There are over 107,000 entries in this collection of passengers and crew from some 485 inward ship voyages spanning the years 1852 to 1885. The collection was sourced from the Collector of Customs (Brisbane) records held at the National Archives of Australia, Brisbane (Shipping Inwards Series J715).
The amount of information available will vary from record to record, but most will include a combination of the following fields:
Title – e.g. Mrs., Dr., Hon., Rev., Capt., etc.
Status – married or single
Age – this can be a specific age or a comment such as adult, child, infant, or above 14y
Occupation – many different abbreviations are used in this field
Passenger or crew
Ship’s departure port
List type – departure, arrival, or other
While the series is noted as pertaining to inwards lists, there are a few outwards lists included. Most ships would include two separate lists: one would be created at the time of departure and one at the time of arrival.
Over 90 of the lists found in this collection are not included in the Queensland State Archives Assisted Immigration 1848-1912 online index: some lists were lost in the 1893 floods and others are not specifically migrant voyages, even though they did carry passengers. Some of the large migrant ships included in this collection but not in the Queensland State Archives online index are as follows:
Shackamaxon – 1859
Chatsworth, City of Brisbane, Erin go Bragh, Maryborough, Ocean Chief, Whirlwind – 1862
Everton, Golden City, Queen of the Colonies, Sunda, Wanata, Young Australia – 1863
Castle Eden, Legion of Honor, Queen of the Colonies, Young Australia – 1864
Sunda – 1865
Fly Cloud, Golden City, Southern Ocean – 1866
Flying Cloud, Light Bridage – 1869
Planet, Storm King – 1870
The following departure ports are included in this index: Batavia, Boston, Dundee, Glasgow, Greenock, Hamburg, Hong Kong, Liverpool, London, New York, Newcastle-on-Tyne, Plymouth, Queenstown, Singapore, San Francisco, Sydney, the South Sea Islands, and Southampton.
Names and occupations are abbreviated as recorded on the original lists.
The inclusion of a question mark (?) means there was uncertainty in deciphering the original text.
As much as possible, all text has been transcribed exactly as it was recorded on the original lists.
Variant readings of a name are noted in the Comments field.
Data supplied by Queensland Family History Society Inc.