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 1874 issues were anything
from 20 pages through to about 40 pages in length.
What will I find in a Tasmanian Government Gazette?
Tens of thousands of ordinary people and localities, small and large, are
mentioned every year in Government Gazettes. In over 2600 pages of this year's
Gazette, you will find details on land transactions (crown land leases and
transfers), court notices, notice of acts, tenders and contracts, government
appointments, mining notices, bankruptcy, probate and administration,
dissolution of business partnerships, and much more!
Unique features in this year's issues ...
The issues released throughout 1908 contain a number of unique features not
found in every year of the Tasmanian Government Gazette. These are:
- list of Medical Practitioners residing in Tasmania
- list of Dentists residing in Tasmania
- list of Justices of the Peace
- list of Midwives
- timber leases granted
How can this information help me?
Now that the Government Gazettes are on CD you can search for any name, place or
keyword 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 100 years ago.
Example entry taken from the 7 January 1908 issue:
Register of Midwives [please
note: only a few entries transcribed here - this does go on for pages]
No. / Name / Address / How qualified / When Registered
92 / Ayres, Mary / 32 Bathurst-st., Launceston / 6. - II 1 Edward V11., 24 / May 9 1902
363 / Allen, Ida Weston / Old Beach / Certificate of British Lying-in Hospital / February 19 1906
316 / Blyth, Amy T. / St. John-street, Launceston / Certificate of Queens Victoria Hospital,
Launceston / December 23 1904
402 / Benjafield, Winifred / Hastings / Honors Certificate of Queen Victoria Hospital, 28 June, 1906 / August 5
This product provides a great tool for researching Tasmania'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.