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Assisted immigrants (digital) shipping lists

Browse through digital shipping lists from 1828-1896

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Assisted Immigrants Index 1839-1896

Assisted immigrants arriving in Sydney and Newcastle 1844-59, Moreton Bay 1848-59 and Port Phillip 1839-51

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Digital shipping lists

A snapshot of how to use digital shipping lists

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German migration stories

The first 'assisted immigrants' (predominately British) began arriving as early as 1828 but it was not until 1847 that the Colonial Government widened the scheme to include European workers with special skills, such as vine dressing and carpentry

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Immigration & shipping guide

Key records and available indexes, relating to passengers arriving in New South Wales, 1788-1922

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Immigration and shipping revisited

Introduction to immigration and shipping records, and how to locate arrivals into Sydney before 1923, including by convicts and their families, free arrivals, crew and military

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Letters re migration to NSW 1838-1857

These letters were sent by the Immigration Agent in response to complaints, transport arrangements, advertisements and financial arrangements relating to migration between 1838 and 1857. This index covers the names of individuals found in the letters

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Miscellaneous immigrants index 1828-1843

Search for passengers who paid their own fare and also assisted immigrants. Information includes: name, ship, date of arrival, age and events (e.g. shipwreck)

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Shipping & free passenger records

This guide will assist researchers tracing free persons arriving in and departing from NSW as well as the movement of vessels

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Teaching English to post-WWII migrants

The arrival of post World War II migrants has had a profound effect on the nature and diversity of Australian society. This Guide helps to commemorate cultural diversity in NSW by bringing together State archives that document the provision of education to migrants in the latter part of the 20th century. The records listed in this Guide reflect the changing role of government administration in adapting to a new era of immigration.

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Unassisted immigrants index 1842-1855

Unassisted (or free) passengers who came to Australia at their own expense, including ships' crew and military (check under 'Regiments'). This index was compiled by Ms Aileen Trinder and Ms Pat Fearnley (formerly Stemp) of Pastkeys

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Vessels arrived in Sydney 1837-1925

This index relates to vessels arriving in Sydney only for the period 1837 to 1925. It records the name and type of vessel, and date of arrival. If you know the name of the ship, this index will be useful to check or confirm the date of arrival. There are 120,133 entries.

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