Find passenger lists and other records of migrants arriving in and leaving Victoria.
Records of migration to and from Victoria after 1923 are held by the National Archives of Australia (Melbourne & other offices). Some earlier records are also held by the Archives. The following online indexes are available:
Inwards passenger lists for the port of Melbourne for 1924–64 are available in digitised form via RecordSearch or on microfilm at the National Archives. For inward lists later than 1964 and outward passenger lists, you will need to search the original records. Lists for the ports of Geelong and Portland are held only for the years 1965 and 1966. From the 1960s, cards filled in by the passengers increasingly replaced lists, especially for those arriving by air. Contact the National Archives or view their fact sheet for more information about accessing these records.
Listing of ships carrying passengers to Victoria 1924-1962
Lists ships arrivals in chronological order, referring to microfilm copies of passenger lists held at the National Archives (Melbourne office). Names of passengers are not included.
How did they get here? Arrivals after 1924
This book provides step by step advice for finding passenger records, both for arrivals in Australia, and departures from overseas. It refers to both free and pay-per-view online sources, and to original records.
Destination Australia: sharing our post-war migrant stories
This website from National Archives Australia includes more than 25,000 images of migrants during Australia’s post-war immigration boom. Users can tag photographs with people they know, add stories or comments.