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Series ID22
Previous System LocationSRS22
TitlePhotographic Records, Descriptions and Criminal Histories of Prisoners - (Male) [Prisons Department]
Parent Series
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Start Date 23/9/1889
End Date 13/6/1891
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Abstract

Photographic records (portraits), descriptions and criminal histories of male prisoners - Prisons Department

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Departmental NumbersN/A
System of Arrangement Roughly chronological by date portrait taken; numerical by sheet/page number (which seems to have been added either in Cooktown or Townsville); the original portrait numbers are not in sequential order
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Creating Agencies

Agency IDTitleFromTo
157Prisons Department 23/9/1889 13/6/1891
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Access Category0 Years
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Agency ID: 11849
Queensland Corrective Services
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Related Series

Series IDTitleRelationship
3693Photographic Records, Descriptions and Criminal Histories of Prisoners - (Males and Females) [HM Gaol, Brisbane, later HM Prison (Boggo Road), Brisbane]Other Brisbane Prison records regarding admissions/descriptions
10836Photographic Records, Descriptions and Criminal Histories of Prisoners ExecutedOther Prisons Department photographic records of prisoners
9121Police Gazette Criminal Photographic SupplementsOther records containing photographs/descriptions of prisoners
798Queensland Police GazettesOther records containing photographs/descriptions of prisoners
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Copyright Status

Copyright State of Queensland
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Description

Queensland prisons kept records of prisoners' admissions, criminal history and physical descriptions, either separately or combined in the same register. This series consists of pro forma sheets of photographic records (portraits) and descriptions of male Queensland criminals.

As well as a photograph, details recorded on the sheet for each convicted criminal include: personal and physical details: number, name, native place, birth year, year of arrival in colony, ship, trade/occupation, religion, education, height, weight, colour of hair, eyes, marks or special features; conviction details: where and when tried, offence, sentence, remarks, number of previous portrait, date when portrait was taken. Some sheets also contain details of previous convictions.

Copies of these sheets were forwarded to Police Inspectors' Districts by the Police Commissioner's Office, and included amongst the sheets in this series are covering letters to the Inspector of Police, Cooktown, from the Commissioner of Police, advising that (various) numbers of portraits and descriptions of criminals are enclosed. At some time, these sheets were forwarded from Cooktown to HM Gaol, Townsville. Since the exact date when these sheets were forwarded to Townsville prison is not known, and, to assist researchers, who may otherwise conclude that these records relate only to North Queensland prisoners, the Prisons Department has been chosen as the Creating Agency.

Sheets 299 - 317 are portraits and descriptions of prisoners convicted of offences in relation to the shearers' strike, 1891.

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Preferred Citation

Queensland State Archives Series ID 22, Photographic Records, Descriptions and Criminal Histories of Prisoners - (Male) [Prisons Department]
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Last updated 9 September 2016
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