So you've heard of Government Gazettes ... but just what are they, and how can they help you with your research?
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. Often produced once a week, with occasional 'Extraordinary' released, the 1845 issues were released once every four days, and each is approx. 12 pages in length.
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. You will find details on land transactions, quarter sessions and court notices, notice of acts, tenders and contracts, police auctions of stolen property, statistics, unclaimed letters, impoundments of cattle and horses, reward notices, bankruptcies, and dissolution of partnerships and much more ... There is a huge 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. For those with convict ancestors, if you had a convict in New South Wales during 1845, this really is a must!!
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 8 October 1845 issue: [please note this is a small portion of this entry]
The Tickets of Leave of the undermentioned Prisoners of the Crown have been cancelled for the reasons stated opposite their respective names.
William Butler, Surry 7, committed for trial, and absent from district; Murrurundi Bench.
Bosley William, Burrell, stealing a bag; Maitland Bench.
Cox Francis, Asia 9, harbouring felons; Maitland Bench.
Comstive William, Lady Ridley to Van Diemen's Land and Ariel to New South Wales, unable to support himself; Maitland Bench.
Dougherty William, Hooghly, absconding from his hired service, Queanbeyan Bench.
Davis Thomas, Susan 1, pilfering; Wollongong Bench.
Hanley Bridget, Margaret 2, larceny under £5; Parramatta Bench.
Molloy Patrick, Captain Cook, stealing flour; Singleton Bench.
Turvey William, Bengal Merchant 3, being insane; Queanbeyan Bench.
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.