Documents by archive

This page provides details of the documents held at archives, split into Crew Lists and Shipping Registers. We have not attempted to list other maritime-related documents which an archive may hold.

The sources of this information are:

For more detail, where possible we link to the archive's catalogue, or TNA's Discovery. Unfortunately, several archives have catalogues driven by software called DServe, which is best described as 'user hostile'. It needs considerable patience to use, is often slow, or just locks up. In due course, where we can do so we aim to copy data onto the CLIP database so that it can be better accessed. However, it is important to make use of the archives catalogue to cross-check our data because archives are continuing to catalogue and re-catalogue these documents and our data may be out of date.

For crew lists, we list the ports for which the archive holds documents, and the years covered. Where possible, we link this on to details for individual vessels.

For shipping registers, we list the ports for which the archive holds documents and the volumes which they hold. For some documents at one or two archives, we have been able to make an index by folio (page). For the port of Rochester volumes we provide links to the archive's images of the register. For the Isle of Man documents, we are able to provide a transcript of each folio, including the names of owners, masters and builders. These names of individuals can be found by using the 'People named in shipping registers' search page.

Crew lists held at National Archives of Australia

Sorry, we have no information on any crew lists held at National Archives of Australia


Please use the link to the archive's web site on the heading of this page for more information.

Shipping registers held at National Archives of Australia DetailDetails for all ports

Port Years Reference Links
Adelaide 1838 - 1986 DetailDetails
Brisbane 1856 - 1982 DetailDetails
Bundaberg 1899 - 1981 DetailDetails
Cairns, Queensland 1951 - 1982 DetailDetails
Fremantle 1856 - 1982 DetailDetails
Geelong 1855 - 1982 DetailDetails
Hobart 1855 - 1982 DetailDetails
Launceston, Tasmania 1875 - 1947 DetailDetails
Maryborough, Wide Bay, Queensland 1870 - 1981 DetailDetails
Melbourne 1839 - 1982 DetailDetails
Newcastle, NSW 1856 - 1982 DetailDetails
Port Darwin 1968 - 1982 DetailDetails
Port Fairy, Victoria 1854 - 1895 DetailDetails
Port Kembla, NSW 1971 - 1981 DetailDetails
Portland, Victoria 1961 - 1982 DetailDetails
Rockhampton, Queensland 1877 - 1982 DetailDetails
Sydney, NSW 1827 - 1949 DetailDetails
Townsville 1884 - 1982 DetailDetails


National Archives of Australia catalogue


Please use the link to the archive's web site on the heading of this page for more information.


NAA have images online from microfilms of the shipping registers for Australian ports and we provide links to images of the first page of each register. Some of the registers run onto a second film and those sections can not be linked at present, sorry.

Unfortunately, the index which was here does not seem to be available at present.

We hope to add page indexes with image links for the registers as time permits.