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Record Description
Record Type Index to Bounty Immigrants
Collection years 1828-1842
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New South Wales Government - State Records


What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

This collection will include records from 1828 to 1842.

This index consists of two kinds of interfiled cards: brief handwritten and pre-printed typewritten. The cards are in alphabetical order by surname and then by given name.

These records include an index about 60,000 records of immigrants arriving in Sydney. Beginning in 1828, the Australian Government organized a program to encourage people to migrate to Australia, particularly to the State of New South Wales, which had been founded in 1788. “Assisted Immigrants” were immigrants whose passage was paid for or partially paid for by the Government as an incentive to settle in New South Wales.

Children are often listed separately on a brief handwritten card with no parent’s name as well on the father’s card under “children”.

Another program which ran from 1835 to 1841 was the bounty reward system. “Bounty immigrants” were selected by colonists who then paid for their passage. When the immigrant arrived, a colonist would employ the immigrant and the employer would then be reimbursed by the government for all or part of the cost of passage. The first immigrants to apply for this assisted immigration, were the people from Ireland, England, Wales, and Scotland. Later, people from other European countries began immigrating to Australia.

To Browse This Collection[edit | edit source]

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Australia, New South Wales, Index to Bounty Immigrants, 1828-1842.

What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]

The following information may be found in these records:

Passenger Index

  • Passenger’s name
  • Age
  • Estimated year of birth
  • Native place of birth
  • Name of spouse
  • Native place of birth
  • Names, birth dates and ages of children
  • Occupation
  • Religion
  • Father’s name
  • Mother’s name
  • Name of ship
  • Date of arrival

Collection Content[edit | edit source]

Sample Image[edit | edit source]

How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]

As you are searching it is helpful to know such information as your ancestor’s given name and surname, some identifying information such as residence and age, and family relationships. Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name as your ancestor and that your ancestor may have used nicknames or different names at different times.

Search the Index[edit | edit source]

Search by name by visiting the Collection Details Page.
  1. Fill in the search boxes in the Search Collection section with the information you know
  2. Click Search to show possible matches

View the Images[edit | edit source]

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How Do I Analyze the Results?[edit | edit source]

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What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

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I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

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  • Search the records of nearby areas
  • Check for other names. An individual might appear under an unexpected name for a variety of reasons:
    • A woman may have returned to her maiden name after the death of her husband

Research Helps[edit | edit source]

The following articles will help you in your research for your family in Australia.

Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]

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