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- Sri LankaI am an only child born to a mother who has nine siblings and one live-in cousin and a father wit
- GermanyMum and Dad came from Ulm in southern Germany.
- NetherlandsI (Frans Alexander Udo) was born on March 29 1950 in Amsterdam Holland.
- LuxembourgSydney 2 getting work On the way to the employment office, the predominant question in the back
- I was nine years old in 1956. It had been one of the coldest winters on record in Holland.
- ItalyWe arrived at Greta Migrant Camp, approximately 180 kms north of Sydney, in mid December 1955.
- United Kingdom(Mitchell Librarian 1993-2001, Associate Director State Records NSW 2001-2008 and Director State
- LuxembourgFrom Singapore we had an overnight flight to Sydney, dawn came, the first glimpse on our new home
- GermanyOn our arrival in Australia, my mother Lisa's only language was German.
- Vladimir and his family (Jirina his wife, and Marcella his daughter) found asylum in Australia f
- United KingdomJohn Albert Martin, his wife Mavis and son Donald, arrived in Australia onboard the Oronsay in Ju
- Czech RepublicVoitre Marek, an artist now with works at the Art Gallery of South Australia and the National Gal
- United KingdomTom & Millie Wilkinson, with their young family - Gordon and Rosemary - arrived in Melbourne,
- GermanyI arrived on the ship Fair Sea in March 1954 in Melbourne.
- AustraliaConstruction began on the Snowy Hydro Electric Scheme on 17 October 1949.
- AustraliaIn their new home, they planted lots of fruit trees and vegetable plants and lived off the garden
- the people you see at this picture are my uncle and my aunt Bep Bijster and there two children.
- United StatesHaving left New York six weeks earlier, the Mills family - all eight of them!- finally arrive at
- ChinaMy father was born in Chandaochedzy, Manchuria; my mother in Chingan, Manchuria and I was born in
- GermanyMy Mother and Father decided to come to Australia from Germany.