What do I need to know?

Our ship passenger lists are a great place to start when you are searching for a family member who may have arrived in Victoria by boat. An “assisted” immigrant had their voyage subsidised from the UK by the Victorian government for the purpose of being employed on their arrival. Did the person travel from Britain to Victoria between 1839 and 1871 through government assistance?

How do I search?

  • Search by any keyword you may know (for example the name, year, ship etc.)
  • Some names may be abbreviated (for example ' J' Smith or 'Mr' Smith)
  • For a more exact name search use 'AND' between first and last name.
  • Consider using the filter option (for example the year 1854) to further refine your search and/or the sort functionality by clicking on the headings of each column.  

What are in these records?

The records were lists of “assisted” immigrants (they had their voyage from the United Kingdom subsidised by the Victorian government for the purpose of being employed on their arrival). You will see: first name and surname, marital status, age, sex, ports of embarkation and disembarkation, native country and county, religion, ability to read and write, occupation, “disposal” (employer on arrival), ship captain, dates of departure and arrival at each port, total number of passengers.

About these records

The register close register Definition A record in which transactions or activities are logged, usually in chronological or sequential order. of assisted immigrants from the United Kingdom was kept by various immigration regulation bodies between 1839 and 1871. An “assisted” immigrant had their voyage subsidised from the UK by the Victorian government for the purpose of being employed on their arrival.

Next Steps

The original records are closed to public access close access Definition Refers either to the process of providing records for researchers to use in PROV reading rooms, or to the process of determining if records should or should not be withheld from researchers for a period of time. due to their fragility, most of the data has been copied onto the index above. 

The Register of Assisted Immigrants from U.K. (Books 1-14A) 1839-1871 can be viewed on Ancestry.com.au 

To view these records for free within Public Record Office Victoria Reading Rooms: Reading Room Access Only