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 2 getting work On the way to the employment office, the predominant question in the back
- GermanyI cannot remember arriving at Bonegilla, but I clearly remember waking up in the hospital with da
- ItalyMy parents Gennaro and Esther Bongiorno were married in 1946 in Pollara, a little town on the isl
- AustraliaDad and Mum met on Australia Day 1965, just after Dad had come back from Frankston beach with his
- GreeceBy the 1960s the Australian government began to address the growing gender imbalance by actively
- ItalyAs with other milestone migrant arrivals, there were grand plans to welcome Antonia Bellomarino a
- ItalyThe local newspapers in Melbourne and Sydney carried articles on the arrival of the MV Roma with
- NetherlandsMigrants who had won beauty pageant titles were the perfect models for promotional photographs ta
- HungaryBetween 1947 and 1971 the Bonegilla Migrant Reception and Training Centre accommodated more than
- LithuaniaIn the aftermath of World War II, around one million Europeans were displaced from their country
- I was nine years old in 1956. It had been one of the coldest winters on record in Holland.
- GermanyThey sailed on 9.12.54 on the SS Skaubryn and Christmas was celebrated on the Red Sea.
- ItalyOn arrival, Mum and her family lived in North Essendon for a short time and she worked in Brunswi
- GermanyAs a teenager, seventeen at my last birthday, I had my own cabin aboard.
- HungaryHungarian Laszlo Makay arrived at Bonegilla in November 1951 after six years in a displaced perso
- AustraliaVera arranged a job for Voitre at a local jeweller.
- JapanImmediately following World War II, the Japanese brides of Australian servicemen were precluded f
- United KingdomMy father Alexander was sixty five years old when he and my mother Susan decided to migrate to Au
- GermanyWhen they landed in Fremantle, Western Australia, a kind gentleman bought them an ice cream and m
- United Kingdom(Mitchell Librarian 1993-2001, Associate Director State Records NSW 2001-2008 and Director State