Hand written text with a watercolour image of an island at the top of the page

Journal of Joseph Pettingell, 1834 nla.obj-234988854

In the Library's Manuscripts Collection is held the 87 page journal hand written and illustrated by Joseph Pettingell as he sailed with his family on the 'Thomas Laurie' which left London on 17 March 1834 and arrived in Hobart on 4 September 1834. Pettingell travelled under his wife's maiden name of Linden. The journal mentions other passengers by name and describes the weather conditions, the activities of the crew and shipboard meals, life in Hobart Town and contains 25 illustrations including 18 watercolours and several line drawings.

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


Ancestry (Library Edition)

To access Ancestry (Library Edition), visit the eResources portal, click the Browse eResources tab and search for 'Ancestry'. The Library's subscription to Ancestry currently provides the following Tasmanian 'Immigration & Travel'-related resources via its online database:

  • Tasmania, Australia, Passenger Arrivals, 1829-1957

  • Tasmania, Australia, Immigrant Lists, 1841-1884

  • Tasmania, Australia, Immigrant Applications and Bounty Tickets, 1854-1887 

Findmypast (World Edition)

To access Findmypast (World Edition), visit the eResources portal, click the Browse eResources tab and search for 'Findmypast'.

  • Currently Findmypast has no Tasmanian-related immigration records available through its databases. 

Libraries Tasmania

Tasmanian Names Index

The Tasmania Names Index includes the following shipping, passenger and immigration-related content:

  • Arrivals (19th Century)
    Passengers and ships arriving, mainly in Hobart. Contains surnames A-K, L-Z to be added
  • Departures (1817-1867)
    People leaving Tasmanian ports, mainly Launceston.
    Records of people departing were not routinely or comprehensively kept at Tasmanian ports, although for some periods, such as the 1850s, the records are fairly complete. This index covers most available records before 1860 and some beyond that date, and it is being added to gradually. Generally these records are 'one line' register entries which are fully transcribed into this index. Copies of the passenger record may be obtained from LINC Tasmania
  • Naturalisations (1835-1905)
    People applying to become citizens.
    LINC Tasmania holds records relating to the application by non - British subjects for certificates of denization and naturalisation for the period 1835 - 1905. The applications are in the files of the Colonial, later Chief, Secretary's Departments and the Oaths of Allegiance and copies of certificates are among the records of the Supreme Court. The first act enabling the Lieutenant Governor to grant letters of denization was passed in 1835. This legislation was repealed in 1861 by the Aliens Act. The records cease when the function is transferred to the Commonwealth Government.

Networked resources in the Library

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

  • Tasmania Collection of Records 1830s to 1930s
    Macbeth Genealogical Services
    This resource contains over 175,000 references to people in Tasmania up to 1950. It has been compiled from material held in the Mitchell Library, New South Wales, and in the Archives Office of Tasmania. Records include musters, immigration, church records to 1950, hotel licences, court, hospital, prison, land etc. Some records are from 1792 Norfolk Island and 1823-1848 New South Wales.

For more information about these resources, visit the eResources portal, click the browse eResources tab and search for the name of the resources.

Microfilmed and other published material

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

Title Call Number
Index of assisted immigrants (into Tasmania) 1841-1889
(Index to Immigration Board Passenger lists below)
3 microfiche
mc N 1070
[Immigration Board Passenger lists c. 1850-1880]
Descriptive lists of immigrants and including details of deaths and births on board.
5 microfilm reels
mfm N 435
Unassisted immigrants & coastal passengers to Hobart Tasmania 1829 – 1865
(Index to Marine Board of Hobart passenger lists below)
11 microfiche
mc N 1573
[Marine Board of Hobart passenger lists 1829-1900]
Includes list of ships arriving at Port of Hobart, Return of ships departure and list of passengers.
18 microfilm reels
mfm N 434
Index to Passenger Arrivals and Departures from Early Launceston newspapers
includes The Cornwall ChronicleThe IndependentThe Launceston Advertiser, and The Examiner.
Volume 1: 1829-1840
Volume 2: 1841-1845
Volume 3. 1846-1850
27 microfiche
mc N 1363

Graham, H. J.  On the Sobraon [picture] / [H.J. Graham]  1881

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