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Sheila did not use Trove ( trove. nla.gov.au) in her re­search, but it’s a must-visit web­site for most peo­ple look­ing to dis­cover more about their Aus­tralian an­ces­tors. Hosted by the Na­tional Li­brary of Aus­tralia, it in­cludes ar­chive records, books, im­ages, his­toric news­pa­pers and maps. Al­though not all lists for ev­ery ship still sur­vive, those that do pro­vide a fas­ci­nat­ing in­sight for any­one with an­ces­tors who em­i­grated on a long-haul voy­age – and many are now avail­able for re­searchers on­line on Find­my­past, Ances­try and else­where. Con­tent does vary, but you can ex­pect at least the name of the ship, the names of pas­sen­gers, their ages, ports of ar­rival and de­par­ture, dates, coun­try of ori­gin and oc­cu­pa­tion. There is of­ten more avail­able, too, in­clud­ing desti­na­tion and even a phys­i­cal de­scrip­tion. Track­ing down use­ful pub­li­ca­tions con­tain­ing fam­ily in­for­ma­tion can be as much a mat­ter of good luck as clever re­search, so make sure to ask around in lo­cal ar­chives, at fam­ily gath­er­ings or by search­ing on the in­ter­net.

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