Australia, Victoria, Outward Passenger Lists (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Victoria,  Australia
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Record Description
Record Type Outward Passenger Lists
Collection years 1852-1924
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State Library - Victoria


What is in This Collection?

Included in this collection are passenger lists of individuals leaving Victoria between the years 1852 and 1924. The original records are available at the Public Record Office of Victoria (PROV).

Image Visibility

Whenever possible, FamilySearch makes images of digitized records available for all users. However, the rights to view images on this website are ultimately granted by the record custodians. Due to their restrictions, the records in this collection are not allowed to be displayed in any electronic format, and therefore are not available for viewing online.

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What Can These Records Tell Me?

The following list indicates potential information provided in these records. It must be remembered that every record may not provide all the listed information, as record-keeping practices varied greatly over time.

Passenger Lists may contain:

  • Name of passenger
  • Age of passenger
  • Number of children traveling with passenger
  • Titles of passenger (General, Lady, Baron)
  • Occupation of passenger
  • Nationality
  • Intended port of arrival

How Do I Search This Collection?

Before beginning a search in these records, it is best to know the full name of the individual in question, as well as an approximate time range for the desired record. When entered into the search engine on the Collection Page, this information provides the quickest, most reliable path to finding the correct person. Of course, other information can be substituted as necessary.

Search by Name by Visiting the Collection Page

Fill in the requested information in the initial search page to return a list of possible matches. Compare the individuals on the list with what is already known to find the correct family or person. This step may require examining multiple individuals before a match is located.

What Do I Do Next?

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?

  • Make sure to fully transcribe and cite the record entry for future reference; see below for assistance in citing this collection
  • Use the information which has been discovered to find more. For instance, use the age listed in the record to estimate a year of birth, if that is yet undetermined
  • Continue to search the index to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives. Note that an individual did not always travel with family members, and if they did, these family members might not share the same surname

I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?

  • When looking for a person with a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which individual is correct. *Use other information, such as place of birth, age, occupation, or names of parents to determine which candidate is the correct person. If listed, a personal title may be a clue to property ownership or occupation, either of which might be noted in other records
  • Check for variants of given names and surnames. For much of the period of this collection, spelling was not standardized; pay special attention to how the name should have been pronounced and try variations on the pronunciation. Simple clerical errors were also always possible. Furthermore, individuals were often listed under a middle name, nickname, or abbreviation of their given name. For women, remember that it was not uncommon to revert to a maiden name after the death of a husband
  • Vary the search terms. For example, search by either the given name or surname to return broader list of possible candidates which can then be examined for matches. Alternatively, try expanding the date range

Citing This Collection

Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying your sources helps others find the records you used.

Collection Citation

"Australia, Victoria, Outward Passenger Lists, 1852-1924." Index and Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Citing Public Record Office of Victoria, Melbourne.

Record Citation:
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