On 1 January 1853, the Civil Service Gazette was published for the first time.
Last updated - 29th January 2010
The Gazette is a slice of Victorian official life, covering public and parliamentary affairs (such as the outbreak of war in the Crimea), major court cases, what was happening at Court and the Fashionable World, News from Our Colonies and a host of other articles that give a glimpse into what fascinated a man of affairs in the mid-nineteenth century.
Priced a 6d an issue (2½ p) it was evidently not for low-paid junior clerks, but for senior officials who could afford the cover price or a regular subscription.
The Gazette was not entirely without an agenda. It employed lofty prose, and an occasional certain sly familiarity of tone, to make clear its lack of enthusiasm for the changes proposed in the Northcote-Trevelyan Report.