Australian Immigrant Ships
Passenger Lists and other Records
Passenger lists and associated documents are one of the most useful resources to a genealogist with Australian ancestors - they all came from somewhere else, and that vital link is recorded on these documents. In researching my own "First Families" I have obtained a number of passenger lists and other documents not freely available on the
Internet - and as a way of giving something back to the genealogists out there who have helped me so much, have transcribed these. Apart from making them available here (this site is of limited interest after all!) I have given them to the Immigrant Ship Transcribers Guild for publication, and to Peter Larson's Eastern Australian Shipping Index - two very valuable sites for researchers. If others out there keep suporting these sites, one day all these records will be freely available online.
Another fantastic resource which is growing all the time is the NSW Archives (State Records) site - they have the Assisted Immigrants to NSW between 1845 and 1859 online, indexed and fully searcheable - try their Immigrant Search facility if you can't find what you want here. They will be putting other date ranges of the same information online over the next year, so keep checking back with them. But bear in mind private sites like this are often the result of us having accessed and transcribed the original documents, some not held in the NSW Records - so check out our sites too!
- "Frederick" 1827 from Portsmouth to Newcastle. Full passenger list. John Baker and his wife and children were abourd this Australian Agricultural Co. ship.
- "Harbinger" 1848/9 from Plymouth to Sydney. Full passenger list. George Rankin's wife-to-be and my gggGrandmother Jane Waters sailed on this ship.
- "Hero of Malown" 1841 from London to Sydney. Full passenger list. 33 passengers, all Fife coal miners and their families. I am connected to the Simpsons on board.
- "Java" 1852/3 from Plymouth to Sydney. Full passenger list. My gggGrandparents Charles and Frances Whitehead of Kent were on this vessel. Also the full story of the voyage, as told in the Diary of Henry Knight
- "Kate" 1849 from England to Sydney. Full passenger list with some extra genealogical details on 31 of the 338 assisted passengers.
- "Mary Ridgeway" 1840 from Adelaide to Sydney. Full passenger list - 7 convicts who had been tried in Adelaide in March 1840 and sentenced to transportation to NSW.
- "Parland" 1838 from Londonderry to Sydney. Full passenger list and disposal of Immigrants. This is the ship my 3x Great Grandfather George Rankin sailed on for Ireland.
- "Parland" 1838 - Surgeon's Report The report on the voyage by the RN Surgeon assigned to look after and take charge of the passengers.
- "Parland" 1849 from London itself to Sydney. Full passenger list . On this voyage, the ship mainly carried German immigrants to NSW.
- "Seppings" 1840 from Calcutta and Port Phillip (Melbourne) to Sydney. A passenger list (very short) and convict indent for the 7 adult passengers and 23 convicts on board this cargo vessel. My ancestor Domingo Garcia / Gressier was a prisoner aboard this vessel from Calcutta.
- "Susan" 1838/9 from Londonderry to Sydney. A letter by James Dempsey, describing conditions on board what would have been a very similar voyage to the Parland above.
- "Wilson Kennedy" 1852 from Plymouth to Sydney. Full passenger list and disposal list for 20 of the 481 assisted passengers.
As I get more data on my ancestor's ships and others of interest to me, I will add them to this list and forward them on to the above mentioned list sites. If you want to know more about any of the mentioned people or ships, please contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org
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