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.
Maritime 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 the port of Melbourne
All historical records for the port of Melbourne are held at Public Record Office Victoria, including those of the Melbourne Harbor Trust, Port of Melbourne Authority, Port of Melbourne Corporation and Victorian Channels Authority.