Find your ancestors in Australian Handbook 1889, 1900, 1904

AUSTRALIAN HANDBOOK 1889, 1900, 1904

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Included in this data set of the Australian Handbook are the following:


Covering New South Wales, Northern Territory, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria, West Australia, Fiji, New Guinea and New Zealand, the Australian Handbook is a guide with all kinds of interesting unique information. Apart from a descriptive account and statistical information of each Australia colony, you will also find details on climate, education, religion, agriculture, population, societies and clubs, parliamentary and official departments, local self-government, telegraphic and postal details, police, banking, shipping, mining and land regulations, newspaper, manufacturers, emigration, as well as naval and military forces. You will also find details of the governors, consuls and ecclesiastical appointments of the time.

The Importer's Directory, which takes up over 270 pages, is a comprehensive listing of all importers, manufacturers and shippers. For this importers you will find their name address and what they import (ie. machinery, groceries, hardware, musical instruments, or sewing machines etc.). Lists manufacturers and shippers from places throughout England, Scotland, Ireland, France, Germany, the United States, and importers throughout Australia, New Zealand and Fiji.

"What can I find in this collection?"

  • Detailed maps of each Australian colony

  • Detailed map of the plan of London

  • Many maps of Australian and New Zealand railways

  • Map of the plan of Brisbane

  • Many other colour maps of various places

  • Over 150 pages of gazetteer covering each Australia state and New Zealand

  • Land regulations for each state and New Zealand

  • Historical outline and cronology of events in Australian history

  • Extensive New Zealand coverage throughout, including the gazetteer, maps and other historical and reference content

  • Hundreds of advertisements


This handbook covers the whole Australian region. It is mainly concerned with giving an oversight of each Australian colony and is aimed more at the commercial sector. It has very useful potted histories and maps of each colony as seen in the perspective of 1900.

It contains extensive details of timetables and statistics including:
  • Steaming Time - Australian Coast

  • Police Courts 

  • Public Holidays in England

  • Taxes

  • Mohammedan Calendar

  • Sea Distances

  • Newspapers for Colonies as published in London

  • Population of Great Britain

  • Railway Distances

  • Comparative statistic of the Australasian Colonies for 1897 and 1898


This year contains 1012 pages packed with all kinds of useful and interesting information. The outline on the title page gives some idea of its contents and scope: "Australian Handbook (incorporating New Zealand, Fiji, and New Guinea) - Shippers, importers and professional Directory & business guide for 1904, 35th year of issue - Containing Calendar of notable events, Mail tables showing arrivals and departures of Australasian mails, British customs' tariff, postal regulations, Public amusements, public offices, members of parliament, etc., etc. Details concerning emigration to Australasia, Mining and land regulations, Telegraphic and postal arrangements between Great Britain and Australia, History, descriptive account, and statistical information of each state, New Zealand, Fiji and New Guinea, A gazetteer of the principal towns in Australia and New Zealand, Irrigation Colonial buyers' guide, Importers in Australasia, Banks, Anglo Australian companies, government debentures, Maps, Plans, etc." 

The gazetteer alone is worth the purchase price. This covers well over 3000 towns and villages throughout Australia and New Zealand in nearly 300 pages. It gives "particulars as to situation, population, means of communication, hotels, churches, trade, manufactures, etc".

Other features include:
  • Many superb maps in colour which enlarge well on screen to show much fine detail not easily read directly from the original. There are maps for each state, most capital cities, each island of New Zealand, Fiji, New Guinea, the World - and a detailed map of London of 100 years ago

  • A list of the newspapers published in Australasia, with "newspaper maps" for most states and each island of New Zealand showing .the positions of the various towns where there is a newspaper published

  • Extensive New Zealand coverage throughout, including the gazetteer, maps and other historical and reference content

  • Significant coverage of Fiji and New Guinea

  • A section on emigration with detailed information on fares, length of voyage

  • Guide to wages for various occupations in each state and NZ\

  • Guide to prices of provisions etc and much more in each state and NZ

  • Land regulations for each state and NZ

  • Historical outline and chronology of events in Australian history

  • Railway maps of each state and NZ

  • Numerous advertisements

This is a terrific genealogy resource for anyone exploring their family history or building their family tree.