Australian Government and Police Gazettes

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Australians are fortunate in being able to access government and police gazettes for their family history research. We can find out so much about our ancestors, no matter what their occupation or lawfulness.

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Australian Government and Police Gazettes

  1. 1. Australian Government and Police Gazettes Carole Riley Queensland Expo – Cairns 24-25 June 2011
  2. 2. Government Gazettes• Issued weekly as newspapers• Indexed and bound yearly/quarterly/bi- monthly © Carole Riley 2011 2
  3. 3. Government Gazettes © Carole Riley 2011 3
  4. 4. Government Gazettes• Laws and regulations• Land transactions• Public service employees• Public works tenders• Unclaimed mail• Convicts• Livestock brands• Court notices – probate, insolvencies• Licensed sellers of liquor, wine and tobacco• Licenses for use of poisons• Petitions © Carole Riley 2011 4
  5. 5. Government GazettesIf your ancestor :• leased, purchased, forfeited land• worked for the government• tendered for public works• died• went bankrupt or insolvent• had unclaimed mail• was a convict• was assigned a convict• had a livestock brand• had a license to run a pub, sell liquor, cut timber• signed a petition…he/she should be in here © Carole Riley 2011 5
  6. 6. Government Gazettes• New South Wales - 1832• Tasmania - 1825• Victoria - 1836 (NSW) 1843 (Port Phillip)• Queensland - 1859• South Australia - 1839• Western Australia - 1836• Northern Territory - 1927• Commonwealth - 1901All still published today © Carole Riley 2011 6
  7. 7. Justices of the Peace QLD Government Gazette 1876 p43 © Carole Riley 2011 7
  8. 8. Justices of the Peace QLD Government Gazette 1876 p43 © Carole Riley 2011 8
  9. 9. Medical Practitioners © Carole Riley 2011 QLD Government Gazette 176 p30 9
  10. 10. Unclaimed letters © Carole Riley 2011 10 QLD Government Gazette 1887 p1367
  11. 11. Unclaimed letters © Carole Riley 2011 11 QLD Government Gazette 1887 p1367
  12. 12. Unclaimed letters © Carole Riley 2011 12 QLD Government Gazette 1876 p83
  13. 13. Unclaimed letters• C Colonial• OC Official Colonial• ET Colonial Telegram• O Dead Letter• S New South Wales• M Victoria• A South Australia• T Tasmania• NZ New Zealand• WA Western Australia• UK United Kingdom• F Foreign © Carole Riley 2011 13 QLD Government Gazette 1876 p83
  14. 14. Business partnership Former partners Type of business Former name of business Remaining partners New business name QLD Government Gazette 1876 p96 © Carole Riley 2011 14
  15. 15. Applications QLD Government Gazette 1876 p96 © Carole Riley 2011 15
  16. 16. ConvictsNSW Government Gazette 1847 p1147 NSW Government Gazette 1832 p14 © Carole Riley 2011 16
  17. 17. Brands© Carole Riley 2011 QLD Government Gazette 1876 p99 17
  18. 18. Appointments © Carole Riley 2011 QLD Government Gazette 1876 p103 18
  19. 19. Forfeited leases © Carole Riley 2011 QLD Government Gazette 1876 p105 19
  20. 20. Census Regulations © Carole Riley 2011 QLD Government Gazette 1876 p407 20
  21. 21. Publicans’ Licenses © Carole Riley 2011 NSW Government Gazette 1871 p166 21
  22. 22. Timber licenses © Carole Riley 2011 QLD Government Gazette 1876 p407 22
  23. 23. Insolvency Insolvent Official Trustee © Carole Riley 2011 QLD Government Gazette 1876 p95 23
  24. 24. Probate Deceased’s name, Residence, Occupation Executor’s name, Residence, Occupation© Carole Riley 2011 QLD Government Gazette 1876 p95 24
  25. 25. © Carole Riley 2011 QLD Police Gazette 1876 25
  26. 26. Police Gazettes• New South Wales – 1862-1982• Tasmania – 1861-1933• Victoria – 1853-1994• Queensland – 1864-1982• South Australia – 1862-present• Western Australia – 1876-present• Northern Territory – 1900-present restricted• Commonwealth - 1 January 1901 – sdf © Carole Riley 2011 26
  27. 27. Police Gazettes• Warrants for arrest and details of crimes• Arrests, convictions, discharged prisoners• Property stolen and recovered• Stolen cattle and horses, including brands• Escaped prisoners, ship’s deserters• Missing friends• Deaths reported to police• Police appointments, instructions, lists• Magistrates, Justices of the Peace• Licensed sellers of liquor, wine and tobacco © Carole Riley 2011 27
  28. 28. Police Gazettes• Some lists reproduced from Government Gazettes for information of police, eg – Magistrates – Medical Practitioners – Licenses• Warrants where person believed to have been coming to this colony from another © Carole Riley 2011 QLD Police Gazette 1938 p71 28
  29. 29. Police Gazettes• Your ancestor could have been – Criminal, or wanted for questioning – Known associate – Victim of theft or other crime – Deserted wife – Reported missing, or found – Reported dead – Police, magistrate, J.P., medical practitioner – Licenses for liquor sellers, wine sellers, tobacco sellers, victuallers, billiards, bagatelle, use of poisons, hawkers, auctioneers © Carole Riley 2011 29
  30. 30. Licenses© Carole Riley 2011 QLD Police Gazette 1876 p2 30
  31. 31. Criminal Acts © Carole Riley 2011 QLD Police Gazette 1876 p11 31
  32. 32. Criminal Acts © Carole Riley 2011 QLD Police Gazette 1876 p11 32
  33. 33. Criminal Acts © Carole Riley 2011 QLD Police Gazette 1938 p75 33
  34. 34. Wife deserter QLD Police Gazette 1876 p13 NSW Police Gazette 1876 p263 © Carole Riley 2011 34
  35. 35. Missing Friend © Carole Riley 2011 QLD Police Gazette 1876 p15 35
  36. 36. Missing Friend QLD Police Gazette 1938 p75 © Carole Riley 2011 36
  37. 37. Return of Prisoners © Carole Riley 2011 QLD Police Gazette 1876 p2 37
  38. 38. Return of Prisoners © Carole Riley 2011 QLD Police Gazette 1876 p17 38
  39. 39. Deaths reported to police © Carole Riley 2011 QLD Police Gazette 1876 p2 39
  40. 40. Deaths reported to police © Carole Riley 2011 QLD Police Gazette 1876 p2 40
  41. 41. Police appointments © Carole Riley 2011 QLD Police Gazette 1876 p25 41
  42. 42. Police appointments © Carole Riley 2011 QLD Police Gazette 1876 p37 42
  43. 43. Police Gazette Supplements QLD Police Gazette 1906 p27 © Carole Riley 2011 43
  44. 44. Licenses © Carole Riley 2011 QLD Police Gazette 1876 p2 44
  45. 45. © Carole Riley 2011 45 NSW Police Gazette Supplement 1938 pp1,9
  46. 46. Where to find Government Gazettes• Archive Digital Books Australia CDs – Available to buy – Some libraries and societies have them• FindMyPast.au• Most States have recent ones online• Some States have all online• State Libraries © Carole Riley 2011 QLD Police Gazette 1876 p2 46
  47. 47. Where to find Police Gazettes• Archive Digital Books Australia CDs – Available to buy – Some libraries and societies have them• FindMyPast.au• Recent years restricted• Some States online• State Libraries, Police Museums © Carole Riley 2011 QLD Police Gazette 1876 p2 47
  48. 48. Search tips• CDs – Use Surname Firstname AND Firstname Surname – Uncommon names – Surname only – Capitalise names, eg Eason• FindMyPast – Search by Name AND by Keyword• Search other colonies/states• Which colony did the area belong to?• ?Each volume has an index• Before Gazette started – search newspaper © Carole Riley 2011 QLD Police Gazette 1876 p2 48
  49. 49. Thank you! © Carole Riley 2011 49

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