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Police Department correspondence
re Old Age Pensions and Invalid Pensions 1908 - 1952

These names are from a partial index to Queensland Police Department correspondence re old age pensions and invalid pensions 1908-1952. This correspondence, held by Qld State Archives, is primarily about Queenslanders but includes some references to persons living in New South Wales and Victoria. Details shown in the original source vary enormously. Sometimes there is only a name, date and place of residence. However in many cases there are a variety of documents that are useful for genealogy and family history research. They may include:

  • police replies to requests for documentary evidence of age, residence, immigration etc (required to substantiate a pension application)
  • complaints by pensioners re problems with pension payments
  • police reports re the death of pensioners
  • letters from the Department to local police regarding alcohol consumption by pensioners
  • police investigations re alleged fraud or other criminal activity by a pensioner.

Explanation of names below:

  • Date range:  1908 - 1952 (but only a partial index to the correspondence).
  • A question mark means that the handwriting was especially difficult to decipher, and the spelling is in doubt.
  • 'Ref in file, X' means this name is mentioned in correspondence re a person named X.
  • 'a.k.a.' means 'also known as'.
  • Names beginning with 'Mc' precede other 'M' surnames.
  • Apostrophes have been removed from names such as O'DONNELL.
  • If there are several entries for a name: the same person may be mentioned several times, or there may be more than one person with the same name. The only way to find out is to consult the original source.
  • Scroll through the list. Names may have been spelled incorrectly in the records.
  • For names below, I can order copies of original records at Qld State Archives (this link leads to instructions).

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List of names

ABEL - (Mr and Mrs)
ABRAHAM Bob
AH SUN Charlie
ALLER Jack
ALWICK Charley
AMBRYN Wee Wee ?
ANNEPHONE George
ANTHONY S (of Toowoomba)
AOBO Wennie ?
API Harry
API Sam
APIE James
ASKER Peter
ASKEW B
ASKEW Betsy
ATTOW Harry
AUSTIN A J
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BALCARRAS M
BARCON Tom
BARGO Molly
BECK Mary Ann
BELL E A
BELL Elizabeth (of Charters Towers)
BELL J (of Peak Crossing)
BICKLE Mary
BOOKIN Jacky
BOTTING E M
BRABINER Rose M
BREWNAME Jimmy
BRIAN Jago ?
BROWN Bryan
BUTTERFIELD M
BUTTERFIELD Mary
BYQUA Paul
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CABA Johnny
CABELLO Thomas
CALLIOPE Tom
CANAVAN Harry (a.k.a. HEUSLER)
CARR Susan
CARSON Harry
CHON KONG Charlie
CLARK A (of New Farm)
CLARK Agnes
CLARKE John Palmer
CLOWES T
COLEMAN John (of Mackay)
COLLIE - (Mrs)
COLLINS J (of Gympie)
COOEE George
COPLEY Catherine Mary
COUTER Alex
COWLEY H J
CUDDIHY Annie
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DANGERFIELD L J
DAVEY Tarry
DAVIDSON Charley (of Blair Athol)
DAVIDSON John (of Longreach)
DETTRICK Sebastian
DICKSON E A (Mrs)
DISCHOON John
DIX Elizabeth
DOLAN John
DOOLAH Singapore
DRAHMAN Jack
DUFFY R A
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EBQUAH Tom
EDWARDS L (of Newmarket)
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FARRAR Charles Robert
FEWIN John
FEY Kate
FINCH Elizabeth (2 files)
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GANAN James
GEHRMAN F
GENRICHS Ernest
GEYSE Gustave Reinhold
GIBBONS John
GONSALVESS F
GOWER S J
GOWSEEHA Tom
GRACE Annie
GRAHAM D (of Southport)
GRANT Charles
GRAY Charlie
GREGORY Blas
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HABERMANN Frederick Wilhelm
HAMDEN Jack
HARLOVICH - (Mrs)
HARRIS David
HARRIS George
HARRIS George (of Bundaberg)
HARRIS John Elijah (ref in file, HARRIS David)
HARRIS Thomas (of Rockhampton)
HARROLD J J
HARVEY Dod (ref in file, WARNER Elizabeth)
HARVEY Elizabeth (see WARNER Elizabeth)
HARVEY William (ref in file, WARNER Elizabeth)
HAUSSMANN J
HERBERT Elizabeth
HEUSLER Harry (see CANAVAN Harry)
HICKEY Mary
HILL Charles (of Fortitude Valley)
HILL Ernest
HILTON Thomas
HODGES Henry J
HOOPER Ann L
HORSLEY David Charles
HOY Charles
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INDOO Henry
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KALPIN John
KELLY William Richard
KILLARNEY Jessie
KIRKMAN Henry
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LA FOUR Joe
LAGOON Sam
LEE Philip
LEFLEY Laura
LITTLE Margaret
LOCKLEY Tom
LONG Charley
LOWE William (of Clermont)
LUCAS B L ?
LUCAS Beatrice Lanora
LYNCH Daniel
LYNCH Jeremiah (ref in file, LYNCH Daniel)
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McGOVERN John
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MAHONEY Michael
MAKELO John
MANGAN Ellen
MARRATTA Jack
MARSHALL Robert (of Taringa)
MASSING Tom
MAY Fred
MENNOW Tim
METTHELL Charley ?
MILSOM Ida
MOORE M A (of Woolloongabba)
MOORE Mary Ann
MOTTA Joe
MUDCLAP Jimmy
MULLANEY Thomas
MURRAY Tarry
MYO Charlie
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NALING Joe
NELOW Jimmy
NELSON William (of Rockhampton North)
NITZ Johanna
NOTT Lilly
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OABA Jack
OANIA Joe
OBRIEN Thomas (of Beaudesert)
ODONNELL F
ODONNELL Francis Nicholas
ODONNELL L
ODONNELL Laurence
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PALMER William Henry
PECK A M
PECK Annie Margaret
PELLTI Billy
PENDLEBURY William Henry ?
PENTICOST William
PERIO Peter
PICKARD Charles
POLZIN - (wife of John) (ref in file, GENRICH Ernest)
PUTMAN Eliza
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QUINN James (of Gayndah or Eidsvold)
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RAINS F E (ref in file, TAYLOR Robert)
REID Charles
ROBERTS Lessie
ROWA Alick
ROWINA Dick (2 files)
RUSSELL John (of Gayndah or Eidsvold)
RYAN Edward (of Longreach)
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SAM Dorothy (2 files)
SARDO Harry
SEDAN John
SEEKIS William
SEEMAN Charlie
SHALER Jack
SILVENEY Charles
SINDONG Annie
SMITH Susan (2 files)
SOANES Mary
SOLOMON Johnny
SOLOMON Willie
SOUTH Elwin Egerton
STANBRIDGE Ann
SURAN Jimmie
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TABBULAON Tabba
TANNA Harry
TANNA Souri
TARRAKA T
TARRAKA Thomas ?
TASS Norah
TAYLOR Robert
THOMAS A
THOMASSEN S
THOMPSON Charlie
THOMPSON William (of Charters Towers)
TIGER Jack
TITICON E
TOMSLOW Jimmy
TOOTH Sam
TREMALING Tom
TUMINE William ?
TUNDER Jipo ?
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VICE Lizzie
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WALKER Agnes
WALLACE Simon
WALSH George (brother of Henry Alfred)
WARD Edward (died 1908)
WARD M (of Toowong)
WARD Mary ?
WARNER Elizabeth
WARRY Sam
WATKINS David (multiple files)
WEISE E L
WILLIAMS Billy (of South Kolan)
WILSON I J ?
WOLFA Henry
WOLFA Oliver
WONG George
WOOLFORD Eliza
WOOLFRIES M A
WRIGHT J J (ref in file, WRIGHT Sarah Ann)
WRIGHT Sarah Ann
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YASSERIE Serim ?
YASSERIE William
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ZANZIBAR Alexander
ZUTTERLAND Charles Joseph
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Other Suggestions

Other Australian pension records (before, during and after 1908-1909).

In Specialist Indexes in Australia: a genealogist's guide, see

  • Goulburn District (NSW) - Pioneers, Pensioners, and Small Cemeteries
  • Imperial Pensions (Queensland)
  • Ireland: Old Age Pension Claims, 1908-1922

To find other overseas pension records, search for the word pension in FindMyPast's world list.

My other genealogy sites have more advice, and more names from records in archives.

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