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Immortality for Black Sheep

Date: Tuesday 16 July 2019, 12:10pm to 1pm
Cost: Free. You don't need to book.
Contact details: ATLOutreach@dia.govt.nz
Part of the Connecting to collections series

Did your ancestor come up against the police from the late nineteenth century onwards? They could be in Police Gazettes! Join archivist Trish McCormack for an overview of what you might find in the Police Gazettes and how to access them.

Find the black sheep in your family

The Police Gazettes helped police in the late nineteenth century to track offenders. Digitised by Archives New Zealand, the Gazettes are now accessible worldwide and free of charge. Family researchers love to unearth the activities of a family black sheep. Some even find a photograph of the miscreant!

From charges of 'furious riding' to arson and murder, the crimes are many and varied. You'll find ship and wife deserters, to utterers and church desecrators.

Following Trish’s presentation Melanie Lovell-Smith will give a brief update on the upcoming addition of the Police Gazettes to Papers Past, a project that the National Library has been working on with Archives New Zealand.

About the speaker

Trish McCormack is an archivist with Research Services at Archives New Zealand. Her job is to connect people with records - be it through the Wellington reading room, remote reference or via social media outlets.

A crime fiction writer in her spare time, she has a special interest in the Gazettes and other criminal records held by Archives New Zealand.

Melanie Lovell-Smith is a Digitisation Advisor at the National Library.Previously she worked for 12 years as a researcher on 'Te Ara: Encyclopedia of New Zealand', and before that, for Heritage New Zealand.

NZ Police Gazette photo of Ellen and Frederick Mouat

Frederick Mouat was sentenced to hard labour for the murder of his wife Ellen, but it was subsequently thought that she had simply left him and established herself in a new life.