Passenger records held in Hobart – Fact sheet 184

Passenger records provide a valuable source of information for family historians. The Archives office in Hobart holds inward and outward passenger lists for the port of Hobart and some lists, cards and related registers for Tasmanian ports of Burnie, Devonport and Launceston. These records are usually arranged by the date, name of the ship, and the port of arrival or departure. Unless you know these details your search may be very time-consuming.

Passenger, crew and ship records for Tasmanian ports

Hobart

 Title or description of recordDate rangeSeries number
SeriesPassenger and crew lists (inward)1903–51P2005
SeriesPassenger and crew lists (outward)1903–51 (with gaps)P2004

Burnie

 Title or description of recordDate rangeSeries number
SeriesPassenger lists (inward & outward)1939–48P2031

Devonport

 Title or description of recordDate rangeSeries number
SeriesRegister of passenger lists (interstate)1924–58P1202
SeriesRegister of ships arriving at the port of Devonport1927–50P1240

Launceston

 Title or description of recordDate rangeSeries number
SeriesRegister of ships arriving at the port of Launceston1869–1910P588
SeriesRegister of ships leaving the port of Launceston1930–61 (with gaps)P1075

Other passenger lists

We also hold microfilm copies of the following passenger lists.

Queensland

 Title or description of recordDate rangeSeries number
SeriesBowen – Ships lists inwardsJan 1897–Dec 1962J723
SeriesBrisbane – Ships lists inwardsAug 1852–Dec 1964J715
SeriesBrisbane – Ships lists outwardsJan 1859–Dec 1964J716
SeriesBundaberg – Ships lists inwardsFeb 1948–June 1950J733
SeriesCairns – Ships lists inwards1897–Oct 1964J725
SeriesGladstone – Ships lists inwardsApr 1924–Sep 1964J717
SeriesMackay – Ships lists inwardsOct 1924–Oct 1962J729
SeriesMaryborough – Ships lists inwardsApr 1929–Mar 1950J731
SeriesRockhampton – Ships lists inwards1898–Oct 1962J727
SeriesThursday Island – Ships lists inwardsApr 1924–Jan 1964J719
SeriesTownsville – Ships lists inwardsJan 1895–Dec 1964J721

Victoria

 Title or description of recordDate rangeSeries number
SeriesMelbourne – Ships lists inwardApr 1924–Dec 1964B4397

Sources in other offices of the National Archives

Other offices of the Archives, located in each capital city, also hold collections of passenger lists.

Further information on passenger lists held by Offices of the Archives are available in:

Earlier passenger records for Tasmanian ports

The Tasmanian Archive and Heritage Office holds passenger records for the port of Hobart for the years earlier than 1903, though no similar records are held for the ports of Burnie, Devonport or Launceston.

For more information

Further information about records relating to Tasmania's maritime past is provided in Maritime records held in Hobart.

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