This unique index provides the names of nearly 40,000 residents of NSW in 1884/85. It is based on the 1885 census of the occupiers of land and owners of stock in New South Wales originally published in the Journal of the Legislative Council of New South Wales.
The ‘census’ lists the name of the holding or locality, the occupier, the post town of the occupier or landholder, the acreage and the number of horses, cattle, sheep and pigs. It was carried out by Inspectors of Stock and Brands and the police and was based on police districts.
Unfortunately for researchers the results were recorded alphabetically by the name of the holding or locality and not that of the owner / occupier for each police district.
To overcome this difficulty all the entries have been combined in one MS Acess data base which is available to researchers in Excell or PDF format.
The survey was based on Police districts and at that time there were 55 districts. These were Albury,* Armidale,* Balranald, Bathurst,*(925) Berrima, Bombala*, (725) ,Booligal, Bourke, Braidwood, Brewarrina, Cannonbar*, Carcoar,* Casino*, Cobar, Condobolin, Cooma, Coonabarabran, Corowa, Deniliquin* (438), Dubbo*, Forbes, * Glen Innes, Goulburn*,(865) Grafton, Gundagai, (1133) Hay, Hume*, Kiama*, Maitland,* Menindie, Merriwa, Molong, Moree, Mudgee, Murrurundi*, Narandera*, (165) Narrabri, Picton, Pilliga, Port Macquarie, Port Stephens*, Queanbeyan,(570) Singleton*, Sydney*, Tamworth,* Tenterfield, (514) Urana, Wagga Wagga*, Warialda*, (603)Walgett, Wilcannia ,(64) Windsor, (1976) Wentworth , Yass* and Young *
See also my notes re alienation of land
All districts are available on the one CD. (Refer: NSW 1885 – CD 13) with entries arranged in alphabetically order of surname. The cost for the complete index is reasonably priced . See for sale
Example of the information available on the CD Land and Stock Owners 1885
|Surname||First Name||Holding/Place||PD||Post Town||Acreage||Horses||Cattle||Sheep||Pigs|
|Aboriginal Mission||ne||Warrangesda||Narandera||Darlington Point||2100||12||9||480||19|
|Abra||Mary A.||Midway Farm||Tamworth||Attunga||154||13||18||0||7|
|Abrams||W. J.||Brien’s Creek||Young||Burrowa||0||7||8||1700||0|
|Absalem||James||Hamilton||Port Macquarie||Port Macquarie||84||4||0||0||0|