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- 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
- United KingdomMy uncle, James Hadley with his wife Maisie (nee Lambert) and their two children, Jaimmy and Jenn
- EgyptThe Egyptian ship SS Misr arrived in Melbourne in April 1947 with 624 men, women and chi
- NetherlandsAfter a half a year my friend decided to move to another place and I had to decide what to do, st
- GreeceThe selection officer who interviewed Vassiliki Daflou in Athens described her as ‘just an averag
- United KingdomMy father Alexander was sixty five years old when he and my mother Susan decided to migrate to Au
- Bosnia and HerzegovinaGot Queensland Migrant Service Award by the Queensland Government for voluntary work .
- GermanyInitially Mum was very homesick.
- Operation Babylift was the name given to the mass evacuation of children from South Vietnam to nu
- United KingdomArriving from England in March 1964, my wife and I settled in Melbourne.
- United KingdomJohn Albert Martin, his wife Mavis and son Donald, arrived in Australia onboard the Oronsay in Ju
- LatviaSeven-year-old Maira Kalnins (who is referred to incorrectly as ‘Naira’ within the records) becam
- GermanyThey sailed on 9.12.54 on the SS Skaubryn and Christmas was celebrated on the Red Sea.
- ItalyThe local newspapers in Melbourne and Sydney carried articles on the arrival of the MV Roma with
- AustraliaDad and Mum met on Australia Day 1965, just after Dad had come back from Frankston beach with his
- GermanyThe migrant ship MS Nelly carried the first German migrants under the bilateral assisted
- Bas Wie was an orphan who had survived the Japanese occupation of Timor during World War II.
- GermanyAfter a few weeks in Bonegilla we moved to Beechworth in Victoria.
- GermanyI cannot remember arriving at Bonegilla, but I clearly remember waking up in the hospital with da