Oct 28, 2008

UK Incoming Passengers Lists, 1878-1960 on Ancestry

European 'Rite of Passage' over a century old Australian tradition. Ancestry has launched The UK Incoming Passenger Lists, 1878-1960, detailing many Australian men and women who arrived in the UK during this period. The collection contains records of more than 18 million immigrants and tourists, 1.4 million of them Australian, who arrived on British shores throughout the 19th and 20th centuries, before commercial flights became the norm. The records include information on passengers' names, age, occupation, and intended address in the UK. Among the more famous entries are sporting legends Sir Don Bradman, artists Sir Sidney Nolan and Sir Arthur Streeton, aviators Bert Hinkler and Sir Charles Kingsford Smith, and Australian Prime Ministers Sir Edmund Barton, Francis Forde and Stanley Melbourne Bruce.

Canadian Passenger Lists, 1865-1935 reveals over 130,000 Aussies who settled in Canada is available now on Ancestry. A significant number of these emigrants departed from Sydney Harbour and the nearby ports of Newcastle, Port Stephens and Port Kembla. Emigrants also boarded Canadian-bound ships as far north as Cairns and Brisbane, south to Adelaide, Ardrossan and Melbourne and a total of 11 passengers boarded in Dampier and Broome.




Oct 1, 2008

New additions to our Local History Collection @ Sam Merrifield Library

Two CDs have just been added to the collection here at the Sam Merrifield Library.
One is The Argus Newspaper Index, with Births from 1914-1931, and Marriages 1931-1941.
This is one of the Digger Indexes; a CD version of a familiar work, Charles Bateson's "Convict Ships 1787-1868 tells the story of the transporation of prisoners from Britain to Australia, these CD Roms are now available in the Local History Room @ Sam Merrifield Library.