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 South Australian
Tens of thousands of ordinary people and localities, small and large, are
mentioned every year in Government Gazettes. The issues released in 1848 range
from 5-15 pages in length and were released once a week, with occasional special
issues. You will find details on proclamations, land transactions, court
notices, notice of acts, tenders contracts, appointments and resignations,
bankrupt and insolvency notices, impoundments, police auctions, unclaimed
letters, storekeepers and publicans licences, rewards on offer, inquest verdicts
and much 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 1 June 1848 issue:
Declarations of Insolvency
I, Edward Charles Webb, formerly off North Adelaide, in the Province of South
Australia, Merchant's Clerk, then of Rundle-street, Adelaide, in the said
Province, Draper, and now of Hindley-street, Adelaide, aforesaid, Draper, do
hereby declare that I am insolvent, and unable to meet my engagements.
Dated this 25th day of May, in the year of our Lord 1848.
Edw. C. Webb
High quality scanned images of the whole year's worth of issues. This CD has been bookmarked for easy navigation, and pages can be searched, browsed, enlarged and printed out if required.