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When did the census start in Melbourne / Port Philip? And what happened about officers and crew of ships in port? My ancestors were on the Australian run in the early to late 1850s, so I wonder if any of them got enumerated.
Hi - found this for Port Philip, but earlier on http://proarchives.imagineering.com.au/index_search.asp?searchid=35
Here's info on the 1841 http://home.vicnet.net.au/~pioneers/pppg5bl.htm
also http://www.records.nsw.gov.au/state-archives/indexes-online/indexes-online 1839-1851
and http://guides.slv.vic.gov.au/content.php?pid=81642&sid=605798 re Port Philip and Victoria Districts..
"The Colony of Victoria was declared in 1851. After European settlement but before 1851 the area was known as Port Phillip District and was administered by New South Wales. This is why you will find resources below which refer to New South Wales but include information about the area now known as Victoria"
Thanks for the references, Naomi. There doesn't appear to be any name information surviving for the period I'm interested in.
Hi - I thought there were some names somewhere??..perhaps not for the officers and crew?? Did you want to give us the names in case?
Sometimes info is on The Ships List and the name of the ship is on the beta site.
For arrivals to the port of Sydney there are lots of transcriptions at http://mariners.records.nsw.gov.au/ - its worth a look because many ships carried onto Sydney from Melbourne and vice versa.
You could also look at the NLA newspapers site http://trove.nla.gov.au/ - the ships will be mentioned on arrival, and the captain, but probably not the crew, but at least you can see the ships coming and going, and they might say arriving from or departing for Sydney, then you could look for the arrival in Sydney.
The only census surviving for the colonies are 1828 Colonial muster, 1841 NSW part and 1881. ref http://www.sag.org.au/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31
Hi Di. I spent a lot of yesterday evening trawling the NLA site when FTF was down. It's such a huge resource I confined myself to "Champion of the Seas", and had to wade through hundreds of hits. But I found several interesting articles, one mentioning my g-g-g-grandfather who was the captain for a time. And a moving account of the rescue of the crew when she sank some 20 years later carrying guano instead of first-class emigrants.
Hi - great to find some info - sometimes it's easier to view newspaper articles on the beta site direct and not via Trove -
http://newspapers.nla.gov.au/ you can do an advanced search...I ignore doing a specific newspaper as it often brings out more info..
There is also the NZ site - Papers Past - and that often mentions Australian shipping etc as well -
It's actually the NLA beta site, not Trove, that's in my Favourites. I have NZ conections as well, so I'll give that one a whirl too.
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