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Ships Passenger Lists to Australia & New Zealand 1700-1800

Between 1788 and 1900 over 1,000,000 people immigrated to Australia. Most of them were from the British Isles, but some were from Europe and Asia. Before 1900 there were 4 classes of immigration:

  1. Convicts sentenced to Australia for various periods of time, depending on the crime. Usually from British Isles or colonies
  2. Bounty immigrants chosen by Australian colonists to come from the British Isles.
  3. Assisted immigrants came through the financial assistance of the government, organizations, or wealthy individuals.
  4. Paying passengers came through their own means.
Australian immigration records for the first three classes almost always give each individualís name, age or date of birth, place of birth, trade or occupation, physical description, marital status, and number of children. Passenger lists for paying immigrants usually list only names.

Australia Convict Records Search the Australian Convict Records
Over 160,000 convicts (most from the British Isles) were sent to Australia. The British Government first sent convicts to New South Wales, Australia in 1788, after the American Revolution. Because of their own population growth, NSW refused to accept convicts after 1842. Convicts were sent to Tasmania (formerly Van Diemens Land) in 1803. Western Australian accepted male convicts only from 1850 to 1868.

The National Archives of Ireland has a searchable index database on the Internet for transportation records of Irish convicts sent to Australia between 1788 and 1868

Not an Olive Tree Genealogy Ships Passenger ListNew Zealand Bound Comprehensive list of links
Not an Olive Tree Genealogy Ships Passenger ListAUS/NZ Passenger Lists
Not an Olive Tree Genealogy Ships Passenger ListShipping-- Jenny Brandis' great collection of links and ships lists to Australia


Not an Olive Tree Genealogy Ships Passenger ListAustralia's Convict Ships -- First Fleet Oct. 1788 - 11 vessels from Portsmouth, arriving in N.S.W. with 717 convicts of whom 180 were women, guarded by 191 marines under 19 officers.
Not an Olive Tree Genealogy Ships Passenger ListAustralian Convict records Convicts from Lincolnshire transported to Australia, 1788-1840 *Searchable database
Not an Olive Tree Genealogy Ships Passenger List Australian Convict Index, 1788-1868 The database includes more than 48,000 names of convicts sent to Australia betweenn 1788 and 1868. This links provides free access to a pay site
Not an Olive Tree Genealogy Ships Passenger ListAustralia's Convict Ships -- Second Fleet June 1790 - vessels from Portsmouth, arriving in N.S.W. (Guardian, Justinian, Lady Juliana, Surprize, Neptune, Scarborough)
Not an Olive Tree Genealogy Ships Passenger ListAustralia's Convict Ships -- Third Fleet Oct. 1791 - 11 ships (Atlantic, William and Ann, Britannia, Matilda, Salamander, Albemarle, Mary Anne, Admiral Barrington, Active and Gorgon) with over 2000 convicts. arriving in N.S.W.
Not an Olive Tree Genealogy Ships Passenger ListIrish Convicts to New South Wales 1791-1820 (searchable database)
Not an Olive Tree Genealogy Ships Passenger ListIrish Rebels to Australia 1797 - 1806

Choose from the following ships passenger lists to Australia & New Zealand:
ships passenger lists 1700-1800
ships passenger lists 1800-1850
ships passenger lists 1850-1860
ships passenger lists 1860-1900



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