Function VF 99
Immigration (monitoring arrivals)
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  • Use this Function for
    Monitoring immigrant arrivals, including inspection of ships and certification of passenger lists

  • Do not use this Function for
    Immigration (nineteenth century)
    Immigration (twentieth century)

 
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Background

Under the Passengers Act 1852 ships masters were required to keep accurate passenger lists which were verified before the ship was cleared by customs and passengers could go ashore. Prior to 1852 there was no legal requirement to submit passenger lists.

Monitoring immigrant arrivals remained a State responsibility until 1923.

The Ports and Harbours Branch of the Department of Trade and Customs (VA 606) was responsible throughout most of the nineteenth century. From 1900 to 1923 responsibility continued to be exercised by the Ports and Harbours Branch, which had been transferred to the Public Works Department (VA 669) following federation and the assumption of the customs function by the Commonwealth. The monitoring of arrivals became a Commonwealth (VRG 87) function from October 1923 when regulations were passed bringing into effect Part V of the Commonwealth Navigation Act 1912.

 
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    Immigration (nineteenth century) VF 8
    Immigration (twentieth century) VF 138
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    PROVguide050 Locating and Copying Ships' Passenger Lists
 
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Date of Responsibility Agency Title Agency Number
- 1855 Colonial Secretary's Office VA 856
1855 - 1900 Department of Trade and Customs VA 606
1996 - cont Department of Immigration and Multicultural Affairs, State Office, Victoria VA 4369
 
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- 1900 Trade and Customs VRG 22
1900 - 1923 Public Works VRG 28
1923 - cont Not Otherwise Classified - Commonwealth VRG 87