A new addition to the Findmypast.com.au website last week was the addition of 8.5 million records of New South Wales Passenger Lists.
Covering both both assisted and unassisted passengers, the assisted passenger lists cover the period 1828 to 1896, and the unassisted passenger lists span the years 1826 to 1900.
Assisted passengers refers to those who received monetary assistance from another party or agency/government for their passage, while unassisted means they paid their own way.
Each result will provide a transcript and image of the original record. The information included on the transcript will vary depending on whether your ancestor was an assisted or unassisted passenger, although most will include your ancestors name, passage type, birth year, nationality, departure port, arrival port and the dates of their travels.
FIELDS ON A TRANSCRIBED ENTRY:
First name(s) as transcribed
Seaman or passenger
IMPORTANT NOTE: this record set is titled “New South Wales”, but New South Wales back then covered not only what is New South Wales now, but also parts of South Australia, Victoria and Queensland. Have a look at this video which shows you how (and when) the boundaries over time.
While anyone can view the index to these records for free, to view the records you will need a subscription to Findmypast.com.au or a World Subscription through Findmypast.co.uk, Findmypast.ie, or Findmypast.com.