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- ItalyWe arrived at Greta Migrant Camp, approximately 180 kms north of Sydney, in mid December 1955.
- NetherlandsI (Frans Alexander Udo) was born on March 29 1950 in Amsterdam Holland.
- LuxembourgFrom Singapore we had an overnight flight to Sydney, dawn came, the first glimpse on our new home
- ItalyDad got work on a market garden in St Ives owned by fellow Aeolian migrants, Sam and Fay Fraumeni
- United KingdomMy father Alexander was sixty five years old when he and my mother Susan decided to migrate to Au
- NetherlandsIn 1960 Cornelis and Adriana Zevenbergen with their sons Kees and Addo moved into their own three
- GermanyMy Mother and Father decided to come to Australia from Germany.
- LithuaniaIn the aftermath of World War II, around one million Europeans were displaced from their country
- United KingdomAustralia’s post-war immigration publicity campaign was in full swing by 1955.
- PolandI, Marianna Konovalov and my husband Vladimir came to Australia as migrants in 1949.
- the people you see at this picture are my uncle and my aunt Bep Bijster and there two children.
- HungaryIn exchange for assisted passage to Australia, Laszlo was required to fulfil a two-year work cont
- GermanyI cannot remember arriving at Bonegilla, but I clearly remember waking up in the hospital with da
- GermanyAfter a few weeks in Bonegilla we moved to Beechworth in Victoria.
- NetherlandsBy the 1960s the Immigration Department’s publicity campaign to attract migrants to Australia was
- Bosnia and HerzegovinaGot Queensland Migrant Service Award by the Queensland Government for voluntary work .
- GreeceBy the 1960s the Australian government began to address the growing gender imbalance by actively
- United KingdomArriving from England in March 1964, my wife and I settled in Melbourne.
- PolandIn 1969 at the age of 21, Cecylia was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to study piano abroad, inclu
- GermanyAs a teenager, seventeen at my last birthday, I had my own cabin aboard.