​Family history guide

Melbourne was the first landfall for many Australian immigrants from the middle of the 19th century. And now, many of their descendants are searching for historical records and information about them.

This is a guide to finding shipping and port-related information and contacts for more help. It is not exhaustive and many other organisations may also have information.

Immigrant family arrives on a shipMaritime research service

For information about passengers, ships and shipping:

Passenger lists for ships arriving in Victoria

Passenger lists for ships leaving Victoria

Historical images of the Port of Melbourne

Historical records of Port of Melbourne Corporation and its predecessor organisations

All historical records are held at Public Record Office Victoria.

Family history guide