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19th century South Australian shipping

The following databases will allow you to access details on vessels arriving in South Australia.

The records are divided into specific periods which corresponds to the emigration schemes available at the time:

• 1836 to 1840: The early years—large numbers of British emigrants respond to a widespread advertising program and apply for free passage.
• June 1841 to 1845: Government assisted emigration suspended due to lack of funds
• 1847 to 1886: Various assisted emigration schemes offered by the government according to the labour requirements of the colony.
1836 to 1840 emigrants who applied for free passage
The following database will reveal the names of the 11,518 labourers and their families who applied for free passage 1836 to 1840. Looking up the AJCP films may reveal some details including the emigrant's address at the time of application.

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1836 to 1840 emigrants who applied for free passage but did not take up the offer
The following database will reveal the names of the 2,818 labourers who applied for free passage 1836 to 1840 but never took up on the offer.

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The Register of emigrant labourers applying for a free passage to South Australia lists the details of each applicant. If you locate a person of interest in either of the above databases, Adelaide Proformat can look up the register for further details which include:
Application No; Agent; Date; Applicant: Occupation; Address; Status; Age; Spouse age; Chn [sex & ages]; Charge for the passage of the children, by whom defrayed; Notes; Embarkation No.

Individuals over the age of fifteen were deemed adults and although they may have travelled with their parents, they were considered applicants in their own right and are entered into the register by name. Wives and children are not named. To engage Adelaide Proformat to undertake a lookup for you, complete the form.

1836 to 1841 and 1847 to 1886 vessels that brought assisted emigrants to the Colony
The following database will reveal the names of of the 749 vessels which brought assisted emigrants to the Colony in the period 1836 to 1886 and for which some record of some passengers survive. The material available for each list varies considerably.

The material you do locate may include any of the following:
• An embarkation list prepared by the agent or emigration agents.
• A passenger manifest prepared by the captain.
• Certificate of arrival prepared by the immigration officials.
• Sundry lists created for other purposes such as fee-payers, land-holders.
Problems include:
• Lists may not be a true indication of the immigrants who actually arrived
• Writing is often difficult to decipher.
• Useful information on origins is rare.
• Teenagers in families are split off and listed under the unmarried passengers.
• Departure and arrival date may vary from record to record.
• Fee paying passengers usually not recorded.
• Crew never recorded except in manifests.
To engage Adelaide Proformat to undertake a lookup of the list for a particular passengers for you, complete the form.

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Adelaide Proformat can access other records that may reveal the name of a vessel your ancestors arrived on, despite the fact that the actual passenger list for the voyage has not survived. If you do not know the name of the emigrant vessel, we can also search indexes.

To engage Adelaide Proformat to undertake this lookup for you, complete the form.
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