Series VPRS 5979
Shipping Nominal Rolls
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Date Range: Series 1947 - ? 1976
  Series in Custody 1947 - 1976
  Contents 1947 - 1976
Public Access: Open
Location: North Melbourne
Format of Records: Physical
 
Agency which created this SeriesAgency which created this Series
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Date Range Agency Title Agency Number
1947 - 1971 Chief Secretary's Department VA 475
1971 - 1976 Department of State Development (from 1972 also known as Department of State Development and Decentralisation) VA 552
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1992 - cont Victorian Office of Multicultural Affairs (formerly Ethnic Affairs Unit 1992 - 1996 and Multicultural Affairs unit 1996 - 1999) VA 4193
Description of this SeriesDescription of this Series
  • How to use the Records
    The rolls are maintained in folders, arranged chronologically by the name of the ship that brought the migrants to Australia. The name of the ship may be obtained from:

    Card Index to Sponsors of Migrants (VPRS 5981) or
    Card Index to Migrants (VPRS 5982)

    Once the name of the ship is known, consult the Records Description List for this series and identify the unit containing the folder for that ships arrival.

    If the name of the ship cannot be determined, researchers will need to examine the rolls covering the period in which the person of interest arrived.

  • Function / Content
    Background

    The series has its origin in agreements reached between the Commonwealth and British Governments in March 1946 for free and assisted passage for British residents wishing to migrate to Australia. Under the agreements residents of the Australian states could nominate residents of the United Kingdom for assisted passage to Australia, or in the case of British ex-Service men and women and their families, free passage. Nominations were of two types: personal and group. Personal nominations were made by residents of Victoria who were friends or relatives of the nominee, or an employer seeking a particular worker. Group nominations were usually made by employers seeking to recruit particular categories of workers, though groups such as religious organisations also participated. The States agreed at the Premiers Conference of 1946 to take responsibility for verifying nominations and arranging for reception, transit accommodation, travel to final destination and aftercare. The end of the States role in immigration matters came in early 1983, when the Commonwealth (VRG 87) took over its remaining functions relating to administering both assisted and unassisted British sponsorship schemes and associated services.

    The recording agencies for this series are as follows:

    Immigration Branch/State Immigration Office, VA 475 Chief Secretarys Department 1947-1971;
    Immigration Division, VA 552 Department of State Development and Decentralisation, 1971-1976.

    In essence, this series provided a means for checking that those people expected to arrive on a particular vessel did arrive; that arrangements made during the nomination process for their welcome, dispersal, accommodation, and so forth were followed through; and that any unforeseen circumstances were attended to.


    Contents include

    Nominal roles of migrants expected to arrive on the vessel, showing: name, age, religion, occupation, and the VF or VA (Victorian Free or Victorian Assisted immigrant) number assigned to each person by the State Immigration Office.
    Correspondence regarding amendments to nominal roles, last minute change of plans, special considerations and so forth.
    Boarding Reports: recording details of the meeting held on board the vessel prior to dispersal between the State Immigration Office boarding-officer and the migrants. Personal details were checked, landing arrangements confirmed, problems attended to, complaints noted, and so forth.
    Various departmental and interdepartmental correspondence concerning the voyage and dispersal arrangements upon arrival.
    Various other records relating to accommodation arrangements, reception upon arrival, luggage handling, transport on dispersal, and so forth, may also be found in the series.

  • Recordkeeping System
    The rolls and associated correspondence are arranged chronologically by the name of the ship that brought the migrants to Australia. The papers are contained in a single folder.

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P0000 1947 - 1976 Open 99
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