Shipping and migration

Picture Gallery of Sailing Ships

This site details ships in the passenger trade to Australia and New Zealand from the 1840s to the 1890s and links to images of the ships.

Art School Online

This interesting site, by Roger Elliott, has online lessons in drawing sailing ships. There is detailed explanations on the type of ships and rigs etc.

Register of Ships

This site by G Provost and P Joicey has transcriptions from Lloyd’s Register of British and Foreign Shipping (1764-2003). Ships are listed alphabetically with registration details such as rigging, tonnage, dimensions, propulsion, owners and master available.

Palmer List of Merchant Vessels Online

This site by Michael Palmer contains extensive information and includes ships’ pictures where available. The focus is on ships to the US but it includes ships that came to Australia.

SS Asturias

This amazing site has been created to provide a central place to gather information about the SS Asturias II. This ship made 23 trips to Australia between 1946 and 1952, carrying more than 25,000 migrants. These included migrants from Poland,…

Immigrant Diaries 1822-1895

These diaries are held in the National Library of Australia’s manuscript collection. This list is arranged chronologically by year and date of departure.

Emigrant Ships to Australasia 1825-1853

This index by Grahame Thom has been compiled to assist researchers to access 28 medical journals that have been copied as part of the Australian Joint Copying Project (AJCP). There is a list on the The National Archives (UK) site…