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Shipping records - Tasmania : Various shipping records & descriptive lists of immigrants 1851 - 1855 / [microform]
Call No: 3909
Publisher: Hobart, Tasmania : Archives Office of Tasmania
Subject: Tasmania ; Tasmania - vital records, shipping ; Tasmania - emigration & immigration ; Australia - Tasmania ;
Material Type: Microfilm
Pagination: Microfilm
Notes: Refer to the catalogue sheets in the library for further details about these records.
Summary: Contains:
POL 20/9/2
A. Returns of crews and passengers departing Launceston 3rd March, 1854 - 27th November, 1854
The following is provided:
Name; remarks (including class of passenger); where bound; arrived free; name of ship to the colony; if free by servitude; is free by pardon; is free by conditional pardon.
First ship is the "Lady Bird", undated
First ship is the "Vixen", departing 3rd of March, 1854 for Melbourne.
POL 20/9/3
D. Returns of crews and passengers departing Launceston 22nd April, 1852 - 25th December, 1852
The following information is provided:
Name; rank (including class of passenger); where bound; arrived free; name of ship to colony; if free by servitude; is free by pardon; is free by conditional pardon.
CB 7/12/1
A. Description lists: ............ 29th August, 1851 - 6th December, 1854
CB 7/12/2
B. Description lists:............. July 1853 - March, 1855 (not in chronological order)
CB 7/12/3
C. Description lists: ............ July 1854 - January 1855
CB 7/12
Introduction;
This series consists of descriptive lists of immigrants arriving in Hobart and Launceston.
From 1851 to 1867 each volume contains a number of "books" and each book lists the immigrants arriving on usually one but sometimes more, ships. These lists were apparently compiled after the ships arrival.
The first two volumes of this series contain lists of immigrants who arrived prior to the regulations of January 1854 while the remainder list immigrants arriving under the 1854 regulations and later amendments.
In January 1854 the Colonial Government issued new regulations governing immigration. These provided for a bounty to be paid to applicants who were to pay either 3 for an adult or 5 for a family. They would receive a bounty ticket which was sent to an agent in the UK who would select the immigrants. Upon the immigrants arrival the Immigration Agent would certify that he was a bone fide immigrant and the Bounty Ticket could then be presented to the Treasury where the passage money would be paid at a specific rate (20 per adult at the time).
Each 'Book' (except the first seven) in the volumes covering the period 1851-1867 contains a roughly alphabetical list of immigrants and gives the following additional information about each:
Marital status; age; religion; education; native place; trade; sponsor; amount of bounty; and a remarks column which contains miscellaneous information about the immigrant including assessments of the immigrant's character. There are also summaries of the number of immigrants, births, deaths, trades, native countries and religion. The names of the ship's officials such as matrons and schoolmaster who received payment from the immigration funds are also listed.
Two volumes for 1883-1889 do not contain summaries of the names of the ship's officers and the remarks column often includes the name and address of the immigrant's employer and the wages page.
Arrangement is roughly chronological except for the first two volumes in which the books are arranged in a random fashion.
Taken from: Guide to the Public Records of Tasmania. Section 4, record relating to free immigration.
SAG reference D2/11/2d
The names in the CB 7/12 series have been indexed. This index is available on microfiche: TAS-SHP-IMM:1

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