My ancestor arrived in Auckland, I think

It pays to know three things to help identify the arrival of an ancestor (besides their name, of course): where they came from? when did they arrive? where did they arrive? You may not know the answers to any or all of these, but you can make an educated guess.

Where did they come from?

Until the end of the 1840s arrivals were mainly from New South Wales and Tasmania. From the 1840s arrivals were primarily from Great Britain, with only a few vessels direct from Europe. Mail steamers brought passengers from North America from the 1860s. There were large numbers from Australia, especially Victoria, in the 1850s and 1860s.

When did they arrive?

Calculate this from:

family stories

death registrations after 1875. These include details of ‘How long in New Zealand’

obituaries

marriage / birth date of first child in New Zealand and/or last child born before emigration

Intention to marry registers at National Archives, Wellington. These indicate ‘how long resident in district’.

first appearance in directories, electoral rolls

naturalisation records, if they were not British

any other evidence of residence in New Zealand

Where did they arrive?

The main ports of arrival in the Auckland region (Northland, Auckland, Coromandel) were:

Auckland (Waitemata)

Onehunga (Manukau) (mainly coastal)

Bay of Islands (mainly pre-1845)

Hokianga (mainly pre-1840)

Arrived before 1840?

No passenger lists are available for Auckland arrivals before 1840. The following may give some indication:

Roll of early settlers and descendants in the Auckland Province prior to the end of 1852 (1940)

Index to ship musters 1816-1825 passengers & crew departing Sydney / [microform] (1990).

Index of passengers and crew in and out of Sydney from Sydney newspapers / compiled by Nola M. Mackey. Vol. 1. 1830-32 — v. 2. 1833-35 — v. 3. 1836-37 — v.4. 1838-1840

Arrived between 1840 and 1910?

In the Auckland Research Centre you will find:

Passenger lists from newspapers indexed for 1840-1899. Almost complete.

records on the Fencible settlers of south and east Auckland

Passenger lists, Victoria, Australia outwards to New Zealand, 1852-1870 [microform]

The Puhoi Settlers’ Index, located in Special Collections, gives the names of Bohemian settlers, and their descendents to 1990. Card entries include dates of birth, marriage and death, and names of father, mother and children, where appropriate. A few personal details have been added.

At National Archives, Wellington:

Manukau and Waitemata Company 1841-42

Provincial government 1853-1876, assisted (indexed)

General government 1870-1888, assisted (indexed)

Social Security passenger lists, Wellington 1883-1910, some gaps (indexed)

Some of these may be available on microfilm at National Archives Auckland Regional Office.

The Alexander Turnbull Library has:

New Zealand Shipping Company 1875-1950s passenger records (indexed 1875-1883)

Arrived 1911 onwards

In the Auckland Research Centre you will find:

newspapers till late 1930s have reasonable lists of passengers (unindexed)

At National Archives, Wellington:

passenger lists almost complete, but unindexed

Destination New Zealand. Sources in the Auckland Research Centre for the arrival of European ancestors in New Zealand.

The focus of passenger resources in the Family History Collection is on arrivals in Auckland. However, there are a number of other sources about arrivals in other parts of the country.

There is no comprehensive record anywhere, so your search will require you to search local and national repositories.

Remembering that many early arrivals came via Australia, this is a list of resources to help find the arrival of ancestors.

The Family History Collection or other location classification is given.

1 GEN

Proceedings of the 1987 Conference of the New Zealand Society of Genealogists : immigration : Wellington, 10-12 April 1987. Wellington : 1987 Conference Committee, Wellington Group of the New Zealand Society of Genealogists, 1987

2 ANZ SHI

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 / by Ian Nicholson. Aranda, A.C.T. : Roebuck, [1990]

Log of logs. Volume two : A catalogue of logs, journals, shipboard diaries, letters, and all forms of voyage narratives, 1788 to 1993, for Australian and New Zealand and surrounding oceans / by Ian Nicholson. Yaroomba, Qld. : The Author, 1993.

Trying to find a seafaring ancestor / Ronald Parsons. Gumaracha, S. Aust. : Gould Books, c1988.

Passenger ships of Australia & New Zealand. Vol. I. 1876-1912 / Peter Plowman. Auckland, N.Z. : Collins, 1981.

Passenger ships of Australia & New Zealand. Vol. II. 1913-1980 / Peter Plowman. Auckland, N.Z. : Collins, 1981.2 AUS IMM NSW

Index of passengers and crew in and out of Sydney from Sydney newspapers 1830-1840. Vols. 1-6 [microform] /Nola M. Mackey, Grafton Family History Centre. Grafton

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