Hobart Town Gazette 1844
Hobart Town Gazette 1844. 1844. Government Gazettes in general contain a vast amount of historical and genealogical information. However they are largely an untapped resource. The few complete runs that are available are usually only found in major libraries. And even for researchers who do have access to these the sheer size and extent of the Gazettes is daunting.
Now that is all changing - with the publication of the gazettes on affordable and searchable CD-ROMs. Tens of thousands of ordinary people and localities, small and large, are mentioned EVERY YEAR in Government Gazettes But they offer researchers much more than simply names and places. They will help you reconstruct events and circumstances in the life of individuals and communities.
Information such as in the following list can often be found in most Gazettes:
land sales, government appointments, lost stock, unclaimed letters, police reports, desertions, ships arrivals, insolvency notices, permits, licences, even petitions (with names) and trademark applications... and the list could go on and on.
As well as the those features listed above, unique to the Hobart Gazette is an immense wealth of information specific to the convicts that were sent to Tasmania. You will find not only Wanted and Reward notices for many who absconded, which include physical descriptions of the person; but also hundreds of listings of convict marriages; as well as listings of convicts together with the ship they arrived on, and the date they are due to receive their 'Certificate of Freedom'.
"I'm totally in awe of the potential of the Government Gazette project ... the accessibility, ease of use ... having done the hard slog through many original volumes" - Greg Slattery, South Australian historian.
The Archive CD Books Project exists to make reproductions of old books, documents and maps available on CD to genealogists and historians, and to cooperate with local libraries, museums and record offices in providing money to renovate old books in their collection, and to donate books to their collections, where they will be preserved for future generations.