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Index to vessels arriving in Sydney, 1837-1925

This index relates to vessels arriving in Sydney only. It records the name and type of vessel, and date of arrival. If you know the name of the ship, this index will be useful to check or confirm the date of arrival. There are 120,133 entries in this Index.

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Thank you Mary-Anne!Acknowledgement This index was compiled by, and is published on our website with the permission of Ms Mary-Anne Warner, who also retains the copyright to this index.
State Records wishes to acknowledge this contribution to our online indexes.

It is with great pleasure I acknowledge the generosity of these wonderful genies: Tamea (N.S.W.), Sharon (S.A.), who joined me to transcribe these records; Gloria, Lyn and Maurie (Qld) for transcribing and painstakingly proofing the results and Lyn and Maurie for gathering, from other sources, missing information, and helping to make searching for the vessels our rels travelled, or worked on, available for Genies everywhere. Their time, patience and skills have made this online Index possible.

The information available on this Index has been transcribed from the State Records Authority of NSW Reels of the Shipping Master's Office, an Index of Vessels Arrived, 1837-1925 (4/5195-97, X69-73 Reels 2502-2503A).

Please note that there were a number of pages, or sections of pages, missing from the original records, therefore this Index has been augmented with records from 'The Shipping Gazette and Sydney Trade Journal', the 'Sydney Morning Herald' Shipping Columns and vessel scans which are recorded on the Mariners and Ships in Australian Waters site. One complete section of vessels with names commencing with letter A, was not on the reels, it will be able to be reconstructed when the Mariners and ships in Australian Waters project has been completed.

Every care possible has been taken with these records but, as usual, remember to check original sources of everything for yourself."

Mary-Anne Warner

About the Index

This index was compiled from the following record series:

NRS 13277, Indexes to ships arrived, 1837-1925

These records are available in the reading room on microfilm.

Are copies available from this Index?

No, copies are not available from this index at present.

Help with immigration records

Our family history page on Immigration includes examples of various shipping records, useful tips and 'how to' worksheets to help you search for arrivals to New South Wales.

Related indexes (search by name of immigrant)


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