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This collection contains registers of seamen engaged or discharged in New South Wales, Australia, between the years 1859 and 1936. You’ll also find registers of certificates of competency issued between 1905 and 1933. These certificates were issued to masters, engineers, first mates, pilots, and others.
Records vary depending on type and year, but you may find some of the following details:
- birth date
- engagement or discharge date
- capacity (i.e., occupation)
- master or vessel owner
- last ship
- where sailor boarded or was discharged current ship
You may also find some details about voyages.
The State Records Authority of New South Wales notes the following about crew lists:
State Records holds lists of crew arriving in New South Wales before 1923. Research into these records can often be difficult as there is no comprehensive index to the nineteenth century crew lists. Furthermore, some lists do not record the crew by name.
After 1922 recording the arrival of crew became the responsibility of the Commonwealth Government and the records are held by the National Archives of Australia.