Anchors Aweigh

Anchors Away

In 2019 as part of National Family History Month, the Monash Public Library Service Family History Group worked on a project called Anchors Aweigh. The stories detail how their ancestors made the voyage to Australia, whether on a sailing ship in the 1850s or a steam ship in the 1950s.

These stories were then formatted and exhibited at Glen Waverley, Mount Waverley, Mulgrave and Wheelers Hill libraries for the month of August 2019.

Please enjoy these wonderful stories. The stories are in PDF format.


A fateful decision by Robyn (PDF, 314KB)

A journey of hope, sickness and tragedy by Ian (PDF, 325KB)

A new life by Margaret (PDF, 263KB)

A ticket to sail by Kay (PDF, 1MB)

A young family's voyage to a new life by Christine (PDF, 459KB)

Advanced for her time by Graeme (PDF, 298KB)

Arcadia by Sue (PDF, 526KB)

Arrival of the Canton by Fay (PDF, 542KB)

Assisted immigration by Gill (PDF, 491KB)

Beyond the seas by Wendy (PDF, 334KB)

Bound for Australia by paddle steamer by Nayda (PDF, 852KB)

Coming south by Jason (PDF, 579KB)

Emigrate to Portland by Joan (PDF, 367KB)

Gold! by Joy (PDF, 336KB)

Last voyage before the War by Jennifer (PDF, 403KB)

Maiden voyage for the new Australians by Charlie (PDF, 599KB)

New beginnings by Julie (PDF, 603KB)

Passenger lists are a great resource by Graeme (PDF, 2MB)

Queensland challenge by Robin (PDF, 385KB)

Serious accident to an Australian emigrant ship by Christine (PDF, 359KB)

Ship that shrank the world by Graeme (PDF, 360KB)

Star shone on maiden voyage by Pamela (PDF, 351KB)

The anchor heaves by Kaye (PDF, 383KB)

The Argyle by Carol (PDF, 561KB)

The Lord Auckland by Merv (PDF, 533KB)

Third Fleet by Wendy (PDF, 259KB)

To be transported beyond the seas by Kaye (PDF, 252KB)

Two German butchers by Joan (PDF, 238KB)

Voyage to Van Diemans Land by Nayda (PDF, 304KB)

Who would have thought by Anne (PDF, 294KB)

Yorkshire grit by Gill (PDF, 277KB)

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Last updated: 02 August 2019