Passenger records held in Sydney – Fact sheet 64
Passenger records provide a valuable source of genealogical (family history) information. Most of the records are 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.
Port of Sydney
The National Archives Sydney Office holds inwards and outwards ships passenger lists for the port of Sydney from 1923 onwards. Inwards passenger lists for 1923 to 1966 are available on microfilm in the Sydney Office reading room at Chester Hill and the Western Sydney Records Centre at Kingswood, NSW (see Addresses of Australian archival institutions).
An alphabetical card index by ship name, also available on microfilm, is held for inwards ships passenger lists for the years 1923 to 1951. We also hold an incomplete set of passenger lists for the period 1915 to 1922 created by the Customs Service. These records have not been microfilmed but are all listed on RecordSearch at an item level. The complete set of passenger lists prior to 1923 is held by State Records New South Wales.
Inwards aircraft passenger lists are also held for Sydney from 1936 to August 1974 (microfilm copies are available for the years 1936 to 1951). We hold outwards aircraft passenger lists for Sydney from 1941 to August 1974.
Ships and aircraft
|Title or description of record||Date range||Series number|
|Inwards crew and passenger lists for Australian ports||1915–23||SP83/11|
|Alphabetical index to ships carrying passengers arriving at Sydney||1923–51||C3109|
|Passenger lists, inwards ships, Sydney||1923–||C1115|
|Passenger lists, outwards ships, Sydney||1923–64||SP1148/2|
|Passenger lists, outwards ships, Sydney||1965–||C1116|
|Passenger lists, inwards aircraft, Sydney (Rose Bay and Mascot)||1936–64||C3458|
|Passenger lists, outwards aircraft, Sydney||1941–64||SP1148/2|
|Passenger lists, inwards aircraft, Sydney (series finishes on 10 August 1974)||1965–74||SP1150/1|
|Passenger lists, outwards aircraft, Sydney (series finishes in August 1974)||1965–74||SP1150/3|