Police Department, Commissioners Office
Miscellaneous Correspondence and Reports
Item ID 86475
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Item ID 86474
Previous System Location POL/J15; PRV10729/1/31
Access Category 30 years
Queensland State Archives
Copyright Paul Mackett 1995
This section deals with employment of Aborigines.
Complaint by A C Evans, Innisfail to Minister of Agricultural Stock
re Constable Gerber, Millaa Millaa, re Aboriginal Willie Weare
Julia Murray, who is enquired for by the Aboriginal Welfare Board,
Sydney lives at 14 Explorer St, Toowong
Bessie Bradley, an Aboriginal, is believed to be living with a white
man named Lester in South Brisbane. Requests assistance to sustain
a charge against Lester under the Act.
Dave Molloy, Double Island Rd via Cairns, requires 20 pound to be
able to visit people at 'Baewarrina'
Report about Bessie Bradley, absconder from Cherbourg. She was living
with a criminal John Joseph Ledbury at Powers Court, Upper Melbourne St.
She has left there and further inquiries are being made.
Kathleen Alexandria (Aboriginal) is employed by Ivan Wynne of Tiaro
but will be returning to Mr E Zimmerlie, Anakie, who is a fit person
for extension of agreement. Inquiry by CPA Darwin.
Do not recommend that Edward John Ruckingham of Tiaro be granted
permission to marry Kathleen Alexandria owing to the latter's
loose moral character and recommend that she be returned to the
Northern Territory. Ruckingham bears an excellent character and is
a white person.
Whereabouts of Mr John Victor Taylor and Mrs Winifred Taylor, last
heard of in Blackall, who are in debted to the Board for the
Protection of Aborigines, Sydney, for wages due to Aboriginal
girl Isabel Stanford.
Re : Aboriginal apprentice Henry Peters employed by S E Hammond.
Letter from the Secretary, Aboriginal Protection Board, Sydney,
stating that an Aboriginal named Billy Hooper from Sydney is at
present in the employ of Mrs McMickling at Dirranbandi.
Secretary for the Aboriginal Protection Board writes about a man
named Frank -----, residing at the corner of Moray and Liver Streets,
New Farm who is the father of Julia Colletts illegitimate child.
Application by Harry Peter Pacey, Roma St, Morven for money held
by the Aboriginal Protection Board.
Moutrell, married, was employed by a man named Sterrard in 1917
NSW Police advise about Gilbert King, Aboriginal, applying for money
due to him from P of A, Queensland. Now employed at Dunwich.
Charleville forward report about Aboriginal Apprentice Carrie Coombs
Report about Aboriginal apprentices Gladys Murray and
Daisy Warraweena (the latter now said to be in the Salvation Army
Report about Aboriginal apprentice Grace Hill who is employed by
Mrs Thomas of Booligan
Sydney forward report that Amy Thomas and her child arrived at
Narrabri safely and were sent on to Cryon.
Maryborough report about the request if Mr John Fortey of
177 Denison St, Waverley, Sydney, asking for renewal of agreement
to keep female half-caste Bessie under his employ. Present agreement
expires 28. 2.1916.
F W Kingston writes from Lake Nash Station, Northern Territory,
to Urandangie that he is desirous of getting a half-caste girl
named Molly Nash who belongs to a tribe of NT bush blacks for
his wife who lives at Graceville.
Conditions of employment for Molly Mason and Mona (?) Waters
Chairman, Aboriginal Protection Board, Sydney asks about an Aboriginal
apprentice Gladys Murray, employed by Mrs Stevens of Glenalough via
Aboriginal apprentice Harry Sullivan is employed by A C THompson
of Darrawong, 80 miles south of Bollon.
Harry Morsell, Aboriginal, claiming money.
Chairman of the Aboriginal Protection Board, Sydney, asks that
Hebel Police report quarterly about employment of Aboriginal girl
Lily Hills by D R S McDougall, Hebel.
Roma sent completed form about Billy Hooper in employment of
Mrs McMicking of Dirrinbandi
Cloncurry forwarded file about Aboriginals Dennis and Archie, brought
into Queensland from the Northern Territory by an Indian named
Roma Police forwarded report by Dirrinbandi Police at request of the
Board of the Protection of Aborigines, NSW on Mr J Thompson who has
in his employ a boy named Stanley Fernando.
Memo about money owed to George Wilson, half-caste.
1. Correspondence 7.11.1950 to 18.12.1950 about alleged illegal
employment of Aboriginals Tommy Banan and Nancy Gostelow by
James Albert Ludlow of Blue Mountains, near Coen.
Gives details of a small camp of old Aboriginals at a native
camp near Ludlow's camp at Blue Mountains. These natives were
sent to Coen.
Tommy Banan T-271
Aged about 70 years or more
Wife is Maggie Banan
Sister is the old blind woman Maggie
Daughter is Nancy Gostelow
Husband is Tommy Banan
Nancy Gostelow N-159
Husband was Jackie Gostelow (tribal marriage) who was bitten by a
snake at Blue Mountains about 5 years ago and tribally buried at
Aged 58 years
Father and Auntie reside at Blue Mountains
Father is Tommy Banan
Father's sister is the old blind woman Maggie
Father is 70 years old
Youngest of the old Aborigines at Blue Mountains
(Statement by Nancy Gostelow on 13.11.1950)
Old blind woman
Sister of Tommy Banan
Jimmy Gilbert G-537
Letter dated 23.11.1950, Babinda Police Station, gives Jackie
Gostelow's death as march or April, 1948.
Also mentioned is Tracker Toby Horseboy.
2. Various correspondence
7. 2.1898 Charleville Station
Female Aborigine Maggie is in the employ of Sub-Inspector Breens.
13. 9.1899 Rolleston Station
Mentions Tom Thumb at Meteor Downs Station
10. 2.1903 Application for permit to employ an Aborigine at
Springfield, Blackall, by John Henry Hart, grazier.
Name Billy Martin
Age 22 years
28. 7.1903 Correspondence by a Mr McNickle concerning complaints
Andy removed to Frasers Island at Police request
Bogo too ill to move
22. 3.1912 Oakleigh, Atherton
27. 7.1916 Cardwell
Jacob and Charlie Clark-Kennedy, Aborigines.
Also mentions Tracker Johnnie
4. 4.1917 Mrs McDonald of Cloncurry employs Bessie and has done
so for the past 16 years.
27. 7.1898 Dick employed at Clermont without a permit.
12. 8.1907 Newspaper clipping, Rockhampton. Aboriginal Davy.
21.10.1902 Coen. Tracker Rob
14. 1.1903 Tracker Rob, gin and two children now at Cairns.
3. 24. 5.1903 Letter from the Aboriginal Settlement, Woodford
listing Aboriginal men who have left wives in North Queensland.
Paddy Wife Kitty at Normanton, taken there by Police from
Camooweal. Daughter aged 5 years at Mrs Bowman, Camooweal.
I may state this man is really anxious to have his
Rob Wife Nana at Cooktown Police Station. Two children aged
12 and 2 years, both girls.
Noble Wife Lizzie at Cooktown Black's Camp.
Andy Wife Nellie at Cooktown Black's Camp. Daughter aged
This letter was to the C.P.A., Brisbane. Following this letter is a
series of telegrams as follows
8. 5.1903 Kitty is now in Camp at Normanton. Paddy's child
is at Avon Downs.
9. 5.1903 Andy's gin Nellie is camped with blacks at Piebald
Mountain, Endeavour River.
18. 5.1903 Lizzie is camped at Musgrave.
26. 5.1903 Table titled " Aboriginal Males at Durundur, whose
gins, etc are up North"
Paddy Gin Kitty at Normanton
Child at Avon Downs
Rob Gin and two children at Coen
Andy Gin Nellie is camped with blacks at Piebald
Mountain, Endeavour River, Cooktown
Noble Gin Lizzie is not at Cooktown. Camped about Musgrave
11. 6.1903 Nana and two children left this morning, per
Maranoa, for Brisbane.
15. 6.1903 Brisbane, East Moreton Police District
Nana and two children conveyed to the Aboriginal Home, West End.
4. 21. 8.1916 Half-caste girl Bessie employed by Mr J G Fortey
of 177 Denison St, Waverley, Sydney
Female Amy Thomas and child left for Cyron, N.S.W.. Employer of
her husband knows she is coming.
24. 3.1920 Prairie, North Queensland
Mr Chisholm would like to keep child Bob. Not allowed. Bob's parents
and brothers and sisters have already been sent to Yarrabah.
7. 6.1920 Burketown
Alleged illegal employment of Johnnie and Minnie
7. 2.1922 Urandangie / Lake Nash, Northern Territory
Half-caste child Mollie Nash. Belongs to a tribe from the Lake Nash
area, N.T. Aged about 10 years. Temporarily at Urandangie.
3. 2.1923 Babinda
Barney and Tommy
30. 8.1923 About Aboriginal apprentice Gladys Murray, in the
employment of Mrs Stevens, Glendalough, via Mungindi.
5. Series of letters about alleged complaints of misbehaviour
of Constable Zahn of Jandowae.
27. 9.1923 Names of five Aboriginal girls previously in the employ
of Mrs Haselwood of Maroona, Tuckerang.
Both now in the employ of Mrs W H G Robinson, Hayfield, Dalby
Tottie, half-caste, previously employed by Mr E Webster of
Sarum via Kingaroy
Ruby, half-caste, supposed to be sent to a settlement near Ipswich
6. 13. 3.1924 Maryborough
Half-caste Aboriginal Alick Little exempted from the Act.
11. 4.1924 Herbert River, North Queensland
About the employment of Aboriginal Annie Sullivan by Mrs W McDonagh
18. 9.1926 Normanton Station
Re: Patrol to Inveneta Station
Half-caste Sid Alpin
Aboriginal Norman Jackson
17. 2.1927 Aboriginal Billy Hooper from N.S.W. is in the employment
of Mrs McMicking, Dirranbandi
7. 29. 8.1928 Duaringa. About illegal employment of Aboriginals.
Series of letters.
Employment of Aborigines at Barwon Park without agreements.
Cotterson (Cotherstone) Mick
Both scalpers. No exemption certificates.
Both scalpers. Both have exemptions.
Bertie Cameron lost his in a drunken bout at Bluff
13.10.1928 About a patrol to Barwon Park
Sandy Aged Aborigine
Lizzie Sandy's gin
A Smith Exempt quarter-caste. Married with wife and
children. Lives at Barwon Park
Cotherstone Mick His gin is Ada. They left Barwon park last April
for Bombardy Station about 60 miles away.
Bertie Cameron ) Both half-castes at Mt Stuart, about 40
Charlie Ross ) miles from Barwon Park
8. 1. 2.1934 Coen
Half-caste George Wilson
26. 1.1936 Gordonvale
Aboriginal Christy Mighell.
29. 5.1940 Brisbane
About money owing to a N.S.W. Aborigine Isabel Stanford. People
who owe the money now live at Blackall.
24. 7.1941 Cairns
Millaa Millaa. Report about Willie Weare
10. 6.1942 Bessie Bradley, escapee from Cherbourg
4. 6.1924 re: alleged illegal employment and harbouring of aboriginals
at Delta Downs Station about 60 miles from Normanton.
Mentioned in report are:
Buckland - a half-caste aboriginal employed at the station.