Last updated:

August 16, 2018

What do I need to know?

  • approximate date of travel
  • place traveled from  or to
  • name of person(s) of interest.

How do I search?

Enter the information you have into the search fields on Find My to see transcripts and images of the original coastal passenger lists held by Public Record Office Victoria. 


About these records

Inward passenger lists for Australian ports were kept by various immigration regulation bodies between 1852 and 1923. These are sometimes called “coastal passenger lists”.

These lists contain the names of passengers travelling to Victoria from other ports within Australia. The records are indexed by name on Find My Past. Information about the date and destination of the journey will assist your search.

What are in these records?

The records generally include the following information about each passenger:

  • first name and surname
  • marital status
  • age
  • sex
  • ports of embarkation and disembarkation


Also frequently recorded are:

  • nationality
  • occupation


Information recorded about the ship includes:

  • name of ship’s captain
  • dates of departure and arrival at each port
  • total number of passengers