Blue Books are summaries of governmental activities and contain many statistical records determined by the activities of the government and the economy - making them a wonderful genealogy resource! Given the lack of census records in Australia, these publications can often provide useful information about government employees.

These records contain six different data sets of Blue Books: 1871-1889, 1891-1895, 1898, 1900, 1901, 1905.

People are named within their categories or government departments as follows:

  • Legislative Council
  • Government employees in alphabetical order
  • Governor's staff
  • Colonial Secretary's staff
  • Executive Council staff
  • Staff listed by government department
  • Return of officers giving security for due discharge of duties
  • Consuls
  • Clergy
  • School head teachers and attendance officers

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