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Australian: Immigration Records-Free Settlers
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The study of immigration includes more than finding dates and shipping records. An understanding of some Australian history (as well as major events in other places of the world) is necessary to comprehend why large numbers of people chose to leave the places they were living and take the arduous and often dangerous journey to the other side of the world.

The course will discuss the migration of free settlers, and consider significant emigrant groups, government policies, sponsored and assisted passages, voyage conditions, and ships’ passenger lists as well as denization, naturalization and citizenship.


Course Content

Module 1

Immigration Records - Free Settlers
  • Websites

    Introduction
  • Where to Start?
  • Searching Tips
  • Remote Access to Records
  • Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness
  • FamilySearch Centers
  • Australian Joint Copying Project
  • Access Restrictions
  • Ancestry.com.au

    Historical Background
  • European Settlement
  • International Influences
  • Gold
  • Federation
  • 1901 to 1945
  • After World War II

    Categories of Arrivals
  • Passenger Lists
  • Free Settlers - Assisted or Unassisted?
  • Other Categories of Arrivals
  • Overseas or “Coastal” / Domestic Shipping
  • Colonial, State or Commonwealth Records
  • First Port of Call

    The Voyage
  • What Was the Voyage Like?

    Naturalisations


    Module 2

    New South Wales
  • Websites

    Introduction

    NSW State Records
  • Assisted Immigration
  • Miscellaneous Immigrants
  • Unassisted Immigrants
  • Departures from New South Wales
  • Colonial Secretary’s Correspondence

    Newspapers

    Ancestry.com.au
  • New South Wales, Australia, Settler and Convict Lists, 1787-1834
  • New South Wales, Departing Crew and Passenger Lists, 1816-1825
  • New South Wales, Australia, Certificates of Naturalization, 1849-1903
  • UK Incoming Passenger Lists

    FamilySearch

    Crew and Military
  • Crew
  • Military

    Other Sources
  • Censuses
  • Donegal Relief Fund Passengers Lists
  • FindMyPast.com.au
  • FindMyPast.co.uk
  • Bounty Immigrants to NSW 1828-1842 CD-ROM

    Naturalisations


    Module 3

    Victoria
  • Websites

    Introduction

    Public Record Office Victoria
  • Unassisted Immigrants
  • Assisted Immigrants
  • Immigration Search Example
  • Passengers Departing Victoria
  • Correspondence and Other Records held by PROV

    Newspapers

    Ancestry.com.au
  • Victoria, Australia, Assisted and Unassisted Passenger Lists, 1839-1923

    FamilySearch

    Crew and Military

    Other Sources
  • FindMyPast.com.au
  • FindMyPast.co.uk
  • First Families 2001

    Naturalisations


    Module 4

    Queensland & Tasmania
  • Websites

    Introduction
  • Tasmania
  • Queensland

    Queensland State Archives
  • Assisted Immigration 1848-1912
  • Register of Immigrants, Brisbane 1885-1917
  • Passport Register Indexes 1926-1939
  • Assistant Immigration Agents
  • Card Index to Nominated Immigrants, 1908-1922
  • Passage Certificates Index 1887-1906
  • Register of Immigrants 1864-1878
  • Assistant Immigration Agent, Maryborough 1875-1884 and Assistant Immigration Agent, Maryborough 1884-1907
  • Index to Land Orders 1861-1874
  • Australian South Sea Islanders 1867-1908

    Other Queensland Sources
  • National Archives of Australia
  • Microfiche Indexes

    Archives Office of Tasmania
  • Passengers Departing Tasmania
  • Colonial Secretary’s Correspondence

    Other Tasmanian Sources

    Newspapers

    Ancestry.com
  • Queensland, Australia, Passenger Lists, 1848-1912
  • Maryborough, Queensland Australia Immigrants from the British Isles & Germany, 1861-91
  • UK Incoming Passenger Lists, 1878-1960

    FamilySearch

    Naturalisations
  • Queensland
  • Tasmania


    Module 5


    South Australia, Northern Territory & Western Australia
  • Websites
  • Bound for South Australia

    Introduction
  • South Australia
  • Northern Territory
  • Western Australia

    State Records of South Australia
  • Colonial Secretary’s Correspondence
  • Crew and Military

    Other South Australian Sources
  • Biographical Index of South Australians 1836–1885
  • We’re Bound for South Australia
  • Bound for South Australia: Births and Deaths on Government-Assisted Immigrant Ships 1848-1885
  • FamilyHistorySA.info Indexes

  • Horner Index Shipping Departures South Australia, 1836-1886
  • SA Ship Arrivals
  • TheShipsList

    Northern Territory

    Western Australia
  • Western Australian Passenger Index
  • Biographical Index of Western Australians
  • Jenny Brandis’ Genealogy
  • Newspapers
  • Passenger Lists into Western Australia
  • Ships to the Swan River Colony 1829-1830
  • Shipwreck Database
  • Welcome Walls
  • Western Australian Shipping

    FamilySearch

    Naturalisations
  • South Australia
  • Western Australia


    Module 6

    Migration & Naturalisation
  • Websites

    National Archives of Australia
  • Assisted Immigrants and Refugees
  • Fact Sheets
  • Searching NAA
  • Naturalisation

    FindMyPast.com.au

    FindMyPast.co.uk

    Ancestry.co.uk
  • UK Incoming Passenger Lists, 1878-1960
  • England, Alien Arrivals, 1810-1811, 1826-1869

    Other Sources
  • Australasian Genealogical Computer Index
  • Biographical Database of Australia

    Additional Recommended Websites

    Suggested Reading

    National Archives of Australia

    NSW State Records

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