This site contains 60,000 digitised records of the First Legislative Council 1824-1855. These include tabled papers, bills, minutes of proceedings, correspondence and newspaper reports of debates. The documents have been indexed by document type and date.
The First Legislative Council, the precursor to the current NSW Parliament, is the oldest legislative body in Australia having been established in 1823 as an advisory body of five appointed members. Initially the Council's jurisdiction covered not only New South Wales but also the colonies of Victoria, Tasmania, parts of Queensland, South Australia and even further afield. New