World Archives Project: New South Wales, Australia, Returns of the Colony (Blue Books), 1822-1857

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About this project

Returns of the Colony (Blue Books) are a compilation of statistical returns from New South Wales published annually between 1822 and 1857. These returns contain information on various subjects and areas including:

  • Civil Establishment
  • Convicts
  • Fees
  • Military
  • Population
  • Shipping
  • Agriculture


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Prefix

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Given

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Event Location

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