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Post-1945 immigration

The following records provide information on immigration case files and migrant selection documents for the period after World War II.

CORRESPONDENCE FILES, CLASS 3 (NON-BRITISH EUROPEAN MIGRANTS), 1939–50
Canberra
Series: A434
Quantity: 12.27 metres
Recorded by: 1939–1939: Department of the Interior (I) (CA 27); 1939–1945: Department of the Interior (II) (CA 31); 1945–1950: Department of Immigration (CA 51)
H Epstein – Admission, 1938–46 A434, 1946/3/4644
Jacobsohn, A – Admission of Relatives, 1947–54 A434, 1950/3/7245
SELECTION DOCUMENTS (DISPLACED PERSONS MIGRATION SCHEME) 1948–53
Canberra
The series consists of 979 bundles of selection documents, containing IRO medical examination forms and screening cards.
Series: CP533/1
Quantity: 146.16 metres
Recorded by: 1948–1953: Department of Immigration, Central Office (CA 51)
Abramovicz, Alexander, IRO resettlement registration form. Arrived on 'General Bundy' 20–3–49, 1949 CP533/1, bundle 15/1
Lipski, Boleslaw, etc, IRO resettlement registration form. Arrived on 'Fairsea' 8–11–50, 1949–50 CP533/1, bundle 730/992–995
SELECTION DOCUMENTS (DISPLACED PERSONS SCHEME), 1947–49
Canberra
Files in this series consist of selection documents (IRO medical examination forms and screening cards).
Series: CP899/4
Quantity: 27 metres
Recorded by: 1947–1949: Department of Immigration, Central Office (CA 51)
Displaced Person records – Anna Ilyk – born 1 Jan 1923, Poland [8 pages], 1948 CP899/4, Ilyk A
S Graf [10 pages], 1948–49 CP899/4, Graf S
PERSONAL DOCUMENTS OF DISPLACED PERSONS, 1946–52
Canberra
Documents in this series contain personal particulars of displaced persons interviewed by Australian selection officers overseas. IRO resettlement forms are included in many files.
Series: CP900/2
Quantity: 8.10 metres
Recorded by: 1946–1952: Department of Immigration, Central Office (CA 51)
Displaced Persons Bernard HOFFMANN, etc, 1949 CP900/2, 10/44
PERSONAL DOCUMENTS OF DISPLACED PERSONS, 1946–51
Canberra
Documents in this series contain personal particulars of displaced persons interviewed by Australian selection officers overseas. IRO resettlement forms are included in many files.
Series: CP900/4
Quantity: 30.06 metres
Recorded by: 1946–1951: Department of Immigration, Central Office (CA 51)
KREMER, Ephroim, Rachil, Esro [International Refugee Organisation registration documents], 1949–50 CP900/4, Bundle 70/Kremer
BERGER, Robert, Simonis, Eugenia, Judith, Viktor, Felix, Ellen, Moses [International Refugee Organisation Registration documents], 1947–9 CP900/4, Bundle 8/Berger
CORRESPONDENCE FILES, MULTIPLE NUMBER SERIES WITH YEAR AND LETTER PREFIX, 1945–46
Canberra
This is the main correspondence series of the Department for the year in question. An inventory of the series was compiled by the National Archives in 1989.
Series: A1067
Quantity: 31 metres
Recorded by: 1946–1946: Department of External Affairs (II), Central Office (CA 18)
Landing permits – Liberman, Mr and Mrs and daughter [3 pages], 1946 A1067, IC46/3/489
CORRESPONDENCE FILES, MULTIPLE NUMBER SERIES WITH YEAR AND LETTER PREFIXES, 1947
Canberra
This is the main correspondence file series of the Department for 1947. Material includes reports on investigation into potential immigrants or visitors.
Series: A1068
Quantity: 26.1 metres
Recorded by: 1947–1947: Department of External Affairs (II), Central Office (CA 18)
Landing permits – Jack Liberman [2 pages], 1947–48 A1068, IC47/3/278
Landing permit – Samuel M Liberman, 1947 A1068, IC47/3/278A
Passports. World Federation of Polish Jews. Freman, Felix, Rose, Phylis, 1947 A1068, IC47/22/12/4
NON-BRITISH EUROPEAN SELECTION DOCUMENTS, 1951–65
1951–1965: Migrant Reception and Training Centre, Bonegilla (Vic)
Documents in this series include medical reports, agreements between the migrant and the Commonwealth Government, questionnaires regarding trade or profession, and application forms.
Series: A2478
Quantity: 460 metres
Recorded by: 1951–1965: Migrant Reception and Training Centre, Bonegilla (Vic) (CA 1452)
Mayer, H, 1954 A2478, Mayer H
Neuhauser, H and Family, 1953 A2478, Neuhauser H
Jacobs, A F and Family, Nama, Sibajak, 1955 A2478, Jacobs A F
Epstein, J – APS – Miqan, 1952–65 A2478, Epstein J

Readers should also check the following related series:

NON-BRITISH EUROPEAN MIGRANT SELECTION DOCUMENTS, ASSISTED PASSAGE SCHEMES, NUMERICAL SERIES, 1966–73
Canberra
Migration documents include questionnaires regarding trade or professional qualifications.
Series: A2559
Quantity: 3.50 metres
Recorded by: 1966–1971: Migrant Reception and Training Centre, Bonegilla (VIC) (CA 1452); 1971–1973: Department of Immigration, Central Office (CA 51)
NAME INDEX CARDS, MIGRANTS REGISTRATION, 1949–56
Canberra
Information on each card includes registration number, photo, name, nationality, date of arrival, ex-ship, trade, level of education, name, date of issue, next of kin, physical description.
Series: A2571
Quantity: 51 metres
Recorded by: 1941–1956: Migrant Reception and Training Centre, Bonegilla (VIC) (CA 1452)
Whole series [Index cards, Migrants Registration] AA Jozephus – Zyzniewski, Piotr A2571, NN
Other useful sources include the following:
NOMINAL INDEX CARDS FOR CORRESPONDENCE FILES, ANNUAL SINGLE NUMBER SERIES WITH BLOCK ALLOCATIONS (EUROPEANS), 1949–64
Canberra
The cards are the control records for (immigration) correspondence files, and typically include immigrant's full name, place of origin, file number, etc.
Series: A3907
Quantity: 13.32 metres
Recorded by: 1949–1964: Department of Immigration, Central Office (CA 52)
CERVO–CHIPPING, eg CHALOM, Mayer (from Tel Aviv) A3907, BOX 1
SCHEDULES OF NOMINATED MIGRANTS, BRITISH AND FOREIGN, 1949–63
Sydney
Files in this series (arranged by country and chronologically) consist of bound volumes of nominated migrants. Details include name and address, age, marital status, occupation, employment arrangements in Australia, name and address of nominator.
Series: SP606/1
Quantity: 2.52 metres
Recorded by: 1949–1963: Department of Immigration, NSW Branch (CA 957)
KREN, Izidor and wife (form 40) [Box 40] [Box 4], 1956–57 SP606/2, 1956/68052
EPSTEIN, Jakab Akos and wife [Form 40] [Box 4], 1957 SP606/1, 1957/10482
GENERAL CORRESPONDENCE FILES, 'C' SERIES, 1903–48
Sydney
The files deal with requests for entry documents, departures and deportations.
Series: SP11/27
Quantity: 0.18 metres
Recorded by: 923–1945: Collector of Customs, Sydney (CA 785); 1945–1948: Department of Immigration, NSW Branch (CA 957)
[Authorisation to grant visas or special endorsements for Palestine to two nominees of the Victorian Jewish Advisory Board to attend World Conference for Jewish education at Jerusalem, July 1947], 1947 SP11/27, C1947/8078
APPLICATIONS FOR ADMISSION OF RELATIVES OR FRIENDS TO AUSTRALIA (FORM 40, 47 OR 47A), ALPHABETICAL SERIES, 1948–51
Sydney
Records in this series include details (on Forms 40, 47 and 47A) about the admission of friends and relatives to Australia, applications to enter Australia, or medical documentation for intending migrants. These forms asked applicants, specifically, whether or not they were Jewish. For example:
Series: SP248/1
Quantity: 1.8 metres
Recorded by: 1948–1951: Department of Immigration, NSW Branch (CA 957)
GOTTLIEB to GUTTMAN [Applications for landing permits, Form numbers 40, 47 and 47A] [Box 4], 1948–51 SP248/1, NN
KELLER to KNOEPFLER [Applications for landing permits, Form numbers 40, 47 and 47A] [Box 5], 1948–51 SP248/1, NN
BASIC DOCUMENTS (FORMS 40, 47 AND 47A), NON-BRITISH EUROPEAN SECTION, 1951
Sydney
Files include Forms 40, 47 and 47A.
Series: SP256/1
Quantity: 0.18 metres
Recorded by: 1951–1951: Department of Immigration, NSW Branch (CA 957)
LEVIN, Aron (form 40) [Folder 4], 1951 SP256/1, 51/23/62446
ROSENBERG, Chana (form 40) [Folder 5], 1951 SP256/1, 51/23/60664
ROSENBERG, Chana (form 47A) [photograph] [Folder 5], 1951 SP256/1, NN
GENERAL CORRESPONDENCE [AND CASE FILES, (1) SINGLE NUMBER SERIES WITH 20–25 INFIX, (2) ANNUAL SINGLE NUMBER SERIES (BLOCK ALLOCATED) WITH 'N' (NEW SOUTH WALES) PREFIX], c1901–67
Sydney
Series: SP1122/1
Quantity: 2375.10 metres
Recorded by: 1951–1967: Department of Immigration, NSW Branch (CA 957)
Glancz, Kalman and Gizella [immigration file] [1cm], 1952–58 SP1122/1, N1957/36215
CORRESPONDENCE FILES, ANNUAL SINGLE NUMBER SERIES WITH 'SB' SHIPPING BRANCH PREFIX, 1939–51
Adelaide
Series: D1976
Quantity: 16.5 metres
Recorded by: 1939–1951: Australian Customs Service, SA (CA 959)
Immigration Act – Haim Zimbalista – Undesirable German Jew, 1947 D1976, SB1947/662
CORRESPONDENCE FILES, ANNUAL SINGLE NUMBER SERIES WITH 'SA' PREFIX, 1948–66
Adelaide
The series documents policy, administration and operational aspects of the immigration function. Included are personal case files of immigrants.
Series: D400
Quantity: 435 metres
Recorded by: 1948–1956: Department of Immigration, SA Branch (CA 959)
BERG, Olga and daughter – Arrival, 1950–52 D400, SA1952/4153
LIBERMAN, Max Leon, 1948–77 D400, SA1951/13259
LIBOWEITEZ, Jacob – Deportation submission, 1952 D400, SA1952/4184
GOLDBERG, Nathan – Admission of friend, 1951–52 D400, SA1951/14951
RUBIN, Chana – Lost landing permit, 1952 D400, SA1952/4198
CASE FILES, ANNUAL SINGLE NUMBER SERIES, 1946–
Brisbane
This series contains files about persons entering Australia (temporarily or permanently) and seeking citizenship, details of deportations, policy files, etc.
Series: J25
Quantity: 1652.67 metres
Recorded by: 1946–1974: Department of Immigration, Queensland Branch (CA 958)
Leibovitz, Gerson, 1947 J25, 1947/2039
Friedman, Cedric; Seligsohn, Kurt, 1948 J25, 1948/12677
Australian Jewish Welfare Society – Winter, Zilman, Erwin; Winter– Zilman, Helen; Winter – Zilman, Magdalena, 1948 J25, 1948/13384
[AJWS] Rosen, Abram Mojzesz, 1949 J25, 1949/2718
[AJWS] Domsztyk, Boruch, 1949 J25, 1949/7533
Jewish Welfare Society. Bajrach, Hersz and Mendel, 1950 J25, 1950/5029
Australian Jewish Welfare. Burger, Pal and Magda, 1950 J25, 1950/8059
Deri, Gyula, Sarolta. Australian Jewish Welfare Society, 1951 J25, 1951/517
GENERAL CORRESPONDENCE FILES, MULTIPLE NUMBER SERIES WITH YEAR PREFIX, 1953
Perth
These files contain applications for admission for a friend or relative, applications for naturalisation, passport applications, and ships immigration reports.
Series: PP15/1
Quantity: 13.68 metres
Recorded by: 1953–1953: Department of Immigration, WA Branch (CA 962)
Perlmutter, Andreje [Immigration file], 1953 PP15/1, 1953/64/866
Berlstein, Vera Miriam [Immigration file], 1953 PP15/1, 1953/60/769
Timmerman, Berend Jan [Immigration file], 1953 PP15/1, 1953/64/866
GENERAL PERSONAL FILES, 1961
Perth
Series: PP256/1
Quantity: 27.72 metres
Recorded by: 1961–1961: Department of Immigration, WA Branch (CA 962)
Jacob Bigelman, 1955–62 PP256/1, W1961/10574
Luba Bigelman, 1955–61 PP256/1, W1961/10575
CORRESPONDENCE FILES, SINGLE NUMBER SERIES, 1918–59
Perth
Series: PP302/1
Quantity: 23.76 metres
Recorded by: 1946–1959: Commonwealth Investigation Service, WA (CA 917)
Rachel Epstein, 1948 PP302/1, WA29463
ALIEN REGISTRATION DOCUMENTS, ALPHABETICAL SERIES, 1948–65
Perth
The series contains documents and associated forms and correspondence (under Aliens Act). Some material dates back to 1920.
Series: K1331
Quantity: 30 metres
Recorded by: 1948–1965: Department of Immigration, WA Branch (CA 962)
Epstein, Herbert – Nationality: Polish – Arrived Hobart per 'Teanui' 1888, 1957 K1331, 1951/Epstein H
EPSTEIN, I A Y – Nationality: Egyptian – Arrived Fremantle per 'Orontes', 14 Feb 1950, 1950 K1331, 1955/Epstein I A Y
ALIEN REGISTRATION DOCUMENTS (FORMS RA2) WITH ATTACHMENTS, 1948–63
Perth
The series consists of single forms 'Application for Registration by Aliens entering Australia', and contains information 'required under provisions of the Aliens Act 1947–1959'.
Series: PP513/7
Quantity: 12.24 metres
Recorded by: 1948–1963: Department of Immigration, WA Branch (CA 962)
[Alien Registration Documents (Forms RA2) with attachments] EGYPTIAN, c1948–63 PP513/7, NN
[Alien Registration Documents (Forms RA2) with attachments) ISRAELI, c1948–63 PP513/7, NN
REGISTER OF ALIENS REGISTRATION CERTIFICATES ISSUED, 1948–63
Perth
Series: PP513/6
Quantity: 1 metre
Recorded by: 1948–1959: Department of Immigration, WA Branch (CA 962)

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Immigration Case Files and Migrant Selection Documents