Shipping records of my family to Australia from Bombay,India.

May I enlist the help of experienced Researches who are far more adept at finding information than I am.

I am looking for my Great Uncle's family who were from Bombay in India, I understand that the family emigrated to Australia probably in the late 1950's.

I last saw my Uncle, Aunt and cousins when they arrived in Liverpool aboard the ship 'Circassia' which sailed from Bombay to Liverpool on 19th March 1958.

My Uncle and his family intended to stay and live in Newport, South Wales but the family were unable to settle and returned back to India again aboard the 'Circassia'.

I have been unable to trace where the family are and all the information that I have is 'hearsay' so I really do not know for sure if the family are in Australia or not. The details that I have regarding the family are as follows, and I would be extremely grateful if anyone can give me some tips on how to go about finding them: 

George Parker. Date of Birth: 25th July 1900 Born in Newport, South Wales.

May E. Parker. Date of Birth: 8th October 1930. Born ? India.

Donald D. Parker. Date of Birth: 29th May 1947. Born in India.

Muriel J.A. Parker. Date of Birth: 16th December 1948. Born in India.

Richard H.W. Parker. Date of Birth. 27th April 1949. Born in India.

Pamela R. Parker. Date of Birth. 22nd October 1954. Born in India.

Shirley I Parker. Date of Birth. 11th November 1956. Born in India.

I understand that my Uncle's occupation when he was in Bombay, India was as a 'Fire Engineer'.

My e-mail address is if anyone would like to contact me directly.

Thanking you in anticipation that someone can help me find my family. 

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Comment by Tonia (from NAA) on May 24, 2012 at 21:17

Hello Shirley

If your family members came to Australia on a Government assisted passage, the National Archives may have their migrant selection documents.  If any of the family stayed in Australia, they may have chosen to become naturalised, and if they did, we may have their application for naturalisation and it would document their location when they applied. However, this information would be over thirty years old asthe records of the National Archives are only 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 1950-60s, 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 - you may find one willing to help on our fact sheet 40



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