Government Gazettes contain a vast amount of historical and genealogical information. However they are largely an untapped resource. Now
that is all changing - with the publication of the gazettes on affordable and searchable form on CD-ROM.
Tens of thousands of ordinary people and localities,
small and large, are mentioned EVERY YEAR in Government Gazettes. 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.
In the 1880s you can expect the Government Gazettes to include the following information that will usually list names and sometimes name of emigrant vessel, addresses and/or occupations:
- appointees to government positions
- appointments of magistrates and Justices of the Peace
- appointments of returning officers
- crown land leases
- deceased estates
- dissolution of business partnerships
- notices or rewards for lost or stolen property and stock
- property owners subject to compulsory land acquisition by government
- purchasers of land lodging caveats under Real Property Act
- unclaimed letters
- unclaimed property (railways)
- witnesses to executions
Example entry 5 April, 1884 issue:
In the Supreme Court of Queensland.
In the Land of Amelia Brown, late of Brisbane, in the Colony of Queensland, wife of Daniel Brown, deceased, intestate.
NOTICE is hereby given, that after the expiration of fourteen days from the publication hereof, application will be made to the
said Honourable Court, that Letters of Administration of all the land of the abovenamed Amelia Brown, deceased, who died
intestate, may be granted to Daniel Brown, of Brisbane aforesaid, master mariner, the husband of the said deceased.
Dated at Brisbane, this fourth day of April, A.D.,1884.
ANDREW JOSEPH THYNNE,
Queen street, Brisbane,
Proctor for the said Daniel Brown.
So if you've got an interest in Queensland during this period - you're bound to find something of interest.
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.