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- NetherlandsMy first job was at a car yard cleaning cars and so.
- LatviaSeven-year-old Maira Kalnins (who is referred to incorrectly as ‘Naira’ within the records) becam
- I was nine years old in 1956. It had been one of the coldest winters on record in Holland.
- ItalyMy grandfather, Onofio, had come to Sydney, Australia, in 1904 with two of his brothers.
- LithuaniaOn 28 November 1947, 843 displaced persons from Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia arrived in Fremantl
- NetherlandsOn their arrival, Adriana Zevenbergen and her family were treated to gifts, dinner receptions wit
- GreeceBy the 1960s the Australian government began to address the growing gender imbalance by actively
- ChinaMy father was born in Chandaochedzy, Manchuria; my mother in Chingan, Manchuria and I was born in
- Australia'It has not been easy for organised world opinion in the United Nations or elsewhere to act direc
- ItalyWe arrived at Greta Migrant Camp, approximately 180 kms north of Sydney, in mid December 1955.
- AustraliaThe first entry into mainland Australia by Torres Strait Islanders from the Torres Strait began i
- GermanyFamily Challenges: Loneliness. Isolation.
- United KingdomI was 12 years old and was ordered by the High Court in London to leave to join my father Frank a
- HungaryBetween 1947 and 1971 the Bonegilla Migrant Reception and Training Centre accommodated more than
- LuxembourgThe rest of the afternoon was spend unpacking then wandering around in the hostel to get acquaint
- NetherlandsFifty years after their arrival, the Wolwinkels held a family reunion in Gumbuya Park, Victoria,
- ItalyThe Bellomarinos were considered a ‘very good family group’ by their interviewing immigration off
- GermanyMum and Dad came from Ulm in southern Germany.
- Sri LankaThe Colombo Plan, launched in 1951, was an intergovernmental program designed to strengthen relat
- United KingdomI picked 1970 as this when I was just 15 and left Aus reluctantly but keen to see me mum brothers