Passenger records held in Melbourne – Fact sheet 172

About the records

Passenger records are a valuable source of genealogical (family history) information. Passenger lists are usually arranged by date, name of ship and port of arrival or departure. Unless you know these details your search may be very time-consuming.

Passenger lists for Victorian ports

The National Archives in Melbourne holds inwards and outwards ships passenger lists for the ports of Melbourne, Geelong and Portland.

Digital copies of the Inwards passenger lists for the port of Melbourne for 1924–64 (series B4397 – see table below) are available to view on RecordSearch. Microfilm copies of this series are held in all other National Archives reading rooms. For outwards passenger lists, or inwards lists later than 1964 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.

Please note: incoming passenger lists for aircraft arrivals are not held in the Melbourne Office. Refer to Sources in other offices of the Archives, detailed below.

Melbourne

Geelong

 Title or description of recordDate rangeSeries number
SeriesInwards/outwards passenger lists – ships (Geelong)1965–66MP905/2
SeriesInwards/outwards passenger lists – ships (Geelong)1966MP990/4

Portland

 Title or description of recordDate rangeSeries number
SeriesInwards/outwards passenger lists – ships (Portland)1965–66MP905/3
SeriesInwards/outwards passenger lists – ships (Portland)1966MP990/5

Earlier passenger records

Passenger records for Victorian ports prior to 1923 are held by the Public Record Office Victoria (PROV). The PROV and the National Archives operate a joint reading room in Melbourne, known as the Victorian Archives Centre. See Addresses of other archival institutions for details.

Sources in other offices of the Archives

The National Archives has offices in each capital city. All reading rooms hold collections of passenger lists, both originals and copies on microfilm. The lists and registers in the table above are available on microfilm in each reading room, with the exception of the Melbourne reading room.

Further information on passenger lists held by the Archives is available in the following fact sheets:

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