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Registers of Leases of Auriferous Lands

Kaye Vernon and Billie Jacobsen have been indexing records in conjunction with State Records for over a year. Their first project was to index the:

  • Registers of Leases of Auriferous Lands

This index is contained on fourteen CDs and covers all of the gold mining districts of NSW.

Available to purchase

The CDs sell for $22.00 each plus $3.00 postage.

For further information and order details contact kjvernon@bigpond.net.au.

There is also a consolidated index - all fourteen CDs combined into one - for those who have miners in many districts. It is called:

  • Registers of Leases of Auriferous Lands NSW Mining Districts 1874-1953

Available to purchase

The CDs sells for $150.00 plus $3.00 postage.

For further information and order details contact kjvernon@bigpond.net.au.

Other gold-related records

"Having finished that project in 2006, we decided to continue our collaboration and index all other references to gold records held by State Records NSW. These include journals, registers and actual letters. The letters are often from miners or the gold commissioners about a variety of subjects including waterholes, applications to build and operate a public house or inn on a particular gold field, the gold escorts, police and troopers, fights among the prospectors racial disputes, deaths on the gold fields etc. Among the letters are several which relate to the apparent theft of gold packed in metal matchboxes and sent by the miner to Sydney. The matchboxes were collected by the district Gold Escort but did not arrive at the bank in Sydney. Many references cover the investigation which took place into the missing gold."

This CD is called:

  • Index to Miscellaneous Records Relating to Gold Fields of NSW 1850 onwards

Available to purchase

Volume 1 and 2 have now been completed and are available for $25.00 for each volume plus $3.00 postage.

For further information and order details contact kjvernon@bigpond.net.au.

Registers of Seamen

We have also completed volume one of the:

  • Registers of Discharge of Seamen for NSW 1849-1859

Available to purchase

Available for $30.00 plus $3.00 postage.

For further information and order details contact kjvernon@bigpond.net.au.

"Although our eyesight and backs are suffering it has been a rewarding experience for us. Prior to our indexes the only way to access this information was for the researcher to do as we have done - go through every book or every letter or every reel."

Commissioners of Crown Lands

  • Itineraries and returns of Commissioners of Crown Lands

Available to purchase

Available for $20.00 plus $3.00 postage.

For further information and order details contact kjvernon@bigpond.net.au.

Kaye Vernon and Billie Jacobsen
August 2007