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Family History Research
A number of Catchloves voluntarily migrated to Australia since poor Edmund and Ann were forcibly transported as convicts (see Who Do You Think They Are?).  I suspect rather more migrated than I have identified in records, as a number of individuals and even whole families have disappeared from the records here in Britain.  The migrations appear to have begun around the 1840s, that critical turning point when increasing industrialisation at home was throwing thousands out of work, especially in rural areas.  With no welfare state, the unemployed faced the choice of migrating to the mills and factories of the cities (of which there were very few in the South) or facing starvation
(especially following the Potato Famine of 1845) or the harsh conditions of the workhouse.  But by this time the colonies had become well-established and offered tempting opportunities for enterprising and hardworking Catchloves.  Even so, the voyage itself was hazardous and we see at least one Catchlove who died on the journey.

There were two means of immigration:  assisted passage and unassisted passage.  Assisted passage meant that the migrant was subsidised by the government, so the fare was either very low or free.  Alternatively, a relative or friend already established in Australia could sponsor the migrant by paying a fee to the government, or migrants could arrive as indentured workers for an employer who paid their passage (see note i, below).  Unassisted passage meant the migrant paid the fare in full; we can expect that there was subsequently less bureaucracy and so fewer records would tend to remain.

The sheer range of Australian government sources freely available to search online is impressive.  I was surprised to see records less than 100 years old where the subject may still be living.  The National Archives of Australia mainly hold immigration and naturalisation records dating from 1901 onward, when responsibility for immigration passed from the individual colonies/states to the Commonwealth (note ii, below).  Of course we have to remember that not all records have yet been completely transcribed and/or digitised, so it is always worth going back to the indexes to check again.

As with any historical documents, there are likely to be a number of errors or omissions.  For example, we are told that the Registers of Immigrant Ships’ Arrivals, 1848-1912 have incomplete records for the 1860s due to damage by flooding in 1893, although some have been transcribed from the damaged originals (note iii, below).

I carried out a broad search for the surname CATCHLOVE in all the online indexes I could find (not being Australian myself, there may be others I do not know about!), results below:
NSW Government State Records   http://www.records.nsw.gov.au/
The 1848-1859 Index for Assisted Passages arriving in Moreton Bay (Brisbane)
Assisted Immigrants Arriving in Sydney & Newcastle, 1844-59
Assisted Immigrants Arriving in Sydney, 1860-96
Index to the Unassisted Arrivals NSW 1842-1855
Card Index to Unassisted Passengers Arriving NSW, 1826-1853
RESULT:  Nothing identified.
The Index to Registers of Immigrant Ships’ Arrivals, 1848-1912
RESULT:  Nothing identified.
Queensland Government Onesearch   http://onesearch.slq.qld.gov.au/
Lexigraphical Index to All Passengers to Sydney, N.S.W. 1828-1842
Assisted (Bounty) Immigration New South Wales : 1828 To 1842
Card Index to Unassisted Passengers Arriving NSW, 1826-1853
Unassisted immigrants & coastal passengers, Hobart, Tasmania 1829-1865
Index of assisted immigrants into Tasmania 1841-1889
Index to register of emigrant labourers applying for a free passage to South Australia, 1836-1841
Bound for South Australia : passenger lists 1836-1851
1847-1886 Official passenger lists, assisted passages from the U.K.
1846-1887 Newspaper index: persons arriving in South Australia from overseas (including New Zealand) as recorded in the Adelaide Times, South Australian and South Australian Register
1888-1908 Alphabetical index to in-coming passenger list
1921-1924 Index to applications for assisted passage as agricultural labourers
1922-1924 Index to applications, assisted passages as farm labourers (Barwell Boys)
1921-1930, 1938-1939 Index to applications for assisted passage as a domestic helper
Western Australian shipping and immigration
Passenger arrivals in Western Australia, 1839-1890
1898-1925 Passenger arrivals in Western Australia, overseas and interstate
1873-1903 Passenger and crew lists
Early shipping in Moreton Bay: June 1846-December 1859 and January 1860-December 1863
Passenger lists from the Melbourne Argus 1846-1868
The Hodge Index
Passenger lists – Victoria, Australia outwards to New Zealand
RESULT:  Nothing identified.
Archives Office of Tasmania.   http://prov.vic.gov.au/
Index to passengers & Ships Arrivals - 19th Century.
RESULT:  Nothing identified.
Index to Unassisted Inward Passenger Lists to Victoria 1852-1923
Public Records Office of Victoria   http://prov.vic.gov.au/
RESULT:  32 entries identified.
Archives Office of Tasmania.   http://portal.archives.tas.gov.au/
Index to Departures 1817 - 1867.
RESULT:  1 entry identified.
Family History South Australia   www.familyhistorysa.info
Note:  this is a secondary source - a not-for-profit, private website owned by Barry Leadbetter - original sources not cited.
South Australian Passenger Lists - Shipping arrivals and immigration 1803-53
RESULT:  2 entries identified.
Passengers Leaving Victoria for Interstate, UK, NZ and Foreign Ports 1852-1901
http://prov.vic.gov.au/
Departure Year
Name
Age
Ship Details
Destination
Source reference
Notes
March 1882
CATCHLOVE, Mrs.
Shannon I
Sydney
Film ref: Mar 1882, p. 002
It is likely that this is the Mrs Catchlove in the table above who arrived in Victoria on the Shannon in March 1882.  However, we must wonder whether she had been travelling with Miss Catchlove and if so, why they did not continue their journey together.
May 1892
CATCHLOVE, Mr.
49
Manapouri
NZ ports and Hobart
Film ref: May 1892, p. 001
January 1894
CATCHLOVE, Mr.
28
Bullarra I
Western Australia via ports
Film ref: Jan 1894, p. 007
August 1895
CATCHLOVE, Miss
18
Marloo
Western Australia via South Australia
Film ref: Aug 1895, p.001
April 1896
CATCHLOVE, Miss
16
Pateena III
Launceston
Film ref: Apr 1896, p.001
July 1896
CATCHLOVE, Miss
28
Rockton
Adelaide
Film ref: Jul 1896, p. 002
October 1897
CATCHLOVE, Miss
37
Pateena II
Launceston
Film ref: Oct 1897, p.001
October 1897
CATCHLOVE, Mr.
64
Pateena II
Launceston
Film ref: Oct 1897, p. 00
October 1898
CATCHLOVE, Mr.

31
Allinga
Sydney
Film ref: Oct 1898, p. 001
October 1897
CATCHLOVE, Mrs.
54
Pateena II
Launceston
Film ref: Oct 1897, p. 002
October 1898
CATCHLOVE, Mrs.

26
Allinga
Sydney
Film ref: Oct 1898, p. 001
December 1898
CATCHLOVE, Miss
21
Marloo I
Sydney
Film ref: Nov 1898, p.001
March 1899
CATCHLOVE, Miss
22
Paroo
Adelaide
Film ref: Mar 1899, p.002
Public Records Office of Victoria   http://prov.vic.gov.au/
1839-1871 Index: Assisted Immigrants From Britain.
Index to Unassisted Inward Passenger Lists to Victoria 1852-1923
Port Phillip Electoral Roll 1848-49
Port Phillip Census 1836
Index to Wills, Probate and Administration Records 1841-1925
Index to VPRS 12024/P1 Companies and Miscellaneous Applications Files, 1884-1922
S 515/P0 Central Register of Male Prisoners [selected volumes only]
Index to VPRS 13353 Court of Petty Sessions Register of Applications for Victorian Old-age Pension, North Melbourne, 1902-c.1908
Index to VPRS 64 List of Teachers Employed
RESULT:  Nothing identified.
Records of Emigration of Catchloves to Australia
Year of Migration
Name
Date of Birth
Occupation or Status
Spouse
Children
Ship Details
Arrival Port
Sources & Notes
arr. 26 Nov 1836
CATCHLOVE, Edward William
not listed
not listed
Harriet
(died at sea)
Charles, Maria, Jane, Harriet
Tam O'Shanter from London
not listed
South Australian Passenger Lists, passengers arriving 1803-53
www.familyhistorysa.info
this is one of the ancestors of our Adelaide Catchloves
arr. 19 Feb 1839
CATCHLOVE, Henry
not listed
widower
George Henry
Hooghly from London
not listed
South Australian Passenger Lists, passengers arriving 1803-53
www.familyhistorysa.info
this is one of the ancestors of our Adelaide Catchloves
dep. 11 May 1851.
CATCHLOVE, G.
not listed
Rank: Cabin   Status: Free
none listed
none listed
Hero from Launceston
Ship to Colony: S Fox
Adelaide
Index to Departures 1817 - 1867.  Archives Office of Tasmania.  http://portal.archives.tas.gov.au/
ref.: POL220/1/1 p368
Mar 1882
CATCHLOVE, Mrs
not listed
not listed
none listed
none listed
Shannon
Victoria
Index to Unassisted Inward Passenger Lists to Victoria 1852-1923
http://proarchives.imagineering.com.au/
Port: B  Fiche: 400, p.002
Mar 1882
CATCHLOVE, Miss
not listed
not listed
none listed
none listed
Shannon
Victoria
Index to Unassisted Inward Passenger Lists to Victoria 1852-1923
http://proarchives.imagineering.com.au/
Port: B  Fiche: 400, p.005
Feb 1883
CATCHLOVE, Mr. G.H.
not listed
not listed
none listed
none listed
Siam
Victoria
Index to Unassisted Inward Passenger Lists to Victoria 1852-1923
http://proarchives.imagineering.com.au/
Port: B  Fiche: 413, p. 002
May 1884
CATCHLOVE, Geo
age 41
not listed
none listed
none listed
Gulf of Venice
Victoria
Index to Unassisted Inward Passenger Lists to Victoria 1852-1923
http://proarchives.imagineering.com.au/
Port: B  Fiche: 435, p. 013
this is our Liverpool family: George son of James the Grocer (Family 5)
Mar 1885
CATCHLOVE, Margaret
age 42
not listed
none listed
M. Fanny (14), Florence (13), Blanche (11), Leyland (9), Fred (6), Nelson (4), Herbert (2), Sydney (1)
Orient
Victoria
Index to Unassisted Inward Passenger Lists to Victoria 1852-1923
http://proarchives.imagineering.com.au/
Port: B  Fiche: 447, p. 002
this is our Liverpool family: wife and children of George, who came out to Australia the year before (Family 5)
May 1902
CATCHLOVE, Mr.
age 33
not listed
none listed
none listed
Arcadia
Victoria
Index to Unassisted Inward Passenger Lists to Victoria 1852-1923
http://proarchives.imagineering.com.au/
Port: B  Fiche: 685, p. 002
Sep 1902
CATCHLOVE, G.T.L.  SGT
not listed
not listed
none listed
none listed
Damascus
Victoria
Index to Unassisted Inward Passenger Lists to Victoria 1852-1923
http://proarchives.imagineering.com.au/
Port: B  Fiche: 689, p. 001
Feb 1904
CATCHLOVE, Mr. F.H.
age 26
not listed
none listed
none listed
Australia
Victoria
Index to Unassisted Inward Passenger Lists to Victoria 1852-1923
http://proarchives.imagineering.com.au/
Port: B  Fiche: 709, p. 003
Feb 1905
CATCHLOVE, Mrs
age 52
not listed
none listed
CATCHLOVE, Miss (age 23)
Oceana
Victoria
Index to Unassisted Inward Passenger Lists to Victoria 1852-1923
http://proarchives.imagineering.com.au/
Port: B  Fiche: 723, p. 004
July 1906
CATCHLOVE, E.H.L.
age 26
not listed
none listed
none listed
Afric
Victoria
Index to Unassisted Inward Passenger Lists to Victoria 1852-1923
http://proarchives.imagineering.com.au/
Port: B  Fiche: 742, p. 003
Nov 1909
CATCHLOVE, Mr. F.A.
age 42
not listed
none listed
none listed
Mongolia
Victoria
Index to Unassisted Inward Passenger Lists to Victoria 1852-1923
http://proarchives.imagineering.com.au/
Port: B  Fiche: 793, p. 004
Feb 1910
CATCHLOVE, Mr. C.
age 21
not listed
none listed
none listed
Orontes
Victoria
Index to Unassisted Inward Passenger Lists to Victoria 1852-1923
http://proarchives.imagineering.com.au/
Port: B  Fiche: 798, p. 004
Apr 1911
CATCHLOVE, Mr.
age 25
not listed
none listed
none listed
Warrimoo
Victoria
Index to Unassisted Inward Passenger Lists to Victoria 1852-1923
http://proarchives.imagineering.com.au/
Port: N  Fiche: 349, p. 003
Dec 1911
CATCHLOVE, Mr. C.H.L.
age 31
not listed
none listed
none listed
Mooltan
Victoria
Index to Unassisted Inward Passenger Lists to Victoria 1852-1923
http://proarchives.imagineering.com.au/
Port: B  Fiche: 837, p. 010
July 1913
CATCHLOVE, Mr. C.H.L.
age 38
not listed
none listed
none listed
Maloja
Victoria
Index to Unassisted Inward Passenger Lists to Victoria 1852-1923
http://proarchives.imagineering.com.au/
Port: B  Fiche: 877, p. 002
Sep 1913
CATCHLOVE, Mr.
age 41
not listed
CATCHLOVE, Mrs. age 40
child age 3 (unnamed)
Orvieto
Victoria
Index to Unassisted Inward Passenger Lists to Victoria 1852-1923
http://proarchives.imagineering.com.au/
Port: B  Fiche: 880, p. 005
Sep 1916
CATCHLOVE, Mr. F.H.
age 70
not listed
none listed
none listed
Arabia
Victoria
Index to Unassisted Inward Passenger Lists to Victoria 1852-1923
http://proarchives.imagineering.com.au/
Port: F  Fiche: 475, pp. 002, 007
1925-1926
CATCHLOVE, Albert
not listed
employment: N.A. Commission
none listed
none listed
not listed
Canberra
National Archives of Australia, Immigration & Naturalisation Records:
http://naa12.naa.gov.au
1971-1972
CATCHLOVE, Peter John Douglas
06-Sep-31
British
none listed
none listed
not listed
Canberra
National Archives of Australia, Immigration & Naturalisation Records:
http://naa12.naa.gov.au
In addition to the above immigration lists, the VPR Index to Outward Passengers to Interstate, UK, NZ and Foreign Ports 1852-1901 (Public Records Office of Victoria http://proarchives.imagineering.com.au/) lists passengers leaving Victoria.  13 entries were found (see below) , which show some Catchloves moving on to other parts of Australia.  Because of the lack of first names or initials in this list, it is not possible to identify absolutely which of the incoming Catchloves moved on.  In particular, in the table above we see no Catchloves arriving in the 1890s so must ask whether they remained for some years prior to moving on, in which case several who left Victoria must have been children or babies on arrival - or perhaps were born in Australia.
Queensland State Archives   http://www.archives.qld.gov.au/
i.
ii.
iii.
I  was inspired to get to work on the Australian Connection after receiving an email from an Australian Catchlove whose ancestors came out on the Hooghly and the Tam O’Shanter.
Thank you, Sue!
I  was inspired to get to work on the Australian Connection after receiving an email from an Australian Catchlove whose ancestors came out on the Hooghly and the Tam O’Shanter.
Thank you, Sue!
The Adelaide Catchloves now have their own page telling the story of the family in Adelaide.
It was gratifying to see the son of
James the Grocer, George CATCHLOVE,
who went to Liverpool and prospered as an auctioneer’s clerk,
turning up in Australia with his growing family - as I had
always suspected, after they disappeared from the records back home.

George went first, arriving in Victoria in 1884, presumably to establish
a home and employment before sending for Margaret and the children.

Margaret followed in 1885 with two new sons, Herbert and Sydney,
born after the 1881 census.  Victor appears on the passenger list
under his middle name of Nelson.