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- NetherlandsIn 1960 Cornelis and Adriana Zevenbergen with their sons Kees and Addo moved into their own three
- LatviaSeven-year-old Maira Kalnins (who is referred to incorrectly as ‘Naira’ within the records) becam
- I was nine years old in 1956. It had been one of the coldest winters on record in Holland.
- LuxembourgSydney 2 getting work On the way to the employment office, the predominant question in the back
- United KingdomArriving from England in March 1964, my wife and I settled in Melbourne.
- GermanyMum and Dad were like many thousands of other immigrants of their era.
- LithuaniaOn 28 November 1947, 843 displaced persons from Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia arrived in Fremantl
- Australia'It has not been easy for organised world opinion in the United Nations or elsewhere to act direc
- HungaryHungarian Laszlo Makay arrived at Bonegilla in November 1951 after six years in a displaced perso
- GermanyI cannot remember arriving at Bonegilla, but I clearly remember waking up in the hospital with da
- GermanyAustralia accepted us as emigrants in 1948 and we left Deggendorf in mid-winter.
- ItalyMilestone migrants received a lot of fanfare on arrival to Australia, and for Antonia Bellomarino
- PolandI, Marianna Konovalov and my husband Vladimir came to Australia as migrants in 1949.
- EgyptThe Egyptian ship SS Misr arrived in Melbourne in April 1947 with 624 men, women and chi
- LuxembourgSYDNEY 1 first steps.
- ItalyMy parents Gennaro and Esther Bongiorno were married in 1946 in Pollara, a little town on the isl
- MaltaMy husband and I had never travelled overseas before we migrated to Australia.
- Bosnia and HerzegovinaGot Queensland Migrant Service Award by the Queensland Government for voluntary work .
- GermanyMy parents, Johannes (John) and Elisabeth (Lisa) had applied to emigrate to Venezuela and to Aust
- GermanyDad and a mate worked hard on the side, cutting timber, breaking coal, anything, to earn a few ex