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Public Record Office Victoria also has a searchable tool for the data on its website.  For more information see http://prov.vic.gov.au/research/ships-and-shipping or contact enquiries@prov.vic.gov.au.

The datasets list all of the people who arrived in or left Victoria by ship, from the middle of the nineteenth century (when the records began) to 1923.

This information is often crucial for family history research, especially in times when an overseas voyage was a much more significant undertaking than it is today.  As well as immigration and emigration, the records are also witnesses to other events, such as the various international tours of Dame Nellie Melba and the embarkation of troops for the distant battlefields of World War One.

Publishing the data in complete form allows enterprising researchers to look for other patterns in the two-million plus records that make up the data.  Details such as  name, date, gender, age and origin details are available.

The data was painstakingly transcribed by team of volunteers from the original handwritten records in a recently-completed project that has taken over twenty years.  Some of our volunteers however have been working for nearly the entire project! During that time, the nature of the project has changed radically from lists being published on microfilm to lists being made available via keyword searching on the Internet. 

You can access the datasets by clicking on the links below:
• Outwards Passengers from Victoria 1852-1915
• British Assisted Passengers to Victoria 1839-1871
• Inwards Unassisted Passengers to Victoria 1852-1923

Public Record Office Victoria also has a searchable tool for the data on its website.  For more information see http://prov.vic.gov.au/research/ships-and-shipping or contact enquiries@prov.vic.gov.au.

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