Commonwealth Government Gazette on Trove
Trove has a wonderful new addition. Almost 60 years of the Commonwealth of Australia Government Gazette is now freely available online and fully text searchable for the first time.
Two Commonwealth agencies have worked in partnership to bring this wonderful resource to you: the Office of Parliamentary Counsel (OPC), which supplied the content; and the National Library of Australia, which digitised and made these important public records machine-readable so that they will live on into the future through Trove. Users can correct, tag and annotate the contents just as they can with digitised newspaper articles.
Each Gazette documents the day-to-day business of governing and administering the Commonwealth. Usually published weekly, they were the principal source of public information on current legislation, and contained notices required by law on decisions made by the various departments and courts.
The subject matter of the Gazette ranges across all kinds of services and authorities, including defence, postal and telegraphic services, taxation and other forms of revenue, immigration, citizenship, trade and foreign affairs, national infrastructure and many others.
Family historians will find the names, dates, citations, as well as geographical and other kinds of information in these notices immensely useful, especially for details that are not easily available anywhere else, if at all.
Certificates of naturalisation were usually published in the notices section. Researchers can now find this information much more easily, and use it in combination with personal data from other sources, such as immigration records, electoral rolls, and births, deaths and marriages records, to build up a detailed picture of somebody’s life.