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- ItalyIn July, 1977, Mum's family came to pick us up and take us to Tullamarine Airport as we were on o
- AustraliaThe following day I was given a very lengthy series of tests in maths, English, solving problems,
- NetherlandsCornelia Grosveld and Antonius Meerbach married in Roosendaal in the Netherlands just after the o
- ItalyThe MV Roma went on to Melbourne and then arrived in Sydney at 2.35pm on Thursday 11 October 1951
- I was nine years old in 1956. It had been one of the coldest winters on record in Holland.
- NetherlandsThis is writtrn in memory of my father and mother.In the year 1945 we had been through a war and
- GermanyAustralia accepted us as emigrants in 1948 and we left Deggendorf in mid-winter.
- GermanyDad worked at BHP at Newcastle, and was meant to stay in the hostel at Mayfield, but to save mone
- HungaryHungarian Laszlo Makay arrived at Bonegilla in November 1951 after six years in a displaced perso
- LuxembourgSydney, Villawood Hostel.
- NetherlandsAs promotion for the Australian government’s migration programs, much was made of milestone arriv
- GermanyMum and Dad were like many thousands of other immigrants of their era.
- NetherlandsAfter a half a year my friend decided to move to another place and I had to decide what to do, st
- ItalyMy Mum was a bright and very adventurous little girl.
- PolandIn 1969 at the age of 21, Cecylia was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to study piano abroad, inclu
- ItalyWe arrived at Greta Migrant Camp, approximately 180 kms north of Sydney, in mid December 1955.
- United KingdomJohn Albert Martin, his wife Mavis and son Donald, arrived in Australia onboard the Oronsay in Ju
- Vladimir and his family (Jirina his wife, and Marcella his daughter) found asylum in Australia f
- AustraliaConstruction began on the Snowy Hydro Electric Scheme on 17 October 1949.
- South AfricaBorn in 1901 and standing 88.9cm tall, Maria Peters was variously known as ‘Princess Ubangi’, ‘a