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Returns for the Compilation of the Annual Official, Financial and Statistical Reports.
Series Number:
Start Date:
01 Jan 1826
End Date:
31 Dec 1851
Tasmanian Archives
Creating Agency:
01 Jan 182531 Dec 1856
Series notes:
The papers bound in this series are the original departmental returns, office drafts and memoranda from which the "Blue Book" and the statistical tables were compiled. Since the set of duplicate "Blue Books" (CSO 50) is incomplete, they are an important source of information, which may itself be supplemented by reference to files in CSO 1, in those cases where the original returns were registered and bound in the correspondence series (e.g., CSO 1, files 14239, 14917, 16743, 17660, 16120, 16714, 17119, 17429, 17527, 17810, 17860, 18399). The completeness, form, variety and subject coverage vary from volume to volume

therefore it is possible only to indicate here in a general way the type of material available, without guaranteeing that any particular statement will be found regularly for all years. Returns commonly included are: Civil Establishment (giving name, office, date of appointment, authority of appointment, salary, allowances)



Civil and Criminal legal actions

Colonial Legislation

Population (under various categories)

Land alienation

Convict returns (under various categories)

Revenue and Expenditure

Manufactures, Produce and Stock, Mines and Fisheries

Shipping, Imports and Exports, Immigration and Emigration

Ecclesiastical, Churches, Schools

Public works. Volumes 8 (1841-44) and 10 (1842-44) include returns of a statistical nature not likely to be found elsewhere. A detailed list of the statistical returns called for in 1842 is to be found on page 85 of CSO 49/10.

These records are part of the holdings of the Tasmanian Archives