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Victoria Index to the Children's Registers of State Wards 1850-1893
One Thousand Place Names in New South Wales
Lübeck (Germany) Census 1857 - in German
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New South Wales Tickets of Leave 1824-1867
We recently launched online for the first time the more than 42,000 new Australian convict records.

This new collection includes Registers of Tickets of Leave, which offer prisoner details in ledger format, and Ticket of Leave Butts.

The butts were essentially copies of the 'Tickets' given to each convict and detailed the following information: prisoner's number, name, ship arrived on, master of ship, year of arrival, native place, trade or calling, offence, place of trial, date of trial, sentence, year of birth, complexion, height, colour of hair, colour of eyes, general remarks, the district prisoner is allocated to, the Bench who recommended him and the date of issue of ticket.

These records add to our existing Australian Convict Collection, which comprises more than 2.3 records. With more than four million Australians having descended from convicts, approximately one in five can claim convict history and will likely have an ancestor included in the collection.

New on Ancestry.com.au
London Land Tax Valuations 1910
Now available on Ancestry.com.au, the London Land Tax Valuations 1910 reveals the historic values of some of the city's most famous streets and landmarks from just over a century ago.

These valuations were originally compiled in 1910 from across the UK as part of David Lloyd George's 1910 Finance Act, later known as the 'Domesday Survey', which was introduced as a means to redistribute wealth through the assessment of land value.

These records provide a valuable snapshot of land ownership at the start of the 20th century and will enable those with ancestors in the collection to discover more about their respective financial situations and the lives they led a hundred years ago.

Especially useful as a census substitute for people tracing their London ancestors who may not have been captured in the 1911 England and Wales Census, these records are also a fascinating insight into London at the beginning of the 20th century – a time when Britain was on the verge of major social, political and economic change.

This collection complements the extensive UK census records, ranging from 1841 to 1901, already available on Ancestry.com.au.

Victoria Index to the Children's Registers of
State Wards 1850-1893
This collection is an index of Children's Registers of State Wards in Victoria between 1850 and 1893. It is culled from the records of the Department for Neglected and Criminal Children and industrial and reformatory schools of the 19th century.

The index has more than 29,000 names of children who were under the state's protection and the records contain: name, birth date, birth place, volume and page number.

One Thousand Place Names in New South Wales
Taken from the book One thousand and more place names in New South Wales by A.E. Martin, this collection contains explanations on how place names in New South Wales came to be.

Published in 1943 by the NSW Bookstall Co., the is best known under the title One thousand and more place names in New South Wales but the title 1,000 Place Names in New South Wales appears on the cover.

The book is an excellent reference of places and people who lived in New South Wales, describing itself as "crammed with bushrangers and black fellows, convicts and gold-diggers and deeds of derring-do set in the most unexpected places." The book aims to functions as a work of reference in convenient form and stimulate further investigation.

Lübeck (Germany) Census 1857 - in German
This collection contains the 1857 census for the Free City of Lübeck. Census records are very rare for Germany as the country's nationwide censuses were to be conducted on a state-wide level and this was only required nationally after 1871. Additionally, all original census records under Eastern Germany were destroyed. This is the first time this particular collection has been digitised and made available online.
To achieve free city (also free imperial city) status, the Emperor had to publicly declare his direct rule over the city. In 1226 Frederick II, Holy Roman Emperor, awarded Lübeck this free city status. Due to its location, the city became the capital of the Hanseatic League, which was a trading monopoly comprised of cities and guilds along the northern coast of Europe from the 13th to 17th centuries. From 1817 to 1867 Lübeck became one of the 39 sovereign states in the German Confederation, created to serve as successor to the Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation.

Had your ancestor been a citizen in Lübeck under the German Confederation, they would have lived in a city with a semi-autonomous government and a prosperous port surrounded by bays, fjords, and cliff lines. Perhaps their home would have been structured of brick whose Gothic architectural tradition made Lübeck a world heritage site. The city is also known for its marzipan industry and Christmas market handicrafts in whose tradition your ancestor could have participated. Today Lübeck is one of the largest cities in the state of Schleswig-Holstein and the largest German port on the Baltic Sea.

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