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Assisted immigration 1848-1912

This index, providing direct access to digital copies, was compiled from Series ID 13086, Registers of Immigrant Ships’ Arrivals, 1848-1912. The series was created and used by the Immigration Department.

Background

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 the 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 and contain errors. For example, as entries were "corrected" and overwritten at the time, some ships have two dates of arrival recorded. Additional research may be required to confirm details.

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.

List of assisted immigrants List of assisted immigrants

How to use the indexes

This index is linked to the digital images of the original shipping registers for passenger and vessel arrivals in Queensland from 1848 to 1912.
  1. Take note of the relevant page number for each passenger from the index to locate them within the digital file.
  2. Click on the hyperlink for the ship to view the passenger list and scroll through to the page number. Note, the digital file may contain multiple passenger lists covering various voyages of the ship. 
There can be a short delay with the image downloads however if an error message appears refresh (F5) the screen to view.
 
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.
 
The "M" microfilm numbers refer to the films in the Historical resource kit - Immigration which are located in collections around Australia and New Zealand.

Explanatory notes

  • ? 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 indexes

A-C (CSV, 4.21MB)​ A-C (TXT, 4.32MB)​
D-E (CSV, 1.39MB)​ D-E (TXT, 1.43MB)​
F-Lee, R (CSV, 5.08MB)​ F-Lee, R (TXT, 5.22MB)​
Lee, S-Robertson, N (CSV, 5.18MB)​ Lee, S-Robertson, N (TXT, 5.27B)​
Robertson, P-Z (CSV, 4.56MB)​ Robertson, P-Z (TXT, 4.70MB)​

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$17.65. 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, 36KB). When completing the order form, provide the name of the ship, date, location and microfilm 1 number (as detailed in the index).

Related records

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.

For further information please read Brief guide 16: Immigration records (PDF, 56KB) and Pathways guide to immigration.


Last updated 21 May 2014
 

 Indexes available under Open Data initiative

 
The indexes to Assisted immigration 1848-1912 are now available through the Queensland Government’s Open Data initiative. The Open Data indexes are available in .csv and .txt format.
 
The content is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 Australia Licence.

Video on how to use new online index

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