Quick tip – Dutch Emigrants to Australia database

The National Archives has a database of Dutch emigrants to Australia between 1946 and 1991. The database may only be used for historical research.

The database is compiled based on the card catalogs that were created by the Dutch consulates in Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane between 1946 and 1991. The cards were organized by heads of household and contain information about the whole family. Only the head of household is indexed.

Contents of the database

Entry for B.W. Aalders

The database provides basic data for each emigrant:

  • Initials (initialen)
  • Last name (achternaam)
  • Birth date (geboortedatum)
  • Mode of transport (transportmiddel): ship (ship) or airplane (vliegtuig)
  • Name of ship or airplane (transportmiddel naam)
  • Departure date (vertrekdatum)
  • Aankomstdatum (arrival date)
  • Card catalog (kaartenbak).

Ordering cards

The original cards are available at the National Archives in The Hague. The series is not public, as many of the people may still be alive. To order a copy, you can write to info@nationaalarchief.nl and include the following information:

  • full name of the emigrant
  • birth date of the emigrant
  • if it’s your own card: send a copy of your ID
  • if the emigrant is alive: power of attorney to see the record, with signature of the emigrant and copy of his or her official ID
  • if the emigrant is deceased: copy of the death certificate

The card may contain information about other people who may be alive. If that is the case, permission to copy may be refused.


people in front of airplane

Group of emigrants about to depart to Australia, 1960. Credits: Joop van Bilsen, collection Nationaal Archief (CC-0)

About Yvette Hoitink

Yvette Hoitink, CG®, QG™ is a professional genealogist in the Netherlands. She holds the Certified Genealogist credential from the Board for Certification of Genealogists and has a post-graduate diploma in Family and Local History from the University of Dundee. She has been doing genealogy for over 30 years and helps people from across the world find their ancestors in the Netherlands. Read about Yvette's professional genealogy services.

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