Sunday, 27 September 2009

Illegitimate child's father named in inquest

An illegitimate child who is in the Registrar-General's index under the mother's surname, with no father's name shown, may appear in Justice Department inquest indexes/files under the father's surname.

Actual examples are:

'William SMITH, son of Catherine, father's name BROOM'

'Mary Anne DOBIKIN, daughter of Margaret, father's name Thomas JENYNS'.

Tuesday, 22 September 2009

Dunwich Benevolent Asylum: 1927 newspaper article

The Brisbane Courier, 25 Oct 1927, page 9, has a detailed article about Dunwich Benevolent Asylum. It includes photographs of the matron, nurses and other staff, Private WILKINSON aged 99, Mrs ROWE aged over 90, and other elderly residents.

More information about Dunwich is HERE.

Police Station criminal offence register

Here are 2 examples of entries in Police Station, Croydon: criminal offence register, 20 Dec 1894 - 13 Jul 1905 (Qld State Archives item ID 293075) - and note that Qld Police Gazettes will give more details including detailed physical descriptions of the offenders:

Sep 1897. Offenders: William MALLOY and William FOTHERGILL. Offence: ship desertion, H.M.S. Torch at Cairns, 26 Aug 1897...

Sep 1897. Offender: Edward LOPDELL. Offence: wife and child desertion (Alice, Ernest Edward and Ethel May LOPDELL) at Muttaburra, 17 Jul 1897. Offender supposedly gone to Hughenden or Croydon. Warrant issued. Not to be arrested if he enters into recognizance to pay for the support of his wife and children.

Thursday, 17 September 2009

Wansfell passenger list: wrong year shown?

Qld State Archives have discovered that the date written on a passenger list for the Wansfell may be wrong. Land orders, civil registration indexes and a Health Officer's Report suggest that the passenger list is probably for a voyage in 1863, not 1865.

Wrong names in immigration records

Some Immigration Department passenger lists at Queensland State Archives are annotated 'pension enquiry' with a note showing that the passenger list was wrong. Examples that I have seen include:

Name (wrong) in passenger list / Real name:
POLLOCK Alex / TAYLOR George (yes, really!)
HUSTON Robert / HUDSON Robert
MANN Thomas / MANN Patrick
NEEVE Martin / McNEEVE Martin
READ George / REID Robert

Wednesday, 16 September 2009

Qld mental asylum case books

June 2012: Updated information about mental asylum case books is *HERE*. Note that case books are completely different from Public Curator insanity files.
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