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    Australian passenger list help please

    I've found, by googling, a claim that a family on a side branch of my tree emigrated to Australia on the Darling Downs in November 1884. The family's name was Cairn - father William John, mother Maria Louisa, and the children Edith, William Edwin, John and Ethel. Then 6 years later they moved to New Zealand. Does anybody know if the passenger list for the Darling Downs 1884 is available anywhere? I've been looking but no luck yet.
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    KiteRunner.....try this.

    Indexes - Immigration

    Darling Downs is around Toowoomba about 80 miles west of Brisbane.

    A lot of migrants, particularly Scottish and German went there but they mostly came through NSW in the Hunter Valley area in the 1840s.

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    I've had a look on half a dozen of the main passenger list sites, but I can't see it.

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    You could take up the offer on this site, which is transcribing passenger lists but hasn't done the one you want yet:

    I am, in some circumstances, willing to scan and prepare a particular month in a particular year requested by a visitor to the site which is of special interest to them, in exchange for their transcribing half the vessels arriving during that month to be available online.

    Mariners, Crew, Passengers

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    Found them - they sailed to Victoria:

    Index to Unassisted Inward Passenger Lists to Victoria 1852-1923

    The full passenger list isn't online, but that page contains the instructions for obtaining more details.
    Last edited by Mary from Italy; 04-04-08 at 00:17.

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    Well done Mary,

    I should have thought of Vic. That's where I found my Ariels!!!

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    AAAAAHHHHHHHHH!!!!!

    I am stupid!!!!

    Darling Downs was the ship.

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    I did wonder if you'd realised that

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    Ooh, brilliant, Mary, thanks very much. Now I wonder who that mysterious George is... and what happened to John...
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    It could be a name change?

    When my lot emigrated to Australia in 1853 I found a mysterious Robert who I hadn't got a christening for - but was missing a William which I had so wonderered if the name was wrong!!



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