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Navigating Government Gazettes

Navigating Government Gazettes
Tips on finding information in Trove’s Government Gazettes zone
11 October 2018

While Trove’s Government Gazettes zone looks and feels like the newspaper zone, there are some key differences when searching the categories.


Dividing digitised pages into categories is something Trove newspaper users will be very familiar with. For instance, when you are searching newspapers and looking for your great grandparents’ wedding narrow your search by selecting Family Notices from the search filters on the left-hand side of the results page. Don’t want to be bothered with advertising when you’re searching for stories about escaping monkeys? Select Article.

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Just like the newspapers, the 3,456,698 pages of Government Gazettes have been grouped into categories. Categories are ways of describing and grouping items. Sometimes these categories come from the newspaper or gazette themselves, like Advertisements. Sometimes however, it’s not clear, as the publications themselves do not name them. We want you to be able to find your needle in the giant haystack of digitised data so our team have analysed Gazette items and put them into categories.

Here’s what you’ll find.

Government Gazette Appointments and Employment

This category includes:

  • All appointments, not just those to a government position
  • Retirements, resignations, transfers and registration lists
  • Employment terminations

On 19 January 1940 the employment of sixteen women as teachers was terminated thanks to section 3 of the Married Women (Lecturers and Teachers) Act.

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TERMINATION OF SERVICES. (1940, January 19). Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales (Sydney, NSW : 1901 - 2001), p. 266. http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article225079144

Proclamations and Legislation

This category includes official announcements dealing with matters of public importance and the existence and implementation of legislation. In this category you can find the proclaimation of the existence of a nation and determine the price of bread during wartime.

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A PROCLAMATION. (1901, January 1). Commonwealth of Australia Gazette (National : 1901 - 1973), p. 1, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article232126218

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ORDER No. 224. (1918, January 10). Commonwealth of Australia Gazette (National : 1901 - 1973), p. 13, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article232463159

Government Gazette Tenders and Contracts

Governments often need to buy and build things. Tenders and contracts are where you can find all sorts of information about how our nation was built. Shoes for instance. Convicts are going to need them. The Government needs to buy them. Here’s how they do so.

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Government Gazette Tenders and Contracts (1832, March 7). New South Wales Government Gazette (Sydney, NSW : 1832 - 1900), p. 4, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article230388110

Government Gazette Private Notices

Items in this category commonly relate to the status of companies. You’ll find notices about:

  • company registrations
  • liquidation
  • bankruptcy
  • equity
  • insolvency 
  • and probate. 

It will also include things like Government Printer’s lists of receipts and impounding.

Government Gazette Index and Contents

This category includes two types of articles:

  • Government Gazette Cumulative index pages
  • Issue level contents lists, describing contents of Government Gazette issues

Articles within these Index issues are based on single index pages. One index page is equal to one article unless an index entry continues across multiple pages.

Government Gazette Budgetary Papers

Want to know how much money the government had and what the government spent it on? Here’s where you look. This category represents a significant proportion of gazette content.

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STATEMENT (N).—NEW REVENUE. (1902, July 18). Commonwealth of Australia Gazette (National : 1901 - 1973), p. 350, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article232346424

Government Gazette Freedom of Information

All NSW agencies, subject to the Freedom of Information Act 1989, are required to publish in the Freedom of Information government gazette, an up-to-date Summary of affairs. That’s what you’ll find here.

Government Gazette Notices

When establishing Government Gazettes on Trove, deciding which category items should be assigned to had its challenges. There were often government notifications which did not readily fit into one of the other categories. Here you’ll find corrections to notifications, information about the formation of committees, implementation of legislation and service announcements.