NSW Government Gazette
1 November 2016
This month’s Trove highlight is the New South Wales Government Gazette. The lives of thousands of ordinary people are mentioned in every issue, making it a valuable source when researching Australia’s history.
Exploring the NSW Government Gazette in Trove will take you on a journey from 1832 to 2001.
The NSW Government Gazette, which includes parts of what is now Queensland and Victoria until the 1850s, provides great insight into how the early settlers built the colony through categories like tenders.
One tender that piqued my interest was seeking a supplier of ‘about’ 4,000 pairs of shoes! Hopefully, they ended up with an even number.
For the family historian
The NSW Government Gazette contains a wealth of information for family historians. It contains notices about:
- Convicts-assigned, escaped and freed
- Government, teachers or police position employment notices
- Businesses founded, bankrupted, bought and sold, extended and closed
- Wills, including assets passed and held, probate notices
- Professional registers, for example, from architects to medical practitioners and nurses
- Criminals and bushrangers–reward notices and crimes
The most lucrative reward notice in the NSW Government Gazette is for Ben Hall and his gang: £1,000 for his apprehension, and another £100 for information on who was harbouring, assisting or maintaining him!
Contrast this to the £25, or conditional pardon, for George White, the Postman between Queanbeyan and Bungonia, who ‘left the Hyland’s Inn for Bungendore with the mail, and has not been heard of’. I was not able to find out what happened to Postman White. Perhaps an intrepid Trove explorer could find out and let us know.
Search your suburb or town
One of the more popular searches has been for suburbs and towns. Find out more about the history of your local area, but make sure you try different spellings. There are, for instance, at least four options to search for if you’re interested in Muswellbrook (Muselbrook, Musclebrook, Musselbrook and Muswelbrook).
New South Wales Government Gazette (Sydney, NSW : 1832 - 1900), Friday 21 March 1884 (No.134), page 1969. http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article223768732
But that’s not all….
The NSW Government Gazette also contains:
- Taxation information
- Import and export records
- Health population figures and census results
- Unclaimed letters, including name and address details
- Money held and revenue raised by banks and government
- Changes to local districts
- Notices about land – releases, tenders, sales, rentals and occupational leases
- Mining leases
- Timber licenses
- Stock brands, including registered name and address
- Ration notices
- Tenders for supplying and providing services to the colony
- Building of roads
- Railway timetables
- Legislating immigration policies, reflecting the need for particular skills in the early years of the colony
Should you ever need to find out about deserting seamen, carriage by-laws, proclamations from the King or Queen, the history of ferry runs, or postage rates to the rest of the world in 1854, you will find it all the NSW Government Gazette!
Tell us what you find
The Trove team would be delighted to learn about your discoveries in the NSW Government Gazette. Let us know in this comments section below this blog or contact us.
About the digitisation project
The digitisation of the NSW Government Gazette was generously supported by the State Library of New South Wales. Over 1 million items were digitised over 8 months by the National Library of Australia.