Frequently asked questions

Find the answers to some of our most frequently asked questions.

How can I find information about a ship?

Passengers Database

The place to begin researching a vessel that visited South Australia is our Passengers Database. It includes 20,000 entries for ships and 250,000 entries for passengers who arrived between 1836 and 1961. The Database can be seen at the Maritime Museum or online at http://passengersinhistory.sa.gov.au/ Read more about How can I find information about a ship? >

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How can I research my ancestors coming by ship to Australia?

SA Maritime Museum Passengers Database

The place to begin researching ancestors coming to South Australia is our Passengers Database. It includes entries for 250,000 passengers who arrived between 1836 and 1961. Read more about How can I research my ancestors coming by ship to Australia? >

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How can I find a picture of a ship?

SA Maritime Museum Passengers Database

We have posted over 1,000 pictures of ships in our Passengers Database which can be seen at the Maritime Museum or online at http://passengersinhistory.sa.gov.au/

We hold a collection that includes upwards of 4,000 pictures of ships in the Australian trades and our volunteers are working to place those online.

There are other sources online.

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