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Australia, Project Guidelines - Categorization of Ships and Voyages to Australia

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Categorization of Ships and Voyages to Australia

This is now the approved format for the categorization of ships and voyages bringing immigrants and convicts to Australia, including the naming of the landing level category.

Please note: The ONLY thing that has been formally 'Approved' is the Landing level category and only for Australia, and the rest of the global structure, in particular the global parent categories 'Sailings by Decade', 'Ship by Decade of Launch' and 'Ships by Name' have never been approved by the WT community, and may change.

If, after reading this page, you would like us to add a category for you, go to Categories Waiting to be Added or Renamed and post a link to the profile, to which you want the category added, plus any information you have for the voyage, under the heading, "Categories to be Added".

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Following discussions within the Australia Project, it was decided that our preference for the voyage landing category was the format [[Category:Ship Name, Arrived DD Mmm YYYY]] , the month as a word, but using the standard 3 letter abbreviations. eg. [[Category:Lady Juliana, Arrived 3 Jun 1790]]. If the exact day of the month is unknown, the month and year would be used, [[Category:Ship Name, Arrived Mmm YYYY]].

The word "Arrived" with a capital "A".

The "Arrived" date to be the arrival at the final port of call in Australia.

The reason for preferring this format is due to key source material including the NSW and Victorian shipping records being indexed by arrival date, this option will be the most user-friendly for our Australia Project members and other WikiTree members, plus we should not forget that Wikitree is growing as a key resource for other researchers in Australia. Our categories need to be aligned as far as possible to our archival resources.


Australian Shipping Categories

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1. The "Yellow" categories are existing global categories, not specific to Australia. The "Blue" categories are existing categories that are specific to Australia.

2.The "Green" categories are new categories, that have been created, specific to Australia.

3. The "Pink" category, the landing category, will be for a single voyage, and the only one that should have individual profiles added. To use the format [[Category:Lady Juliana, Arrived 3 Jun 1790]].

The "Arrived" date to be the arrival at the final port of call in Australia.

All voyage landing categories for a particular ship, will be nested under the category for the Ship Name (Launch Year) eg. [[Category:Lady Juliana (1777)]].

Example, Lady Juliana

Lady Juliana

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Landing Level Parent Categories

  • There are (3) parent categories:

Ship Parent

  • [[Category:Ship Name (Launch Year)]] eg. [[Category:Lady Juliana (1777)]]
  • If you cannot find it in that format from the category picker, add the maintenance category [[Category:Needs Ship Category]] using the category picker.

Arrivals Parent

  • [[Category:Arrivals to State or Colony]] eg. [[Category:Arrivals to New South Wales]] use the category picker to find them.

Voyages Type Parent

Use the category picker to find them:

For a Convict Voyage, add ONE of these;

  • [[Category:First Fleet Voyages]]
  • [[Category:Second Fleet Voyages]]
  • [[Category:Third Fleet Voyages]]
  • [[Category:Convict Voyages After the Third Fleet]]

For an Immigrant Voyage, add ONE of these:

  • [[Category:Assisted Immigrant Voyages to Australia]]
  • [[Category:Unassisted Immigrant Voyages to Australia]]
  • [[Category:Bounty Immigrant Voyages to Australia]]
  • [[Category:Immigrant Voyages to Australia]] this is the default voyage type parent to use, if none of the above (3) are applicable.

See Assisted Immigration to Australia for discussion of the use of Assisted Immigration, Bounty Immigration and Unassisted Immigration categories

Multiple landing categories can be listed chronologically, under the parent, by adding the ship name and arrived date to the parent in this format, [[Category:Ship Name (Launch Year)|Ship Name yyyymmdd]], eg. [[Category:Lady Juliana (1777)|Lady Juliana 17900603]]. For an example see the Category: Pestonjee Bomanjee (1835) and it's subcategories.

Landing Level Category Content

Content should be just enough, so a WikiTree user knows they have the correct category.

Please do not use headings, horizontal lines or ref tags, these cause category errors.

The preferred format for the category content is The Migrant Ship "Category Info Box" (CIB)

To see the template for the Migrant Ship CIB, see Category:Roxburgh Castle, Arrived 26 May 1839

Nothing else needs to go on the category page, everything else should go into a Freespace Page. In this case link the Freespace Page to the category page, and add the category to the freespace page, so they are linked in both directions. For examples, see: Category:Christiana, Arrived 25 Jul 1841 and Category:Oaklands,_Arrived_21_Sep_1878.

Creating the Ship Parent

If you are creating the Ship parent category, make sure the parents are [[Category:YYYYs Ships]] and[[Category:Ships by Name]] (both will already exist and can be found with the category picker).


Landing level categories:Category:Surry, Arrived 11 Oct 1838 and Category:Tyne, Arrived 4 Jan 1819

Ship parent category: Category:Tyne (1807)


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I'm doing something wrong with trying to categorise Stynes-12. The categories that come up seem different to this help page, Can someone please check what I have done, is in line with current guidelines.
posted by Brian Stynes
Hi Brian, it sounds like the voyage you are after hasn't been created yet. You will have to make a request in "Waiting to be Added or Renamed" for possible creation. One of the team, possibly Margaret or myself, will follow it up.


Danny Stapleton in Canberra

posted by Danny Stapleton
Hi Brian, Convict Records places the convict on the Hercules voyage in 1802, not 1820 (there is no listed convict voyage by the Hercules in 1820). I've added the source and the category to the profile.

If you come across any other voyage categories that need creating, you are more than welcome to request them using the link Danny provided in his answer.

Regards, Margaret, Australia Project.

Could the following ship be added please (transport ship bringing troops to Australia):

HMS Camperdown: Originally launched in 1820 as the HMS Trafalgar, renamed the HMS Camperdown in 1825 Departed Cork, Ireland on 1 July 1854 Arrived in Melbourne on 18 October 1854 Applies to William Basham


posted by Andrea Staub
Hi Andrea, I've created the category, did you know we have an Australia Project page where you can add requests for any Australian categories to be created, (not just ships)

Cheers, Margaret

Thank you Margaret, I know now. Still much to learn about where to find things.
posted by Andrea Staub
I have captain Magnus Johnson in the tree I am researching and John Fulham Turner who was a co owner of The Guildford’ along with Frederick Mangles.

Magnus Johnson’s father also had a share in the ship and capt Johnson married John Fulham Turner’s daughter.

posted by Ann Browning
Just started a little project of researching the convicts on the 1st convict ship to WA. Could the following ship be added as a category please: 'Scindian' launched 1844. Departed England 27 Feb 1850, Arrived in WA 1 Jun 1850. Applies to Samuel Scattergood
posted by Andrea Staub
Hi Andrea,

I have a relation on that ship that I am working on. Happy to share information or learn from what you are discovering

posted by Jenny (Baker) Tetlow
Hi Nonya, I've had a bit of a break but happily share what I find with you and learn more about Tetlow-130:)
posted by Andrea Staub
A new request : the Sophie from Hamburg to Port Adelaide, 1958. This would apply to Baumgarten-300. I can add it to other family members as long as I know the correct Category name.
posted by Andrew Lancaster
Can someone add a category for the Garland of 1851, which would apply to Norton-8998 and Norton-8996?
posted by Andrew Lancaster
Thank you for requesting the creation of the category, it is all done and added to both profiles.

Regards Margaret

Regarding the Lady Juliana, there is now a video on YouTube:

(Undo the word wrap.)

posted by Doug Laidlaw
Thanks Doug, very informative video from "Weird History".

I had read some some of the history, but the video is well done.

posted by Steve Thomas
The 'Pink' category has been approved for voyages to Australia. 'Yellow' is global.

Is there a Wikitree space page describing the 'Blue' and 'Green' categories?

posted by Steve Thomas
Thanks Peter for drawing my attention to 'Lady Juliana'. It's another interesting snippet of Australian history that I was completely unaware of.

Re: Your question of Second Fleet to New South Wales. I think of a fleet as a group of ships that sail together. More broadly, Wikipedia says of the First Fleet of South Australia "All nine ships associated with the company were in communication or at least aware of each other during the voyage and were all represented at the proclamation of the new province".

My reading is that in the early staging of planning, all the ships of the Second Fleet intended to set off and arrive together in 1789. The 'Lady Juliana' sailed in a different way. I can understand why the question "Was the Lady Juliana a member of the Second Fleet?" is debated.

posted by Steve Thomas
As regards the 'Lady Juliana', this famous voyage is somewhat of an anomaly - some treat it as being part of the Second Fleet (having arrived at Port Jackson, Sydney in the same month as the Second Fleet); but strictly it was a single, stand-alone voyage. Thoughts?
posted by Peter Willis II
Clarification: For immigrant ships to Australia, where ships may have disembarked passengers at several ports of call within Australia, the "Arrived" date should be the port of final disembarkation of the relevant passenger, even if the ship sailed on to a further Australian port?
posted by Peter Willis II
It works for me and should cover WW2 War Brides from Canada and UK plus British Commonwealth Occupation Forces - Japanese brides post WW2 and we can include the "SIEV X" if the Australian government let us have the names - sailing close to the edge - I am. Thanks everyone who helped.
posted by Geoffrey Raebel
I admire the work that has gone into this. I'm happy that profiles be attached to a ship arrival date and I don't have any major comment or suggestion. I concur with comment that dates be in dd Mmm yyyy format. e.g. Lady Juliana arrived 3 Jun 1790.
posted by Steve Thomas
This is great. Thanks for the effort you have put into this. One suggestion would be to change the month format to mmm in order to be consistent with the rest of WikiTree. ie Dec instead of December.
posted by Deborah (Smith) Talbot