my Aunty Elsie,Uncle Jim and cousin Brian James Stubbs emigrated in the early 1950s. I have lost touch with them, the last letter is dated 1974, my aunt had remarried and her new name was Pickett.I know my cousin is married to Jean, but do not know the names of their children. aunty Elsie was my mums sister.

Can any one help me or advice me hoe to trace any of them

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Hi Doreen

If your uncle and aunt came to Australia on a Government assisted passage, the National Archives may have their migrant selection documents.  You may be able to find information on their destination in those records.  However, this information would be about thirty years old.  Also, if they were eventually naturalised in Australia then we may have their application for naturalisation and it would document their location when they applied (again, the information would be 30 yrs old).  

The records of the National Archives are publicly available when the reach the open access period as defined by the Archives Act 1983 (we are currently releasing information that was created in 1981 or earlier).  Because they came in the 1950s, I suggest you submit a reference inquiry to our reference service using the online form:

The Salvation Army or Red Cross may be able to make enquiries for you:

I don't personally know of any other forums you might be able to use to locate your family - but they may be on FaceBook??  

You may also be able to find them on the electoral roll, however, these are not electronically available for searching - you have to go to an Australian Electoral Commission office.  You may need to find a research agent to help you search - maybe a genealogical society may be able to help you with finding someone to investigate the electoral roll on your behalf for a fee. They may also have some ideas of where else you may be able to search, Our local society in Canberra is Heraldry & Genealogy Society of Canberra and their homepage is




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