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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.
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.
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.
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.
Government Gazette Private Notices
Items in this category commonly relate to the status of companies. You’ll find notices about:
- company registrations
- 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.
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.