Where do I search for records of someone who arrived in Aust. in 1947.

Michael McLaren was on the assisted passage scheme for ex-servicemen. His service number was RA 1509253.I can find no record of him other than on the passenger list for the Orion and classified as  'Labourer 111). Do records exist  which shows where passengers went after they disembarked? I've checked Electoral rolls, Marriage records but have not found any answers.

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Comment by Roseanne Harrison on July 18, 2014 at 2:20

Do you use Ancestry.Com at all?

Comment by Debra on July 18, 2014 at 23:13

Hi Jacqueline,

Any records for Michael will be at the National Archives.  If you cannot visit in person then you can submit a request form and they will give you a quote for the copying of anything they find.  The form is here http://reftracker.naa.gov.au/reft100.aspx?key=03ImmiRef

Some immigration information:





Comment by Debra on July 19, 2014 at 0:50

Hi Jacqueline,

From the UK outbound manifest, Michael was contracted to land at Sydney and there is this marriage in 1951:





Registered at SYDNEY

This was a third marriage for Elsie.  She was divorced from William John BARNETT in 1950 and Michael McLAREN was named as co-respondant.  She had married BARNETT in 1937 at Dartford in Kent and emigrated in 1939 on the 'Ormonde'.  Prior to that marriage she had married in 1930 to William BUCKHAM, her maiden surname was BUGG.  She was born c1912/1913.

I have no idea if this is your Michael.  What were his parent's names?



Comment by jacqueline ann Kilbourne on July 19, 2014 at 2:34

Speedy reply, Debra, thank you very much. this is all really important to me. Today I also received from the Register of Births in Scotland a copy of Michael McLaren's birth certificate. He was born at 644 Dumbarton Rd., Dalmuir, Scotland on15th. June 1918. H. is parents were Bernard McLaren and Elizabeth (nee Hamill). They married 13th April, 1914. I would  like to know  if he is still alive even tho he would be 96 now, and also if he had any children. I found records for Michael and Elsie May McLaren in N.S.W. Electoral rolls for 1958 and 1968, but nothing later. Hoping to hear from you again soon, Thank you, Jacki

Comment by lou on August 18, 2014 at 15:38
Hi jacqueline.have done a search in nsw bmd and it looks like michael passed away in 1971 in sydney.suggest you apply for a copy of his death certificate online which will give you more information.i could not locate a death for elsie.please let me know if I can help out any further
Comment by jacqueline ann Kilbourne on August 19, 2014 at 7:01

Hi Lou, thank you for your reply. However I am very confused because when I looked in nsw, bmd. and entered Michael's details  the reply came up 'no matching records'. When you did the search did you enter his parents names? I'm wondering if this made the difference.  I can't remember which site but there was a death for M.M. in 1964, Queensland, which didn't seem to fit my search either as he appeared in the 1968 Electoral roll.

Also I have not been able to access the record of his marriage to Elsie, even though another forum user, Debra, was able to find out that this marriage occurred in1951 in Sydney. I don't seem to be having much luck with Nat.Arch. of Australia, but I put that down to my lack of computer skills in finding my way around the web.

it would be great if you could give me any hints, please.

Thank you,


Comment by Debra on August 19, 2014 at 11:13

Hi Jacqueline,

So sorry, I did mean to get back to you with Michael's death details, so thankyou to Lou for picking up the ball! 

The NSW BDM is here online https://familyhistory.bdm.nsw.gov.au/lifelink/familyhistory/search  This is their new website and they are having problems setting it up so be patient.

Choose 'Deaths' from the drop down menu, then Family Name - McLaren, First Given Name - Michael, date of event range - choose 'Yes' then put 1971 in both blank from and two year boxes.  The search button is way over on the right hand side.  Depending on your monitor the search button might be off the screen so you might have to reduce the screen size to see it.

To find the marriage, choose 'Marriages' from the drop down menu, and do the same as above with the names and date.  Whereever it tells you that you have to put a name just put an asterix *  You can just put Michael's name as the groom and an asterix in all three boxes for the bride's name.  Unnecessarily complicated, yes!!

May I suggest that if you want to purchase certificates from NSW it is much cheaper to get a transcription of the documents rather than the official certificate.  They have all the same information but just can't be used as a legal document.  Details of certified transcription agents are here on this link with their websites:

http://www.bdm.nsw.gov.au/bdm_fh.html#transcription  (Ask a Family History Transcription agent)

The first on the list takes online orders and will email the transcription to you.  They also have an 'examples' tab at the top of their website which will show what the transcriptions look like and the sort of info you will get. NSW certificates have lots of information.  The marriage and death will give parents' names and place of birth so you can confirm it is the right person, and the death will give marriage details and names of spouse and any children.



Comment by lou on August 19, 2014 at 11:43

No Problems Debra! Jacqueline, Debras instructions are exactly how I was able to locate the marriage for Elsie and then the death record for Michael. When you have the details for Michaels death let us know, as any new clues may bring us closer to reaching a conclusion for your search :)

Comment by jacqueline ann Kilbourne on August 20, 2014 at 6:43

Great!  thank you Debra and Lou. I have just emailed  for a transcription of the 2 events re Michael McLaren and will let you know any interesting results.

Your help is very much appreciated.

Kind regards,



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