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ULLMO, Lucien. French Consul, Melbourne, wrote confidential letter in 1906 asking surveillance; he was 35-40 years and from a good family; ‘suffers from mental derangement’ is a danger to his countrymen. 8 pages, List 55.
UNMACK, Rev. Edward Carl. Chief Constable of Surrey, Guildford Surrey England, wrote in 1916 regarding him. He was rector of West Horsley Surrey, and claimed to be Australian born, but his parents are German. Encloses copies of birth and baptismal certificates and asks authenticity. Police report confirms certificates and details Unmack history of two brothers, one of whom was Edward’s father. 13 pages, List 6.
UREN, Edward of Penzance Cornwall England wrote in 1903 re Frederick William and George John THOMAS, both about 74 years, living near Bendigo. 6 pages.
USNER, Dorothy, came to Australia with Nat. Goodwin Theatrical Company, but had a falling out with them and left. She had some nude photographs taken by FALKE in Melbourne. Chief of Police and Pinkerton Detective Agency in San Francisco both write seeking copies of photos for a forthcoming court case in 1899. 7 pages, List 37.
VALGEM/VALGENE, Jene, wrote in 1892 from Helena Montana Territory USA re joining the Victorian police force. He has travelled twice over the USA and Europe, and has worked as a detective. Reply was to be directed to C/- D. SCHNAKENBERG, New York City, USA. 2 pages, List 2.
VALIOS, Tasi, Greek, 35 years, electrician, left wife Mary A. nee RUSSELL and children Marie and Nicholas in Glasgow in 1914 and came to Australia with – SHEPHERD, cinematograph entertainer. In 1917 the Parish of Glasgow write asking police to trace him; has not sent maintenance since 1916, and the children are in their care. This is a very detailed file. 28 pages, List 50.
VANCE, Mrs A.E., Sioux City, Iowa USA, wrote in 1911 re her brother Len J. LAUGHLIN. Not found. 9 pages, List 66.
VAN DYK, Berend. Consul General for Netherlands wrote in 1908 re this person who was a tailor aged about 80 years. His family in Holland had not heard from him for some time. 9 pages. List 5.
VAN DYKE, Mrs W., Washington DC, USA, wrote in 1913 re her husband William, last heard of in Melbourne in 1912; she is destitute. 10 pages, List 75.
VAN HECK, Edith, of Auckland, New Zealand, wrote in 1910 re her husband’s activities in Melbourne; wants to take him to court for lack of maintenance. 4 pages, List 14.
VAN WYK, Mrs. Annie, Observatory, South Africa, wrote in 1916 re only brother Willie WILLIAMS, ship’s crew, left there in 1915. Not found. 10 pages, List 53.
VAUGHAN, Frank of Calgarry, Alberta, Canada deserted his wife in 1915 and sailed for Australia with Alice POTTS. Mrs. Vaughan and children left destitute. Frank Vaughan was then aged 53 and had been a soldier and a freemason. Alice Potts was 23 years. File covers a period from 1916-1918. 21 pages.
VEALE, R.R., Sheriff of Contra Cost Co., Martinez, California, wrote in 1903 re Jerry O’MEARA who, with his family arrived in Antioch, California from Madera c1900 and purchased a property. He then took a trip home to Ireland and has not returned. Family informed he had gone to Australia; photos on file. 4 pages, List 2.
VEASEY, John. Philip Baudinet, Mayor and Chief of Police, St. Helier’s Jersey, Channel Islands, wrote in 1901 re Veasey. His wife and family are destitute and he was entitled to money from the Will of an uncle, John LAURENS, formerly M.L.A. in Victoria, and should be supporting them. He was working as a gardener in Toorak. Police interview Veasey, who states that his solicitor paid his wife’s debts of 40 pounds last year, and a daughter’s music lessons and he ‘is not prepared to make any provision for his wife or family, they must look out for themselves, he left them through his wife’s extravagance, which was keeping him always in debt … has no money at present, and even if he had, he would not send them one penny …’. 4 pages, List 5.
VEITCH, Walter G., wrote from Auckland New Zealand in 1904 re his brother Robert L., who was born in Exeter. Had seen report of a death, was it him – no. 4 pages, List 22.
VENNER, Frank, Royal Army Medical Corps, France, wrote in 1916 seeking his brother Alexander George; found. Original letter not on file. 6 pages, List 55.
VENNING, John. Anonymous letter received from England in 1911, alleging wife is immoral, gives family history etc. Police interview family who say they have received similar letters; all from John, who is delusional. A very detailed report. 11 pages, List 65.
VERNON, Private Howard Edward, jailed in England in 1919. British police seek details of his background; he married there in 1918. Report states his wife Lilian nee CHANDLER is sitll alive, and his parents at Ballarat are very respectable. 5 pages, List 82.
VERT, John William, sought by father in law Thomas BELDON, South Shields, Northumberland England in 1913. He took his wife and family to Melbourne and has deserted them. Found interstate. 8 pages, List 73.
VIGE, Marcel Auguste, born Paris 1888, fought in WW1 then went to Melbourne. Information sought by French Consul in 1918. Not found. 5 pages, List 81.
VILVINS, John W. wrote from Gore, Southland, New Zealand re his father of the same name, in 1896, and requested further details in 1898. His daughter was married to – ALEXANDER. [Spelling of name not clear, could be VELVINS] 12 pages
VINCENT, George, wrote from Pentridge Gaol to the French Consul in Melbourne in 1895, asking for assistance as he was French. He was convicted of forgery. 19 pages, List 29.
VINCENT, William. Sought by mother Mrs. M. of Vancouver in 1899. He left there as a seaman, hasn’t been heard of in 15 months. Police find he served a prison term. 12 pages, List 23.
VINEY, Mary, of Carlton Victoria asks police for help in 1900. Her husband Walter Kyrke Viney left in 1892 for England, in connection with a legacy, and she hasn’t heard from him since. English police interview James KRYKE and report result. 5 pages, List 13.
VINICK, Phillip of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada wrote in 1914 re Robert VINICK. 3 pages.
VIVIAN, R.E., Bredlington, Yorkshire, wrote in 1903, asking for confidential report on his wife and unnamed brother who were living in Fitzroy. Incomplete file. 2 pages, List 47.
VOLKER, Margaret, widow, wrote in German from Wurzburg, Bayern, re her son Robert, born 1866 and went to Tasmania in 1885/6. 7 pages, List 3.
VOLKER, Robert. Brother Luise wrote in German from Bavaria in 1898; he was born 1866, went to Tasmania c1885. 7 pages, List 20.
VON FURSTENBERG, Mr. German Consul in Melbourne provides letter of introduction in 1891; he has served in Prussian Calvary. 1 page, List 15.
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WADDELL, William, of Glasgow Scotland, wrote in 1917 on behalf of the aged mother of Alexander LITTLEJOHN, who left there in 1882 for Queensland, and was last heard of in Victoria in 1886. Various Littlejohns are interviewed, but none are the correct person. 5 pages, List 11.
WADDINGTON, Beatrice M. (Miss), wrote from Katoomba New South Wales, in 1894 re Thomas BEESON or BEASON, who left England in 1868 with a Mr. DYSON. Asks his address. 1 page, List 4.
WADHAM, W.J. of West Disbury, Manchester England, wrote in 1907 on behalf of mother of E.A. Wadham, who was 78 years of age, and hadn’t heard from her daughter for some time. ‘Is she leading a chaste life?’. Police find she was married to – GRANT, but left him for another man (McDONALD) a seaman, but they were no longer together. Daughter responds to police questions ‘because a woman does not choose to live with her husband is no reason why she should be branded a bad character…’. 14 pages. List 5.
WAGNER, C.L., Columbus, Ohio, USA, wrote in 1905. He has been sending money to his grandfather George MORLEY who lives with J.E. PARRY at South Melbourne, but he doesn’t seem to have received the latest money sent. Report on grandfather. 6 pages, List 44.
WAGNER, Fletcher Bernard, sought by US Consul in 1909. He left the US in 1905, 23 years, black complexion, spoke several languages. Not found. 6 pages, List 60.
WAGNER, Heinrich. German Consul in Melbourne wrote in 1910. Heinrich had married Hannah MUSCHIALLI in Melbourne, and they had two children, Richard and Hannah, but the marriage was unhappy, and he had taken them to Germany in 1896, where they were adopted by their aunt. She would like a confidential report on their mother. 4 pages, List 14.
WAGNER, Johann Karl Justus, born Felzberg, Kreis Melzon, Hessen Germany, c1846, left c28 years ago, from London, a baker. Sought in 1899 by sister Mary MUELLER. A cousin, C. SCHMIDT says believes interstate. Found. 15 pages, List 36.
WAGNER, Marie, St. Mande, Paris, wrote in 1915 re her husband John George, a Prussian. He left there 16 years ago, and is believed to be living with his first wife’s sister Tecla SMETZ in Melbourne. Marie wanted a divorce as she was worried she’d be placed in a concentration camp. 21 pages, List 54.
WAIN, Mrs Frederick, enquired for by William CRAWFORD, Shettleston Glasgow in 1911; last heard of at Fitzroy. Found. 11 pages, List 69.
WAINE, Richard. Wrote from Calgary Canada in 1914 re his brother J.S. who was in Melbourne. Richard had cabled money for his return, but he had not arrived. 4 pages, List 2.
WAITS, Catherine of Liverpool England wrote in 1914 re her daughter Grace, married to a Mr. SMITH of Smith St. Police interview Grace’s son Terrance in Fitzroy. 4 pages, List 7.
WAKE, Florence Louise, wrote from London UK in 1897 re a newspaper report on a Henry Wake, a visitor from Qld to Melbourne, who was arrested for drunkenness. She asks if it is her brother Henry Louis Frederick Daniel Wallis, whom she hasn’t seen for ten years. She gives some family details. Police report it was Charles Wake, a butcher, and not her brother. 11 pages, List 36.
WAKELIN, Alice, New Zealand, wrote in 1915 re Edward J. KING of Geelong who had been sending maintenance for his illegitimate child. Incomplete file. 3 pages, List 54.
WAKELIN, Oliver, deserted wife Fannabella and ten year old child in Martinborough New Zealand, claiming had ‘found Pastures New’. They formerly conducted the local hotel. Not found. 5 pages, List 45.
WALBOURN, Mrs William, Dorchester, Mass., USA, wrote in 1923, seeking her husband’s relatives. Found. 6 pages, List 70.
WALDRON, Patrick, sought by Bridget Waldron COYLE, Baltimore, Maryland, USA in 1913; his sister. He came to Australia c35 years ago from Ireland. Various Waldron families are interviewed, but he’s not found. 15 pages, List 75.
WALKER, Eliza nee FOX, sought in 1911 by youngest sister Mrs Theresa MUNRO, who has recently arrived in Toronto. Eliza left Dundee for Melbourne in 1878. Not found. 6 pages, List 65.
WALDIE, A.B. Solicitors in New Plymouth New Zealand write on his behalf in 1911. He and his wife separated in 1907. He has heard she has died in Melbourne and seeks confirmation. Included on file is a letter from his relative in Scotland. 7 pages, List 12.
WALKER, Ada of Ulverston, Lancashire England, wrote a number of letters from 1916-1919 re her husband George, a boilermaker, who was in Australia and not supporting her and their three children. C.W. Dean, Clerk to the Guardians, also wrote. 19 pages, List 16.
WALKER, Charles William, a baker, sought by wife M. of Connifton Crossing, G.T.R. Station, Belleville, Ontario Canada in 1895; he left England 4 years ago; she is left with 6 children to support. Found. 4 pages, List 28.
WALKER, David, c60 years, last heard of at Wagga Wagga, sought by brother W.B. Walker, Kroonstad, Orange River Colony, South Africa in 1910. David left Dumbarton police in 1870s for Australia. Not found. 12 pages, List 62.
WALKER, E.W. c/- Messrs Hanson & Orth, London, England, wrote in 1909 re his aunt Mrs Elizabeth M. BATTERSBY of St Kilda. She is being cared for by Miss Mary CAWLEY; he thinks she is delusional. Detailed report on situation. 8 pages, List 59.
WALKER, George S., Soldier Avenue, Younloville, Napa Co. California USA, wrote in 1897 re his sister Mary WALKER who left London in 1852 with a man named PICKETT. She is due for a legacy, and he needs confirmation of her death or otherwise. Another sister still lives in London. 11 Pages, List 4A.
WALKER, Miss L.A., King’s Norton, Birmingham England, wrote in 1916. She is an inventor and has found that William Emanuel NAUNTON and Thomas Clark PALMER have patented her ‘new music system’, Quite detailed letter. 11 pages, List 55.
WALKER, Lizzie, Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA, wrote in 1893 re her brother William O., aged c38 years; she is 26 years. 2 pages, List 3.
WALKER, Robert, wrote from Rangiora New Zealand re reported death of Samuel James Walker, shot by his son Joseph in 1912. Asks is it his first cousin who was born in Portadown Co Armagh Ireland, and went to Canada. Police confirm it is. 4 pages, List 32.
WALKER, Robert, wrote from Torry Aberdeen, Scotland in 1915, seeking information on Zella SIMONS or Walker, wife of his son William, a joiner, at present in the USA. Found, she states that he deserted her in 1904; in 1913 she married Samuel BREADMORE. She has a 7 year old daughter, Florence Rita Walker, and an 8 year odf Ethel May Simons. Quite a complicated story. 13 pages, List 80.
WALKER, Rose (nee McDONALD) of Ekehatina New Zealand wrote in 1907 re her uncle Alexander McDONALD who died in Kyneton Victoria recently. 4 pages, List 2.
WALL, Abraham, and sister Charlotte (late Mrs Henry NORMAN) sought in 1911 by brother Charles, Chicago USA. They went to Australia c40 yeasr ago. Found. 5 pages, List 68.
WALL, Bridget, Whitehall, Co Kilkenny Ireland, wrote in 1915 re estate of uncle John of Koroit, who died c30 years ago. 6 pages, List 79.
WALL, Henry Charles, 18yrs, arrived Melbourne 1913, sought by father Henry of Manor Park, Essex England in 1914. Found. 5 pages, List 7.
WALLACE, John, of Hamilton Scotland NB, wrote in 1892 seeking details of his deceased brother James. Police report he died a pauper, in gaol hospital; was born Lanark. 4 pages, List 2.
WALLACE, John, Glasgow, wrote in 1908 on behalf of Catherine HUNTER nee CROOKS, whose husband Hugh was a fireman on board ship and left it at Melbourne some years ago. She has heard he intends to remarry. Police establish he had married Harriet KAHMANN. 5 pages, List 55.
WALLBURTON, P.C., wrote from Christchurch New Zealand in 1902 regarding the death of his brother Robert. 9 pages, List 21. WALMSLEY, George, sought by wife Gertrude of Wagon Drift Farm, Perseverance near Port Elizabeth, Cape Colony in 1910. He deserted her and their 3 children in 1908. They lived in Germiston South Africa, he is a book-keeper, 31 years. His family lives in Melbourne. 24 pages, List 27.
WALLER, Edward Walker, sought by unnamed wife, Southend on Sea, Essex, England, in 1909. He was an engineer; not found. Original letter not on file and some pages damaged. 4pages, List 60.
WALPOLE, Jonathon, Tralee, Co Kerry, wrote in 1895 re a near relative Thomas HUNTER, formerly in the Melbourne police, and a native of Queen’s Co. Ireland, who left there over 40 years ago. 2 pages, List 30.
WALSH, Mary Teresa of Liverpool, wrote in 1902 re brother William Stephen TOBIN, aged about 58 years, had been in Melbourne about 34 years and formerly lived in Co. Clare Ireland. All William Tobin’s in Melbourne interviewed. 10 pages.
WALSH, Moses, left Wellington New Zealand c1887 for N.S.W., a butcher. In 1895 his wife Ann writes from Wellington, has heard he is in Geelong. Not found. 12 pages, List 30.
WALSH, Norah, Elizabeth and Johanna, sought by Richard SKEIN, police department, San Francisco USA in 1913, on behalf of their sister Katherine Walsh. They were long term residents of Melbourne but natives of Ballycasey Co Clare Ireland. Not found. 13 pages, List 64.
WALSH, Mrs. P. of Syracuse New York USA wrote in 1897 re tracing Columb DALTON, who was born in Tullamore Kings Co. Ireland, son of Francis & Ann DALTON nee McDERMOTT. Columb was living in Melbourne in 1855 with John DALEY and his son Anthony, and was leaving for the Mount Blackwood gold diggings. His mother had never heard from him again, and now her grandchildren have taken up the search. Police establish a William DALTON was at Blackwood many years before, but could not locate Columb. 5 pages, List 3.
WALSH, Robert, Ballykilavane, Glenealey, Co Wicklow Ireland, wrote in 1901 re his brother James of Clashland near Meathdrum Co Wicklow, not heard of for some years. Joined the Vic. Police force c30 years ago; found. 5 pages, List 41.
WALTER, Mrs. K., Wandsworth, London, wrote in 1913 re her son Alfred George Evan Walter, who left for Australia in 1911, and hasn’t been heard from since. Found. 9 pages, List 64.
WALTERS, Rev. Charles, Director of the Red Hill Reformatory, Surrey England, wrote in 1863 to Messrs J.H. Clough & Co., Melbourne re Israel BENNETT and Charles Henry PARKER, both under twenty years, who were seeking work in Australia. After their arrival, Walters’s cousin A.J. DUFFIELD, of the Melbourne Club, writes to police re finding them later in the year, as they have gone missing. 13 pages, List 2.
WALTERS, Richard. (A very complicated story). A boilermaker, he deserted his family in Melbourne in 1887. His daughters Edith, Mary, Sarah and Margaret were taken into care by government officials, then the last three were sent to an aunt Mrs. S. Walters in Auckland New Zealand in 1890. Their mother Margaret bigamously married Joseph BLANCHE, but he found out about her previous marriage and went to Western Australia, and now wants police help in prosecuting Walters and not having to pay for Edith’s maintenance by government. Richard Walters had a brother named John and a nephew named Fred, both in Auckland New Zealand. 9 pages, List 9.
WALTON, Frank, sought by wife in Woodgate, Leicester, Engalnd, in 1910. Was at Richmond in 1908; not heard from since. 12 pages, List 63.
WALTON, Robert C., Chicago, Ill., USA, wrote in 1915 re 3uncles, Christopher, Storey and John Walton, of Co Durham, last heard of in Ballarat. Christopher’s widow located. 21 pages, List 54.
WALWORTH, Henry, Blacksmith & Farriery, Port Awanui, New Zealand, wrote in 1913 re his brother Phillip, who had been sentenced to death for rape. 13 pages, List 74.
WARBURTON, Cyril Edward, sought by brother Arthur George of Te Awamutu New Zealand in 1919. He hasn’t written for some months. 5 pages, List 26.
WARD, G.T., JP for Folkestone, wrote in 1901 re former servant James SLADE who went to Australia for the benefit of his health in 1900. Further letter by Ann SLADE, mother of James. 10 pages, some torn.
WARD, Mrs. Jessie of Blighmont Park, near Southampton England, wrote in 1915 re Leslie ROBERTS, whose mother was living at Freemantle, Southampton, and worried about him. He is found safe and well. 7 pages.
WARD, John. Wife wrote from Auckland New Zealand in 1902, asking if newspaper report of death of this man at Jumbunna is her husband; whom she last heard from two years ago. He is 42 years old. Report states not her husband. 4 pages, List 43.
WARD, John Dudley (Major), left wife Millie in Vancouver Canada in 1910. In 1911 she asks discreet enquiry. Not found. 7 pages, List 66.
WARD, John, Prahran, sought by J.H. GIBSON, solicitor, Wigton, Cumberland England in 1911; he is executor of an estate. 4 pages, List 68.
WARD, Thomas. Died suddenly at Nareeb Nareeb Station, Caramut, in 1898. A native of Manchester, c 70 years. Police find letters from mother Mary JENKINSON, and sisters Emma NICHOLSON and M. COOKE, all from Manchester, and written in the 1860s. They are still on the file. 13 pages, List 20.
WARKE, -. Director of Criminal Intelligence, Simla, India, wrote in 1912 re two men named Warke and Wallace, who claimed they were seeing a friend off on a ship from Freemantle to Colombo, and had a few drinks on board, not realising the ship had left port. They had two women with them (unidentified, but called Mrs. Warke and Mrs. Wallace). They were charged with not having paid for the voyage, once the ship arrived in Colombo. Warke claims to have been born in Wedderburn, has a stepfather named Darling, and is a well-known jockey. Wallace claims he came from Perth, and his father is a doctor. Melbourne police confirm Warke’s claim. 4 pages, List 9.
WARNECKE, Carol, Oakland, California USA, wrote in 1907 re his brother in law James STRINGER and wife; he hasn’t heard from them for some time. Found. 6 pages, List 48.
WATERS, John, Blackpool, Lancashire, England, was written to by Mr. D.J. MacKAY 3-4 years ago, asking if he was the nephew and adopted son of Isabella Waters, who died 25 years ago. Although he replied in the affirmative to MacKay, he has been unable to get a response, so asks police help in 1895. Isabella was married when very young to William YOUNG and went to Melbourne with him. MacKay not found. 6 pages, List 31.
WATKINSON, Mrs. C.L. of Kensington, London, wrote in 1905 re her brother Henry Joseph REED, born 1866, left there in 1891 for Australia, last heard of in Ballarat in 1899. Police report his death and that Albert NICHOLS of South Melbourne paid the burial expenses. Letter from Reed to on file as well. 8 pages, List 15.
WATSON, Charles Angus, committed suicide at the Melbourne Coffee Palace in 1910. An acquaintance, Joseph Edward PRINCE gave evidence, but the details must have been confused, because Prince’s mother, Mrs Ellen ARMSTRONG of Liverpool wrote asking for his belongings, and Mr and Mrs Robert PRICE of Bootle, who he had lived with, identified a photo of the deceased as Prince. A complicated case, with a photo of the deceased on file, and some duplication. 28 pages, List 62.
WATSON, Ernest Joseph, sought by sibling H. Watson, of Bedford England in 1919; last heard of in 1916. Was a steward on a shipping line. 5 pages, List 17.
WATSON, Mrs H.L., Auckland New Zealand, wrote in 1911 re her husband A.H., who left her some time ago. 6 pages, List 66.
WATSON, Mrs. Margaret, Troyville, Johannesburg, South Africa, wrote in 1915 re her son Henry Theophilus, who was in the police force in Melbourne in 1913. Found. 11 pages, List 54.
WATSON, Mrs. P.J. of Athlone Ireland, wrote in 1915 re ‘a grand uncle of mine, William CUNNINGHAM, who was transported to Tasmania for a political offence in 1813 and never heard from until 18 years ago a death in an Irish paper of William Cunningham who died in Australia, worth thousands of pounds. His nephews and nieces thought it was him, but they are old people and uneducated. Presently a man of the name in New York is seeking information …’. Cunningham is believed to have been ‘a carpenter and married to a Maori queen.’ Not found. 7 pages, List 8.
WATT, Mrs Mary, Wanganuie New Zealand, wrote in 1912 re William DAVEY. She has been looking after his child since 1911 and he owes maintenance. Found. 4 pages, List 70.
WATT, Mrs M., Wanganui, New Zealand, wrote in 1912 re William DAVEY; believed in Melbourne, has not sent money for his child. Found. 5 pages, List 71.
WATTERS, Jim alias Paul JONES alias Black Pearl alias Black Prince. St Louis police chief forwards photo and Bertillon chart of this criminal in 1901, and asks if he is known in Melbourne; no. 2 pages, List 40.
WATTS, William, farmer, Kilmore, sought by sister who has written but received no reply in 1897. Mrs. J. BENNETT writes from Chadwell Essex England; not clear if she is the sister. 6 pages, List 34.
WAY, Frank, sought by mother Mrs. H.E., Wimbledon, England, in 1916. Not found. 19 pages, List 52.
WEAVER, Walter Francis. Mrs Frances Mary Weaver, Maida Vale, London enquires from 1908-1912 whether he was still alive. Letter from 1899 also on file, from Laurence Weaver. 18 pages, List 72.
WEBB, M. of Cork Ireland wrote in 1899 re son John, who was in police force. Parents had not heard from him for past three years. 8 pages.
WEBB, Mrs. Mary of Cork Ireland, wrote in 1897 re her son, who was in the police force. She hasn’t heard from him in two years. 5 pages, List 9.
WEBB, Mrs Mary, Cork Ireland, wrote in 1906 re her son John, ex constable. Found, ‘doubtful he will contact her’. 5 pages, List 55.
WEBB, Nathan, sought by brother Sidney John Webb of Vancouver in 1906; arrived 1881. Not found. 5 pages, List 29.
WEBBER, Pte. P.G. of H.M.S. Monmouth, Hong Kong, wrote in 1908 re his father Richard, a tailor, last heard from at Stawell in 1892. Found. 7 pages, List 18.
WEBSTER, William Thomas, alias GILBERT. Scotland Yard wrote in 1899 about this man, then living in Bermondsey England with mother. An anonymous letter says he is wanted for wife and child desertion in Victoria. Report shows Tasmanian warrant issued at Bothwell. Children were Ethel, George, Tasman and Edward. 7 pages, List 36. CONNECTION FOUND.
WEEKS, James W., ex constable, sought by Courtenay O. WEEKS, surveyor, Co. Cork Ireland. 2 pages, List 2.
WEEKS, Robert. Information sought by brother Thomas of Brittas Slade, More Co., Dublin Ireland in 1910. He was in the Victorian police force, believed to have died. Death confirmed and details of beneficiaries, including
daughter Susan G. BRESLIN, given. 6 pages, List 41.
WEINBERG, R. of Focsani Romania, wrote in 1894 re his nephew Phillip A. WEINBERG, who left there for the USA then Australia, working in a Smelting Company. 3 pages. List 4.
WEILL, Leopold, sought by brother in law Charles COHEN, who wrote from Westhofen, Alsaac in 1896. He had previously written in 1892/3 – these letters are not on this file. Leopold’s mother has died. Not found. 14 pages, List 34.
WEISELER, Joseph P. of Australia, wrote a postcard, in German, in 1898. Translation reveals he wanted details of his father Joseph. Not found. 5 pages, List 14.
WELBY, E., of Cape Mounted Riflemen, King Williams Town, South Africa, wrote in 1893 seeking address of Sir Samuel WILSON, late of Victoria, and maiden name of wife. 3 pages, List 3.
WELBY, E., of Kingstown South Africa, wrote in 1893 re Frederick and Sarah WILSON. She is his aunt and he hasn’t heard from her since 1871. One of the family is believed to have married Alexander SWANSON. 6 Pages.
WELCH, Frank R.C., of Dordrecht Holland wrote in 1917 re his father J. WELCH, who left 18 years ago from South Africa, supposedly for Australia. His brother and he are anxious to hear something. Reply states the more details are needed, such as full name, age, occupation etc. 2 pages, List 6.
WELCH, William C. of Hartford, Conn., USA wrote in 1910 re his uncle William HOWARD, native of Cork Ireland, who left there 45 years ago. Every William Howard in Melbourne directory traced, but none the correct person. 10 pages. List 5.
WELLER, Mrs. Laurie M. wrote to South African police in 1915 re her husband, Franklin Maximillian, for whom she has a warrant for maintenance. She claims he married Lucy STANTON but he denies this. South African police give details to Victorian police. 6 pages, 2 very faint, and photo. List 8. Incomplete file, which would appear to be part of the above file, states that he was working for the New York Life Assurance Co. and living with woman Stanton. 13 pages, List 58.
WELLS, Mrs. Amanda, of Chicago Ill., USA wrote in 1915 re Mrs. Irving SAYLES, wife of her brother. She has heard he has died. Police find her interstate. 5 pages, List 7.
WELLS, Nellie, Kent England, wrote in 1918 re her nephews George Clayton WELLS and Charles Cecil WELLS; found interstate. 8 pages, List 81.
WELLS, William Joseph, inmate of Parish Workhouse Liverpool. Department of External Affairs seeks his wife and family, believed to be at Mitiamo. Various families interviewed, but not found. 11 pages, List 65.
WENSLEY, Annie, sought by sister Mrs Elise E. EADON, San Jose, California USA in 1907-08. She was in business in Melbourne in 1881. Not found. 10 pages, List 60.
WERNER, F.H., Hill Crest, Natal, South Africa, wrote in 1905 re snake charmer CLEOPATRA, who owed him for payment of snakes she had bought. She is located interstate. 3 pages, List 45.
WEST, A., wrote from South Hackney, London in 1892 regarding Edward John LILLEY, owner of steamer ‘The Lady Darling’ trading on River Murray. The writer’s mother was his twin sister. 6 pages, List 2.
WEST, James, of San Gabriel, California USA, wrote in 1917-19 re James A. CENTER of West Brunswick, ‘Scotch Highland Bagpipe Maker’ and his failure to send him a set of bagpipes he had paid for. He needed them to enter a Canadian Regiment. 15 pages, List 18.
WESTALL, John Robert. Brother write from Accington Lancashire England; has heard he has been killed. Mother is over 70. Police locate him and report confidentially he has a wife and family here, and possibly one back in England. 5 pages, List 3.
WESTBURY, Edward Frederick, sought by wife L.C. Westbury, Auckland New Zealand in 1918. He left there in 1917 for Sydney, not heard from since. He may be with a Miss LUCAS. Not found. 8 pages, List 81.
WESTCOTT, George, Priory, Taunton, England, wrote in 1916 re son Herbert Isaac, who had joined the AIF and returned wounded. Found. 6 pages, List 52.
WESTERFIELD, Adolf E.R., wrote from Staten Island New York USA in 1904; intends to travel with a moving picture show and asks if daughter can perform dances. 2 pages, List 32.
WESTLAKE, Charles and Hannah, sought by sister in law Mrs William LAND, formerly Annie E. BRAWN, Garson Mine, Ontario Canada, in 1911. Police find both have died and give details. 6 pages, List 66.
WHARTON, Mary G., Barnard Castle, Darlington, England, wrote in 1913 re the accidental death of her husband Thomas. 7 pages, List 73.
WHEELER, J.H. wrote from Seaford, Delaware USA in 1895 re his uncles John and Joseph CROAD, who left Portsmouth UK about 1850 for the Victorian goldfields; relatives found. 5 pages, List 30.
WHEELER, Wilfred Latham, sought by sister H. Latham Wheeler, West Kensington London England, in 1911. Not heard from since 1906, c38 years, mother dying. Found to have died in 1908; she sends donation to hospital. 15 pages, List 69.
WHELAN, M.R., Dublin, Ireland, wrote in 1916 re brother John, who arrived from Co Kerry in 1910 and was last heard of in 1914, found. 3 pages, List 69.
WHINRAY, William, sought by E. Whinray, Carnforth England in 1918. Not found. 4 pages, List 81.
WHITAKER, George, sought by William W. Whitaker, Limerick, Ireland in 1898; he was a grand uncle, had a hotel, formerly in British Army, brother of Rev. Thomas Knox Whitaker. Not found. 7 pages, List 25.
WHITE, Alexander, c20 years, sought in 1902 by widowed mother in Dundee, Scotland; believed injured while working on a boat. Not found. 4 pages, List 42.
WHITE, Alexander, Imperial Tea Co. Ltd., South Sylhet, India, wrote a series of letters in 1913/14 re his wife Margaret, who left England to join him there, but instead went to Melbourne. He suspects she is with Dr James OGILVIE, and this is eventually proved. 33 pages, List 75.
WHITE, Mrs Annabella, 38 years, sought by mother Mrs William EDWARDS, Dullingham near Newmarket, Cambridge England, in 1911; last heard of at Southern Cross W.A. Employment history given; found in hospital. 10 pages, List 67.
WHITE, Anthony C., solicitor, Ayr Scotland, wrote in 1914 asking if William Stewart SMITH is still alive; involves a property matter. 3 pages, List 77.
WHITE, James, of North Taunton Devon England, wrote in 1916 re his son (un-named) and a letter his daughter received from Miss E.B. WATERS of Sth Melbourne, a copy of which he encloses. Police report that his son refuses to write to him and Miss Waters wrote to relieve the family’s anxiety. 7 pages, List 8.
WHITE, John and son John Samuel, formerly of Parish of Gwithian, Cornwall; information sought by Christian ELLIS of Hayle, Cornwall in 1898. Police find father has died; son is a MLA. 9 pages, List 26.
WHITE, M., insurance agent, Blenheim New Zealand, wrote in 1900 re Harold CLARK of Fitzroy, 23 years and his father’s estate. 6 pages, List 38.
WHITE, Stanley H., Ponsonby, Auckland, New Zealand, wrote in 1902 re his wife Caroline nee MELL and children Stanley Roy and Lenny, who left Perth W.A., possibly with James HOBBS, a carpenter. He is applying for a divorce. 6 pages, List 43.
WHITE, Sydney and brother J. Information on them sought by Chief of Police, Calcutta in 1907. They were jockeys and their mother married into the CRUSH family. 7 pages.
WHITE, Mrs. T., Brown Street, Philadelphia USA, wrote in 1905 re Henry BLAKELY. Her letter missing from file, but his widow found living near Ballarat. 3 pages, List 44
WHITE, W.F., taxidermist, ornithologist etc., wrote from Winnipeg Manitoba in 1904, seeking William COURTNEY ‘who went out there … boring artesian wells’ c12 years ago. His mother and sister would like to know his whereabouts. His sister Miss Courtney was living in Rat Portage, Ontario. Courtney found. 14 pages, List 35.
WHITE, William. Information sought by sister Phyllis DRING, Sunderland England in 1912. He went to Melbourne a year previously, but her letters returned. Found. 7 pages, List 70.
WHITEHOUSE, Lucy, Stirchley, Birmingham, England, wrote in 1918 seeking William BROUGHTON, a constable; found. Several letters and a Christmas card on file. 14 pages, List 77.
WHITEHOUSE, William. Wrote a very sad letter from Wellington New Zealand, re death of his son (John) William, a jockey, at Katamatite in 1907, asking for details. 13 pages, List 23.
WHITMORE, Henry, wrote from Lincoln England in 1900 re his youngest brother Charles Wriothesially, last heard from in Melbourne in 1887. Gives details of family who are scattered throughout the world, and encloses a photo. Found. List 35.
WHITMORE, Mrs. W.A. of Nelson British Columbia Canada wrote in 1914 seeking her uncles the LISTON brothers, who left Scotland ‘years before’. Their sister Catherine married Daniel SHEPHERD of Dumfermline Scotland, emigrated to Canada and settled in Pembroke, Ontario. Police checked many Liston families in Victoria trying to track these particular brothers. 32 pages.
WHITNEY, Helen G., Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, wrote in 1919 re Alonzo Whitney, brother of her father William John. He left Quebec in 1860, and was last heard of in 1896. Not found. 15 pages, List 82.
WHITTAKER, Mrs. Florence L., of Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada, wrote in 1916 re her sister, Mrs. Fred. RAYMOND, who was in Melbourne in 1913. Found by police. 6 pages. List 6.
WHITTINGTON, Emily, Erith, Kent England, wrote in 1901 re her husband Rev. Harry, who had deserted her; believed to be in Melbourne with another woman. He was a non-conformist minister and lecturer on the Boer War. His movements traced for some time, but not found. 11 pages, List 40.
WHYTE, Henry Mollison. Wife wrote from Dundee Scotland in 1900. They were married 25 years ago, and he left her 3 years later for Melbourne. Not found. 7 pages, List 38.
WIGGINS, George, sought by brother T.(?) J. Wiggins, St Mary Cray, Kent, England, in 1900. He was in Perth for some years, but left there for Melbourne 3 years ago. Extensive search fails to find him. 45 pages, List 39.
WIGGINS, George, deserted wife in Victoria c1900. In 1913 police receive an anonymous letter from New Zealand which says he has ruined several young girls there; – GOYDE in Hastings and – FIDDLES in Dunedin, and is beating his current wife in Auckland. He is using the name George George. 8 pages, List 64.
WIGMORE, – Dr. Information sought by wife in Wadhurst, Sussex England, in 1912; hasn’t heard for some months. Found. 6 pages, some damaged. List 72.
WIGMORE, Frederick, sought by J.E. Wigmore of Gloucestershire U.K. in 1895; last heard of a year ago in Essendon. Found. 5 pages, List 29.
WIGSTON, William Bernard, sought by father W.J. of Rushmere, Ashtead, Surrey England in 1909. Found by police, he states he will write but never does. Father writes again in 1914. Police find he is using the name Henry HALL and appears to be doing well. 11 pages.
WILDBORE, J.E. of Oldham England, wrote in 1919 re his brother in law John BECKETT, 25 years, formerly in the army, last heard of in Melbourne. Photo in uniform on file. 3 pages, List 16.
WILKIE, James W., Auckland New Zealand, wrote in 1909, enclosing copy of letter written to his wife by Florence McLOUGHLIN of Carlton castigating her; says there have been other letters. His wife was formerly engaged to Harry VALLENCE who was injured and died c1904. Incomplete file. 3 pages, List 61.
WILKINS, Robert, stockbroker, left England with wife Harriet and children and sister Susie. In 1918 their sister Nellie LAWSON nee LITCHFIELD sought information, and her husband Pte J.H. LAWSON, Northumbland, wrote to Vic police. Not found. 5 pages, List 81.
WILKINSON, Mrs. Ellen of Hull England, wrote in 1893 re her brother Horace W. FRANKISH, who accidentally drowned at San Remo Victoria. 13 pages, List 3. Further letter thanks Chief Commissioner for his help. 1 page, List 3.
WILKINSON, Mrs Lena of Benwell Newcastle England wrote in 1916 re her husband Joseph Edward. They had three children; she hasn’t heard from him in 4 years. Police find he went through ‘a form of marriage’ with Margaret ROBERTS and has left Victoria, fearing prosecution. 19 pages, List 6.
WILLCOX, Paul, J.P., Rahotu, Taranaki New Zealand, wrote in 1915 re Peter HALL and family, who were at Adelaide Lead near Maryborough in the 1870s. Mrs. Hall was his late mother’s sister and ‘the only relative I have’. Police report Peter and wife deceased, but find children. 4 pages, List 7.
WILLETT, William, sought by niece Elizabeth MORRIS nee MEREDITH of Blaenavon, Monmouth England in 1899. He was tried at Hereford in 1840 and transported to Tasmania. She wrote to Hobart police, who forwarded on to Melbourne police. Not found. 8 pages, List 34.
WILLGERODT, Otto, born 1868, emigrated to Australia in 1868, last heard of from White Cliffs NSW in 1896. Letter, in German, from mother in Gettingen Germany in 1900, seeking details. Not found, despite extensive search. 18 pages, List 37.
WILLIAMS, Mrs A., Upper Weedon, Northampton, England, wrote in 1914 re her daughter Mrs Fred WHITE, who sailed to Australia to join her husband, had an affair with a steward HORNBLOW on board ship and went to live with him in Melbourne. Not heard from for some months. Found. 7 pages, List 77.
WILLIAMS, Alfred, London, England, inspector Kennington police, wrote in 1908 re brother Frank White Williams, who died suddenly in South Yarra, and was engaged to Edith KENNEDY of Windsor. 6 pages, List 59.
WILLIAMS, Catherine, Wavertree, Liverpool England, wrote in 1911 re her husband Captain O.P. Williams, who went to Melbourne in 1910 and has not been heard from since. Not found. In 1913 his brother O.C. Williams wrote from Liverpool and he was located. 25 pages, List 65.
WILLIAMS, Edwin, convicted at Kidderminster, Worcestershire UK c45 years ago, and transported to Victoria, then aged 17 years. About 1880 he wrote to his nephew of the same name in Kidderminster. Son in law W.A. GREEN of Georgetown, Conn., USA wrote about him in 1895. Not found. 6 pages, List 28.
WILLIAMS, Elizabeth, c12 years, daughter of Thomas, sister of John and Joseph, and pupil at Netherby School in 1908. Head master wrote to the Neglected Children’s Department asking if she could be helped by removing her from the family; ‘mother is slovenly’ he suspected incest which is disproved, but she is removed to the Nazareth Home in Ballarat. 6 pages, List 85.
WILLIAMS, Evan, left Wales for Australia c1855, and built the Old England Hotel; sought in 1913 by Catherine JONES on behalf of her mother Mrs Elizabeth PARRY, Waenfech, LLansaintffraid, Llanymynech, Mongtomery Shire North Wales. A daughter, Mrs Edward Williams found in Fitzroy. 11 pages, List 74.
WILLIAMS, Fanny C. Wynn, Wellington New Zealand, wrote to Mrs. Edith Mary PARROT, Geelong, via the Chief Commissioner of Police. She couldn’t be located and the letter is still on the file. 8 pages, List 44.
WILLIAMS, F.H., solicitor of Auckland New Zealand, wrote in 1901 re James Samuel JONES who left there c4 years ago, a miner. His wife has not received any maintenance from him. 12 pages. List 4.
WILLIAMS, J. of Ceylon wrote in 1901 re his wife’s family. Her parents, brother and herself and sister were on way to Australia, when mother died in hospital at port of Galle 22 years ago. The father and brother continued on to Australia, while she and her sister were taken care of by a Mr. ORLOFF. Both daughters are now married. The parents name was ANGLUM, (ANGLIM?) but no such name is found by police. 6 pages.
WILLIAMS, J.T., Sgt, Calcutta Police, wrote in 1907 re joining Victoria police; formerly a soldier, 26 years. 3 pages, List 14.
WILLIAMS, Jessie, Masterton, Wellington, New Zealand, wrote in 1906 re her husband Henry, 63 years, now destitute in Perth; is trying to get him to his son in law John McRAE, sawmiller. 12 pages, List 49.
WILLIAMS, John, Superintendent, County Police Office, wrote from Wincanton Somerset England in 1901 re Henry COTTERELL, who left there some years ago, and was a coachbuilder. His parents are anxious about him, and their letters have been returned from the Dead Letter Office. 23 pages. List. 4.
WILLIAMS, Jonathan, sought by nephew Eli LEWIS, Ten Tentre, Glamorgan, South Wales, in 1912. Has been in Australia for over 40 years, last heard of at Yandoit 6 months ago; their letters have been returned. Not found. 10 pages, List 72.
WILLIAMS, Katie, Wellington New Zealand, wrote in 1915; her husband’s nephew F. Nugent FAIRS, needed to care for his mother and sister, who were being supported by them. 13 pages, List 80.
WILLIAMS, M., of Seedley Park Manchester wrote in 1892 re Thomas PARKER, his wife Annie’s brother. They were the children of Thomas Parker, a solicitor in Liverpool and formerly of Preston near Lancashire. Thomas junior was a baker and left Liverpool in 1864. 10 pages, List 2.
WILLIAMS, Pierce, sought by brother Griffith, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, USA, in 1913. Last found of at Newcastle NSW. Found. 11 pages, List 75.
WILLIAMS, Mrs. Sarah McKean, of San Francisco USA, wrote in 1912 re her McKEAN relatives, Samuel, Agnes and James. She lived with them as a child in Melbourne. 4 pages, List 15.
WILLIAMS, Mrs W, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire England, wrote a series of letters in 1911 re son Ronald George, who hasn’t replied to her letters. His brother worked for Punch magazine, and there were 8 of the family here. Found. 43 pages, List 67.
WILLIAMS, Walter of Newport, Monmouth, Wales, wrote in 1892 re his brother Charles, a sailor, 36 years, who left Rio c1891. Charles was the eldest of four brothers and four sisters, parents dead. Walter has seen a report of a death of a Charles Williams in a boating accident and asks if this is his brother, whom the family have not heard from in a long time. Reply states another person. 4 pages, List 2.
WILLIAMSON, John, alias FULLER/ROWLANDS, born 1878. In 1913 South African police send a photo and fingerprints and ask if he is known in Melbourne; no. 4 pages, List 74.
WILLIAMSON, Mrs Mallet, Dublin, Ireland, wrote in 1911 re her widowed daughter Mrs J. Hamilton SMALLMAN, whose husband died interstate, they had lived in Ballarat. 7 pages, List 68.
WILLIAMSON, Nathaniel, sought by brother in law George CLARK, Aberdeen Scotland in 1910. He left there 25 years ago, not heard from for 2 years, mother is anxious. Found. 12 pages, List 66.
WILLIAMSON, Thomas. Wrote from Boston U.S. in 1899 seeking police help in finding Mr & Mrs James CLELAND, who left Redding near Falkirk Scotland c30 years before; Cleland had been a gardener like his father, on estate of Sir Thomas LIVINGSTON. Found. 20 pages, List 20.
WILLIS, Robert Michael, engineer, sought by father in law George C. SMITH and Newcastle on Tyne England Parish Cler in 1915. He left his wife and 4 children two years ago for Melbourne; letter from wife Bessie on file. Found, had joined the AIF; his allowance was going to Mrs A. BOWMAN of Clifton Hill. 18 pages, List 80.
WILLIS, Sara, Shipley, Yorkshire, wrote in 1916 re her husband John Willis, who left there in 1911 and hasn’t been heard from since 1913. He ‘comes from a good family …’. Not found. 10 pages, List 52.
WILLIS, William James, sought by wife Kathleen, Anfield, Liverpool England, in 1911; has a first mate’s certificate, is c40 years, deserted ship in Sydney. She has 6 children and may have to work into the workhouse. Not found. 8 pages, List 69.
WILSON, Mrs. Anna, wrote from Chicago, Ill., USA in 1894, seeking two sisters Rachel and Elisa MATHEWS. Rachel married FITZGERALD, policeman at Co. Mayo Ireland, then moved to Melbourne. 3 pages, List 30.
WILSON, Mrs. Celia F. (Mrs Fred.) of Hyde Park Massachusetts USA wrote in 1919 re her aunt Alice LENANE, her mother’s sister. 3 pages, List 2.
WILSON, C.J., Central South African Railways, Pretoria, South Africa, wrote in 1903 seeking a confidential report on Thomas Henry JOHNSTON, with whom he was in partnership in a brick making concern in Johannesburg and who absconded with funds. Johnston was formerly in the South African Light Horse. His family located. 3 pages, List 45.
WILSON, Edward Carus, of High Hayne, Moreton, Hampstead, England. Serving sentence in gaol in Melbourne under assumed name 1879. Melbourne police send a copy of his photo to English police, suspecting he is wanted there, under another name. Response states above is his correct name, and that he and his brother Herbert had both been schoolmasters and were highly educated. Edward had forged a cheque in his father’s name and a warrant had been issued, but the cheque, (the evidence) had been destroyed. 8 pages. List 5.
WILSON, Mrs. Eva of Palmerston North New Zealand, wrote in 1914 re her husband Arthur Henry, who ‘cleared out about ten years ago’. He was born Derbyshire England, a painter and paperhanger aged c34 years. They only lived together for c7 months. Her father is T. MORGAN of Melbourne. Police cannot locate him. 9 pages, List 7.
WILSON, George B. Information sought by Credit Reporting Co, Boston USA in 1907. He was English, c24 years, was in police force and served in Boer War. No such person, but thought, given a reference to Baden Powell’s force, that South Africa was meant. 7 pages, List 48.
WILSON, Mrs. Isaac nee Kittie BENNETT of Clarkville Raiapoi Island, Christchurch New Zealand wrote in 1901 for the address of her uncle Sir Arthur Nicholson, Bart. Her father married his sister Mary. Nicholson had been in Australia but had gone back to England some years ago. 8 pages, List 2.
WILSON, Jos. Of the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Washington, USA, wrote in 1896 re his uncle Daniel HARRINGTON, or his descendants. Not found. 7 pages, List 15.
WILSON, Kate, wrote from Braamfontein, Johannesburg South Africa in 1912 re her husband Henry Harry WILSON, who has left her and their three children. She believes his correct name is James MURPHY. His sister Mrs. George BREW lives in Melbourne; interviewed, she denies any knowledge of his whereabouts. 5 pages, List 32.
WILSON, M.D., wrote from Toronto Canada in 1894 re his uncle RYALL, who left England for Australia many years before. 1 page. List 4.
WILSON, Mary Ellen. Sought by mother Ann DALLAS of Preston, Lancashire in 1894, last heard from in 1891; husband is C.F. Wilson. Found. 5 pages, List 22.
WILSON, R., of Newcastle on Tyne England, wrote in 1899 re his brother Frederick William, who left there in 1876 and settled in Melbourne. His wife was the daughter of Patrick O’CONNOR and had died leaving two children; there was a court case over custody of the children. Frederick would be c46 years. 7 pages, List 15.
WILSON, Robert, of Glasgow Scotland, wrote in 1908 re his brother James, who he has not been in touch with for many years. He had heard of his death, and believes he left considerable property. Police find he died destitute. 6 pages, List 10.
WILSON, Robert, Glasgow Scotland, wrote in 1914 re his son James, who left there in 1907 for the U.S.; they have heard he is in Victoria. Not found. 5 pages, List 78.
WILSON, William, St Louis, Missouri, USA, wrote in 1907 re brothers Edward John and James, who left Dufftown, Banfshire Scotland for Australia in 1885. Not found. 12 pages, List 48.
WILTSHIRE. Colombo police sent a telegram in 1899 requesting police check S.S. Stuttgart due in Melbourne, with a person named B. SALTER on board, to see if he is the same as Wiltshire. Wiltshire was from Norwood Surrey England, 26 years, assistant in a mercantile firm there, and his parents were anxious about him. Police subsequently send photo which is on file, followed by a letter stating ‘mystery has been cleared up’. 26 pages, List 24.
WINDSOR, Mrs. Annie, Earlsfield, London England, wrote in 1906 re her husband Robert. They were married for 31 years, and he has run off with another woman and is believed to be in Melbourne. Letter to him on file, signed ‘your broken hearted destitute, starving wife’. He was a tailor, c50 years. Not found. 13 pages, List 44.
WINKFIELD, John P.C., JP of Westminster, London, wrote in 1897 re James Charles BETTS. Winkfield is sole executor of Betts’s step-mother’s Will, and Betts is entitled to a weekly allowance, which has been sent, but remains unacknowledged. Police find he has been interstate. 6 pages, List 9.
WINTER, Thomas, Cheetham, Manchester, England, wrote in 1913. His wife Bessie nee Elizabeth WILLIAMS has deserted him, taking their adopted 5 year old daughter with her. He believes she’s in Melbourne with a man. A slip of paper leads police to Letitia DODGSON, who says she doesn’t know Winter. 5 pages, List 64.
WISDEN, Mrs. A., of Brighton, Sussex, England, wrote in 1895 re her husband William, whom she last heard from six years ago, when he was in poor circumstances. Mentions Carrie, Willie and Esther. 10 pages, List 4.
WISEMAN, Mary, Liverpool England, wrote in 1908 re her husband John, not heard of for 18 months. Not found. 10 pages, List 59.
WISHART, John. Solicitors Drever & Heddle, Kirkwall, Orkney Scotland wrote in 1892 re him. He was a native of the Parish of Orphin near there, who went to Australia many years ago. His parents are now dead, and his brother is looking for him, as he is to inherit some property. Later letter acknowledges police help in locating him. 8 pages, List 2.
WITT, Florence C., of Canning Lodge, Croydon England, wrote in 1897 re her husband George Cornelius Witt, who left for Melbourne nearly three years previously, had a position with the Union Bank. He sent money regularly up to a year ago, then his father told her he had gone to the U.S. to get a divorce, and offered to give her money to let the divorce go unchallenged. She refused and the American court ordered him to pay her maintenance, which he has not done. She asks police help, but they reply it is not a police matter. 5 pages, List 9.
WITTS, John, of Wapping, London England, wrote in 1914 re his daughter Bessie Witts, 24 yrs, who left Liverpool in 1912 for Melbourne. Last heard of in a partnership with a young woman she met on board. Found by police. 5 pages, List 7.
WOLFE, Charles, alias PAGE, HANNING, HARVEY. Sentenced to gaol in England in 1904 for confidence trick. Came from Australia with his wife and children and father Walter. Scotland Yard ask his Australian background. He is Jewish, 35 years etc. Two small photos, one full face, one profile. 8 pages, List 12.
WOLFSON, Jacob. Brooklyn USA police wrote in 1900 on behalf of his wife and family, not heard from for 4 months. Found. 5 pages, List 39.
WOLSTENHOLME, Alice, wrote from Radcliffe, Manchester England in 1912, asking police to visit St. Kilda cemetery and confirm that her husband Dennis is buried there and the name on the tombstone. He supposedly died in 1895, but she is suspicious. Her daughter received an income from his estate, but she has now died, aged 22, and the income has stopped. His family will not give her any financial assistance. Police confirm the death and that his name is on the monument. 7 pages, List 32.
WOOD, Mrs. C. of Prenton, Birkenhead, England wrote in 1906 re her brother Thomas HUDSON, over fifty years in Australia and living with deceased wife’s niece, Mrs. McVICAR, of Port Melbourne. 6 pages.
WOOD, Charles, of Bow, London England, wrote in 1914 re his brother Robert, once in Melbourne. Two brothers have died and he needs to let him know. Found. 2 pages, List 7.
WOOD, Edward, sought by C. CAMPBELL, Brooklyn New York USA in 1907. His mother Mary is Edward’s sister. He was a baker, last heard of in Melbourne 35 years ago. Not found. A7383
WOOD, Ernest, Haslemere, Surrey England, wrote in 1916 re his father Samuel Ward Wood, ladies tailor, who left there in 1908 and used to write to his wife in Brighton, Sussex, regularly, but hasn’t been heard from for some months. Found. 6 pages, List 53.
WOOD, J., wrote from Taranaki New Zealand in 1910 re his wife who has deserted him and is living in Neerim South; wants his 3 children, Joseph Charles 12, Laurie 7 and Ivy Marion 6 years, returned to him. 6 pages, List 27.
WOOD, Mrs. Mabel, Clapham Junction, London, England, wrote in 1918 re her father – GADD, who left there in 1912, and has failed to pay maintenance. Found, he claims willing to pay fare to Australia but she refuses to join him. 7 pages, List 50.
WOOD, Percy Ambler, sought by wife Sophia of Detroit Michigan USA in 1915. She hasn’t heard from him for over 5 years. Small photo on file. 4 pages, List 7; see cost of photos at top of list.
WOODCOCK, John, bricklayer/labourer, sought in 1917 by son John of Invercargill New Zealand. Police find he was known as John WOOD, and died in 1906 in Homes for the Aged. 4 pages, List 6.
WOODCOCK, J., of Mornington Dunedin New Zealand wrote in 1917 re his mother, who left Invercargill 32 yrs ago under the name of Mrs. WILLIAMS. Her married name was WOODCOCK, maiden name Martha LAPWORTH, born Croydon England, and would now be about 72 yrs. She had a second hand shop in Melbourne about ten years ago, and three daughters, Bertha Emily, Jane and Mary Ann. Not found. 7 pages, List 6. CONNECTION FOUND
WOODFORD, Jack. Wife at St Phillips, Bristol England, enquiries via Missions to Seamen Melbourne in 1913. He arrived in 1912, a trimmer, 32 years, born Bristol. Not found. 5 pages, List 64.
WOODGATE, Herbert, sought by father B. Woodgate of Eastbourne Sussex England, in 1919. He was a plumber. Brother Sgt. Thomas Woodgate of India also wrote. Found. 6 pages, List 16.
WOODHOUSE, Benjamin, sought by Chief Constable in Barrow in Furness England, 1903 on behalf of family. 55yrs, last heard of 1899 in St Kilda, found. 10 pages, List 20.
WOODHOUSE, Benjamin. Information sought by Chief Constable’s Office, Barrow in Furness, in 1920. Encloses copy of previous enquiry and result in 1903. 5 pages, List 16.
WOODHOUSE, Dudley, of St. Louis M.O. USA, wrote in 1893 re his uncle George Mortimer WOODHOUSE, who was living at Spring Hill near Creswick in the 1850s, and was from Co. Armagh Ireland. Found by police. 5 pages, List 3.
WOODRUFF, Hiram C., came from California to Madras India in 1894, in charge of a consignment of Australian …[page torn]. Married a widow with 6 children and ‘after a discreditable career’ died a pauper, leaving his family destitute. H.H. ANTHONY of the Paper Currency Office, Calcutta, wrote in 1896 re his antecedents and possible relatives who might help the family. Among Woodruff’s papers was a pocket book relating to William GREENLAW, a jockey, listing dates and places of races, and he thought that Greenlaw might have been his real name. Police ascertain that the lists are fictitious and Greenlaw is unknown. 18 pages, List 36.
WOODS, Frank. Wife Eliza wrote from Invercargill New Zealand in 1896 to Qld police; she hadn’t heard from him for two years – their son is ill. Found. 7 pages, List 34.
WOODS, T.A., Lincoln, Christchurch New Zealand, wrote in 1911 re 22 year old brother John. 7 pages, List 69.
WOODS, Thomas, sought by brother George, Glasgow Scotland in 1911. He left there in 1903, believed in police force; no. 9 pages, List 66.
WOODWARD, George Walter. High Commissioner, Australia House, London, England, wrote in 1919 re this person, who formerly lived at Highgate London, was married, and c57 years old, on behalf of his sister Ellen Rebecca NICKSON of Southall Middlesex. Photo of him, taken c20 years ago, on file. Not found. 7 pages, List 17.
WOOLCOCK, George, and sister Lizzie, write from Du Bois, PA, USA in 1913 re brother Hobson Woolcock, who came to Ballarat many years ago, and married the daughter of a hotel keeper there. Not found. 5 pages, List 12.
WOOLEY, John, formerly a gold digger at Bendigo, sought by brother George, Moorgate, Retford, Notts, England in 1901. Not found. 10 pages, List 50.
WOOLF, Robert, sought by wife Harriet, Customs House England in 1912. He left in 1910. Found interstate, he claims she left him for another man, disputes paternity of child etc. 8 pages, List 70.
WOOLLEY, Arthur, wrote from London England in 1910 re his brother Edward Stafford Woolley, who died in Carisbrook Victoria in 1879. He was a remittance man, who ‘went on a spree’ every time he got money, but also taught privately. He had a daughter in England. 16 pages, List 5.
WORLEY, Mrs. wrote from London in 1910 re her husband who has deserted her and gone to Australia; she is pregnant and cannot work. Police respond that they need more information, such as his given name and a photo. 7 pages, List 27.
WORSFOLD, Thomas William, son of William of Surrey England. Interesting file concerning investigation into his activities by an English solicitor and Vic. Police. He had got money from a widow BASS (who had a son Sidney) by falsely claiming he would marry her, then left for Australia, promising to send for her. Once in Melbourne he married another woman, using the name Thomas ALISSON [? Not listed in marriage index] and the pair went interstate. She left him because of his drinking, and had supported him financially too. 16 pages, List 15.
WORTHINGTON, Edward, sought by police in Preston England in 1911; on behalf of his parents. Last heard from in W.A. Not found. 5 pages, List 69.
WORTHINGTON, Richard, died suddenly at Shepparton in 1880. Police inform his father of same name in London, who reimburses costs of burial etc. 18 pages, List 17.
WRALL, Thomas, sought by wife Mary, Blackley, Manchester, England, in 1913; he had not been heard from for 6 months. Found. 6 pages, List 74.
WRATH, Nicholas. Sought by niece Fanny HAYES of Hyndman, Ontario, Canada in 1906. He went to the goldfields c50 yrs ago. Not found. 5 pages, List 19.
WREFORD, W., wrote from Exeter, Devonshire in 1907 on behalf of the brother of Mrs. Emma M. COURT, nee PEARCE, who has lost her address. Found in South Yarra. 11 pages, List 37.
WRENNELL, George. Chief Constable Blackburn England, wrote in 1914 re this man who migrated to Western Australia c3 years ago, 37 years, was much addicted to drink. His wife and three children, 15, 14 and 5 years are in Blackburn. Not found. 10 pages, List 7.
WRIGHT, Edward. Drowned in 1906, was fireman on board S.S. Port Elliott. Wife writes from Canning Town, East London, U.K. seeking details. 6 pages, List 19.
WRIGHT, George, of Aberdeen Scotland, wrote in 1906 re his sister Ann GARROW. Has seen a report that she drowned in 1904, asks details. Her husband’s name was John. 4 pages, List 19.
WRIGHT, John of Bordesley Birmingham England wrote in 1892 re his uncle Robert WRIGHT of Geelong; was aged over 80 years. 4 pages, List 2.
WRIGHT, Mrs M., St Levans Road, Devonport, Tasmania, wrote in 1910 re husband William Henry, 45 years, not heard from for near a year; was in W.A. with brothers Joseph and Fred. 7 pages, some damaged, List 67.
WRIGHT, Mrs Mary, Baltimore, Maryland, USA, wrote in 1912 re her sister Mrs William YEAMAN nee Katherine CHRISTIE, who came from Scotland c60 years ago. Daughter located. 10 pages, List 71.
WRIGHT, Millie, from Andover, Hants, England, sought by her sisters Mrs. Helen HOLMES and Mrs. Selina KINGSBURY of Southampton in 1905. She went to Melbourne in 1887 and was last heard of 4 years ago. Found. 7 pages, List 44.
WYMAN, Mary Drummond of Quebec Canada wrote in 1914 re James THOMSON ‘a handsome looking man’, gives full physical description and asks if he has a wife in Australia. He has a brother in Melbourne. Police cannot locate him. 5 pages, List 2.
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XENOS, John, Amaliada, Greece, Professor of Foreign languages, wrote in 1903 re his uncle Francis; not heard from for 10 years. Not found. 6 pages, List 76.
YARLETT, Frederick William Anderson, sought by wife Jessie in Perth in 1914. He left there 6 weeks ago, in ill-health, to stay with stepmother in Flemington. He was secretary of the Industrial Workers Union. Relatives interviewed, but not found. Police believe he has eloped with another woman. Newspaper photo on file. 22 pages, List 32.
YEWDALL, W.H., sought in 1903 by George BELL of Bradford Discharged Prisoners’ Aid Society. Yewdall left there in 1901 for New Zealand via Melbourne, and not heard from. He was a solicitor, ‘given to drink’. Not found. 4 pages, List 46.
YORK, William C., Duchy of Cornwall Office, Shepton Mallet, England, wrote in 1903 seeking details of Mrs. Ann DAVIS nee GRUNDY of North Richmond, 89 years if still alive. She has a life interest in property there. Detailed report shows she was the wife of Henry, a Wesleyan Minister, who died in 1870. 25 pages, List 45.
YOULL, Ruth D., of Buffalo New York USA, wrote in 1919 seeking relatives of James YOULL and Patrick or James DEAN. Police reply too meagre details. 4 pages, List 18.
YOUNG, Arthur, sought by sister Helen PALMER, Ramsgate England in 1895. He was an only son, c40 years, mother is a widow. Left England c1882, but had returned home several times since. Not found. 7 pages, List 80.
YOUNG, Edward. U.S. Consul in Nova Scotia, writes re brother William H. in 1896. Police had informed him that his brother was in Bendigo Benevolent Asylum; asks details, was a former teacher, is 86, writer is 91. Charles REDMAN has helped his brother. Detailed report states found wandering. 12 pages, some damaged. List 31.
YOUNG, Henry James, wrote from Strand Infirmary, Edmonton London in 1892 re his brothers Adam, who was drill sergeant in the Hampstead Militia, then came to Victoria to join police, and Charles, who married in Melbourne c1868. Police check with every Charles Young in Melbourne, but not located. 14 pages, List 2.
YOUNG, James Henry of Homerton, London, England, wrote in 1893 re his brother Adam YOUNG, who left in 1857 as a government emigrant, had been in the army. 4 pages, List 3.
YOUNG, James Robert, 30 years, sought by wife Annie, Stroude, Virgin Water, Surrey England, in 1913. He left for Melbourne some months ago and she and their three children were expecting to join him, but haven’t heard from him. Fellow passenger Christopher JUPP reports he was friendy with Kate LYE on the voyage; suspects they are together. Not found. 17 pages, List 73.
YUSEF, Amah Ben, [Ahmed] Malay seaman, 24 years, deserted ship in Melbourne in 1914; Captain offers reward. Photo on file. 3 pages, List 77.
ZACHS, Simon wrote from Chicago, Illinois, USA in 1892 re his two sons Abraham, 27 years, and Louis, 19 years, natives of Russia, who left two years ago; ‘I am an old man and sick and distracted from grief’. They may use the surname SAKS.
ZATLIN, Rosa, St Louis, USA, wrote in 1911 re her uncle M. RUBENSTEIN, tailor, who was in Melbourne c1890; has heard he has died, asks will details etc. Widow found in W.A. died 5 years ago. [ no given names are listed.] 12 pages, List 65.
ZEDREN, Mrs. G.W., Dorchester, Mass., USA, wrote in 1905 re her mother P.F. RUNDSTROM, last heard of in Melbourne; found. 5 pages, List 44.
ZENKER, Ernest Paul, deserted wife Isabel Mary and child at South Shields England; she wrote in 1913, having traced him through the German Consulate. He is forced to pay maintenance. 16 pages, List 75.
ZENKER, Isabel Mary of South Shields Durham England wrote in 1915 re her husband Ernest Paul. She had written previously and police arranged for money to be taken out of her husband’s wages and sent to her. He had stopped this and she was destitute; ‘through this long strain of trying to make ends meet I have broke down in health and I went through an operation … and have my left breast cut off …’ Police speak to his employer who is going to again take part of his salary and send to her. 5 pages, List 8.
ZERVAS, Peter, of Middleboro, Mass., USA wrote in 1915 re Metros MALARIS, his Greek brother in law, who was last heard from three years ago. Not found. 5 pages, List 6.
ZIEGLER, Johann, wife and daughters Susannah and Sarah and son Hans, sought by Consul for Austro-Hungary in Melbourne in 1906. They had immigrated in 1905 and hadn’t been heard from since. Found by police under name of CEILER. 7 Pages List 9.
ZIMMERMAN, Leonard, of New York City, USA wrote in 1920 re his nephew Pirmin ZIMMERMAN, fireman on a merchant steamer, who arrived in Melbourne 1914 and hasn’t been heard from since. 6 pages.
ZVITANOVICH, Ivan, wrote from Dalmaria, Trstenik Austria, in 1895 re his brother Nicola, whom he hadn’t heard from for c10 years; he was a fisherman. Their father would like to see or at least hear from him. 25 pages, List 4.
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