New South Wales was a very young colony in 1833, with some free settlers, as
well as British military personnel and convicts making up the population. This
directory is an important record, because few records survive that cover such an
early period of history, making it hard to find information particularly on the
It begins with a 'Sketch of the Colony', followed by a calendar for 1833, and
directions if sailing or travelling by road. The itinerary of roads is an
interesting section listing all features (houses, mills, gates, bridges,
stations, bush etc), as well as anecdotal information on some of the
individuals. This covers almost 100 pages of the book.
The 'Rules and Regulations' relating to everything from land assigned to
convicts; from county boundaries to discharged soldiers; ports and quarantine
are all covered, and make for interesting reading and learning about rules of
Parliamentarians, coroners, barristers, attorneys, surveyor-generals,
surgeons, police, ministers of religion, schools and colleges, banks and
insurance companies, auctioneers, mail coaches, exports, arrivals and departures
of vessels throughout the year (not including passengers) and more are all
listed. There is a reasonable section on the military of New South Wales and the
The Post Office Directory section covers about 100 pages, listing people
alphabetically by surname, occupation and often both home and work address. This
covers Sydney, suburbs and country regions.
A great resource listing thousands of early immigrants and pioneers in the
colony of New South Wales.
High quality scanned images of the whole of the original book. This CD has been bookmarked for easy
navigation, and pages can be searched, browsed, enlarged and printed out if required.