Accessing Australian Sources

When researching Australian ancestors, there are two distinct paths - aboriginal records and the sources for later settlers. For an introduction to aboriginal records, see Australian Aboriginal Genealogy Resources at mc2.vicnet. The Australian Family History Compendium ( offers information on a wider range of record types, as well as information on archives, maps, glossary, and societies.

A transcription of the convicts on Australia's first three fleets and the Irish convicts that came to New South Wales from 1791 to 1834 are located at

The Heraldry and Genealogy Society of Canberra maintains a database of Australian memorials of Australians in the Boer War (1899-1902) at www. The Metropolitan Cemeteries Board of Western Australia has a database of internments in five cemeteries at

An index to the 1841 Census is maintained by the New South Wales Government at 68.asp. The index only contains the name of the head of household and contains just over 9,000 entries. The Donegal Relief Fund site (freepages.genealogy. includes a description of the background of the Relief Fund, passenger lists, and subscription lists for those who donated to the Fund. A searchable index of birth, marriage, and death records for New South Wales is available at familyHistory/search.htm. ( is a subscription site that contains a variety of record sets, including

1 Electoral Rolls

1 First Fleet, Second Fleet, and Third Fleet Lists 1 Convict Musters, Pardons, and Lists 1 Census of New South Wales, 1828 i Sands Directories (Sydney and New South Wales)

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