Passenger records held in Adelaide – Fact Sheet 256

Passenger records provide a valuable source of information for family historians. Passenger records are generally arranged by the date, name of the ship, and the port of arrival or departure. Unless you know these details your search may be very time-consuming.

Passenger records for South Australia

The National Archives Adelaide Office holds inwards and outwards ships passenger lists for the port of Adelaide from 1941 to 1976, though there are gaps in the holdings for the years 1964 to 1976. Adelaide inwards passenger lists from 1941 to 1964 are available on microfilm in all National Archives' reading rooms, with the exception of the Melbourne reading room (see table below). A small number of aircraft passenger lists for arrivals at South Australian airports for the period 1951 to 1972 are also held in Adelaide.

Records of arrivals after 1976 are held in Canberra – Passenger records held in Canberra

Passenger records for South Australian ports prior to 1941 are held by State Records of South Australia.

Passenger records – ships and aircraft

Related records held in Adelaide

Nominal rolls listing immigrants to South Australia may also be useful family history sources. Series containing nominal rolls for some voyages and flights to South Australia are listed in the table below.

Adelaide series containing nominal rolls

 Title or description of recordDate rangeSeries number
SeriesCorrespondence files1939–51D1976
SeriesShips nominal rolls (foreign)1947–50D2002
SeriesCorrespondence files1948–66D400
SeriesShips nominal rolls and personal documents of assisted British migrants1955–58AP120/1
SeriesCorrespondence files1966–D399

Ships passenger lists for other Australian ports

The Adelaide Office holds microfilm copies of passenger lists for the following Australian ports.

All National Archives reading rooms hold collections of passenger lists.

Collection references

How to obtain more information

More information can be obtained from the National Archives' RecordSearch database, available in all reading rooms and on our website. Search using the series numbers that appear in the right hand column of each table.

You can also search for passengers arriving by ship in Fremantle and other Western Australian ports between January 1921 and 15 January 1950 using the online Passenger arrivals index, accessible via RecordSearch. See the Passenger arrivals index.

Other fact sheets on passenger records held in the National Archives collection include:
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