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- AustraliaThe following day I was given a very lengthy series of tests in maths, English, solving problems,
- AustraliaConstruction began on the Snowy Hydro Electric Scheme on 17 October 1949.
- IndonesiaAnnie Maas O’Keefe arrived in Australia as a wartime evacuee from Indonesia.
- LithuaniaIn the aftermath of World War II, around one million Europeans were displaced from their country
- United KingdomI picked 1970 as this when I was just 15 and left Aus reluctantly but keen to see me mum brothers
- United Kingdom(Mitchell Librarian 1993-2001, Associate Director State Records NSW 2001-2008 and Director State
- ItalyThe Bellomarinos were considered a ‘very good family group’ by their interviewing immigration off
- MaltaMy husband and I had never travelled overseas before we migrated to Australia.
- NetherlandsWhile Jan died in December 2010 and Nieske only six months later, their legacy in Tasmania remain
- NetherlandsIn 1960 Cornelis and Adriana Zevenbergen with their sons Kees and Addo moved into their own three
- I was nine years old in 1956. It had been one of the coldest winters on record in Holland.
- NetherlandsMy first job was at a car yard cleaning cars and so.
- United KingdomMy uncle, James Hadley with his wife Maisie (nee Lambert) and their two children, Jaimmy and Jenn
- NetherlandsOn their arrival, Adriana Zevenbergen and her family were treated to gifts, dinner receptions wit
- LuxembourgThe rest of the afternoon was spend unpacking then wandering around in the hostel to get acquaint
- GermanyAustralia accepted us as emigrants in 1948 and we left Deggendorf in mid-winter.
- United KingdomJohn Albert Martin, his wife Mavis and son Donald, arrived in Australia onboard the Oronsay in Ju
- Vladimir and his family (Jirina his wife, and Marcella his daughter) found asylum in Australia f
- NetherlandsThere seemed to be no future for me in Australia, so I decided to return to the Netherlands after
- GermanyI arrived on the ship Fair Sea in March 1954 in Melbourne.