Four groups of people sailed to Australia in the eighteen and nineteenth centuries: convicts, free passengers, soldiers and sailors. This seminar focuses on the free passengers, those who paid their passages or received free passages under systems like the Bounty Immigrant scheme. These colonial shipping records are not only useful for researchers whose ancestors migrated to NSW. They are also useful for researchers whose ancestors did not. This is because they provide information about the migrants’ parents, grandparents, siblings or other relatives who lived or had died in their homeland. For example, some records from the 1830s/1840s provide four generations of information, beginning with Irish residents who were born in the mid-1700s. Thus, NSW colonial passenger records can be a valuable source for Australian and non-Australian researchers alike.
This was presented to a live webinar audience on June 4, 2019. 1 hour 16 minutes, plus 4 pages of handouts. The recording is also included as part of the monthly or annual membership.