Criminal & Other Case Files C-E
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CADDY, Bessie May, Brighton, wrote in 1915 seeking address of her sister Nita, who was under church care; request denied. Incomplete file, original letter missing. 3 pages, List 115.
CADZOW, John. Information sought in 1904 by wife Maggie, wrote on letterhead of KRICHELDORFF Studios, Melbourne; found interstate. 6 pages, List 68.
CAFFIN, Edgar, storekeeper, Jumbunna South Gippsland, sought by sister in law Ethel HUGHES, Laverton, W.A. in 1913. He was executor of her late husband Edward’s estate in 1909 and has not forwarded on money due to her. His wife Jane was also looking for him. He left 2 years ago, taking their 3 sons Clifford, Frederick and Victor with him. Jane has heard that he is living with Alice HORSNALL, whose mother lives in Coalville, and she wants her children back. His brother Rupert will not assist. 28 pages, List 109.
CAHILL, J.J., applied to join force in 1895 but was rejected on medical grounds because of cold. Seeks another examination, but fails that as well. Was born 1875, a telegraph messenger at Pyramid Hill. 7 pages, List 29.
CAHILL, Cornelius James, deserted wife Mary in Western Australia; found in Adelaide in 1900. File re cost of extradiction. 12 pages, List 44.
CALCOTT, David, deserted wife at Trentham in 1867. Head Teacher at Common School, Robert BICKHAM (??) writes on her behalf. Calcott was last heard of near Wickliffe. 2 pages, List 35.
CALDER, M.S., secretary of the Tatura Hospital Sports Committee, asked Chief Commissioner in 1901 if Constable James KELLY (Hercules) could again perform feats of strength at their carnival. Posters of 1900 and 1901 event on file, and previous correspondence. Permission refused as Kelly had recently behaved badly. 20 pages, List 52.
CALDWELL, William, Paddington, NSW, wrote in 1905 re his son George, who had stowed away on a ship to Melbourne with Arthur ISLES and Leslie McGRATH and was sentenced to gaol. Asks police help to return him home. 6 pages, List 63.
CALLAWAY, William Joseph, deserted wife Blanche, Mosmans Bay, NSW in 1904; frequents gambling places. Robert W. FRASER also writes. 11 pages, List 68.
CALNIN, Michael, sought by wife in Clifton Hill, in 1903; last heard of at Bena butter factory, they have 6 children and he has not sent maintenance. 6 pages, List 6.
CAMERON, A.M., Hamilton, applied for Mounted Police in 1898, 21 years, born there. 1 page, List 20.
CAMERON, Henry, c20 years, charged with several offences at Dromana in 1919, including theft from Roy KIDMAN, Ralph and Mildred STENNETT and Clive Prell FAIRBAIRN, who employed him briefly. Elizabeth MITCHELL, maid, mentioned, and letter from Mrs. M.R. FAIRBAIRN on file. Cameron is c20 years old. 30 pages, List 27.
CAMERON, Maggie, 12 years old in 1900, daughter of John and Annie, Port Melbourne, alleges assault by several boys, Harry WEEGE (10 years) , Richard BENDER (12 years), Jack CROFT (6 years and Albert BRIGHT (10 years). 9 pages, List 49.
CAMERON, Mrs. May, wrote from Ballarat East in 1899, asking confidential report on prisoner EVANS alias Samuel PRICE, believes he may be her brother, hasn’t heard from him for 4 years. He was a plumber, born 1870. Reply confirms not him. 7 pages, List 42.
CAMPBELL, Alexander, scene painter, went from Sydney to Melbourne in 1895 with theatre crowd; wife seeks his whereabouts. He had signed the pledge but ‘when he gets the demon he will go awry for days and days.’ 9 pages, List 26.
CAMPBELL, Archibald, sought by Miss J. NELSON, Wangaratta, in 1909. She gave birth to his child in 1900 and he has never paid maintenance despite a court order. His mother Mrs BLOWES lives in Buln Buln. Not found. 6 pages, List 88.
CAMPBELL, George, wrote to Chief Commissioner in 1914 from McIvor Hotel, Maryborough, where he was employed, to report an indecent assault on local girl – DUNSTAN by train conductor, (identified as J. BENNETT Moonee Ponds). The girl’s mother Harriet refuses to allow court case as she is ‘fragile’. Bennett is sacked. Campbell previously knew CCP when employed at Sale. 11 pages, List 76.
CAMPBELL, Peter. Bush missionary, killed by train, 1886; report on incident. List 1.
CAMPBELL, Robert Edward, deserted wife Minnie nee COONEY and two children at Waverley NSW, sought by her in 1915. He was believed to have married again to Johanna KEANE, whose sister was Mrs SLOCOMB. Traced, NSW police find that Minnie has gone to Brisbane. Interviewed, she states she never wrote the letter and wants nothing to do with her husband; suggests who wrote it. 14 pages, List 117.
CAMPBELL, Roy Malcolm, charged with larceny on Edward George KENT, Carlton, in 1928. He was a printer, 23 years; group photo on file, 5 pages, List 60.
CAMPBELL, Mrs Sarah, Richmond, in 1911 asks police to find her husband James, who has been working in South Africa and has stopped sending money. Found. 7 pages, List 95.
CANHAM, Kate, wrote from Fairfield in 1900. Was forced to place her son with William MENTON of the Mission Schools in Melbourne, and he sent him to J. SELLICK, farmer at South Jeffcott. Her son hasn’t answered her letters. Found. 7 pages, List 47.
CANHAM, William, old age pensioner, Collingwood, jumped into Yarra river in 1909 and rescued by Alfred Percy PULMAN. 4 pages, List 53.
CANNON, Ellen, (Mrs HERMAN), Perth, WA, in 1913 asks help to prove she is eligible for the Old Age Pension. She worked for the police department in Geelong 40 years ago. Police establish it was for Sgt WHELAN, and trace his son. 14 pages, List 108.
CANT, Eileen Stella May, sought by mother Ruth, Erskineville NSW in 1912. She was abducted by William RADFORD, believed in Melbourne. Not found. 14 pages, List 102.
CANTERBURY, George, Broken Hill, wrote in 1913 seeking his family; he had 2 sisters and a brother Tom. Found, Tom declines t have anything to do with him. 2 pages, List 106.
CAPON, William, labourer, drowned at Woolert in 1896, letters from relatives George Capon, Westcombe Park and Charles Capon, Cockayne Hatley, on file. 14 pages, List 50.
CAPPONI, Aantonio, sought by cousin P. Capponi, Tenterfield NSW in 1901. He was a native of Cerentino Switzerland, arrived Melbourne 1855; not heard from since 1862. Not found. 17 pages, List 94.
CARBIS, James, died at Narrandera Hospital NSW in 1900. Local Registrar asks for family details, but no relatives traced in Victoria. 11 pages, List 46.
CARBUHN, James and Mary. Charged with ill-treating Eva Rosena MURRAY at Sorrento. Vic. Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Children investigates; notes on file. Witness Elena MELROSE. Case dismissed. Large file, List 3.
CARDWELL, Annie Eliza, gave birth to illegitimate male child in 1915; father David Royal ALEXANDER, 40 years. Arrested interstate. 11 pages, List 116.
CAREWTHERS (CARRUTHERS?) Mrs. Mary, Abbotsford, took Lysol and admitted to hospital in 1918. Report on. 4 pages, List 69.
CAREY, Emil, wrote from Village Settlement, Yarragon in 1896 re wife who went to Melbourne for medical treatment 5 weeks prior, and hasn’t returned. Police find she had been with her sister Mrs. KAYE. 7 pages, List 29.
CAREY, Emil. Wrote from Gippsland in 1904, re his two daughters Mabel and Ida; had not heard from them. 4 pages, List 11.
CAREY, Francis Ambrose, Cairns, Qld., applied to join Vic. police in 1909, had been in South African police. Copies of references on file. 4 pages, List 55.
CAREY, Jane, Darlinghurst, Sydney, wrote in 1915 re husband John alias Jack WARNER, born Scotland, married 1909, not heard from for 2 years. Found to have enlisted. 6 pages, List 80.
CAREY, John, alias Jack WARNER, native of Scotland, left Sydney for Melbourne in 1910. In 1913 sought by wife Jane nee LORENSON of Darlinghurst Sydney. Found. 5 pages, List 94.
CARGEEG, Annie, a dressmaker, in 1896 she took a position in Korumburra with L. PEACOL, arranged by agent Alfred HORSLEY. Copy of agreement on file. She stayed at the Korumburra Coffee Palace; Peacol wanted a tailor, so she had to return to West Melbourne, but alleges assault on train; she had been acting strangely beforehand. Comments from Laurets LARSEN, who kept the Coffee Palace, Martha WIELAND who lived there, railway employees Hugh FISHER, Rudolph CARROLL, Christian VIELGAARD, Charles Thomas BELLION, John LEE, Patrick GREEN, Thomas LENNON and Charles TRUEMAN. Driver claims she was found on railway track and picked up. Quite a convoluted story. 54 pages, List 36.
CARINGTON-WALTERS, Lorna, East Melbourne. In 1914 asks if a ‘Correspondence Club’ that was advertised in newspapers is genuine. Report states set A.F. FARRYER/TARRYER, prospectus on file. 11 pages, List 112.
CARLIN, Allan Francis, 15 years, in 1917 left Mount Gambier for Melbourne to meet his brother, but missed him and was left destitute. Offered work by Mr. BLYTHMAN, farmer, Woomelang, but took ill there and needed medical attention. His mother is in Sydney. 6 pages, List 73.
CARLO, wife of ice-cream maker, Cumberland Place, wrote an anonymous letter to the police department in 1918 re the ‘state of things in Little Lonsdale Street’. Police identify her as the letter writer, and interview Sister Mary Ryan of Catholic School and Sister Francis of C/E Mission, who refute claims made. A detailed report is compiled on the ‘slum area’. 10 pages, List 120.
CARROLL. Mrs Alice, wife of Lewis, attempted suicide at Fitzroy in 1912. Tranter and Midge PHILLIPS were witnesses. List 102.
CARTER, George Cecil, deserted illegitimate child by Annie F. BRENNAN at Hawthorn in 1917. A grocer, 38-40 years old. In 1919 a newspaper clipping which mentioned a Cecil George Carter is set to police, asking if it is the same person – no. 8 pages, List 121.
CARTER, Mrs. Lucy, died at Chiltern in 1869 of accidental overdose; a vocalist. Her brother George R. MILFORD, Supreme Court Sydney, asks details and about the male child fathered by O’CONNOR; thought she was still in London. 8 pages, List 78.
CARTLEDGE, Eva, Sale, deserted by husband Frederick in 1904; believed in Western Australia, c43 years, a miner. 6 pages, List 68.
CARLETTI, Antonio. Italian Consul in Melbourne sought details of the property left after his death, 1877. 4 pages, List 5.
CARLISLE, Mary, Geelong wrote in 1903 re her son William, hasn’t heard for some years, letter from him in 1893 on file, last heard of in Qld. 10 pages, List 6.
CARLOW, Thomas, injured while working at ‘Emilton’ Barkly Street St. Kilda in 1900, employer Mrs. HUTCHINSON. 2 pages, List 50.
CARLTON, Jessie, gave birth to illegitimate child Amietta at Nurse Emma DENT’s home in Fitzroy in 1915, posing as a married woman. To be prosecuted, but charge withdrawn. 14 pages, List 80.
CARNEY, Charles, 39 years, labourer, deserted Mrs. Elizabeth Isabel TODD, West Melbourne, in 1918; she had two children by her husband who had deserted her, and one by Carney. He was found to have overseas under another name. 5 pages, List 74.
CARNIE, Robert, South Melbourne, wrote in 1904 asking to join police force. Has seen service in South Africa twice. Applied in 1903 and told services not required; file gives detail of reasons for refusal. 12 pages, List 33.
CARR, Dorothy. Daughter of Robert of Narrawong near Portland. Investigation into birth of her illegitimate child in 1914; family member suspected. 9 pages. List 1.
CARR, Mrs. Elizabeth, separated from her husband and living with George Ernest FREEMAN, gives birth to two children, George in 1905 and Ada Myrtle in 1907, and registers them as a married woman, giving the Carr marriage details. Investigation, and copies of original birth certificates on file. No prosecution. 16 pages, List 81.
CARR, William Watson, arrested and convicted of murder of Margaretta WILLIAMS at Wonthaggi in 1928. They were sweethearts in Gateshead on Tyne England, but she broke off the relationship and came to Victoria. Photo of Carr; very large file, List 60.
CARROLL, Frank and Billy ROBERTSON, took part in boxing competition in 1912. Robertson collapsed and taken to hospital; report on event. 6 pages, List 32.
CARSLAKE, John Patrick, charged with shop breaking and stealing jewellery from Stella PALFREY in 1928. Large file, List 57.
CARSON, Elizabeth Ann, Wynnum South, Brisbane, wrote to Bendigo police in 1910 re her husband John Henry Carson, who has deserted her. Note on file; she is a half-caste. 6 pages, List 94.
CARSON, Samuel Morris. Also known as MORRIS. File re bigamy case of 1887; married Johanna PATEZELNR at Mount Gambier and Annie MORRIS at Ballarat in 1882. List 1.
CARTER’S PTY. LTD., 101-103 Elizabeth Street Melbourne, tailors and mercers. A fire broke out in 1928; manager Barnet GOLDSTEIN and nightwatchman Frank MITCHELL (Sth Melbourne) interviewed, along with directors Solomon DAVIS and Solomon LYONS. 13 pages, lIST 60.
CARTER, Bessie, left Sydney for Melbourne in 1911, 33 years. In 1912 her sibling M.E. Carter of Homebush Sydney asked police to find her. Not found. 8 pages, List 104.
CARTER, Blanche, 14 years, California Gully, found to have venereal disease in 1899. Father John, widower, had engaged Margaret HOPE as housekeeper to keep an eye on her, and she discovered that something was wrong and took her to a doctor. Blanche alleged that her brother in law George BOSELEY was the offender; her sister Ada was married to his brother. Ada warned her not to say anything, and the father would not agree to a prosecution, so case dropped. Warning; the material is quite confronting. 30 pages, List 38.
CARTER, Emma, Panton Hill, wrote in 1917. Her husband J.W. was now in an asylum and she is destitute; asks if 2 children can go ‘on the State’. Baby daughter Florence Mary committed. 2 pages, List 72.
CARTER, Isabella, Mary Ann and Matilda, daughter of Martin of Staffordshire, left there for Melbourne c1854. Sought by brother Absolom, Walsall, Staffs, in 1910. Not found. 7 pages, List 63.
CARTER, Mrs. Joseph. An invalid, being cared for at Strathloddon by her niece Mrs. EVANS. Complaint about quality of care, includes letter from husband, 1899. 5 pages, List 2.
CARTER, Sarah, wife of William, died suddenly at South Yarra in 1900. 2 pages, List 51.
CARTWRIGHT, Gladys, Albert Park, 18 years, attempted suicide in 1916 and rescued by Raymond BIRCH of Port Melbourne. She was pregnant to soldier John CONWAY who refused to marry her. No prosecution. 5 pages, List 79.
CARTWRIGHT, R. Wrote to police from Auburn in 1904 re his daughter Vera, who was living with her aunt and uncle OPIE in Ballarat East. He asked police assistance to get her returned to him. Police interview child and Opies and decline to help him – his background given. 7 pages, List 16.
CARTWRIGHT, Richard, suspected of taking poison at his shop in Auburn in 1903, and taken to hospital where he recovers. His young children are looked after by a neighbour Mrs. McGUINNESS as his wife and he are living apart. 6 pages, List 66.
CARVER, Mrs. Pryce, wrote asking for assistance in 1896. Charity Organisation Society in Melbourne ask details; ‘is of drunken habits’. She receives a remittance from England; claims to be a widow with 3 children, but this is false. 7 pages, List 38.
CASEY, Evelyn, South Yarra. Complains to police about her pocket being picked at Flinders Street railway station in 1894. 4 pages, List 13.
CASEY, J.J. Enquires about Michael RUSSELL on behalf of relatives in Ireland in 1877. He was of Kilrush Co Kildare, left there in 1851 to go to the diggings. Police think it possibly Michael Hennessy RUSSELL who died some years prior. 34 pages, List 5.
CASEY, John, W. Tamworth NSW, wrote in 1918 re his daughter Matilda, who wrote in 1914 that she was entering a convent in New Zealand; he’s heard nothing since. 6 pages, List 121.
CASEY, Mary Emelda, born 1908, but birth not registered until 1909 at Ballarat; father Joseph. File re reason for delay. 5 pages, List 88.
CASSERLY, Bernard, wrote from Sydney NSW in 1906, seeking a copy of his application to join the force in 1862 as it will show his birth date; he is applying for the old age pension. No records prior to 1864. 5 pages, List 27.
CASSIDY, J. Constable No. 5683, Surrey Hills, advised in 1916 that he had enlisted and asked extended leave. 3 pages, List 76.
CASWELL, John Henry. Wife Ellen ran off with Thomas RING, a 36 year old fireman, in 1894. He charged her with larceny, and pestered police about finding her until 1899. In 1894 an unknown woman suicided in Melbourne. She was believed to be Grace Elizabeth LANE, the former wife of George Lane of Adelaide. Photos of the dead woman, and one of Grace Lane are on the file, as well as details of Grace’s background. In 1899 Caswell claimed the dead woman was his wife, which police dispute. Large file, List 2.
CATCHLOVE, Eva, wrote from Surrey Hills in 1900, asking discreet enquiry for her husband A.H., at Norseman in WA. He was not providing maintenance. Found and explanation given. 4 pages, List 47.
CATHERWOOD, Mrs. E.H., asks police in 1908 why they have not found her husband who has deserted her; negative report on her character. 8 pages, List 84.
CATRINA, John. Charged with cutting telegraph wire at Reedy Creek in 1896; Emily CAVANAGH postmistress there. He is 9yrs old; witness John SHAW (8yrs) and Harold TOWNSEND mentioned. 14 pages, List 3.
CATTRAIN, Frederick, deserted child in 1909, believed in Broken Hill; sister Mrs HICKS at Coburg. Found. 7 pages, List 87.
CAULFIELD, Catherine, widow of the late Sergeant Caulfield, wrote from Sydney in 1900. Her daughter Ellen was seduced by John BUTLER (alias BROOKS), c35 years, Tasmanian, and had a child by him. She sought maintenance, and it was claimed he was married with five children, and believed in Melbourne. 20 pages, List 45.
CAULFIELD, James, deserted wife Bridget Bertha and 3 children in 1908. In 1917 he was living in Queensland with another woman and under the name of J.H. CRAWFORD. He enlisted in the AIF under that name. Thomas LAIDLER of Wangaratta has been assisting her and asks if Caulfield could be found to support her and the children. Very detailed report on the case. 19 pages, List 121.
CAUSBY, Mrs W., Senior, Gawler, South Australia, wrote in 1911 asking if George BENTLEY, the person burnt to death at Ballarat, could be her father who left there c50 years ago, and was never heard from again. 6 pages, List 101.
CAVANAGH, Andrew, sought by C.D. PHEMISTER, Copmanhurst, Clarence River, NSW, in 1912; last heard of in Richmond. 4 pages, List 105.
CAVANAGH, Charles. Died at Dunolly in 1918, aged 49yrs. Letter from wife Emily asking confirmation of death; he deserted 24 yrs ago, they were married in 1891. His brothers Patrick at Yarraville and William at Glenhuntly approached to pay burial expenses, but decline. Emily is now living with – STOKES/STAKES. 8 pages, List 3.
CAVANAGH, Eileen, North Melbourne, wife of Arthur, took accidental overdose in 1914. 4 pages, List 112.
CAWOOD, J.C., Bellingen, NSW, reported in 1911 that Richard OSBORNE, a sleeper cutter working for him, is receiving repeated requests for money from Harriet HILL of Melbourne; thinks he being exploited. File shows that he is wanted for deserting wife Ruby in 1908. 7 pages, List 95.
CERUTTY, Harry Richard, living in hut near Monbulk; reported by neighbour SLATER in 1908 as being in a bad way; taken to hospital, son Cedric informed. 10 pages, List 85.
CHADWICK, Mrs., wrote from Brunswick in 1894 re her husband Joseph, c35 years, believed to be at Adelaide; she is in straightened circumstances. Found. 9 pages, List 38.
CHADWICK, Mrs A., Korrumburra, wrote in 1919 re her 19 year old daughter Gladys, who was somewhere in Melbourne. Movements traced. 10 pages, List 121.
CHAFFEY, Miss, Queenscliff, 1900. Anonymous letter claims she gave birth to a child fathered by J.A. MOORE of the V.R.R.A.A., who has now passed the test to enter police force, and queries his character. 2 pages, List 44.
CHAMBERLAIN, Francis Thomas, sought by Destitute Board Adelaide; has stopped sending money for his wife Beatrice and children. Was working for Mr T. DAVIES, Abbotsford, bootmaker at some stage. Letter from Chamberlain on file. Not traced. 13 pages, List 101.
CHAMBERS, Francis Joseph. Died at St. Kilda in 1930, of food poisoning. File re widow Jessie Ellen’s letter of complaint about police investigations. 26 pages, List 3.
CHAMBERS, Dr. Matthew, died suddenly at Rosebery, late of Hopetoun. Arrangements re funeral and costs; wife at Balmoral writes she can’t afford to pay them, says he was an alcoholic, cousin William in Fitzroy also declines. Brother James, solicitor, Durham England, does so. 18 pages, List 36.
CHANDLER, Annie E., Zeehan, Tasmania, wrote in 1912 re her daughter Evelyn Isabel, who left Tasmania at the instigation of Alfred DAVENPORT, of South Melbourne, and hasn’t been heard from for some months. Found. 5 pages, List 103.
CHANDLER, Stanley, Yinnar Hotel, reported in 1929 that his wife’s watch had been stolen. Employees, including Lilly BLACK questioned. Her mother wrote protesting her innocence. 6 pages, List 89.
CHANNING, Henry Westfield, engineer, left Ballarat for Melbourne in 1915. His wife M. wrote from Norwood South Australia in 1916 and 1917 requesting discreet enquiry be made for him. He was Danish, 58 years, photo on file. Not found. 31 pages, List 71.
CHANTLER, William H., wrote from Willoughby North Sydney in 1898 re Mrs. Mary Emily PETERSON nee HUSTAGE, his sister in law. She had a child, William David BLAIR from her first marriage, he died some years ago. Not found. 18 pages, List 42.
CHAPMAN, Alexander Austin, deserted from Liverpool Military Camp NSW in 1917, captured at Cann River but escaped. 14 pages, List 74.
CHAPMAN, Mrs Alice, St Peters, Sydney, wrote in 1911 re the 2½ year old child of her sister Rose WARE, who is living with Alice ROBERTSON, a suspected prostitute. Child found with Mrs DEAKIN of South Melbourne. There is quite detailed information on this file. 6 pages, List 97.
CHAPMAN, Mrs Alice, St Peters, Sydney, wrote in 1911 re her sister Rose WARE who is living with Chinese in Melbourne; she has had 3 illegitimate children, not fit to have care of child Rose WARE, who is with Mrs DEAKIN. Detailed report. 8 pages, List 100.
CHAPMAN, Arthur J., Redfern, NSW, asks police in 1916 to visit Leslie SMITH, HMS Cerebus Naval Depot, and get him to return Chapman’s wife Mary Ann, who he has lured away; he is leaving for the front soon. 6 pages, List 79.
CHAPMAN, Mrs. Knox, Swan Hill, wrote in 1916 re Albert Louis WASHBURN, American, who deserted wife Alice Louisa and 4 children there; their land has had to be forfeited and a local charity is helping the family. He is traced interstate, but escaped. 6 pages, List 79.
CHAPMAN, Percy, c21 years, died suddenly at the Grand National Tower Hotel, Ascot Vale in 1900; was a boarder. 4 pages, List 50.
CHAPPELL, Desmond Paul, killed in fight with William CHALMERS, Colac, 1917. Chalmers, real name McDONALD, and illegitimate, had been raised by Mrs. Chalmers and had some prior convictions. 245 pages, List 75.
CHARE, Joseph, died at the lodging house of Charles LIVINGSTONE, Melbourne, in 1900. 2 pages, List 48.
CHARE, Kate, died Sale 1909, husband Robert promises to pay burial costs but fails to do so, is ‘fond of drink’. He is an upholsterer, 48 years. 8 pages, List 55.
CHARITY ORGANIZATION SOCIETY write re four WHYTE children, living in Drummond St., Carlton in 1888, who are neglected. Their father is dead, mother has remarried to William MEAD, but both are drunkards. 7 pages, List 52.
CHARLESTON, James, boarded with widow Charlotte MATTHEWS in Melbourne, and ran off with her daughter Adelaide in 1912. She was under age, so mother took out a warrant, but cancelled it when she found the pair had married in Clunes. 23 pages, List 33.
CHARLESTON, William. File re his bigamy; first wife Ada Isabella in 1899 at Derby Tasmania, sister Mrs. Eva ROUSE. Second wife Lucy Marcella nee TETU in Victoria. 21 pages, List 2.
CHARMAN, Arthur George, Victorian, 21 years. Information sought on behalf of his destitute wife at Portland, whom he has deserted. Found interstate. 4 pages, List 61.
CHARMAN, Herbert H. Private No. 3360 (Abroad) wrote in 1917 wishing to find friend John H. UPTON, last heard of at Ballarat. Found. 5 pages, List 75.
CHASELING, Charlotte Frances, wrote from Sydney in 1900; believes husband Theodore Christmas Chaseling committed bigamy in Melbourne in 1899. She believes he married Clara JOHNSON under the name of Henry WILSON; copy of certificate on file. 15 pages, List 45.
CHAUNCY, Clement H.S., married Miss WILLIS, daughter of Arthur, Station Master, Sydney Terminus in 1896. They went to W.A., where he was admitted to an Asylum, and she returned to her father. He subsequently discharged, and believed now with sisters Mrs KIRKPATRICK, in Victoria. Arthur asks for a confidential report on his state of mind in 1899, which is given. 7 pages, List 41.
CHEDZOY, Sidney, wrote from Strathpine, Brisbane, Qld in 1899. His wife Emily and son Herbert Royal (born Brisbane 1893), went to Melbourne for a holiday and stayed with friend Mrs. John EDMONDS in Abbotsford c1895. Emily died there, and Mrs. Edmonds has taken care of the child. He wants his son returned to him, but she won’t answer his letters. 5 pages, List 43.
CHEESMAN, Richard. Committed bigamy when he married Daisy O’REGAN in Melbourne in 1904; had married Sophia CARTWRIGHT nee SLOCOMBE in Sydney in 1895. Daisy had money, and he spent £300 of it. Located and charged. 30 pages, List 17.
CHERRY, Edwin Mark, fined for non registration of child’s birth in 1895, asks time to pay fine, is out of work. 8 pages, List 26.
CHESTERMAN, Alfred, sought by wife Annie, Barrambie NSW in 1909. Not found. 5 pages, List 88.
CHEVERS, Norman Michael. Charged with larceny by Norman JENKINS, Foster, Foster & Co., tea merchants in 1928; was a traveller for them. Ex captain in the British Army. 6 pages, List 58.
CHEYNE, Phillipa Mary Ellen, Collingwood, reports theft of money by William HAZARD, 21 years, in 1906. Small photo of him on file, plus 1 page report. List 50.
CHICOWSKI, Florence, Maryborough, Qld., wrote in 1913 re a newspaper report of a man found dead, and asked if it was her brother William, who she described. 10 pages, List 108.
CHILLINGOLAH, 28 miles from Ultimo. In 1911 residents petition re police protection; 30 signatures. A detailed report on local situation is given. 11 pages, List 97.
CHINESE GAMBLING DENS. File of 1910 giving details of the long history of police investigating them from 1892. Compiled in response to claims made. List 115.
CHINESE LOTTERIES. File relating to selling lottery tickets in inner Melbourne by various Chinese in 1895; samples on file, and reports on various cases. LUEY LEE asked for more money to continue to help police. Edward TREAGUER, interpreter, also writes. 43 pages, List 30.
CHING, Mrs., Russell St., Melbourne. In 1913 an anonymous letter alleges she is using 19 year old Nellie COLLIS of Collingwood ‘for men’s convenience’. Report shows Nellie helps with her 2 children. 5 pages, List 106.
CHRISTIAN, James. Unknown male found drowned in Yarra in 1895 identified as him. Wife Catherine Edith, living in Redfern Sydney informed. Gruesome photo of him on file. 28 pages List 25.
CHRISTIE, Mrs. C., Waterloo, Sydney, wrote in 1908 re her husband William, 44 years, who deserted her after 12 years of marriage; certificate has him as William Christie D’ARCY, father Charles Alexander D’Arcy. He worked in Bairnsdale c20 years ago, and is believed to have had a child by Mary MEARES. She thinks he has a suspicious background; claims his siblings were drowned. 8 pages, List 92.
CHRISTIE, Andrew, dairyman, Coburg, property damaged by fire in 1900; owned by Mrs. HALL. 2 pages, List 50.
CHRISTIE, C.L., Auburn, wrote in 1915, complaining of threatening behaviour by Jabez MURPHY and his brother Charles, over his son’s debt to them. Christie is a brother of Inspector Christie. 6 pages, List 117.
CHRISTY, Arthur, wrote from Tabulam, NSW in 1901, asking police to find Frederick Christy, formerly in the railways. His father, Alfred Howe Christy, is a nephew of Frederick’s. Found. 11 pages, List 52.
CHRISTMAS, R. Piangil. Complains that police at Swan Hill are not attending to local offences, 1920. Report states he is in dispute with – CONDON. 7 pages, List 3.
CHUNG HIN POY, wrote in Chinese from Heidi in 1897, complaining of being cheated out of his tobacco crop by former partner PING LING; translation of letter also on file. Report on case. 12 pages, List 40
CHURCH, Victoria. Rev. Father McCARTHY of St Mary’s R/C church, Victoria St., West Melbourne, reports than a female infant was found on the porch by girl named Leonie KNOWLES in 1919. Child committed to Department of Neglected Children, given name of Victoria Church. 2 pages, List 27.
CHURCHILL, Ernest. Melbourne, asked details on how to join police force, 1898. 1 page, List 7.
CHURCHILL, John, ship’s fireman. In 1880 Sydney police ask Melbourne police to visit him re his destitute wife and children in England. List 115.
CIARDELLI, A., Richmond River, NSW, wrote in 1916 asking police to find the family of Frederick William KIRBY who had been accidentally killed in his employ; death described. Kirby was c45 years old, formerly from Warrnambool and used the name Tommy McGRATH there. Mother found. 6 pages, List 76.
CINCOTTA, Antonio, 16 years, sought by Italian Consul in 1911, on behalf of his father Carmelo of Kew, who claims he is uncontrollable. 9 pages, List 95.
CLAIR, W., working at El Dorado in 1895, applied to join police force; 22 years. 2 pages, List 28.
CLAPHAM, Louisa M., Brisbane Qld., wrote in 1907 re her brother Edwin, who was living in Melbourne but hadn’t answered her last letter; she hadn’t seen him for 50 years. Found. 5 pages, List 83.
CLARK, Andrew, attacked by dog owned by Mrs. HAINS, Sydney Road Coburg in 1900 and taken to hospital; had not long arrived in the Colony. 9 pages, List 50.
CLARK, Arthur, accidentally killed at the Welcome Stranger Mine, Baileston in 1902 and buried without an inquest. Report on, 22 pages, List 63.
CLARK, Edward, charged with manslaughter of Francis Joseph MANGAN in 1907. 21 pages, List 89.
CLARK, Emma Jane, Dowling Street Bendigo. Confirms that she runs a brothel there in 1882; one of her girls is Angelin EMPEROR. List 115.
CLARK, George. Wrote from Telford Victoria in 1902, seeking entry into police force; 26 years. 2 pages, List 12.
CLARK, Nicholas Charles, charged with deserting illegitimate child by Emily Beatrice BARTLETT in 1899. Believed to be at Broken Hill; found. 9 pages, List 42.
CLARK, Philip J., sought by US Consul in 1918 on behalf of his brother [unnamed]. He left Arizona in 1884, and was supposed to be in Melbourne; aged c57 years. No found. 8 pages, List 119.
CLARK, Rowland, artist. Wife Flora wrote in 1895 from St. Kilda, hasn’t heard from him for some months, he is at Lefroy in Tasmania. Found in poor circumstances. 7 pages, List 26.
CLARK, Thomas, wrote from Pentridge gaol in 1904, complaining about damage done to his clothing by police and asking compensation. Stains were cut out to take samples as he had been suspected of murder, but someone else was the offender. He was convicted of larceny at Ballarat in 1903. 10 pages, List 33.
CLARK, Mrs W.J., Kalgoorlie, wrote in 1907 asking police to find her late husband’s people; his father was a butcher in Richmond. Arthur J. Clark interviewed and referred police to his father who had a brother Reuben and who in turn had a son James Henry. Approached, he knows of the writer and is not in a position to help. 6 pages, List 83.
CLARKE, Alice, 27 years, and son Bertie, 7 years, left husband George in Maryborough Qld in 1900, supposedly with Alec McIVOR, who was from Maffra. Husband wrote to both Victorian and NSW police, asking help to locate them. Not found. 11 pages, List 48.
CLARKE, Edward J., Flemington. Wrote in 1912 re wife’s tenant Mrs. FOSTER who died at Keilor. Her adopted son took away property, some of which was his wife’s. 9 pages, List 32.
CLARKE, Elizabeth (known as Lilley). Seduced by Constable Alfred Patrick McMANUS, who promised marriage. She gave birth to a daughter Mary and summoned him in January 1879 for maintenance, which was granted. Child died and he subsequently tried to marry someone else, but she appeared at the church and the priest refused to marry him. Her married sister Mrs. LOVE, writes to the Chief Commissioner about McManus’s conduct, but he declines to interfere. Reference from Thomas Bent for her other sister Mrs. HAMSON. Clarke was in service with Mr. CURTAIN of Windsor. 8 pages, List 4
CLARKE, Frank G., wrote from Thule, Deniliquin NSW in 1912, asking details of the injury done to motorcyclist Claude S. WOOD, by his ex chauffer John ARNOTT who ran into him in Melbourne. He has received damages claim. 7 pages, List 32.
CLARKE, George, Bowral NSW, alleges in 1901 that George HALLIDAY c40 years, with a wife and 4 children, has taken his 16 year old daughter Eva Beatrice Clarke away, possibly to Melbourne. Encloses a sample of material from a dress she had with her. Not found. 6 pages, List 51.
CLARKE, George William. Wife in Ballarat complains about lack of maintenance in 1910. He is an engine driver at a mine in Boulder City W.A., has been there for 9 years. Children Ruby and Percy mentioned. 7 pages, List 24.
CLARKE, James, of Mt. Gambier. Solicitors Blake & Riggall seek information about him in 1896; disappeared in 1854, then aged c31 years, Scotch. Reports from Thomas BUCKLEY of Portland and Daniel MINOGUE of Heywood state that while travelling from Portland with George MULLETT, William WINTERS, Daniel MINOGUE and ‘2 blackfellows’ he disappeared overnight while they were camped. Rumour said that he was paid to do so, so the Mt. Gambier squatter LEAKE would end up with his wife. 9 pages, List 29.
CLARKE, John, accidentally in 1866 while mining at the Upper Jordan; 25 yrs, Protestant. Report re money owing to him etc. 8 pages, List 118.
CLARKE, Samuel. Coach-builder, Murtoa, insolvent, died 1894. Sisters Emma CAWLEY and Ada M. McGRATH allege foul play by his de-facto Mary MURPHY. Detailed report on family, he was one of twelve siblings. 11 pages, List 13.
CLARKE, Walter, Chilwell. Report of death of child, one of twins, found dead in bed in 1903. 3 pages, List 66.
CLARKE, William John, Rupertswood. File on larcenies committed on him by employee John MADDEN, who is convicted in 1894. His confession on file, along with inventory of items stolen, and evidence of employees Patrick LYONS, George ANNETT, Charles BUTCHER, Alfred BUTCHER, Henry LOONEY, Alice CHAMBERLAIN and gunsmith Frederick B. MORRIS and 16 year old James BAILLIE. 51 pages, List 31.
CLARK ROSS, Marnie (?) , wrote from Neerim South in 1900, asking police help with Thomas Richard K. GRAND, who wanted to apply for the old age pension, but couldn’t get to the nearest court house at Warragul because of physical disabilities. She had been caring for him for four years. 3 pages, List 48.
CLARKSON, E., Cootamundra NSW asks police help in 1915 to have her 18 year old son returned to her. He is working for Mr. GRAY, a Carlton upholsterer. 7 pages, List 80.
CLARKSON, Mrs. Emma, Carlton, wrote in 1918. She left her husband Alfred in 1910 because of his illtreatment; he has never paid maintenance. She applied for pension but was rejected and told to seek maintenance from him; he is working at Stawell. Solicitor’s letter on file and letter from son George. 15 pages, List 76.
CLAYTON, F.W., Castlemaine, complains in 1912 that police are making false claims about the virtue of his fifteen year old daughter; evidence from others dispute this. 14 pages, List 104.
CLEAL, B., Melbourne, wrote in 1901 re ‘disgusting behaviour in men’s urinals’ in the city and requested police action; they noted his knowledge of the areas . 8 pages, List 53.
CLEARY, Mrs. E. Port Fairy, wrote in 1904, asking if a man found dead at Tooradin was her husband Lawrence; confirmed. He was buried at government expense, and the department asks her to reimburse costs. He had worked on Mundura Station. 9 pages, List 68.
CLEARY, Edward, sought by Mrs Louisa McEVOY, North Adelaide in 1908. She has been caring for his son Albi, now 7, and he is behind in maintenance. Several letters from her. 22 pages, List 92.
CLEARY, John, wrote from Broken Hill in 1907 re the supposed death of his father Patrick Henry Cleary at Bendigo; no such event, 4 pages, List 15.
CLEBURNE, Richard, son of late Richard, merchant and Tasmanian MP, died suddenly in 1896 near Rokewood. He was first listed as unknown male, and a photograph taken, but is then identified. He had been separated from his family for many years. Daughter Emma writes from Mt. Direction Tasmania, offering to pay burial expenses. 26 pages and photo. List 36.
CLEMENT, Albion John otherwise LEMON. Charged with larceny on employer Arthur Harry HASSELL, importer, Port Adelaide in 1928; absconded, arrested in Victoria. He was a company manager, formerly in the army, (wounds described). 16 pages, List 59.
CLIFFORD, Arthur, sought by State Children’s Department Rockhampton in 1917 re maintenance of his child in the orphanage. His brother Edwin, Clifton Hill, interviewed. 4 pages, List 72.
CLIFFORD, Ethel May, born Carlton 1879 and registered as such, but mother was Mrs. Elizabeth (Bessie) NORBURN, wife of William. In 1881 he sought a copy of a police report on the case; this was denied. 17 pages, List 58.
CLIFFORD, Irene. Born Casterton 1892, mother Edith WEDD, schoolgirl, and father Timothy RYAN, her teacher. Adopted by Wesleyan Missionaries named Clifford, and subsequently gave birth to illegitimate child in 1908, claiming Enoch TONKIN is father. New Zealander Dan CLARKE, a butcher, and Edward DAWKINS also involved. Her testimony unreliable, no charge laid. 36 pages, List 5.
CLIFFORD, Mrs. J., Redfern Sydney, wrote in 1905 asking police help to get her daughter Elizabeth away from Mr. PHILLIPS, a travelling showman now in Melbourne. Letters from mother and daughter on file. Elizabeth is using the name Maud LINDEN and a card states she is a ‘champion lady boxer.’ 21 pages, List 65.
CLIFFORD, Lily, Commercial Hotel, Parkes NSW, wrote in 1911 re Malcolm MacKINNON who went to Melbourne and has not returned; she is pregnant to him. 5 pages, List 98.
CLIFTON HILL. Petition from residents in 1913 for constable to be stationed there; organized by S. WATT. 16 pages, List 108.
CLIFTON HILL. Female child abandoned on doorstep of Salvation Army Haven, Alfred Crescent in 1918. Police suspect it to be the child of Lois Hannah HAWKINS of Hobart, who came there to have a child but returned to Tasmania. She is traced and has child Joan with her; father is Malcolm MOORE. 11 pages, List 75.
CLIFTON, S.E. Writes 3 letters from Corowa in 1920, seeking location of his sisters Gertrude and Mrs. W.H. EVANS. James GRIGG of Melbourne handles family’s affairs, he is eccentric, a remittance man. 15 pages, List 3.
CLIFTON, Walter Sydney, c28 years, deserted wife Emma Catherine nee DIGBY at Waverley Sydney in 1913. Not found. 8 pages, List 106.
CLOTHIER, Charles. Confined in Swan Hill lockup as a lunatic following a drinking spree; was a publican from Euston in N.S.W. File re payment to local woman Elizabeth PICKEN who looked after him. 5 pages, List 2.
CLULOW, Mr & Mrs. Sydney, sought by Private Harold H. WORTH, No. 3936 21st Battalion, England. They wer living in Brunswick; found interstate. 8 pages, List 75.
COADE, Annie, Chilwell, tailoress, living with aunt in 1900, applied to have illegitimate children Peter Francis, born 1893 and Violet May, born 1894, put into Industrial School system. 9 pages, List 47.
COCKROFT, Elijah, cut throat of step sister Fanny MOTT in 1894. Large file with lots of personal details on background of Mott, Millman and Cockroft families. Murder weapon found after he had been executed and still on file. List 41.
CODE, Catherine, wife of Alfred, charged with drowning her child Bessie in Albert Park Lake in 1902. Brief prepared and copy on file, but case dropped. 20 pages, List 63.
COFFEY, Charles, charged with larceny in Melbourne in 1900 under name of Arthur Wilson. Previously employed at Orwell Boarding House Beechworth; would appear to be a youth. 3 pages, List 45.
COFFEY, Mrs. Elizabeth Jane, wrote from Omeo in 1907, reporting the wife of Frank KING is neglecting her children; she was formerly of a servant of Sergt KENNEDY, killed by Kelly gang. Police report gives her a bad character, wife of James, a cripple. 5 pages, List 44.
COFFEY, J. Sgt of Police, Ararat, writes in 1910 re professional spieler and gambler Michael HASSETT who defrauded his son of various goods, worth £100. His son manages a watchmaker’s shop. 11 pages, List 24.
COFFEY, T.V., Culcairn, NSW. Wrote in 1906 asking to be re-admitted to police force; resigned to help mother retain her farm there. Refused. 3 pages, List 69.
COGHLAN, Joseph, 63 years, committed suicide in Echuca gaol in 1911; report states he was a stranger there. 6 pages, List 101.
COHEN, John, brother of Edward. Murdered 1892 at Stirling or Haunted Creek, Gippsland. Large file covering 1892-97, and another of 1894, which contains a photo. List 1.
COHEN, Minnie, found on Yarrawonga railway platform, baby in arms in 1913; destitute. Sister is Mrs J. WILLIAMS of Carlton. Minnie has been out from England for c3 years. Taken in by a charity. 5 pages, List 109.
COLDIN, Mrs. Florence, Sydney NSW, wrote in 1905 re her sister Mrs. ROW of Williamstown. Found. 5 pages, List 64.
COLE, Amelia, bought her daughter Amelia de POMEROY from Maryborough to home of nurse Emma DENT, where she gave birth in 1917; Owen DAVIES is the father. An attempt at blackmail is undertaken by Edward HEWINS and Constable Elcho FENTON, who are found out. Criminal trial instigated. This is a large file, List 71.
COLEMAN, H., Toowoomba, Qld wrote in 1918 re half-brother Alfred John MAINWARING, returned soldier, who had been discharged from military hospital in Melbourne after a breakdown and disappeared instead of visiting mother in Ripponlea. Mother is ‘old and feeble’ and concerned about him. Not found. 6 pages, List 73.
COLEMAN, Henry, writes a confidential letter to the Chief Commissioner in 1900, re the Rev. Samuel Alexander HAMILTON, a Presbyterian clergyman of Carlton, who is involved in various shady deals and gambling. 5 pages, List 45.
COLEMAN, J.J., Town Hall Tea Rooms, Toowoomba, wrote in 1907 re his son Joe, who had deserted his heavily pregnant wife in Brisbane. Believes he is in Melbourne under the name of WILSON. Wants him to pay maintenance to his wife, who is now living with him. Mentions his sister Mrs. KENTISH and her bad treatment of the couple in Melbourne. 24 pages, List 81.
COLEMAN, J.J., Toowoomba Qld, wrote in 1908. He has received a letter from Frank HARLOW advising that his son Joseph has been drowned; they had both recently joined a circus. Investigations prove he story is false. 13 pages, List 85.
COLEMAN, Leslie F., 15 years, stowed away on Brisbane to Melbourne steamer in 1912. Father F.F. Coleman of Brisbane wants him returned, but arrangements take some time. 12 pages, List 32.
COLEMAN, William, sought by Kate MAHER, South Townsville Qld in 1905; she has had a child by him and seeks maintenance. He had been in Perth and was now believed to be in Melbourne. 4 pages, List 69.
COLERAINE STATE SCHOOL. Report in 1900 on immorality of students there. Offenders were Harry and Lawrence COOK, Lionel TOOLEY, Patrick CRIMMINS, Watty JARRETT, Eric SYLVESTER. Head Teacher McINTYRE punished them. 3 pages, List 47.
COLEY, Wilfred Ernest. Awaiting trial for murder of Gertie McGRATH in Sydney in 1920. Fathered child by Catherine IRVINE in Melbourne, she now in care. 10 pages, some repetitive. List 24.
COLLARD, Walter, commercial traveller. Anonymous letter to police department in June 1887 from mother of a baby girl left at Tilley’s Hotel, Bourke St., Melbourne. She states that Collard is the father, ‘make him pay for her maintenance’. The mother is going into service; child placed with wetnurse Mrs. PHILLIPS of Footscray. 9 pages, List 51.
COLLERETTI, J., manager, vineyard near Heathcote. Letters of complaint about the behaviour there are received by police in 1916; report states written by Mrs. PIASTRI who lives nearby and owes money to Colleretti. 14 pages, List 78.
COLLIER, Fanny, born London UK 1863, gave birth to illegitimate daughter in 1886. Daughter Lillian G. SPENCE wrote from Fortitude Valley Qld., in 1910, asking police to find her mother. 7 pages, List 24.
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COLLINGWOOD CYCLISTS CLUB asks permission in 1897 to run a race, and encloses copy of programme. Officials and competitors were: F.J. VINCENT, C. NEILSEN, J.T. COAKLEY, H. MRCER, H.W. JOHNSTON, J.B. PRIDMORE, Frank REVELL, L. SIMMONS, J. OAKES, A. HARGREAVES, Harold POWELL, H.J. BEST, J. COFFEY, A.H. SEALEY, W.WILLIAMS, – MacROBERTSON, E. ROSS, J.H.P. ELLIS; secretary was F.W. DU RIEU. 7 pages, List 40.
COLLINGWOOD CYCLISTS CLUB. Ask police assistance in 1898 re Road Race; brochure on file, competitors named. 4 pages, List 17.
COLLINGWOOD CYCLISTS CLUB: Competitors and officials named: F.J. VINCENT, C. NEILSEN, J.T. COAKLEY, H. MRCER, H.W. JOHNSTON, J.B. PRIDMORE, Frank REVELL, L. SIMMONS, J. OAKES, A. HARGREAVES, Harold POWELL, H.J. BEST, J. COFFEY, A.H. SEALEY, W.WILLIAMS, – MacROBERTSON, E. ROSS, J.H.P. ELLIS; F.W. DU RIEU. 7 pages, List 40.
COLLINGWOOD FOOTBALL CLUB, seeks permission to present a gold medal to Constable W.H. Proudfoot, in 1907. 2 pages, List 15.
COLLINS, Albert John, charged with attempted carnal knowledge of Ellen LAHIFF, 13 year old schoolgirl, his sister in law, at Hawthorn in 1912. She was born in Lucknow NSW, child of John Joseph and Jane Ann nee McGREGOR. Collins was 24 years, worked on ships. Case dismissed; police critical of change of testimonies. 25 pages, List 33.
COLLINS, Annie. Master in Lunacy requests information on her background, 1869. Had two children, one a girl Mary Ann, her husband was dead. Police find she lived with William TAYLOR firstly, then – CULLEN. Went to New Zealand with Cullen, was admitted to asylum there, then returned to Victoria and eventually admitted to Collingwood Asylum in 1866. Edward GAMBLE of Redesdale provides some detail. File includes a four page copy of report on tissue paper. 19 pages, List 4.
COLLINS, Mrs. E., Windsor, in 1916 asks for copy of gaol photo of late husband W.C. Collins, they don’t have any. Granted. 3 pages, List 79.
COLLINS, George, committed suicide at North Dandalup W.A. in 1907. Solicitors asked Victorian police to find his children Mary Elizabeth, Josephine, Herbert George, John Joseph and Laura, believed at Kilmore. His wife Elizabeth was found at Numurkah. 17 pages, List 84.
COLLINS, John, deserted wife M.A. and five children at Kaniva in 1903. Two letters from her on file. Report states that she has her three brothers living with her and the eldest son is also working ‘not as poor as she makes
out’. 10 pages, List 56.
COLLINS, John Godfrey. Sought by Salvation Army in 1918, a returned soldier. His wife is found living with her parents FOY, they are separated. 9 pages, List 120.
COLLINS, Mary nee CURTIN, c37 years, native of Co. Clare Ireland, sought by relative Mary CURTIN, Bendigo, in 1909.
COLLINS, Richard, manager of the Star of the South Gold Mining Co., Daylesford, and wife Isabella, sought by Perth solicitors in 1908; Isabella and Arthur BATEMAN, dentist, were beneficiaries of will of Mrs. Kate O’CONNELL, who died in 1905. Police establish that Richard had died in 1895 and his widow had remarried to Samuel TREVENA and was interstate. Bateman not found. 11 pages, List 84.
COLLINSON, Mrs Caroline, South Perth, wrote in 1912 re her husband George, who was in Melbourne, and hadn’t sent maintenance. Found. 7 pages, List 101.
COLLIVER, Thomas, Rookwood NSW, asks in 1911 if police department has a record of his birth date c1872, as he had been a candidate. No record. 3 pages, List 95.
COLLYER, Caleb, head teacher Colac State School. Daughter May accuses him of incest in 1895; case dismissed. Warning: this is a very confronting file. 9 pages, List 25.
COLQUHOUN, Mrs. Annie, died suddenly at Camberwell railway station in 1900. 2 pages, List 50.
COLSTON, William. Murdered William and Mary DAVIS at Narbethong, 1891. Very large file. List 1.
COMMONWEALTH RESTAURANT, 699 St. Collins St., Melbourne. Report of fire there in 1905, cook Harry COWLEY raised alarm. Occupied by Mrs. Julia WATERS. 2 pages, List 17.
COMPTON, Thomas, sought by wife in Fremantle in 1906; left 3 years ago, a sailor. Found. 4 pages, List 26.
CONDON, Alfred, died in Victorian Asylum in 1895; attempt by police to get burial expenses from brother Robert H., mother Mary Ann and sister Mrs. J.J. LAWN. 12 pages, List 26.
CONDRON, William. In partnership with McGUIGAN in Fitzroy in 1895, takes goods to Geraldton W.A. to sell them, and dies there. Police asked to supply details, and file relates his drinking problem. 13 pages, List 26.
CONGUES, Albert Raymond, ship’s boy, deserted at Williamstown. Found working under name of Albert ROSS and returned. 12 pages, List 105.
CONN, Mrs. T., widow of Constable [Thomas], sought by Mrs. L. COOKE, Parkes, NSW in 1916. Cooke has had her father living with them and he has taken ill. Found. 5 pages, List 76.
CONNOLLY, James, employed at saw mill in Krambruk in 1900; became violet after heavy drinking and had to be restrained and sent to Geelong Hospital lunacy ward. His wife and 7 children lived in Brunswick. Locals Patrick LEE and George ARMSTRONG lodge expenses claims. 34 pages, List 44.
CONNOR, Frank, grocer, Hobart Tasmania, wrote in 1907; has heard that his sister Lucy SYMES, wife of David, has died in Ballarat. ‘They followed shows … side shows of some kind’. No record of death. 4 pages, List 82.
CONNOR, Mrs. T., c/- Mrs. Brown, Ballina, NSW, wrote in 1919 re her husband J., an engraver, hasn’t heard for a month, has a sick child and no money. Found in Melbourne. 4 pages, List 221.
CONNORS, Catherine, wife of Patrick, died suddenly at their home in Hawthorn in 1900; c45 years. Report on. 2 pages, List 49.
CONNORS, James, Waurn Ponds. File re death of wife’s newborn infant, 1900. 2 pages, List 48.
CONSAMMY, N., ice-cream vendor, wrote from Perth in 1897 re his daughter Alice SILVA who has disappeared from her mother’s home in Melbourne. He is in WA with his son in law, Alice’s husband; he is mining at White Feather. Photo of Alice on file, Indian, 23 years. Not found. 18 pages, List 39.
CONSIDINE, Mrs. Elizabeth, laundress, Melbourne. Takes in 13 year old Sarah HIGGINS, as her mother is a drunkard. Her sister Margaret is working for her. The pair run away from their home in 1882, and the mother tries to get them back. Constable Walter SMEATON has a 5 year old child by the mother. 5 pages, List 57.
CONSTABLE, Walter, charged with criminal assault on child Mary ROSS (real name Evelyn Riddell STEVENS) at Rutherglen in 1895. Her mother Janet’s first husband was Thomas STEVENS; they were divorced. Second husband died in Albury. Mother brings child to Melbourne for treatment of a ‘loathsome disease’ and loses money. Police and charity look after them and return them for the trial. File re proceedings and costs involved. 15 pages, List 28.
CONSTANTINE, Julian, Myrtleford, applied to join Victoria police force in 1884. 4 pages, List 55.
CONWAY, Norman, also known as MILLER, charged with larceny on Alfred FITZSIMONS, stonemason in 1929, c16 years; parents live in Ascot Vale. In 1932 he was arrested for another offence and sent to the reformatory. Query on 1929 warrant. Small photo of 3 men on file. 12 pages, some repetition. List 89.
COODE ISLAND. File re illegal stripping of bark there, 1890s; fisherman and ferry operator named. List 1.
COOK, Evelyn. Wrote from Adelaide in 1905 re her father William G. COOK, who had left her and her younger brother William John Daryl Cook (11 years) to look after themselves, and gone to Melbourne. She was 16 years old. Father is found but refuses to support his son who is placed in the Industrial School in Adelaide. 9 pages, List 8.
COOK, Harry, sought in 1915 by wife E., of Paddington Sydney; believed in Melbourne. 7 pages, List 117.
COOK, Jane, arrived in Victoria from Westbury Tasmania in 1898, 68 years, born Ireland, widow, 6 children, 5 dead. Picked up as destitute. Police establish her daughter Mary LAW is at Dunolly, living with Harry APPLE, but she cannot help; is living in a tent with 3 children. Jane is sent back to Tasmania. 18 pages, List 21.
COOK, John, wife Frances and family, Healesville, sought by son H.J. of Ballarat in 1907. Found. 4 pages, List 82.
COOK, Robert. Murdered wife and stepchildren at Casterton in 1870s, never caught. In 1895 a blind prisoner named PRIMROSE in a NSW gaol, claimed that Cook was a fellow prisoner. His statement proves doubtful. History of the case given. Second file of 1918 detailing three skeletons recovered in the area in the 1880s, believed to the victims, and placed in storage at Edenhope police stables until murderer found. List 1.
COOK/COOKE, Robert, marine engineer, married with two children, 37 years, from London, attempted suicide in 1902 in Melbourne. T.B. JEFFREY of Cottesloe, W.A. seeks police help in finding him, Cook stayed with him for some time, offers to help. Cook’s father is in Newcastle on Tyne, and his family are at Whitley in Northumberland. He supposes it is the drink that caused the attempt. 9 pages, List 20.
COOKE, Thomas, wrote from Little River in 1900. His young son Samuel broke windows at the railway gatehouse No. 13, near Geelong, and he offers to pay damages, which is eventually agreed to, and a court case avoided. 16 pages, List 45.
COOLEY, Edmund Thomas. His solicitor in Adelaide asks police to investigate an advertisement in the Isle of Man newspaper regarding the death of William Cooley who left there in the 1850s and died in Yackandandah in 1905. Is the deceased a relation of Edmund’s father Thomas? Letter on file from J. LACK confirming he had purchased the Yackandandah land of Cooley prior to his death. 7 pages, List 4.
COOMBES, Ada of Longley Tasmania, wrote in 1899 re her brother James, last heard of at Murchison. Letter from Mr. P. BRISBANE of Murchison on file, also letter from Beechworth solicitors. He was a surveyor, but working as a miner. Not found. 18 pages, List 2.
COOMBS, John Edward (8yrs) and Joseph Stafford (3 yrs). Correspondence re sending them to the Bendigo Benevolent Asylum in 1864; their mother was mentally ill in hospital. 11 pages, List 4.
COOMBS, Leslie Rowden, born Winchester England, warrant issued for larceny at military camp Broadmeadows in 1917; married, returned soldier, uncle Alick GRAY and brother Edward in Adelaide. Not found. 17 pages, List 73.
COONEY, Dennis, lived in a hut at Frankston. Found in a bad state in 1908 and taken to hospital where a large amount of money was found on him. His daughter Mrs MOUNT in Fremantle, and makes arrangements for him. Elizabeth Cooney, Bendigo, wrote that he may be the father of her late husband Harry; others provide details of the family in past years. 16 pages, List 86.
CONEY, H.E., Clerk of Petty Sessions, Charleville Qld., wrote in 1910 re ex policeman Denis Cooney, believed to have died in 1909. His mother would be the nearest relative. Not found. 6 pages, List 91.
COOPER, Clarence W., deserted wife in Tasmania, believed to be living with – WEEDON at Carlton in 1913. He was a musician, believed to be travelling with a circus; found. 7 pages, List 107.
COOPER, Clarence William, deserted wife Amy Grace of Ballarat c1906, found in Tasmania living with Ida WEEDON. Musician, 45 yrs. File covers 1913-1915. 68 pages, List 115.
COOPER, Robert, Port Broughton, South Australia, wrote in 1915, asking police to get Mrs Jessie REDMOND of East Brunswick to send him ‘a few harmless things’. Located she claims to have burned them. 3 pages, List 117.
COOPER, William, clerk, 23 years, employed by Thomas W. Cooper, merchant, St. Kilda. In 1928 cashed a cheque, kept money and disappeared. Two photos of him on file, one with sheep; 2 pages, List 60.
COOTE, Audley, 19 years, 1905 report on him, ‘has a deformed and hideous face’ and attempts to get him into care. He lives with an aunt Mrs. BENSLEY at Richmond. His mother is Mrs. Margaret ATKINSON, Newport. 4 pages, List 64.
COPAS, Henry W., nurseyman, Wirrabara, Sth Australia, wrote in 1896 re R. WILSON of South Yarra who advertised dogs for sale, but never forwarded them after payment was sent, but fobbed Copas off. Police report his real name is William Wilson and that he makes his living by fraud. Copas wishes to prosecute, but Wilson clears off, deserting his wife in the process. She takes out a maintenance order and he is arrested. 25 pages, List 37.
COPPING, Mrs Tasman, Kellevie, Tasmania wrote in 1913 re her brother Charles Edgar KINGSTON’s death and details of any assets he had. A report is provided. 6 pages, List 106.
COPPOCK, Mrs. M. Wrote from Bowden South Australia in 1900 re her husband Arthur Herbert, who had deserted her. He had served in the NSW Naval Contingent that went to China. She saw a death of Robert Coppock in Victorian paper and wonders if he is a relation. Police ascertain no connection. List 1.
CORCY, David, c38 years, charged with larceny of a horse and jinker in 1928 by his brother in law Thomas George MANLEY, tinsmith, Ironbark. Photo of him with two children; 4 pages, List 60.
CORNICK, James, executed in 1857 for the murder of Agnes HORNE at Eaglehawk. Information requested in 1897, and Inspector G. RYALL recalls case and gives details. Query seems to be about any property he left. 18 pages, List 40.
CORRY, Claude, 12 years old in 1902; threw stones and broke a train window, in company with John FINDLAY, also 12 years; both pupils of Flemington State School. His parent offers payment to railways, but police want to charge him with offence. Eventually the case is dropped. 10 pages, List 63.
CORSTON, James. Committed suicide in Melbourne in 1880; letters from his brothes Peter and John in New Zealand. 11 pages, List 4.
CORY, Alice Eddy, wrote long letter from Melbourne in 1817 re the people who were plotting against her, including her family, and encloses sample of the powder she has been prescribed. She had been in Brisbane. The file seems incomplete. 11 pages, List 71.
COSGRIFF, Dennis, cut his throat while lost in the bush near Beenack in 1911. Rescued, he was bought to Melbourne by Joseph PAUL, licensee of the Yarra Junction Hotel and admitted to hospital. Amos McOwen also helped. His parents lived at Korumburra, and his ster Mrs GRIFFIN at Albert Park. 13 pages, List 99.
COSGROVE, Patrick, 30 years, charged with carnal knowledge of Frederina COOK, 17 years, at Shepparton in 1919. Case dismissed after he married her. 8 pages, List 31.
COSTA, Raffale. Telegram from NSW police, wanted for theft in 1900. Previously in prison there, and photo and details on file. Born Italy. 1851. 8 pages, some duplicated, List 45.
COSTELLO, Pierce, wrote from Tumut NSW in 1916, asking that a warrant for desertion issued for his brother Gunner Thomas Costello be cancelled, as he was serving overseas. 5 pages, List 76.
COTINGTON, Phyllis of Hay, NSW, wrote in 1938 re William HICKEY, who had left his child Keith with her and not paid maintenance. Asks that the child’s grandmother Mrs. LIEBEG of Bendigo be contacted, which is done. 6 pages, List 2.
COTTER, J.W., Grong Grong Station via Junee, reported the loss of his South African Medal while in Melbourne in 1912; it is described. 6 pages, List 102.
COTTER, Michael, engine driver, deserted wife Rachel in Fitzroy in 1903; they were married in 1880 and had 8 children. She took out a warrant for maintenance in 1914, he paid it until 1916. In 1917 she activates search for him; found out of work. 27 pages, List 50.
COTTON, Henry, 40 years, and LEWIS, Henry, 35 years. Tried at Maryborough in 1855 for highway robbery, but escaped from custody. In 1866 Cotton is identified and re-arrested, but case collapses. 14 pages, List 35.
COULSON, Charles, wanted for support of his child by Mary CLARKE in 1895, but left Victoria. In 1902 his father Alfred agrees to pay maintenance. Melbourne solicitor’s letter on file. 3 pages, List 62.
COULTER, Joseph Henry. Charged with setting fire to his house at North Prentice in 1912. Report on case. 29 pages, List 32.
COUNSEL, Lawrence, married Mary O’O’BRIEN at Dungaree near Rylston NSW in 1882, but had already been married in New Zealand. Letter from first wife, Mrs. Wentworth Counsel in 1888 on file, incomplete file. 10 pages, List 56.
COUSENS, Benjamin, charged with negligently discharging a pea rifle causing injury to Eliza Jane KEW at Bendigo in 1900. Depositions on file from rifle owner Henry WATSON and witnesses Thomas RAY, a baker, and Robert KEW, brother of victim. 35 pages, some repetitive. List 46.
COUTTS, Ada. Wrote from Fremantle WA in 1907 re her sister in law Mrs Gordon COUTTS of Yarra Junction, who had failed to reply to her letters. He had been brought back after deserting her some years ago. 6 pages, List 15.
COWARD, Harold Frederick of Footscray. Deserted wife Amelia c1900, and believed gone to Sydney with uncle Harry ROGERS. He was 19 yrs, a laborer. Mrs. M. BEGLEY, a widow , of NSW, alerts police; he is courting her 18 yr. old daughter Katie and she doesn’t like it. 25 pages, List 3.
COWELL, John, Wynyard, Tasmania, wrote in 1916 re his son F.A., 22nd Battalion, who has asked him to send half his army pay to Miss MULLER, Footscray; asks details as to whether she is respectable or not. 4 pages, List 78.
COWIE, Thomas Henry. A miner, of Zeehan Tasmania, he wrote in 1901, asking police to find his wife Charlotte Amelia, who had left him and taken their two children. He believed her to be with John SPARK, a former Ballarat resident, who had been in Zeehan, and was separated from his wife. 4 pages, List 4.
COWLEY, Elsie, c/- Mr. FARRELL, West Coast Tasmania, wrote in 1907 asking if Duncan McDONALD, 30 years, born Dimboola, was married in Victoria. She is engaged to him and has heard he is married. 3 pages, List 82.
COWLEY, George Edwin. Deserted wife in W.A., seduced daughter of Mrs. CHAPMAN of Colac and had a child by her. Solicitors in Perth make enquiries in 1902. 11 pages, List 16.
COWLING, Mrs. Wrote from Kalgoorlie in 1908 re William ALLEN, formerly in railways there and now believed to be in Melbourne. 4 pages, List 5.
COX, Charles Herbert, sought by wife Edith, Townsville Qld in 1903. He has relations in Brunswick, may use the name FRENCH. She intends to sue for maintenance. Sister and brother Thomas traced. 6 pages, List 65.
COX, James. Wrote from Terrick Terrick in 1904, complaining of treatment by Constable BROWN of Mitiamo, who had falsely accused him of stealing from Hugh McLEAN, orchardist of Harcourt. Cox’s son Peter mentioned. 29 pages, including three letters from Cox snr. List 10.
COX, Patrick Joseph. Bigamy alleged in 1886, but New Zealand police state he co-habited only with Sarah CAREY in Dunedin and had 4 children by her. 5 pages, List 57.
COX, Thomas Gilbert, Rising Sun hotel, Port Melbourne; in 1910 an anonymous letter claims he is living with another man’s wife and children – Mrs SCHULTZ. He claims housekeeper only. 16 pages, List 93.
COXELL, John H., writes from Adelaide SA in 1897. He gave money to a Mrs. BOURBAUD to return to her husband in Stawell, and is having trouble getting re-imbursed. Constable J. Bourbaud reports that the writer is her brother in law and declines to pay costs. 7 pages, List 41.
COO YET (COYTT), William, murdered at Kilmore in 1877. Report and further comment in 1882. Large file, List 58.
COYLE, John. Information sought by wife M., Perth, WA, in 1909. He was a carpenter and joiner, believed in Melbourne with the wife of HODGINS of Adelaide. Found. 9 pages, List 91.
COZENS, John David, rate collector, Oxley Shire, embezzled funds and absconded in 1918, leaving wife and 5 children. Found to have enlisted under name Albert DRUMMOND and gone overseas. 17 pages, List 75. CONNECTION FOUND.
CRABBE, Bernard, sought by mother Laura, Rose Park South Australia, in 1917. He needs to support his child Harold who he left with her after his wife left him. 13 pages, List 75.
CRABBE, Mrs. L., Rose Park, South Australia, wrote in 1918 seeking Mrs. Mabel Crabbe, whose child she is caring for. 9 pages, List 81.
CRABTREE, Marion, wrote from Bundaberg Qld in 1899 re her son J.R., who telegraphed her for money for his return passage from Melbourne but has not arrived. He was 30 years, well educated ‘is very clever with pen and pencil’. 12 pages, List 38.
CRAIG, Dr James Chambers, sought by wife Florence, St Kilda, in 1915. He deserted her in Qld, believed overseas with hospital matron. 5 pages, List 114.
CRAIG, WILLIAMSONS & THOMAS. Warehouse fire 1897; background of Richard PEEBLES sought. Large file, some water damaged and difficult to read. List 20
CRAIGH, Rupert, child, accidentally kicked by a police horse in Melbourne in 1900; report on incident. 4 pages, List 49.
CRANE, Barney. Anonymous letter of 1919 alleges he has committed bigamy under the name of Robinson. Police find he is living with Agnes THOMPSON and they have two children. Crane says he married Louisa MULDER fourteen years ago and she deserted him. 5 pages, List 4.
CRANFIELD, Arthur, deserted wife and 3 children c1897. In 1900 she asks police to find him, and he is located in South Australia, but declines to provide maintenance. 8 pages, List 45.
CRANSTON, Mary, 60 years, Richmond, attempted suicide in 1912, wife of William. 6 pages, List 105.
CRAVEN, Thomas, wrote from Bendigo in 1895, wishing to join police force. He was 20 years old. 2 pages, List 28.
CRAWFORD, Mrs. Catherine, wife of George, died suddenly at Windsor in 1900; had been bedridden for some years. 5 pages, List 51.
CRAWFORD, Dan, author of ‘Thinking Black’, requested police presence in 1914 at a children’s gathering he is organising, speaking on his travels in Africa. 4 pages, List 114
CRAWFORD, William of Skipton. Applies to join police force in 1906, but gave wrong age, so denied admittance. George RUSSELL of Langi Willi writes supporting letter. 3 pages, List 4.
CREE, Rosie Christina, 16 yrs, sister of Mrs. JONES, taken from Miss SUTHERLAND’s Homes by BLAIR family of Alberton, to help on farm, 1905. They sell out and go overseas, and she is taken in by farmer Arthur WARREN and wife. Rosie claimed Warren sexually assaulted her; taken by neighbour Dave JONES to KEATING family who look after her. Also claims a sexual relationship with Jones, who is to marry someone else. Her letters to her sister on file, as is statement by Ernest Henry CAUGHEY. 26 pages, List 3.
CREED, Eva, 27 years, daughter of Agnes, attempted suicide at North Melbourne in 1913, was living apart from her husband and with August GROSSMANN. 4 pages, List 108.
CREEDON, Emma, Clydesdale North near Maryborough, claimed in 1913 that Constable George, No. 3958 was the father of her illegitimate child; large file on her background and relationships. Niece Alice YOURN’s child is boarded with her. Case against Jones dismissed and scathing comments on her character. List 107.
CRESWELL, Joseph, fell down abandoned mine shaft at Pitfield in 1896; working there with Francis McCAFFERY. Large file re attempt to recover body and payment due to George COMMONS, John REID, Patrick MATHEWS, Thomas BROWN, who helped recover it, and which govt department should pay costs. List 38.
CRESSWELL, J.G., Corrimal, South Coast NSW, wrote in 1909 re his uncle Thomas SIMPSON, butcher, late of Kibblesworth Colliery, Newcastle on Tyne England. 5 pages, List 89.
CRICHTON, A.L. Fifteen year old daughter Etheldom Grace missing, 1907. Father is a caterer and pastry cook at Kensington. Her photo on file. Found. List 1.
CRICHTON, Jack, admitted to Royal Park Home in 1904. In 1910 his mother Mrs. J. Crichton, wrote from Bendigo, asking for him to be returned to her ‘there is always an ache’. Gives details of circumstances of his removal. 6 pages, List 54.
CRICKETERS ARMS HOTEL, Punt Rd. Richmond. Anonymous complaint about Sunday trading in 1902. Licensee was James McCONVILLE. 12 pages, List 16.
CRIGAN, Henry, hired to work in the detective police in 1885, but negative report on him. Letters from father Charles in London and father in law Robert JORDAN on file. 14 pages, List 57.
CROCKETT, John, deserted wife Hannah at Ballarat in 1905; 34 years, member of Artillery Band. Various Bands contacted, not found. 13 pages, List 82.
CROCKETT, May, married in New Zealand c1896, deserted her husband shortly after. In 1910 he wrote from Randwick Sydney, asking police to trace her, she is using name TORBET. Fund. 9 pages, List 97.
CROFT, Jane, 33 years, single, mother of 4 living children, made allegation of sexual assault against Constable HORNIBROOK at Kyneton in 1895, withdrew it, then took him to court for maintenance of her baby in 1896. Very detailed information on the file, she is described as ‘a depraved, vicious, violent and most untruthful creature’. She admits that Gavan Stewart WALLACE is the father of one of her children; her letters to him on file. Case thrown out of court. 22 pages, List 37.
CROFT, Katherine, died in hotel in Melbourne in 1900, licensee Henry THOMPSON; found by servant Bella MIDDLETON. Living apart from husband Thomas, a farmer, at Myrtleford. 23 pages, List 47.
CROFT, Mary, 25 years, wife of Charles, left her home in Warburton in 1913; seen catching a train to Melbourne. 3 pages and photo. List 109.
CROLL, Mrs. Barbara, Mooroopna. Wrote a number of complaints from 1903 – 1905 that fruit from their orchard was being stolen ; detailed investigation undertaken, and comments about family on file. 29 pages, List 63.
CROMPTON, Barbara, 4 years, in 1912 was living with aunt Mrs MOORE, Wonthaggi, after death of her mother, but she can’t keep her any more. Discussion as to action to be taken. 2 pages, List 103.
CRONAN, Mrs. Emily. Attempted suicide in 1920, taken to hospital by police, no charges laid. 7 pages, List 24.
CRONIN, Denis, Melbourne, applies for plain clothes force in 1905, 29 years, born Sydney, newly arrived in Melbourne, formerly in Transvaal. Negative comment on file. 6 pages, List 52.
CRONIN, Edward, in 1900 found to be destitute, and arrangements made to take him to Bendigo Benevolent Home. 9 pages, List 47.
CROOKE, Dr R.W., Strathfield, New South Wales, wrote in 1915 seeking a daughter of the McCLURE who years ago once worked for Dalgety & Co in Melbourne. She was married but he didn’t know her married name. Police establish that she was Sissy MOIR, who died in 1901 and left four daughters – Mary, Nelie, Sissie and Elsie. 12 pages, List 117.
CROOKS, Victor Norman, deserted illegitimate child Victor Clive, son of Elizabeth BODY of Carisbrook, in 1906. In 1907 he was found interstate. 8 pages, List 44.
CROSBIE/CROSBY/CROSSLEY, Clara. Lost in bush in Lilydale in 1885. File re search and finding her and unflattering report on her family. List 1.
CROSBY, Catherine. Enquiry from Master in Lunacy, 1868, re her property, which was sold. Letter from her 1869 protesting this and explanation of police actions. 28 pages, List 4.
CROSS, Samuel John, committed suicide at Moonee Ponds in 1902 and buried by cousin. Information sought by son John in Surry Hills NSW. 8 pages, List 63.
CROSSLEY, Mrs. Lily, wife of Frank, actor, assaulted by an unknown male at Albert Park in 1901. Very detailed description of injuries inflicted, and anonymous letter claiming she was mistaken for someone else, as well as details of investigations, and a letter from father in law Harry Crossley, Richmond. 32 pages, List 53.
CROSTHWAITE, Benjamin. See SOURIAN, Lilith.
CROTON, William John, returned soldier, farming at Raluana near Rupanyup. Charged with carnal knowledge of his stepdaughter Mavis Croton in 1928. Warning: this is quite a confronting file; employee Leonard Charles WHITE helped her to report to police. Letters from her on file and copy of her testimony. 21 pages, List 59.
CROUCH, George. Wife left him and their four children in 1919; he subsequently deserted the children. They were placed in the Home of Hope Collingwood for a period. Letter from their grandmother in Sydney, seeking their whereabouts in 1920. 9 pages, List 3.
CROUCH, Joseph, c30 years. Information on him requested by farmer S. STEWART, Daytrope in 1913. He recently married a 15 year old girl – RUSSELL, and was believed to be already married. Report shows his wife died at Talbot c1904 and he then lived with Helena (Lina) MANGAN, by whom he had a daughter; child is now with her sister Mrs HEHIR in Adelaide. 8 pages, List 109.
CROW, Margaret, Emigration Depot, Geelong, wrote in 1866 asking the address of her brother in law Scott STEWART, who was in the police force; dismissed from force. 8 pages, List 78.
CROWHURST, Walter Birkett, attempted suicide at the Commercial Travellers Hotel Melbourne in 1912; taken to hospital by hall porter Frederick MALCOLMSON; David Augustus BIRRELL, commercial traveller, witness. Wife in Sydney informed. 12 pages, List 104.
CROWLEY, Catherine, Balaclava, wrote in 1913. Her husband Bert claims that police had told him she was misbehaving which she denies. She lives with her mother and supports herself. 4 pages, List 109.
CROY, Joseph, robbed in Melbourne in 1907. Offenders identified and sent to trial. He lost a job in NSW while waiting for case to be heard; asks financial help. 4 pages, List 44.
CUGNET, M. Gaston; manager Mr. Maitland asks police presence on occasion of flying exhibition at Altona in 1910; agreed to. 4 pages, List 24.
CUISS, Augustus Andrew, 27 years, died after treatment by Chinese doctor James LAMSET of Bendigo in 1895. Report on case and copy of newspaper article. 16 pages, List 27.
CULNANE, A. wrote from ‘Thugga’ Morven via Culcairn in 1898, asking help to locate her husband who went to Melbourne and has not returned. He is a cripple. Found. 4 pages, List 46.
CULKIN, M.W., ‘writes for country journals’ claims assaulted by 16 year old Alfred FRASER near Broadmeadows in 1912. 17 pages, List 99.
CULKIN, M.W., Melbourne, wrote two strange letters in 1912, complaining of larrikins and police. 7 pages, List 32.
CULKIN, Martin William. Wrote two letters in 1894, complaining of alleged assault and police inaction; report on his allegations, 18 pages, List 13.
CULLEY, Lilian, wrote from Bondi Sydney in 1901, asks police to trace her brother Gordon Samuel Culley, adopted by G. OLIVER of Horsham c14 years ago. Found. 7 pages, List 52.
‘CUMBERLAND’ Steamship. Wrecked at Gabo Island in 1918. William GILBERT, Joseph LEE, Norman D. HAGGERTY, Isaac WARREN and Charles SCOTT charged with larceny; queries whether charges should be held in Victoria or New South Wales etc. File includes a letter from Archer J. DAVIDSON of Eden re his 14 year old son being summonsed. Very large file. List 118.
CUMBLE, Susan, 69 years, died at Braybrook in 1903 and buried at government expense. Assets sold to pay costs and Isabella DEMPSTER reimbursed. 14 pages, List 66.
CUMMERFORD, Alice, Glen Aplin Qld., wrote in 1915 re Thomas KELLY, who left Stanthorpe c1913; he was wanted for child maintenance. Not found. 6 pages, List 80.
CUMMINS, Henry James and Thomas Michael and Henry NICHOLLS, tried at Children’s Court Melbourne in 1919, with breaking and entering shop of George Arthur HUDSON. Witnesses Alexander John BLYTH and Richard Morton Lyell PIKE. 6 pages. Henry charged with further offences. 8 pages, List 27.
CUMMINS, Philip, died at Mitcham in 1905, buried at government expense. File details unsuccessful attempt to get sons Philip and John and daughters Mrs. HUNT and Mrs. ROBERTSON to pay costs. 14 pages, List 26.
CUNNINGHAM, Lilian May, employed at the Epidemic Hospital at the Exhibition in 1919, asks Clifford Henry NEWBERY, an orderly there, to mind her jewellery, but he pawns it instead. 14 pages List 31.
CUNNINGHAM, William Duncan, died suddenly in Fitzroy in 1894, 44 years. Medical evidence states not suspicious, but James WALLACE, Pitt St Sydney, writes to police that a boarder – BLAKE (real name CAPPER) claimed he was poisoned in mistake for his wife Mary on whom he (Blake) had taken out a life assurance policy. Police inclined to dismiss claim, but Blake returns and visits her. (A most bizarre case.) 24 pages, List 38.
CURRAN, Mrs. Eileen, wrote from Fitzroy in 1917 complaining about the arrest of her husband William Edward Curran, a military deserter, without a warrant. Detailed report on file. 11 pages, List 70.
CURRELL, James, left home in Albert Park in 1895 and disappeared. Formerly a cab driver, 68 years, separated from second wife, had 3 daughters by a former marriage. Relations FOGG family mentioned. Report in 1901 when widow applies for probate. Large file. List 51.
CURRELL, Thomas George, lost in snow near Dargo in 1911, rescued by Constable D. STEWART, assisted by Alfred H. RYAN, licensee of hotel. Detailed description of rescue given; Stewart commended. 12 pages, List 99.
CURRY, Michael or Joseph, sought by M. FITZGERALD, Oaklands NSW, in 1918. Their brother Daniel, 65 yrs, born Carlton, ‘is not for this world much longer’. Michael found. 10 pages, List 119.
CURTAYNE, Francis Lee, Elsternwick. Writes a series of eccentric letters on various matters in 1912, report states ‘is harmless’. 21 pages, List 104.
CURTAYNE, Francis Lee. Charged with behaving in an indecent manner after being seen urinating in a gutter, 1915. Attempts to get case dropped; is the son of the late John, one of the founders of Melbourne etc. Was a sharebroker and former banker, and was well-known as ‘an honest man but I preserved my character as a gentleman, the rogues did not.’ List 1.
CURRY, Ada, Glebe, Sydney NSW, wrote in 1909 seeking John CONSIDINE against whom she won a breach of promise case. Found with brother; separated from wife. 6 pages, List 89.
CUTHBERT, Eileen, 10 year old daughter of Sophia of Thornbury, alleges indecently assaulted in 1928. 3 pages, List 58.
CUTLER, Joseph, wrote two strange letters to Sydney gaol authorities in 1899, from Drouin. He mentions being examined by mind readers in Parramatta in 1897. They suggest Victorian police keep an eye on him, but he is unknown at Drouin. 13 pages, List 41.
CUTMORE, B.D., Fitzroy, reports in 1913 that her husband J., has sent maintenance and encloses his letter from W.A. 2 pages, List 105.
CUTTING, Albert alias FRYER, deserted wife Catherine and 3 children at Warrnambool in 1908. Found interstate. 7 pages, List 86.
CUTTS, Thomas. Wife wrote from Ballarat re his failure to pay maintenance for her and their 3 children, and she due to give birth shortly. Police report she was never married to him, was originally Fanny SMITH and lived with him for some years. She then left him at Penshurst and married –WRIGHT. Police return his two surviving children to him. 4 pages, List 15.
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DALE, Harry, sought by mother M.A., Bathurst St., Hobart, in 1915. ‘One of his brother has been killed in action, one wounded yesterday …’. Found. 12 pages, List 80.
DALE, Maud of Carlton, wrote in 1899 re her father who imported a merry-go-round and has been travelling in N.S.W. with it. She and her sister are worried as they haven’t heard from him for some months. Police eventually track him down, but in the meantime he had written to her. 12 pages, List 2.
DALE, Thomas D., constable, Waratah, Tasmania, wrote in 1909 asking police to locate his brother William, last heard of in 1906 at Bridgewater; his letters have been returned. Not found. 4 pages, List 90.
DALEY, George E.T., Northcote, takes out warrant in 1914 for 16 year old daughter Eileen Myrtle, believes she is possibly with Horace HEFFERNAN, a fair ground attendant in Sydney. Found. 4 pages, List 110.
DALEY, Laurence, sentenced to ten years for horse stealing in 1856; in 1861 he is on a ticket of leave and asks permission to leave the colony. List 116.
DALGLISH, William John, husband of Agnes, writes a series of letters in 1895 from Jumbunna, claiming among other things that neighbour Elizabeth MARTIN had committed bigamy with Walter TABOR. Report states ill feeling between the two families because Dalglish’s daughter was dumped by Tabor for Martin’s daughter. 16 pages, List 27.
DALLIMORE, Frank Rupert, drowned in 1903. Report re loss of file detailing the case; statement from brother John. 10 pages, List 116.
DALRYMPLE, William John. Committed for trial for murder of Annie HILL at Fitzroy in 1906; his background given. 4 pages, List 2
DALSCHECK, Abraham. Victorian Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children report in 1898 that he has left his two young sons on his property in Gippsland to fend for themselves. 5 pages, List 3.
DALTON, Ernest, also known as William BOWEN, escaped from Yarra Bend Asylum and went to NSW in 1917; a Victorian, 24 years, committed crime there and admitted to asylum. Large file covers 1917-1918. List 71.
DALTON, Francis Michael, jockey. Location sought by solicitors WALLACE & Son of Sydney in 1900; file reveals he is living with a brothel keeper called CROSBIE. 10 pages, List 46.
DALWOOD, Norman Lawrence, assaulted Margaret Dalwood at Carlton in 1928. 38 years, known to police. Photo of him with child, and one page report. List 60.
DALY, Dudley Bernard, Waterloo, Sydney, wrote in 1912. He is in government service and requires his birth certificate, but his mother in Melbourne is ignoring his request, and the Government Statist has no record. Mother interviewed and explains situation. 7 pages, List 103.
DALY, John, late of Sydney, died in 1874 on board steamer You Yangs, 76 years. File re disposal of assets. 9 pages, List 31.
DALY, Mary. Wrote from Sydney in 1905 re Edward DU VERGUR, who had deserted his wife Maria. She is looking after her, but can’t continue. 7 pages, List 8.
DAMOND FAMILY, Ashburton, accidently poisoned in 1900 after eating decomposed meat. 3 pages, List 50.
DANCE, William, sought by Mrs Charles COOKSON, Salisbury Station near Brisbane Qld in 1914. He was from Cirencester, Gloucestershire England, and arrived in Australia over 50 years ago; the uncle of her mother. Widow of William Edwin Dance, Hawthorn, interviewed, may be a relative. 6 pages, List 111.
DANGERFIELD, Mrs. St. Kilda, 1894. Wants to adopt her daughter’s illegitimate child, which is not expected to live. Daughter in hospital and husband being treated for ‘brain trouble’. Asks no inquest when child dies as it will upset husband; department agrees. List 1.
D’ANGRI, Noel Arthur. Ran away from home at Bentleigh after quarrel with father. 12 yrs old. Photo of him and a young girl on file, taken four years previously. 4 pages. List 1.
DANIEL, Annie, Waterloo, Sydney, wrote to police in 1912 re husband Francis, believed living in Melbourne. He has come into a legacy. File shows that he deserted his wife and 7 children in W.A. some years prior. 5 pages, List 102.
DANIELS, F.W., public servant, Kalinga, Brisbane, Qld, wrote in 1938 re his wife, son Harold and unnamed daughter, who were living in Hawthorn. He is divorced and has been supporting them, but they refuse to answer his letters. Gives detailed background to case. 10 pages, List 2.
DANISH CLUB caretaker Julius SVANSKJER fell down stairs and injured himself in 1909; report on, 4 pages, List 53.
DANKS, John & Son Pty Ltd., South Melbourne. Report on explosion at the foundry in 1913, accidentally caused by employee Terence George WILLIAMS. 6 pages, List 105.
DANN, Edith May, nee JOYNER, charged with bigamy 1930; married Frank Dann at Footscray in 1927 and subsequently Walter Wm. WARNHAM. 13 pages, List 2.
DARCY, Ellen, Woodend, wrote in 1911 re possible position in Victoria for her husband, at present a Police Inspector in Selangor Malaya, previously in Royal Irish Constabulary, as was his father. 3 pages, List 98.
DARLING HOTEL, Richmond. Anonymous letter in 1902 that police frequent the place. Report states not true, and that a rival Miss Hannah DUGGAN of the Royal Sailor Hotel is probably the person who wrote. She was recently fined. 8 pages, List 16.
DASH, Charlotte. Alleged criminal assault on her, 1881. She was the daughter of the Clerk of Petty Sessions at Kerang. 8 pages, List 2.
DASHWOOD, George, deserted wife and child at Bathurst in 1905. English, c30 years, ship’s engineer. Not found; no photo. 6 pages, List 69.
DAULBY, Mrs. E., wrote from Adelaide in 1895 re her husband Henry who has not sent maintenance. He is a butcher. Found living with another woman. 6 pages, List 29.
DAULBY, Mrs. E. Wrote from North Adelaide in 1897 re her husband Henry, last heard of in 1895 with a butcher’s shop in St. Kilda, he deserted her. Police find he is living with another woman. 6 pages, List 20
DAVENPORT, Mrs., ‘Beaufort’ Newtown, Sydney, NSW. Wrote in 1899 re loss of valuable prize-winning Yorkshire Terrier, which disappeared from her husband’s chemist shop. She believes it may have been stolen and taken to Melbourne. 5 pages, List 42.
DAVEY, F.K., Meeniyan, applies for Mounted Police, 1898. 1 page, List 20.
DAVEY, Reginald. Of Boort, charged with killing 39 wild ducks in 1906. 17 pages, List 4.
DAVIDSON, Frank, imprisoned at Nhill in 1918. Wife Annie wrote from Erskinville NSW, asking details, which are given. 4 pages, List 120.
DAVIDSON, John Y., wrote from Marrickville, Sydney in 1899 re a newspaper report of the drowning suicide of Alexander AITCHISON, a blacksmith. Asks if it is his cousin, born Dunbar Scotland, c41 years, who arrived c1881 in Queensland. Mrs. Mary THOMSON of Fairfield knew him; seems to be the same person. 10 pages, List 43.
DAVIDSON, Robert William, presented with a watch by locals at Woolsthorpe when he enlisted and left for the front. In 1916 G. HAYWARD of Leeds Yorkshire wrote asking if local police could find where he was, as he had lost the watch at the Dardanelles, it had been found and Hayward wished to return it to him. 5 pages, List 80.
DAVIDSON, William. In 1917 deserted 5 year old son and wife and ran off with Jessie DOUBLEDAY, who left her husband William Henry at South Yarra, and took their 9 year old daughter with her. Doubleday has enlisted and wants his daughter back. List 1.
DAVIES, Mrs. A., Collingwood, 1903, complains her husband (un-named) doesn’t provide enough for her and her 13 year old daughter to live on; he is a bootmaker, as is his brother. The family formerly lived in Carlton, and neighbours there give her a poor report. 6 pages, List 25.
DAVIES, Annie (Mrs. Richard) Rocky Springs, Stewart’s Corner, Townsville, wrote in 1902 re Professor RICHARDS who treated diseases with electricity. She had paid him money to cure her deafness but he has cleared out. A detailed report on him is compiled. 10 pages, List 63.
DAVIES, Christina Maria. Born Melbourne, married John A. McCONAGHY in 1877 and bigamously William DAVIES in 1877. She has had nine children by him. Davies had previously married Catherine LEWIS in Sydney, and deserted both wives, and married Alice LUND. Christina wants Davies found, 1909 but drops case. Her daughter is married to Michael FOLEY. List 1.
DAVIES, Christina, South Melbourne, wrote in 1908 re her husband William, who deserted her in 1904; c46 years, assayer. This is the same case as above, but has a lot of detail; file covers 1904 – 1908, and includes several letters from her and reports from police. 43 pages, List 84.
DAVIES, Elias, deserted wife Sarah and 7 children at Kerang in 1902; believed in W.A. Bootmaker/miner, 44 years, brother Arthur John Davies is in W.A. Found. 17 pages, List 62.
DAVIES, Thomas, pensioner Vic. Railways, died Northcote August 1895, intestate. Believed to have a married sister Margaret LEWIS in Cardiff. List of assets sold. 6 pages, List 31.
DAVIS, Albert Edward Ryrie, wanted for embezzlement at Tumut NSW in 1907. Photo. 2 pages, List 83.
DAVIS, Amy nee CRAMPTON. Committed bigamy. Married Frank DAVIS at Junee 1914, and they had five children. In 1930 she left him and lived with Jack LOVEBAND, by whom she had a child, and later married him in Victoria. Report on case. List 1.
DAVIS, David, bootmaker, Spencer Street Melbourne. Complains in 1908 about a Truth article in which he is described as a habitual criminal and his wife as a ‘lowdown harlot’, when their son David is in court. 10 pages, List 86.
DAVIS, Mrs E.C., Nerrigundah, NSW, wrote in 1918 requesting discreet enquiry on her mother Mrs David COWIE and stepfather, at Richmond. Report provided. 7 pages, List 120.
DAVIS, E.E. Of Port Pirie, wrote in 1906 re his son W., who had been in Yea. Found. 4 pages, some torn, List 3.
DAVIS, George William, sought by wife Alice, Kensington, Sydney NSW in 1914; he was a linotype operator. They have 3 children and she is a cripple. 7 pages, List 112.
DAVIS, Henry, wanted for maintenance of illegitimate child Henry TURNER in 1898; mother Alice Maud, barmaid, Sydney. Found in Prahran. 6 pages, List 23.
DAVIS, Mrs L., Darlinghurst, wrote in 1918, seeking address of Charles Davis, late of Coburg, not heard from for 2 years, was then in Kew Asylum. His wife was Christine, his brother Jack. Their son is dangerously ill in Sydney. 6 pages, List 118.
DAVIS, Samuel Edward, wrote from Royal Park Receiving Home to the Governor General in 1917, seeking his freedom and rights. Letter forwarded to police who report he enlisted in the army but because of mental state was returned when the ship reached South Africa; believes he is the King of Australia etc. His wife and 3 children lived in Caulfield. 6 pages, List 72.
DAVIS, Soames, murdered or disappeared Beechworth, 1862. In 1882 Henry McKAY claimed that the bushranger POWER was the offender. The very large file includes the 1862 investigation and 1882 comments. List 58.
DAVISON, Richard, Balmain Sydney, wrote in 1912 re his wife L.E., who left for W.A., but never arrived there, and whom he suspects got off the ship in Melbourne. 9 pages, List 101.
DAWSON, Charles. Petition for release after being imprisoned for assault on William THOMSON at Kyneton in 1864. 2 pages, List 4.
DAWSON, Ernest. Sought by wife in Sydney in 1906; not found. 5 pages, List 4.
DAWSON, F., wrote to Premier, re locating her sister Jane SMITH. Original letter not on file, but sister found at Kiata near Nhill. 5 pages, List 48.
DAWSON, Frederick James, 44 years, baker/cook, deserted wife and 7 children in Prahran c1900, believed to be in W.A. with barmaid Bessie SCANLAN. In 1909 wife asks police to trace him; not found. 12 pages, List 91..
DAWSON, J.H.V., wrote a number of letters from Perth in 1899. His brother, H.E. of Bourke Street Melbourne, advised. He suffers hallucinations. 11 pages, List 39.
DAWSON, Sarah, Richmond, deserted by husband George in 1910; carpenter and joiner. Found in New Zealand, he promises to pay maintenance but fails to do so. In 1911 she again asks police to find him. 21 pages, List 95.
DAWSON, William. Deserted wife Sarah Ann and children May, Victoria, Lillie, Leo, Lena, Leslie, Bert and 15 mth child. He was a glassblower, 42 yrs, had a brother Hugh in New Zealand. Found. 33 pages, List 4.
DAY, Daniel, sought by Mrs A. WARREN, Darlinghurst NSW in 1912. She has his 10 year old child, and she has fallen ill. He was working in Melbourne. Found. 6 pages, List 102.
DAY, Herbert William, Standard Bank of Australia, Geelong, asks police to keep an eye on James ASHLEY who is traveling around with Day’s steam merry-go-round. Confidential report shows Ashley owes money. 4 pages, List 28.
DAY, Marcella. Her Dramatic Company asks police presence for performance at Brighton Town Hall in 1895; original flyer on file. 3 pages, List 26.
DAY, Thomas of Hawthorn, wrote in 1906, asking if Mrs. GALE, an old friend, needed to register under the Infant Life Protection Act, as she was looking after his twins. Their mother had died giving birth. 3 pages, List 3.
DAYLESFORD. Dynamite explosion at office of Advocate newspaper, 1895. List 1.
DAYLESFORD CHRISTIAN ENDEAVOUR SOCIETY. Complains to police that Leonard BIBLE and Martin DWAN are running street bets on races. Report states that the claim is by Charles DEVLIN who had to apologise to the local constable for slandering him and no truth in claim. 6 pages, List 16.
DEACON, Mrs S., nee BRAGG, Glebe, Sydney NSW, wrote in 1911 asking if uncle Robert BRAGG, who left England c40 years ago and died shortly after arrival in Australia, has left her anything. 5 pages, List 100.
DEAN, Margaret. Gives birth to an illegitimate child on the Sydney Express train in 1899. File re her removal at Seymour and care of her and child. Father of the child given as William MARSH. She and Marsh had been employed by Frederick HENDY, farmer, Katunga. Marsh’s father William at Coburg. Her brother Robert and family live at Yarrawonga. 35 pages, List 16.
DEANS, George. Information sought in 1912 by Sydney solicitors on his marriage to Lydia PEARCE said to be in Warrnambool c1884. She was the daughter of James and Margaret. 11 pages, List 100.
de BUSSIERE, Paul alias BARRON. French Consul in Melbourne asks for and receives detailed report on him and on Wilson D’ARGENTAN in 1905. 17 pages, List 64.
de CHANEET, Victor, 16 years, wen to Qld about 1909, supposed to have returned hasn’t done so. Information sought by G.S. de Channet, Malvern. Found. 5 pages, List 100.
DEDONNA, Julia, sought by Sydney John TYREE in 1914; he married her under the name MENTON, they separated in 1905. She may use name DE RAY or WILSON. Found. 7 pages, List 114.
DEED, George Robert, 37 years, assaulted his wife and burnt down his house at Majorca in 1896, then attacked Dr P. CUNNINGHAM at Talbot, before suiciding. His body was later found by George GEDDES of Sandy Creek. File details case, including calling on Aboriginal trackers and draining a nearby dam. 31 pages, List 35.
DEELEY, Mrs M., Semaphore, South Australia, wrote in 1910 re husband E., who went to Victoria over a year ago; found. 5 pages, List 97.
DE FOE, Caroline Matilda, sought in 1897. Incomplete file, but her employment history given, and she is found in an asylum. 13 pages, List 40.
DEFRAGA, John, 39 years, born Melbourne, left for America in 1908. In 1909 his wife asked police to find him. Found. 3 pages, List 88.
DE FRATUS, Frank, Mullewa-Cue Line, Western Australia, asked police in 1908 to find his wife Ann Ruth nee SOUTHAM or TALLON; born Rushworth. 5 pages, List 86.
DEFRIES, Colin, Melbourne Motor Garage, wrote in 1910 re placing taxi cabs in the streets. 2 pages, List 54.
de GALCZYNSKI, Henri, 28 years, sought by brother Rene in Sydney in 1902. He is a draughtsman, decorator and violinist. Believed to be with Marian CHAUMET a much older woman. Found to have used the name Otto PERL in Melbourne, believed gone overseas. 11 pages, List 62.
de GATCZYNSKI, Henri, sought by brother Reni in Sydney in 1901. He has taken money and run off with Mme Marian CHAUMET, who left her husband c2 years ago. They may be using the name BENEDETTI. Henri was 27 yrs old, Marion about 57 yrs! 23 pages, List 2.
DEGERING, Mrs. A., South Yarra, living apart from her husband, an un-naturalized German, she complains in 1916 that he has been threatening to take the children she has away from her. Interviewed, he claimed she had left him for another man. 5 pages, List 78.
DE GOEY, Amy Elizabeth. Living with Henry CARR and registers birth of Leslie Hilton Carr in 1893. His wife Mary Ann Carr claims false registration of birth as they are not married. She has been married to him for 29 years and has nine children. List 1.
DE GOEY, Amy Elizabeth, wife of John. Henry CARR, proprietor of Brighton Coffee Palace, named as co-respondent in divorce case in 1895. His wife is divorcing him and reports false registration of birth. 12 pages, List 26. This is a separate file to that above.
DELANEY, Walter, Wagga Wagga NSW, wrote in 1911 re sister Clara May, who left her employment in Melbourne and had not returned. Found. 7 pages, List 99.
DELARGE WRIGHT, A.L. 3 page letter from her in 1914; ‘was a bad woman once but not now.’ Incomplete file. List 110.
DELLA MADDALENA, Andrea. Hanged himself at Nagambie in 1910. Italian Consul in Melbourne seeks details of estate etc. 19 pages, List 23.
DELLA VEDOVA, Battista, complains to Italian Consul in Melbourne in 1915 about his ill-treatment by Marong police. Detailed report states previously admitted to lunatic asylum, is acting strangely; his son, who lives in Gippsland, is interviewed and says father deserted his family in Italy 15 years ago. Quite a graphic report of his living conditions. 8 pages, List 81.
DELLOR, E.B., St. Kilda. Asked for her son in the Reform School at Ballarat to be released to her in 1882; refused. 4 pages, List 57.
DE LOMBA, Marsel, wrote from Bathurst Gaol in 1915 asking police to find his sister Lila, believed with aunt Mrs. DIXON. Not found. 4 pages, List 79.
DELMARCO, Brigida, Ponte, Italy, wrote in 1912 re father Francesco, last heard of at Inglewood. Extensive search undertaken, including interview with widow of Domenico Delmarco who gives details of his family. 30 pages, List 71.
DEMOCRATIC CLUB. Location in Melbourne given as part of 1899 report. List 1.
DEMPSEY, David, deserted wife Marie Bridget and 5 children in Carlton in 1893. File covers search for him in 1894. 13 pages, List 38.
DEMPSTER, Mrs Florrie, South Melbourne, deserted by husband William Robert in 1908; she is pregnant. 4 pages, List 84.
DENARO, Filippo, oyster saloon keeper, Brisbane, left there with his 8 year old son to seek medical help in Sydney in 1913 and has never returned; believed to have gone back to Italy, leaving his wife destitute. 5 pages, List 105.
DENNIS, Annie, wrote from Perth, Tasmania in 1905. While in Melbourne she had left money to Robert HUTCHINSON, then working at a butcher’s shop in Hawthorn, as he had gambled his away. She has written several letters, but he has not repaid it or replied. 5 pages, List 65.
DENNIS, Rosa Mary, Launceston, Tasmania, wrote in 1908 re Elsie Mary MORRIS, eldest daughter of William Morris, boot factory, Abbotsford. She has had care of her for 3 years; is now 10 years old. She went on a visit to her father, and has not returned. 5 pages, List 84.
DENNISON, Ethel May, absconded from the Scots Church Home for neglected children in 1896; caught and returned. Costs on file. She had been licensed out to Mrs. ROTHERHAM of Surrey Hills. 12 pages, List 37.
DE PLEVITZ, George Richard. Bigamist. Married Elsie E. HANIGAN in Sydney in 1912, had three children by her, then married Ivy LAYTON in Melbourne in 1925. His mother is Mrs. Mary Ann LUFF. 1928 report. List 1.
DERWAN, Mrs, living apart from her husband at 6 Parker Street Footscray in 1917 and with ‘Darky’ FEATHERSTONE who had enlisted. Anonymous letter complains of her behaviour. 4 pages, List 72.
DE SILVERIA, Frank, sought by M. De Silveria of Albert Park in 1894. He was also known as Frank Silver, has a brother James, and was 16 years old. 9 pages, List 13.
DE SILVEIRA, M., Northcote, complains in 1902 of police treatment of her brother Charles. Detailed report on file. 10 pages, List 61.
DE SMEET, Arthur, sought by Belgian Consul in 1880, found interstate. 17 pages, List 17.
DESMOND, Nellie/Ellen, gave birth to male child at Women’s Hospital in 1904 and gave false information to staff and child registered as Harry PERKINS. Police investigate but no prosecution; birth entry changed by registrar. 16 pages, List 63.
DESSENT, Mrs. D. Cora Lynn via Garfield, Gippsland, wrote in 1917 re her sister Dorothy KING who had come from Western Australia and been drinking heavily. 7 pages, List 73.
DEVINE, John. Died suddenly at 65 Simpson St., East Melbourne in 1898, home of his brother in law. 2 pages, List 18.
DEVITT, Alan Francis, born Beech Forest 1912 and never vaccinated; file includes doctor’s certificate. 9 pages, list 110
DE VOSTOK, George, arrested in Melbourne in 1900 and charged with attempting false representation on S.W. SUTER of Launceston. Admits previous offence in South Africa. 9 pages, List 47.
DEW, Arthur, Camberwell, asks Chief Commissioner in 1915 not to dismiss him for his drunkenness; has signed the pledge. 2 pages, List 81.
DEWING, George Mathew. Sought by W.A. Zuill, MLA in NSW in 1918 on behalf of unnamed sister who is anxious to contact him. Found. 7 pages.
DE YORK, Madame. Prosecuted for fortune telling at Eastern Market, 1897. List 1.
DIBBS, Emily, alias Madame FITZJAMES, ‘professional abortionist’, convicted of murder of Mrs. Adele DIXON in 1896. 20 pages, List 37.
DIBBS, Emily. Summoned in 1899 for failing to contribute to the maintenance of her three children Emily, Harriet and Arthur who are Wards of the State. She is in prison, but owns rental property, the proceeds of which could be used for the children. 10 pages, List 2.
DICKENS, Georgina, wife of the licensee of Robin Hood Hotel, Drouin, claims an unknown woman left a baby with her in Melbourne in 1894, but it is really the illegitimate child of her daughter Rhoda DOBBIN, and she is trying to get rid of it. Witnesses Charlotte HUNTINGTON and Dr. Robert Merry SMITH confirm true position. 19 pages, List 24.
DICKIE, Mary Gill, daughter of a clergyman from Colac, alleged she was raped by James McKENZIE at Mrs. PLEWS Boarding House in South Yarra in 1912. She was single, 43 years. He was a friend of the HARRISONS, a newly arrived couple from England. Dr. HORN who had been treating her gives her “a terrible character” and the case is withdrawn. 7 pages, List 33.
DICKINSON, Mrs. Senior, Newfield, near Port Campbell, complains in 1904 that her husband, from whom she has been separated for some years, is poisoning her cattle. Stewart SMITH, carpenter, Darlington, writes on her behalf. 19 pages, List 68.
DICKSON, William George, sought by deserted wife in 1910; she is ill and needs maintenance. 5 pages, List 93.
DIETZ, Albert Richard, German, 40 years, formed a company in 1908 and absconded. Found interstate. 9 pages, List 86.
DILLER, Charles. Wrote from Pine Lodge near Shepparton in 1898 re his daughter Esther Louisa, 19 years, who was supposed to be with Mr. & Mrs. FLEMING at Werribee. 7 pages, List 18.
DILLON, E. File re his failure to pay burial costs of illegitimate child of M.A. TIPPING, who he later married. Two letters from him on file, 1903. 14 pages, List 4.
DILLOW, Annie May, 15 years ran away from employer in 1901. Mother Eva, North Melbourne, writes a number of letters, mostly repetitive asking police to find her. Found. 56 pages, List 53.
DILLOW, Eva Ethel Evangeline, Northcote, in 1909 asked for police help as her husband was threatening her. Report states is very eccentric and do not believe claim. 10 pages, List 88.
DILLOW, Eva, North Melbourne, asks police help in 1909, claims husband states she is insane to avoid paying maintenance. Husband Ernest is interviewed and explains situation. 6 pages, List 91.
DINSMORE, Bartley Stone, deserted wife Elizabeth Rice; Scottish, a contractor, 50 years. Committed suicide in 1904. Incomplete file. 4 pages, List 56.
DITTMER, R. Wrote from Goulburn NSW in 1897 re his uncle Conrad BOETTCHER, who was supposed to be keeping an hotel at Melbourne, according to Dittmer’s mother in Germany. Conrad was born near Hamburg Germany, and would be 40-50 years old. Not found. 13 pages, List 6.
DIRKX, Arthur, sought by wife Florrie, Maidstone, Kent England, in 1911 and 1912. He deserted in 1906, a chef at various places. Found in 1911, but absconded again in 1912. 23 pages, List 71.
DIX, Emily. Anonymous letter claiming her husband a drunkard etc. Letters from her re her children Emily, Isabella and Louisa in Industrial School; she is in Yarra Bend. 4 files in all covering 1869-1872. List 1.
DIXON, E.J., a J.P. in Prahran, forwarded to police some threatening letters received by him in 1885; they are on file. Investigations of Edward RUSSELL and his wife, who used to work for him, and estate agent Frank E. EDGCOMBE are inconclusive. A large file, List 57.
DIXON, Mrs Ellen, Windsor, claims in 1908 that a female child in her care, is the daughter of Ada O’ROOKE who has died, and seeks help in caring for her. Detailed report covers whether the child’s real name is Alvira Montigue LOWE, or a child of Mrs Rachel ROOKE of Tatura, who married her first cousin, or of Dixon herself. Various people take the child: Mrs COPE, Mrs Sarah SPARGO, widow, Mr CRONE, jeweller, Fitzroy. This is a very complicated file. 29 pages, List 85.
DOALMAN, Ada Matilda, 26 years, murdered by Walter Edgar ERFURTH who then suicided in 1913. Letters from her brother Charles, a Sydney constable, her sister Rosie and her mother Sarah, seeking details and giving background. 29 pages, List 94.
DOBIE, Thomas. Unregistered doctor, file re plans to charge him, 1880-1881. 25 pages, List 2.
DOBLE, Philip. Sought by brother in law Charles HEYNEN of Mallala Sth Australia in 1888. He left there the previous year and hasn’t been heard from; 31yrs, native of Devon England, sister Mrs. John HARVEY lives in Clunes. 6 pages, List 5.
DOBSON, George, killed his 3 children and a neighbour Peter DIMSDALE near Springhurst in 1894, then suicided. 17 pages, List 24.
DOCURA, Alfred L.J., wanted for deserting wife Myrtle at Yarram in 1914. Found. 8 pages, List 114.
DODD, Hugh Gray. File re cost of his burial after his death at Pakenham in 1920. Wife Annie located in Maitland, but states he deserted her twenty years ago and she can’t pay the expense. File includes list of his assets. 15 pages. List 1.
DOGEAL, Rose, Fitzroy, complained in 1914 that she was knocked down by a car driven by Carl William JUNKER of Fairfield, and her clothing damaged. Her friend Elsie O’NEALE supports the claim. No prosecution. 8 pages, List 113.
DOHERTY, Dennis, vagrant, found dead under a bridge at Seymour in 1898, crawling with lice. At first unidentified, local photographer R.A. LESLIE is asked to take a photo, which is on file. Subsequent dispute over his charge. Body subsequently identified as Doherty, c45 years, Irish, Catholic, single, had been recently in Lancefield. 15 pages, List 46.
DOHERTY, Joseph, sought by Mary O’NEILL, of Gympie Qld, in 1911; she has had a child to him and he owes maintenance. Found. 5 pages, List 101.
DOHERTY, Michael, Marshalltown, 14 years old in 1899, when charged with placing obstructions on railway line near Conewarre. 3 pages, incomplete file. List 43.
DOIG, Alexander James, stole from Royal Charter Lodge of Free Gardeners in 1918. He was a reporter from the Truth newspaper, c60 years. Found to have left his wife behind in Port Melbourne, and travelled overseas. The Lodge can’t afford the extradition costs of bringing him back to Australia, so no further action is taken. 7 pages and photo. C118
DOIG, David, deserted wife E.H., Malvern, South Australia c1912 and went to Scotland. He was a baker, 52 years. In 1917 she asked if a man in Geelong by the same name was him; no. 10 pages, List 72.
DOLAN, Mrs. Helena. Writes from Brisbane Qld in 1899; was deserted by husband Tom 3 years ago. His father lives in Echuca. Not found. 8 pages, List 17.
DOLAN, Mrs. Thomas, wrote from Brisbane in 1896 re her husband who left 4 weeks ago for Echuca, to see his ailing father, and hasn’t returned home. Father interviewed and said son was heading home, but he hadn’t returned. 9 pages, List 36.
DOLAN, Thomas. Information sought by wife Thelma, Carlton, in 1906; has heard he is dead. His father, brother Frederick and sister Mary interviewed. He was a Victorian, hairdresser, 40 years. 14 pages, List 71.
DONOVAN, Frank. Deserted wife in Sydney c1893. She writes in 1897, asking police to find him, family in Bendigo. Not found. 15 pages, List 20.
DONOVAN, F.W., Preston, reported in 1908 that William JOHSON of Arthur Street Preston is ill treating his mother Jane, who was 83 years. Detailed reported on case; Johanna CORRIGAN, a neighbour, is interviewed. 16 pages, List 87.
DONAGHY, Thomas, sought by wife Florence of Kew in 1889; last heard from at Townsville Qld, working on a lighter. He was a native of the North of Ireland, c40 years, ship’s steward. She was in poor circumstances. Not found. 22 pages, List 43.
DONCASTER, E.S. & A. Bank, William Meader, officer in charge. Robbed in 1891; report on. 4 pages, List 55.
DONNELLY, Joseph William, sought by Mrs. G.A. AMES of Drouin in 1900; she’s in poor circumstances and he’s her only relative in the colony. Not found. 17 pages, List 47.
DONNELLY, Maggie, daughter of Hugh and Mary, gives birth to an illegitimate child, Ruby, in 1897, which subsequently dies. She is known locally as REED and claimed to have married William Reed at Hamilton in 1889, and separated from him when she found out he was already married. They had a child, registered as Herbert Donnelly Reed, now being cared for by her mother. Reed was born Wisbeach England, and was 42 in 1889. Quite a complicated story, with lots of personal detail. 23 pages, List 40.
DONNELLY, Mary A., file re ability of father Andrew of Barkstead to pay for her upkeep in asylum, 1891. 7 pages, List 51.
DONOHUE, W., Zeehan, Tasmania, asks Victoria police in 1909 to help get his wife Eva and child away from her mother and stepfather KELLY in Carlton as they are ill-treating her, and to him in Tasmania. 6 pages, List 53.
DONOVAN, Catherine, 34 years, dressmaker, Windsor, sudden death of, 1900. 2 pages, List 48.
DONOVAN, J.H. Wilson, taken to court for non payment of maintenance of children in Industrial Schools, 1894; details of family life given, 5 pages, List 13.
DOOLAN, Joseph, sought by wife in Geelong in 1898. They have 2 children and she hasn’t herd from him for some months. Found interstate. 6 pages, List 20.
DOOLAN, Mary. Anonymous letter from Newtownship near Kilmore in 1895, alleges she concealed the birth of a child. Police report on family. 6 pages, List 29.
DORMAN, Reginald, electrician, sought by mother Mrs Nellie ALLEN, Sydney, in 1914; husband Thomas W. Allen has deserted her, now in gaol. 12 pages, List 113.
DOUGLAS, William, wrote from Pyrmont, Sydney in 1909 re his niece Mrs. McKAY who went to the USA after the death of her husband; seeks her address. Solicitor supplies details. 7 pages, List 70.
DOUGLAS, William Ernest Donald, sought in 1909 by J.J. CORRIGAN, Brisbane, on behalf of his wife whom he left in 1908. He was 35 years, an insurance traveller. Not found. 7 pages, List 87.
DOWELL, Henry. Letter from David PAULEY, Elizabethville, Congo Free State, advising of his death in 1911. His wife Ellen, at Prahran, asks for help in getting his estate sorted. 5 pages, List 101.
DOWLING, Francis, miner, Tasmanian, deserted wife in 1900. H. McKenzie, Larundel, Toorak, his father in law, wrote a series of letters in 1901 as police traced him around various mining sites. 63 pages, List 52.
DOWNES, George, Conclurry, Qld., son of James, a recent arrival, wrote in 1911 seeking his uncle J. NOAKE who was living near Woodend. 4 pages, List 100.
DOWNTON, Richard C., deserted wife, a nurse, in Sydney. In 1911 she asks police help to find him. 7 pages, List 100.
DOWSETT, Thomas, Manning Shire Council, Taree NSW, wrote in 1913 seeking his brother John George, born 1826, native of Wiltshire, Salisbury, left England when c17years and never heard of again. His parents were William Edward and Charlotte. Not found. 11 pages, List 92.
DOWSEY, Isaac, Collingwood, wrote in 1901 asking NSW police to confirm whether the death of a Richard in outback NSW, mentioned in a newspaper, is his brother; yes. 7 pages, List 53.
DOYLE, Ann. Fire at her rented shop in Mark St. South Melbourne in 1865; daughter Madeline suspected. Fire put out by neighbour George ABSOLOM. Owner of shop was Thomas BARBER. 13 pages, List 4.
DOYLE, J.P., ship’s fireman; wife wrote from Portland, Port Adelaide in 1918; he hadn’t returned from Melbourne. Found. 5 pages, List 75.
DOYLE, John, Seymour, receives suicide note from John P. O’BRIEN, posted from NSW in 1894, asking him to look after his children Elizabeth Rose and Mary Joseph who are with his wife in Seymour. O’Brien was formerly Inspector of Nuisances there, a Victorian, 32 years, who got into financial trouble. Suspicion that O’Brien has faked death as no trace found. 15 pages, List 24.
DOYLE, Michael, died June 1899 at Bendigo; made his Will on day of his death. Daughter J. Doyle c/- Ariah Park Goulburn NSW wrote in 1913 re disposal of assets. (Very difficult to decipher writing). Sister Katie LYNCH mentioned. 16 pages, List 32.
DRAKE, Harry, deserted his illegitimate child Arthur ROBERTS, mother Susie Florence Roberts, housemaid, Richmond; she took out a warrant. He was a seaman on coastal steamers, 32 years. In 1920 his mother was found in New Town Tasmania, and revealed that his wife (nee COOK), was very ill and living with her parents at Chudleigh, Tasmania. In the meantime Susie had moved to Bendigo and was living with HECKER. 13 pages, List 54.
DREW, Francis Thomas, sought by brother A.C. Drew, Glen Innes, NSW, in 1918. He was a native of Ballarat and had been in the police force. 9 pages, List 119.
DREW, Martha, Redfern, NSW, wrote in 1914; her husband George has stopped paying maintenance. Found in Fitzroy, he claimed to be applying for the old age pension; claimed she had adult children in Sydney who could support her. 5 pages, List 114.
DREWETT, Phillip Charles, wanted in 1908 for carnal knowledge of Mary Ann STANDING; c23 years. Photo and 6 pages, List 92.
DREWITT, Thomas. Convicted of bigamy in 1897; married Ellen FERTCH in South Australia in 1882, and Elizabeth KING in Warrnambool in 1892. 27 pages, List 40.
DRIGGETT, S.J. Returned soldier No. 5826, 21st Battalion. Police receive a request from Red Cross in 1919, on behalf of an English woman, querying his marital status and character. Not good and may have committed bigamy in 1914 in NSW with a Miss FLYNN. 8 pages, List 3.
DRINNAN, Bridget, Maitland NSW, wrote in 1913 re her son Con, not heard from since 1911. Found, says will return home but doesn’t. [Her letter is very faint]. 5 pages, List 105.
DRUCE, Mrs. North Melbourne, complained of neighbours in 1901; report states she is ‘an old widow lady’ c60 years, delusional. Dressmaker daughter lives with her. 5 pages, List 51.
DRUMMOND, William, owed wife May Evelyn of Hawthorn maintenance in 1919; died in Castlemaine 1920. 4 pages, List 31.
DRUMMOND, William H., School teacher, Samaria near Benalla. Shed burnt down in 1897, neighbour Michael DUFFY suspected. Report on ill-feeling between the two, newspaper cuttings, etc. 45 pages, List 20.
DRUMMOND, William Henry, Police Magistrate. Died of snake bite 1868 at exhibition of snake bite cure. List 1.
DRYDEN, James Tait, left UK for Australia in 1871. In 1912 his son Robert O., Dryden, Heaton, Newcastle on Tyne England, wrote asking police to trace him. Various Dryden family members interviewed, but not found. 18 pages, List 71.
DUANE, Michael, 54 years, labourer, killed on Yarraville railway line in 1900; porter John McALLISTER notifies police. 4 pages, List 48.
DUDLEY, Roy, Sydney, wrote in 1914 seeking Beatrice WHITE; last heard of in Fitzroy. Found, now married, and doesn’t want her address known. 6 pages, List 110.
DUDLEY, Sam, Menzies, West Australia, wrote in 1901 re his wife Margaret nee STELPH, who left there in 1898; 22 years, relatives live in North Melbourne. Found. 5 pages, List 52.
DUDLEY, W.H., stoker, on H.M.S. Psyche at Sydney, asked for leave and to draw reserved money. Police confirm wife in South Yarra in financial difficulties. 5 pages, List 32.
DUFF, Marie and Frank Alexander, Cardinia, South Gippsland. Complained in 1928 that they were coerced into signing contracts to buy land from John QUINN & Co. P/L. Quite detailed report on case. 19 pages, List 76.
DUFLOU, Jacques Philippe. Information sought by Belgian Consul in 1879; had been boarding with B. VAUGHAN in Melbourne. Traced. 15 pages, List 76.
DUFFY, J.G., Outtrim, 1898, complains of the ‘miserable pittance’ allowed him as a witness in court case at Korumburra; employed at Coal Pits there. 4 pages, List 20.
DUFRESSE, Captain of ship Le Finistere, complains (in French) 1880, of cab driver over charging him. 7 pages, List 4.
DUGGAN, A., Wagga Wagga, asks for background of Peter McKENZIE formerly of Hamilton in 1913; he has proposed to his daughter. Reply confirms claims; father was manager of local bank. 6 pages, List 92.
DUGGAN, Laurence, died at Malmsbury in 1865, had been in colony for 12 months, had cousins James at Kilmore and Edward at Werribee. Correspondence re personal property which was found to be worthless. 11 pages, List 34.
DUGGAN, William, farmer, Woorenen, Mallee district, near Swan Hill, reports attempt to poison him and Robert WOODBURN in 1896 by placing strychnine in flour which they made into bread. Animals which ate the bread died. Offender not found. 18 pages, List 36.
DUMESQUE, Mary. (also written as DUMERGUE). Wrote from Rainbow in 1919, asking police for force her daughter Frances, known as Marie, to return to Melbourne with her and her siblings. She has been living with the JAHNE family and prefers to stay with them. Other daughter was Mrs. H.G. HEATHCOTE. List 5.
DUNBAR, Emily Ida, 19 yeasr, daughter of Henry Duncan Dunbar of Adelaide, arrested in Melbourne in 1912 for having insufficient means. Background given; file includes letter from father. 11 pages, List 104.
DUNBAR, William, Brunswick, wrote in 1915 re daughter Barbara, formerly employed as a domestic by Mrs HUTCHINS at a boardinghouse in Malvern. She claimed she is owed money and police will not assist. Report refutes claim. 8 pages, List 115.
DUNCAN, James, wanted for carnal knowledge on Edna Mary ENGLAND, Warrnambool, daughter of William, in 1929, He was a Scot, c28 years, brother John in Melbourne. Photo. List 89.
DUNCAN, Mary, 69 years, Auburn, complains in 1904 because old age pension was withdrawn because of her drunkenness; police report on her is unflattering. 11 pages, List 68.
DUNEMAN, Frank. Convicted of shooting Constance EKINS, 1902. His background given. List 1.
DUNKLEY, Thomas. Registered births of 3 children at Brighton prior to 1893, claiming his wife Ellen was the mother, but his servant Mary PRICE was the real mother. List 1.
DUNLEAVY, M., master baker, Sydney, wrote in 1910 re son Jack, 20 years, who left his home with another young man; believes not right in his mind. Not found. 6 pages, List 92.
DUNLOP, Miss, teacher at a private school in Murrumbeena, reports in 1900 that several bullets have hit her house. Local police find that the bullets are from a rifle and eventually discover that the Danish Club held a picnic nearby and there was target shooting. The club apologies and offers to pay police costs. 10 pages, List 45.
DUNLOP, John, 56 years, native of Glasgow Scotland, accidentally killed at Shepparton in 1913 by a car driven by auctioneer Robin CUSSEN when lying drunk on the road at night. Details in file include letters from his wife Janet, Portman Street Glasgow, in 1909. 13 pages, List 106.
DUNLOP, Mrs. Wallace. Wrote in 2876 re schoolgirl Susannah KLING who was living at Constable Strachan’s house at Dandenong. She alleges he has ill treated her, which he denies. 9 pages, List 6.
DUNN, Det. Home bombed in 1931. Terry Dean and Curley Brook suspected. Incomplete file, but large. List 4.
DUNN, Fanny. Report of her attempted suicide at Clunes in 1908; aged 25. 2 pages, List 4.
DUNN, John, Aberdeen Hotel Fitzroy, accidently knocked down a destitute woman whom he then took to hospital, 1901. She died there of a fractured skull. Photo of her on file, with shaved head. 2 pages, List 52.
DUNN, Michael. Wrote from Hamilton Commonage [?] Newcastle, NSW in 1897, asking for their help in getting his daughter Mrs. ROY home from Outtrim. Mention of a child, file incomplete, seems she had not been leading a ‘respectable’ life. 10 pages, List 6.
DUNNE, William, deserted wife Olinda and 3 children at Seahampton near West Wallsend NSW in 1899; last heard of in Melbourne. Found. 30 pages, List 49.
DUNSTAN, Mrs, ran a brothel in Oxford Street North Melbourne in 1884; report on. List 116.
DURACK, Patrick William, Glenrowan, in 1915 charged with arson after his house burns down. A very large file, with report, witness statements, reason for acquittal etc. List 117.
DU RIEU, Henry Louis, married to Bertha in the 1880s, the couple separated after two years and remained apart for many years until a short lived reunion. In 1903 she claimed he owed her maintenance, while he wrote several letters from interstate, disputing her version of events. 18 pages, List 64.
DUYSTERS, Louis. Embezzled Union Bank, 1886. List 1. CONNECTION FOUND
DWYER, James Charles, sought by mother Mrs J. Dwyer, Cowra, in 1908. Last heard of working for sewerage works in Melbourne. Not found. 10 pages, List 86.
DYMKE, Frederick Reinhold, farmer, Quantong near Horsham. Defrauded by bogus land salesmen James HANNAN and Arthur MAYNE in 1928; persuaded to buy land in the Paramount Estate at St. Albans; letters from Dymke re his expenses at the court case. A large file, List 59.
DYNON, John, wrote from Lonsdale Street Melbourne in 1900; his property at No. 400 is being vandalized, is boarded up. 10 pages, List 47.
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EAGEN, Raymond and father Michael, formerly lived in Grafton NSW, sought in 1905 by John EPPEL of Sydney, found. 8 pages, List 11.
EARLY, Sarah. Bendigo prostitute, now in Melbourne brothel, 1900, has been in gaol. Her background given; anonymous letter encloses money for her. List 1.
EARP, Joseph, Dunwich Benevolent Home, Brisbane, in 1909 asked police for proof he had been in the force in the 1850s; confirmation provided. 5 pages, List 89.
EASON, Edward, Gilgunnia via Cobar, NSW, wrote in 1902 re his wife Millie who left Sydney for Melbourne some days ago, leaving him with three children. Believes she is with Albert Henry BOEKEMANN; both are 28 years old. 6 pages, List 63.
EASTLAKE, Albert. Sought by Barbara O’SHANNASSY in 1919. He is the father of her child. His wife Blanche found in Prahran, they have 3 children, married 13 years, he left her in 1918 and went to Sydney with Dolly PATTEN. He was formerly in AIF. Found ill in Sydney. 15 pages, List 22.
EASTLAND, Walter John Howard, wanted for falsification of a balance sheet of Tasmanian Credits Ltd. in 1928; arrested in Melbourne, but skipped bail. His wife was in London. Miss K. WILLING, typist for the company, interviewed. This is a large file, List 60.
EBERHARD FAMILY. Morrisons, 1915. Claim they are pro German, but no substance to it. List 1.
ECCLES, Edward Blanchard. Alias Baron EICHOLZ and STEEL. Small photo loose in box, no file. He was a commission agent, c50 yrs. List 3.
ECHUCA CO-OPERATIVE BAKERY SOCIETY CO. Master Bakers complain in 1895 that local constable is now Chairman and there is a conflict. Police agree and he is forced to resign as Chairman. File includes booklet of 8 pages giving rules of Society. In 1891 the committee were James COLLINS, William FINDLAY, Henry QUINTON, Frederick Edwin TURNER, James J. WRIGLEY, W.B. REID and the manager was J.H. SULLIVAN. 18 pages, List 27.
EDDINGTON, Robert Graham, deserted wife Sarah A., at Ingleburn NSW. He left Camden in 1898 to go to his mother Ethel in Melbourne, and never returned. He was a native of Ballarat, an engineer. In 1906 she asked police to find him. 7 pages, List 82.
EDGAR, Andrew Lindsay. Serves a month probation with detective branch of police, then declared to be unsuitable. Scottish, 30 yrs, completed entry forms on file. 9 pages, List 3.
EDGAR, Elsie, dressmaker, 27 years, charged with concealment of birth, left dead baby in box in the house of Mrs. Susanna MATZ, South Melbourne in 1919. Arrested. E.A. COLE, widower, with 4 children and a station of 1,400 acres at Moama NSW offers to marry her. Her photo on file. 15 pages, List 21.
EDGAR, Mrs. Robert John, wrote from Perth WA in 1899. He had deserted her; a boot finisher, came to Melbourne with a mate Tom SHUGS (SHUGG?) a coach trimmer. He is 26 years old, family is in Perth. Not found. 19 pages, List 42.
EDGAR, W.A. charged with embezzlement on Kauri Timber Co. Sydney in 1906. c50 years, incomplete file. Small photo, 2 pages, List 70.
EDGE, Arthur, Ultimo, Sydney NSW, applied to join police force in 1895; English, 28 years. 1 page, List 27.
EDLINGTON, Elizabeth Grace, daughter of Thomas of Pumpkin Point Orbost, 27 years, alleges William CUMMING got her pregnant in 1895, then gave her pills to get rid of child. She had a miscarriage, has been crippled ever since. Makes formal complaint against him in 1897. 25 pages, List 20.
EDMONDS, James, 80 years, found dead at Moe in 1911 and buried by police. Mrs E. DICKSON of Brunswick asks details; he’s her brother. 6 pages, List 97.
EDWARDS, Annie, c54 years, wrote a series of irrational letters to the Chief Commissioner, 1911-1912. Family background given; the family lived at Moonambel at one time, the mother married a second time to WILLS, and Annie uses that name in her letters. The family now lives at Stoney Creek Gippsland, with a brother at Northcote. Annie also gets into trouble with the Post Master General, who refuses to deliver her letters. This is a large and complicated file. List 102.
EDWARDS, Mrs. C.J. wrote from Broken Hill in 1900, seeking details of the background of William Patrick McCARTHY. He claimed to be divorced and to be a property owner; she doubts this. He formerly lived in Moonee Ponds and has four children in a Convent. Her daughter is infatuated with him. No trace of divorce. 13 pages, List 47.
EDWARDS, Cecil. Scotland Yard sought details of his time in Australia in 1907. He was suspected of stealing a gold cup from Ascot Racecourse and silverware in Australia. Report states that he was a remittance man, also known as John Cecil LE FEBRE, and believed to be the son of a London solicitor, John Edwards. There was a possibility that his identity had been assumed by Victorian criminal Charles WILLIAMS alias Henry WILMOTH alias C. JACKSON, who had been in gaol with him. 7 pages, List 83.
EDWARDS, Mrs. Eleanor. Charged with abandoning child that she received from nurse Mrs Ellen M. FULLER of Carlton and received money for adopting in 1898, by tricking two children, Neil FYFE, 11 years and Eva BOWMAN [?] into taking it. In jail for previous action in 1896. Her daughter Eleanor AUDLEY has a child, lives in Monbulk. Edwards is ‘a notorious woman in the baby farming line … I have every reason to believe that she has abandoned a large number of young babies.’ Other daughter Alice Ann TERRILL, divorced, is an inmate of Coburg gaol. 39 pages, List 17.
EDWARDS, James, wrote from Hurstville Sydney in 1914 re property he left at a shanty in Little Osborne St Williamstown. Mrs. W. VEAL of Footscray then lived nearby and was to keep an eye on it, but things were stolen; it had calico walls. 10 pages, List 32.
EDWARDS. John, wrote from Prahran in 1895, seeking to join force. He was formerly of Bendigo, and in that volunteer Regiment. Copies of references on file. 3 pages, List 29.
EDWARDS, John, wrote from Pentridge gaol in 1903 (prisoner No. 29320) to police, asking help in getting pay owed to him by former employer G. McRAE, shopfitter, Bendigo. File covers financial position of McRae and eventual payment of a portion of the pay. 17 pages, List 66.
EDWARDS, Marion or Bill. Anonymous letter of complaint re behaviour of and past history [dresses as a male] 1908. Detailed report includes that she was married to a Mrs MINIHAN some years ago, and the latter wants the fact kept quiet. Edwards was working at the Fitzroy Hotel. 8 pages, List 1.
EDWARDS, Marion (Bill), quarreled with Maud McDONALD, with whom she was boarding in 1916, and cut herself with a razor. 5 pages, List 101.
EDWIN, Franklin, left his mother’s farm at Marcus Hill in 1917; she seeks his return. Not found. 5 pages, List 70.
EGAN, Mrs Helen Mary nee WALL, Golden Square, Bendigo, complained in 1911 that her two children, boarded out to her, had been claimed by the Dept. of Neglected Children. Note: her writing is almost illegible. 13 pages, List 95.
EGAN, James. Suicide of a male at St. Arnaud in 1892, identify not confirmed, but may be him or perhaps Frank Egan, who was Irish, c28 years. File reactivated, reason not given, in 1899. Photo of Frank Egan on file. List 2.
EGAN, John, printer, sought by mother Mrs M Egan, Cootamundra NSW in 1911. Last heard of in Prahran. 5 pages, List 95.
EGAN, Michael John, deserted wife Helena Mary at Bendigo in 1913; two children made Wards of the State, son remained with her. In 1915 she asked for return of the children which was refused. File covers 1913-1915. 31 pages, List 79.
EGAN, Thomas, Kalgoorlie, asks details of his police service in 1909, joined 1867. 2 pages, List 61.
EGAR, Mary Ann and Sarah. Girls, living with Chinese LEE TOCK in Lonsdale Street in 1880. Taken in by police, with Mary sent to Industrial School and Sarah sent to gaol. 9 pages, List 57.
EICHHOLZ, Martin, last heard from in 1863 when at Castlemaine. Information sought by German Consul in Melbourne in 1900. 12 pages, List 43.
EISENBERG, Louis Henry, deserted wife in 1906, found. 9 pages, List 82.
ELCHORN, Charles. Middle Park; bomb thrown at his house in 1928. Leslie (Squizzie) Taylor, J. Thompson, “Mush” Burns, Terry Dean, “No Toe King”, “Lofty” George, Frank MANLE and Peter HENNESSY suspected. Incomplete file, 3 pages, List 4.
ELDER, John, Smythesdale, wrote a strange letter to the Chief Commissioner of Police in 1913; local police report he is a storekeeper and Councillor and a religious fanatic. 8 pages, List 108.
ELDER, Violet S., born 1898, child of Alfred of South Yarra, not vaccinated by 1900 because of illness; medical certificates on file. 17 pages, List 5.
ELLEMS, Ada, Fitzroy. Investigation into her background in 1906. Married Ching HOY, storekeeper, Gunnedah NSW in 1900, as Rose Alice PORTER; claims married to Samuel ELLEMS in Sydney. 9 pages, List 69.
ELKS, David, committed suicide in Melbourne in 1913; wife wrote from NSW asking details, which are given. 6 pages, List 106.
ELLGOOD, Elizabeth, otherwise PUNCHARD nee PIGGINS. Solicitors in Melbourne seek her in 1880 on behalf of Rev. Elgood George Punchard. She married John Elgood Punchard in 1841 and left England in 1855, last heard of from Rushworth in 1864. Extensive search undertaken but not found. 35 pages, List 76. (Note variation in spelling of name)
ELLICE, Mrs. H.M., of York W.A. wrote in 1907 re Charles Henry CLARK who died, asks if it could be her brother William Charles CLARKE who she hasn’t heard from in 16 years, he was a boundary rider at Beechworth, c 37 years. Police confirm it is not her brother. 6 pages, List 15.
ELLIOT, James. Wrote from Rookwood Infirmary in 1903 re Jean BROWN, a relation, c30 years, brother kept a hotel. Police interview William BROWN, who states this is his sister and provides address. Jean states Elliot is her husband, ‘a worthless fellow’ and wants nothing to do with him. 4 pages, List 19.
ELLIOT, Mrs. Rosa. Wrote from Perth in 1902. Has been told that her mother Mrs. McMAHON died in hospital and Mrs. MOORE LANE has taken possession of her property. 7 pages, List 18.
ELLIOTT, Aida, attempted suicide at Fitzroy in 1913. She and her husband Sidney were recent arrivals from England. She was employed at Love & Lewis drapers, he was employed at Tarrants Motor Garage. Landlady Eileen O’CONNOR and board Frederick Sherwin, retired sea captain, assist in getting help. No prosecution. 11 pages, List 109.
ELLIOTT, David, deserted wife and six children at Richmond c1902. In 1903 local JP asks police to find him, believed in Sydney with Mrs. Peter SCOLLAY. Found. 5 pages, List 66.
ELLIOTT, Mary. Wrote from East Brunswick in 1894 regarding her husband Frank, a plumber, 41yrs, who had left her and their 8 children. She thought he was interstate. 6 pages, List 3.
ELLIOTT, Maud. Wrote from Cobar NSW in 1904 re death of a male Elliott in Melbourne, asks if it is her brother Jim – no. 6 pages, List 10.
ELLIS, Benjamin Wilson, deserted wife Rebecca at Windsor in 1903. Found. 6 pages, List 67.
ELLIS, George, Richmond, report that he had taken poison in 1909, wife had left him. 2 pages, List 53.
ELLIS, Mrs H.B. widow, Sailors Gully near Beaufort, wrote a number of letters 1907/08 re stock being stolen from her property. Report states she is not right in her mind; living with parents PATTERSON 21 pages, List 85.
ELLIS, M., Longreach, Qld., wrote in 1912 on behalf of James WOODBINE, one of 3 brothers who were put into State care in Victoria; parents were in Bendigo. He has been approached by Edward HALL of Sydney who claims he knows ‘something to his advantage’; seeks information. 6 pages, List 104.
ELLISON, George, sought by wife Ellen in Sydney in 1895, there is a maintenance order against him. She thinks he’s dairy farming near Charlton, but not found. 20 pages, List 31.
ELMES, Angela M., East Camberwell, wrote in 1912 re her husband Hubert Oliver Elmes, 39 years, who hasn’t paid maintenance for years; she is now in poor health. 5 pages, List 104.
ELMSLIE, Robert W., embezzled jewellery etc from Walter COHEN of Rochester in 1887. Incomplete file re his background and arrest in 1888. 26 pages, List 56.
ELSBURY, Charles Matthew, baker, 33 yrs, in 1915, sought by solicitors in W.A. acting for Esther CUNNINGHAM, who had a child by him; he has defaulted on maintenance. His sister Mrs Elizabeth NANKERVIS is in Melbourne. 10 pages, List 114.
“ELSINORE’ 8 Grey Street East Melbourne. Complaint in 1902 that a brothel was being run there by Amy CLIFFORD alias BYRNE, who also owned the property. Detailed report on situation. 22 pages, List 62.
ELTON, Miss M., Launceston Tasmania, wrote in 1912; her father has been looking after her 6 year old son Jack in Albury, and hasn’t answered her letters. File shows that her real name is HORSLEY, and she is now Mrs DOYLE. Her father Richard Horsley may use the name BRUSH. She is touring with the Elton Gaiety Show. 11 pages, List 102.
ELWORTHY, Jane, Carlton, deserted by husband Edward prior to 1903, warrant issued. 4 pages, List 64.
ELZY, Samuel. Died in Ballarat Hospital in 1900. Brother J. of Williamsford West Coast Tasmania, formerly of Campbell’s Creek Victoria, asks police for details. 11 pages, List 2.
EMERSON, Lancelot McIntyre. Information sought by wife Louisa, Charters Towers, in 1902. Found, is in poor health. 7 pages, List 62.
EMERSON, Lancelot McIntyre. His mother in law Mrs. E. McGONEGLE CUNNINGHAM, writes from Charters Towers in 1902, has heard he has died. She is maintaining his children. 6 pages, List 18.
EMSLEY, O.C., Maylands, South Australia, wrote in 1911 re brother Frank, arrested in Victoria. Their mother Julia had him committed to State care as uncontrollable. 11 pages, 2 photos, List 98.
ENGLISH, Mrs. Kathleen. Wrote from North Melbourne in 1917, applying to become a policewomen. 4 pages, List 7.
ENNOR, Samuel John. Information sought in 1902 by wife Maud in Albany W.A. He left there some months ago for Victoria. Father John lives in Quarry Hill Bendigo; brother Richard interviewed. Not found. 6 pages, List 63.
ENNOR, Samuel John. Information sought in 1902 by wife in Albany W.A. His sister Mrs. S. WARD of Prahran interviewed; not found. 6 pages, List 63.
ENTWISTLE, Marian, committed for infanticide at Clunes in 1896; born there in 1877, parents James and Margaret ‘addicted to drink’; She has been in service with Mrs. Emily GILBERT at the Town Hall Hotel there and child found dead in closet. 11 pages, List 37.
ERICKSON, James Morris, butcher. Information sought by wife Ida, Darlinghurst Sydney in 1915. Last heard of at Geelong; found. 5 pages, List 80.
ERRINGTON, Sydney Everleigh, deserted wife Hettie at Cue, Murchison, W.A. in 1905; is with barmaid Kitty MIDDLETON in Melbourne. 19 pages, List 68. CONNECTION FOUND.
E.S. & A. Bank Middle Park, robbed by Angus MURRAY and Robert BENNETT in 1917. Letter from Bennett on file, along with details of his previous conviction in Perth in 1911. A large file. List 74.
ETTRIDGE, Thomas, wrote from Lyonville in 1896 re youths damaging his property; boys RADCLIFF and MOORE are identified. 5 pages, List 36.
EVANS, Abraham, sought by Sgt A.S. Evans, Bunbury Police Station, WA, in 1909. He arrived from Ireland in 1891, leaving his second wife and children behind. A master mason, he was 73 years old. Not found. 6 pages, List 88.
EVANS, Christmas, wrote from Ballarat in 1906, seeking to re-apply for police force. 2 pages, List 27.
EVANS, Mrs Ellen May, Heathcote, in 1910 asked the reason for the removal of her 5 children by the Department of Neglected Children. Report on case and several letters from her. 22 pages, List 92.
EVANS, Eric, warrant issued in 1906 for maintenance of illegitimate child by Victoria SNOWDEN. He was a jockey, c21 years. Not found. 10 pages, List 82.
EVANS, Henry, sought by Thomas HEDDERWICK, Paddington NSW in 1911; believed in St. Kilda and working in café. Found in Parer’s Crystal Palace. 5 pages, List 100.
EVANS, Henry Joseph, convicted of housebreaking at Richmond in 1928, sentenced to a year in gaol, then to a Reformatory. In 1931 wrote seeking police assistance in getting employment on his forthcoming release. File includes evidence given at his trial. 23 pages, List 59.
EVANS, Joseph Westley, deserted wife Honor at Richmond in 1890, leaving her with 4 children. She asks financial assistance to go to Sydney, has a daughter there. Report on her by the Charity Organisation Society. 27 pages, List 24.
EVANS, Joseph Westly. Wife Honor inquires from NSW in 1895. He deserted her and is living with another woman in Fitzroy. Police find he has died and his brother Captain Robert of Box Hill has paid funeral expenses and was supporting him. 8 pages, List 27.
EVANS, Mrs. Margaret, wife of Evan Evans, mail contractor, wrote from Rheola in 1896, complaining of local constable. Her husband wrote explanatory letter; she was drunk and he sent for the constable to assist him. She had previously signed the pledge but ‘had broken out recently’. 10 pages, List 33.
EVANS, Pauline Isabella, 13 years, absconded from her parents at Summerhill Sydney in 1916; found at military camp in Melbourne showgrounds and taken in by authorities. Mother runs Emlyn Private Hospital and explains reason for her action. 10 pages, List 77.
EVANS, Richard Nelson, arrested at Benalla for larceny and taken to police watch house as inebriated. False teeth removed for safe keeping, but damaged, and have to be replaced; discussion as to who would pay dental bill. 18 pages, List 103.
EVERETT, Henry John, sought by father John, Launceston Tasmania; 29 years, carpenter, widower, not heard from for some months. Found. 11 pages, List 112.
EVERILL, Anna, Black Rock House, Sandringham, wrote in 1903 complaining of loss of poultry and fruit and poisoning of dog; blames elderly resident TOPPING and his wife. Very detailed report exonerates them and gives poor report on her boarder James DARLING. 6 pages, List 66.
EVERINGHAM, Lydia. Claims she was raped at Carlton in 1897; medical examination says no trace. Admits that she had been drinking and made up story. 2 pages, List 20.
EWART, Prof Alfred. Government botanist, re complains in 1908 of Alfred BURKETT, who has some of his furniture for repair and has not returned it. 12 pages, List 5.
EXCEL (or C.C.) cutter, supposed wreck of fishing vessel near Cunninghame in 1898. Crew were William CARSTAIRS and Ned CURRIE, both late of Lake Tyers. Area searched, but nothing found. 14 pages, List 21.
EXON, Edward, wrote from Melbourne Orphan Asylum in 1873, requesting information on former inmate Anny ABBOTT, who left in 1867. She lived with uncle John William SUTTON at South Melbourne, was later at Majorca/Maryborough area. Found. 2 pages, List 31.
EYERS, Eva, 12 years, brought to Bullarto police station by mother Lilian in 1914; had been assaulted by father Charles while drunk. Family circumstances detailed. 6 pages, List 112.
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