Police Department, Commissioners Office
Miscellaneous Reports and Correspondence
POL /J30 Q.S.A.
1911 - 1945
Extracts - Absconders
26. 8.1935 Beaudesert Police
Re: Aboriginal boy Lonie Fitzgerald who escaped from an aboriginal
home at Kyogle, N.S.W.. Aged 15 years
18.12.1911 Letter C.P.A. Brisbane to Roma
Three Gulf boys absconded from Taroom
5. 2.1912 Roma Police
Jimmy Martin re-arrested at Rolleston and returned to Taroom
on 28. 1.1912.
No information on Paddy and Albert.
Batch 510M/2 (Escapees from Barambah)
26. 2.1913 Maryborough
Police Gazette 1913 page 12.
Bob and George escaped.
Police Gazette 1913 page 19.
The following three were sent to Barambah during 1911 and escaped 1913.
Charlie Malcolm brought from Mitchell River
Jimmy Douglas from Ebagoolah
Pilot from Weipa, Embly River, Cape York Peninsula
5. 4.1913 Coen Station, Cairns District
Bob and George sent from Coen on 3.12.1912. Both dangerous.
Jimmy Douglas was sent away for murder of an aboriginal boy named Baker.
Poilet was sent from Weipa Mission Station, Cape York, for cattle killing.
He had a gin Doris with him, who had a little boy named Stephen with her.
The gin and boy belong to Embley River, Weipa.
21. 8.1913 City Watchhouse Brisbane
Absconded with George from Barambah on 20.12.1912. Bob was captured
at or near Coen and with his gin and child, returned to Barambah.
Gin's name is Minnie. Child's name is Bob.
27.10.1913 C.P.A. Brisbane
George now of good character and not to be returned.
Five aboriginals escaped from Barambah around July to August 1913.
Fred Murray )
Charlie (Williams) )
All are deserters from Barambah.
20. 4.1915 P. of A., Cairns
Aboriginal gins from Yarrabah:
All sentenced to 7 days in Cairns Gaol for absconding from Yarrabah.
They did so with two children and two babes.
9. 6.1915 Rockhampton Police Station
Ten male aboriginals en route from Yarrabah to Barambah.
21. 9.1915 Rockhampton Police
Ada Russell and Harry Wilson, absconders from Barambah, were arrested
29. 9.1915 C.P.A. Brisbane
On 30. 8.1915 the following escaped from Taroom:
14.11.1915 Taroom Police Station
Clyde Combo and Percy Gundy turned up at Barambah.
7. 1.1916 C.P.A. Brisbane
Advised to send Malcolm, deserter from Taroom, to Cairns for Yarrabah.
He was captured at Percyville
14. 3.1916 Normanton Police
Riley, father and son escaped with Malcolm from Taroom.
Jimmy and Annie Martin, absconders from Taroom are under surveillance
by Townsville Police.
Johnny Quartpot and Brisbane Jack were reported on 10. 7.1917 as
absconders from Taroom. Brisbane Jack was arrested on 16. 8.1917
Johnny Quartpot is living at Murwillimbah, N.S.W..
Billy Daylight )
George Cross ) Absconded from Taroom on 31. 5.1919.
Roley Armstrong )
The above three were arrested by N.S.W. Police.
The following half-caste aboriginals are absconders from Purga Mission:
Daisy Gogrighty alias Gooringah
They were arrested by N.S.W. Police at Kyogle.
The following absconded from Barambah on 18. 3.1922
Name Age Note
---- --- ----
Mitchell Kilcoy abt 43 yrs Aboriginal
Charlie Morton 26 yrs Half-caste
Henry Gilbert abt 25 yrs
Arthur Smith abt 36 yrs Aboriginal
Alex Gibson abt 30 yrs Aboriginal
Percy Queary abt 19-20 yrs Aboriginal
Percy Queary was the only one to have been sent to the settlement
on a Minister's Order, dated 28. 7.1910.
They are reported to have crossed the border at Goondiwindi
on 31. 3.1922.
1. 5.1922 Toowoomba Police
Mitchell Kilcoy was located by the Dalby Police at Halliford
29. 1.1923 Maryborough Police
Aborigines Donny Moss and Albert Mummin absconded from Barambah
Aboriginal Settlement on 5.11.1922.
Moss was arrested on 12.11.1922 at Gayndah.
3. 5.1923 Maryborough Police
Notified that Aborigines Thomas J. Bunda and Garry Diamond had left
Barambah Aboriginal Settlement.
Thomas J. Bunda was located by Bundaberg Police.
Removal order for Garry Diamond from Murray's Creek, Maryborough
18. 2.1924 Maryborough Police
Garry Diamond arrested at Joseph Dixon's farm, Currajong Creek
near Gin Gin on the 8th.
28. 9.1924 Criminal Offence Sheet, Cairns
Bob Patterson )
Left Hand Jack )
2 Unnamed others )
All the above absconded from Palm Island Settlement on 22. 9.1924.
It is suspected they would return to Normanton, their native land.
27.10.1924 Missing Friends Sheet, Cairns
Paddy, aboriginal, 30 - 35 years old, absconded from Lock Hospital
on 19.10.1924. He arrived at Cairns from Normanton en route to Palm
Island on a Removal Order. He was detained at Cairns for medical
17.12.1924 Normanton Police
Peter Bendigo )
Bob Patterson )
Left Hand Jack )
All the above absconded from either Palm Island or Lock Hospital.
All except Paddy are at Mitchell River.
19. 2.1925 C.P.A. Brisbane
Only Simon and Rio, proven man-killers are to be returned.
2. 6.1925 Normanton Police
Report on capture of Simon and Rio at Mitchell River Mission.
Mentions Simon's gin, Biddy.
Send Boomera Bob and Amy Hyde to Cairns. Male to Palm Island, female
Removal Order for Amy Hyde from Normanton to Yarrabah.
Removal Order for Boomera Bob from Normanton to Palm Island.
30.11.1925 Cairns Police
Amy Hyde, escapee from Yarrabah.
8.10.1925 Brisbane Police
Donald Moss, aboriginal, absconder from Barambah, was arrested by
St. George Police on 30. 9.1925.
13.10.1925 Roma St. Police Station, Brisbane
On 12.10.1925 Moss was sentenced to 6 weeks prison in Brisbane
Gaol for absconding. Sentenced at Murgon Court.
Phone message from Ipswich Police to Brisbane Police on 2.10.1926.
Re: Absconders from Purga Settlement on 1.10.1926
Douglas Thompson - male, 18 years, returned to Purga.
Remainder supposedly going to Charleville.
Esther Blair alias Quinn - 16 years, half-caste, came from Barambah
about 2 years age
Totsa Williams - 13 or 14 years, came from Charleville
Eliza Lomas - 12 or 13 years, came from Curomban or Berleigh Heads
George Daylight - 16 years, full blood
Herbert Dunn - 14 years, half-caste, from Barambah
7.10.1926 Harrisville Station, Brisbane District
Esther Blair has a child 2 years old.
25. 7.1927 Purga, Salvation Army Mission
Re: Bob Anderson, half-caste
Female aboriginal Mabel Reed arrested at Banana for absconding
Re: Sicy Kadel, half-caste absconder from Taroom
26. 4.1929 Telegram from Rockhampton Police
Re: Malcolm Brown and another aboriginal, escapees from Palm Island.
29. 4.1929 Rockhampton Police
Malcolm Brown absconded from Palm Island on 18.11.1928.
Being returned on 27. 4.1929.
14. 2.1930 To Roma Police
Remove Sandow and Jack Davidson from Taroom to Barambah.
2. 2.1937 Court
Sunlight Evans - sentenced to 2 months
Dan Turner - Returned to Palm Island
26. 2.1937 Telegram from Palm Island
Nandy and George Tippo absconded from Palm Island.
27. 4.1937 C.P.A. Brisbane
Nandy apprehended and returned to Palm Island.
George Tippo formerly belonged to the settlement at Taroom and later
at Woorabinda before removal to Palm Island.
7. 5.1937 Duaringa Police
George Tippo aged about 35 years.
15. 7.1937 C.I.B. Brisbane
George Tippo, 31 years. Photo.
Mentions removal of George Tippo from Stewart's Creek Gaol
to Palm Island.
2. 2.1950 Beaudesert Police
George Tippo, absconder from Cherbourg.
7. 3.1950 Teneriffe Police
Mentions Elliot Bennett, a coloured person of No. 46 Doggett St.,
2. 4.1951 Brisbane Police, Modus Operandi Section
Re: George Tippo
Removal order dated 30.12.1949 to Palm Island.
Discharged Brisbane Gaol on 23.12.1949
Escaped from Cherbourg on 26.12.1949
Arrested by Goondiwindi Police for theft on 12. 3.1951
Appeared in Court on 21. 3.1951
Sentenced to 6 months in Brisbane Prison
Alias Paddy Ryan and Johnny Thompson
Released from Brisbane Gaol on 19. 1.1952
Re-arrested 19. 1.1952
Appeared in Moree Court on 23. 1.1952
6.12.1937 Cairns Police Report
Jack Bruno )
Tommy Pitcombe )
Billy Flower )
All absconded from Palm Island and are heading for the Mitchell River.
17. 8.1938 Cairns Police Report
Re: Removal order for aboriginal David Wombie from Normanton
to Palm Isalnd.
Also mentions expenses incurred in the removal of the following:
David Wombie )
Jack Bruno )
Black Dog )
Mitchell River to Palm Island
13. 7.1938 Cairns Police
Jack Bruno and Fitztom arrested at Mitchell River Mission on 14. 6.1938.
Fitztom appears to be Tommy Pitcombe.
10. 5.1939 Cairns Police Report
Roy Tippo )
Jerry Dolo )
Jimmy Julian )
Mitchell Robert )
Percy Babinda (or Fourmile) )
All absconded from Palm Island on 11.11.1938.
26. 3.1940 Innisfail Police
Half-castes Jock Anderson and Carl Wyles absconded from Palm
Island on 14. 1.1940.
30. 9.1940 Mackay Police
Jerome and Leslie, aboriginals are absconders from Fantome Island.
26. 9.1945 Townsville Watchhouse
Mentions Native Escort Isaac Gundy
Johnny Platt )
George Blair )
Kennie West )
Stanley Tureen )
Herbie Dunne )
Tommy Twaddle )
Claudie Twaddle )
Bill Twaddle )
All are absconders from Cherbourg.
Left Murgon by train on 12. 2.1940.
18.12.1940 Cherbourg Settlement
Desima Chapman )
Doris Fuller (H/C) )
Re: Absconders Rachel Fraser and Lois Muchan.
3. 6.1943 Gympie Police
Re: Arrest of absconders from Cherbourg, namely
Edward William Breckenridge
Roy Cyril Roberts
Kenneth Donald Sickett
23. 7.1945 Edmonton Police
Mackie Simpson also known as Max Simpson.
Half-caste aboriginal, missing person, sought by the Superintendent
of Cherbourg Mission.
Mentions half-caste Percy Smith.
Smith in Rockhampton
25.10.1944 Missing Persons Reports
(a) Mackie Simpson or Max Simpson
19 years, native of Palm Island
(b) Percy Smith
30 years, half-caste
22. 1.1945 Kelvin Grove Police Station
Re: Mackie Simpson
Discharged from Military Forces on 1. 1.1944
Born at Hughenden on 1. 6.1922
Enlisted at Townsville
Has a sister Mrs. Ethel Andy who lives in Innisfail.
20. 7.1945 Edmonton Police
Mentions coloured man Norman Riley
Also mentions Mackie Simpson has a tattoo IDA MURGHA
(She is a coloured girl now living at Whiterock)
6. 2.1945 South Coast District Police Report
Nellie McGowan, aboriginal, absconded from Cherbourg on 12. 1.1945.
28. 2.1945 Moorooka Police
Mentions Harry Brunette and Lily Kina.