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- AustraliaMany migrants that made the journey to Australia found it hard to adapt to the Australian way of
- United KingdomI picked 1970 as this when I was just 15 and left Aus reluctantly but keen to see me mum brothers
- GreeceBy the 1960s the Australian government began to address the growing gender imbalance by actively
- IndonesiaAnnie Maas O’Keefe arrived in Australia as a wartime evacuee from Indonesia.
- PolandI, Marianna Konovalov and my husband Vladimir came to Australia as migrants in 1949.
- HungaryBetween 1947 and 1971 the Bonegilla Migrant Reception and Training Centre accommodated more than
- EgyptThe Egyptian ship SS Misr arrived in Melbourne in April 1947 with 624 men, women and chi
- NetherlandsThis is writtrn in memory of my father and mother.In the year 1945 we had been through a war and
- PolandIn 1969 at the age of 21, Cecylia was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to study piano abroad, inclu
- United Kingdom(Mitchell Librarian 1993-2001, Associate Director State Records NSW 2001-2008 and Director State
- GermanyAs a teenager, seventeen at my last birthday, I had my own cabin aboard.
- ItalyDad got work on a market garden in St Ives owned by fellow Aeolian migrants, Sam and Fay Fraumeni
- MaltaMy husband and I had never travelled overseas before we migrated to Australia.
- NetherlandsAs promotion for the Australian government’s migration programs, much was made of milestone arriv
- United KingdomJohn Albert Martin, his wife Mavis and son Donald, arrived in Australia onboard the Oronsay in Ju
- VietnamIn April 1975, a large scale evacuation of children took place in Vietnam, sending thousands of c
- ItalyIn July, 1977, Mum's family came to pick us up and take us to Tullamarine Airport as we were on o
- NetherlandsHenk Wolswinkel, the youngest of 13 Wolswinkel children, boarded the Dutch migrant ship Johan van
- GermanyFamily Challenges: Loneliness. Isolation.
- AustraliaThe first entry into mainland Australia by Torres Strait Islanders from the Torres Strait began i