Australian immigration records on Ancestry


Ancestry.com has been releasing some very useful databases for Australian research.

Two that I would like to bring to your attention are –


New South Wales assisted immigrant passenger lists, 1828-1896. 
This database contains a collection of assisted immigrant passenger lists to New South Wales, Australia, for various years between 1828 and 1896. “Assisted immigrants” are individuals whose passages were either subsidised or paid for by another person or through another agency. This collection is comprised of four different series of records which are part of the NSW Archival kit.
Auckland City libraries has this index and the passenger lists on microfilm
New South Wales unassisted immigrant passenger lists, 1826-1922.
“Unassisted immigrants” are individuals whose passages were NOT subsidised or paid for by another person or through another agency. This collection is comprised of two different series of records. They are:-
  •  Inward passenger lists 
  • reports of vessels arrived.
Auckland City Libraries has had the passenger lists from1826-1900 on microfilm for many years. They have not been  used as much as they could because there has  been no easy way to search.

The new online index also shows that the records do not just include people from Great Britain.
During the time period 1826-1922, there are :-
  • 403,404 passengers from Auckland
  • 384,885 people from Wellington 
  • 2,120,899 people from Melbourne. 
     
So, if you have ‘lost’ someone, give it ago. You never know!
 - Seonaid

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