Shipping and Passenger Records

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Publicly available online Publicly available

Assisted passengers

What is an assisted passenger?

An assisted passenger is someone whose journey was paid for by someone else such as the government through a government immigration scheme or by a family member or employer.

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Available Online

Search Historical Newspapers

Newspapers can provide shipping and passenger information that is often unavailable elsewhere.

Shipping intelligence columns

Shipping intelligence columns can be found in the major Australian and British newspapers. You can find information about a ship's voyage, including the date and port of departure and arrival, ship movements, the name and status of passengers and any references to ship deserters and shipwrecks.


bv born on voyage, in quarantine etc.
b&dv born and died on voyage, in quarantine etc.
cob child(ren) on board (listed separately)
dv died on voyage, in quarantine etc.
inft infant
pob parent(s) on board (listed separately)
sf stepfather
tw travelling with