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Passenger records and ships' nominal rolls

Passenger records document the movement of people into and out of Australia. Before 1948, the captain or master of all passenger ships and aircraft was required to provide Customs authorities with a list of passengers arriving in or leaving from a port. From 1948, cards filled in by the passengers were introduced. From the 1960s cards increasingly replaced lists, especially for those arriving by air.

The Archives holds passenger arrival records for all Australian ports from 1924 onwards.

Selected series relating to inward passenger records in South Australia
Adelaide
Recorded by: Department of Immigration, South Australia Branch
Ships' passenger lists inwards Adelaide, 1941–64 D5077
Inwards passenger cards (surface vessels), 1948–50 AP475/1
Aircraft passenger manifests (incomplete), inwards and outwards, 1951–72 AP1174/2
Ships' manifests – inwards, 1965–66 D5078
Shipping passenger manifest – inwards and outwards, 1967–76 AP1174/3
Sydney
Recorded by: Department of Immigration, South Australia Branch
RAAF Edinburgh passenger manifests, 1955–60 AP310/2
Canberra
Recorded by: Department of Immigration, South Australia Branch
Aircraft passenger cards, 1954–60 AP172/2
Adelaide
Recorded by: Collector of Customs, Adelaide
Monthly immigration returns, 1919–46 D1986
Passenger Manifests (Form M308 – P2) AP846/1
Passenger manifests, 1964–69 AP846/2
Inward Passenger Manifests (Form P2) – Port Lincoln 1964 AP846/3
Inward Passenger Manifests (Form P2) – Wallaroo 1964 AP846/4
Outwards Passenger Lists (Form P1 & P 2) Port Pirie AP846/5
Interstate passenger lists – disembarking at Port Adelaide, 1969–73 AP852/3
Inward passenger lists – disembarked at Port Adelaide, 1969–73 AP852/2
Sydney
Recorded by: Collector of Customs, Adelaide
Passenger permission to land index book, 1927–30 D1983
Canberra
Recorded by: Collector of Customs, Adelaide
Ships' passenger lists, inwards, Adelaide, 1957–64 A7274
Canberra
Recorded by: Sub-collector of Customs, Port Lincoln, South Australia
Ships' passenger lists, inwards, Port Lincoln, 1960–64 A7276
Adelaide
Recorded by: Sub-collector of Customs, Port Pirie, South Australia
Register of passenger lists (inwards); seamen engaged, discharged, deserted or died at Port Pirie, 1925–49 D458
Canberra
Recorded by: Sub-collector of Customs, Port Pirie, South Australia
Ships' passenger lists, inwards, Port Pirie, 1959–65 A7278
Canberra
Recorded by: Sub-collector of Customs, Whyalla, South Australia
Ships' passenger lists, inwards, Whyalla, 1962–65 A7279
Adelaide
Recorded by: Sub-collector of Customs, Whyalla, South Australia
Whyalla inwards passenger manifests (ships), 1969 AP1263/1
Canberra
Recorded by: Sub-collector of Customs, Wallaroo, South Australia
Ships' passenger lists, inwards, Wallaroo, 1957–65 A7281
Selected series relating to outward passenger records in South Australia
Canberra
Recorded by: Collector of Customs, Adelaide/Department of Immigration, South Australia Branch
Ships' passenger lists, outwards, Adelaide, 1959–64 A7273
Adelaide
Recorded by: Collector of Customs, Adelaide/Department of Immigration, South Australia Branch
Ships' passengers lists, outwards, Adelaide, 1941–64 AP473/1
Shipping passenger manifest, inwards and outwards, 1967–76 AP1174/3
Outward passenger manifests – embarked at Port Adelaide, 1970–73 AP852/1
Canberra
Recorded by: Sub-collector of Customs, Port Lincoln, South Australia
Ships' passenger lists, outwards, Port Lincoln, 1961–65 A7275
Canberra
Recorded by: Sub-collector of Customs, Port Pirie, South Australia
Ships' passenger lists, outwards, Port Pirie, 1960–65 A7277
Canberra
Recorded by: Sub-collector of Customs, Wallaroo, South Australia
Ships' passenger lists, outwards, Wallaroo, 1959–65 A7280
Sydney
Recorded by: Department of Immigration, South Australia Branch
Ships' manifests, outwards, Adelaide, 1965–66 AP473/2

A nominal roll is a list of all the passengers on board when a ship sailed from its port of departure. They are usually associated with migrant selection documents. Nominal rolls listing immigrants to South Australia may include passenger details such as name, date of birth, religion and occupation. They may also show the first address nominated by the passenger, including references to hostels.

Selected series containing nominal rolls in South Australia
Sydney, Adelaide
Recorded by: Australian Customs Service, State Administration, South Australia
Correspondence files, 'SB' (Shipping Branch), 1939–51 D1976
Sydney, Adelaide
Recorded by: Department of Immigration, South Australia Branch
Correspondence files, 'SA/S', 1948–66 D400
Correspondence files, 1966– D399
Adelaide
Recorded by: Department of Immigration, South Australia Branch
Ships nominal rolls (foreign), 1947–50 D2002
Ships nominal rolls and personal documents of assisted British migrants, 1955–58 AP120/1
Selected items relating to nominal rolls in South Australia
Adelaide
SS Stewart nominal roll – arrived Adelaide 20 July 1949 D400, SA1949/4010
Wooster Victory sailing from Naples on 10 September 1949 – arrived Adelaide 5 October 1949 D2002, WOOSTER VICTORY 5/10/1949

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