Passengers in History brings together two wonderful resources:

A passengers data base developed by the SA Maritime Museum,
A list of ships’ logs and diaries, titled Log of Logs.

The passengers data base was produced by staff and volunteers at the South Australian Maritime Museum over 20 years. It includes entries for 328,000 passengers and 20,000 voyages to South Australia between 1836 and 1964.

Ian Nicholson produced three volumes of Log of Logs between 1988 and 1998. His data base lists logs, letters and diaries of voyages to Australia. Most, he researched himself but many were crowd-sourced from volunteers corresponding with him by mail, complete with stamps and envelopes. A number of volunteers have helped digitise the Log of Logs, but particular thanks go to Lesley Dunstan for her persistent dedication to this task.


The banners and menu pictures used throughout Passengers in History are:

Home page banner - Shipping wool at Port Adelaide, c. 1900s

South Australian Government Photographic Collection, GN00538

Port Search box and banner - The Belgic at Outer Harbour, 1914

South Australian Government Photographic Collection, GN13660

People search box - Down the gang plank from the Goya, 1949

Migration Museum Photographic Collection, PN00653. Courtesy Herald Sun

People search banner – European migrants on their way to Australia, December 1956

Migration Museum Photographic Collection, PN00987. Courtesy Department of Immigration