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Tasmanian 19th century arrivals, immigration and departure rec​ords

​Arrival, immigration and departure records from 1803-1900 include varying levels of detail. 

What is online?​

Hobart Town from the new wharf

​Search and view many records in the Tasmanian Names Index​, including passengers arriving and departing Tasmania

Arrival records​ are currently being indexed, surnames A-K are online and surnames L-Z are on card indexes in the Hobart Reading Room.

Guide to records on child migrants from 1919

Guide to the Public Records of Tasmania: Records Relating to Free Immigration​

A comprehensive guide on immigration records up to 1946.  See extracts from this guide:

Records series online

What else is there?

E-MIGRATION or A flight of fair Game

Records used for information on immigrant arrivals

Agencies responsible for immigration

Library resources


People could have arrived in Tasmania as:Hobart Town

  • Unassisted passengers – they paid their own way
  • Assisted passengers – subsidised or paid for by an immigration scheme
  • Crew on a ship
  • Military
  • Convicts​​
Finding ancestors in early immigration records can be a challenge, especially if they arrive as free settlers in the 1800s.

Most records are for the Port of Hobart. Few records have survived from other ports. It can be worth checking passenger lists for other colonies such as South Australia and Victoria as ships carrying passengers to Tasmania often called there.

Find out more about the history of immigration to Tasmania 1803-1946


What is available from other organisations?