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Australia
Passenger indexes

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The following passenger list are from ships arriving and departing Australian ports.

Note: Australia is historically endebted to the sea for it was our only means of communication, trade and travel. All our capital cities have major ports upon which this country has depended for its development. Prior to the advent of air travel passenger arrivals and departures took place aboard a ship (steamer, barque, sloop, brigatine, schooner etc).. A passenger's arrival/departure destination could be classified as International (eg..England, Scotland, France, USA etc) or Inter-colonial (between Australian ports such as Sydney- Melbourne, Sydney-Newcastle, Syd- Norfolk Island). There were also regular ports in the south pacific region that were regular ports (eg New Zealand,Isle of France/ Mauritus) and especially the Cape of Good Hope (South Africa).
When looking for Australian departures and arrivals pre 1900 it is essential to look for shipping passenger records, and it is important to bear in mind that the majority of official shipping records are held in the Public Records Office or Archives Office in each state. There are certainly indexes for the records shared between states but the originals generally remain the responsibility of the state government body and thus usually lodged in their safe keeping.You may find genealogical and local history societies have individual collections of indexes and or records relating to shipping, the major state libraries have extensive collections of passenger/port arrivals, but it is still imperative that an original shipping record is sighted and researched.

There are a variety of schemes whereby one's ancestors might have arrived in Australia. Initially one might be found in convict records, or having arrived as soldier/marine/ / official government official who oversaw the administration of the penal institutions. Alternatively they might have come as a sailor/whaler/sealer on the variety of international vessels that plied the southern ocean and who traded initially with the Sydney and Hobart ports. They might be the survivors of a shipwreck, brought on to our ports by other vessels. Or they might be named in one of the international emigration or immigration schemes that attracted so many to our shores. Or they may have arrived independently by their own means.
About the only certainty is that they arrived by sea.

It is also important to remember that there were intercolonial immigration schemes..whereby ex-convicts might be attracted out of Tasmania to ports such as New Zealand, Twofold Bay and Port Phillip, so as to fill a labour shortage. Our ancestors were far more mobile than is anticipated, so it is advisable not to become fixed in anticipating a port of arrival. Whilst we tend to view sea travel with some trepadition our ancestors were far more regular users of that mode of travel, than what we are generally led to believe. So if,for example, an ancestor is Irish..don't expect that they came direct to your town in Australia,from Ireland. It is know that many came to our shores only after having attempted settlement, or having visited relatives in places such as America, Cape of Good Hope, Valparaiso, New Zealand etc. Also..your ancestor may have been in ten other towns before they settled in what you view as your *home* town in Australia.
There is also another unrecorded aspect of our early history..the runaways, who traversed unfamiliar territory and came overland. They might be absconded soldiers, sailors or convicts. They show up in all eras and are not apparent in *normal* shipping records. Broaden the scope when researching difficult ancestors...if you cannot find them in shipping records perhaps they changed their name or used an alias. Or they might show up in a variety of other Australian records..

Index

		New South Wales
		Northern Territory
		Queensland		
		South Australia    (aka New Holland)
		Tasmania    	   (aka Van Diemens Land)	
		Victoria 	   (aka New Holland/Port Phillip/
					Australia Felix)	
		Western Australia (aka Swan River)
	
	Intercolonial	= between Australian ports
	International	= ports outside of Australia..eg 
		  	  New Zealand/England/Pacific Islands etc

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Northern Territory

Emigration/Immigration Schemes

New South Wales

1810 Passengers (news index)'Presentation of Claims'= notice of intent to leave colony as passengers on ships 1822 Passenger & Crew.Arrivals and Departures Sydney 1826 Passenger Arrivals and Departures Sydney 1827 Intercolonial/Sydney 1828 Passenger Arrivals and Departures Sydney 1829 Intercolonial/Sydney 1830 Index 1 Passenger Arrivals and Departures Sydney 1830 Index 2 Intercolonial/Sydney - Tasmania
1831 Index 1 Passenger Arrivals and Departures Sydney 1831 Index 2 Intercolonial/Sydney
1832 Index 1 Passenger Arrivals and Departures.Sydney 1832 Index 2 Intercolonial/Sydney
1834 Intercolonial/ Launceston-Sydney
1835 Intercolonial / Launceston-Sydney 1835 Intercolonial / Launceston-Sydney
1836 Intercolonial/Sydney
1837 Intercolonial/ Launceston-Sydney 1837 Special Clearances from Launceston 1837 Launceston/Sydney & International
1838 Intercolonial/Sydney 1839 Launceston/Sydney & International 1843 Sydney - from George Town, Port Phillip etc
1844. Ships to New South Wales @THESHIPSLIST 1829-1842 Galway Emigrants to NSW & Qld 1837-1840 South West Coast of New South Wales @Cathy Dunn's 1839-1896. Assisted Immigrants to New South Wales (Click on ONLINE INDEXES) 1850-1940 Sydney Shipping Arrivals (Crew and Passenger Lists) 1834-1903. Naturalisation Index 1852 - 1857 Emigrants to Aus from Scotland Emigration/Immigration Schemes N.S.W.Outward Shipping RecordsA

Queensland

Emigration/Immigration Schemes 1852 - 1857 Emigrants to Aus from Scotland 1829-1842 Galway Emigrants to NSW & Qld 1848-1896 Assisted Immigrants to Moreton Bay (Brisbane) click on ONLINE INDEXES and then IMMIGRATION.

South Australia

1832 Intercolonial 1834 Intercolonial/ Launceston 1835 Intercolonial/ Launceston 1835 Intercolonial/ Launceston 1836 Intercolonial 1837 Intercolonial/ Launceston 1837 Special Clearances from Launceston 1837 Passenger Arrivals @ G.Leadbetter 1838 Intercolonial 1838 Passenger Arrivals @ G.Leadbetter 1839 Launceston / South Australia 1839 Launceston /South Australia 1840 Passenger Arrivals @ G.Leadbetter 1852 - 1857 Emigrants to Aus from Scotland Emigration/Immigration Schemes

Tasmania

1827 International/Intercolonial 1828-1832 Convict Passengers/Crew 1829 International/Intercolonial 1830 International/Intercolonial 1831 International/Intercolonial 1832 International/Intercolonial 1834 Arrivals/Departures/ Launceston 1835 Arrivals/Departures/ Launceston 1835 Arrivals/Departures/ Launceston 1836 International/Intercolonial 1837 Arrivals/Departures/ Launceston 1837 Special Clearances from Launceston 1837 Launceston/Sydney & International 1839 Launceston/Vic.(Westernport/Port Phillip) 1838 Arrivals/Departures 1838 Launceston /Vic. (Port Fairy/Portland Bay) 1838 Launceston /Vic.(Westernport/Port Phillip) 1839 Launceston / South Australia 1839 Launceston /Vic.(Port Fairy/Portland) 1839 Launceston /Vic.(Westernport/Port Phillip) 1839 Launceston /South Australia 1839 Launceston/Sydney & International 1840 Launceston/Port Fairy/Portland Bay 1841 Launceston-GeorgeTown-Port Fairy/Portland.Arrivals and Departures. 1843 Launceston-George Town-Port Fairy/Portland.Arrivals and Departures. 1845 Tasmania Immigrants to Victoria 1845 Launceston/Port Fairy/Portland Bay 1846 Tasmania Immigrants to Victoria 1846 Launceston/Port Fairy/Portland Bay 1847 Launceston/Port Fairy/Portland Bay 1852 - 1857 Emigrants to Aus from Scotland 1855-1862 Launceston Immigration Aid Society Passengers Emigration/Immigration Schemes

Victoria

1803 Collins settlement 1826 Westernport Settlement Passengers 1826 Westernport Settlement (2) 1835 Port Phillip-Launceston Arrivals & Departures 1835 Port Phillip-Launceston Arrivals and Departures 1836 Index 1 Port Phillip-Launceston Arrivals and Departures. 1837 Index 1 Port Phillip-Launceston Arrivals and Departures. 1837 Special Clearances from Launceston 1839 Port Phillip-Western port-Launceston Arrivals and Departures. 1838 Portland & Port Fairy Arrivals and Departures 1838 Index 1 Port Phillip & Westernport - Launceston. 1839 Port Fairy & Portland Arrivals and Departures 1839 Index 1 Port Phillip & Westernport Arrivals & Departures. 1843 Index 1 Port Phillip Arrivals and Departures-via George Town 1840 Index 1 Port Fairy & Portland & George Town Arrivals and Departures 1840 Index 2 Port Fairy & Portland Arrivals and Departures 1841 Index 1 Port Fairy & Portland & George Town Arrivals and Departures. 1841 Index 2 Port Fairy & Portland Arrivals and Departures
1842 Index 1 Port Fairy & Portland Arrivals and Departures. 1842 Index 2 Port Fairy & Portland & George Town Arrivals and Departures. 1842 Index 3 Port Fairy & Portland & Melbourne Arrivals & Departures.
1843 Index 1 Port Fairy & Portland Arrivals and Departures. 1843 Index 2 Port Fairy & Portland Arrivals and Departures 1843 Index 3 Port Fairy & Portland - George Town. 1843 Index 4 Port Fairy & Portland - Melbourne
1844 Index 1 Port Fairy & Portland Arrivals and Departures. 1844 Index 2 Port Fairy & Portland Arrivals and Departures.
1845 Port Fairy & Portland & Geelong Emigration Society Passenger Index 1845 Index 1 Portland and Port Fairy Arrivals and Departures 1845 Index 2 Portland and Port Fairy Arrivals and Departures
1846 Portland & Geelong Immigration Scheme migrants 1846 Index 1 Port Fairy & Portland & George Town Arrivals and Departures 1846 Index 2 Port Fairy & Portland & Launceston Arrivals & Departures 1846 Index 3 Port Fairy & Portland Arrivals and Departures
1847 Index 1 Port Fairy & Portland Arrivals and Departures 1847 Index 2 Port Fairy & Portland Arrivals and Departures 1847 Index 3 Port Fairy & Portland Arrivals and Departures 1848 Index 1 Port Fairy & Portland Arrivals and Departures 1849 Index 1 Port Fairy Arrivals and Departures 1858 Port Fairy Arrivals and Departures 1890 Port Fairy Arrivals and Departures 1839-1851 Assisted Immigrants to Port Phillip (Vict) click on ONLINE INDEXES and then IMMIGRATION. 1839-1871 Assisted Immigrants to Victoria 1852-1923 Unassisted Immigrants to Victoria 1852-1857 Scottish Emigrants to Australia

Western Australia

1827 some Intercolonial 1829 Intercolonial 1830 Intercolonial 1831 Intercolonial 1832 Intercolonial 1834 Intercolonial 1835 Intercolonial 1835 Intercolonial (mainly S.A & Vic) 1836 Intercolonial 1837 Intercolonial 1838 Intercolonial 1852 - 1857 Emigrants to Aus from Scotland
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