Overview

We hold many records relating to immigration to South Australia from 1836 onwards, with a full set of digitised passenger lists from 1845 - 1940.

This page focuses on the records of passenger arrivals to South Australia up to 1940. We also hold records relating to:

National Archives of Australia has records of:

  • Passenger lists for all Australian ports from 1924
  • Passenger lists for arrivals in South Australia from 1941, and
  • British and Foreign crew from the 19th and 20th centuries.

Access conditions

Most of these records are open for general public access.

Indexes and special lists

1836 - Colonial Office

Passengers arriving in South Australia on the Buffalo in 1836 (GRG 56/68/5)

This list has been prepared as an extract from the Australian Joint Copying Project (AJCP) reel 306 - Public Record Office CO 13/4 (National Archives, United Kingdom).

It also contains a reference to a crew list available in GRG24/90 Item 373 (Miscellaneous records of historical interest, artificial series - Colonial Secretary's Office, Governor's Office and others).

GRG 56/68/5 Index to passengers arriving in South Australia from overseas 1836 on the Buffalo

1836 to 1845 - Newspapers

Passengers arriving at South Australia from overseas ports 1836 - 1845 (GRG 56/68/5)

This is an index to early passenger lists for international arrivals for the period 1836 to 1845.

Entries within the index have been taken from newspapers. Make note of the key to source references at the front of the index.

GRG 56/68/5 Index to passengers arriving in South Australia from overseas 1836 - 1845 Abbott - Eagle

GRG 56/68/5 Index to passengers arriving in South Australia from overseas 1836 - 1845 Eagle - Jury

GRG 56/68/5 Index to passengers arriving in South Australia from overseas 1836 - 1845 Kain - Zimmerman

1846 to 1887 - Newspapers

People arriving in South Australia from overseas 1846 - 1887 (GRG 56/68/7)

This index contains names of immigrants arriving in South Australia from overseas, as recorded in newspapers - the Adelaide Times, the South Australian and the Register.

Once you have identified the newspaper and date, you can find the digitised newspaper list on Trove.

Each entry has a source codes which can be checked against GRG 56/68/7 Key to newspaper index 1846 - 1887.

GRG 56/68/7 Persons arriving in South Australia from overseas in the newspapers, 1846 - 1887 A'Beckett - Byrone

GRG 56/68/7 Persons arriving in South Australia from overseas in the newspapers, 1846 - 1887 Cabole - Dysson

GRG 56/68/7 Persons arriving in South Australia from overseas in the newspapers, 1846 - 1887 Ead - Gwyson

GRG 56/68/7 Persons arriving in South Australia from overseas in the newspapers, 1846 - 1887 Haag - Justian

GRG 56/68/7 Persons arriving in South Australia from overseas in the newspapers, 1846 - 1887 Kabelich – Ly

GRG 56/68/7 Persons arriving in South Australia from overseas in the newspapers, 1846 - 1887 M’Brien – Meack

GRG 56/68/7 Persons arriving in South Australia from overseas in the newspapers, 1846 - 1887 Meack – Mysted

GRG 56/68/7 Persons arriving in South Australia from overseas in the newspapers, 1846 - 1887 Nacter Ozzard

GRG 56/68/7 Persons arriving in South Australia from overseas in the newspapers, 1846 - 1887 Paase – Pyman,

GRG 56/68/7 Persons arriving in South Australia from overseas in the newspapers, 1846 - 1887 Quaids - Rzec

GRG 56/68/7 Persons arriving in South Australia from overseas in the newspapers, 1846 - 1887 Sab - Sfemberger

GRG 56/68/7 Persons arriving in South Australia from overseas in the newspapers, 1846 - 1887 Sgable – Souttar

GRG 56/68/7 Persons arriving in South Australia from overseas in the newspapers, 1846 - 1887 Soveridge – Synham

GRG 56/68/7 Persons arriving in South Australia from overseas in the newspapers, 1846 - 1887 Taafe – Vyse

GRG 56/68/7 Persons arriving in South Australia from overseas in the newspapers, 1846 - 1887 Wabbar Zwar

1840 to 1844 - Outward manifests

Manifest of Shipping departing from Port Adelaide 1840 - 1844

Manifests are lists documenting the cargo on a ship, the passengers and the crew members.

The manifest book in this series records data for outward shipping from Port Adelaide for the period 25 November 1840 to 21 May 1844. 

This list is arranged into two separate sequences.

Special list to GRG 41/10 Manifest of shipping 1840 - 1844 by surname of crew

Special list to GRG 41/10 Manifest of shipping 1840 - 1844 by surname of passenger

1849 to 1865 - Deaths

Deaths On-Board Immigrant Ships 1849 - 1865

This list was published in the South Australian Government Gazette on 25 January 1866.

It contains the names of persons who died on board immigrant ships between 1849 and 1865.

This special list is arranged alphabetically by the surname of the deceased.

Special List to deaths on-board immigrant ships, 1849 - 1865    A - Z

1845 to 1886 - Official passenger lists

Index to official assisted passenger lists 1845 - 1886 (GRG 35/48/1)

This index to official passenger lists is arranged alphabetically by the name of the emigrant.

After each name in the index is the ship number:

  • The first two numbers refer to the year of arrival (ie. 66 = 1866).
  • The next number refers to the passenger list number allocated by the Archives, which reflects the sequence by which ships arrived.

GRG 56/68/3 Index to official assisted passenger lists 1845 - 1886   Aarons - Bee

GRG 56/68/3 Index to official assisted passenger lists 1845 - 1886   Beech - Coe

GRG 56/68/3 Index to official assisted passenger lists 1845 - 1886   Coer - Dyson

GRG 56/68/3 Index to official assisted passenger lists 1845 - 1886   Eacott - Fynes

GRG 56/68/3 Index to official assisted passenger lists 1845 - 1886   Gabb – Gyles

GRG 56/68/3 Index to official assisted passenger lists 1845 - 1886   Haake– Izatt

GRG 56/68/3 Index to official assisted passenger lists 1845 - 1886   Jachmann – Kyte

GRG 56/68/3 Index to official assisted passenger lists 1845 - 1886   Laban – Lyttleton

GRG 56/68/3 Index to official assisted passenger lists 1845 - 1886   Mabey – Myson

GRG 56/68/3 Index to official assisted passenger lists 1845 - 1886   Naffin – Ryss

GRG 56/68/3 Index to official assisted passenger lists 1845 - 1886   Sabin - Szurkiewicz

GRG 56/68/3 Index to official assisted passenger lists 1845 - 1886   Tabb - Vye

GRG 56/68/3 Index to official assisted passenger lists 1845 - 1886   Wach - Zweck

1888 to 1908 - Official passenger lists

Official lists of passengers arriving in South Australia from overseas (GRG 41/34)

This series contains official passenger lists of ships arriving in Port Adelaide from overseas, from 1888-1940.

The Customs Department required masters of incoming ships to prepare and forward passenger lists to the Department.

These lists cover 1888 to 1908 (with gaps for 1893 and 1895). They may contain names of passengers disembarking at Australian ports other than Adelaide.

Aaron - Batty   

Baucet - Broadhurst   

Broadhurst - Chutterbrick  

Ciage - Cummins 

Cummins - Eastham  

Easthaugh - Fredericks   

Fredericks - Grimston   

Grimwade - Hewland

Hewlett - Jasare  

Jasperes - Lane 

Lane, - Madsen  

Maednall - Mitchel  

Mitchell - Neylan  

Ng, Van Cop - Peyton  

Pezzari - Rintoul 

Riordan - Shammond 

Shammond - Stade

Stael - Tuckwell  

Tuckwell - Whittles  

Whitton - Zottere

1909 to 1924 - Official passenger lists

Official lists of passengers arriving in South Australia from overseas (GRG 41/34)

This series contains official passenger lists of ships arriving in Port Adelaide from overseas, from 1888-1940.

The Customs Department required masters of incoming ships to prepare and forward passenger lists to the Department.

These lists cover 1909 to 1924. They may contain names of passengers disembarking at Australian ports other than Adelaide.

Aan - Azzopardi 

Baar - Bywell

Cabarne - Czekojer 

DBS - Dzatros

Eacott - Ezard 

Faar - Fyson 

Gabb - Gysalla

Ha - Hyton 

Iacomb - Izzo  

Jaason - Juttner

 Kadabux - Kyte 

L Berondean - Lyth 

Maas - Mzcauley

Nacey - Nyulasy 

O'Hara - Ozanne 

Paanakker - Pywell 

Q de Jong - Qvery 

Rabbits - Ryves 

Saad - Syvret

Tabberer - Tzotzas 

Ubsdell - Uttley 

Vacca - Vuckavic

Waas - Wyper

Xavier - Zygas

Digitised records

Assisted passage, passenger lists 1845-1940

These records are also available on the FamilySearch website along with indexes.

FamilySearch - Records relating to official assisted immigration - Crown Lands and Immigration Office - Official assisted passage passenger lists 1845-1886 (GRG 35/48/1)

FamilySearch - Lists of outgoing passengers departing from Port Adelaide for overseas ports 1888-1940 (GRG 41/35)

FamilySearch - Official lists of passengers arriving in South Australia from overseas 1888-1940 (GRG 41/34)