What do I need to know?

  • approximate date of travel
  • place traveled from  or to
  • name of person(s) of interest.

How do I search?

Enter the information you have into the search fields on Find My Past.com.au to see transcripts and images of the original coastal passenger lists held by Public Record Office Victoria. 

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About these records

Inward passenger lists for Australian ports were kept by various immigration regulation bodies between 1852 and 1923. These are sometimes called “coastal passenger lists”.

These lists contain the names of passengers travelling from Victoria to other ports within Australia. These records are not indexed by name, however information about the date and destination of the journey will assist your search.

What are in these records?

The records generally include the following information about each passenger:

  • first name and surname
  • marital status
  • age
  • sex
  • ports of embarkation and disembarkation

 

Also frequently recorded are:

  • nationality
  • occupation

 

Information recorded about the ship includes:

  • name of ship’s captain
  • dates of departure and arrival at each port
  • total number of passengers