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A List of Gentlemen in the NSW Government Gazette

From a list of runaway convicts to gentlemen appointed to the commission of the peace, the NSW Government Gazette has long published a variety of registers and lists of NSW people. Many are to do with the medical field with lists of chemists, optometrists, nurses, dentists and medical practitioners appearing over many years.

On the 3rd March 1868 the Gazette  lists over 400 doctors who have been registered under the provisions of the Act of Parliament of New South Wales, 2nd Vic., No. 22. The early colonial medical practitioner, convict and politician Dr William Bland appears in this register in the last year of his life. Dr Bland is the subject of the earliest surviving photograph in Australia, which is held here at the Library.  

Dr William Bland

[Dr William Bland, ca. 1845 - portrait]


Other notable doctors listed are Dr Arthur Martin A'Beckett who was a  member of the Legislative Council of New South Wales and Dr Francis Campbell, medical superintendent of the Tarban Creek Lunatic Asylum.

The Sheriff’s Office put in a notice on Wednesday 2nd October 1833 naming those who were Assessors for the service of the Civil Side of the Supreme Court. There are many notable Australians on this list, including Alexander Brodie Spark who was a successful merchant and first owner of ‘Tusculum’ in Potts Point which was designed by colonial architect John Verge and still stands today. Charles Windeyer journalist, magistrate and Sydney’s first mayor and Frederick Augustus Hely, principal superintendent of convicts and acting superintendent of police.


Tusculum, Macleay St., taken between 1860-1870 / carte de visite by unknown photographer

Lists of convicts who had absconded and those runaways apprehended, were also published in the Gazette as were notices outlining the rewards. Rewards started at 10 shillings and increased due to various reasons; if the runaway was from an iron gang or had committed any ‘felonious offence’. On the 26th April 1844 the Gazette reported on the break out of five individuals who escaped in irons from the Convict Hospital in Newcastle and then seized the cutter “Brothers” which was in Newcastle Harbour at the time. They appear in the Maitland Quarter Sessions in July that year so their freedom appeared short lived.

Other registers and lists are:

List of successful candidates, Public Service Examination

List of electrical contractors

List of surveyors

Seniority list of officers, Public Works Department

The pharmaceutical register of New South Wales