Researching your ancestors from Great Britain and Ireland

A guide to researching your ancestors in England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands, using resources at State Library Victoria.

Immigration records - pre 1923

Australian immigration and shipping records were state based until 1923 when the Australian Government assumed responsibility for passenger arrivals and departures.

For detailed information on researching people arriving in and departing from Victoria please go to the Victorian immigration and emigration research guide.

Other states and territories:


National Archives of Australia migration and citizenship records

New South Wales

State Records of NSW immigration records

South Australia

State Library of South Australia immigration to South Australia guide       


LINC Tasmania arrivals


Queensland State Archives immigration indexes

Western Australia         

State Library of Western Australia immigration records
State Records Office of Western Australia passenger lists & immigration records

State Library Victoria


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Our Ask A Librarian  reference service is still available to assist with your research inquiries.