Immigration site to reveal past
The most complete collection of immigration records for passengers who arrived in Queensland between 1848 and 1912 is now available online – but be warned, some families have already uncovered shady pasts. Ancestry.com.au’s Queensland passenger lists for the period were originally created by the Immigration Department and detail the arrival of all assisted migrants coming by ship from the United Kingdom (including Ireland). The online collection includes more than 322,000 records and is fully searchable by name, year of birth, date of arrival, port of departure and port of arrival. Website user Gail Arkins discovered that bringing to light information about your family’s arrival in Queensland can have some surprising revelations. In tracing her ancestral roots through the site, Ms Arkins discovered interesting information that suggested her family had made a hasty exit from Ireland due to a run-in with the law.