Thursday, June 05, 2008

Glasgoe Evening Times

Web Links To Find Aussie Ancestors (from Evening Times): "details of millions of Britons who moved to Australia in search of a better life in the 19th and early 20th centuries are revealed today.

A new online collection lists Australian ancestors of 16 million Britons, dating from the New South Wales Free Settlers in 1826.

Social history website said its collection gave the average person in this country a one-in-four chance of having a free settler ancestor.

Australia's population was just 53,000 in 1826, but increased to 5.6 million by 1922. managing director Simon Harper said: 'This is the first time that these important early Australian records have been brought together in one place online, making them accessible to so many.'

The records show actress Nicole Kidman is descended from Irish settlers, while Robert Louis Stevenson arrived in Sydney in 1893, a year before his death."

The Australian Free Settler Collection is now available on

For the first time ever, you can now search 8.9 million names of those arriving into New South Wales in two, easy to use, online databases:

NSW Unassisted Immigrant Passenger Lists, 1826-1922

“Unassisted immigrants” were migrants whose journey was not subsidized and was paid for solely by themselves. These passenger lists are a record of their entry into New South Wales between 1826 and 1922 and contain details such as the name of the passenger and their occupation, their port of departure, the date they arrived and the name of ship they arrived on, and even possibly a bill of health

NSW Assisted Immigrant Passenger Lists, 1828-1896

These are the records of individuals whose journeys were subsidized or paid for by another person or through another agency. The database is made up of 3 different types of record; Returns of convicts’ applications for wives and families, Persons on bounty ships (Agents Immigrant Lists) and Persons on early migrant ships, and so contains an abundance of information.


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