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. Generally produced once a
week, with occasional 'Extraordinary' released, the length of the issues varies,
but with 4200 pages for the whole year's worth of issues, that averages out to
approx. 80 pages per issue.
What will I find in a Queensland Government Gazette?
Tens of thousands of ordinary people and localities, small and large, are
mentioned every year in Government Gazettes. In over 4200 pages of this year's
Gazette, you will find details on land transactions, court notices, notice of
acts, tenders and contracts, police auctions of stolen property, statistics,
unclaimed letters, impoundments of cattle and horses, reward notices, licence
applications and approvals, bankruptcy, dissolution of business partnerships,
and much more!
How can this information help me?
Now that the Government Gazettes are on CD you can search for any name or place
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. Listing the names of people, together often with either a
residence or occupation, this is useful for any historian, as it helps to
reconstruct events that happened over 120 years ago.
This product provides a great tool for researching Queensland's history,
making information that is difficult to find easily accessible on one CD.
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.