Series VPRS 7667
Inward Overseas Passenger Lists (Foreign Ports) [Microfiche Copy of VPRS 947]
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Date Range: Series Circa 1988 - 2003
  Series in Custody Circa 1988 - 2003
  Contents 1852 - 1923
Public Access: Open
Location: North Melbourne
Format of Records: Physical
 
Agency which created this SeriesAgency which created this Series
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- Department of Trade and Customs VA 606
- Public Works Department (previously the Department of the Commissioner of Public Works) VA 669
- Colonial Secretary's Office VA 856
Circa 1988 - 2003 Public Record Office [also known as Public Record Office Victoria from c.1996] VA 683
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Circa 1988 - 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 available for research within Public Record Office Victoria Reading Rooms and does not need to be pre-ordered.

    PROV has created a database to unassisted passengers that identifies the names of passengers documented in this series. This database can be searched online through the PROV website. Refer to the tab "Accessing the Records" in this series entry and select "Other Information" to link to the database.

    The database records the family (ie surname) and first name of the passenger, their age on arrival, the name of the ship and the month and year of the ship's arrival.

    The database also contains fields that direct users to the specific microfiche from this series held in PROV Reading Rooms that contains the name of the name of passenger. These fields are:

    - "Port": This field contains a code that identifies the relevant series of microfiche. The code F identifies passengers on the lists for ships arriving from Foreign ports in this series. Please note that this field also contains codes that refer users to two different series of microfiche; code B identifies passengers arriving from British ports in VPRS 7666 and code N identifies passengers arriving from New Zealand ports in VPRS 13439.
    - "Fiche": This field identifies the number of the microfiche (as recorded on the microfiche header) from either this series, VPRS 7766 or 13439 that contains the relevant shipping list, and
    - "Page": This field identifies the page number with the list for the ship that contains the indexed name.

  • Function / Content
    This record series consists of a microfiche copy of the portion of VPRS 947 Inward Overseas Passenger Lists for vessels arriving from Foreign (i.e non British) ports, excluding New Zealand, between 1852 and 1923. (Refer to VPRS 13439 for the microfiche copy of lists for ships arriving from New Zealand ports during the same period.) It was created by the Public Record Office Victoria in c1988 to assist in the preservation of the original lists.

    Laws relating to the carriage of passengers by sea (15 & 16 Vic., No. XLIV [1852] ss. XIII and XIV), set out the records which each ship's master was to keep of passengers leaving British ports. It was required that "two lists....correctly setting forth in the Manner therein directed the Name and other Particulars of the Ship, and of every Passenger on board.....when countersigned by the Emigration Officer.....shall be delivered by the Master to the Office of Customs from whom a clearance of such ship shall be demanded...".

    The Act to Regulate the Conveyance of Passengers to the Colony of Victoria 1852 (16 Vic., No. XVII) extended these provisions to ships arriving from foreign and intercolonial ports. These and subsequent Acts prescribed the form the passenger list had to take.

    The lists recorded information about the ship, details of each passenger and a summary of the passengers carried. The amount of information given for each passenger varied over time. Marital status, age and sex were usually recorded; nationality and occupation were frequently included.

    The responsibility of monitoring immigrant arrivals passed from the State to the Commonwealth in 1923. Lists submitted after this time are held by the National Archives of Australia.

  • Recordkeeping System
    The microfiche in this series have been numbered sequentially between the number range 1-514. The lists are arranged on the microfiche in chronological order by the date of arrival of the ship.

    An online index to all of the passenger names in VPRS 947 was completed during 2005. For passengers arriving from Foreign ports, this online index, replaced a microfiche index (VPRS 8669) for lists to 1899 which has since been removed from PROV Reading Rooms. All forms of the index were created by volunteers at PROV.

    Microfiche copies of some of these lists and portions of the index on CD-Rom and microfiche can be purchased from PROV. Refer to the PROV website (www.prov.vic.gov.au/publications) for details of products currently available.

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Consignment Number Contents Date Range Public Access No. of Units
P0000 1852 - 1923 Open 1
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