I do love some of the wonderful hidden treasures amongst the records held at the Public Record Office Victoria – and those that have been transcribed or indexed by the Geelong Family History Group [GFHG].
As part of an ongoing project with the GFHG, volunteers from our region are transcribing or indexing their huge collection and adding them to our Geelong & District database.
This is one of my absolute favourites! It is part of VPRS 22 / P0: Customs, Shipping and Immigration Records – 8 of the 27 units in this series are specifically Geelong records! And yes, we’re planning on working on the other records in this series.
To give you an idea on how wonderful these records are, I’ll step you through the details available in our Geelong & District database and the additional information available from the Geelong Family History Group transcriptions.
|A search was done in the Geelong & District database for the name CROHAN.There were 43 matching entries [10 Sep 2011] for CROHAN – the ones of particular interest are the four entries for:
CROHAN – search
Viewing the third and fourth entries will provide similar information for Thomas MOYLAN and Patrick MOYLAN – probably nephews of Bridget CROHAN.
|If you look at the original record at PROV or submit a Research Request for the transcription from the Geelong Family History Group, you will find these details [in addition to those above]:
CROHAN – GFHG transcription [.pdf file]
Some Nominees’ residence details include cottage / house names, and street addresses – who wouldn’t just love that information for their ancestors? The majority of entries are from Ireland however there are also significant numbers from England and Scotland which also include detailed addresses.
There are 1,289 entries [total number of Nominees] in VPRS 22 / P0 / 15 for 550+ Depositors. This equates to 2,578 entries in the Geelong & District database – they are “duplicated” so that you can search by both Depositor and Nominee.
These records refer to depositors dealing with the Sub Treasury in Geelong. There are plenty of similar records out there for Melbourne, other Sub Treasuries, and of course Geelong for different years. They won’t be handed to you on a platter like these ones! You will need to search for them. Make use of the PROV Guide 52: Transport – Immigration Records. Look in the Correspondence and administrative section – these type of records are found in the Immigration Branch files.
You should also do some background reading for details on immigration remittances, regulations, procedures and rates payable. These can be found in these Victoria Government Gazettes by searching for the word IMMIGRATION and the dates shown below:
- Tuesday July 22, 1856: two and a half pages of details
- Monday September 28, 1857: supplement showing revised rates
Well, that should keep you busy on what is a very cold September day in Victoria!