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Blog post from Saturday, 29 March, 2014



Caroline Chisholm, philanthropist and social activist, remembered as the “emigrant’s friend”, died on 25 March 1877.

She travelled to Australia with her husband in 1838 and settled in Sydney, where she tirelessly assisted young women to find employment and subsequently established the Female Immigrant’s Home.

Caroline Chisholm also founded the Family Colonization Loan Society a scheme which assisted free migration of families, helping them find a living in country areas, and she worked toward establishing a policy of migration for Australia. More details of her life and work are available in the Australian Dictionary of Biography

This painting of Caroline Chisholm by A. C. Hayter from 1852 is held by the State Library of New South Wales.

The passenger lists of the Family Colonization Loan Society 1854-1857: Abdalla, Bangalore, Hanover, Lord Burleigh, Light of the Age, Marchioness of Londonbery, Nimroud and Washington Irving are held by the State Library of NSW in the Archives Office Kit. They have also been digitised by the NSW State Records on their ‘Online’ microfilm of shipping lists and by Ancestry Library on their New South Wales, Australia, Assisted Immigrant Passenger Lists, 1828-1896 database. The State Library of NSW has a subscription to Ancestry Library.