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Passenger lists and shipping

Local Resources

Early Settlers to Nelson

  • Early Settlers to Nelson and the ships they came on, 1841-1850

Nelson Family History Centre

  • A wide range of indexes and lists on CD, Microfilm, fiche, paper files and printouts; more..

Nelson Provincial Museum - library & archives

  • Detailed records are available for assisted immigrants sponsored by: New Zealand Company 1840-1850, Nelson Provincial Government 1853-1867: New Zealand Government 1874 - 1879.
  • Brief passenger listings from local newspapers, including trans-Tasman and coastal shipping, 1842-1870

Nelson Public Libraries - Available on Ancestry Library (in the libraries only):

  • New Zealand, Naturalisations, 1843-1981
  • New Zealand, Registered Ships & Owners, 1840-1950
  • New Zealand, White Wings, 1924, 1928 (Volumes 1 & 2)

National and Online Resources

Alexander Turnbull Library

  • New Zealand Company lists, 1839-44,1847-50, indexed
  • New Zealand Shipping Company lists, 1875-1950 (indexed 1875-83)
  • Also check Papers Past (early newspapers included Passenger lists for most ships).

Archives New Zealand

  • Records of assisted immigration to New Zealand

Christchurch City Libraries

  • lists of resources which can be used whether the date and place of ship arrival is known or unknown (mainly for Christchurch region)

Family Search

  • New Zealand, Immigration Passenger Lists (1855-1973) - fully searchable (more information)

Museum of Wellington, City and Sea

NZ National Maritime Museum

  • has an immigration search portal detailing vessel and passenger arrivals to New Zealand in the 19th Century.

Passenger Lists to Nelson

  • on Roots Web. A selection of ships and passenger lists compiled by the genealogy community.

Tip

Landfall Nelson and Pioneer Passengers by June Neale, contain information about assisted immigrants and the ships they came on.