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Indexes to General Correspondence, Arthur Period
Series Number:
Start Date:
01 Jan 1824
End Date:
31 Dec 1836
Tasmanian Archives
Creating Agency:
01 Jan 182531 Dec 1856
Controlled Series:
CSO1 General Correspondence.01 Jan 182431 Dec 1836
Subsequent Series:
CSO4 Index to General Correspondence.01 Nov 183631 Jan 1837
How to Use:
The second index was compiled somewhat later than that just described; it appears to have been based more upon the correspondence itself than upon the registers. It is altogether neater than the other index, the alphabeting tends to be more perfect, and the sub-entries tend to be more explicit and accurate. Each index, however, contains entries not included in the other, so that in the interests of thoroughness both must be consulted.

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Series notes:
This series contains two separate indexes (CSO 3/1-2 and CSO 3/3). The first is the index used currently by the Colonial Secretary's clerks

the great majority of its entries are personal names, usually the writer of the inward letter, and it is apparent that it was compiled from the registers, and probably as much to gain reference to that series as to the correspondence itself. Subject entries are relatively rare, but they do exist for subjects of constant recurrence: e.g., convicts, aborigines

and also for those entries in the register for which no writer is mentioned. The name of an official and/or of his office is also a favourite heading. Each entry is followed by a sub-entry explanatory of the nature of the file: this is particularly valuable in referring to a large subject to which many references are given.

These records are part of the holdings of the Tasmanian Archives
System of Arrangement:
This index is not perfectly alphabetically arranged, but a compromise with the common Nineteenth Century practice of using the initial only has been made: the entries are arranged by the initial plus the first vowel. Thus "Brown" is to be found anywhere within the pages allotted to B o, together with such names as Blore or Bott.

Index - A-L.
Index - M-Z.
A-Z (Index).