GUIDE TO RESOURCES FOR TASMANIAN GENEALOGY

by Malcolm Ward

© Malcolm Ward 2005-2011. All rights reserved


 10.  PASSENGER AND SHIPPING LISTS

 

10.1  

START HERE! GENERAL

Attempting to find the emigration of an ancestor via passenger lists can be difficult and frustrating. Many records have not survived and even at the time, passengers travelling cheap - eg "steerage" - may not have had their names recorded in the first place. Persistence is required but also a realisation that your ancestor may have not have left any evidence of their voyage to Tasmania (especially if arriving from other Australian colonies).

There are many types of emigration records at the AOT and people interested in this subject are strongly encouraged to FIRST look at the AOT guides on the subject, including here:
http://www.archives.tas.gov.au/guides/genealogy and http://www.archives.tas.gov.au/guides/list/bg030


 

10.2

TAS LIST IMMIGRATION RESOURCES AND LISTS

For a number of very good resources and lists by genealogists for genealogists; go to
http://www.rootsweb.com/~austashs/immig/immig.htm


 

10.3

AOT FREE ARRIVALS INDEX

The Archives Office free arrivals index is on-line at http://portal.archives.tas.gov.au/menu.aspx?search=91. Originals can be viewed on microfilm at the Tasmanian Archive and Heritage Office, State Library, Hobart.

This index contains only a small proportion of those people arriving 'free'. See comments in Section 10.1 above.


 

10.4

AOT DEPARTURES INDEX

The Archives Office Departures Index is searchable on-line at: http://portal.archives.tas.gov.au/menu.aspx?search=2. Some of these records have been digitised (POL220); follow the links in search results where present. Originals can be viewed on microfilm at the Tasmanian Archive and Heritage Office, State Library, Hobart.

This index is still being added to.


 

10.5

AOT ASSISTED IMMIGRATION ARRIVALS

The AOT holds microfilm of arrivals under the Assisted Immigration scheme that operated between 1840 and 1886; they have a guide published in book format on the topic. These records contain quite detailed information on the individuals and families that arrived. The records are included in the series CB 7.

The Assisted Immigrants are also being included in the AOT on-line Arrivals Index, see 10.3 above.


 

10.6

AOT MARINE BOARD OF HOBART ARRIVALS

The AOT holds records of the Marine Board of Hobart inwards passenger lists which commences in 1829 - series MB 2.


 

10.7

PRIVATE WEB PAGES WITH LISTS

http://www.monissa.com/VDL/shipping.html


 

10.8

TFHS PUBLICATIONS

Some arrival indexes have been published; see http://www.hobart.tasfhs.org/sales.htm#Arrivals.


 

10.9

ARRIVALS VIA OTHER STATES

Many immigrants had their first port of call in other states of Australia, so it is worth consulting the Archives in other states. Some of these are on line and the following is a selection:

Victoria
Victorian Public Record Office http://www.prov.vic.gov.au/
Indexes of arrivals and departures http://access.prov.vic.gov.au/public/PROVguides/PROVguide023/PROVguide023.jsp.

NSW (includes Queensland and some Victoria)
NSW State Records: http://www.records.nsw.gov.au/
Links to indexes and other resources: http://www.records.nsw.gov.au/state-archives/indexes-online/indexes-online#immigration.
Mariners and ships in Australian Waters index: http://mariners.records.nsw.gov.au/

Western Australia
http://www.perthdps.com/shipping/index.html

National Library of Australia
A page containing links to many ship and passenger resources:
http://www.nla.gov.au/app/eresources/item/1525.

New Zealand
http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~ourstuff/ShippingArrivalsDepartures.htm
http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~nzbound/

Australia and NZ 'gateway' web page
http://www.emigrants.net.au/.

Australian Shipping Index
Records of ship arrivals and departures, some passenger lists http://www.ozships.net/ozships/.



© Malcolm Ward 2005-2011. All rights reserved
Submitted by Malcolm Ward 28-Jul-2005
Updated 30-Nov-2011