What New South Wales gazettes can you find online?


The current NSW Government Gazette is managed by the NSW Parliamentary Counsel's Office and is available online from February 2001.


Before Victoria separated from New South Wales in 1851 government notices, regulations, forms and orders relating to the Port Phillip District were published initially in the New South Wales Government Gazette

The State Library of Victoria has online images of every page of the New South Wales Government Gazette 1836 - 1851 (provided from the collection of the State Library of New South Wales)

The historical gazette, the Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser, can be read online at Trove. It covers dates from 1803 to 1842. 

Some historical gazettes from 1901 onwards are now available via Trove, courtesy of the State Library of NSW.

Where can you find NSW Government Gazettes in print?

Use the Australian Government Publications Guide, GovPubs, to help locate New South Wales gazettes in Australian libraries.

  • Select the link which shows the date you need
  • Select the link for the library you are using ('NLA' for the National Library of Australia)
  • Use the 'Amicus Number' or call number from this record to find it in the Catalogue.

Older gazettes may be available on microfilm. For preservation reasons, access to microform copies is preferred to print unless absolutely necessary. You can view these in the Newspapers and Family History zone.

Case Study

Railway employment records

My grandfather, Charles Ling, worked on the railways as a cook in about 1910, around Glenbrook NSW. Would there be any information about this?

Details of New South Wales Railway Employees are found in the Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales in triennial lists eg, 1909,1912, 1915, 1918. As we know an approximate date of your grandfather's employment on the railways, we can look up the employment lists in the gazette.

  • Find the gazettes for 1901 to 1913 on microform in the National Library
  • The index is on the same reel with the gazette; find the pages for Railways in the June 1909 lists
  • Scan the lists to find his name, where he worked, type of job and wages.

We can also check the 1912 and 1915 gazettes for later entries showing Charles Ling.

Gazette pages can be saved or printed out using the microform readers and computers in the Newspapers and Family History zone.