Immigrants to the Northern Territory
Although the Northern Territory has never had immigrants arrive in large numbers, there has nevertheless been a steady flow of prospective settlers, particularly from Asia.
The Territory's immigration function was administered by the Sub-Collector of Customs until 1948 when a Department of Immigration branch office was established in Darwin.
The National Archives' Darwin Office has a large collection of individual case files dealing with a range of immigration matters including applications for visas, applications for residency, and applications for passports. There is also a small collection of photographs, which include both immigration officials and some immigrant arrivals.
The National Archives' Canberra Office also has a collection of forms that were removed from individual case files relating to Northern Territory immigration matters prior to the destruction of those files. The items consist of: Application for admission of relatives or friends to Australia (Form 40); Application for permit to enter Australia (Forms 47 and 47A; and Personal nomination – assisted passage (Form EM2).
|Selected records relating to the immigration function in the Northern Territory|
|National Archives, Canberra|
|Immigration forms 40, 47 and EM2, 1949–54||CP579/2|
|Basic documents removed from files – forms 40, 47, 47A, and EM2, 1954–60||AA1969/391|
|National Archives, Darwin|
|Correspondence files, 1928–ongoing||E141|
|Correspondence files relating to immigration, 1933–41||E756|
|Correspondence files relating to Chinese immigration to Australia, 1941–42||E757|
|Correspondence files, 1947–75||E601|
|Passports registers, 1948–63||E1117|
|Correspondence files, 1949–ongoing||E37|
|Miscellaneous immigration registers, 1954–84||E1114|
|Correspondence files, 1956–64||E516|
|Classified correspondence files, 1956–ongoing||E110|
|Miscellaneous photographs, 1960–77||E1113|
|Various applications and correspondence relating to the Immigration Office in Dili, Timor, 1966–71||E1116|