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- ItalyMum had really long hair when she was in her teens, but when she was about 18, she thought it was
- United KingdomHere we are, having gone through customs and heading for the gang plank not knowing what might li
- United Kingdom(Mitchell Librarian 1993-2001, Associate Director State Records NSW 2001-2008 and Director State
- ItalyIn July, 1977, Mum's family came to pick us up and take us to Tullamarine Airport as we were on o
- NetherlandsAs promotion for the Australian government’s migration programs, much was made of milestone arriv
- NetherlandsWhen you’re not sure what to expect when you arrive, 17,000 kilometres is a long way to travel.
- GermanyMum and Dad were like many thousands of other immigrants of their era.
- NetherlandsIn 1955 at eight years old my parents told me we were going to move to Australia.
- GermanyAfter a few weeks in Bonegilla we moved to Beechworth in Victoria.
- NetherlandsLike many new arrivals, Bonegilla Migrant Reception and Training Centre was the Wolswinkels' firs
- ItalyMilestone migrants received a lot of fanfare on arrival to Australia, and for Antonia Bellomarino
- LuxembourgWe were loaded into Buses, it took more than two hours to arrive in Villawood hostel, some houses
- LuxembourgSydney, Villawood Hostel.
- PolandI, Marianna Konovalov and my husband Vladimir came to Australia as migrants in 1949.
- NetherlandsIn 1960 Cornelis and Adriana Zevenbergen with their sons Kees and Addo moved into their own three
- United KingdomWe arrived at South Brisbane on 5 November, 1968, having made the final leg of our long journey b
- GermanyMy Mother and Father decided to come to Australia from Germany.
- ItalyThe MV Roma went on to Melbourne and then arrived in Sydney at 2.35pm on Thursday 11 October 1951
- United KingdomJohn Albert Martin, his wife Mavis and son Donald, arrived in Australia onboard the Oronsay in Ju
- GreeceBy the 1960s the Australian government began to address the growing gender imbalance by actively