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Hobson’s Bay (merchant ship) Call Number: PXE 722/1703

Hobson’s Bay (merchant ship) Call Number: PXE 722/1703

The picture forms part of the Ernest G. Best postcard collection of merchant vessels, naval vessels and sailing vessels, chiefly ca. 1900-1940 To access the collection from the library’s manuscripts, oral history and pictures catalogue click here

Question of the Week

A family history librarian assisted a client wanting details of her ancestors voyage to Australia (her widowed mother and siblings) emigrating from Scotland. The answer was found on findmypast database. The Ancestors on Board UK Departure Records 1890-1960 listed her ancestors departing Southampton on the ship Hobson’s Bay on 22 January 1930.

The passenger list included details such as the age and occupation of her mother and siblings (aunts and uncles) and their last known address in Scotland.

The passenger list also included “Chimpy Bush” a famous Australian Rugby League player returning from the 1930 tour of England. The Eastern Suburbs and Balmain legend met the client’s Aunt on board ship and the romance led to their marriage in Australia.

Did your ancestors arrive by ship in the twentieth century? The records include departures from UK and Irish ports to all parts of the former British Empire. Countries such as Australia, Canada, India, New Zealand, South Africa and USA are well represented. These passenger departure records are a great supplement to Australian passenger arrival records which are largely unindexed after 1924 when immigration became a Federal responsibility.

Speak to a librarian in the Family and Local History Desk in the State Reference Library (Macquarie Street wing) if you wish to access findmypast and other passenger records. If you have a specific question relating to your ancestors and can’t make it into the library click on this link to the State Library’s Ask A Librarian service