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Statistics - Australian: Statistical Register & Blue Books

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Statistical Register & Blue Books

New South Wales. State Records. Short Guide 3 Returns of the Colony, 'Blue Books' 1822-57

Miller, A.E., Checklist of nineteenth century Australian colonial statistical sources censuses, blue books and statistical registers Kensington, N.S.W. : History Project Inc. 1983

Forster, Colin and Cameron Hazlehurst.  Australian Statisticians and the development of official statistics. Yearbook of Australia 1988.  Australian Bureau of Statistics.  1988

New South Wales. Chief Secretary's Dept. Statistics of New South Wales, from 1848 to 1857 : compiled from official returns in the Colonial Secretary's office. Sydney : William Hanson, Govt. Printer, 1858. Fisher Rare Books RB 1558.25 

New South Wales Colonial Secretary. Returns of the Colony [microform]. Publisher [Sydney, N.S.W.] : Pascoe, 1983-1984.

New South Wales. Statistical register of New South Wales compiled from official returns in the Registrar General's Office. Publisher Sydney : Govt. Printer, 1859-1889. 

New South Wales. Statistician Office.  Handbook to the statistical register of the colony of New South Wales for the year 4 vols. 1885-[88] / Comp. by T.A. Coghlan. Comp. by T.A. Coghlan. 

The statistics found in the Statistical Register prior to 1862 were also published in the Blue Books. For full details of the relationship between the two sources, see Ann Miller's Checklist of nineteenth century Australian colonial statistical sources (R016.3194/2).

A microfiche set of Blue Books of NSW for the years 1822-1894 and for Van Dieman's Land for 1822-1847 is in microfiche located at Storage: National statistical reports: Pacific Leiden, Interdocumentation Co. 1988.


The Library holds reprints of the early musters of the colony. These are:

Baxter, Carol J (Ed) Musters and lists:  New South Wales and Norfolk Island   1800-1802 Sydney: Australian Biographical and Genealogical Record, 1988.       

Baxter, Carol J (Ed.) General musters of New South Wales, Norfolk Island and Van Dieman's Land 1811    Sydney:  ABGR , 1987

Baxter, Carol J (Ed.) General Muster and Land and Stock Muster of New South Wales, 1822.  Sydney:  ABGR, 1988