Share your story, read about other migrants’ memories and explore our photos – to see if you recognise someone you know. Between 1946 and 1999 government photographers snapped 22,000 images of people arriving and living in Australia. You can view them online in the National Archives’ collection.
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- AustraliaIn their new home, they planted lots of fruit trees and vegetable plants and lived off the garden
- Australia'It has not been easy for organised world opinion in the United Nations or elsewhere to act direc
- GermanyFamily Challenges: Loneliness. Isolation.
- GermanyI cannot remember arriving at Bonegilla, but I clearly remember waking up in the hospital with da
- MaltaMy husband and I had never travelled overseas before we migrated to Australia.
- GermanyMy Mother and Father decided to come to Australia from Germany.
- HungaryHungarian Laszlo Makay arrived at Bonegilla in November 1951 after six years in a displaced perso
- ItalyMario Cerasani was born on 9 June 1930 in San Benedetto dei Marsi in the Abruzzo region of Italy.
- AustraliaConstruction began on the Snowy Hydro Electric Scheme on 17 October 1949.
- United KingdomArriving from England in March 1964, my wife and I settled in Melbourne.
- GreeceMy parents travelled independently from Greece to Australia from the same region of Greece.
- ItalyAs with other milestone migrant arrivals, there were grand plans to welcome Antonia Bellomarino a
- I was nine years old in 1956. It had been one of the coldest winters on record in Holland.
- United Kingdom(Mitchell Librarian 1993-2001, Associate Director State Records NSW 2001-2008 and Director State
- Operation Babylift was the name given to the mass evacuation of children from South Vietnam to nu
- NetherlandsI (Frans Alexander Udo) was born on March 29 1950 in Amsterdam Holland.
- HungaryBetween 1947 and 1971 the Bonegilla Migrant Reception and Training Centre accommodated more than
- LuxembourgSydney 2 getting work On the way to the employment office, the predominant question in the back
- GermanyIt was five years after the worst global conflict ever had come to its end, when Father had manag
- United KingdomAustralia’s post-war immigration publicity campaign was in full swing by 1955.