Police Department, Roma Station
Duplicate Out-Letters and Reports
21.11.1932 - 30.12.1933 POL 5A/G9 Queensland State Archives
1. 1.1934 - 28. 6.1934 POL 5A/G10 Queensland State Archives
1. 7.1934 - 31.12.1934 POL 5A/G11 Queensland State Archives
1. 1.1935 - 30. 6.1935 POL 5A/G12 Queensland State Archives
1. 7.1935 - 31.12.1935 POL 5A/G13 Queensland State Archives
1. 7.1937 - 11.10.1937 POL 5A/G14 Queensland State Archives
11.10.1937 - 30.12.1937 POL 5A/G15 Queensland State Archives
22. 3.1938 - 2. 7.1938 POL 5A/G17 Queensland State Archives
1. 1.1939 - 18. 4.1939 POL 5A/G18 Queensland State Archives
19.12.1932 Relative to a complaint made by Mr William Paterson,
store-keeper, Quilpie, regarding the amount of three pounds and
eleven shillings on account of goods supplied to Dick Clive,
Native Tracker, attached to the Police Station, Augathella.
Dick appointed tracker at Augathella in 1930.
19. 5.1934 Relative to Tracker Bertie Barber discharged from Roma
District Hospital and returned ti Injune.
3. 9.1934 Tracker Bertie Barber is employed at Injune. Bank
account held at Roma.
2.11.1934 Relative to application by half-caste Aboriginal
Bertie Barber, Tracker at Injune, for exemption from the
provisions of the Aboriginal Protection Acts. Roma Police
dont know much about Bertie.
6.12.1934 Names and dates of birth of children of Lizzie Gyemore
of Mitchell. Four of the children are registered in the name
of Althorne. The following details are taken from the Registrar
of Births records at Roma.
Eric Althorne, born 16.11.1926
Albert Edward Althorne, born 8.11.1928
Percy Althorne, born 22. 4.1930
Ronald Althorne, born 28. 6.1933
8. 1.1935 Relative to Christie Degan and his son suspected of
stealing property belonging to Billy Combarngo at Surat.
2. 5.1935 Tommy Isles was interviewed by Roma Police on behalf
of the Chief Protector of Aborigines. Tommy was granted exemption
in 1922 and is a quarter-caste Aboriginal. Also mentions
Fred Willmott, half-caste, who is working in the Charleville
8. 6.1935 Relative to the portion of human skeletons being found
in a hollow tree by Howard Edward Salter on his property known
as Brucedale, Roma, situated 30 miles from Roma. Bones believed
to be Aboriginal. Remains of four people. Apparently there were
a number of Blacks Camps on Brucedale in the past. Apparently it
was the custom of the blacks to wrap the dead in a cover of bark
and carry them from camp to camp until they were dried when they
would be placed in a hollow tree and left there.
9. 6.1935 Half-caste girl May Benarvis was placed on the Mail
lorry at Roma for ?Raree.
8. 7.1935 Debt owed by Tommy Isles (Iles). Apparently holds an
Exemption Certificate. Has a wife and child.
8. 7.1935 Tracker Jack Laidley arrived from Cherbourg Aboriginal
31. 7.1935 Re Two Aboriginals named Johnny Murray and Baldy inquired
for by the Chief Protector of Aborigines. No trace in district. Also
mentions Mrs Kee, a half-caste Aboriginal woman and Mrs Ross, a full
18. 8.1935 Re Conduct of Aboriginal men and women who reside in
Major Street, Roma. Mentions
Mrs Lucy Baker, half-caste, lives with her husband
Mrs Mrs Dolly Hart, half-caste, lives with her husband
Jack Smith, half-caste, who has now gone to Charleville
23. 8.1935 Re Roy Tobane, inquired for by the Protector of
Aboriginals, Woorabinda Aboriginal Settlement. He is a half-caste.
No trace in district. Roy is a cousin of half-caste Mrs Kee. Mrs Kee
had been at Woorabinda. Another half-caste woman named Mrs Ross
stated Roy was friendley with Mary Miers, Aboriginal, who works
at Westgrove Station via Injune.
6. 7.1937 Re Circumstances of Mrs Annie Manns and Norman McDonald
of Bungil Street, Roma, being able to contribute to the support
of Albert Edwards (half-caste) committed to Willowburn Asylum.
Annie Manns, half-caste, is married with a family of eight children,
the eldest being 22 years old and the youngest being 4 years old.
Albert Edwards is her brother. Norman McDonald is married and has
five children. Albert Edwards is his half-brother. Also mentions
Edward Edwards who was last heard of in Bourke, New South Wales,
shearing and Claude McDonald who lives at St George and
Herbert McDonald who is in the St George area.
28. 7.1937 Inquiries in connection with a skull and human bones
found in an old box tree on Lenroy Station. Apparently it was
customary for Aboriginals to bury their dead in hollow trees in
this area. Others had been found on Old Bindango Station and
6. 8.1937 Tracker Jack Laidley due for leave.
25. 9.1937 re marriage of a half-caste Aboriginal named Tommy Isles
to Bessie Isles (nee Simpson). Married at Mitchell by a Methodist
Minister. Tommy and Bessie's son is George Thomas Isles. Tommy and
Bessie were married on 27. 3.1931. George Thomas Isles was born
on 18. 7.1931 at Mitchell. Also mentions Mrs Violet Lynch, a
half-caste Aboriginal woman who lives in Roma with her husband.
Violet was a witness at the marriage. Bessie is seeking maintenance
from Tommy. Recommend the child be returned to Bessie.
5.10.1937 Re the Tracker at Roma, namely Jack Laidley. He has
been at Roma since July 1935. Also mentions Aboriginal
Christy Munda who was at Roma in around 1936 awaiting removal to
10.11.1937 Re An Aboriginal named Lucas Fernando inquired for by
the Chief Protector of Aborigines. Lucas lives with his brother
in law Percy Anderson at Bungil Creek, Roma. Percy is also an
2.12.1937 Re Lucas Fernando who is being inquired for by the
Chief Protector of Aborigines. Resides with a married sister at Roma
named Mrs Anderson.
8.12.1937 Re Inquiries made at Roma concerning the antecedents
of Thomas Little, a three-quarter caste Aboriginal who was commited
for sentence on a charge of breaking and entering at Lamington
Siding, near Beaudesert.
28.12.1937 Discharge details for Tracker Jack Laidley.
28.12.1937 Re discharge of Tracker Jack Laidley from Roma
as at 9. 1.1938. Identification number is J-367. Wants his bank
account transferred to Mungindi.
3. 4.1938 Return of Trunk Line Telephone Calls for Quarter
ending 31. 3.1938
14. 1.1938 To Police Mitchell Position available at Ballandool, Hebel
for Lucas Fernando.
2. 2.1938 To Police Mitchell Whereabouts of Fernando
21. 4.1938 Re a half-caste named Tom Simpson and a half-caste
woman named Kathleen Black, also a horse, enquired for by the Chief
Protector of Aborigines. Horse is alleged to have been stolen from
Cherbourg Aboriginal Settlement by Simpson. Not in district.
25. 1.1939 Re Norman Wilfred McDonald, aged 34 years, married,
labourer, half-caste, being attended to by ambulance after being
assaulted by Reginald Beetson. Mentions
Mrs Percy Anderson, half-caste
3. 2.1939 Re debt owed by Norman Jaylor otherwise known as
Norman McDonald. Norman resides in a hut on Bungil Creek, Roma,
with his wife and five young children ranging in age from
two to thirteen years. Norman is a quarter-caste Aboriginal. His
mother, whose maiden name is said to be Nellie Jaylor is a
half-caste Aboriginal and his father is Samuel McDonald of Surat,
a white man.
17. 2.1939 Re General conduct, including drinking and fighting
habits, ancestry and record of George Fuller.
George is married with one child. George's mother is
Mary Ellen White. George was born on 29.10.1916 in Brisbane and
is now 22 years of age. Mary Ellen White's mother was Jessie Fuller,
a half-caste Aboriginal woman, and her father was Thomas Thompson,
a white man. George Fuller's father was Thomas Fuller, a white man.
Thomas Thompson died about 20 years ago in Toowoomba. Jessie Fuller
died in 1926 at Toowoomba. Thomas Fuller, who she claimed as her first
husband, died about 15 years ago in Chinchilla. When George was
ten years of age he came under the control of the State Childrens
Department. George Fuller was married at the Office of the Clerk
of Petty Sessions, Roma on 20. 8.1937 to Violet Vera Orcher.
Violet was 1 years of age at the marriage and her parents were
Louis Orcher and Eliza Flanagan. Thomas Fuller was the first
husband of Mary Ellen White.