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- Czech RepublicThe Soviet occupation of Czechoslovakia in 1968 ended a period of democratic reform and led to an
- 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
- GermanyMum and Dad were like many thousands of other immigrants of their era.
- United KingdomI arrived at the hostel late afternoon it was getting cooler and after London it was as different
- Australia'It has not been easy for organised world opinion in the United Nations or elsewhere to act direc
- HungaryIn exchange for assisted passage to Australia, Laszlo was required to fulfil a two-year work cont
- NetherlandsMigrants who had won beauty pageant titles were the perfect models for promotional photographs ta
- LuxembourgSYDNEY 1 first steps.
- GermanyAs a teenager, seventeen at my last birthday, I had my own cabin aboard.
- ItalyDad got work on a market garden in St Ives owned by fellow Aeolian migrants, Sam and Fay Fraumeni
- LatviaSeven-year-old Maira Kalnins (who is referred to incorrectly as ‘Naira’ within the records) becam
- AustraliaVera arranged a job for Voitre at a local jeweller.
- NetherlandsAs promotion for the Australian government’s migration programs, much was made of milestone arriv
- ItalyMum had really long hair when she was in her teens, but when she was about 18, she thought it was
- United KingdomMy father Alexander was sixty five years old when he and my mother Susan decided to migrate to Au
- Sri LankaThe Colombo Plan, launched in 1951, was an intergovernmental program designed to strengthen relat
- NetherlandsMy first job was at a car yard cleaning cars and so.
- United Kingdom(Mitchell Librarian 1993-2001, Associate Director State Records NSW 2001-2008 and Director State
- GreeceThe selection officer who interviewed Vassiliki Daflou in Athens described her as ‘just an averag
- IndonesiaAnnie Maas O’Keefe arrived in Australia as a wartime evacuee from Indonesia.