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Files about repaying the cost of fares

Names below are from a series of historical files with information about people who signed an agreement to repay the cost of fares for travel by rail or ship. Many applicants (especially during the Great Depression) were travelling in search of work. Most journeys were from one Australian State to another, but some were to or from another country (New Zealand, Canada, Britain, India etc). Files were created between 1929 and 1955, but the travel date may have been earlier. These records are especially useful for family historians researching someone who 'disappeared'.

Examples:

  • A man wanted to bring his runaway daughter home from interstate.
  • A woman applied to take her three grandchildren to Western Australia.
  • A mother and daughter had come to Queensland to give evidence at an inquest and could not afford the return fare.
  • A woman and her granddaughter came from Canada to join relatives in Australia.
  • A woman who had been abandoned by her husband wanted to move interstate.
  • A man wanted his wife to join him in India (the file shows that he later went to Canada and died there).

File contents vary, but many include letters and a signed agreement. Some refer to relatives, family disputes, illness, deaths, aliases, criminal trials, immigration or emigration, etc.

Explanation of names below:

  • Date range: 1929 - 1955 (file date; travel may have been earlier).
  • Includes those who signed agreements and some other people mentioned.
  • Scroll through the list. Names may have been spelled incorrectly in the records.
  • Names beginning with 'Mc' precede other 'M' surnames.
  • Apostrophes have been removed from names such as O'LEARY.
  • For names below, I can supply copies of the original records (this link leads to instructions).
List of names

ALLAN G J W
ALLAN Harrison
ALLEN John Edward
ANDERSON Dorothy (nee HARRIS)
ANDERSON Francis Randolph
ANDERSON Ross
ARKINSTALL Thomas Frank
AUSTIN Ronald Jeffrey
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BARKER Leslie
BASSETT James
BAYLISS Frederick
BEATTIE Eric
BIGNILL Frederick Roy
BOOTH John Isaac
BOUGOURE Hilda
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CALLUTHERS .. (Mr and Mrs)
CAMPBELL Hector John
CAMPBELL Olive
CAULFIELD Patrick
CLARKE Thomas Joseph
CLEARY Jack
COATES Henri William
COLYER D (Miss)
COLYER Margaret
CONLON Gilbert Henry
COSTELLO John Frederick Bernard
COWAN Frederick
CURTIS William Scott
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DANIELS A John
DAVIDSON May
DEMPSEY Agnes
DEMPSEY David
DEMPSEY Johanna
DEMPSEY Kevin
DEMPSEY Patrick
DEMPSEY Terrance
DEMPSEY William
DONOVAN Peter John
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EAGLE Horace
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FARINDEN F
FAULKNER Frederick
FIELD Henry
FITZPATRICK Patrick
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GAMBELL James
GARDNER Walter
GEANEY Matthew
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HALL Elizabeth (Mrs)
HALL George
HALL John Errington
HALL Joseph
HARRIS Dorothy (Miss; see Dorothy ANDERSON)
HASKINGS Oswald
HAYES Mathilda S
HIGGINBOTTOM Evelyn
HILL Victor Joseph
HOUSLEY Eunice
HOUSLEY Reginald
HOWGATE Henry James
HOWGATE Sheila Margaret
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JENKINSON Olive
JOHNS Leila May
JOHNSTON Stephen
JONES Charles Henry
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KEID H G W
KENNEDY Ethel Mary
KENNEDY Eulila
KEW Gordon William James
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LAWSON Victor Henry
LEHMANN Phyllis (Mrs)
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McCULLOCH Earl
McDONAGH Donald
McMEEKIN C S
McMEEKIN Desmond
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MARKEY William John
MARSDEN Frederick Michael
MARSH Valerie
MARSHALL Frederick Michael
MAXWELL Florence (Mrs)
MAYER H E (husband of Kate)
MAYER Kate
MEIKLEJOHN Elizabeth (Mrs)
MERCHETTA Marko
MILES James
MILLICAN Marjorie Mavis
MOFFAT William
MORAN Thomas Henry
MORLEY Henry George
MORLEY Veronica
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NATOLI Francesco
NELSON Joh (Mr)
NORRIS Percy
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ODEA Olive
OLEARY John Cornelius
OSBORNE A P
OTOOLE Thomas William
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PATERSON Iris
PLEMENUK Basil
PROUD George
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REGAN Raymond Joseph
REID Douglas Glen
REILLY Edward Thomas
ROBERTS Arthur Valentine
ROBERTS Valerie
ROLFE Ernest William
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SMITH Florence E (Miss)
SMITH Harry Francis
SMITH Nellie Margaret (Mrs)
SPENCER Ella Elizabeth
SPRINGALL Trayten James Ratcliffe
STEPHENSON Robert
STEWART D A (Mr)
STOTT Albert Edward
STREET Roy
STREET Tasman Roy (see Roy STREET)
STROVER Thomas Frederick
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THWAITES Albert
TILLEY William
TOLLEY Dulcie
TOWELL W M
TUFFIN Henry Ernest
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VITNELL Robert
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WALKER Patrick
WARD-WILSON Cecil Charles
WARWICK Ethel May
WELLER William
WHELAN Thomas Joseph
WILLIAMS C
WILSON Cecil Charles Ward (see WARD-WILSON)
WOODS Lila
WOODS Phillip
WOODS William H
WOOTTON Richard
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Copying service. Allow several weeks for a reply (I am often away).

Genealogy is my business, so I charge fees for my time (regardless of the result). I've spent 35 years learning about original records, and indexing them. It also takes time and money to consult my index, travel to a record office in Brisbane, find the relevant bundle/register and file/page, and send the results.

Option 1:  If you want digital photos of the original document (sent via the Internet), my fee will depend on the size of the file and the handling time. The minimum deposit required is $15 per file. If the file is very large, I will copy pages to the value of your deposit and give you a quote for the remainder. If you need traditional paper photocopies, or digital images posted on a USB thumb drive or a CD, extra fees apply (see Delivery Options). See how to send requests and payment (my email address is on that page).

Option 2:  I will (for a fee of $3 per SURNAME provide source references (the record office, its location number for the source, a file number and approximate date range). See how to send requests and payment (my email address is on that page).




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