Queensland Government Gazette 1894
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Media: DATA CD - 1 CD (2991 pages)
Year: (1894) 2009
Publisher: Archive Digital Books Australasia
Government gazettes for a particular locality eventually become standardised with the type of material listed. In the 1890s you can expect the Government Gazettes to include the following information that will usually list names and sometimes name of emigrant vessel, addresses and/or occupations:
- appointees to government positions
- appointments of magistrates and Justices of the Peace
- appointments of returning officers
- crown land leases
- deceased estates
- dissolution of business partnerships
- notices or rewards for lost or stolen property and stock
- property owners subject to compulsory land acquisition by government
- purchasers of land lodging caveats under Real Property Act
- unclaimed letters
- unclaimed property (railways)
- witnesses to executions
SAMPLE ENTRY (from the 10 February 1894 issue):
Colonial Secretary's Office, Brisbane, 6th September, 1893.
HIS Excellency the Governor, with the advice of the Executive Council, has been pleased to direct that a reward of £100 to be paid to the person who may give such information as will lead to the conviction of the person of persons who, on the night of the 31st of August, 1893, set fire to the Naryileo Woolshed, and that a Free Pardon be granted to anyone concerned in the crime, not being the principal offender, who may give such information.
Gazettes are published by governments and their agencies as a means of communication to officials and the general public. As such they are useful, not only to monitor the actions of the government, but also as far as family historians are concerned, they are valuable primary source documents.
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