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Series VPRS 7310
Register of Assisted Immigrants from U.K. (Microfiche copy of VPRS 14)
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Date Range: Series 1986 - 1986
  Series in Custody 1986 - ? 1986
  Contents 1839 - 1871
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1839 - 1851 Superintendent, Port Phillip District VA 473
1851 - 1855 Colonial Secretary's Office VA 856
1855 - 1871 Department of Trade and Customs VA 606
1986 - 1986 Public Record Office [also known as Public Record Office Victoria from c.1996] VA 683
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1986 - cont Public Record Office [also known as Public Record Office Victoria from c.1996] VA 683
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  • How to use the Records
    This series is a microfiche copy of VPRS 14, Register of Assisted Immigrants from U.K. These registers were copies onto the registers microfiche by the Public Record Office in 1986. Microfilming of the registers was adopted to preserve the original records and to enable the information to be made available at each reference location. Previously these registers were filmed in reel form as VPRS 3502. Microfiche was adopted to facilitate easier research.

    An online index has been created to the passenger lists, accessible via the Public Record Office Victoria homepage. It is searchable by the name of the immigrant(s), the name of the vessel or the year and month of the arrival and gives a book and page reference to the microfilm of the passenger lists.

  • Function / Content
    The registers were originally created by the Department of Trade and Customs at Immigration depots in the Colony. The registers contain the disposal lists of assisted immigrants arriving in Victoria from U.K. The purpose of a disposal list was to note the placement of assisted immigrants. Whilst some assisted immigrants were already contracted to employers resident in Victoria (prior to their departure from the U.K.), those who didn't were required to stay at the immigration depot until an employer would contract them by paying their fare (or bounty). In return, the immigrant would work for that employer for an agreed length of time and under certain conditions, wages etc. Immigrants could also be sponsored by husbands, parents or other relatives already resident in Victoria. Single females under 35 years of age were accorded a free passage.

    The register usually detailed the name of the immigrant ship, the captain's name, the immigrant's name, occupation, county of origin in England and Wales, Scotland or Ireland, religion, literacy and numeracy, sex, age, marital status, the name of the person employing the immigrant, his address, date of departure from the depot, amount per annum to be paid by the employer, the minimum period to be worked and with or without rations. Sometimes, especially in the 1840's, lists of births and deaths at sea, passengers employed en route, ships officers and a report of the voyage written by the captain were also included. Some immigrants, however, were unable to find employment. The registers record such cases with the phrase "left own account".

    The registers conclude in 1871 with the end of the bounty system. All lists of immigrants after that are to be found in either VPRS 3501 (hard copy VPRS 947), Microfilm copy of passenger lists of unassisted immigrants from British Ports 1852-1923 or VPRS 3505 (hard copy VPRS 947), Microfilm copy of Passenger Lists of Unassisted Immigrants from foreign Ports 1852-1923. Immigration became a Federal Government function after 1923, the lists after that date are held by the National Archives of Australia.

  • Recordkeeping System
    This series maintains the arrangement of the registers which is chronological by date or arrival of the vessel in the Colony of Victoria. The top of each jacket notes the book and range of pages within it. A new jacket is commenced at the start of each book.

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