Rookwood Cemetery, Convict Arrivals, Electoral Rolls and More added to FindMyPast.com.au

Australian online data company, FindMyPast.com.au has been busy adding a heap of data (approx. 1,500,000 records) online in the last few weeks. So if you haven’t checked back recently, you might like to recheck:

Cemetery Burials and Memorial Inscriptions for Victoria 1835-1997
This index, which comprises over 185,000 records, is built from transcriptions of cemetery memorials and burial registers. It covers 197 cemeteries in Victoria, plus a few in other Australian states. It details the name and title of the deceased, the Australian state or territory, whether the event was a death or burial, the year of the event, and the cemetery. This data was submitted by the Genealogical Society of Victoria.

Convict Arrivals in New South Wales 1788-1842
This index, built from government indent records, holds the details of 97,797 convicts who arrived in New South Wales between 1788 and 1842. With the index you can discover the name, date of arrival and the ship transported on for each convict. Upon arrival the indent list would be checked against the convicts, before the convicts were handed over to the New South Wales authorities, where most of them remained. A small number were sent elsewhere. This data was submitted by the Genealogical Society of Victoria.

Names in Government Gazettes, Victoria 1853-1900
This is an index of over 461,000 records gathered from notices printed in the Victorian Government Gazette between 1858 and 1900. The nature of the notices varies considerably, but there are some fascinating examples to be found. The records cover everything from the leasing of land, law and order, licensing, to tenders and contracts, and a range of other subjects. These records contain all the information that was published in the Government Gazette.  Data provided by the Genealogical Society of Victoria.

New Zealand Electoral Roll 1881
In 1879, all men in New Zealand, except aliens and those in prison, were granted the right to vote for members of the Provincial Councils and the House of Representatives provided they had resided in the colony for one year and in the electorate for six months prior to the election. Their occupation is given – replacing description of property in earlier rolls. The election was held in December 1881.

New Zealand Electoral Roll 1893
The right to register as an elector prior to this election was granted to all males aged 21 years and over who fulfilled the criteria, viz either they owned property in New Zealand, or had lived in New Zealand for at least one year and in an electorate for at least six months before registering as an elector. This was an important year for New Zealand as the extended franchise included all women aged 21 years and over. Women were, however, still not allowed to stand as candidates or be elected as parliamentarians.

New Zealand Electoral Roll 1896
Held in December, this election allowed the elector to only vote in an electorate in which they lived. Redistributions of electoral boundaries led the abolition of seven seats and the formation of seven new seats.

New Zealand Electoral Roll 1911
1908 was an important year, as this saw the creation of the four Maori seats and in 1911 Maori rolls were published. Unfortunately, the Maori rolls have proved difficult to source and this database excludes the Maori rolls.

New Zealand WWI Soldiers
This is an index to 288,526 NZ WW1 service personnel and reserves obtained from the following sources:
- Nominal Rolls
- First Division Roll of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force Reserve
- Second Division Roll of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force Reserve
- Native Reserve Lists
- Military Defaulters List
- New Zealanders who served with the Australian Imperial Force
- Guthrie Index
- Smith Index
- Halpin Index
- British Section NZEF
- Fijian Contingent
- Roll Of Honour Section 3
- Stock Index

Pitcairn Islands Marriages 1824-1854
The Pitcairn Islands register book 1790-1854 was edited by Charles Lucas, and published by the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge in 1929. The book is in the form of a diary/notebook of events rather than a normal register. From this book the 25 marriages 1825-1854 that are noted have been extracted.

Rookwood Cemetery
Rookwood Cemetery (officially named Rookwood Necropolis) is the largest multicultural necropolis in the Southern Hemisphere, located in Sydney, New South Wales. FindMyPast has just published 233,160 burial records for Rookwood Cemetery. These records cover the period 1798 to 1999. This information has been made available online thanks to a mammoth project by the Society of Australian Genealogists.

Victorian Funeral Notices 1931-1997
This index, built from funeral notices from the Melbourne Herald Sun, contains over 119,000 records for the period 1981-1997. The name and title of the deceased is listed along with the year of the funeral, the Australian state, and details of the cemetery or crematorium. Data provided by the Genealogical Society of Victoria.

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