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- GermanyNo longer young at 44, Father finally made good his lifelong dream of migration.
- NetherlandsIt all began when I was at secondary school where I had to do a project on one of the continents.
- GermanyI arrived on the ship Fair Sea in March 1954 in Melbourne.
- GermanyMum and Dad came from Ulm in southern Germany.
- GermanyOn our arrival in Australia, my mother Lisa's only language was German.
- ItalyMy grandfather, Onofio, had come to Sydney, Australia, in 1904 with two of his brothers.
- AustraliaThe first entry into mainland Australia by Torres Strait Islanders from the Torres Strait began i
- United KingdomWe arrived at South Brisbane on 5 November, 1968, having made the final leg of our long journey b
- NetherlandsI (Frans Alexander Udo) was born on March 29 1950 in Amsterdam Holland.
- NetherlandsThese photographs show the Hoogenhout family working in their bakery.
- United KingdomTom & Millie Wilkinson, with their young family - Gordon and Rosemary - arrived in Melbourne,
- AustraliaHe found me a private room in his mission hall.
- VietnamOperation Babylift was the name given to the mass evacuation of children from South Vietnam to nu
- Czech RepublicThe Soviet occupation of Czechoslovakia in 1968 ended a period of democratic reform and led to an
- LuxembourgThe main kitchen was huge, next to the kitchen, in a shed was a giant steam producing machine, th
- ItalyDad got work on a market garden in St Ives owned by fellow Aeolian migrants, Sam and Fay Fraumeni
- I was nine years old in 1956. It had been one of the coldest winters on record in Holland.
- GermanyDad worked at BHP at Newcastle, and was meant to stay in the hostel at Mayfield, but to save mone
- South AfricaBorn in 1901 and standing 88.9cm tall, Maria Peters was variously known as ‘Princess Ubangi’, ‘a
- AustraliaBack in Adelaide, I settled down to my work. Three of the cadet engineers became my friends.