Passenger lists and shipping

Local ResourcesEarly Settlers to Nelson

Local Resources

Early Settlers to Nelson

  • Early Settlers to Nelson and the ships they came on, 1841-1850

Nelson Family History Centre

  • A wide range of indexes and lists on CD, Microfilm, fiche, paper files and printouts; more..

Nelson Provincial Museum - library & archives

  • Detailed records are available for assisted immigrants sponsored by: New Zealand Company 1840-1850, Nelson Provincial Government 1853-1867: New Zealand Government 1874 - 1879.
  • Brief passenger listings from local newspapers, including trans-Tasman and coastal shipping, 1842-1870

Nelson Public Libraries - Available on Ancestry Library (in the libraries only):

  • New Zealand, Naturalisations, 1843-1981
  • New Zealand, Registered Ships & Owners, 1840-1950
  • New Zealand, White Wings, 1924, 1928 (Volumes 1 & 2)

National and Online Resources

Alexander Turnbull Library

  • New Zealand Company lists, 1839-44,1847-50, indexed
  • New Zealand Shipping Company lists, 1875-1950 (indexed 1875-83)
  • Also check Papers Past (early newspapers included Passenger lists for most ships).

Archives New Zealand

  • Records of assisted immigration to New Zealand

Christchurch City Libraries

  • lists of resources which can be used whether the date and place of ship arrival is known or unknown (mainly for Christchurch region)

Family Search

  • New Zealand, Immigration Passenger Lists (1855-1973) - fully searchable 

Museum of Wellington, City and Sea

NZ National Maritime Museum

  • has an immigration search portal detailing vessel and passenger arrivals to New Zealand in the 19th Century.

Passenger Lists to Nelson

  • on Roots Web. A selection of ships and passenger lists compiled by the genealogy community.


Landfall Nelson and Pioneer Passengers by June Neale, contain information about assisted immigrants and the ships they came on.