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Stewart's Creek Prison, Townsville, North Queensland

Prison records are often very useful for genealogy / family history. For example, the description register for Stewart's Creek Penal Establishment, Townsville (held by Qld State Archives) usually gives prisoner's name;  aliases;  ship and year of arrival;  where born;  religion;  occupation;  age;  height, build, complexion, hair and eye colour;  ability to read/write;  scars, tattoos etc.

Names below (which include some women) are selected entries from 1893-1894, plus a few from 1897, 1898 and 1902. Searches in the unindexed portion of this register (and in court books commencing 12 Mar 1895) are feasible, especially if you can ascertain an approximate year. (Although a more recent spelling is 'Stuart Creek', the records deposited at the Archives were created when it was 'Stewart's Creek'.)

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Explanation of names below:

  • Selected entries from 1893-1894, plus a few from 1897, 1898 and 1902.
  • '-' or '...' means no surname was stated, or the name is illegible.
  • A question mark means the handwriting was difficult to read and the spelling is in doubt.
  • 'Ab' = Aboriginal or part Aboriginal;  'SSI' = South Sea Islander or Kanaka.
  • Names beginning with 'Mc' precede other 'M' surnames.
  • Apostrophes have been removed from names such as O'NEILL.
  • Scroll through the list, as names may have been spelled incorrectly in the records.
  • If there are several entries for a name, check them all. The original source (but not my index) will probably show whether they are for the same person or for different people with the same name.
  • For names below, I can order copies of the original records (this link leads to instructions).

List of names

- Abbe
- Agoris
- Ahree
- Albert (SSI)
- Aliman
- Ammon Manbargo (Ab)
- Angboo
- Antonia
- Arhami (2 entries)
- Artman
- Baboo
- Billy (Ab) (2 entries)
- Black Chris
- Bluey
- Boogin (SSI)
- Cackatoo (Ab)
- Carlo
- Carolus
- Carraba (Ab)
- Charley (2 entries)
- Charlie
- Charlie (Ab)
- Cockney Jim
- Dias
- Doolah
- Enang
- Gaingarlaih (SSI)
- George (Ab)
- Ginger (SSI)
- Gootchie
- Hassim
- Howancrew ? (SSI)
- Jack
- Jack (Ab)
- Jack Guinea (SSI)
- Karto (2 entries)
- Kassan
- Lucio
- Lulua (SSI)
- Manghar (SSI)
- Mara
- Marah
- Meneges
- Mesta ?
- Murray
- Niran
- Nowraphney (SSI)
- Onami (SSI)
- Patu (SSI)
- Pedro (2 entries)
- Pekseng
- Policeman (Ab)
- Pretty Peter
- Sahanam
- Sakim
- Sam

- Simon (alias Charley BACKTER)
- Socheen
- Tegong
- Thomas
- Tom
- Tommy (Ab) (2 entries)
- Tommy (SSI)
- Usinn
- Wageman
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ABRAHAMS Herman
AH BING
AH CHICK (2 entries)
AH KIT
AH LEE
AH LOOK
AH PING (2 entries)
AH QUAY
AH SAM (2 entries)
AH SOW
AH TIN
AH WHY
AH YOUNG (2 entries)
ALAN Mahomet
ALLEN John
ALLWOOD Alfred
AN GEE
AN YEE
ANDERSON Archibald Spencer (2 entries)
ANDERSON Bernard
ANDERSON Hugh
ANDREWS Edward
APPOO Singah
ASHWIN Annie
AVERY Frank
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BACKTER Charley
BAILEY Joseph
BAKER Alfred
BARKASS James
BARRY Thomas
BENNETT George
BENSON John
BLACK Thomas
BLAKE John Austin (2 entries)
BLAND Joseph Henry
BLINKER (see WILLIAMS Henry)
BONNAR David (2 entries)
BOWMAN Duncan
BRADLEY John
BRENNAN Henry
BRENNAN Martin
BRENNAN Patrick
BROOKS James (3 entries)
BROWN John
BROWN Nellie (b.IRL)
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CAMPBELL Alexander (2 entries)
CAVANAGH Michael
CHAMBERLAN Albert
CHAUNTLER John
CHICK Alfred
CHIN SEE LING
CLARKE Henry
CLEGG Sarah (2 entries)
CONNOLLY Maurice
CONNORS John (b.ENG)
COOK Peter
COTHAM Hugh (b.TAS) (2 entries)
CROWLEY Kate
CUNNINGHAM James
CURTIS Edith Maud
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DA COSTA Charles
DALZIEL Samuel J (b.VIC)
DAVIS John (b.ENG)
DEADY John
DEADY John (junior)
DEEDY John (jun.)
DEE David
DENNIS John
DENNIS William
DEVERS Arthur
DILLON Charles
DINGWALL William Moffat
DIPPLE Christopher
DRAPER James Henry
DUNCAN E (see WILLIAMS Henry)
DUNN John
DUNN Martin (2 entries)
DUNNE John (2 entries)
DUNSTAN William
DUNSTON William
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EADE Alfred
EMILE John ?
EUSTACHE William
EVANS Robert
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FARRELL Francis
FERRARI Antonio
FERRIS Charles (2 entries)
FINLAY Hunter
FOGARTY James
FOLLARD John ?
FOX Alfred (3 entries)
FOX Charles
FRASER Alexander
FREEMAN Sam (b.NSW)
FROST William
FULLARTON Alexander Ross
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GARVEY James
GEIGER Frederick
GEVINA Kate
GIBSON Edwin J
GLYNN John
GRIFF George (2 entries)
GROSENKOFF Frederick
GROVES Mary Anne
GUINEA Jack (SSI)
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HAMILTON John
HARRINGTON Robert
HARROBIN Peter (2 entries)
HAUGH John
HEATH Alfred
HENDEN Charley
HENNESSEY Terence
HENNESSY Terence
HIGGINS Thomas
HIXON George
HOLMES James
HOODLESS James (2 entries)
HOON Tom
HOOPER Robert
HOP CHONG
HOPKINS John (2 entries)
HORDLESS James
HORSFALL Arthur Wright
HOSKEN Richard
HOSKINS Henry
HOUSEHAM Alfred (2 entries)
HOUSTON Robert James
HOWSON David (b.WA)
HUNTER James
HURCHART Donald
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JACQUES David
JACQUES Joseph
JAM Ram
JENSEN Charles J (alias JOHNSON)
JOHNSON Charles
JOHNSON Charles (see JENSEN Charles)
JOHNSON Harry (b.ENG)
JOHNSON William A (2 entries)
JONES William Perry
JOY James
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KANNY John
KEEGAN Michael
KELLY John
KELLY William (2 entries)
KENNEDY Michael
KENNEDY William
KENNY Michael
KER George
KERR John
KING James
KING Thomas William
KIRBY Timothy J (2 entries)
KNIGHT Frederick
KROCKSBERG Frederick
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LACEY James
LAWLOR Albert (b.VIC)
LAWSON Annie
LEACH William
LEADER Joseph
LEE Thomas
LEESON Edward
LENEHAN William R
LEON Alexis
LESLIE Margaret
LIVINGSTONE Robert
LLOYD Walter Reginald
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McBRIDE Patrick
McBURNEY William
McCLOSKEY Patrick
McCOURT Ellen
McDONNELL Timothy (2 entries)
McENROE Thomas
McFARLANE David G
McHUGH William (2 entries)
McINTOSH James
McKAY William
McKENNA Bernard
McLEAN John (b.NZ)
McMAHON John
McMANUS Sam (b.NSW)
McNAMARA John
McQUADE Margaret
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MAHOMET Ali
MAHOMET Sali
MALONEY William
MANSELL George
MARCELLO Buffo
MARGE Joseph
MARSHALL Andrew
MARTIN John Henry
MASTERS William
MOORE Ruby (b.NZ)
MORAN William
MORAS John Emile ?
MORAS Willy ?
MORERA Marcilino
MORTIMER James
MULLEN James Henry
MURRAY John (b.IRL)
MURRAY Walter
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NAIRNS Charles
NAMAN Albi (SSI)
NAYLOR Joseph (b.VIC)
NAYLOR William
NELSON Thomas
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OBRIEN John
OBRIEN Patrick (b.NSW)
ODGERS David
OMARA Patrick
ONEILL Thomas B
OSBOURNE James (3 entries)
OSULLIVAN Patrick
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PALEMBANG Salch
PARINER Andrew
PARINEZ Andrew
PAUL Robert Alex
PEAK William
PEAKE William
PEARCE Susan
PENDERGAST Margaret
PHILLIPS Charles
PHILLIPS Charley (2 entries)
POLLARD John
POONG SOO
PORTER Richard B S
POWELL Bridget (2 entries)
POWELL Delia
PRICE William
PRITCHARD Joseph
PROSSER Henry
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QUONG George Young
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RAM JAM
RAPPEL William
REID Elizabeth (b.IRL)
REID Robert
RIGBY William Henry
ROBERTS F
ROBERTS Mary Anne
ROBINSON Thomas
ROYS George Henry
RULE William James
RUSSELL George (2 entries)
RUSSELL Michael
RYAN Kate
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SEDIN John
SHARPE William Lomond
SHAW John
SING Sam
SINGAH Jimmy
SINGAPORE Charley
SKUTHORPE Thomas
SLATTERY Thomas
SLOAN Alexander
SMITH Edith Maud
SMITH Ernest (b.NSW)
SMITH James
SMITH Thomas
SMITH Tom
SMITH William
SMITHERS Henry James
STELFOX William
STEPHENSON James (2 entries)
STOTT Thomas
STREET Arthur
STRUBE Harry
STUART Robert Donald
SWYERS Benjamin Strickland
SWYERS W Strickland
SWYERS William
SWYERS William (Junior) (3 entries)
SWYERS William Strickland
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TACHIM Peter
TATTERSALL Jonathan
THOMAS A C
THOMAS John
THOMAS Peter
THOMPSON Albert
TIERNEY William (2 entries)
TILLEY William (2 entries)
TIN BOW
TINN BOW
TOON Annie (2 entries)
TOTTEN Robert T
TRAVERS John
TREHY William (b.SA)
TRUEMAN Margaret
TURNER -
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VALDETER Joseph
VENNEY Delia
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WAKEFORD George

WALKER William
WALSH Arthur (b.ENG)
WALSH Patrick (b. IRL) (2 entries)
WELCH Edward
WEST Samuel (3 entries)
WILBERRY Eli
WILKIE George C
WILLIAMS Henry (alias DUNCAN / BLINKER)
WILLIAMS John (b.ENG) (3 entries)
WILLIAMSON Henry
WILLOWS Alfred (2 entries)
WILMOTT Matthew
WILSON James
WILSON John (b.Goondiwindi QLD)
WONG KUM (2 entries)
WONG SUNG
WOOD Thomas
WRIGHT George H
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YOUNG Michael (b.NSW)
YOUNG QUONG George
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Copying service. Allow up to 8 weeks for a reply. I am often away for family reasons.

As a professional genealogist, I can (for a fee) obtain a photocopy from the original source. My fee covers postage, photocopies (the Archives charge $1.20/page and each entry spans two pages) and my time (visiting the Archives, ordering a volume, locating the relevant page, ordering photocopies, collecting them later, and posting the material to you). The fee is 'per entry', not 'per name', so if the same name is listed twice, that is two entries.

* If you live in Australia: one entry $20, extra entries (same name or different name) $10 each (including postage).

* If you live overseas: one entry AUD$24, extra entries (same name or different name) AUD$13 each (including postage).

$See how to send requests and payment.


Other Suggestions

Police Gazettes.

Published index to Charters Towers Gaol Discharge Book 1890-1901.

Police watchhouse records.

Other police, prison and Court records, criminal depositions, murder files etc (described on this site or in my book Tips for Queensland Research).

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

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