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Immigration to South Australia: Horner Index and Hodge Index

This State Library of South Australia guide has information on passenger lists, newspaper indexes and immigration schemes. It includes some resources about immigration to other states.

Departures for overseas 1836 to 1887 (Horner Index)

The Horner Index, created by Sally Horner, shows departures by passenger ship from South Australia directly for overseas ports, as reported in the 'Register' newspaper.

Interpreting the Horner Index

Each card in the index contains information as in the sample below.

You may search either for a family name or the name of a ship.

The abbreviation 'Reg.' stands for the South Australian Register newspaper, and the handwritten abbreviation 'Advt' stands for the South Australian Advertiser newspaper.

The original reference may be looked at in the newspapers on microfilm, or by a Trove search.

Example of an index card from the Horner Index

Horner Index - departures from 1836 to 1875

Index to departures by passenger ship from South Australia directly to overseas ports as reported in the South Australian Register and South Australian Advertiser newspapers.

Hodge Index to interstate/New Zealand arrivals and departures

Passengers on board the SS Zealandia at Port Adelaide, October 1913 (B 28518/155)

Horner Index - departures from 1876 to 1887

Index to departures by passenger ship from South Australia directly to overseas ports as reported in the South Australian Register and South Australian Advertiser newspapers.