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. Produced once a week with numerous 'Supplementary' issues, the 1891 Government Gazette consists of over 5300 pages.
What will I find in a Victorian Government Gazette?
In this enormous Government Gazette, you will find information on tens of thousands of ordinary people and localities, small and large. 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, and much more ... even the occasional execution.
Unique feature of this years worth of issues are:
Land Tax Register and Valuations
- Patent and Trade Mark applications, approvals, rejections etc.
Vital Statistics for Melbourne and Suburbs
Register of Medical Practitioners
Estates of Deceased Persons
Public Service Lists
- Agricultural Statistics
- Roll of Merchants and Traders
- Roll of Shipowners and Seamen
- Classified Roll of State Schools
- Occupants of Crown Lands
- Victorian Railways ... and 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.
Examples entries ... taken from the 20 March 1891 issue:
The Governor, with the advice of the Executive Council, has directed that: Peter Vollans Paton, Telegraph Messenger, Post Office and Telegraph Department, be dismissed from the Public Service.
Joy Gavan Duffy,
Post Office and Telegraph Department,
General Post Office,
Melbourne, 13th March, 1891
COMPANIES ACT 1890
I hereby certify that "The Euroa Butter and Ice Factory Company Limited" has been this day registered by me, and notify that the said company is incorporated and is limited by shares.
Dated this 10th day of March, 1891
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.