Is there a source for migration from UK to Australia?

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I am told my great-aunt Sarah Taylor nee Crossman emigrated from the United Kingdom to Australia some time after 1912. How can I check?
WikiTree profile: Sally Crossman
in The Tree House by Alan White G2G Crew (520 points)

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First you got to find the ship she sailed on - and no there is not just one place to look.

 Ancestry will probably have lots of passenger lists.

 Family search will as well, if you need to look for free.
by Robynne Lozier G2G6 Pilot (705k points)
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A quick Google search came up with the following:

Most ships coming to Australia had Fremantle, Western Australia, as their first port of call. During the period 1897 to 1966, over 3.6 million people were identified in 17,000 passenger arrivals lists.

The lists are available online 

Hope this helps.

by Anonymous Underwood G2G5 (5.6k points)
Thanks. I tried that.

The trouble is that early passenger lists just give surname and initial. There's an awful lot of "A. Taylor"s and "S. Taylor"s! There's no way to ask for two people, e.g. "A. and S. Taylor", which might be less ambiguous. I don't know the ship, year or port.

Some lateral thinking needed here!
Try from the other end of the voyage. i.e. Try departures from England. I've found FindMyPast.co.uk to be helpful with this. Make sure you use at least the UK site to get the Passenger Departure Lists.

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