Government Gazettes: Overseas

Which overseas gazettes can you find at the National Library?

The National Library of Australia mainly collects gazettes from the Asia Pacific region. The London Gazette is also available, but this can be easily accessed online. Some other gazettes held are:

  • East Timor - Jornal da república
  • Hong Kong Special Administrative Region
    • Find in the Library (1997 to the present). Also search for special supplements
    • Find online (from 1 April 2008)
  • Indian Ocean Government Gazettes - Christmas Island and Cocos (Keeling) Islands
  • New Zealand Gazette
    • Find in the Library (1862 to the present)
    • Find online (from 2000)
  • Papua New Guinea National Gazette

Case Study

Proclamations for New Zealand and South Africa

I am studying the history of the monarchy in the Commonwealth nations. How can I find proclamations issued on and after May 29, 1953, concerning the change in Royal Styles for New Zealand and South Africa? I think they should be in the government gazettes for those countries.

We can start with the dates we already have for this search. Indexes, bound with the gazettes, can be used to check dates after May 29, 1953, for any other proclamations. 

The Royal Titles Proclamation can be found in the New Zealand Gazette No.30, 29 May 1953, page 851. There are no later entries in the 1953 Gazette.

The Royal Style for New Zealand was "Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God of the United Kingdom, New Zealand and Her Other Realms and Territories Queen, Head of the Commonwealth, Defender of the Faith."

The Government Gazette for South Africa only includes weekly indexes so checking all issues for 1953 will be very time-consuming. Proclamation of the Royal Style and Titles Act can be found on page 1 of Gazette no. 5073, 29 May 1953.

From this date the Royal Style was "Her Majesty Elizabeth the Second, Queen of South Africa and Her other Realms and Territories, Head of the Commonwealth".