institution. Wife Johanna, Redfern, wrote two letters about the situation. 16 pages, List 74.
ARMSTRONG, Thomas William, warder, Claremont Lunatic Asylum, W.A., wrote in 1915 re his wife Alice nee ROBINSON and daughter Agnes, who have left him and were believed to be in Melbourne. 6 pages, List 82.
ARMY MUTINY, 1st World War. Report of 1918 mutiny in 3rd Division Ammunition Column at Weincourt France and later at General BIRDWOOD’s headquarters, involving Gunner Arthur WOODS, (solicitor, Victoria) Drivers FIADOUX (from Adelaide), EVANS, (blacksmith, South Australia), FRUEDENSTEIN (farmer, NSW) and H. ELLIOT (tram conductor, Sydney, leader in 1915 tram strike). Police asked to identify Woods, who is believed to have returned to Victoria, and report on his ‘Bolshevik’ tendencies. 5 pages, List 3.
ARNOLD, Arthur, Sandstone, W.A., wrote in 1909 seeking details of his father John, last heard of in Box Hill with second wife and step daughter Louisa WEAVER. The latter is traced. 5 pages, List 91.
ARNOLD, Mrs. George. Confidential enquiries requested as to her character, by A. HUTCHISON in 1899, she had recently removed from Hawthorn to Kew. Report supplied. 6 pages, List 41.
ARNOLD, George Henry or Harry, German, 45 years, deserted wife Mary Jane and 5 children at Chiltern in 1910; she is destitute. 21 pages, List 98.
ARNOLD, Sarah. Quarrelled with husband William and took poison, 1915. She was living at 121 Queensberry St North Melbourne, and took in boarders, two of whom, Mrs REID and Nurse STEWART called for help and saved her life. She subsequently took the pledge. List 1.
ARRELL, Lillie E., Brisbane, Qld, wrote in 1917 re her eldest son Henry J., who returned from South Africa c1907 and went to Victoria. 11 pages, List 72.
ARTER, Rose. Information sought by mother Mrs. John Arter, Glen Creek via Yackandandah in 1916. She had been nursing at Lewisham Hospital in NSW but had left and not written to the family. Found; had given birth to an illegitimate child. 13 pages, List 78.
ARTHUR, child born 1898 at Thorpdale, died soon after and buried by father. Not registered, report on, 15 pages, List 19.
ASH, Christina, under 16 years. Mother Sarah Jane, Junee, reports she has gone away with -DEERING c40 years and Fred RUBIC, 23 years, in 1914. Rubic’s mother in Hawthorn interviewed and he returns and advises where she is. 18 pages, List 1914.
ASHBY, Joseph, deserted wife Mildred, Springhill, Brisbane, in 1915; butcher, 38 yrs. Found. 13 pages, List 114.
ASHBY, William Charles, wrote from Coolgardie W.A. in 1900, asking help to locate his father William, last heard of at Fish Creek. Found. 13 pages, List 47.
ASHBY, William C., Ravensthorpe, Phillips River, W.A., wrote in 1902 re his father in law and family who haven’t replied to his letters; were at South Melbourne. Found. 7 pages, List 62.
ASHBY, William C. Wrote from Ravensthorpe W. A. in 1904, seeking W.G. LUCAS and his his daughter Norah Lavinia LUCAS. Her married her sister but she died shortly after marriage. He wanted Norah, who was 17 years old, to go there and marry him, although they had never met. 11 pages, List 14.
ASHCROFT, William. Reports in 1902 that his 12 years old son John has been missing for 12 days. 5 pages, List 18.
ASHFOLD, Archie. Information sought by Alfred John Ashford, his father, in 1908. He was at Messrs BURT BROS, Brick House Station, Carnarvon A, not heard from for some months. Detailed report. 8 pages, List 85.
ASHMAN, Herbert, newsagent, Collingwood, wrote in 1902 on behalf of Mr. BIRCH, who is blind, asking if he cn play his organ ner the corner of Flinders and Swanston Streets Melbourne; shopkeepers have complained. 1 page, List 63.
ASHTON MAGAZINE RIFLE LTD. Complaint in 1899 that police Sergt A.E. DUNGEY is a director and this is against regulations. Copy of Annual Report etc., on file. Other directors were Charles PERRIN of Abbotsford, engineer, and F. FISHER, Booroorban, NSW, a storekeeper. 8 pages, List 41.
ASHTON, H. McBlann, Sydney, wrote in 1909 advising he has been supporting his wife and family in Melbourne for 5 years, has asked him to join him there. 2 pages, List 91.
ASKWITH, Mrs. J. Wrote a number of letters in 1900 re loss of property when she moved from Melbourne to Stockman, Big River Marysville in 1900. Local man James J. DUCKWORTH also wrote; she was 80 years old. Ernest KELSON, c40 years suspected, and his background given. 24 pages, List 14.
ASTLEY, Mary Ann, Camperdown NSW, wrote in 1911 has read of a robbery on her son Charles, is concerned. Daughter in law is interviewed. 6 pages, List 66.
ATKINS, Alfred Enoch, accidentally by machinery of International Harvester Co., at Showgrounds in 1909. File re locating family in South Australia, possessions etc. 15 pages, List 90.
ATKINS, Mrs. E., Cobar NSW, wrote in 1916 seeking daughter Mrs. Emily BARTLEY, wife of Theodore; found, living apart from husband. 10 pages, List 79.
ATKINSON, Arthur, 19 years, went to New Zealand for work. In 1904 mother asked police to find him as she hadn’t heard from him. Found. 4 pages, List 68.
ATKINSON, Harry, private enquiry sought by brother George, Carnarvon, W. Aust. in 1902. He was 31 years, a butcher, single, has been corresponding with Rose PLOWMAN of Bowral NSW, may be using the name NEWMAN. Not found. 5 pages, List 63.
ATKINSON, James. Deserted wife Lily in Port Melbourne, 1898; believed to be in Perth WA. 10 pages, List 1.
ATKINSON, Nathaniel Spencer, carpenter, deserted wife Elizabeth and four children in Burnley pre 1902. Found. 4 pages, List 61.
ATLEY, Christina, attempted suicide at Kensington in 1910; family are farmers at Craigieburn. No prosecution. 6 pages, List 93.
AUERBACH, G., Bathurst NSW, wrote in 1911, seeking brother in law William DEVEREUX, vaudeville artist. Found. 7 pages, List 96.
AUGUSTINE, Laurence, Balmoral, wrote in 1915 asking police to find his father Vincent, at Woods Point in 1892,and his sister Honorah. He and his siblings were made Wards of the State in 1877. Father had died. 4 pages, List 80.
AUSTIN, Mrs. Jean, wife of Thomas Linton Austin, head teacher, North Fitzroy, placed in Inebriates Home in 1908 by her sister Mrs. ELLIOTT. Anonymous letter alleges being held against her will, but investigation shows this is incorrect. 3 pages, List 54.
AUSTIN/AUSTEN, Mary Ann. Anonymous letter from Footscray in 1913 claims that she is about to be married to George JACKSON and ‘is a perfect imbecile’, he is only marrying her for property she inherited and any children will have to be put in an asylum. Her siblings and the Salvation Army are interviewed. 5 pages, List 109.
AUSTIN, Moffit, Newtown Sydney, wrote in 1910 asking for the address of his son Arthur, 13 years, who was with Pollard’s Lilliputian Opera Co., and believed in Melbourne. His wife interviewed, her son is with her; stated that she had left Moffit some years ago and that her life would be in danger if her address was revealed and it is not. 21 pages, List 92.
AVENEL. Two Aborigines, Hugh CLARK and Johnny INNES, rescue an old man from floodwaters there in 1885. File re possible compensation for them. List 115.
AVERY, Henry. Writes from Eaglehawk in 1864, complaining of interference of Sgt. RICHARDS in his attempt to purchase land. 4 pages, List 4.
AVISE, Louis, in prison in 1903, when identified by fellow prisoner Hubert EDWARDS, who provides a detailed statement that his real name is VALLON, a carpenter, born in France, who escaped from prison in South Africa. 6 pages, List 116.
AXFORD, John and Annie, Elingamite; in dispute with neighbour Isaac SMITH and family in 1915. Several letters and reports. 17 pages, List 115.
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BAARSEN, Claus, injured in accident a Tooradin in 1900 and taken to hospital by police. He was a Norwegian, a sailor, working for Mr. BASAN, licensee of Bridge Hotel. 8 pages, List 47.
BACKSHALL, Florence, 12 years old, daughter of Michael J., assistant railway guard in South Australia, was given away by him in 1895 to a Mr. NEWTON who advertised, wishing to adopt a young girl. The family boarded with a Mrs KAESEHAGAN in Adelaide, and she subsequently received a letter from a Mrs. CLAREHUGH of St. Kilda, who wrote that Newton had abandoned the girl in her boarding house. 11 pages, List 28.
BADROCK, Cecil, son of Margaret, committed to State care in 1906; father Bert CAMBOURNE deserted them. Letter from Margaret on file. 13 pages, List 101
BAFFICO, Domenico. Italian Consul in Melbourne sought details of the property he left after his death in 1877. 5 pages, List 5.
BAILEY, Ellen Josephine, came from South Africa in 1908 to stay with great uncle John YOUNG at Castlemaine, but he died before she could arrive. Her brother George R. Bailey, Carlingford via Moree, NSW, asked police to look after her on arrival, but they establish that Cr IRELAND has done that, and she is about to become a mother. 7 pages, List 84.
BAILEY, Spencer John, Ballarat East, wrote in 1910 asking for a motor cycle license even though under 18; has been riding for 3 years. 2 pages, List 96.
BAILEY, Walter Arthur, 19 years, labourer, wanted for non payment of a fine in 1928; photograph on a motor bike on file. 4 pages, List 59.
BAINES, Thomas, J.P., Ipswich, Qld, wrote in 1903 seeking sister Mrs. Louisa WOODYATT, who once lived at Ballarat. Found. 8 pages, List 65.
BAINES, W., Adelaide, wrote in 1905 seeking details of his brother John, last heard of c14 years ago when working with Charles HERMANN at his selection in Gippsland possibly near Warragul. John was a native of South Shields, Durham County, England, and his brother thinks he has me with foul play. Not found. 11 pages, List 64.
BAIRD, Mrs. E., wrote from Wyndham via Bombala NSW in 1899, complaining of actions of Orange Lily Remedy Company, Sydney, who had not sent her pills ordered, and Union Manufacturing & Agency Co., who sent Organette musical instrument that arrived damaged. Flyers from both companies on file. Her 4 page letter is unclear at times. 44 pages, List 39.
BAKER, Alfred Herbert, Wooloowin, Brisbane, Qld., wrote in 1917 seeking A.C. TINSDALE, Cinema Exchange, Melbourne, who had entered into a contract with him to open a Brisbane branch and supply films and had had not complied with the contract. 8 pages, List 74.
BAKER, Annie C. nee URE, Eastwood, Sydney, wrote in 1917 re her sister Mrs. Isabella THOMPSON, wife of Jack, and their children Cyril and George. The family were from Glasgow. 8 pages, List 72.
BAKER, Betsy Jane, Horsham, deserted by husband George, labourer, 53 years, Victorian; may be with Minnie HARRICKS, c27 years. Located interstate. 17 pages, List 67.
BAKER, Cuthbert Sholton, deserted wife Margaret at Bendigo in 1915, left with Myra LEWIS. Arrested at Adelaide, but magistrate refused to remand him. 8 pages, List 78.
BAKER, F.A. (Rev.) Writes from Koroit in 1865 on behalf of a woman who married Thomas GREGSON in 1852. He left for the diggings shortly afterwards and has never been heard of again. She wishes to marry someone she has been living with, but seeks confirmation of Gregson’s death. 5 pages, List 4.
BAKER, James Gordon. Arrived in Melbourne c1882, joined Permanent Artillery and was promoted. Copy of him in uniform in file. He married a widow, J. McTAGGART, who had two children. In 1895 they left the colony under false names as he was wanted for fraud and forgery; he was then c34 years old. He was a nephew of Colonel Valentine Baker, and his mother lived at Windsor, Belfast, Ireland. In 1899 the file was briefly re-activated, but not found. Large file. List 43.
BAKER, John, committed suicide at North Melbourne in 1914, while lodging with John SMITH. He was a recent arrival from Western Australia, was a member of the Amalgamated Timber Workers there. Photo of two men on file. 7 pages, List 110.
BAKER, Madge, 17 years, attempted suicide in 1914. Anonymous letter alleged ill-treatment by Mrs QUIRK. Report states she is her foster mother; Madge is a South Australian State Ward, reared by Mrs FIDOCK of Point Elliott. 6 pages, List 110.
BAKER, Seymour. Left wife and daughter at Carisbrook and went to Western Australia prior to 1899. Has now stopped sending maintenance, and wife believes he is living with another woman. Police find a Miss PAGE is with him. 10 pages, List 2.
BAKER, William, discharged from A. Battery, Albert Park in 1895, formerly in Royal Artillery, c38 years. Has equipment with him and is required to return it. Not found. 14 pages, List 26.
BALL, Rosanna, Newtown Sydney, wrote in 1909, asking police to arrange certification that he had summonsed her husband Charles for maintenance some years before. 7 pages, List 90.
BALLARD, John, Constable No 3924. File re his financial situation in 1913. Had a child to Miss MAXFIELD, which was taken in by State government and boarded out to Mrs PHILLIPS, widow, Victoria St., Richmond; he has failed to pay maintenance. Also had twins to Gertrude BARNETT, Dandenong, now 3 years old. 22 pages, List 106.
BAMBRIDGE, Emily, in service with Mr. WILKINSON, MLA, asks police in 1895 if Henry Bambridge, injured in a mining accident in Qld is her father, who left in 1886. Police confirm it is him. 6 pages, List 28.
BAMFORD, Elizabeth, died from poisoning at Kilferra in 1913. Detailed detective report on file, copy of inquest testimony etc. A very large file. List 94.
BANFIELD, Edward. Wrote from W.A. in 1905 seeking information on his father Henry’s will. He had died at Preston. 5 pages, List 10.
BANK OF VICTORIA, Bendigo. Large file on 1905 case in which Ian, son of manager John William ALLAN is shot in ear by supposed robber. Police interview Alick Kerr, Louis Mueller, Allan’s niece Mollie Allan and Teresa Allan and conclude that he shot himself, although his father refuses to accept this. List 3.
BANNERMAN, G.R., wife wrote from Coogee NSW in 1912; has not been heard from for 9 months; found. 6 pages, List 101.
BANNERMAN, George Robert. Address sought by divorced wife in Coogee NSW in 1916; he owed maintenance for his crippled child. Found. 6 pages, List 76.
BANTON, Sarah. Living with John McELHINEY at Korumburra in 1899. Stillborn child buried in background; prosecuted. 11 pages, List 23.
BANTY, Leon. [BAUTY?] Information sought by Swiss Consul in Melbourne in 1897. He was separated from his family and had lived at Edenhope for last 40 years. Police find he died in 1896 and file contains details of cost of burial and disposal of property. His brother in Lausanne is a clergyman. 25 pages, List 40.
BARBER, Robert. Died in Melbourne in 1902. Mrs. Lucy Barber writes from Albury asking if this is her husband who left her 6 years ago. Police report he was 55 years old, an architect, had a wife and family in Perth, W.A. 8 pages, List 19.
BARBOON, Annie, Aboriginal, died at Dimboola in 1912. Report of death and burial arrangements. 2 pages, List 104.
BARFOOT, Laura Ellen. Married at Deniliquin NSW in 1877 when 18 to John McMAHON, brother of Thomas Middleton McMahon, who is in gaol for assault on a child named O’NEIL at Echuca. Claim by Daniel HENDERSON, private inquiry agent, that marriage is a sham. List 1.
BARKER, Clarence Cecil alias BARNETT. Charged with abduction of Alice SHORT at Narromine NSW in 1919, also charged with wife desertion. Native of Macquarie Plains, 25 yrs, motor mechanic and engineer; fingerprints on file. 21 pages. List 1.
BARKLY MANSIONS ST. KILDA. Anonymous letter in 1918 from ‘wounded wife’ claims a Mrs. FORD living there is a prostitute. Owner is Ruby Maud DAVIS, widow of Samuel Brasmere DAVIS who died in 1916. She rents out rooms. Police report on interviews of a number of women including JARVIS, (who had had an illegitimate child),WESTLAKE, MYERS and HAYNES, one of whom ‘removed her drawers and threw them at the Constable’s head’. 11 pages, List 3.
BARLOW, Robert Henry. Left Kerang for Western Australia in 1896. In 1898 his wife asks police to find him; she and the four children are destitute. 6 pages, List 7.
BARNES, Agnes. Wrote from Townsville in 1897, has seen a report about a John Barnes killed in Victoria; asks if this is her husband who left home some months ago. They have a six year old daughter. Police ascertain it is not her husband; in the meantime he returns home. 8 pages, List 6.
BARNES, Frederick, wrote from Gwalia Mine, Leonora, West Australia in 1900, asking police to find Mrs. Margaret DOUGLAS or McLEOD, mother of his wife Dorothy Douglas, who has recently died. Not found. 14 pages, List 48.
BARNES, John. Formerly organist for the Union Church, Caulfield, reported by John CHAMBERS in 1880 as acting strangely; handwritten and published letters of his on file. He is a music teacher, lives with second wife and family, c55 years. 15 pages, List 4.
BARNWELL, William. American negro, c55 years, died near Berlin Victoria in 1881, destitute. File re sale of his effects. 8 pages, List 2.
BARR, Alice, parents at Archdale, took poison in 1918; pregnant to Theodore STANFORD, Yarraville and found out he was married. Survived; no prosecution. 4 pages, List 73.
BARR, William, sought by Jules GASCARD, Ballan, in 1908. He has left two girls with relative Mrs BLOCK after wife died, and not sent maintenance. Believed keeping a hotel at Broken Hill. Found interstate. 6 pages, List 85.
BARRETT, Herbert, sought by mother Mrs. FELTUS of Kapunda South Australia in 1896. He was 30 years, had been at Alberton and said he would send for her to join him, but she’s heard nothing. She is a widow. Not found. 21 pages, List 37.
BARRETT, Mrs. Jean, living with – WHITWORTH at Northcote in 1928 as his wife, but ‘is a prostitute’, She met a man in the city one night and went back to his house in Bentleigh, where they quarrelled over money and he assaulted her. Offender is identified as Thomas LYNCH, whose ‘wife’, married to someone else, is away in Tasmania. No prosecution. 8 pages, List 60.
BARRON, James, found at Queen’s Wharf in pain and taken to hospital but died there, 1900. 2 pages, List 48. CONNECTION FOUND.
BARRY, Alexander alias John O’BRIEN, alias EAGER, served time in a NSW prison and in 1881 with Alice SMITH alias HOPKINS, was charged with arson in Sydney. The pair fled and were thought to be interstate. Photo of Alexander and his wife and child on file (not Alice). List 58.
BARRY [Arthur] Patrick, enlisted in the AIF in Qld, and in 1916 arranged for allotment to go to his wife Margaret nee AYERS in Rushworth Victoria. Army officer queries whether she has received the money. Report states he deserted the family in 1909 and details arrangements made. 4 pages, List 79.
BARRY, Mrs. Catherine, died at home of son in law Thomas BEGLEY, Windsor, in 1900. 4 pages, List 48.
BARRY, John, State Ward child, was employed by Peter PINI at Barwidgee near Myrtleford in 1900, but took ill. Taken to hospital, he died there in 1900. File re burial costs. 12 pages, List 46.
BARTEL, Lydia Harriet. File re her death in 1906. Suffered from convulsions, died before she could be admitted to Beechworth Asylum. Testimony of husband, Dr. Cleaver WOODS and nurse Mrs. PINNAGER on file. No inquest necessary. 10 pages, List 4.
BARTELLE, Gladys, Leslie SMITH and ‘Little May Victoria’, all child performers at Bijou and Theatre Royal Melbourne in 1895, were in breach of law. Report on each. 9 pages, List 26.
BARTON, Arthur James and wife, living in Richmond in 1912 when he went to work and didn’t return. His wife has now given birth and is destitute; will be returning to Arncliffe Sydney with sister Mrs WILLIAMS. Barton is a carpenter, English, 38 years. 7 pages, List 104.
BARTON, Elizabeth, Fitzroy, wrote in 1902, asking for address of son Paul; found with uncle Richard HUGHES. File states she is eccentric, has been in an asylum. 5 pages, List 65.
BARTRAM, J. & Son, electricians, Melbourne, wrote two letters in 1910 promoting the benefits of using the L.M. ERICCSON phone. File includes two illustrated flyers. 5 pages, List 54.
BASSEMIR, Tulins. Writes from Liverpool Concentration Camp, NSW in 1917 concerning his belongings. 4 pages, List 13.
BASSETT, J.T.P., solicitor, Wellington NSW wrote in 1908 on behalf of Cornelius, father of Vera KEELEY. She and her mother left him c7 years ago; he wants her returned to him. Found with Mrs E. Nelson PERCIVAL of Auburn; refuses to return. 7 pages, List 86.
BASSETT, Philip Henry, Muckleford; applies to join police in 1905, but can’t produce birth certificate, never registered. 2 pages, List 23.
BASTIANSIN, Mrs. Emily, North Melbourne. Wrote in 1903 re Thomas MILLER, who fathered her illegitimate child Ellen Amelia LYONS in 1888. She took out a warrant in 1891 under the name of ALLEN, and he was ordered to pay maintenance but absconded. File states that he is an ex constable, married to a well known city prostitute, Lily WALKER. 5 pages, List 66.
BASTIN, Mrs W.H., Guilford, wrote in 1908, asking if a body found in the Yarra is her husband who left 30 years ago and returned briefly recently; he was using the name William BRUCE. Police report not her husband. 4 pages, List 86.
BATCHELOR, Ernest, 13 years, fell from tree in Coburg in 1900; report on incident. 2 pages, List 50.
BATE, George E., Dept of mines & Agriculture, Sydney, wrote in 1909 re his sister Gwendoline Frances, not heard from for 6 months. Found interstate under name of Mrs NIXON. List 88.
BATEMAN, Arthur, Ivanhoe, Pokolbin near Maitland NSW, wrote in 1907 asking police to find his sisters Matilda and Grace who were taken into State care in Victoria 17 years ago. 9 pages, List 83.
BATEMAN, Robert Henry, carpenter, 50-69 years, sought by daughter Mrs WHITE, Carlton, in 1910. She was adopted c1888, believes that he is her father. 6 pages, List 91.
BATES, Elizabeth, Blackwood, deserted by husband John in 1908, a blacksmith; believed interstate. 9 pages, List 85.
BATTY, Elizabeth, wrote from Carisbrook in 1900, complaining her husband John was being served drink by local publicans after hours. Local police report her bad character. 6 pages, List 45.
BATTY, Margaret. Sudden death at Geelong in 1899, aged 72 years. Report on. 4 pages, List 17.
BAUDIN, Peter alias BELLAMY, charged with burglary in 1896. Sydney police believe he is really Peter BLANCHARD, associated with Louis PATARD, and he is extradited. 10 pages, List 31.
BAUER, Bernard. Diamond dealer, murdered 1907. Files cover 1907-8, 1910, 1917. Names involved: James POTTER; Mrs. HOLMES; ANDERSON, Michael BRENNAN, BRIDLAND. List 1.
BAUER, Frank, 18 years, jeweller’s apprentice, sought by father F., in Adelaide, 1905, 18 pages, List 8.
BAULD, Bruce, absconded in 1928 with monies he had collected on behalf of the Australian Timber Workers Union, secretary William SCANLON. 3 pages and photo. List 57.
BAUM, H.A., Sale, 16 years, wrote in 1912, seeking a license to ride a motor bike; refused. 3 pages, List 104.
BAYLES, George. Information sought by Bendigo solicitor in 1910. He fought in South Africa, returned to Bendigo and married – JORGENSEN in 1901, then returned to South Africa. Found, engaged to – NELSON. 9 pages, List 91.
BAYLES, Norman, solicitor, Melbourne, complained in 1905 of incivility of constables during the arrival of the Loongana which had his relatives on board. Detailed reports on file. 19 pages, List 64.
BAYLES, Norman, MLA, asks in 1909 that his two cars receive the first number plates when the Motor Act is passed. Private Secretary to the Governor makes the same request. 7 pages, List 88.
BAYNES, Edith, Albert Park, in 1910 asked for advice on getting a divorce from her husband. 3 pages, List 92.
BEAGLEY, Constable No. 5810. Enlisted in 1916, sought leave of absence from police department. 4 pages, List 77.
BEALE, D.W., school teacher, 40 years, left South Australia for Victoria with two sons, 5 and 9, and a young woman who gave birth in Hamilton in 1907. His wife was in a lunatic asylum and he was placed in one too; the children went escorted back to Adelaide to Henry COPAS. 15 pages, List 83.
BEALE, Mary Ann, arrested for vagrancy as destitute, 1899. She was 68 years old. Son George, cab driver, is located in Redfern Sydney and arrangements are made for her to go to him. She also had a married daughter Mrs. FLETCHER. 12 pages, List 42.
BEAUCHAMP, Elizabeth. Eloped from Major’s Plains with Thomas GREATOREX; accidentally killed in 1878, and death certificate issued in name of Beauchamp . He subsequently reveals her real name was BROWN, and she had left her family for him. Note that the death certificate was never amended to Brown. Marriage certificate of 1873 of Elizabeth NEWMAN and Francis BROWN on file, as is photo of her. List 1.
BEAUFORT DEEP LEADS MINE. Trouble between striking unionists and non union labour is detailed in the 1913 file. Unions Thomas ABREY and George THOMPSON were arrested for attempted murder. Bendigo journalist Robert Charles PRINCKMAN supplies statement re a threat from John R. LITTLE. 17 pages, List 109.
BEAUMONT, – Mrs. A widow, 70 years, she died suddenly at Leopold in 1902 after dining with family of Thomas Edward McMILLAN; no suspicious circumstances. 2 pages, List 18.
BEAZLEY, Leith, successfully applied for entry into the police force, but Port Fairy police report on his unsuitability and he is struck off waiting list. 16 pages, List 40.
BECHER, C.H. A solicitor in Sale, he wrote to police in 1913 regarding a Cremonensis violin (1807) that was lost by his sister Mrs. IRVING while on a visit. 19 pages, List 8.
BECK, David W., masseur attached to Army Medical Corps of the AIF; in 1917 sought an extension of his leave from the police force. 7 pages, List 75.
BECK, J.W. Chemist; confidential enquiry made for him at South Australia by Vic. Police; had come from Western Australia, 1901. No reason for enquiry given. 7 pages, List 2.
BECK, Joseph, Yarrawonga, 76 years. French Consul asks in 1902 that he be given the old age pension, and encloses money for him. This is an incomplete file. 4 pages, List 63.
BECKENSALL, Jane, Richmond, wrote in 1916. Her son Walter was killed at Gallipoli. seeking grandson Francis Walter’s address. Walter’s wife lived with – RUSSELL interstate. Not found. 4 pages, List 79.
BECKETT, John, alias Leslie STEELE, charged with imposition on farmers William H. PATINSON and Neil McArthur DRYSDALE of Balook near Traralgon in 1905. Police establish he is identical with person who was tried for murder of Robert William SMALL in Tasmania in 1897. Parents old residents of Skipton district. Tas. criminal photo on file, but faded. Admitted to lunatic asylum. 22 pages, List 17.
BEDELL, WH., Northcote, gives offensive anonymous letter left under his door in 1897 to police. Incomplete file, 4 pages.
BEEBE, Robert, left Melbourne in 1895 for New Zealand, involved in mining, c68 years. In 1900 his daughter Lizzie of Toorak, wrote expressing concern, not heard from for some months. Not found. 4 pages, List 45.
BEECH, John Robert. Wife Elsie D. wrote to police in 1896. She had married him in Sydney recently, but now believes he was a married man. He was born at Stowport, Worcestershire England, was from Victoria. 11 pages, List 32.
BEECHWORTH STATE SCHOOL No. 1560. Report in 1895 of fires which had occurred. Nine year old George OKE implicated; other children Thomas JOSE and Murdoch MURRAY interviewed. 14 pages, List 28.
BEER, Harry Smith, sought by Grace CARTWRIGHT, Leichardt, in 1913; has not provided support for her child, believed in Melbourne. A silversmith; found. 5 pages, List 108.
BEERE, August. Incomplete file re arrangements to get children from Wellington New Zealand to their father in South Yarra in 1900. Mrs. DUDFIELD would accompany them on the ship. 10 pages, List 44.
BEESON, Thomas. Wrote from Sandy Creek Warwick Qld in 1897 re Dr. Alexander RUSSELL and his brother James. Alexander died in Belfast (Port Fairy) in the 1860s; wants details of his son. Police state he had no son. 5 pages, List 6.
BEHNSTEDT, Mrs Minnie, Richmond. Sister Mrs M. WILLIAMS, Townsville, wrote in 1908; she hadn’t answered her letters. Found. 5 pages, List 85.
BELCHER, Thomas Edward, Brunswick, reports his daughter Rose missing in 1928. She is 15 years and believed to be with Harry LEON who had a stall at the Victoria Market. Found. 2 pages and photo. List 58.
BELFIT, Robert, alias Edward JACKMAN, committed bigamy; married Mary Jane REABURN in 1888 while first wife Louisa was still alive. Previously married in New Zealand. File re witnesses and Brief preparation. 34 pages, List 56.
BELGRAVE. Fire in Main Street in 1928, six shops destroyed. Detailed report, including evidence from: Caroline WATSON, Winifred PEPPER, William MALONEY, Claude Alfred LANCASHIRE, Bernard Arthur BRENT etc. who rented shops from John Thomas MAHONEY, auctioneer, Mont Albert and Harry LANDEN, Prahran. Police conclude not deliberate, probably done by Lancashire while drunk. 18 pages, List 59.
BELL, Alfred E.A., Mt. Eckersley, near Heywood. Reported in 1899 that fire had destroyed an unoccupied weatherboard house he owned; both insurance company and police suspect he set it himself, was in financial difficulties. 14 pages, List 42.
BELL, David, arrived from South Africa in 1905, and wife Laura, 32 years and son Percy, along with aunt Eliza Z. JONES were to follow him, but he hasn’t been able to locate them. He went on to Sydney, and wrote from there, seeking police help. They were located. 8 pages, List 63.
BELL, J.E. Corporal, 27th Battalion, writes from ship on the way to war in 1917, chiding Snr Constable DAY of Kerang for his actions in alerting authorities he had German parents and his real name was BELZ. 7 pages, List 71.
BELL, James, wanted for failure to pay maintenance on illegitimate child of Violet LAMB, Mountain Station, Brawlin via Cootamundra, in 1913. James Bell of Flemington Station Walgett interviewed, denies claim. 12 pages, List 93.
BELL, Robert, South Melbourne, reports finding a body in the Yarra river in 1895. A luggage tag is in the name of FLYNN. Mrs. O’FLYNN of Echuca asks if it is her husband; no. Mrs. Flynn of Newtown Sydney asks the same question; photo posted to her – no photo on file. 13 pages, List 30.
BELL, William H. Tenders for various repairs to Tylden police station, 1864, 8 pages, List 14.
BELLEARS, Mary, charged with abortion on Louisa MITCHELL at Euroa in 1905. Frederick KERSLAKE, married, also involved. This is an incomplete file of 9 pages, List 65.
BELLERBY, Alexander G. Drouin, Gippsland grazier, disappears in 1904, had suffering from sun stroke previously. Newspaper cuttings, photo on file, found by wife in Geelong. List 16.
BELLINGHAM, Eli. Charged with assault on 17 year old daughter Elizabeth; case heard at Goroke and dismissed. John J. COTTERILL of Nurcoring near Natimuk involved. 26 pages, List 7.
BELTON, Charles, State Ward, absconded from the care of Miss Elizabeth McKERCHER at Bylands, Kilmore in 1896. A letter from him on file, asking to return, to which she agrees. Discussion re claiming costs of returning him from Trawool. 10 pages, List 37.
BEMISS, Mrs. S., Fitzroy, wrote in 1917 re her daughter Una Josephine, who had rung away with a Greek fireman, Parasko PANUYOTUO and was living with him in Port Pirie and pregnant; asks police help to get her back. Detailed report on situation. 14 pages, List 74.
BENALLA. Suspicious fire in Mair St., in 1895, in which building owned by Mrs. Ellen RIDE and used by John O’SHEA, proprietor and printer of the North East Ensign newspaper, was destroyed, along with undertaker’s premises of W.G. ABBOTT. Travellers, Charles LARSON and James JENKINS were among witnesses. O’Shea suspected, but open verdict given. 40 pages, List 26.
BENDIGO POWDER MAGAZINE. Alarm went off at night in 1899, when keeper R.G. JOHNSTON was not there. His wife armed herself and investigated and police were called. Claim that wires were cut but police think worn away. 37 pages, List 42.
BENDING, Mrs Rachel, died suddenly at Beaufort in 1911. Detailed investigation. 14 pages, List 98.
BEN HABDA. Assyrian, treats patients, but not a licensed doctor. Report on his activities in Gippsland, 1903. List 1.
BENJAMIN, Mrs. Clara, secretary Homeopathic Hospital Ladies Aid Association, wrote brief letter in 1906, enclosing booklet of annual report and balance sheet 1904-1905; lists committee, donations etc. 8 pages, List 31.
BENNETT, Charles J. of Swift’s Creek and STODDART, Thomas, of Ballarat. Confidential enquiries sought by U.S. Consul in Melbourne in 1905. Bennett is found to be living with the McLARTY family. 8 pages, List 64.
BENNETT, Elsie, 19 years, attempted suicide by poison in Carlton in 1912, after argument with boyfriend Leslie TITE. Her parents are separated, mother a laundry worker. Friend Vera POWELL mentioned. No prosecution. 11 pages, List 33.
BENNETT, John, convict transported to VDL in 1841. Daughter Mrs. John JACKSON of Bullarto seeks details of her parents and father’s current location. 12 pages, List 43.
BENNETT, Lizzie, wrote from Kenmore Mental Hospital, Goulburn in 1916 seeking address of Mr. BURNEY or his sister. 4 pages, List 76.
BENNETT, Percy, Norwood, South Australia, wrote in 1916 re his brother in law Ernest BAKER, who left his 3 step-children with his mother in law and went to Melbourne in 1915. Found. 4 pages, List 78.
BENNETTS, Samuel. Sought by brother F. of Broken Hill; he was born in Lelant, Cornwall. Found. 7 pages, List 3.
BENT, William, c50 years, caretaker of 318 Queen Street Melbourne, attempted suicide in 1913. Found by boarded William MALADY and taken to hospital. No prosecution. 7 pages, List 109.
BENTLEY, Jessie Rosina, wife of Henry, suicided in South Melbourne in 1899. Evidence taken from servant Florrie SLADE and hairdresser Percival JEFFERSON and Margaret LARKIN. 18 pages, List 17.
BENTLEY, Louisa Minnie, under 16 years, gave birth to illegitimate child at Terang, and alleged Denis COOK was the father. Her mother was Sarah Ann, a widow, and Louisa had been servant to Mrs. BRADSHAW. Quite intimate detail given. 11 pages, List 66.
BENTON, Mr. Pastry cook St. Kilda, has several Germans working for him, is scared soldiers are going to attack, 1916. List 6.
BERA, Bartolomeno (or BREA). Charged with conspiracy at Sydney in 1918, one of three offenders; two were arrested in Sydney. He was Italian and 40 years of age. One page (Criminal Offence Report) and photo. List 1.
BERESFORD, Henry Agincourt. Died at Dandenong in 1916. Letters from L.K. TARRANT, Ngaire, New Zealand found, he covers burial costs; Henry was getting money from late sister Lady Vaughan’s estate. 6 pages, List 78.
BERESFORD, William. Attempted suicide at Castlemaine in 1905 and later in Sydney. Member of the Maurice Gerald Dramatic Co. List 1.
BERGIN, T., of Bergin & Co., general merchants, San Remo, asks help to keep hotel running after being ordered to close. The hotel is in his late father’s name, and he and his siblings wish to continue running it. 2 pages, List 29.
BERKELEY, Henry, gaoled for arson in NSW during shearer’s strike of 1894. In 1899 query whether Charles WILLIAMS, recently arrested for jewellery robberies in Melbourne is a brother. Small photo of Williams on file, and 2 gaol photos, front and side views of Berkeley. The latter was born in Sydney in 1868. 13 pages, List 43.
BERLOWITZ, Margaret Jane, licensee of the Yarraville Hotel, denies allegation by T. MURPHY that gambling is going on, and signs agreement that none will be allowed. 23 pages, List 101.
BERNARD, Mrs. M.H., Surry Hills, NSW, wrote in 1902 re her son Harry, who has gone to Melbourne with a woman named RIDLEY who claims he is the father of her child, which is impossible. He is found in Melbourne, and states he has not married her and the father of the child is Jack MILAN, but police find she’s using his name. 6 pages, List 62.
BERNARDASIE, Guiseppe. Died destitute at Guilford, in 1881, had been employed by Carlo ROSCONIA. Three letters, brief notes from C.A. BIAGGI on file. Swiss Consul informed. 7 pages, List 2.
BERNOULLI, Rose, laid a charge of assault against William PRATT, with whom she was living, in 1913, then withdrew it and accused police of bullying. A very detailed report on her character etc is on file. 14 pages, List 107.
BERRICK, Gottfried, Mooroopna, farmer. Reported missing in 1902, believed drowned. Seen by a constable in 1903, admits fled from creditors. 7 pages, List 19.
BERRY, Mrs. Harriet. Wife of John B. Berry of Dandenong, died in suspicious circumstances in 1899. 10 pages, List 2.
BERSICA, John, Shepparton, applies for wine licence for Numurkah in 1898. Police and residents oppose, he complains. 9 pages, List 22.
BERTRAM, Henry. Report on his marital affairs and relations, Bendigo 1900. Married Amelia NICHOLL in 1880, she died some months later. Married Elizabeth JURY, a prostitute, and got VD from her so left her. She now living with Charlie CARLIE and claims Bertram tried to poison her. Married Elizabeth MARTIN, by whom he had a child already, named Bertha. Witness at second marriage was Charles DAWE, married to Louie JURY who is now using the name Mrs. LORD. No witnesses will testify, so never charged with bigamy. List 1.
BERWICK, Mrs. Wrote from Collingwood in 1904, seeking location of her daughter who married John FLANNERY c1897, hasn’t seen her for four years. 6 pages, List 10.
BESLEY, Edith Jane, sought by sister Mrs Eliza M. CARVOSSA, Eastwood, in 1914. She left there with Albert Edward JACKSON, a builder’s labourer, whose wife issued a warrant for desertion. Photos on file. 13 pages, List 110.
BEST, Alexander, sought by brother Edward, Beulah Tasmania, in 1911. He went to Victoria 14 years ago, 47 years. Not found. 12 pages, List 98.
BEVERIDGE, Thomas, c24yrs, sought by uncle Robert C. Beveridge, Sydney in 1904. He is an orphan, and his grandmother in Scotland is anxious about him. 8p, List 11
BEVILAQUA, L., wrote from Hyde Park Adelaide in 1897 re unnamed son who was to leave Tasmania for Adelaide via Melbourne, and has not arrived. Thinks he has gone ‘on a spree’ and then to look for work. Asks if man’s body found on Keilor Plains is his son. Incomplete file. 2 pages, List 40.
BEYNON, Florence, 16 years, Carlton, attempted suicide in 1917; report states her father, a returned soldier, is violent towards her mother. Suicide note on file. No prosecution. 10 pages, List 73.
BHAI, Omer, 37 years and ALLEE or JAFFER, Mahomed, 27 years, deserted from the ship ‘City of Canberra’ in 1928; prohibited immigrants, they were arrested. Described as ‘coloured British’. Small photos of both and 3 pages, List 60.
BIANCHI, Mrs., wrote from Back Creek in 1903, suspicious that someone in Kalgoorlie is impersonating her son William, c23 years, butcher, and getting money from her. Police there ascertain he’s in poor circumstances. 9 pages, List 67.
BIBBY, John Thomas, c22 years, engine driver. Warrant issued by Agnes Christine LUKE of Albury in 1913; deserted his illegitimate child in 1910. Her brothers will pay costs to bring him back. 19 pages, List 108.
BIBER, Charles Theophilus, deserted wife Rebecca in Richmond in 1914. 6 pages, List 110.
BICKETT, Patricia Angela. Murdered 1914, Antonio SORO arrested. Witnesses interviewed include her mother Maria, Mary JACKSON, a teacher, schoolboy Frank FRIMLEY, engineer John GRAHAM, printer Charles Melanchthon STAMPER. Photo of Soro on file, which is very large. List 3.
BICKFORD, Frederick, sought by sister Mrs NICKELLS, Bendigo, in 1901. He left home about 11 years previously, believed interstate. Found. Faded photo on file, taken when he was 14 years old. 14 pages and photo; see instructions re copying of photos. List 86.
BIDDULPH, Basil Albert, sought by Katherine, Balmain, in 1910. 5 pages, List 96.
BIENKE, Amelia, known as E. LEGGETTE, sought by the Secretary of the Children’s Welfare Fund in 1928. 1 page and photo from magazine, List 59.
BIESKE, Herman Adolph. Suspected of murdering first wife Elizabeth Ann nee WILLIAMS, who died July 1902. Remarried two months later to Emma Jane KAY, widow, nee JAMES. The couple and some of the children went to New Zealand. First wife’s brother complains so body quietly exhumed, but no poison found; matter to be kept from the public. This is a large file. List 1.
BIGGEN, Lilly, sought by sister E.S. GROVES of Liverpool NSW in 1895; believed to be in Bendigo. Not found. 8 pages, List 28.
BIGGS, Roni, 39 McArthur Square Carlton. Anonymous letter in 1908 claimed she was running a brothel. Report states she has lived with James CARROLL for some years and he keeps her. Letter is written by her sister, with whom she quarrels frequently. 4 pages, List 85.
BIGGEN, Lilly, sought by sister E.S. GROVES of Liverpool NSW in 1895; believed to be in Bendigo. Not found. 8 pages, List 28.
BIGNOLD, Margaret. Writes from Marrickville NSW in 1898 re husband Frank. Last heard of at Port Welshpool; they have been separated nearly 6 years, but little money sent. 6 pages, List 17.
BILES, Mrs William wrote from Stepney, Adelaide in 1896 asking if the Mrs. ADAMS shot by her husband is her daughter; she hasn’t heard from her for 5 years. Police report it is not her daughter. 7 pages, List 31.
BILLANE, Mrs J., Burnley, seeks whereabouts of Sarah, James and Mary Ellen MORAN, whose father James died c1896, and whose mother Annie couldn’t cope. She is their aunt. Not found. 11 pages, List 91.
BILLING, Leila Ethel, born Leesville Tasmania 1902, went to Melbourne on a holiday in 1917, staying with family friend Leslie M. STEVENS and his family at Port Melbourne. Alleged he had been intimate with her; bashed his wife etc. File includes evidence taken, letters from parents and siblings, medical report etc. No charge laid. Warning: this file contains explicit material. 47 pages, List 74. CONNECTION FOUND.
BILLSON, A.A., wrote a private letter to the Chief Commissioner of Police in 1913 re his wife’s 83 year old aunt MUDIE, whose husband has stolen her jewellery; found at pawnshop. 5 pages, List 108.
BILLSON, A.A., MP, asked for a ‘strictly private’ enquiry following a ‘Truth’ newspaper article alleging Alexander COLLINRIDGE, from whom he rented an office, was a swindler who had been running a lottery scam. Copies of fake tickets on file. 14 pages, List 110.
BINGHAM, Mrs Anne, Wonthaggi. Anonymous letter in 1911 claims she’s a sly grog seller. Report. 5 pages, List 100.
BINKS, Eliza Richardson, died at Echuca in 1896 after giving birth to Eliza Cooper Binks; child given to grandparents Thomas and Margaret COOPER in Richmond as father had seven other children. 4 pages, List 50.
BIRCH, Dolly, died at the Women’s Hospital in 1918, taken there by Nurse SERKOWINCKOFT of Richmond. Victor R. SPUNNER, her brother-in-law, had taken her to the nurse as she was ill. File includes a copy of evidence unsigned letter and letter from W.H. GUARD, who has his suspicions re the cause of death. 44 pages, List 118.
BIRCH, William, wrote from Christchurch New Zealand in 1895. He is a Baptist minister and his wife received a letter from Alfred SENIOR, asking for money as he is ill and confined to his bed in Melbourne. He has stayed with them, his brother is a highly respected medical man in Manchester, but they don’t have a high opinion of Alfred, so send money to police, asking them to investigate before handing money over. They find he has left owing money to landlady. 14 pages, List 29.
BIRCHMEIER, Adolph, Hawthorn, wrote in 1880 re his uncle Jacob Sevrin HIRT, otherwise James Hirt, from Switzerland, born 1828, arrived Melbourne 1853. Subsequently had the European Hotel at Forbes. Somewhat involved search involving a former partner of Hirt who was also looking for him. 45 pages, List 76. CONNECTION FOUND.
BIRKIN, Florence, South Melbourne, wrote in 1914 re her husband Frank Henry, 39 years, who had deserted her and was believed interstate. Not found. 9 pages, List 112.
BIRTHDAY MINE, Berringa. Cyanide Manager T.J. COOTE reports loss of gold bullion from his case at O’FARRELL’s hotel. General Manager E. Gordon ROSS requests police investigation. 14 pages, List 45.
BISHOP, George Francis, born London, 51 years, carpenter, died from overdose of morphine in Perth W.A. in 1898. Wife Julia in East Brunswick claims he was poisoned by Robert HOLMES and his son Bertie, who used to live near them and also went to W.A. Police doubt story. 27 pages, List 21.
BISHOP, Joseph, wrote from Broken Hill in 1897. He married Edith Matilda EDWARDS in 1887. She claimed to be the widow of Julius Ferdinand HALTERMANN, married 1881. They are living apart and he seeks confirmation that she was a widow. A sister is married to J.S. BUTTERS. 2 pages, List 20.
BISHOP, Lillian Alma, born Tasmania 1895, gave birth to illegitimate child in 1912 and registered him as Stanley Roy SMITH, and herself as Lily Smith. Her mother Mrs REYNOLDS is living at Yarra Glen, and find out what had happened. File has Lillian’s Tasmanian birth certificate and arrangements to correct the entry for Stanley. 13 pages, List 102.
BISHOP, Oswald Henry, deserted wife Rosetta Mary and their 7 year old son in 1912. They were married in 1904 and he was an illusionist and travelled with a company of artists. She is now living with her mother Mrs. Lavinia LONG at Malvern. He uses names of “Pharos” and “Alma”, is 31 years, and possibly living with another woman. He is found interstate and escorted back to Melbourne. 33 pages, List 34.
BLACK, Caroline, Scarsdale, deserted by husband George Albert Black in 1913. 4 pages, List 107.
BLACK, George. His son in law John LAWRENCE of Newry asks for police protection. Black is due to be released from Sale prison and has threatened them. 4 pages, List 18.
BLACK, Martha, florist, Springvale, in 1904 reported in detail the strange and dangerous behaviour of her husband (unnamed). She had previously been badly injured in a mining accident at Sebastopol. 21 pages, List 68.
BLACK, Spiro, had four children by Mrs INDOVINO of Carlton; details of both lifestyles are given. 3 pages, List 96.
BLACK, William of Diggora State School near Rochester, wrote in 1899 re Rebecca ANDERSON, in his employ, who wanted to know her parentage. She was put in Abbotsford Convent after her mother died and father attempted suicide. Police find she was born in Bathurst in 1875, her sister Mary in Dunolly in 1879. Their father James ANDERSON also used the name HENDERSON and had several convictions, but could not be located. 24 pages. List 2.
BLACKBURN, S. (or T.) A chemist, his wife writes in 1897, alleging local hotels are still supplying him with drink despite court order. Report states ‘hopeless case’ getting alcohol elsewhere. 4 pages, List 20.
BLACKHAM, Mrs Norah, 21 years, disappeared from lodging house in St Kilda in 1913; family suspect foul play. Husband Victor Richard Blackham searches for her; her father is James HANKS. Detailed report. Not found. 7 pages, List 94.
BLACKMORE, William, c55 years, supposed to be at Wallaroo mines in 1901. His wife wrote from Ballarat, has had no support from him since 1899. 16 pages, List 49. CONNECTION FOUND.
BLACKNEY, Elizabeth, left Hamilton in 1896, and went to sister Maria WHITEHEAD’s home in Dimboola. Gave birth to illegitimate child Leslie John there which was to be adopted by them. 13 pages, List 50.
BLACKWELL, Alice Maud, New Town, Tasmania, wrote in 1917 re her husband C.E., who has not sent maintenance for months. Found. 7 pages, List 75.
BLACKWELL, Richard H., died at Cheltenham in 1905; living apart from wife and family. File re arrangements made and cost to government. 4 pages, List 64.
BLACKWELL, W.H., wrote from Mossman Central Mill, Port Douglas Nth Qld in 1903 re his brother Arthur Nishus George, miner, late of St. Just Cornwall, said to have died at Bendigo. 3 pages, List 67.
BLACKWOOD. Arson attempt at Golden Bar Quartz Battery, known as Staughton’s battery, in 1896. Mary JAMES, married, Golden Point, son Richard, Edward STEWART and Arthur SULLIVAN interviewed and testimony noted. Hand drawn map on file. Insurance Company seeks details. 24 pages, some hard to decipher. List 37.
BLADEL, Margaret, Richmond, reported in 1918 that her 6 year old daughter Ellie had been interfered with. Frank JONES, 14 years suspected. Case dropped for insufficient evidence. Warning; this is a confronting file. 13 pages, List 118.
BLAIKIE, Mrs. R., Junee NSW, in 1915 reported loss of her handbag on the Albany train; contents described. Later returned. 3 pages, List 117.
BLAIR, Charlotte, married, separated from husband, living with John Bamford BLACK near Dargo, died suddenly in 1898, leaving 7 month child Violet who is adopted by Mrs. FRENCH, sister in law of Oscar MESSENGER who suspects foul play in her death. 20 pages, List 22.
BLAIR, Fanny/Frances A., believed living with Mrs CHEONG at Sailor’s Flat Whroo in 1898, In 1911 Sydney Rescue Work Society wrote on behalf of her male child; left there 12 years ago. 8 pages, List 97.
BLAIR, James. Collingwood. Complaint re larrikins, 1883. 6 pages, List 4.
BLAIR, John, sought by wife Frances, Ultimo, in 1907. He deserted her and was believed to be with Eva MENDOZA a woman ‘of evil repute’. He had a brother Michael. Not found. 8 pages, List 83.
BLAIR, William, 33 years, sought by pregnant wife Daisy, Queenstown Tasmania in 1915. He has left and their 4 daughters and gone to Melbourne, possibly with hi uncle John BOYD. 11 pages, List 80.
BLAKE, Alfred Francis, wrote from Condobolin NSW in 1894 re brother Edward Richard, a baker, 29 years, born Bermondsey, London, who left England in 1892; his parents have not heard since. 2 pages, List 41.
BLAKE, Jessie, Hyde Park Sydney, wrote in 1913, seeking her husband William, who has not supported for ten years; she is destitute. Found. 6 pages, List 108.
BLAKE, Patrick, deserted wife Elizabeth and 5 children at Ballarat c1901; butcher, 48 years. In 1907 she heard he was in W.A.; located, he promised to pay maintenance (signed form on file). In 1911 she wrote and asked if the person killed at Charters Towers was him; no. 14 pages, List 95.
BLAKE, Thomas Jnr., wrote from Coolgardie WA in 1899 re his father of the same name. He was a blacksmith, c48 years, working in Melbourne recently. Mother and rest and family went to W.A. to work and haven’t heard from him; suffers from heart problem. 12 pages, List 42.
BLAND, Robert, sought by sister Mrs. C.G. DICKIE, Mount Pleasant, South Australia in 1901. He is blind, has been in Melbourne. Found. 9 pages, List 49.
BLAND, William Oliver, left wife in Hawthorn in 1906 and went to Sydney. Using name William Bernard Oliver he claimed to be a widower and persuaded Miss J. FERGIE of Darling Point to loan him money; they were to be married but he returned to Melbourne and she hadn’t heard from him, so asks police help to find him. 11 pages, List 26.
BLENKHORN, Mrs. Victor of Railton, Tasmania, wrote in 1938 re adoption of child of Dora May SMITH, late of Devonport, but now of Melbourne; needs form signed. 6 pages, List 2.
BLEWETT, Charles, died in Melbourne in 1911; file re disposing of his property. His sister in law Jessie Wilson Blewett, found in Sydney. 14 pages, List 98.
BLOSSE, E.F. Lyell, given money by Dr. W. MALONEY of Melbourne in 1899, to enable him to get to Mildura and employment, but borrows money there and disappears. 7 pages, List 25.
BLOUSTEIN, M., West Maitland NSW, wrote in 1919, seeking brother Solomon, a returned soldier. Found interstate. 11 pages, List 111.
BLOUSTEIN, Matilda and daughter Syra ‘connected with the dramatic profession’ charged with resisting and assaulting police after being served with an ejection order by estate agent P.M. DALY at Carlton in 1894. 21 pages, including letter of complaint from Bloustein. List 1.
BLOWER, Alfred, charged with larceny on his employer State Rivers and Water Supply Commission at Tongala in 1928. Believed to have joined his friend Arthur Edward GILES in Western Australia; along with his wife, baby and three sons. English, aged 48 years. Found. 19 pages, some duplication, List 59.
BLUETT, Mrs Margaret, and children Joseph and Francis, deserted by her husband Patrick in 1909; he was Irish, c60 years, a navvy. Not found. 4 pages, List 88.
BLURTON, George, Mundubbera Qld., in 1912 sought information about his parents; he is getting married shortly. His brother and himself were taken in the Industrial School after their father’s death. Police establish his mother Emma’s background, but don’t reveal all to him. 8 pages, List 105.
BOARDER, William. Died in NSW bush in 1877, was from Shepherd’s Bush London England. Mrs. A.K. TOWLE of Carlton asks if she can have his personal possessions to forward on to his sister Amy in England. 8 pages, List 5.
BOARDMAN, Alfred, blacksmith, came from Mount Gambier to Melbourne in 1909, then returned and left seven children behind. Report on their condition etc. 6 pages, List 54.
BOCH, Mallah and Mahomed Rabib, both Indian Hakim doctors; Echuca police write re them being licensed in 1898; poster on file. 3 pages, List 17.
BODIN, Mrs. Redfern, wrote in 1917 re maintenance not forthcoming from her husband Alexander at Mordialloc; 7 years since she took out an order. 6 pages, List 72.
BODDY, Mrs., accidently burnt to death at Burnley in 1900. 4 pages, List 51
BODDY, F.G., Longford, Tasmania, enquired in 1914 about necessity to get a motor bike licence for his visit to Victoria. 2 pagess, List 112.
BODIN, Alexander. Wife writes from Redfern NSW in 1913; she is getting 10/- maintenance per week from him but is in poor health and seeks more money. Found, running hairdressing business with sister, but is himself in poor health and cannot give more. Claims wife a drunkard. 6 pages, List 32.
BOFFEY, Sarah, widow, Fitzroy, attempted suicide in 1913; Neighbour Amelia COX. Taken to hospital. 5 pages, List 92.
BOLAND, Michael, and brothers Patrick and Thomas, sought by unknown person in 1897 (original letter not on file). Patrick found at Smeaton, Michael in NSW; both elderly. 15 pages, List 39.
BOLDINI, Walter, Carlton, 1905, asks police to help trace Harry and Molly COOPER, last heard of in Qld. Her sister Florence Lizzie HAMPTON is in asylum under name of Ida DENNY. Harry Cooper suspicious of request, but police reveal Boldini was genuine, he had lived with her for 8 years. 16 pages, List 23.
BOLGER. Child lost in the bush in Yea district, 1899. Letter of thanks from parents, accounts for expenses incurred etc. List 2.
BOLMARCICH, Matteo. Austro-Hungarian Consul sought him in 1908. 6 pages, List 5.
BOLT, Franklyn Page, deserted wife Eileen Elizabeth at St. Kilda in 1917, taking their child Barbara with him. Arrested in Sydney, warrant then withdrawn. 40 pages, many duplicates, List 70.
BOLTON, Henry Edward, applies to join force in 1900. Formerly served 3 years in Qld. force, 27 years, Qld discharge parchment and newspaper cuttings on file. 5 pages, List 22.
BOLTON, R.W., wrote from Corowa NSW in 1896, wanting police help in getting his daughter Rose, 15 years, returned to him from Oakleigh Convent. 3 pages, List 36.
BOLTON, William Richard. Charged with being a neglected child at Northcote in 1894. Father Richard is interstate, aunt Mrs. COOK of Northcote. 9 pages, List 7.
BOMB OUTRAGE. Letter exploded at the Lands Purchase Office, 1914, injuring Frederick LEE, Thomas HASTIE and Reg. Gordon JONES; offender not found. Anonymous letter in 1919 implicates Robert LAWRENCE or SPENCER of Footscray, but he is interviewed and exonerated. List 1. This is a large file.
BOMBING of Greek Club, Lonsdale St., 1928. List of those injured, and details of various other bombings that occurred, blamed on wharf labourers opposed to ‘free’ labourers. Photos of weapons and bombs, letters from informants, reports etc. A very large file. List 61.
BONDIETTI, Basilis, found guilty of murdering Carlo COMISTO near Seymour in 1876 and executed. File covers various reports on him and his activities and disposal of his property. 29 pages, List 34.
BONE, Charles. Wrote from Rutherglen in 1898 re Thomas LUNEY/LOONEY who fathered his daughter Nancy Jane’s child in 1891, and was ordered to pay maintenance for 14 years, but went interstate and has not paid anything for 4 years. 11 pages, List 19.
BONE, Mrs May, Petersham NSW, wrote in 1911. Husband Frederick left there for Melbourne 18 months ago, and hasn’t been heard from for a year. He is c60 years old. She has heard a report that he was drowned, but this is disproved. 4 pages, List 99.
BONHAM, Kathleen, Richmond, attempted suicide in 1912; husband John had left her. 5 pages, List 103.
BONIFACE, Jessie, removed from nurse Jessie PHILLIPS, Prahran, by her mother Jessie Dunlop Boniface in 1896, and died shortly afterwards. Anonymous letter alleges ill-treatment. Phillips then took in Willy O’NEIL, 8 months, mother Lizzie, single. 8 pages, List 37.
BONNER, John, Campbellfield, wrote in 1912 r John Bonner, who was left in NSW some forty years ago by his brother Michael, dairy farming at Young. He was born in Co Donegal Ireland, and the uncle of the writer. Relative found. 3 pages, List 103.
BONNEY, Constance Myrtle Irene, 16 years, gave birth to Lorna Constance in 1915; under legal age, but parents refuse to let police know where she is, so no prosecution. Reputed father named. 7 pages, List 114.
BONNICK, Mrs E., Gympie, Qld., sought by daughter Mary FREEMAN, Hopevale near Rainbow, in 1913. Found. 4 pages, List 93.
BOOL, Richard, left Taunton England c1856, with his family, last heard of at Kyneton c1873, he was a marble mason. Information sought by F. Bool, Tarnagulla in 1896. Police find he died in Melbourne c1878, left 2 sons and son in law Parker. 9 pages, List 30.
BOOTH, Edward, deserted wife Emily at Broken Hill in 1906; father William is at Richmond. Found. 9 pages, List 71.
BOOTH, Hughie, sought by daughter Violet ROBERTS, East Sydney, in 1914. He left there c14 years ago for the Melbourne Fish Markets; c46 years. 5 pages, List 113.
BOOTH, Mrs. Margaret. File re alleged abortion and death in 1894. Husband Peter had gone to Western Australia from Port Melbourne. 6 pages, List 13.
BORAN, Henry John, 20 years, sought by South Australian State Children’s Department in 1904; has a sister Kitty, a barmaid at Richmond. Not found. 6 pages, List 68.
BORTHWICK, Hector Roy and Margaret, on a soldier settlement block near Colac in 1924, when they entered into an arrangement, at the suggestion of Land Board Inspector Mark HAGER, with John RITCHIE, chemist, Colac, for him to purchase the next block and later transfer it to them. They paid HAGER, and in 1928 the matter came to light and he was dismissed. 11 pages, List 60.
BOSENHART, A., Melbourne, wrote in 1914; he was naturalised, had been in the colony for 30 years. Asks if safe to open his shop in view of war outbreak; police protection provided. 2 pages, list 113.
BOSWELL, E., Riverina Nursery, Wagga Wagga NSW, wrote in 1919; son is returning from the front shortly. His duaghter in law in Melbourne hasn’t answered his letters. 5 pages, List 111.
BOSSE, Elenor, Christina and Mary, sought by J. BOWMAN, Pleystowe, Mackay, Qld., in 1909, on behalf of their uncle. Found. 5 pages, List 87.
BOSSWARD, Mrs Avis, Hobart, wrote in 1907 re her daughter Avis Adella STUBBS nee Bossward, who left her home in Hastings to go to Hobart and never returned, leaving her husband William and son Harold behind. She has had the care of the child. She has heard that her daughter is in Victoria; not found. 9 pages, List 82.
BOSSWARD, Mrs. Avis, Tasmania, wrote in 1907 re her daughter Avis STUBBS who left 2 years ago; encloses letter for her which is still on file. Various people are interviewed, one claimed that her name was DILLON not Stubbs. 14 pages, List 83.
BOSSWARD, Mrs Avis. Grandson Harold Charles STUBBS, 10 years wrote in 1909 asking police to find his mother, hasn’t heard from her for 7 years. File reports may have remarried to Alfred GLOAR. Not found. 16 pages, List 89.
BOTT, Henry Theodore. Child, lost at Cowes Swamp between Echuca and Kerang in 1879. Father Henry asks local police to investigate Queensland newspaper report of child found living in the wild, as he believes the child was kidnapped. Gives physical description. 4 pages, List 2.
BOUCHAUD, Eugene. French Consul in Melbourne wrote in 1877 seeking information about him, Barthelemy JOCGS and Augusta DUCHAMEL. 9 pages, List 5.
BOULTON, William, recent arrival from W.A., died at George Hotel South Melbourne in 1899, and buried as a pauper. David WHYTE, Midland Junction, Perth WA writes seeking details. Boulton was 48 years, married, but separated from wife. He is in touch with his parents in the U.K. 12 pages, List 39.
BOUNDY, J.V., secretary of Victorian Branch of Utility Pigeon Breeders Association of Australia reported in 1917 that member Dr Julian SMITH has had some pigeons stolen and offers reward for return. Back of letterhead lists members of Association. 4 pages, List 73.
BOURKE, Susan, wrote from Sydney NSW in 1897 re her son Robert, who had worked for William JOHNSON at Hedi, but not been paid his wages. Found working there for a W. BURKE. 6 pages, List 41.
BOURKE, W.H. of Richmond, complains of local police aggression at fireworks display; includes reference from his previous employer G.W. HARRIS of Mt. Gambier, as a sign of his respectability. 6 pages, List 3.
BOW, Frederick, reported missing from his home in North Melbourne in 1899. He was a plumber, believed to have committed suicide. In 1900 solicitors enquire as to his whereabouts. 13 pages, List 45.
BOWDEN, James. Also known as DE GRASSE. Florence GRASS writes two letters from hospital to police department in 1918, claiming to be his wife and he has left her. Police find he has a wife and family in Brisbane, is 69 years of age. Florence is c27 yrs of age. He subsequently returns to Melbourne. 12 pages.
BOWEN, William George. Information sought by mother Mrs. J.W. KEARNEY, Adamstown, Newcastle, NSW. Hwas at the Gordon Institute and is traced through various employments. 8 pages, List 67.
BOWER, John, Benalla. This is a very confronting large file of the offences he committed against his 2nd wife Elizabeth and his daughter Ruby in 1914, along with witness depositions etc. List 112.
BOWLER, Henry. Living at 1 Howarth St., Brunswick in 1905 when house destroyed by fire. 2 pages, List 17.
BOWMAN, Ernest, of Yarra Junction, died in Melbourne Hospital in 1908. His brother at Bairnsdale asks details of the estate and property. 15 pages, List 84.
BOWRING, Mrs. Gordon, asks police to find her husband in W.A. in 1897; hasn’t heard for 3 months. Found; son is at Northam. 6 pages, List 20.
BOYCE, Elizabeth, wife of Henry Herbert, tied up and robbed in their house at Surrey Hills in 1887. Neighbour LEGGE stayed with her when husband went for police. Report on crime and police doubts on file. 20 pages, List 56.
BOYCE, Frank, wounded at Gallipoli, living in Carlton in 1916 and drinking heavily; falsely gains money from charity. Report on case; son is also in the AIF. 12 pages, List 79.
BOYCE, Theodore, wrote from Marlo in 1895, seeking admission in the force. 2 pages, List 29.
BOYD’S AMERICAN PRESS AGENCY. Report loss of bike in 1897. Letterhead has photo of young men with bicycles. 2 pages, List 20.
BOYELDIEN, Mrs., North Melbourne, unknown woman found in dying condition in her home, and taken to hospital where she died, 1901. Photo of woman taken in attempt to identify her, 45-50 years of age, said she came from Fitzroy. 1 page and photo. List 52.
BOYES, William, deserted wife and child at Richmond in 1912; Victorian, c23 years. She is destitute. 4 pages, List 106.
BOYLE, Charles, labourer, Fitzroy, bought land at St. Albans from Francis Henry WILLIAMSON alias MEROTT, but it was not owned by him. Williamson arrested, but charge withdrawn. Photo, 7 pages, List 58.
BOYNTON, Mrs., Footscray Deserted by her husband in 1894. James and John NANCE went surety for him but he has disappeared. 15 pages, List 24.
BRABENDER, Mrs. K. of Woorinen via Swan Hill, wrote in 1938 re her daughter Amy, 18 yrs old, who was living with the MADDY family, and wanted to marry their son. Asks police to stop arrangement and put her in a home. 5 pages, List 2.
BRACEGIRDLE, S.E. of Balmain NSW, wrote in 1883 re the ALDRED family. Her orphan servant girl belonged to the family. List 1.
BRACKEN, Mrs., out of probation from Kew Asylum in 1909, when her daughter Kitty reports her missing; found. 3 pages, List 53.
BRACKEN, Hugh, applied in 1879 to be reinstated in Victoria Police force. 3 pages, List 55.
BRADFORD, William James, 29 years, injured in a brawl with William THOMAS and Roy SHERRIN at Collingwood in 1907. Subsequently died. Large file. List 81.
BRADLEY, Mrs. Frances, wife of Joseph, Foster; in 1901 took in Flora, child of Peter MICHEL to care for her, but he has failed to pay maintenance and in 1902 she seeks police help to locate him. 27 pages, List 61.
BRADLEY, Mrs T., Brisbane Qld., complained in 1910 that her daughter has been with W. DITCHAM, showman for 6 months, and he won’t return her. Traced. 9 pages, List 94.
BRADSHAW, William Barton, sought by wife, Darlinghurst, Sydney, in 1914; he owed money for mainteanance; an engraver, 39 years. Found. 5 pages, List 111.
BRADSTREET, Mrs E., North Melbourne, wrote in 1903 re her son Theodore James, not heard from for some months, was with McDonald exploring party in Qld. Found. 7 pages, List 65.
BRADY, H.A., Royal Mail Hotel, Birregurra, formerly in police force, wrote in 1909 asking for a certificate of character; has been charged after assaulting a man who ‘behaved indecently’ towards of his sons. 3 pages, List 55.
BRADY, Thomas. Formerly of 2/11th Regiment and N.S.W. police, applies for position in 1865. 5 pages, List 4.
BRADY, William. Murdered 1897. William Myles PHILLIPS arrested. List 1.
BRAGG, Mrs. Annie, widow, South Melbourne, dying, she appeals to police to get her eldest son Gilbert, 29 years, away from Queenie WALKER, a brothel keeper; details of family situation given. 5 pages, List 93.
BRAGG, Andrew Francis, Queenscliff, soldier, reported theft of suit; Thomas William PARRATT, a soldier is suspected. Photo. 2 pages, List 97.
BRAITHWAITE, Phoebe, Ringarooma, Tasmania, wrote in 1913, seeking Lenie BARBER. Her parents Matthew and Kate nee BAKER were in Geelong 20 years ago; Kate died c15 years ago. The writer is Kate’s sister. 4 pages, List 109.
BRANCIFORTE, Sebastiano, and other Italians, injured when a bomb was thrown at the house they were living in at 15 Howard Street West Melbourne in 1928. Others injured were Circio Guiseppe, Amento Santo, Cassone Salvatore and Angelo Limosanti. 14 pages, List 60.
BRANDER, Edwin, died 1876 aged 67 years; married Louisa DUNCAN in England, and had one daughter Louisa who married William PENNY. Fanny CLARKE wrote from England in 1895 re family; her letter not on file. Grandson William Penny of the Stock Exchange traced. 17 pages, List 29.
BRAY, Blanche. Barmaid at Pitt’s Café in Melbourne, 1874. Engaged to Mr. SNYDER, late agent for Chiarini’s circus, but broken off. Flirted with Mathew O’SHANNESY and Sidney SMITH, then left the Cafe and disappeared. Foul play suspected, but she returns to Mrs. PITT. List 1.
BREARLEY, Percy Clarence, Inglewood, purchased a bicycle in 1928 from local agent for Henry A. JACKSON, North Melbourne, but failed to pay it off, so Jackson lodges a complaint. He is traced and found to be in the UK; had sold the bike to John TREVASKIS of Shepparton. 13 pages, List 60.
BREEDING, William, deserted wife Elless and 4 children at Semaphore, South Australia in 1909; believed in Melbourne with May THOMPSON. Found. 6 pages, List 90.
BREEN, James. Glen Wills. Arrested in 1895 for failing to pay maintenance on illegitimate child by Maggie PAYNE; taken to Traralgon, but found to be the wrong person. Seeks and was granted compensation, 1895. List 1.
BREEN, Michael. Wrote from Daysdale via Corowa, NSW in 1906, asking police to find his wife who has taken their four year old daughter and left with Larry WILLIAMS. They have four other children. 3 pages, List 4. CONNECTION FOUND.
BRENNAN, Ellen Agnes, c41 years, injured in a fire in 1905 and unable to work, so supported by charity for awhile, but police ask to find relatives; brother Charles, Bendigo, corn dealer located. 7 pages, List 64.
BRENNAN, John, left wife at Normanton in 1892, not heard from since. Mrs. J. GOLDEN, Richmond, Qld, wrote in 1903 asking police to find him. ‘Sister has been very ill for some months.’ He was a railway ganger, believed to be at Woodend. Not found. 11 pages, List 66.
BRENNAN, John, Mordialloc, trainer, wanted by Ivy HAMPTON in 1914; she has had twins to him in Tasmania, and he has disappeared. Found. 6 pages, List 114.
BRENNOCK, Sarah, last heard of as a domestic servant in Moonee Ponds; mother Mrs C. HEATHERILL, Wagga Wagga, seeks her. Found. 6 pages, List 99.
BRERETON, J.M., Maryborough Qld, wrote in 1918 seeking friend Charles ROYLANCE who had returned from the Front. Found. 6 pages, List 118.
BRETHERTON, Dora nee WARBY, claimed in 1928 that Colin CRANE and Durham MARCEL, actor and stage manager, committed perjury in the court case Bretherton vs MAJOR in 1924. A large file, it gives the background and traces the movements of the pair before they appeared in court. List 58.
BRETT, Myrtle Isla, gave false age when marrying Albert Carey PAGE in 1916; they were both under age. Her mother threatens to make a formal complaint, but changes mind. Mrs Brett was deserted years ago and is living with Stephen MILLER by whom she has 4 children. Detailed report on situation. 8 pages, List 79. CONNECTION FOUND.
BREUR, Edward Adolph alias BRAUN alias MULHENS, enquired for by German Consul in Sydney in 1906. Married there as Braun, last heard of in Bendigo. Found. 7 pages, List 2.
BREWER, Andrew, left wife and 3 children in Ipswich Qld in 1895 and came to Melbourne for work; formerly in H.M. Navy and British Railways. Rev. Alfred DAVIES of St Thomas’s church Ipswich writes. Not found. 9 pages, List 27.
BREWSTER, Charles A., wrote from Barraba, NSW in 1902. He is a mounted trooper there, 33 years old, would like to join Victorian police. 2 pages, List 61.
BRIDGES, Arthur, 12 years, accidentally run over by a train near Newport in 1900; lost leg. Spencer John BARKMAN was with him. 2 pages, List 49.
BRIDGLAND, H., Bondi, NSW, formerly of the International Hotel Kangaroo Flat, wrote in 1914 querying why police had seized his property there. 7 pages, List 114.
BRIDSON, Thomas H., wrote from Sydney in 1919. He had recently arrived from the U.S. and was the eldest son of Hugh, ‘late police magistrate of the western district located at Sofala’. He is trying to settle his father’s estate and has been told he had land at Geelong by John LANE, a soldier in France, who asks him to give a small reward to his widowed sister when he succeeds in getting the land. Very detailed file shows that Hugh died in 1877, the place meant is Gulgong and the land is worthless. 17 pages, List 71.
BRIGHT, G.H., Bendigo, wrote numerous bizarre letters in 1915 to the Chief Commissioner on religious and political matters. He lived with his mother and kept the letters secret from her. This is a large file. List 80.
BRIGHTON GUN CLUB. Detailed report on Pigeon Shooting Competition held in 1914. 12 pages and booklet Gun Clubs Association, Quarterly Calender, Rules etc.
BRIGHTWELL, Walter B., sought in 1909 by mother Eugenia, Chowey Siding, Gayndah Line, Qld. He left Qld for Melbourne in 1908; an assistant surveyor. Not found. 9 pages, List 91.
BRINDLEY, Mary. Information sought in 1915 by Sarah BRELSFORD, Bexley NSW, her niece; not heard from fora bout 25 years. 7 pages, List 115.
BRISBANE POLICE wrote in 1896 asking for details of Stanley GRAHAM, who was awaiting trial there. They had found a letter from sister Emma HORNE of Ballarat, who confirms that his real name is Horne and that he had been convicted in Victoria of a crime but she didn’t know details. 6 pages, List 37.
BRITTAIN, William, and children Charles, Mary, Josey and Lizzie, sought by wife in Perth WA in 1914. Believed to be with another woman; his parents are in Warrnambool. Found. 10 pages, List 112.
BRITTER, George, deserted his illegitimate child Alan PATERSON, mother Agnes Allen, tailoress, South Melbourne, in 1913. He was a clerk, 25 years. Not found. 4 pages, List 108.
BRITTON, Albert. Incomplete one page letter from Queenstown South Australia, 1919, written by wife. He left her 2 yrs ago, was believed to be with his sister Lucille. Rest of file missing. 1 page, List 3.
BROADBENT, Audrey, in 1928 made pregnant by Edward WEBSTER, who arranged an abortion by Mary SCHAFER of Middle Park. Audrey’s mother Frances reports her suspicions to police who investigate. A large file, List 58.
BROADWOOD, Mary, Bute, South Australia, wrote in 1903, asking advice as to whether she could marry again, as has met someone. Married when 16 to Frederick Broadwood at Mt. Eccles in 1890, after 8 years he deserted her and their 4 children for another woman. 4 pages, List 64.
BROCK, William Joseph, deserted wife Sarah and 5 children at Prahran in 1915; she is now destitute. He is a saddler, 39 years sister Mrs J.HEALEY in Sydney, father in Woollongong. 23 pages, List 115.
BROCKIE, Isabel, employed at Fairfield Infectious Diseases Hospital in 1915, assaulted on her way there late at night. Helped by neighbour John ANDERSON, tram employee. James CARSON arrested with offence, his background given, strongly denies, is released. 6 pages, List 117.
BROCKWAY, T., Broken Hill, concerned about sister Annie in 1901, now living with her sister at Blackburn; she has been in the Adelaide Asylum and is now acting strangely. 9 pages, List 52.
BRODRIBB, R.H., St. Arnaud, 1905; applies to join police force, 21 years. Brother Malcolm concerned, has gone missing. 10 pages, List 23.
BROMLEY, Mrs. Used by police to trap abortionists, 1898. This is a large file. List 1.
BROMLEY, Edward. Deserted wife Jemima in Richmond, after drawing up maintenance agreement in 1901. In 1904 she writes from interstate, asking police to find him. 8 pages, List 10.
BROOKS, Charles, Traralgon, Gippsland, applied to join force in 1901 but in the meantime charged with theft. 3 pages, List 51.
BROOKS, Frederick Augustus alias F.J. DESMOND. Deserted wife Elizabeth and five children at Hawthorn in 1896. He is a traveller with cyclorama entertainments. BEST & HALL, solicitors, Melbourne, wrote to Qld police in 1900, seeking his whereabouts. 9 pages, List 44.
BROOKSHAW, A.E. Private, wrote 4 letters from Heliopolis, Egypt in 1916, begging police to find his wife and persuade her to return to their children whom she had abandoned and were being cared for by Mrs. BALLANTYNE in Newmarket. Found. 16 pages, List 76.
BROOMFIELD, William, sought by niece Matilda BRODIN of Canterbury, NSW in 1897. Was in Victorian police force c30 years ago. Copy of letter from Royal Irish Constabulary on file. 6 pages, List 38.
BROPHY, Francis, 15 years, died at Braybrook in 1900, son of Sarah. ‘This child was an idiot since birth …’. 7 pages, List 48.
BROWN, Ada, wrote from Adelaide in 1913; has heard her 17 year old son Harold has been gaoled, seeks details. 7 pages, List 110.
BROWN, Arthur Gordon, Staff Sgt Major. Reported deserted from Instructional Staff in 1914. English, 29 years. Group photo of soldiers/officers with trophy/large cup on file. 3 pages and photo. List 112.
BROWN, Bridget, Goulburn NSW, wrote in 1913, has heard her son James Francis HEPBURN has died; not heard from for 10 years; asks details. Not found. 9 pages, List 105.
BROWN, Byron, Caledonia Hotel, Hobart, in 1917 asks police to find his wife Eva Ruth and children Heathcote Byron, Phyllis Irene and Beryl Ruth; believed with her sister Doll CARMAN. Found. 7 pages, List 74.
BROWN, Ernest Robert, deserted his 5 illegitimate children by Sophia Irene JONES in 1917, believed in Brisbane. Not found. 4 pages, List 72.
BROWN, George, deserted wife Robina at Clunes in 1899. A miner, 24 years, believed to have taken ship to Sydney under an alias with Mrs. ARMSTRONG and her child. File mainly concerns police failure to produce warrant in time to prevent trip. 40 pages, List 25.
BROWN, Henry Baker, Koondrook, asks police in 1908 to contact his son William Henry at Glanville South Australia; needs assistance. Found. 11 pages, List 85.
BROWN, J.J., deserted wife and five children at Geelong in 1909; saddler. He is found interstate and details of his lifestyle given. 12 pages, List 87.
BROWN, James, wrote from Winton Qld in 1906 re his stepfather Frank DE WELDON, whose wife and children he has supported for 2 years. He has heard that De Weldon died in Ballarat in 1905 and estate was to be left to him. Report reveals he was destitute. 7 pages, List 26.
BROWN, John Hall. Wife wrote from Otford, Illawarra Line, NSW in 1905, seeking his whereabouts. They were from the U.K., arriving c1904. He went to Ballarat and she hasn’t heard from him nor received any maintenance. She has 5 children to support. Not found. 6 pages, List 23.
BROWN, Lionel Percy Aiden, deserted wife Edith Ann at Dimboola in 1918. He was a returned soldier, wounded at Gallipoli, 27 years. Found. 5 pages, List 75.
BROWN, Martha, wife of James, died Macedon 1866, child James also died. Allegation of neglect of child is raised with police; family lived at Middle Gully and another child had previously drowned. 10 pages, List 35.
BROWN, Sarah, Green Park, Horsham, deserted by husband Peter in 1904. 4 pages, List 68.
BROWN, Violet Muriel, wife of John, mother of Muriel Jean, 3 years, Sarah 5 years and Walter 2 years, reports that someone has sexually interfered with Muriel in 1919. Police find she suffered an accident, no evidence of assault. 10 pages, List 31.
BROWN, William Henry, of Thomas Brown & Sons Brisbane, wrote requesting ‘discreet enquiry’ of his son William Hutcheson Monteagle Brown, 19 years, in 1912. He enclosed 2 photos. 25 pages, List 102. See introduction regarding options for copying photographs.
BROWNE, Graham, Dr. Wife Isabella, Fitzroy, wrote in 1900, asking discreet enquiries into him. He had gone to Western Australia as Medical Officer at Mount Magnet Hospital, and was to write, but hasn’t done so. Police find he is an alcoholic. 13 pages, List 48.
BRUCE, A., Boisdale. Wrote in 1910, has a motor bike, is 17 years old; queries refusal to give him a licence. 3 pages, List 54.
BRUCE, Alfred, deserted wife Amy at Alberton in 1901. He was 25-30 years. Not found. 4 pages, List 61.
BRUCE, Elizabeth, Collingwood, issued warrant on father of her illegitimate child Leslie in 1913; he was Peter BERNARD of Chiltern who left town. Letters and postcards from him are on the file, along with help supplied by Mary SMITH, servant at Culcairn Hotel. 20 pages, List 106.
BRUCE, Grace, St Kilda, adopted grand-daughter 4 year old Clara ROWLAND in Sydney c1906. In 1908 child’s mother asks police to find them; not found. 8 pages, List 87.
BRUCE, Henry George, deserted wife and 3 children. In 1899 Rev. J.B. RONALD of South Melbourne asks police to trace him; believed to be in Mount Bischoff in Tasmania; not found. 11 pages, List 41.
BRUNT, Mrs. Allen. Wrote two letters from Burwood near Sydney in 1903; she had seen a newspaper report of a Kate MORGAN deserting her adopted child and wonders if this is her sister Kate Margaret HALL, who is ‘mentally afflicted’ and was last heard of going to Melbourne. Police report it is not the same person – Morgan was the wife of a farmer at Nar Nar Goon, and her maiden name was TREACY. 8 pages, List 6.
BRUTON, Mrs. Caroline, writes from Adelaide in 1906 re her 15 year old grand-daughter Alice PHELAN who has gone to Melbourne. Police find she is working for Mr. BEACONSFIELD, tobacconist of Collingwood. Postcard and letter on file. 13 pages, List 26.
BRYANT, Ronald Caulfield, son of Albert Crusoe Bryant, 20 years, left his home in Prahran in 1909, 20 years. Police search for him in 1912; unsuccessful. 9 pages, List 104.
BRYCE, Christina, daughter of Thomas and Christina, adopted by James DAVIS of Epsom in 1861. Her brother Thomas apprenticed to butcher John TERRANS of Bendigo. Report from Coroner on proceedings which followed death of mother. 5 pages, List 13.
BRYCE, Mrs. J., Launceston, Tasmania. Her unmarried daughter came to Melbourne in 1916 and stayed at lodging house of Mrs. PETERSON, Fitzroy. Took ill and taken to hospital where she gave birth to a son; used the name Hilda EVANS, which was false. Mother informed. 4 pages, List 77.
BRYSON, Houston Stewart. Information sought by daughter living in Middle Park in 1900. He was a contractor/builder, c61 years, believed to be in Bairnsdale district. Found. 12 pages, List 43.
BUBONIC PLAGUE, 1900. Series of reports on various outbreaks in Melbourne. Places mentioned were 1 Rouse St., Port Melbourne, 132 Westgarth St., Fitzroy, occupied by Alfred HANDS and a hoax on Mr ALLARD who lived in Ashley St., Brighton. Large file. List 44.
BUCHAN, William, left at St Joseph’s Convent Surrey Hills in 1902 and adopted by Miss McCann of Timor West. In 1913 he wrote asking details of his parentage; advised to write to Registry. 2 pages, List 94.
BUCHANAN, Alfred, sought by daughter Clara, Waterloo Sydney, in 1909; he was 67 years and a broom seller. Found. 7 pages, List 88.
BUCHANAN, Alfred, sought by daughter Mrs C. COTTER, Sydney, in 1912, believed in hospital; found. 5 pages, List 104.
BUCK, Andrew Alexander, wrote from Sydney in 1900 re Thomas TUMETH, who had left there with Buck’s wife and son Frederick and gone to Melbourne; was using name THOMPSON. Another letter in 1907. 20 pages, List 70.
BUCK, Arthur, sentenced to death for murder of Kate NAUGHTON in 1906. Background given; born Victoria, 27 years. Kate lived with Silas MOYLE under name of McNULTY; her husband James Naughton is in gaol. She had lived with Buck previously. 7 pages, List 27.
BUCKLEY, Dr Dawson. Confidential report on him requested by French Consul in 1911; report states real name is Joseph, brother of James, a draper at Bright, William, John, and Cornelius. 11 pages, List 98.
BUCKLEY, Miss M.M., Portland, writes several almost indecipherable letters to police department in 1915 regarding locals throwing stones at her windows etc. Report on claims. 21 pages, List 116.
BUCKMASTER, George, Private Enquiry Agent, wrote from Buxgunyah, Woolloongabba, Qld, in 1896 on behalf of the mother of James and William MURNANE, natives of Midleton, Co. Cork Ireland, who were last heard of in Gippsland. She is anxious to hear from them. Not found despite extensive search. 18 pages, List 36.
BULLEN, Leopold R., died Melbourne Hospital in 1890. Unnamed brother in U.S.A. seeks details of his estate in 1894; original letter not on file. 9 pages, List 38.
BULWINKEL, C.R., Ballina, Richmond River, NSW, wrote in 1914 on behalf of Beala SINGH, who was concerned about his uncle Kissian SINGH who had gone missing in Victoria; wanted to bring him there. Letter in foreign language [Arabic?] on file. 7 pages, List 113.
BUNGEY, E., Chaplain Adelaide City Mission, wrote in 1911 re prisoner RYAN, seeking his wife. Report states she is Elizabeth HILTON, a prostitute. 4 pages, List 99.
BURDETT, Miss, Tamworth NSW, wrote in 1917 re soldier Ernest Harold DONNELLY, No. 4060, born Tamworth, who had deserted. 6 pages, List 75.
BURFORD, George Thomas, sought by brother Jack, Sydney, in 1915. Not found. 6 pages, List 80.
BURGE, May, charged with false pretences at Melbourne Children’s Court in 1917; victim Minnie FOTHERINGHAM, employee of Myers Department Store, Bourke Street. Witnesses were fellow employees Molly CULLEN, Jean GRIFFITHS. 9 pages, List 97.
BURGESS, Madame and COLLINS, Miss. Continental Tea Rooms, St. Kilda; worried about soldiers attacking their premises, 1916. List 6.
BURGESS, Francis T., left his 3 girls with Miss Eliza Mulqueeny and went to Western Australia. She failed to support them, and one was adopted, while Ellen and Olive went to their aunt Mrs. Jane GLEW of Footscray, who maintained them until 1900, when she wrote to police asking them to locate him and get him to pay for their care. She had 7 children of her own, and a sick husband. Police locate him. 22 pages, List 44.
BURGESS, Richard, charged and found guilty of rape of Elizabeth PARSONS at Trentham in 1900. Details of case. 43 pages, List 47.
BURGESS, John H., wrote in 1906 re his daughter Adelaide Frances Margaret Bird, who had left for Melbourne, concerned about her welfare. 7 pages, List 71.
BURKE, James. Charged with indecent assault on Stella HOLDERNESS, 8 year old daughter of Charlton postmaster in 1881. Burke was a postal employee. 22 pages, List 2.
BURKE, Mrs. Margaret, Hope St., Geelong, complained of treatment by police in 1905. Report states she is delusional; son Patrick and daughter Mary had both attempted suicide. 3 pages, List 52.
BURKE, Mrs. Margaret, Yackandandah, complained in 1917 that the warrant for her husband James Robert is not being served; believes her brother in law George BEATTY and wife Blanche know where he is. 7 pages, List 75.
BURKE, Minnie, accidentally in 1909. Sister Mrs A. WATT, Warwick Qld., asks location of effects. 6 pages, List 91.
BURKE, Rickard, chief correspondent, Taxation Department NSW, wrote a five page letter in 1900, asking for a confidential report on his wife she is ‘young, dressy and very pretty’. She went as a lady’s maid to someone in Melbourne, but he suspects she had an affair with PATON who left Sydney at the same time. A second letter cancels request. 7 pages, List 45.
BURKE, Robert O’Hara, hairdresser, Hampton. Wrote to police in 1915 re his niece Lillian Evelyn YOUNG, of Sebastopol, who answered a letter for a domestic servant and was asked to go to a house in South Yarra, run by Mrs. Margaret WARDLEY or LEIGH, and found it was a ‘house of assignation’. Wardley has a friend James O’DWYER. Interview with Young on file. 13 pages, List 2.
BURKE, William, taken from parents by police when 8 years old, now 21 and asks details of location of parents and siblings John, Mary and Thomas, in 1898. Police find they were admitted to the Industrial Schools, both parents, William and Annie were drunkards. He was fostered out to a Mrs. Kane of Bendigo. He wrote from Cunningham in Gippsland, but had left there by the time report forwarded. They attempt to find him. 18 pages, List 21.
BURKE, William, c60 yrs, born Ireland, living at Mt Blowhard, found in a destitute and dying condition and admitted to hospital in Melbourne, 1905. 4pages, List 11.
BURNESS, Henry, attempted suicide at South Melbourne in 1909; wife Jane and boarded James BOASE provide statement to police. No prosecution. 9 pages, List 91.
BURNESS, Madge, attempted suicide at Fitzroy in 1908; suicide note on file, addressed to friend Alice TAYLOR. Brother John, miner of Enoch’s Point contacted, and will care for her. No prosecution. 19 pages, List 84.
BURNETT, James Reuben Clinton and wife Elima Marie were storekeepers at Bairnsdale in 1911 when fire destroyed their premises; they are suspected. Evidence given by insurance agent James JOHNSTON and Thomas Frederick KENNARD and William Robert Hugh PEARSON. 18 pages, List 98.
BURNETT, Matthew. Reformer, 1879 poster. List 1.
BURNS, Annie nee DILLON, employed as female searcher at Melbourne police station; appeals her employment termination in 1908. 10 pages, List 87.
BURNS, Elizabeth, died suddenly at Burnley in 1900, c24 years, living with father and sister. 2 pages, List 51.
BURNS, Flora, died after alleged abortion by chemist READER at Warracknabeal in 1901; exhumation of body, costs to police etc. Large file, List 51.
BURNS or BRUNS, Frederick, wanted for breaking and entering on premises of A. STARK, Chatswood NSW in 1913; 1 page and photo. List 109.
BURNS, James, farmer, residing near Melbourne, fleeced at Flemington race course in 1891 by two men he subsequently identified as Henry MILLER and Alick BELL, who were from Sydney. Asks police to deal with them; report states they are aided by George ADAMS who lives with brothel keeper Charlotte CAIN. 6 pages, List 55.
BURNS, John, sought by Edward F. CONYERS, Petersham Sydney in 1908, on behalf of his brother Edward Burns, who is a tenant on Conyer’s uncle’s estate Castletown Conyers Ireland. Found. 5 pages, List 85.
BURNS, John Edward, charged with carnal knowledge of Laura Alice SILVER, 14 years, at Yarram in 1912. Copy of her birth certificate on file, parents were George H and Emily E nee winter. She was working for Frances Mary LUCAS at Goodwood Saw Mills, Mullundung. Crown Solicitor’s Opinion on file. 20 pages, List 102.
BURNS, Matthew, Windsor, asks police help in 1899 with his unnamed brother who is an alcoholic and making life miserable for the family. 5 pages, List 76.
BURRETT, Annie, Geelong, applied for old age pension in 1911. Footscray police asked to investigate her husband Thomas’s situation. He states she deserted him years ago and he has remarried, thus committing bigamy. 4 pages, List 95.
BURROWS, Mrs. Stawell, wrote in 1918 re a letter sent about her daughter Mrs BINNEY, who has had a child while her husband is fighting in France. Detailed report on the family. 6 pages, List 118.
BURROWS, E., Greytown near Nagambie; wrote in 1903 complaining of Amelia SMITH’s morals; her sister is living with – GORDON, and has 3 children by him. 10 pages, List 65.
BURT, Maud, 17½ years, left her home at Bacchus Marsh in 1913, believed with John BERRY, c23 years, who had been employed by John WILLS a farmer there. His mother lived in Cheshire. Photo of the couple on file. Information sought by Miss Emily ALLEN. Not found. 4 pages, List 92.
BURTON, John, Burswood, Perth WA, wrote in 1914 re cousin George, who left there in 1912 and hadn’t been heard from since. He was a watchmaker and jeweller and a heavy drinker. Not found. 7 pages, List 110.
BURTON, Mary Ann, old age pensioner, died 1917, buried Tallangatta cemetery; son Samuel was to pay costs, but cleared off. George H. FRANKS, cemetery trust secretary, tried to gain access to her remaining pension money, held in post office, to pay costs. Supported by local police. 8 pages, List 19.
BUSH FIRES CONFERENCE re prevention of, conducted by Minister of Forests A.F. RICHARDSON, MLC. A very large file which covers 1927/1928. List 60.
BUSHBY, Charles, condemned to death by shooting of police Sergeant HYLAND in 1885. 10 pages, List 57.
BUTCHER, Mrs. Elsie, wrote from Hobart Tasmania in 1919 re husband Henry George. A private in 5th Battalion he had returned to Melbourne but hadn’t arrived there yet, and she is concerned. Photo of him in uniform on file. Found in Richmond, by which time she has joined him. 12 pages, List 21. See Introduction re photograph copying.
BUTLER, A., [Mrs G.F.] wrote from Perth WA in 1915 re Robina LEAR, supposed to be on Phillip Island. Found managing a hotel, licensee Mr G.F. Butler. 4 pages, List 117.
BUTLER, Mrs. Anne, farmer, Eden Park, Woodstock near Donnybrook, wrote letters in 1903, complaining of various things. She was widowed in 1872, has 9 children. 15 pages, List 64.
BUTLER, David. Murdered at Mansfield in 1899. Large file. List 17.
BUTLER, Ellen, Clifton Hill, died in 1900 after abortion by Isabella Elizabeth DOWNEY who was charged with murder. Expenses claim by medical man etc. 7 pages, List 44.
BUTLER, Hannah. Wrote two letters in 1898 re her son Thomas W. Butler, a hairdresser, last heard from in Melbourne. One letter was from Ultimo, the other from Pyrmont. Found. 17 pages, List 3.
BUTLER, Ida, abandoned in Little Bourke Street in 1913 and made a Ward of the State. In 1916 her father Walter, living interstate, applies to have her returned, as does her mother. Ida is now 10 years old. Refused. 9 pages, List 79.
BUTLER, Ida, 6 years old, sought by mother, living in Rozelle Sydney in 1914. She had left her with a Mrs DARK, who hasn’t answered her letters. Found, but mother ot a fit person to have her. 5 pages, List 112.
BUTLER, Maggie, fell through skylight of Prince of Wales Hotel, Geelong, in 1896 and later died in hospital. Was a domestic there; relatives in Ballarat collect body. Fellow servant Emily McKirdy’s testimony on file. 7 pages, List 30.
BUTLER, May, 6 years, left with pensioner Theresa DARK in Melbourne by mother who was returning to Sydney to get a job, and would send for her, but never did. In 1912 she is taken before the Children’s Court and police seek her mother, who had been employed by Mrs WINTER of Rozelle, but dismissed because pregnant. 4 pages, List 105.
BUTLER, T.F., Chain of Ponds, South Australia, wrote in 1914 re brother Thomas , who left WA in 1913 and hasn’t been heard from since. He is c36 years. Found. 6 pages, List 112.
BUTT, Charles, wrote from Bulumwaal in 1894, complaining of Charles AH HING who kept a disreputable shanty there. Ah Hing also wrote to department about attitude of local Sergt of police; he employed a young girl named MOONEY to help his European wife. Newspaper cutting on file show that Ah Hing was charged with wounding James AH KEW at Bairnsdale. 20 pages, List 24.
BUTTERWORTH, A., Smithton Tasmania, offered in 1912 to take the son of gaoled criminal Alfred Thomas SWIFT; police find he has gone to uncle. 2 pages, List 101.
BUTTOLPH, Robert, died in Melbourne hospital in 1900; single, clerk, 64 years, had cut his own throat. 9 pages, List 49.
BUTTON, Mrs. K., Perth, Tasmania, widow, wrote in 1910 her only son Jack who went to Victoria for the Show and hasn’t returned; 20 years. 9 pages, List 91.
BYWATER, Adelaide, Fitzroy, attempted suicide at Fitzroy in 1912, 28 years, single. Her aunt Mrs Alice WARD will take care of her. 8 pages, List 103.
BYWATER, Katherine and sister, Knowsley Vale, alleged in 1911 that local constable was rude to them. His report states they have been sending anonymous postcards and letters to residents, including W.H. Evans, butcher. 14 pages, and small postcard. List 95.
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