A digitised version of the Victorian Government Gazette is available at http://gazette.slv.vic.gov.au

The Government Gazette has a wealth of information, everything  from lost horses to land purchases or government employment. Some of this may be relevant to your family history.

My husband’s great great grandfather, John Plowright (1831 – 1910), lost a horse in 1868.

Victorian Government Gazette, No 49, 28 March 1861, 655 – Page 668retrieved through AUSTLII http://www.austlii.edu.au

Without this advertisement we would not have known whether John Plowright had owned a horse.  Unfortunately we don’t learn if he found it.

You can browse the digitised gazette or search it with terms in the original index.  To search the contents of the gazettes thoroughly, you can use the Australasian Legal Information Institute (AUSTLII) website at http://www.austlii.edu.au/form/search/search1.html

I used the AUSTLII search and found my great great great grandfather Philip Crespigny land purchase.

Victorian Government Gazette, No 68, 1 August 1854, 1681

Government appointments were notified in the Gazette such as this one for another of my my great great great grandfathers, Philip Chauncy, who was a surveyor.

retrieved from http://gazette.slv.vic.gov.au/view.cgi?year=1860&class=general&page_num=2271&state=V&classNum=G151&searchCode=3613997

Triennial List of Railway Employees in the Government Gazette

(1884 – 1929)

 Year Vol Page Year Vol Page
1884 1 1459 1908 2 2333
1887 2 2055 1911 2 4457
1890 1 1237 1914 2 3267
1893 1   387 1918 1   887
1896 1   621 1921 1 1189
1899 1   433 1924 1 1167
1902 3 4099 1926 1 1233
1905 3 4719 1929 2 1931

– See more at: http://prov.vic.gov.au/provguide-40#sthash.XJnE8QCr.dpuf

Triennial List of Railway Employees in the Government Gazette

(1884 – 1929)

 Year Vol Page Year Vol Page
1884 1 1459 1908 2 2333
1887 2 2055 1911 2 4457
1890 1 1237 1914 2 3267
1893 1   387 1918 1   887
1896 1   621 1921 1 1189
1899 1   433 1924 1 1167
1902 3 4099 1926 1 1233
1905 3 4719 1929 2 1931

– See more at: http://prov.vic.gov.au/provguide-40#sthash.XJnE8QCr.dpuf