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From the earliest years of the first settlement, the colonial government began collecting and publishing statistical information. This began with the first musters of people and continues today with the publications and website of the Australian Bureau of Statistics.
Use this guide to find historical statistics for New South Wales, the Commonwealth government and other states from 1788 to 1996.
In 1891, there were 54 librarians, 12 pugilists and 8 phrenologists living in NSW on census day.
Residents in New South Wales drank 13 million gallons of beer in 1891.