Australia’s immigration records from 1788 to 1923 are going online for the first time as a package charting more than 14.5 million journeys to the new colony. Included on the Ancestry.com.au web site are passenger lists, musters, census information and other documents from the period, assembled from microfilm in state record offices and archives.
The collection includes records of Heath Ledger's great-grandfather, engineer Edson Ledger, who arrived in Fremantle with his parents and sisters aboard the Fitzroy about 1881 as well as Nicole Kidman’s Irish ancestors Bridget and James Callacher who arrived in Sydney in January 1842 aboard the Agnes Ewing. The new collection also includes stories of ordinary Australians as well.
The Australian Immigration Collection 1788-1923 is available at: http://www.ancestry.com.au/immigration
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