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- NetherlandsI (Frans Alexander Udo) was born on March 29 1950 in Amsterdam Holland.
- United KingdomIt was 16th March 1952.
- GermanyNo longer young at 44, Father finally made good his lifelong dream of migration.
- AustraliaDad and Mum met on Australia Day 1965, just after Dad had come back from Frankston beach with his
- ItalyDad found work at the Ordish Brick Factory in Dandenong a few weeks after he arrived.
- LuxembourgThe main kitchen was huge, next to the kitchen, in a shed was a giant steam producing machine, th
- GermanyThe migrant ship MS Nelly carried the first German migrants under the bilateral assisted
- United KingdomI picked 1970 as this when I was just 15 and left Aus reluctantly but keen to see me mum brothers
- GermanyFamily Challenges: Loneliness. Isolation.
- ItalyMy grandfather, Onofio, had come to Sydney, Australia, in 1904 with two of his brothers.
- LithuaniaOn 28 November 1947, 843 displaced persons from Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia arrived in Fremantl
- ItalyEarly October 1973, Mum's family picked up Dad and Mum and headed to Tullamarine Airport.
- United KingdomMy father Alexander was sixty five years old when he and my mother Susan decided to migrate to Au
- GermanyInitially Mum was very homesick.
- NetherlandsFifty years after their arrival, the Wolwinkels held a family reunion in Gumbuya Park, Victoria,
- Vladimir and his family (Jirina his wife, and Marcella his daughter) found asylum in Australia f
- NetherlandsWhen Adriana Zevenbergen first thought of coming to Australia with her husband Cornelis in the ea
- ItalyMilestone migrants received a lot of fanfare on arrival to Australia, and for Antonia Bellomarino
- United KingdomI arrived at the hostel late afternoon it was getting cooler and after London it was as different
- AustraliaIt was not smooth sailing for all migrants that arrived in Australia after WWII.