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National Emergency Services Museum
formerly the Sheffield Fire and Police Museum
Museum opens July 1st, 2007. In September 1900 the building was opened as a Police & Fire station and was one of the UK's First purpose built stations. In 1929, the Fire Service moved to Rockingham Street. The Museum is now one of the World's Largest Fire & Police Museums and its tower is the only still standing Fire Service Tower in the UK. 

Sheffield Flying Squad & The Sheffield Gang Wars
In the great slump after the end of the First World War, few cities in England fared worse than Sheffield. More than half the adult male population was unemployed. In the appalling Victorian slums, families lived near to starvation levels. They depended on the few shillings a week doled out by the Local Board of Guardians. Petty crime was low, but this was hardly surprising as there was virtually nothing to steal. Even drunkenness was down, because men could not afford to drink as they had when times were good. The main problem for the police was illegal betting. Street bookies were thriving as men wagered what little cash they had. Sheffield City Force launched a very different kind of street crime initiative. It was aimed at the warring gangs infesting the mean streets of what is now the Home Secretary’s Brightside constituency. The methods employed by the city police can only be described as brute force and ignorance, but they produced the desired results. By the time the campaign ended, two men had been hanged, others were serving long sentences, and the gangs had been broken up.

Folk Tales, Ghost Stories & Legends          
Sheffield Indexers collection of links to Local Folk Tales, Ghost Stories and Legends including; Robin Hood, Charles Peace, Spence Broughton, Spring Heeled Jack and more.

National Archives - Convicts & Prisoners
Sources for convicts and prisoners 1100 to 1986. All those held in prison were known as prisoners, but those sentenced to penal servitude (hard labour) or transportation were known as Convicts.  Records available include; Criminal Registers, Prisons' Records, Prisoner Records, Prisoner Graves and much more.

Black Sheep Ancestors
More information on UK prison records, Outlaw and Criminal Records, Court Records and Executions.

UK Historic Serious Crime Index
An A-Z of British serious criminals and their victims compiled by Ian Waugh.

Convicts to Australia
Lists of convict ships, their passengers, conditions and much more.

Ancestry Convicts - Australia          
Search for your convict ancestors on-line with Ancestry’s comprehensive Convict Transportation Registers. An estimated 22% of present living day Australians have convict ancestors. The records cover the 90 year period from the start of convict deportation to Australia in 1788 to the arrival of the last convict fleet in 1868. Key information provided in the records includes; name, date and place of conviction, term of sentence, name of ship, departure date and colony to which they were sent. Occupation, physical description and religion may also be recorded in some instances.

Emigration, Immigration, Migration           
Sheffield Indexers extensive list of links to websites for family members who may have Emigrated, Immigrated or Migrated. Includes many links to ships passenger lists, war brides, colonialism and more.  See also additional links pertaining to The British Colonies.

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