World Archives Project: New South Wales, Australia, Government Gazettes, 1853-1899

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About this project The gazettes were published weekly and contain Government notices, including Acts of Parliament, land transactions, criminal notices,  will and probate notices, military desertions, government appointments, and missing people.  This project requires the reading of brief notices and extracting little information.  As the gazettes are typed, the reading is easy, and there are only a few fields of information to be keyed.  The project difficulty level is set at Easy.

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These documents are government notifications pertaining to a myriad of events: convicts, crimes, land, military, missing people, etc. Similar to newspaper articles, this project requires the reading of brief articles and the extraction of specific information. Only from articles with at least one name will information be extracted. If the same name occurs more than once in an article, key the name only once.

There is a variety of pages but only one project-specific form type has been created to classify all the images: Gazette Page With Names. Other images with data but no names will be marked as Cover page, Section Header, etc.

Determine the correct form type for the image by searching for names which may or may not be on the page. If the page has names and is not an index, title page, table of contents, etc., then the correct form type is Gazette Page With Names. If the page does not have have names or is an index, title page, table of contents, etc., then the correct form type is Cover page, Section Header, etc.

Keyable names include both the authors of articles/notices, usually denoted by a name in all caps at the end of the article, or individuals listed within the article.

Sometimes, especially in escaped prisoner or convict notices, known aliases will be listed. Key up to two listed aliases. If more aliases are given, only key the first two.


Project-specific sample images and form field help:

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Gazette Page With Names

Gazette Page With Names

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This form type is for all gazette pages from which names will be keyed.

Page Number

Key the Page Number usually found at the top of the page. If a page number is in Roman Numerals, key as seen. If no page number is on the image, mark the field blank.
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Publication Day

Key the Publication Day from the publication date found at the beginning of the article/notice. If there is no publication date found at the beginning of the article/notice, key the Publication Day from the date found in the page header if present.
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Publication Month

Key the Publication Month from the publication date found at the beginning of the article/notice using the provided dictionary. If there is no publication date found at the beginning of the event entry, key the Publication Month from the date found in the page header if listed.
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Publication Year

Key the Publication Year from the publication date found at the beginning of the article/notice. If there is no publication date found at the beginning of the article/notice, key the Publication Year from the date found in the page header if listed.
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Event Type

Read the entry and key the Event Type of the entry using the provided dictionary. The only possible Event Types are:

  • Bankruptcy\Insolvency Notice
  • Convict\Prisoner Notice (Including in this catagory any licence of departures, tickets of leave, descriptions, etc.)
  • Crime\Criminal Act
  • Government Appointment
  • Land Transaction\Ownership details of deceased persons
  • Military (Include in this catagory notices of desertion.)
  • Mining License
  • Missing People (Include in this catagory searches for people.)
  • Next of Kin Notice
  • Other
  • Professional Listing (Include in this catagory lists of qualified medical practitioners, etc.)
  • Unclaimed Letter
  • Will\Probate Notice (Include in this catagory Ecclesiastical Court notices.)


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Prefix

Key any titles before the Given name, such as "Dr", "Rev", "Mr" or "Mrs", using the provided drop-down list.  To activate the list, key the first letter of the prefix.  If a prefix is not on the list, key as seen.
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Given

Key the first name or initial and any middle names of the primary person to whom the record pertains using the provided drop-down list.  To activate the drop-down list, key the first letter of the name.  If a name does not appear on the list, key as seen.If the same name appears several times in the entry, key only once.
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Surname

Key the Surname using the provided drop-down list.  To activate the list, key the first letter of the surname.  If a surname is not on the list, key as seen. If the same name appears several times in the entry, key only once.
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Suffix

Key all titles, such as "Jr" or "III", following the surname of the primary person to whom the record applies using the provided drop-down list. To activate the drop-down list, key the first letter of the suffix.  If a suffix does not appear on the list, key as seen.
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Event Location

Find the Event Location, the place where the event occurred, within the event entry. Using the provided drop-down list, key the event location. To activate the drop-down list, key the first letter of the location. If a location is not on the list, key as seen.
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Alias Given

Occasionally an alternate name may be recorded for a given individual. This name may be denoted by parentheses, quotation marks, "alias", "also known as", "aka", or may be preceded by the word "nee". Key the first name or initial and any middle names using the provided drop-down list.  To activate the list, key the first letter of the name.  If a name does not appear on the list, key as seen.
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Alias Surname

Key any Alias Surname which appears. This name may be denoted by parentheses, quotation marks, "alias", "also known as", "aka", or may be preceded by the word "nee".  Key the alias surname using the provided drop-down list.  To activate the list, key the first letter of the name.  If a name does not appear on the list, key as seen.
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Gazette Page Without Names

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This form type is for all gazette pages that either do not have names or are indexes, title pages, etc., from which names will not be keyed.  Only available Header level fields will be keyed: publication date and page number.

Publication Month

Key the Publication Month in its three letter abbreviation from the publication date found at the beginning of the event entry.  If there is no publication date found at the beginning of the event entry, key the Publication Month from the date found in the page header.
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Publication Day

Key the Publication Day from the publication date found at the beginning of the event entry.  If there is no publication date found at the beginning of the event entry, key the Publication Day from the date found in the page header.
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Publication Year

Key the Publication Year from the publication date found at the beginning of the event entry.  If there is no publication date found at the beginning of the event entry, key the Publication Year from the date found in the page header.
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Page Number

Key the Page Number usually found at the top of the page.  If a page number is in Roman Numerals, key as seen.  If no page number is on the image, mark the field blank.
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