Passenger records held in Melbourne – Fact sheet 172
About the records
Passenger records are a valuable source of genealogical (family history) information. Passenger lists are usually arranged by date, name of ship and port of arrival or departure. Unless you know these details your search may be very time-consuming.
Passenger lists for Victorian ports
The National Archives in Melbourne holds inwards and outwards ships passenger lists for the ports of Melbourne, Geelong and Portland.
Digital copies of the Inwards passenger lists for the port of Melbourne for 1924–64 (series B4397 – see table below) are available to view on RecordSearch. Microfilm copies of this series are held in all other National Archives reading rooms. For outwards passenger lists, or inwards lists later than 1964 you will need to search the original records. Lists for the ports of Geelong and Portland are held only for the years 1965 and 1966.
Please note: incoming passenger lists for aircraft arrivals are not held in the Melbourne Office. Refer to Sources in other offices of the Archives, detailed below.