Last updated:

October 5, 2021

What do I need to know?

The search form below is a great place to start when searching for a person who may have departed from Victoria by boat.

Indexers transcribed the names and ages recorded on lists of passengers aboard ships which departed from Victorian ports and were heading overseas, between 1852 and 1923 (for passengers post 1923, try searching records of the National Archives of Australia). The lists, which were submitted to Victorian customs officials on departure, are often sometimes called “outwards passenger lists”.

How do I search?

  • Consider trying different spelling variations
  • Search by any or several keywords you may know (for example, the name, year, ship, and so on)
  • Some names may be abbreviated (for example, ' J' Smith or simply 'Mr' Smith)
  • Note that young children are sometimes listed as "child with" and their parents' surname.  

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; and occupation. Information recorded about the ship includes: name of ship’s captain; dates of departure and arrival at each port; total number of passengers.

Find passengers in these lists

About these records

Various immigration regulation bodies kept records of outward passengers between 1852 and 1923. These lists of outward passengers sometimes contain the names of people travelling from Victorian to other Australian ports, if they disembarked before the ship travelled to its overseas destinations.

Next Steps

When you have found a passenger entry of interest, click on the link in the "Ship" column to view the record online.