This official report, the 10th general report of the Colonial Land and Emigration Commissioners, will give useful insight to family and general historians of the state of the various colonies in 1850.
This covers the first 58 pages of this volume. The remaining 160 pages however is taken up with 56 appendixes covering a wide range of interests touching most of the British colonies. It is here that much fascinating material can be gleaned.
After some preliminary remarks and other general matter the report deals one by one with the following colonies:
Australian colonies, New South Wales, Van Diemen's Land, Western Australia, South Australia, New Zealand.
North American colonies.
Canada; New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Cape Breton, Prince Edward Island.
Mauritius, West Indies, Cape of Good Hope, District of Natal, Ceylon, Labuan, Falklands, Hong Kong.
A SAMPLE FROM ONE OF THE APPENDIXES
(see below for full list of appendixes)
From: Tables exhibiting the Selection and Character of Emigrants, and the Conduct of the Surgeons, &c
Name of Ship: General Hewitt
Selection and Character of Emigrants: Immigrants of good description, with the exception of some of the single females, who were of bad character; one woman deformed
Conduct of Surgeon: Surgeon kind, attentive, and skilful, but too easy and inactive.
Name of Ship: Walter Morrice.
Selection and Character of Emigrants: Nine cases of alleged ineligibility for free passages. Too many mechanics.
Conduct of Surgeon: Surgeon devoid of energy and system.
The whole 218 page volume, is searchable - names, subjects and any other words
- Early history of Port Phillip
- Bendigo or Sandhurst
- Gippsland, Walhalla and Woods Point
- Ladies and gentlemen
- Newspapers, books, railways, roads, towns and wines
- Legislature, government and commerce
- Early history
- Port Arthur
- Her present condition
- Future prospects
Appendix: "Regulations under which free-selections of land can be made in Victoria, taken from MacPhaile's Australian Squatting Directory.
David Kennedy, a member of the Kennedy Family of Scottish Vocalists, made detailed observations of the places, people and social customs of the places visited on this tour.
With his parents, four siblings, and a business manager, he toured "the Colonies" for a period of three years on a professional tour, "singing the Songs of Scotland". Their tour took them through Australia where they visited Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Tasmania, and Adelaide; to New Zealand, and through Dunedin, Invercargill, Queenstown, Christchurch, Wellington, Auckland, etc.; through the Sandwich Islands to California and thence by train through Salt Lake City to Chicago and into Canada, where they toured Toronto, Hamilton, Niagara Falls, Kingston, Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec City, the Maritimes and Newfoundland.
A great deal of time and distance is covered in this book, and the descriptions of the places and people are very good.
Truly a wealth of information is contained in this 570 page book which was originally published in 1879. The 'Men of the Time' part of this book is a listing of biographies of men of note with connections to Australia. Giving information such as their full name, date and place of birth, and a history of their occupation/s and as to why they are 'noted' now. The entries vary in length from a paragraph to a few pages. This is very valuable information. An example of part of an entry is:
BENNETT, William Christopher, was born in Ireland in 1823. He was employed as a pupil on railway surveys in Ireland from 1840 to 1845; and assistant engineer in charge of drainage works in Ireland until 1852. During the next two years he was in France and in South America, where he relieved Lieutenant Strain and his missing party at no small personal risk, for which he received thanks of the United States Government. As the end of 1854 he proceeded to New South Wales, and for ten months was assistant surveyor in the Survey department. In April 1856 he was made assistant engineer to the Commission for the Sewerage and Water Supply of Sydney. From beginning of 1857 until September he was engaged in the Railway Department ....[continues on for quite a bit more]
The second part of this book is the Dictionary of Dates. This has a listing of topics (such as Aborigines, Adelaide, Aquatic, Australian Agricultural Co., Caterpillar Plague, Charitable Institutions, Church of England, Coal etc), then under each topics there is a listing of events in date order, that have happened relating to that topic.
High quality scanned images of the whole of the original book. Information about the towns and villages within the county. Its inhabitants by name and address, together with their occupations. A wealth of information and a snapshot in time. This CD can be viewed by any computer using Adobe Acrobat Reader (version 4 or later recommended). The data on this CD is completely self-contained, and requires no installation.
This CD book has been formatted to be searchable using Adobe Acrobat Reader.
System Requirements: Windows 95, 98, 2000, NT or better, CD-ROM drive, Adobe Acrobat. Also suitable for Macintosh or Unix operating systems.
"Showing the present condition and production of some of some of its leading industries, namely, wool, wine, grain, dressed meat, etc, etc. The amounts of each produced and exported. To which is appended The rise and progress of some of the leading mercantile houses in Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide. And also a pastoral & agricultural directory of the whole of Australia."
This lovely book describes each area of Australia in detail, with its development and facilities in over 400 pages, plus over 100 pages of directory listing people in two columns, followed by lots of advertisements, many of them illustrated
This CD contains the first seven monthly issues of "The Record and Trades' Register of the United Mercantile Society of Australasia Limited". It was issued to members of the society to assist them in the conduct of their business. The society, which in 1887 "now numbers is membership in the thousands", was established to undertake operations as follows:
Debt collection for its members. Action, advice and consultation on members' business. Filing bills of sale, liens on crops and wool, stock mortgages, registering of deeds, searches for probate etc.
The record of these and other activities is contained in the pages of this journal, which was issued free to members.
Were members of your family at the time: Involved in giving or receiving a bill of sale? Declared insolvent? Involved in a giving or receiving a bill of sale? A mortgagor or mortgagee on stock or wool? A plaintiff or defendant in the small debts court? Involved in an application for probate or letters of administration - in their will or estate or as a applicant? Dissolving a partnership? A member of the United Mercantile Society of Australasia?
If so then you may find information on them here. This periodical has a wealth of information you may not have even considered before.
The main record is supplemented by further useful information: A 35 page index to the first half year ending December 1887 - covering six of the seven issues in the volume. This index is described as a "complete record of all bills of sale, stock mortgages, liens on wool, crops, insolvencies, assignments, &c, &c ... for New South Wales, and the insolvencies, partnerships dissolved &c, for Queensland and Victoria.. A special trades register covering many businesses, advertisements for some of the leading businesses, a list of vessels that sailed form Sydney during October and November 1887 with details of rig, tonnage, master, destination, agent and date.
The whole 286 page volume, including most text in the ads, is searchable, enhancing its usefulness to all users.
Arranged alphabetically apart from a special section dealing with government of Australia and each of the states.
Has approximately 1300 brief biographies of men and women of the Commonwealth. it also has a list of 'Notable Dead' at rear.
This List of Permanent Officers of the Commonwealth Public Service as on 30th June 1920 gives details of over 22,000 people employed throughout Australia. It is arranged by department, and by state where applicable.
Information given includes; Name, date of birth (full), date of first appointment (full date), office (position) appointed to, division, class or grade, salary (including rent), ddeductions for rent, district allowance, miscellaneous allowance, ddate present salary received from.
Other information included in this volume; Rates of annual salary assigned to certain positions, post office classifications, classification of telegraphists, special district allowances, comprehensive index to permanent, Commonwealth officers.
The whole 551 page volume, is searchable - names, places and any other words
The Australian Pastoral Directory 1923 list approximately 23,000 stockowners in all States of Australia. There is also a separate index for New South Wales by Station, a list of prominent stock agents in four states and various statistics and advertisements.
The listings for New South Wales and Queensland are in tabular form giving name of Owner, name of Station, postal Address, number of Cattle, number of Sheep, separate indexes of station names.
The listings for Victoria give name, address and number of sheep. The listings for the other states - South Australia, Western Australia, Tasmania and the Northern Territory give name and address of the stockowners.
Maps are included for New South Wales - showing pastures protection districts. Queensland - showing pastoral districts as used in the directory. Victoria - showing pastoral districts as used in the directory.
The whole 356 page volume, including most text in the ads, is searchable, enhancing its usefulness to all users.
Anthony Trollope, the famous English novelist whose books illuminate virtually every aspect of late nineteenth century England also wrote travel books. In 1873 he published "Australia and New Zealand" in two volumes and in 1874 the work was re-issued in four sections of which this is one.
This book includes descriptions of various places in both South Australia and Western Australia. These are quite detailed and usually start with the founding or naming of the place, and continue through their early history. A great read for all those interested in early colonial history in South Australia and Western Australia. As as added feature there are also detailed maps of both colonies included.
This CD can be viewed by any computer using Adobe Acrobat Reader (version 4 or later recommended). It has been formatted to be searchable using Abode Acrobat Reader, and the data on this CD is completely self-contained, and requires no installation
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