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- AustraliaConstruction began on the Snowy Hydro Electric Scheme on 17 October 1949.
- LuxembourgSydney, Villawood Hostel.
- United KingdomI picked 1970 as this when I was just 15 and left Aus reluctantly but keen to see me mum brothers
- IndonesiaBas Wie was an orphan who had survived the Japanese occupation of Timor during World War II.
- AustraliaHe found me a private room in his mission hall.
- AustraliaIt was not smooth sailing for all migrants that arrived in Australia after WWII.
- ItalyMy parents Gennaro and Esther Bongiorno were married in 1946 in Pollara, a little town on the isl
- United KingdomArriving from England in March 1964, my wife and I settled in Melbourne.
- United KingdomTom & Millie Wilkinson, with their young family - Gordon and Rosemary - arrived in Melbourne,
- ItalyMum had really long hair when she was in her teens, but when she was about 18, she thought it was
- MaltaMy husband and I had never travelled overseas before we migrated to Australia.
- the people you see at this picture are my uncle and my aunt Bep Bijster and there two children.
- ChinaMy father was born in Chandaochedzy, Manchuria; my mother in Chingan, Manchuria and I was born in
- ItalyDad got work on a market garden in St Ives owned by fellow Aeolian migrants, Sam and Fay Fraumeni
- United Kingdom(Mitchell Librarian 1993-2001, Associate Director State Records NSW 2001-2008 and Director State
- United StatesHaving left New York six weeks earlier, the Mills family - all eight of them!- finally arrive at
- United KingdomIt was 16th March 1952.
- ItalyIn July, 1977, Mum's family came to pick us up and take us to Tullamarine Airport as we were on o
- 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
- United KingdomAustralia’s post-war immigration publicity campaign was in full swing by 1955.