Arrivals in Australia from 1788

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Media: BOOK - paperback, 140 pages
Author: K. Farmer
Year: 2015
ISBN: 9781921956218
Other: b&w & colour photos, glossary, appendixes, index
Publisher: Unlock the Past

This is available in both printed and ebook versions. Click here for the ebook.

This book introduces the history and records of migration to Australia from 1788.

Migrating to a new country was one of the most dramatic life changes anyone undertook and it certainly affected the lives of their descendants. Investigating their journey is a key part of your family history research.

However immigration records in Australia are not all held in one place - when, where and how they arrived affect where (and whether) records of their arrival can be found. Understanding categories of arrivals and the immigration schemes in place as well as the general principles of where documents are held, will give you confidence that you have looked in all the right places.

This title is NOT a listing of names and their arrival details, but rather a research guide to direct you to archives, repositories and others that hold records relating to immigration.

1. Discovering a migrant ancestor
 - Were they a convict?
 - Were they crew?
 - Were they in the military?
 - Did someone help with their migration costs?
 - Why did they come?
 - When did they come?
 - Which government authority?
 - Which route?
 - Domestic or international shipping?
 - Where did they come from?
 - Passengers from UK
 - Passengers from Hamburg
 - Passengers from Bremen
 - The Danish Emigration Archives
 - National Archives of the Netherlands
 - Naturalisation and citizenship
 - Passports
 - Born at sea
 - Risks of long voyages
 - Newspapers
 - Diaries
 - Subscription websites and findmypast
 - Why can’t I find them?
 - Websites mentioned in Chapter 1
 2. Convicts
 - Websites for researching convicts
3. Crew
 - Websites for researching ships’ crew
4. Military
 - Websites for researching military migrants
5. New South Wales
 - Immigration history
 - Arrivals
 - Departures
 - Naturalisations
 - Websites for NSW immigration
6. Van Diemen’s Land / Tasmania
 - Immigration history
 - Arrivals
 - Departures
 - Naturalisations
 - Websites for Tasmanian immigration
7. Victoria
 - Immigration history
 - Arrivals
 - Departures
 - Naturalisations
 - Websites for Victorian immigration
 8. Queensland
 - Immigration history
 - Indexes and passenger lists
 - Naturalisations
 - Websites for Queensland immigration
9. South Australia
 - Immigration history
 - Indexes and passenger list
 - Naturalisations
 - Websites for South Australian immigration
10. Northern Territory
 - Immigration history
 - Indexes and passenger lists
 - Naturalisations
 - Websites for Northern Territory immigration
11. Western Australia
 - Immigration history
 - Indexes and passenger lists
 - Naturalisation 
 - Websites for Western Australian immigration
12. Commonwealth of Australia
 - 1901–1921
 - 1921–1945
Appendix 1. Immigrant's Guide (1853)
Appendix 2. The Passengers Act 1855
Appendix 3. Websites for further reading
Appendix 4. Books for further reading


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6 Reviews
  • Arrivals in Australia from 1788

    Posted by Wayne Taylor on 6th Feb 2023

    I bought this book due to my avid interest in history. If you are similar, don't get this book. It is not a book it is simply a brochure, tiny, thin and very expensive for what it is. To say I am disappointed is an understatement - how do I get a refund. Cannot believe how it cost so much for so little. Not happy

  • ARRIVALS in AUSTRALIA from 1788

    Posted by Deb McNeil on 26th Jan 2022

    I have just received this order and glancing through it looks to be exactly what I am after. I am though, in the process of shifting home and won’t get to use it or access my Family History work for a month or so yet. All told I am sure this book will help me with a couple of "brick walls" I have come up against in the recent researching of ancestors who came from overseas to Australia.

  • Arrivals in Australia

    Posted by Janet on 17th Feb 2021

    Not what I expected.

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