Governor’s Despatches contain a wealth of data on immigrant ancestors
Genealogist Aileen Trinder has completed a major research project into Australian immigration records held in the Mitchell Library. Her transcriptions of the “employment and dispersal lists” of assisted immigrants from the NSW Governor’s Despatches has unearthed additional information to what is found in official passenger lists.
Publication of the transcription project on a field-searchable CD-ROM is expected in the coming weeks.
Stay tuned for an interview with Aileen in the upcoming post. As well as discussing her latest research project Aileen will offer some thoughts on the Australasian Congress on Genealogy and Heraldry, the major event on the genealogy calendar to be held in Canberra from March 26-30.
Images: (Top) Researcher Aileen Trinder with the “employment and dispersal list” for the ship “Scotia” (Governor’s despatch Ref. ML A1253); (Bottom) Aileen’s CD-ROM “Employment & Dispersal Lists Assisted Passengers 1848-1854”.