THESE ORIGINAL ISSUES ARE 133 YEARS OLD!!!
So you've heard of Government Gazettes ... but just what are they, and how can they help you with your research? Government Gazettes, which were generally issued weekly, contain an enormous about of fascinating information, both historical and genealogical.
The Government Gazettes are a unique, useful and extremely fascinating resource for local, family and social historians and researchers in other fields throughout Australia. They were published by the government as a means of communication to officials and the general public and therefore contain information that is of great use in establishing an image of Australia and its people in the past.
Generally issued once a week, but with the occasional 'Extraordinary Issue', these contain a massive amount of information which is useful for all historians and genealogists with an interest in the area.
The 1878 edition of the New South Wales Government Gazette contains:
- appointments to Public positions
- forfeited conditional purchases of land contains name, place, date and area size)
- lapsed conditional land purchases (purchaser name, date of purchase, district, land size, county, and parish)
- approved claims for pre-emptive leases (contains name, address, size of the land, particulars of the lease)
- horse and cattle impounding (the letters and symbols used are shown)
- quarterly list of horse and cattle brands for 1878 (shows brand, proprietors name and address, application number)
- insolvency (contains names and places)
- licences for auctioneers; timber; publicans; surveyors; even billiard and bagatelle (contains names, places, and the publicans contains the name of the Hotel too!)
- ministers registered to be a celebrant of marriage
- tenders for public works (railways, harbours and rivers, telegraphs, bridges, goals, police stations, military barracks and roads)
- unclaimed letters (contains names, and sometimes places)
- sellers of postage stamps (lists names and addresses)
- dates of public meetings (which includes Quarter Sessions Courts)
- leases for special object such as hotel, sawmill etc (object of the lease, persons name, and the place)
- application for public school (lists the suburb)
- deceased estates (lists the name of deceased, place of residence together with details of other relatives)
- transfers of volunteers in the Volunteer Army
- mail routes up for tender
- trade mark applications
A feature you'll find in these original Gazettes are the
- applications for GOLD MINING LEASES (which lists the names of hundreds of men, together with the locality, area size, date of application and lease number)
- applications for MINERAL LEASES (which lists the names, locality, area size and application number)
There are many, many thousands of people mentioned throughout these pages. Find out who was granted a licence to be an auctioneer, who's partnership was dissolved, who went bankrupt, who's letters were unclaimed, who sold postage stamps, who was granted a gold mining lease, and the various horse and cattle brands used by stock owners ... and so much more.
Read through the entries, and you get a little feeling of what life was like in New South Wales 133 years ago.
Condition: This three month section of issues come unbound as the photos show, but contains all issues (over 1200 pages, a pile about 8cm high). The spotting that you see on the title page is the worst there is, and very few other pages have any marks or damage. For being 133 years old, these issues are in incredible condition.