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- NetherlandsHenk Wolswinkel, the youngest of 13 Wolswinkel children, boarded the Dutch migrant ship Johan van
- GermanyDad and a mate worked hard on the side, cutting timber, breaking coal, anything, to earn a few ex
- United KingdomAustralia’s post-war immigration publicity campaign was in full swing by 1955.
- NetherlandsCornelia Grosveld and Antonius Meerbach married in Roosendaal in the Netherlands just after the o
- AustraliaIn their new home, they planted lots of fruit trees and vegetable plants and lived off the garden
- GermanyMum and Dad came from Ulm in southern Germany.
- Czech RepublicThe Soviet occupation of Czechoslovakia in 1968 ended a period of democratic reform and led to an
- ItalyMario Cerasani was born on 9 June 1930 in San Benedetto dei Marsi in the Abruzzo region of Italy.
- AustraliaAs I reflect on Mum and Dad's life, I think of my own life and how I am who I am because of these
- AustraliaVera arranged a job for Voitre at a local jeweller.
- GermanyThey sailed on 9.12.54 on the SS Skaubryn and Christmas was celebrated on the Red Sea.
- AustraliaConstruction began on the Snowy Hydro Electric Scheme on 17 October 1949.
- EgyptThe Egyptian ship SS Misr arrived in Melbourne in April 1947 with 624 men, women and chi
- NetherlandsJan and Nieske Hoogenhout became well-known and liked locally when they opened their bakery in Sh
- United KingdomArriving from England in March 1964, my wife and I settled in Melbourne.
- NetherlandsThis is writtrn in memory of my father and mother.In the year 1945 we had been through a war and
- ItalyMy grandfather, Onofio, had come to Sydney, Australia, in 1904 with two of his brothers.
- JapanImmediately following World War II, the Japanese brides of Australian servicemen were precluded f
- PolandI, Marianna Konovalov and my husband Vladimir came to Australia as migrants in 1949.
- NetherlandsLike many new arrivals, Bonegilla Migrant Reception and Training Centre was the Wolswinkels' firs