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Colonial Statistics

A Statistical Account of Australia and New Zealand, 1890 - 1904

A Statistical Account of Australia and New Zealand (cat. no. 1398.0) (previous title: A Statistical Account of the Seven Colonies of Australasia)
The eleven volumes bring together statistics for each of the colonies of Australia and New Zealand and are complemented by analysis and commentary. The publication also includes chapters on political divisions, areas and boundaries, climate, parliaments and defence much like in the current Year Book Australia.

Index to colonial publications:

Catalogue of Australian Statistical Publications,1804 to 1901 (cat. no. 1115.0) is a brief index to colonial statistics publications.
This index provides an outline of the publications and statistical compilations produced by Australia's six colonial statistical bureaus.

Colonial publications are available in print and microfiche format in National & State library collections.
The ABS Library in Canberra also holds a deposit collection of all ABS publications which can be accessed by appointment. Contact the ABS National Information and Referral Service for further information.

Further information:

Australian Statisticians and the Development of Official Statistics, a feature article in Year Book Australia, 1988 (cat. no. 1301.0) provides an overview of colonial statistics.

See Historical Census Data for information on accessing colonial census material.

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