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- NetherlandsLike many new arrivals, Bonegilla Migrant Reception and Training Centre was the Wolswinkels' firs
- Sri LankaI am an only child born to a mother who has nine siblings and one live-in cousin and a father wit
- United Kingdom(Mitchell Librarian 1993-2001, Associate Director State Records NSW 2001-2008 and Director State
- NetherlandsWhen Adriana Zevenbergen first thought of coming to Australia with her husband Cornelis in the ea
- GermanyMy Mother and Father decided to come to Australia from Germany.
- United StatesHaving left New York six weeks earlier, the Mills family - all eight of them!- finally arrive at
- NetherlandsThese photographs show the Hoogenhout family working in their bakery.
- HungaryIn exchange for assisted passage to Australia, Laszlo was required to fulfil a two-year work cont
- AustraliaIt was not smooth sailing for all migrants that arrived in Australia after WWII.
- GermanyI cannot remember arriving at Bonegilla, but I clearly remember waking up in the hospital with da
- United KingdomMy uncle, James Hadley with his wife Maisie (nee Lambert) and their two children, Jaimmy and Jenn
- ItalyWe arrived at Greta Migrant Camp, approximately 180 kms north of Sydney, in mid December 1955.
- PolandI, Marianna Konovalov and my husband Vladimir came to Australia as migrants in 1949.
- NetherlandsMy first job was at a car yard cleaning cars and so.
- AustraliaVera arranged a job for Voitre at a local jeweller.
- HungaryHungarian Laszlo Makay arrived at Bonegilla in November 1951 after six years in a displaced perso
- Czech RepublicThe Soviet occupation of Czechoslovakia in 1968 ended a period of democratic reform and led to an
- LithuaniaIn the aftermath of World War II, around one million Europeans were displaced from their country
- GermanyMum and Dad came from Ulm in southern Germany.
- NetherlandsWhile Jan died in December 2010 and Nieske only six months later, their legacy in Tasmania remain