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Migrant Ships



This index page provides links to shipping and passenger records in Australia and records to Portland in South-Western Victoria.


Ships List

Online Ships Lists (subject to occasional editing)


    VIC Immigration Assisted & Unassisted Passenger Databases
    Databases from the Victorian Public Records Office includes the Assisted Immigrants into Port Phillip 1839 - 1871 & Unnassisted Immigrants into Victoria 1852-1911. There are other online Indexes on the same page.

    VIC (1839-1851), NSW & Queensland Assisted Immigrants, Shipping
    Set of databases from the NSW State Records includes the Assisted Immigrants into Port Phillip 1839 - 1851.
    **Choose link to OnLine indexes.**

    Ship Passenger Lists (Aus)

    passenger lists by states from the Perth DPS.

    HIES - Ship Passenger Lists to Aus
    Various passenger lists by ship to Australia from the Highland and Island Emigration Society.

    HIES - 1852-1857 HIES Passenger Lists to Aus
    The Highland and Island Emigration Society was set up by private subscription to alleviate destitution in the Highlands by promoting and assisting the emigration of Highlanders to Australia. Their passenger lists for the years 1852-1857 have survived and are organised by ship and by family and record the name, age and residence of each emigrant (HD4/5) as well as occasional notes on their health and situation.

    Shipping Lists (Aus / NZ)
    This site is designed to help family historians locate passenger lists for migrant ships to Australia/New Zealand and hence the entries relating to their studies. The entries are listed by alphabetical order of ship's name regardless of the arrival port.

    Australia - Ships: Convict Lists, Passenger Lists, Etc.
    This set of links is a part of Cyndi's List of Genealogical Sites on the Internet

    NSW & Queensland Immigrant Database
    Choose the PUBLICATIONS link from the menu of this NSW Government State Records site. It will take you to Immigration and Convict Indexes.

    Ships and Passenger Lists on Genseek
    This link takes you to an extensive set of pages and links to Shipping and passenger lists by Jenny Williams Fawcett.

    South Australian Passengers to 1840
    Early shipping and passenger lists to South Australia by Barry Leadbeater.

    Bound for South Australia
    South Australian Passenger Lists 1836-1860s

    The Ships List
    TheShipsList was established to assist those seeking information on the vessels which brought their ancestors to their new home, be that the United States, Canada, Australia, or another part of the world. Some ships passenger lists, schedules, wreck data, and other information which is not readily available, has been collected, along with links to other sites of interest.

    Convictions : Australian Shipping Arrivals & Departures 1788 - 1967
    Welcome to the Convictions, dedicated to the history of shipping arrival pages for Australia. These pages were designed primarily to assist those who are interested in family history and genealogy. Besides containing shipping arrival details for various ports around Australia, they also include passenger list and occasional crew list details for some of the ships.

    Immigration : The Bounty System
    A very useful page on Doug McLean's website summarising the Bounty System of Immigration to Australia.

    New Zealand Bound
    Dedicated to identifying genealogical resources to assist in locating which New Zealand bound ship an immigrant ancestor was aboard.

    Dot's website contains passenger list transcriptions for the ship "Wallace" sailed from Liverpool on the 18th August 1841 and arrived at Port Phillip on the 26th November 1841 and the ship "Gilmore", which sailed from Plymouth on the 26th day of August and arrived at Port Philip on the 24th December 1841 and the ship "Frankfield", which sailed from Liverpool, 7 Feb 1841 and arrived at Port Phillip, 7 Jun 1841.

Ships to Portland, Victoria
Links to websites with passenger lists or information on shipping arrivals at Portland in the 1800's.

    Passenger Lists to Portland & Port Fairy : Jenny Fawcett

    "Bloomer" 1854

    "Edward Johnstone" 1854
    The "Edward Johnstone" 1854, 354 Highlanders 80 families from Raasay, Coll and the Isle of Skye. Edward Johnstone of 997 tons, sailed 17 June 1854 arrived 3 Sept 1854 after 78 days (a very fast trip!).

    "Eliza" 1853
    Sailed from Plymouth, England on 30 Nov 1852 arrived at Portland, Victoria, Australia on 9 Apr 1853.

    "Derry Castle" 1854
    Sailed from England on 1 Oct 1854 arrived at Portland, Victoria, Australia on 21 Jan 1855.

    "Marmion" 1852
    The ship "MARMION" sailed from Liverpool to Moreton Bay on the 28th Aug 1852. (Emigrants were disembarked at Portland Bay, Victoria in the 4th Dec 1852)

    "New Zealander" 1853
    Sailed from Liverpool, England on 23 Aug 1853 arrived at Portland, Victoria, Australia on 30 Nov 1853.

    Voyage of the "Priam" 1852 to Portland Bay

    "Tasmania" 1851 - I have a PARTIAL passenger list for the ship 'TASMANIA' which sailed from Plymouth 25/7/1851 and arrived at Portland on 23/11/1851. The surnames below are listed on the pages I have: Russell, Regan, Sangster, Stradwick, Watson, Yeoman, Alway, Benstead, Crisp, Carroll, Canny, Cameron, Campbell, French, Wombwell, Bohay, Coulson, Cox, Crawford, Carrick, Carter, Chauhon?, Goding, Ilsby, Kerby, Knight, Kenny, Laidlow, Moriarty, Malt, McKillop, McAndrew, McPhee. Drop me a line if anyone wants more details.
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    "Utopia" 1854
    The S.S.Utopia arrived on the 27th January 1854 at Portland, Victoria. she was 949 tons. Captain Wilkinson. departed Liverpool November 3, 1853. 389 immigrants, 83d passage, 13sailors absconded.