Share your story, read about other migrants’ memories and explore our photos – to see if you recognise someone you know. Between 1946 and 1999 government photographers snapped 22,000 images of people arriving and living in Australia. You can view them online in the National Archives’ collection.
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- LuxembourgSYDNEY 1 first steps.
- LuxembourgSydney 2 getting work On the way to the employment office, the predominant question in the back
- Sri LankaI am an only child born to a mother who has nine siblings and one live-in cousin and a father wit
- AustraliaThe top picture is one of me and a mate walking through C Block Wacol Hostel on the way to starti
- GermanyGertrud Neumahr was 18 when she decided to go on a grand two year round trip adventure to Austral
- ItalyMy grandfather, Onofio, had come to Sydney, Australia, in 1904 with two of his brothers.
- NetherlandsLike many new arrivals, Bonegilla Migrant Reception and Training Centre was the Wolswinkels' firs
- MaltaMy husband and I had never travelled overseas before we migrated to Australia.
- United StatesHaving left New York six weeks earlier, the Mills family - all eight of them!- finally arrive at
- GreeceBy the 1960s the Australian government began to address the growing gender imbalance by actively
- AustraliaThe first entry into mainland Australia by Torres Strait Islanders from the Torres Strait began i
- United KingdomHi I am but a mere Scot but the real story relates to my two uncles by the names of Magnus and Be
- United Kingdom(Mitchell Librarian 1993-2001, Associate Director State Records NSW 2001-2008 and Director State
- ItalyDad met us at the wharf in Sydney and took us to our new home on a market-garden farm in St Ives.
- Czech RepublicThe Soviet occupation of Czechoslovakia in 1968 ended a period of democratic reform and led to an
- GermanyMum and Dad came from Ulm in southern Germany.
- the people you see at this picture are my uncle and my aunt Bep Bijster and there two children.
- ItalyMy parents Gennaro and Esther Bongiorno were married in 1946 in Pollara, a little town on the isl
- LuxembourgFrom Singapore we had an overnight flight to Sydney, dawn came, the first glimpse on our new home
- NetherlandsJan and Nieske Hoogenhout became well-known and liked locally when they opened their bakery in Sh