Passenger records held in Melbourne – Fact sheet 172

About the records

Passenger records are a valuable source of genealogical (family history) information. Passenger lists are usually arranged by date, name of ship and port of arrival or departure. Unless you know these details your search may be very time-consuming.

Passenger lists for Victorian ports

The National Archives in Melbourne holds inwards and outwards ships passenger lists for the ports of Melbourne, Geelong and Portland.

Inwards passenger lists for the port of Melbourne for 1924–64 are available on microfilm in series B4397 (copies of the microfilm are held in all National Archives reading rooms). For outwards passenger lists, or inwards lists later than 1964 you will need to search the original records. Lists for the ports of Geelong and Portland are held only for the years 1965 and 1966.

Please note: incoming passenger lists for aircraft arrivals are not held in the Melbourne Office. Refer to Sources in other offices of the Archives, detailed below.

Melbourne

Geelong

 Title or description of recordDate rangeSeries number
SeriesInwards/outwards passenger lists – ships (Geelong)1965–66MP905/2
SeriesInwards/outwards passenger lists – ships (Geelong)1966MP990/4

Portland

 Title or description of recordDate rangeSeries number
SeriesInwards/outwards passenger lists – ships (Portland)1965–66MP905/3
SeriesInwards/outwards passenger lists – ships (Portland)1966MP990/5

Earlier passenger records

Passenger records for Victorian ports prior to 1923 are held by the Public Record Office Victoria (PROV). The PROV and the National Archives operate a joint reading room in Melbourne, known as the Victorian Archives Centre, where microform copies of passenger lists held by both institutions may be viewed. See Fact Sheet 2 – Addresses of other archival institutions for details.

Other ships passenger lists

Microfilm copies of the following passenger lists are also held in Melbourne.

New South Wales

 Title or description of recordDate rangeSeries number
SeriesNewcastle – Crew and passenger lists, inwards and outwards lists1865–84C667

Northern Territory

 Title or description of recordDate rangeSeries number
SeriesDarwin – Inwards and outwards lists1898–1934E1019

Queensland

 Title or description of recordDate rangeSeries number
SeriesBowen – Ships lists inwardsJan 1897–Dec 1962J723
SeriesBrisbane – Ships lists inwardsAug 1852–Dec 1964J715
SeriesBundaberg – Ships lists inwardsFeb 1948–Jun 1950J733
SeriesCairns – Ships lists inwards1897–1964J725
SeriesGladstone – Ships lists inwardsApr 1924–Sep 1964J717
SeriesMackay – Ships lists inwardsOct 1924–Oct 1962J729
SeriesMaryborough – Ships lists inwardsApr 1929–Mar 1950J731
SeriesRockhampton – Ships lists inwards1898–Oct 1962J727
SeriesThursday Island – Ships lists inwardsApr 1924–Jan 1964J719
SeriesTownsville – Ships lists inwards1895–1964J721

South Australia

 Title or description of recordDate rangeSeries number
SeriesAdelaide – Ships lists inwards1941–64D5077

Western Australia

 Title or description of recordDate rangeSeries number
SeriesFremantle/ Perth – Inwards ships and aircraft1898–1963K269

Sources in other offices of the Archives

The National Archives has offices in each capital city. All reading rooms hold collections of passenger lists, both originals and copies on microfilm. The lists and registers in the table above are available on microfilm in each reading room.

Further information on passenger lists held by the Archives is available in the following fact sheets:

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