index has been created from the
Record of cases heard
in Petty Sessions
between 1847 and 1866 and is published by Hobart Branch in
The original three volumes are available on film
at the Archives Office of Tasmania (Reference LC 484/1-3).
It should be noted that
while the records for the period January 1847 – October
1862 appear to be complete, there are then no further
entries until July and December 1864, with one further
sitting on 1 January 1866.
No Petty Session cases were recorded at Sorell in
1863 or 1865.
Our index not only
lists everyone named as an accused person, it also includes
the names of their employers (where applicable), local
constables, all witnesses, any other people mentioned in the
statements before the court, local hotels and inns, and the
judiciary i.e. Assistant Police Magistrates, Justices of the
Peace and, in the 1860s, other local, respectable gentlemen
appointed to the task.
Some offenders were before the court on many
occasions and consequently have numerous references in the
crimes were of a minor nature eg bad language, disobedience
to an employer, drunkenness etc. but other more serious
offences include absconding, larceny, damage to property and