Shipping and migration

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…

Index to vessels arriving in Sydney 1837-1925

This index, by Mary-Anne Warner, lists the name and type of vessel plus date of arrival in Sydney. This index is useful for checking or confirming the date of arrival once you know the name of the ship.

Simplon Postcards – The Passenger Ship Website

This site is a reference archive of image galleries, showing postcards and photographs of ocean liners, cruise ships, ferries and excursion vessels. Currently, there are over 2000 separate pages with 60,000+ images online.

Norway Heritage – Hands Across the Sea

This extensive site is a great place to search for historical details and images of ships. Searches can be made by ship name or owner/operator such as Cunard Line or White Star Line. Detailed histories are available on various steamship…

Royal Museums Greenwich – Picture Library

The Picture Library has 33,800+ images and photographs online depicting notable ships, trade and empire, astronomy, exploration, navigation and time. Collection includes historical photography, ship plans, prints, oil paintings,  astronomical and navigational instruments, and ship models.

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.