What is a Government Gazette?
This was an official publication of all Government notices, including the operation dates of Acts of Parliament. Once the notice in the Gazette is published, the public is deemed to have notice of it.
What will I find in a New South Wales Government Gazette?
Tens of thousands of ordinary people and localities, small and large, are mentioned every year in Government Gazettes. The issues released in 1841 were approx. all 15-20 pages in length and released every four days. You will find details on land transactions, court notices, notice of acts, tenders contracts, police auctions of stolen property, statistics, unclaimed letters and much more ... There is a large amount of information (which include physical descriptions) relating to convicts - absconders, those who were granted ticket-of-leave, certificates-of-freedom, deserters, apprehensions and more.
How can this information help me?
Government Gazettes contain a vast amount of historical and genealogical information. Now that they are on CD you can search for any number of names or places easily. But they offer researchers much more than simply names and places. They will help you reconstruct events and circumstances in the life of individuals and communities.
Example entry taken from the 9 November 1841 issue:
Police Officer, Newcastle, 30th October, 1841.
The undermentioned property, taken from Bushrangers and other persons, and now in the possession of the Police, will be sold by Public Auction, on Wednesday, 1st of December next, if not claimed on or before that day, viz:-
One silver watch, A.J.M. and Nos. 214 and 7395 inside the case
One silver hunting watch, engine turned, maker, Muckarsie, London, No. 580
Two cedar logs
Two snaffle bridles
One black coat
One great coat
One pair fustian trousers
One pair flannel drawers
One cabbage-tree hat
One black hat
One pair shoes
One duck frock
Four silver shoe buckles.
- Jesse Hannell, Chief Constable
High quality scanned images of the whole years worth of issues. This CD has been bookmarked for easy navigation, and pages can be searched, browsed, enlarged and printed out if required.