Saturday, May 17, 2014


The National Archives has partnered with to digitise passenger lists in our collection.

The Fremantle Passenger Lists now available through Ancestry contain more than 3.5 million records, covering immigration to Australia from 1897 to 1963.

Post-war immigrants from Britain became known as ‘Ten Pound Poms’ because they paid just ten pounds for their voyage. Among them were youngsters who became celebrated musicians including the future Bee Gees, who arrived aboard the Fairsea in 1958, as did Skyhooks guitarist Red Symons.

Local celebrities such as Kylie Minogue, Hugh Jackman and Noni Hazlehurst had parents who arrived as immigrants and who feature in the Fremantle Passenger Lists.

David Fricker, the Director-General of the National Archives of Australia, welcomes key partnerships such as this, to allow our nation's stories to be told to the wider community.

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