Most of my relatives arrived at Port Phillip (Melbourne, Victoria,Australia) and the records held by the Public Record Office Victoria (PROV) are very good.
- Visit the Public Records Office to obtain a copy of the original records, which have more information than the online indexes (refer below for an example).
- Search under similar or alternate spelling as the records are not always indexed correctly (eg I have found Gully recorded under Sully and Mottram under Mottrim)
The search result below shows that my Great Great Great Grandparents John and Sarah Walker arrived on the James Brown in January 1853. It also shows their ages. You will note that John junior (aged 3) is listed on page 24, while his family are listed on page 19. This is because he died on the journey.
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The original record shows the following additional information;
- Occupation - Agricultural Labourer
- Native of Cumberland
- Religion - Church of England
- Both John and Sarah can read and write
- John has 6 years employment with Mr Goldsmith of Trawalla, being paid £50 per annum
- Their meals were provided on-board (as their passage was paid by the government)
|Source: Public Record Office Victoria|
There are many Australian immigration websites. The following are the links that I have bookmarked:
Family History SA - South Australian Shipping & Migration Directory
Perth Dead Person's Society - includes Western Australian (and other states) shipping records
Public Record Office Victoria - Assisted passenger index
Public Record Office Victoria - Unassisted passenger index
State Records of NSW Immigration Records
State Records of NSW Shipping List
State Library of Queensland lists the links for immigration records for every Australian State
State Library of South Australia Passenger Lists
State Library of South Australia Immigration Records
Please feel free to include additional immigration links in the comments. I am very interested in any websites that list emigrants from UK to Australia.
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