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Immigration applications, case files and migrant selection documents

Image 14: The Swan family’s application for assisted passage to Australia, 1961. Son James Dixon Swan is better known as Jimmy Barnes

Image 14: The Swan family’s application for assisted passage to Australia, 1961. Son James Dixon Swan is better known as Jimmy Barnes
NAA: A1877, 7/12/61 Strathnaver Swan J R H
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Migrant selection documents are completed by or for people applying to migrate to Australia under one of the many assisted passage schemes that came into place after World War II, including those for resettlement of refugees and displaced persons.

The Department of Immigration was responsible for approving the entry of individuals and recording their arrival. Prospective immigrants applied for assisted passage and completed medical examination forms. They lodged their applications with the Chief Migration Officer in the capital city of their country of residence. Documents for migrants destined for South Australia were then forwarded to the Adelaide office of the Department of Immigration.

The Commonwealth Government's role in sponsoring or assisting migrants prior to World War II was limited to providing funding to state-run schemes. The Archives holds migrant selection documents from 1945.

Migrant selection documents vary in the amount of detail they provide. Generally they contain a range of personal details such as name, address, place and date of birth, gender, marital status and nationality. Other details may include physical description, occupation, education, proposed employment and names of other family members, as well as health checks and photographs.

Selected series relating to immigration case files and migrant selection documents in South Australia
Adelaide
Recorded by: Australian Customs Service, State Administration, South Australia
Correspondence files, 1871–1962 D596
Sydney, Adelaide
Recorded by: Australian Customs Service, State Administration, South Australia
Correspondence files, 'SB' (Shipping Branch), 1939–51 D1976
Sydney
Recorded by: Department of Immigration, South Australia Branch
Correspondence files, 1946–49 D401
Sydney, Adelaide
Recorded by: Department of Immigration, South Australia Branch
Correspondence files, 'SA/S', 1948–66 D400
Correspondence files, 1966– D399
Sydney
Recorded by: Department of Immigration, South Australia Branch
Overseas students files, 1968–82 D1899
Adelaide
Recorded by: Department of Immigration, South Australia Branch
Application forms, medical examination documents and related papers of British and non-British migrants (including ex-service), 1947–54 D1989
Forms 47A (medical examination), landing and re-entry permits for British and non-British migrants, 1951–59 D4879
Personal documents – British migrants (including ex-service), 1952–55 AP67/1
Ships nominal rolls and personal documents of assisted British migrants, 1955–58 AP120/1
Personal documents – British assisted migrants, 1957–62 AP306/1
Personal documents – British assisted migrants, 1958–59 AP175/1
Personal documents – British migrants, 1963–65 AP366/1
Personal documents – British assisted migrants, 1965–66 AP381/1
Personal documents – British migrants (received from overseas), 1965 AP320/1
Personal documents – British assisted migrants, 1966–67 AP457/1
Personal documents – British assisted migrants, 1967–68 AP504/1
Personal documents – British assisted migrants, correspondence files re British citizens' assisted passages to Australia, 1967–69 AP576/1
Personal documents – British assisted migrants, 1968–69 AP529/1
Personal documents – British assisted migrants, correspondence files re British citizens' assisted passages to Australia, 1969 AP551/1
Personal documents – British assisted migrants, correspondence files re British citizens' assisted passages to Australia, 1969–70 AP591/1
Personal documents – British assisted migrants, 1970–71 AP671/1
Personal documents – British assisted migrants, correspondence files re British citizens' assisted passages to Australia, 1970 AP629/1
Personal documents – British assisted migrants, correspondence files re British citizens' assisted passages to Australia, 1970 AP645/1
Personal documents – British assisted migrants, 1971 AP688/1
Personal documents – British assisted migrants, 1971 AP718/1
Personal documents – British assisted migrants, 1971 AP702/1
British selection documents, 1971–77 AP786/1
British selection documents, 1971–77 AP727/1
British selection documents, 1971–77 AP754/1
British selection documents, 1971–77 AP838/1
British selection documents, 1971–77 AP873/1
British selection documents, 1971–77 AP912/1
British selection documents, 1971–77 AP1121/3
Selection documents, 1977–78 D3079
Selected items relating to migrant selection documents in South Australia
Canberra
Migrant selection documents – James Swan and family (including son Jimmy Barnes), 1961 A1877, 7/12/61 STRATHNAVER SWAN J R H
Migrant selection documents – John Gillard and family (including daughter Julia), 1965–66 A1877, 07/02/1966 FAIRSKY GILLARD J O

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