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The term 'assisted immigrant' refers to those people whose passage was subsidised or paid for through one of the several assisted immigration schemes which operated to New South Wales from the United Kingdom and other countries.

Assisted Immigrants arriving in Sydney, Newcastle, Moreton Bay and Port Phillip

Search the complete 1839-1896 Assisted Immigrants Index

The Index covers:

  • Sydney and Newcastle, 1844-59
  • Sydney, 1860-96
  • Port Phillip, 1839-51
  • Moreton Bay (Brisbane), 1848-59

We hold records of assisted immigrants from 1828-1896 to NSW which can provide valuable information such as native place and parents' names. Find out more »

Other Shipping Indexes

Miscellaneous Immigrants 1828-43
This index contains the names of some passengers who paid their own fare and some assisted immigrants.
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Unassisted Immigrants 1842-55
Pastkeys compiled this index, which covers free or unassisted passengers, ship's masters, and from 1854, crew arriving in NSW.
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Unassisted passenger and crew arrivals, 1854-1900
Available at the Mariners and Ships in Australian Waters website.
Covering Shipping Inward lists from the Shipping Master's Office, lists for the 1850s, 1860s and 1870s are almost complete, 1880s and 1890s to follow. Searchable by person's name, vessel name, and date; includes transcribed passenger lists and links to scans of the original lists.

Ships' Musters, 1816-25
Available at the Society of Australian Genealogists
This series - NRS 1289 - lists both passengers and crew departing from Sydney.

Vessels Arrived in Sydney, 1837-1925
This index covers vessels arrived in Sydney only. It records the name and date of arrival and in some cases type of vessel. If you know the name of a ship then this Index can be consulted to check the date of arrival.
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Related Records

The following list of related records was extracted from Appendix A of the Shipping Guide, which is available in the reading room.

Pure Merinos and others - PDF online version

The publication Pure merinos and others: the "shipping lists" of the Australian Agricultural Company by P A Pemberton lists the 700 men (some accompanied by their families) who were brought to New South Wales by the Australian Agriculture Company to work either at the colliery in Newcastle or on the extensive pastoral estates at Port Stephens, Tamworth and the Liverpool Plains. Using the shipping lists from the records held at the Noel Butlin Archives Centre, Pure Merinos and Others records the names of these newly arrived employees and, wherever possible, details of their ages, occupations and wages.

Unfortunately, Pure Merinos and Others has been out of print for a number of years but we are pleased to report that it is now available in PDF format on the ANU (Australian National University) Archives Collections website.