Wife & Child Deserters


During my searches through miscellaneous police correspondence files I have come across many references to wife, child (and occasionally husband) deserters.  Some of these files also include a photograph of the deserter, and this web page is a listing of such files.

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Please note that I do not have this material in my possession; it is held at the Public Record Office.   As the PRO are now phasing out photocopies,  and have a digital camera available for researchers, I will only be offering digital copies.  The various pricing options available for an individual file are:

$55 to copy up to 20 pages and deliver to you via a File Transfer system.
$60 to copy up to 20 pages, burn to a CD and post to an address in Australia.
$68 to copy up to 20 pages, copy to a USB stick and post to an address in Australia.
An additional fee would be payable for bigger files, and a discount is available for multiple file orders.

I am also willing to provide the reference so that a researcher can visit the PRO and view the material themselves, but do ask the minimum fee of $45 to provide this information, as I’ve spent hundreds if not thousands of hours over many years compiling the information.

Arranging payment:

Either send a cheque in Australian Dollars made out to Harriland Press to PO Box 92, Forest Hill, Victoria, Australia, 3131, or email me to obtain details for a direct credit to our account.  If living overseas, the cheapest payment method is something like Western Union.

  1. Remember to supply your own address, including if possible, an email address.
  2. You will be emailed when your letter arrives, and again when your order has been posted to you.
  3. My email address is hdh1[at]ozemail.com.au (you will need to remove the ‘at’ and replace with @).