Do you have ancestry in Tasmania?

Police Gazettes (which, in the earliest years, were called Reports of Crime) provided information and instructions to members of the police force, but also include information about many members of the community - be it because they were interrogated or convicted of a crime, or because they had reported or were victims of a crime.

"What will I find out about my ancestors in this index?"

In reference to the topic being discussed, the index will usually have names and personal details, such as occupation and address. Many times there are also detailed descriptions with photographs that cannot be found elsewhere.

"What kind of situations and topics are covered by the gazettes?"

They include information in relation to: convict returns
disciplining of police
escapees and absconders from custody
housebreakers and burglars
licensed carriers, hawkers, oyster fishers, and tanners
deserting wives, families, etc
deserting from military service
deserting from merchant vessels
missing friends
murderers and their victims
police resignations
prisoners discharged from gaols and released on tickets of leave
property and stock recovered
rewards—names of persons offering a reward
victims of arson
victims of horse and cattle stealing or straying
victims of lost or stolen property
victims of sheep stealing or straying

They're a wonderful genealogy tool for anyone with ancestry in Tasmania. If you're exploring your family history or building a family tree, these police gazettes are a must!