· Immigration & Travel · New South Wales · Victoria

Comparing records for the same event from separate archives

Ancestry is currently offering free access to the Australian Immigration collections.  Since I currently don’t have a subscription, I decided to take this opportunity to review the immigration records I have for my ancestors.

Prior to 1851, the area which became the colony of Victoria was part of the colony of New South Wales.  Records prior to 1851 are therefore held both locally here in Victoria, and in New South Wales.

I have a few ancestors who immigrated to Victoria prior to 1851, and I have generally only been using the records from Victoria.  I therefore decided to do a comparison of the image from the New South Wales collection, and the one from Victoria, for my ex-husband’s ancestors John and Eliza Hooton, to see what differences there might be between the different collections.

This is the image from the Victorian records

John Hooton Victorian passenger lists, “Victoria, Australia, Assisted and Unassisted Passenger Lists, 1839–1923,” database and images, ( : accessed 24 Mar 2016); Jno Hooton, b abt 1811, on the “John Bull”, arrival date: 21 Jan 1840; Series: VPRS 14; Series Title: Register of Assisted Immigrants from the United Kindom (refer to microform copy, VPRS 3502).

And this is the one from New South Wales

John Hooton NSW passenger lists, “New South Wales, Australia, Assisted Immigrant Passenger Lists, 1828-1896,” database and images, ( : accessed 24 Mar 2016); enry for Jno Hootan b abt 1811, on the “John Bull”, arrival date: 21 Jan 1840; State Records Authority of New South Wales; Kingswood New South Wales, Australia; Persons on bounty ships arriving at Port Phillip (Agent’s Immigrant Lists); Series: 5318; Reel: 2143A; Item: [4/4813].
Although the information in both images is pretty much the same, there are some differences.  One of the main differences between the two images is that on the NSW image, the surname is Hootan, rather than Hooton