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Australian Handbook 1885

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Covering New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, West Australia, Tasmania, Queensland, New Zealand, and Fiji Islands, the "Australian Handbook and Almanac and Shippers and Importers Directory for 1885", the sixteenth year of issue, is a guide with all kinds of interesting and unique information.

Apart from a descriptive account and statistical information for New Zealand and each of the Australian colonies and their towns, 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.


YAM CREEK, a postal centre and mining district, 1,854 miles N. of Adelaide. It is a station on the overland telegraph line, and is the locale whence the first finds of gold were made. Mining operations were actively carried on, and a number of Chinamen wei el at work here. Good stone has been broken out of the reefs, and as much as 111 ozs. to the ton has been yielded. There is a weekly mail to Palmerston, and a weekly mail from Yam Creek to Catherine.

The Directory and Business Guide portion of the Handbook is a comprehensive listing of importers, exporters and shippers. For the importers and exporters it lists their name, address and what they trade (breech-loading revolvers, foreign books, artificial limbs, clocks and watches, ironmongery and more) - exporters from England and Scotland and importers throughout Australia, New Zealand and Fiji.

Features of this Handbook include:

  • emigration information 'likely to be of service to intending Emigrants'
  • land regulations for each state and New Zealand
  • mining regulations for each state and New Zealand
  • Australasian ministries
  • wool statistics
  • historical outline and chronology of events in Australian history
  • obituaries of people who died between November 1883 and November 1884
  • hundreds of advertisements

This handbook gives a snapshot of the world of our ancestors in the mid 1880s.