hello i am trying to trace my father and his family his name is ANDREW COCKBURN WILSON his wife MARY ELIZABETH WILSON(HAMILTON) AND THEIR SON ANDREW WILSON they arrived in freemantle australia in july 1968 their first house was 170 orrong road rivervale wa could anyone tell me anything about them seem to have lost them again thanking you john wilson

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Comment by Tonia (from NAA) on February 21, 2012 at 17:01

Hi John

If your father and his family came to Australia on an assisted passage, the National Archives may have his (and his familys) migrant selection documents.  I recommend you submit a reference inquiry using the form at http://www.naa.gov.au/collection/forms/imm-inquiry.aspx

The National Archives may also have a record about him/them if he became a naturalised Australian. If you think this may be the case, indicate that you would like a the naturalisation record in the reference inquiry form above.  

Please note, 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 1983 or earlier).  We don't really have any information that might help you to locate your father's current whereabouts.

As you know the area in which he settled, you may be able to find his current whereabouts 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 http://www.hagsoc.org.au/

Alternatively, the Salvation Army or Red Cross may be able to make enquiries for you:

http://salvos.org.au/familytracing/

http://www.redcross.org.au/tracing-and-restoration-of-family-links....

Best of luck searching

 

Tonia

(NAA staff)

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