Emigrants leaving the ship Sydney Cove

This page lists New South Wales-related online, networked and microform resources as well as print publications available for use within the National Library of Australia.


Ancestry (Library Edition)

The Library's subscription to Ancestry.com currently provides the following New South Wales 'Immigration & Travel'-related resources via its online database. The original data has be obtained from the State Records Authority of New South Wales unless otherwise indicated:

  • New South Wales, Australia, Assisted Immigrant Passenger Lists, 1828-1896
    Original data:
    • Returns of convicts applications for wives and families to be brought to New South Wales at Government expense
      Series 1190, Reel 699
    • Persons on bounty ships (Agent’s Immigrant Lists)
      Series 5316, Reels 2134-2143
    • Persons on early migrant ships (Fair Copy)
      Series 5310, Reel 1286
    • Wage agreements and entitlement certificates of persons on bounty ships (Agent's Immigrant Lists)
      Series 5315, Reels 2449-2456
    • Persons on bounty ships to Sydney, Newcastle, and Moreton Bay (Board’s Immigrant Lists)
      Series 5317, Reels 2458-2498
    • Persons on bounty ships arriving at Port Phillip (Agent's Immigrant Lists)
      Series 5318, Reels 2143A-2145
    • Passengers arriving at Sydney 1846 (Agent's Immigrant Lists)
      Series 5326, Reel 2457
    • Passenger lists of the Family Colonization Loan Society
      Series 5323, Fiche 839
    • Members of the Family Colonization Loan Society
      Series 5322, Fiche 839
  • New South Wales, Australia 1828 - 1842: Bounty Immigrants List
    Reakes, J., comp. New South Wales, Australia 1828 - 1842: Bounty Immigrants List [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2003.
    Original data:
    • Bounty Immigrants to New South Wales 1828 - 1842
      Records kept at the New South Wales State Records Office, P.O. Box 516, Kingswood, NSW 2747; at the Archives Office of Tasmania, 77 Murray St., Hobart, TAS 7000; and at the State Records Office of Western Australia, Alexander Library, Perth Cultural Centre, Perth, WA 6000

Find My Past (World Edition)

Currently, Find My Past has the following New South Wales-related travel and migration records available:

State Archives and Records NSW

In addition to records provided via Ancestry.com, State Archives and Records NSW also provides access to the following records and indexes through its own website:

  • Assisted Immigrants (digital) Shipping Lists
    Browse through digital shipping lists from 1828-1896
    • List of Irish passengers arrived on the ship Sir Joseph Banks, Oct 1828 (NRS 5309 / Reel 2795)
    • Persons on early migrant ships, 1828-32 (NRS 5310 / Reel 1286)
    • Persons on early migrant ships, May 1832- Jan 1833 (NRS 5311 / Reel 1286)
    • Women on the Red Rover and other early migrant ships, 1832 (NRS 5312 / Reel 2795)
    • Persons on government ships, Aug 1837-40 (NRS 5313 / Reel 2668)
    • Persons on bounty ships (Agent's Immigrant Lists), 1838-96 (NRS 5316 / Reels 2134-2135)
    • Persons on bounty ships arriving at Port Phillip, 1839-51 (NRS 5318 / Reels 2143A-2145)
    • Germans on bounty ships, 1849-52 (NRS 5320 / Fiche 851)
    • Members of the Family Colonization Loan Society, 1854-57 (NRS 5322 / Fiche 839)
    • Passenger lists of the Family Colonization Loan Society, 1854-55 (NRS 5323 / Fiche 839)
  • Miscellaneous Immigrants Index (1828-1843)
    This free searchable online index contains over 9000 entries for the period 1828 to 1843. Information includes names of both passengers who paid their own fare and some assisted immigrants, ship, date of arrival, age as well as the series, item and microform numbers.
  • Unassisted Immigrants Index (1842-1855)
    The index comprises unassisted (or free) passengers who came to Australia at their own expense, including ships' crew. There are 136 100 entries in the index. In some instances, when a last name is common, such as Wright or Brown, and no first name initial is given, it can be hard to pinpoint which entry is your ancestor. Often the entries on the records indexed will provide no more information than the details contained in this index.

Networked resources in the Library

In addition to our subscription databases, the Library also provides access to the following networked CDROM resources:

  • 1828 Census of New South Wales
    This was the first New South Wales census. It was held in November 1828 and is the only census to survive in full to the present day. It aimed to record all the inhabitants of the colony at the time, and provides the individual's full name, age, place of residence, ship of arrival, occupation employer's name and place of residence.
  • Free passengers to NSW 1826-1837
    Society of Australian Genealogists: Contains a searchable database of 36,000 names of free passengers, crews & military arriving by passenger, merchant or whaling vessels to New South Wales between 1826 and 1837.
  • NSW immigration deposits combined index 1853-1900
    This title provides an index to the following records held by State Records New South Wales: Immigration; NRS 5264, Immigration Deposit Journals, 1853-1900 [4/4576 to 4/4598, microfilm copy SRNSW Reel Nos. 2668A to 2675] and the supplementary records of Embarkation Orders and Shipping Lists in Immigration; NRS 5269, Persons Proceeding to the Colony under Remittance Regulations, Oct 1856-Feb 1858 [with Ships Arriving Nov 1856 to Feb 1858] - part of 1 box (Ref: 9/6182.1 1 bundle)
  • Paracensus of Australia 1788-1828
    A reconstruction mainly prepared by the consolidation of contemporary records about the people of that era and their families. Some family records and literary references are included. A few Maori and Aboriginal family records are also included. Sources on personal information about each of them are listed. It includes marines, soldiers, ship's captains, some sailors, migrants, convicts, some visitors, officially recorded Aborigines, exiles and orphans, also births, migrants, and ships. The shipping arrivals cover 1788-1828, details included are: names of ship, date arrived, port, no. of migrants/convicts, and referenced numbers. The lists of people give surname, given name/s, year of arrival, ship name, reference numbers.
  • Unassisted Arrivals to Sydney (NSW) 1842-1857
    Pastkeys: Index lists name, age, arrival date, status, departure ports, including foreign, coastal and interstate and any other information such as nationality, description, occupation and any additional information from the original source. Available only on the standalone/jukebox PC in the Newspapers and Family History zone.

Microfilmed and other published material

The following microfilmed products and published works are available on open access in the Newspapers and Family History zone:

Archives Authority of NSW - Genealogical Research Kit

All of the following immigration-related resources provided as part of this kit can be located under Call Number mfm N 229:

Title SR / AO Reel or Fiche Number
Assisted (Bounty) Immigrants Arriving in N.S.W., 1828-1842 (Boards Lists) Reels 1286-1349
(Pink label)

Indexes available on our networked resource Bounty Immigration to NSW 1828 to 1842 or via Ancestry.com (incomplete)

Assisted Immigrants Sydney, 1838-1896 and Moreton Bay, 1848-1859 (Agents Immigration Lists) Reels 2134-2145
(Green label)
See also on Ancestry.com
Wage Agreements and Entitlement Certificates of Persons on Bounty Ships (Sydney) 1844-1845 Reels 2449-2456
(Green label)
See also on Ancestry.com
Persons on Bounty ships to Sydney, Newcastle, Moreton Bay 1848-1891 (Assisted Immigration. Boards List) Reels 2458-2498
(Green label)
See also on Ancestry.com
Immigration Deposit Journals 1853-1900 Reels 2668A-2676
(Brown label)
See also on Ancestry.com
Unassisted Passengers Arriving in Sydney, 1826-53, 1854-1900
For a name index for the period 1842-1855, see:
online at www.records.nsw.gov.au/state-archives/indexes-online/indexes-online#immi... , or
via eResources, or
microfiche at mc N 1187
Reels 1263-1280 (Yellow label),
Reel 2851,
Reels 399-560 (Orange label)
See also on Ancestry.com, and
Mariners and Ships in Australian Waters (incomplete)
Ships Musters: Passengers Departing, 1816-25 Reels 561-562
(Brown label)
Germans on Bounty ships (Sydney) 1849-52 AO Fiche No. 851
Passenger lists of the Family Colonization Loan Society, 1854-1855 AO Fiche No. 839
Members of the Family Colonization Loan Society, 1854-1857 AO Fiche No. 839
Wives and Families of Convicts on Bounty Ships (Sydney), 1849-55 AO Fiche No. 837-838

Other Microfiche

Title Call Number
Index to the N.S.W. Immigration Deposit Journals 1853-1900
20 microfiche
mc N 751
Immigration Deposit Regulations Supplementary Index 1856-1857 immigrants and depositors
4 microfiche
mc N 1472
Index of Assisted Immigrants from Kent to Sydney, 1844-1859
1 microfiche
mc N 1359
Index to Emigrants from Hamburg to Australia: 1850-1878

mc N 1065

Print version also available in Newspapers & Family History zone Reference Collection at Call number: RX 929.308931094 K83

Irish Immigrants to NSW (index to) 1848-1870
8 microfiche
Fiche 1-3: lists passengers alphabetically by surname, with ship’s name and date of arrival
Fiche 4-8: Lists passengers by county on each ship
mc N 1849

Submit eCall Slip

Free Passengers and Crew on Convict Ships into Sydney 1830-1840
3 microfiche

mc N 1626
Index of Passengers and Crew In and Out of Sydney from Sydney Newspapers, 1830-1841, 7 Volumes
15 microfiche
mc N 1608
Ships & Masters to Sydney Index 1842-1855
Indexed from reports of vessels arrived 1842- 1855, Passengers arriving in Sydney 1846 and Shipping Masters' Office 1854-1855 and supplemented by ... Shipping Intelligence columns of the Sydney Morning Herald 1843-1855
4 microfiche
mc N 1215
Index to Passengers into the Port of Newcastle 1865-1881
2 microfiche
The majority of ships bearing unassisted passengers into Newcastle came from New Zealand ports. The period of index coverage coincides with the end of the NZ gold rush. The index includes ships’ deserters. Information provided includes surname, given name, ship, year of arrival, NAA reel number, frame number and AGEC number. The reels of passenger lists are not held by the National Library of Australia
mc N 1205

Related and other resources

Related Resources

Title Call Number
Miscellaneous (Correspondence) re Immigration, Shipping & Trade (SR/AO 3279-3284) mc N 763
Shipping Gazette and Sydney General Trade List Vol. 1, no. 1-v. 17, no. 869 (Mar. 23, 1844-Dec. 31, 1860) mc N 700
Unclaimed Letters (Noting Ship or Regiment) Index 1836 – 1852 mc N 1881

Other Resources

Registers of Certificates of Competency Masters and Mates: Colonial Trade. (BT 128)
New South Wales 1871-1921
The Registers are arranged by certificate number and entries give name, place of birth, year of birth and date of certification as Master, 1st Mate or 2nd Mate. The pre 1890 entries often give the name of ships on which the individual served. In some case deaths are recorded.
Available on two microfilm reels Call Numbers mfm PRO 6894-6895 - Request via Catalogue

Index to Ships’ Logs found in the Australian Joint Copying Project
Draft booklet available at the Newspapers and Family History zone desk