The National Archives announces that it has entered an agreement with the major family history website Ancestry.com to make digital copies of all the inward passenger manifests for ships and aircraft arriving at Fremantle, Perth Airport and Western Australian outports from 1897 to 1963. This exciting project will result in the images of these documents being available to the public to view online through the websites both of Ancestry.com and the National Archives. In addition to the images a complete searchable index of all passengers listed in these records will be available through both the Archives and Ancestry.com websites. Through this agreement the National Archives is able to make accessible to the public for the first time a complete index and complete copy of this group of records which has proven so vital for the family history research of many thousands of Australians. We expect the images and index to be available by December 2013.
The National Archives is keen to enter arrangements with organisations which will result in making important parts of its collection directly available online for family history and other research.
Media release: Archival passenger records to go online