With this index there appears for the first time a tendency for the compilers to realise the importance of the subject entry and the cross-reference. The sub-entries also show a tendency to be much fuller and more informative than in previous indexes (CSO 3, CSO 4 or CSO 7). But as this index occupies only one volume, much of this sophistication has been at the expense of alphabetical order
the exigencies of space have, in effect, forced the compilers to be no more perfect than the initial.
The general subject areas allocated to the "Civil Branch" are reflected in the main general subject headings: Aborigines
Chief Police Magistrate
Clerical [i.e., Ecclesiastical]
Director-General of Roads
Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages
Entries under such general headings as these are likely to be repeated in one or more cross references under the individual(s) concerned.
These records are part of the holdings of the Tasmanian Archives