So you've heard of Government Gazettes ... but do you really know what they are? In short the Government Gazettes were weekly newspapers (although there were extra issues produced as well from time to time), that contain fascinating information, both historical and genealogical.
Information such as land transactions, legal notices, insolvency and bankrupt notices, ecclesiastical and next of kin notices, impoundments, private notices, patent applications, absconders and deserters, as well as missing people, shipping and emigration notices, partnerships, licences, contracts, government institutions and positions, statistics and much more. So if you've got an interest in Victoria during this period - you're bound to find something of interest.
Government Gazettes are a much underused source, partly because of their availability (you would usually only find them in select archives offices or libraries), and partly because people don't know about them. Now that Archive CD Books Australia has started releasing them on CD-ROM, everyone has access to this amazing resource.
This CD-ROM contains all issues that were release in Victoria for the year 1864.
To Architects - 12 January 1864
A Commission, composed of Members of the Parliament of Queensland, having been appointed for the purpose of determining on plans for New Houses of Parliament proposed to be erected in Brisbane, Architects are hereby invited to furnish Complete Designs for suitable buildings, the estimates cost of which shall not exceed Twenty thousand pounds.
A premium of Two hundred pounds will be awarded for the most approved design, and One hundred pounds for the second best, furnished according to the condition therein referred to, such designed becoming the property of the Government.
Designs to be sent in on or before the 31st day of March, 1864, under cover, to the undersigned, from who a plan and levels of the site, a printed form of conditions of the competition, and all necessary information may be obtains, on application in writing.
Lewis A. Bernays
Clerk of the Legislative Assembly,
Acting as Secretary to the Commission.
Brisbane, Queensland, 14th December, 1863.
Insolvencies - 12 January 1864 [partial extract only]
Return of Melbourne Insolvencies during the week ending the 9th day of January, 1864:-
Dates, names, trades, addresses, and official assignees.
22 December, 1863
John Lucas, shoemaker, Eumeralla, Shaw
James Higgins, engine driver, Williamstown, Jacomb
John Joseph O'Callaghan, publican, Melbourne, Moore
William Crossley, timber merchant, Melbourne, Goodman
Thomas Gracie, grocer, Melbourne, Courtney
Charles John Porter Thompson, commission agent at sharebroker, Sandhurst, Jacomb
John Grinton, poulterer, Melbourne, Moore
Madeline Beckam, spinster, Fitz Roy, Moore
Dennis Hennessy, miner, Daylesford, Dhaw
John Wood Beilby, squatter, Dandenong, Moore
John Henry Coull, shopkeeper, Melbourne, Courtney
James Mallett, farmer, Portland, Shaw
Originally produced by Archive CD Books Australia in 2006, this title has now been remastered and re-released, and includes better searching capability. This CD contains high quality scanned images of the whole of the original issues for this year. They have been bookmarked for easy navigation, and pages can be searched, browsed, enlarged and printed out if required.