Finding an Irish Ancestor Using Australian Records
Notes on Immigration
The Irish did not immigrate to Australia in large groups or during specific time periods. They did immigrate individually or a few at a time. Irish were among the convicts who were shipped to New South Wales as early as 1788 and Tasmania in 1804. Passengers came unassisted, meaning they paid their own way. Others were assisted, meaning their passage was paid by the government or an individual. The debt had to be repaid.
How to Use This Page
Search each of the Web sites and sources listed under the state(s) where your ancestor lived. Look for clues pointing to a place of origin in Ireland. Each index and source covers a different time period. It's important to understand what's covered instead of assuming that every Web site and source is complete for every year and every name.
New South Wales
Ireland-Australia transportation database includes not only convicts but convicts' families and free settlers.
Naturalisation records may state a place of birth. Search an Index to Naturalisations 1835-1905.
Convicts to Western Australia has information and links to several databases.