Australian Joint Copying Project (AJCP)

The Australian Joint Copying Project (AJCP) is a collection of historical material relating to Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific dating from 1560 to 1984.


Surgeons at Sea, 1793-1880 (The National Archives)

Search the Surgeons at Sea database on the The National Archives (TNA) website to find entries for passengers (convicts and emigrants) in medical journals on voyages to Australia. This is a cataloguing project which has indexed over 1,000 Surgeon’s Journals (the complete ADM 101 series).

You can search by ship, surgeon, patient, disease and voyage date for information including case notes for patients visiting the ship doctor and details of deaths on board.

This index to Surgeons journals includes a transcript only from the medical journal. Links are provided to the full digitised records in Ancestry UK, but a paid or trial subscription is required to access these. If you are in the Library, you can access the Library's subscription to UK, Royal Medical Journals, 1815-1857 in Ancestry Library Edition.

How to search Surgeons at Sea in The National Archives

In this example, we're going to search for the following emigrant:

  • Patient name: Holly
  • Ship name: Woodbridge
  • Voyage date: 1838

On The National Archives search page, enter your patient information in this format:

You can then browse the search results, as matches to your search query are highlighted:

tna search result

From the search result, click through to see the full extract. 

UK, Royal Navy Medical Journals, 1817-1857 (Ancestry Library Edition)

Prison Ship (Hulk) Registers 1811-1843 (Findmypast)

Passenger Lists 20th Century

The Surgeons Journals & Captains Logs cover the 19th century, but these lists from the Board of Trade (BT) cover the 20th century.

If you're in the Library, you can access these lists using the the Library's subscription to Ancestry Library Edition.

UK Outbound Passenger Lists 1890-1960 (BT 27) is particularly important as it includes passengers/emigrants arriving in Australia.