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Early Newspaper Shipping Arrivals & Departures

Early newspapers provide some of the only Departure records for Port Jackson / Sydney, as very few original departure records have survived. The information presented here has been indexed from the Shipping columns of the Shipping Gazette and Sydney General Trade List, The Bee and The Omnibus and Sydney spectator..

Source: The National Library of Australia, as part of the Australian Cooperative Digitisation Project, 1840-45, has on their website, digitised copies of Australian Periodical Publications 1840-1845. The Gazette provides some fascinating reading, including things maritime, amongst them are wrecks, legal actions, even the arrest of a vessel, massacres of entire vessel crews and passengers; traded goods including boxes of sea horse tongues. New views of past activities both in Australia and overseas are enlightening :-).

The Shipping gazette and Sydney general trade list has been preserved, and extend from Volume 1, no. 1 (Saturday, Mar. 23, 1844) to Volume 17, no. 869 (Monday, Dec. 31, 1860), the online collection is from Volume 1 to Volume 12, Number 608 (31 December, 1855). The remaining years of publication are available on fishe at major libraries and Genealogical Societies.

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I wish you well with your research and hope you find at least one of your 'missing' among these pages. Hopefully these pages will prove to be a regular port of call for you and I look forward to hearing from you.

Every care possible has been taken with these records but, as usual, remember to check original sources of **everything** for yourself.


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