Australian Almanac 1833 & 1835 (O'Shaughnessey)


The Australian Almanac 1833 (O'Shaugnessey) was one that almost didn't come to fruition. This was due to lack of machinery to do the printing of the printers regular work, let alone the Almanac on top of it. But thankfully it was published, and now we have a great record of life as it was in New South Wales in 1833.

It is titled Australian, but it is about New South Wales and is divided into various sections: Calendar, Public Days; Australian Agriculture, Horticulture &c., Supreme Court, Court of Requests; Miscellaneous Local Information &c., Civil Establishment of the Colony; Military Establishment; Public Institutions; and Shipping.
So with this publication, which really is a reference book for the year, you can find the answer to many questions. 

Find answers to various questions such as:

  • What are the costs of going to court

  • What the rules relating to the sale of land

  • Details of customs information

  • A listing of the towns and stations (together with residents names, and how many miles they are from Sydney)

  • Who the local postmasters are, when the mail arrives, and how much it costs to post a letter

  • Details of the various Governors of New South Wales, Lieutenant-Governors and Magistrates as well some Military Personnel

  • What regulations relate to Assigned Convicts (both male and female) 

  • The public institutions list all the local societies, and those who are committee members


Almanacs are a valuable resource for local, family and social historians as well as for researchers in other fields of Australian history. This Australian Almanac & Directory (1835 O'Shaughnessey), contains information on the Colony of New South Wales, the government, colonial architecture, public institutions, arrivals and departures and postal information. It also includes a Country Directory and a Sydney Directory with addresses and occupations of individuals.