Of the Returns of the Colony of New South Wales the Library holds a microfiche copy at Fisher Closed Compactus Level 1 929.394 26, and in print, condensed versions for the same period, called either Statistics of New South Wales, or Statistical returns. See the following parliamentary papers:
New South Wales. Colonial Secretary. Statistics of New South Wales.
Fisher Government Documents Level 9 G.NSW CVP (In NSW Legislative Council Votes and Proceedings)
1843 p.445 1822-1842
1844 v.1 p.201 1834-1843
1846 p.201 1836-1845
1848 p.341 1838-1847
1850 v.2 p.159 1840-1849
1853 p.747 1837-1852
1854 p.1467 1837-1853
1855 v.2 p.657 1845-1854
Fisher Government Documents Level 9 G.NSW V (In Legislative Assembly. Votes and Proceedings)
1856/57 v.2 p.605 1846-1855
1857 v.1 p.777 1847-1856
New South Wales. Colonial Secretary's Dept. Statistics of New South Wales from 1848 to 1857; compiled from official returns of the Colonial Secretary's Office. Sydney, Govt. Printer, 1858. Fisher Rare Books Level 2 RB1558.25
Responsible government was granted to New South Wales in 1855. From 1856 there are consolidated indexes to N.S.W. parliamentary papers from which statistical references may be extracted.
Consolidated indexes to the minutes of the proceedings and printed papers of the New South Wales Legislative Council, 5 volumes. Fisher Reference 328.944016 1 Fisher Government Documents G.NSW IC 1856-1954
From 1858 the responsibility for collecting and disseminating statistics was given to the Registrar General. Use the consolidated indexes, above, to retrieve references such as the following:
N.S.W. Registrar General. Annual report. 1st, dated August 1857. IN N.S.W.
Legislative Assembly. Votes and Proceedings 1857, v.1.
Fisher Government Documents Level 9 G.NSW V
For returns of the "civil, military and ecclesiastical establishments" (i.e. names of government employees) see the Blue Book reproduced in parliamentary papers from 1862+