So you've heard of Government Gazettes ... but just what are they, and how
can they help you with your research? Government Gazettes, which were generally
issued weekly, contain an enormous about of fascinating information, both
historical and genealogical.
Until recently they have been largely an untapped resource,
partly due to accessibility, as you would only find reasonable collections of
the Government Gazettes in major libraries or societies, and partly due to the
sheer size of the volumes themselves, and lack of indexes. Now with the
publication of the gazettes on CD-ROM, everyone has access this amazing
This early volume of the New South Wales Government Gazette contains
important social and genealogical information for those who had ancestors in the
region during this period.
While not as comprehensive as later years of the NSW Government Gazette, the
information contained is still invaluable:
- tenders notices
- population statistics
- impoundments of horses and cattle
- land for sale
- auction notices
- changes in the police force (promotions, demotions, deceased, resigned
- notice of new public buildings to be built or repaired
- Female Factory statistics
- convict absconders, apprehensions, ticket-of-leave granted,
ticket-of-leave cancelled, certificates of freedom granted
Example entry taken from the 1 January 1834 issue [the below in
a excerpt only, as it goes on for several pages]:
Principal Superintendent of Convicts' Office, Sydney, 30th December, 1833
The undermentioned Prisoners having absconded from the Individuals and
Employments set against their Names respectively, and some of them being at
large with stolen Certificated, and Tickets of Leave, all Constables and others
are hereby required and commanded to use their upmost exertion in apprehending
and lodging them in safe custody:
Shanahan John, Java, 33-2960, 20, Kinsale, Stable Man, 5 feet 6, ruddy comp,
brown hair, blue eyes, scare over right eyebrow, three warts back of right hand,
large scar of each shin, from Robert Tibbey, since 24th Dec.
West Nathaniel, Camden (1), 31-944, 24, Herts, Carter, 5 feet 4 1/2, dark ruddy
comp, brown hair, brown eyes, from Lieut. Wild, since 19th Dec.
Garratt John, John, 27-2631, 28 Stafford, Potter, 5 feet 4 1/2, fair freckled
comp, dark to grey hair, hazel eyes, nose slightly inclining to left, from Mr.
Buckland, since 22nd Dec.
Containing scanned images of the whole year's worth of issue, these are made
fully-searchable, which then allows you to easily find information on the tens
of thousands of ordinary people and localities, small and large, which are
mentioned in Government Gazettes.
For those with convict ancestors, if you had a convict in New South Wales
during 1834, this really is a must!!
Originally produced by Archive CD Books Australia in 2006, this title has now been remastered and re-released, and includes better searching capability. This CD contains high quality scanned images of the whole of the original book, and has been bookmarked for easy navigation. Pages can be searched, browsed, enlarged and printed out if required.