Queensland State Archives has released a new index that provides direct access to digital copies of the original shipping registers for passenger and vessel arrivals in Queensland from 1848 to 1912.
This index was created from Series ID 13086, Registers of Immigrant Ships’ Arrivals, 1848-1912. The series was created and used by the Immigration Department.
These registers contain passenger lists of immigrant ships arriving in Queensland. Details vary over time and between registers but include the names of ships, their dates of departure from European ports and arrival in Queensland ports, the tonnage etc of ships and names of masters, surgeons etc as well as the passenger lists, usually arranged by type of passage (eg free, assisted, remittance, bounty, steerage) or sometimes by type of immigrant (eg railway workers).
Details for each entry for a passenger include the name, whether married or single, male or female and age, whether a child 1 - 12 or an infant. A summary of passenger totals, including births and deaths, may also be included.
The passenger lists are primarily for assisted passengers from the United Kingdom and Europe. Please note that this list does not include passengers from New Zealand, the Americas, Asia, Africa, other Australian ports or those passengers who paid their own fare (in a few lists there are fare paying passengers included).
This index does not include all immigration records for that period. The records for the 1860s are incomplete because they were inundated in the 1893 floods. The registers held at Queensland State Archives were rewritten from the damaged originals during that period.
The images below (click for larger images) are pages from the registers. On the left is the page for the Great Queensland, page 772, and on the right is the register page for the Cloncurry, page 1.
How to use the indexes
Each index is an alphabetical sequence of names with the details from the immigration register. For each name included there is the age of the immigrant, date of arrival, name of ship, QSA location number (eg IMM/126) and page number for the entry within the register. The indexes are linked to the digital images of the registers. Open the relevant PDF file and click on the hyperlinks to view the images for each passenger list. Take note of the relevant page number for each passenger from the index to locate them within the digital file.
The "Z" microfilm number is also included so researchers can still locate the microfilm copies of the records held in the Public Search Room at Queensland State Archives, Runcorn.
- ? indicates there is doubt about the entry due to difficulty in interpreting handwriting refer to the See Also entries for other possibilities
- check all possible spelling variants as names appear as written in the original record
- some given names are abbreviated as they appear in the original record
- Mc and Mac names are interfiled
- - or a blank cell indicates that there is no information recorded in the original
- names have been indexed without an apostrophe, eg ODWYER.
Search the indexes
These indexes provide direct access to digital copies of the original shipping registers for passenger and vessel arrivals in Queensland from 1848 to 1912.
Due to file sizes, download times may vary when opening the indexes and associated digital register images.
|A (PDF, 739KB)
||B (PDF, 2.74MB)|
|C (PDF, 2.56MB)
||D (PDF, 1.51MB)|
|E (PDF, 532KB)
||F (PDF, 1.11MB)|
|G (PDF, 1.44MB)
||H (PDF, 2.41MB)|
|I (PDF, 124KB)
||J (PDF, 856KB)|
|K (PDF, 997KB)
||L (PDF, 1.21MB)|
|M (PDF, 3.37MB)
||N (PDF, 553KB)|
|O (PDF, 579KB)
||P (PDF, 1.32MB)|
|Q (PDF, 95.6KB)
||R (PDF, 1.48MB)|
|S (PDF, 2.79MB)
||T (PDF, 1.10MB)|
|U-V (PDF, 225KB)
||W (PDF, 1.95MB)|
|X-Y-Z (PDF, 162KB)
Please note, Adobe Reader is required to open and print these Portable Document Format (PDF) index files and is free to download from the Adobe website.
If you have difficulty accessing PDF files from this website please contact us.
Open Data files
|A-E (CSV, 4.81MB)
||A-E (TXT, 9.85MB)|
|F-Lyons, E (CSV, 5.09MB)
||F-Lyons, E (TXT, 10.38MB)|
|Lyons, F-R (CSV, 4.99MB)
||Lyons, F-R (TXT, 10.14MB)|
|S-Z (CSV, 4.13MB)
||S-Z (TXT, 8.42MB)|
If you have difficulty accessing these files from this website please contact us.
Costs and ordering
Copies of the digital images for each passenger list can be downloaded free of charge.
However if a print copy is requested, the cost for each ship’s passenger list is A$17.05. For this fee you will receive a copy of the entire passenger list. Note, single pages for individual names are not provided.
To order copies of an item, please complete an index order form (PDF, 35KB). When completing the order form, provide the name of the ship, date, location and microfilm 1 number (as detailed in the index).
If you cannot find the required name here there are a number of other records to check in the Public Search Room including: card index to immigrants; paper indexes to nominated immigrants and their nominators 1908-1922; card index to land orders; and the card index to ships.