Two women seated on simple bed in dormitory style display holding large book.

40,000 women and the dormitory experience

It’s well known that 2253 Irish orphan girls were some of the first occupants of Sydney’s Female Immigration Depot, but they were only just the beginning of the women’s story at Hyde Park Barracks

Archives behind the scenes - assisted passenger lists

In this episode of Archives Behind the Scenes Emily shows us some assisted passenger lists, in particular the Board's Passenger Lists of arrivals to Sydney that date from 1848 to 1896

Assisted Immigrants Index 1839-1896

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

Painting of 3 masted cutter [no date]; [alternate title 'Copy of painting of unidentified schooner. This is possibly from the Dufty Collection']
6 December, 10:30am
Online talk

Assisted immigrant records

This webinar will provide an overview of our assisted immigrant indexes and the digitised passenger lists.


Assisted immigrants digitised shipping lists 1828-1896

If you know the ship your assisted passengers arrived on you can search, view & download the digitised shipping list

Beannachd leat, Alba – Goodbye, Scotland

For a number of Scottish women, the Hyde Park Barracks immigration depot was a refuge from the devastating Highland Clearances of the 19th century

Gouache painting of the waterfront at Guangzhou, China. The hongs or factories shown in this view are those rebuilt after the fire of 1841. This view is dated by the Protestant (Anglican) church erected in 1847.

Celestial City: Sydney’s Chinese Story

As Sydney celebrated its centenary in 1888, several boats carrying Chinese immigrants sailed through Sydney Heads into a crisis that would shape the nation. ‘Celestials’, as Chinese people were known at the time, had been arriving in Sydney under organised immigration schemes since the 1840s

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Chaperone's diary of the 1857 Fitzjames voyage to Sydney

Matron Susan Austen, chaperone to 98 single females aboard the Fitzjames, kept a diary of the voyage, She recorded the dramas that unfolded: fights, theft, sea-sickness, tantrums & her own despair at their behaviour

Chinese migration & settlement

Chinese migration and settlement in New South Wales has a long history