The correct name for these papers is the Immigration Deposit Journals. They
How it worked: a person living in NSW would pay a deposit to the relevant
authority to bring out a person or a family to NSW from Britain, Ireland or
The entry shows: the deposit no. - name of depositor - date of deposit - name
of person or family members arriving - age - trade or calling - address* -
name of referee (from the town of nominee) - amount paid towards passage - from
what country - arrival date and ship - date of refund if nominee did not
* this is usually a full address e.g.1 - c/- Mrs M A Gillece, Castlelane,
Omagh, Co Tyrone, Ireland or e.g.2 - Wingate, Newtown, Co Durham, England.
This would be one of my favourite sources of information re family history.
Hope this helps