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- ItalyThe MV Roma went on to Melbourne and then arrived in Sydney at 2.35pm on Thursday 11 October 1951
- AustraliaVarious programs were run for the children of migrants, particularly via hostels and community or
- AustraliaThe top picture is one of me and a mate walking through C Block Wacol Hostel on the way to starti
- the people you see at this picture are my uncle and my aunt Bep Bijster and there two children.
- NetherlandsWhen you’re not sure what to expect when you arrive, 17,000 kilometres is a long way to travel.
- AustraliaSoon after announcing his search for ships and migrants to fill them, the first Immigration Minis
- GermanyAustralia accepted us as emigrants in 1948 and we left Deggendorf in mid-winter.
- GreeceBy the 1960s the Australian government began to address the growing gender imbalance by actively
- IndonesiaBas Wie was an orphan who had survived the Japanese occupation of Timor during World War II.
- NetherlandsThere seemed to be no future for me in Australia, so I decided to return to the Netherlands after
- NetherlandsLike many new arrivals, Bonegilla Migrant Reception and Training Centre was the Wolswinkels' firs
- GermanyMum and Dad were like many thousands of other immigrants of their era.
- AustraliaMany migrants that made the journey to Australia found it hard to adapt to the Australian way of
- GermanyFamily Challenges: Loneliness. Isolation.
- AustraliaMum and Dad had achieved so much in their lives, but nothing bought them as much joy and happines
- 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
- LuxembourgFrom Singapore we had an overnight flight to Sydney, dawn came, the first glimpse on our new home
- GermanyNo longer young at 44, Father finally made good his lifelong dream of migration.
- PolandI, Marianna Konovalov and my husband Vladimir came to Australia as migrants in 1949.
- HungaryLaszlo Makay arrived in Australia in 1951.