In Australia, shipping and passenger records are generally held in the state the vessel arrived in.

You may like to vary your search to include archival resources in your area, as well as those in the family's port of arrival and country of origin.

Unfortunately the museum is unable to provide specific information about ships or arrivals.

Remember, searching for family history information takes time and sometimes records have been lost or damaged over time.

The Library has research guides that may help start your search.

 

If you are researching your family tree or family history, here is a list of helpful websites to get you started.

National

The Vaughan Evans Library, Australian National Maritime Museum
National Archives of Australia
National Archives of Australia: Record Search (1921-1950 arrivals)
National Library of Australia: Family History Sources
You can also search the state library in your state or territory.

New South Wales

State Records of NSW

NSW Heritage Branch

ACT

ACT Heritage Library

Northern Territory

State Library of NT

Queensland

Queensland State Archives

South Australia

State Records of SA

Tasmania

Archives Office of Tasmania

Victoria

Public Record Office of Victoria

Western Australia

State Records Office of Western Australia

 

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