Australia, New South Wales, Index to Bounty Immigrants (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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This article describes a collection of records at
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Location of New South Wales, Australia
Record Description
Record Type Index to Bounty Immigrants
Collection years 1828-1842
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Related Websites
New South Wales Government - State Records

What is in the Collection?

This collection will include records from 1828 to 1842.

This index consists of two kinds of interfiled cards: brief handwritten and pre-printed typewritten. The cards are in alphabetical order by surname and then by given name.

These records include an index about 60,000 records of immigrants arriving in Sydney. Beginning in 1828, the Australian Government organized a program to encourage people to migrate to Australia, particularly to the State of New South Wales, which had been founded in 1788. “Assisted Immigrants” were immigrants whose passage was paid for or partially paid for by the Government as an incentive to settle in New South Wales.

Children are often listed separately on a brief handwritten card with no parent’s name as well on the father’s card under “children”.

Another program which ran from 1835 to 1841 was the bounty reward system. “Bounty immigrants” were selected by colonists who then paid for their passage. When the immigrant arrived, a colonist would employ the immigrant and the employer would then be reimbursed by the government for all or part of the cost of passage. The first immigrants to apply for this assisted immigration, were the people from Ireland, England, Wales, and Scotland. Later, people from other European countries began immigrating to Australia.

Collection Contents

Sample Image

Passenger’s index records usually include the following information:

  • Passenger’s name
  • Age
  • Estimated year of birth
  • Native place of birth
  • Name of spouse
  • Native place of birth
  • Names, birth dates and ages of children
  • Occupation
  • Religion
  • Father’s name
  • Mother’s name
  • Name of ship
  • Date of arrival

How Do I Search the Collection?

As you are searching it is helpful to know such information as your ancestor’s given name and surname, some identifying information such as residence and age, and family relationships. Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name as your ancestor and that your ancestor may have used nicknames or different names at different times.

To search the collection by name:
Fill in the requested information in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the ancestors in the list to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to find your ancestor.

To search by image:
To search the collection you will need to follow this series of links:
⇒Select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page
⇒Select the appropriate “Principal's surname”
⇒Select the appropriate “Principal's given names” which will take you to the images.

Search the collection by image comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine if the image relates to them. You may need to look at several images and compare the information about the individuals listed in those images to your ancestors to make this determination.

What Do I Do Next?

When you have found the information that you are looking for,the following will help you in your research:

  • Use the birth year and birth place to look for a birth record in the Australia, Births and Baptisms, 1792-1981 collection.
  • Use the name of the spouse of your ancestor (if married) to search for a marriage record.
  • If you find a card for a child, you should look for that person listed as a child under the name of a parent in order to identify the child’s parents and siblings.

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Citing this Collection

Citing your sources makes it easy for others to find and evaluate the records you used. When you copy information from a record, list where you found that information. Here you can find citations already created for the entire collection and for each individual record or image.

Collection Citation:

"Australia, New South Wales, Index to Bounty Immigrants, 1828-1842" Database with Images. FamilySearch. : accessed 2016. Citing State Archive. Western Sydney Records Centre, Kingswood.

Record Citation:

The citation for a record is available with each record in this collection, at the bottom of the record screen. You can search records in this collection by visiting the search page for Australia, New South Wales, Index to Bounty Immigrants, 1828-1842.

Image Citation:

The image citation is available by clicking on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen. You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Australia, New South Wales, Index to Bounty Immigrants, 1828-1842.