New South Wales Government Gazette 1836
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Media: DATA CD - 1 CD (993 pages)
Year: (1836) 2006
Publisher: Archive Digital Books Australasia
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. Generally produced once a week, with occasional 'Extraordinary' released, the 1836 issues were approx. 20 pages in length.
What will I find in a New South Wales Government Gazette?
Tens of thousands of ordinary people and localities, small and large, are mentioned every year in Government Gazettes. 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, much more ... There is a huge amount of information (which include physical descriptions) relating to convicts - absconders, those who were granted ticket-of-leave, certificates-of-freedom, deserters, apprehensions and more.
A unique feature of this years worth of issues, is that is includes lists of all male convicts arriving in New South Wales month-by-month, together with name, convict number, ship, occupation, and often who they're assigned to, and where. For those with convict ancestors, if you had convicts in New South Wales during 1836, this really is a must!!
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.
SAMPLE ENTRY (from the 10 February 1836 issue):
Colonial Secretary's Office,
Sydney, 9th February, 1836
It is intended that the Female Emigrants arrived by the ship 'James Pattison' shall be landed on Thursday, the 11th instant, and lodged in the Premises provided for them. Persons desirous of engaging them are requested to make application to the Committee at Government House. Individuals not know to the Committee will be required to produce testimonials of character.
By His Excellency's Command,
This product provides a great tool for researching New South Wales history, making information that is difficult to find easily accessible on one CD.
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