Port Authority hostess welcoming the liner Patris [Ronald Armstrong collection of photographs; BA1287/795; 232263PD]
Port Authority hostess welcoming the liner Patris
[Ronald Armstrong collection of photographs;
BA1287/795; 232263PD]

Key Resources

Log of Logs: a catalogue of logs, journals, shipboard diaries, letters, and all forms of voyage narratives, 1788 to 1988, for Australia and New Zealand and surrounding oceans
As its title suggests, this three volume set by Ian Nicholson lists where to find surviving information about voyages by ship to our region. For example, it gives the Australian Joint Copying Project (AJCP) microfilm reel numbers for surgeonsí journals and captainsí logs. All three volumes should be consulted.

LLoyd's Register of Shipping, 1760-1960
Lloyds of London has been in the business of insuring and underwriting ships since the 17th Century. Their registers of shipping give details of vessels including the owners and builders and voyages undertaken. Please note that there are several publications covering different time periods. For a complete list check our catalogue.

Other Resources

The Library has many items relating to ships in its collection. Some of the material listed here has been indexed in the Ship Indexes outlined below. The following is not an exhaustive list; try searching our catalogue for other material using keywords such as cruise ships, passenger ships, ocean liners or sailing ships.
Australian cruise ships
Australian migrant ships, 1946-1977
British passenger liners of the five oceans
Coast to coast: the great Australian coastal liners
Emigrant ships to luxury liners: passenger ships to Australia and New Zealand, 1945-1990
The great liners : P & O Orient ships on the Australian trade
The Log
The long haul : ships on the England-Australian run
Migrant ships to Australia and New Zealand 1900 to 1939
Passenger ships of Australia and New Zealand
Sail in the South : a selection from the A. D. Edwardes Collection of Shipping Photographs in the State Library of South Australia
Ships monthly
The SITMAR liners: past and present

Tweedsdale [Ship Index XE68]
Tweedsdale [Ship Index XE68]

Ship Images

The Library holds a large collection of ship images which can be located in several ways:

Ship Index - card catalogue

This card catalogue, located in the Genealogy Centre on the 3rd floor, indexes images of ships appearing in our collection of ship albums as well as in books and magazines held by the Library. The ship albums contain a wonderful selection of old postcards and photographs of a wide variety of passenger ships. The ship images on this page are examples taken from the albums. Volumes can be ordered at the 3rd floor enquiry desk and viewed in the Leah Jane Cohen Reading Room in the Battye Library on the 3rd floor.

Fort Laramie [Ship Index XGII 98b]
Fort Laramie
[Ship Index XGII 98b]

Ship Index - online catalogue

This index is a continuation of the Ship Index card catalogue above. Searching the catalogue under a broad heading such as passenger ships will give you the option to Modify Search. You can then limit your search to Ships under Material Type.


Pictorial Collection - card catalogue

The Pictorial Collection card catalogue is located in the Battye Library on the 3rd floor and contains many references to ships as well as to personal names, places and topics. The reference numbers on the cards relate to the bound volumes of photocopied images shelved opposite the catalogue.


Danube [Ship Index J27]
Danube [Ship Index J27]

Pictorial Collection - online catalogue

Some images from the Pictorial Collection can be found in our catalogue by entering the ship name under Keyword and selecting Pictures from the drop-down box. Some images have been digitised and will appear in the catalogue record. Where this is not the case, you will be referred to the bound volumes of photocopied images held in the Battye Library on the 3rd floor.

TROVE pictures, photos, objects
This site, formerly known as Picture Australia, has digitised images from archives and libraries in Australia and New Zealand. All of the State Libraries, together with organisations such as the National Archives of Australia and the Australian National Maritime Museum, have large collections of digitised ship images which are featured here.

Convict Ships

The Convict Ships, 1787-1868
This guide by Charles Bateson is considered to be the definitive guide to Australia's period of transportation. All convict voyages are listed with dates of departure and arrival, number of convicts on board, number of deaths occurring on the voyage, names of the captain and surgeon, as well as information on the age, size, class etc. of each vessel. Background information is also given about what life was like on board a convict ship for both crew members and convicts.
Convicts to Australia
Some of the information in Charles Batesonís book is included in the Perth Dead Personsí Society website, Convicts to Australia.


The Ships List
This website includes images and descriptions of ships and also has illustrations of ships' rigging, making it easy to identify a brig from a barque or a barquentine.

Use our SLWA Family History Bookmarks to find websites for ships recommended by the Family History Subject Specialists. Simply click on any heading of interest e.g. shipwrecks to see a list of websites relating to this topic. The larger the tag, the more websites appear on the list.

Related Pages

Passenger Lists

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