I am researching my family history and trying to trace my gr grandfather Thomas Robinson born 1875 in Bedfordshire England. He married my gr grandmother Alice Turton from Wigan in lancashire they were married in Wigan in 1895? they had 5 children Thomas, Harold, Agnus, Elsie or Elizabeth, and Edith Robinson. He was a confectioner/baker here in Wigan lancashire, he left his wife Alice and there children and emigrated to Australia possibly perth in around 1908-1910. Someone later on informed my mother(who is still living) that he was doing well in Australia and had his own business with vans etc in his name. If anyone can give me any info at all about this family It would be well appreciated.


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Hello Arlene

The records of the National Archives of Australia may not be able to shed much light on your grandfather, Thomas Robinson. Prior to 26 January 1949 Australians had British nationality, and as your grandfather was born in the UK, he would have not been required to seek naturalisation in order to obtain Australian citizenship.  Therefore, we will not hold any naturalisation or immigration records.  Also, as you are not sure which year in he emigrated, it is very difficult to locate his name on a passenger listing as it would be like trying to find a needle in a haystack.


I did a search for WWI defence service records and found that a number of servicemen with the name Thomas Robinson enlisted who were born in England. if you do a search in the Advanced search - items screen (login to RecordSearch as a guest and then paste the link into the URL bar should take you straight there).

http://recordsearch.naa.gov.au/SearchNRetrieve/Interface/SearchScre...  Otherwise, click on the 'RecordSearch - Advanced search' tab and then click on 'Items' at the bottom of the triangle.


Enter Thomas Robinson into the Keywords in item title field

Enter B2455 into the Series number field annd then click on 'Search'.


If you find an item you would like to look at more closely, click on it.  All of the World War I service records have been digitised and are available online.  By clicking on the icon that looks like a document, you will be able to see the actual service record.


Information who to contact for information on births, deaths and marriages can be found in Fact Sheet 89 http://www.naa.gov.au/about-us/publications/fact-sheets/fs89.aspx.  It is best to contact the registrar of the state in which you think he lived.


Hopefully, another of our forum members may be able to give you some more tips on where to search.

Kind regards


NAA staff

Hi Tonia,

Thankyou for all this info will try it I have all the  War records for the Horrocks I am searching too RE: War records I got them off the national Archives of Australia online documents.



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