Shipping and Passenger Records

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Ships card index

How to use the Ships card index

Only in the libraryYou can use the Ships card index in the Mitchell Library.

About the Ships Card Index

The Ships card index is an index of all shipping records held at the Library.

It includes the Australian Joint Copying Project (AJCP) collection and the Mitchell Library and Dixson Library manuscript collections.

How to find out about a ship?


  • Search the Ships card index for the name of the ship. You can find the index in the catalogue drawers at the Mitchell Library. Each entry includes the microfilm reel number.
  • The index is sorted alphabetically by the name of the ship and then chronologically by the date of the voyage.


  • Complete a stack request slip (including the microfilm reel number) and staff will collect the reel for you. You will need a Library card to request.


  • Search through the reel for the name of the ship to find associated records.