In each annual volume of government gazettes, you will find information on tens
of thousands of ordinary people and places, small and large. With over 1200
pages in this year's issues, you will find details on land transactions, court
notices, notice of acts, tenders and contracts, dissolutions of partnerships,
local government meetings, criminal activity (names, dates and if apprehended),
statistics, unclaimed letters, reward notices, impoundments of cattle and
horses, insolvent and bankruptcy notices, police auctions of stolen property,
and much more.
Some features of this year’s issues are:
- details of unpaid wages up to the end of June 1856, which includes who to,
how much, and what for
- lists of councillors from various local governments
- unclaimed letters - tens of thousands of South Australian residents
- details of criminals, together with their names, dates, criminal activity
and if apprehended at the time of publication
- intestate estates, which give details of name, address (colonial
residence), address (British or previous residence), moneys received
- an appendix includes the whole of the "Merchant Ship Act", which includes
all the laws relating to ships, deserters and more
Example entry taken from the 28 February 1856 issue:
District of Talunga
Notice is hereby given, that a Public Meeting of the Ratepayers of the above
district, will be held on Monday, March 3rd, next, at Scupin's Hotel, Blumberg,
for the purpose of electing four persons to serve as Councillors for the
ensuring year, in place of those retiring. The election to commence at ten
a.m. and close at four p.m. Also, to appoint two Auditors, in the place of
David Shannon, Esq., and William Kearney, Esq.
By order of the Board,
Charles Hale, Clerk.
Blumberg, February 11, 1856
A vast resource, now readily available in an easy-to-use format on searchable
CD. This is a valuable tool for anyone researching South Australia and its
people in the mid 1800s.
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.