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- NetherlandsWhen you’re not sure what to expect when you arrive, 17,000 kilometres is a long way to travel.
- AustraliaIt was not smooth sailing for all migrants that arrived in Australia after WWII.
- United Kingdom(Mitchell Librarian 1993-2001, Associate Director State Records NSW 2001-2008 and Director State
- ItalyMigrants are special people. They are different from those who stay in their home country.
- ItalyThe MV Roma went on to Melbourne and then arrived in Sydney at 2.35pm on Thursday 11 October 1951
- ItalyWe arrived at Greta Migrant Camp, approximately 180 kms north of Sydney, in mid December 1955.
- ItalyMy parents Gennaro and Esther Bongiorno were married in 1946 in Pollara, a little town on the isl
- LuxembourgSydney, Villawood Hostel.
- ItalyMy Mum was a bright and very adventurous little girl.
- Bas Wie was an orphan who had survived the Japanese occupation of Timor during World War II.
- ItalyMilestone migrants received a lot of fanfare on arrival to Australia, and for Antonia Bellomarino
- ItalyDad recalls how when he did something wrong, Nonno would chase after him saying "come back, I lov
- NetherlandsJan and Nieske Hoogenhout became well-known and liked locally when they opened their bakery in Sh
- GreeceBy the 1960s the Australian government began to address the growing gender imbalance by actively
- GermanyInitially Mum was very homesick.
- ItalyThe Bellomarinos were considered a ‘very good family group’ by their interviewing immigration off
- HungaryHungarian Laszlo Makay arrived at Bonegilla in November 1951 after six years in a displaced perso
- PolandI, Marianna Konovalov and my husband Vladimir came to Australia as migrants in 1949.
- Czech RepublicThe Soviet occupation of Czechoslovakia in 1968 ended a period of democratic reform and led to an
- GermanyOn our arrival in Australia, my mother Lisa's only language was German.