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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- JapanImmediately following World War II, the Japanese brides of Australian servicemen were precluded f
- GermanyMy parents, Johannes (John) and Elisabeth (Lisa) had applied to emigrate to Venezuela and to Aust
- AustraliaDad and Mum met on Australia Day 1965, just after Dad had come back from Frankston beach with his
- ItalyDad got work on a market garden in St Ives owned by fellow Aeolian migrants, Sam and Fay Fraumeni
- NetherlandsCornelia Grosveld and Antonius Meerbach married in Roosendaal in the Netherlands just after the o
- United KingdomTom & Millie Wilkinson, with their young family - Gordon and Rosemary - arrived in Melbourne,
- GermanyMum and Dad came from Ulm in southern Germany.
- AustraliaMany migrants that made the journey to Australia found it hard to adapt to the Australian way of
- United KingdomAustralia’s post-war immigration publicity campaign was in full swing by 1955.
- United KingdomHi I am but a mere Scot but the real story relates to my two uncles by the names of Magnus and Be
- GreeceBy the 1960s the Australian government began to address the growing gender imbalance by actively
- United KingdomIt was 16th March 1952.
- AustraliaVera arranged a job for Voitre at a local jeweller.
- ItalyDad met us at the wharf in Sydney and took us to our new home on a market-garden farm in St Ives.
- ItalyMum had really long hair when she was in her teens, but when she was about 18, she thought it was
- United KingdomHere we are, having gone through customs and heading for the gang plank not knowing what might li
- GermanyDad worked at BHP at Newcastle, and was meant to stay in the hostel at Mayfield, but to save mone
- GermanyMum and Dad were like many thousands of other immigrants of their era.
- GermanyDad and a mate worked hard on the side, cutting timber, breaking coal, anything, to earn a few ex
- LatviaOtto Kampe, the 250,000th refugee to arrive in Australia post-World War II, landed with his wife