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- South AfricaBorn in 1901 and standing 88.9cm tall, Maria Peters was variously known as ‘Princess Ubangi’, ‘a
- GermanyI arrived on the ship Fair Sea in March 1954 in Melbourne.
- Sri LankaI am an only child born to a mother who has nine siblings and one live-in cousin and a father wit
- GermanyI cannot remember arriving at Bonegilla, but I clearly remember waking up in the hospital with da
- IndonesiaAnnie Maas O’Keefe arrived in Australia as a wartime evacuee from Indonesia.
- LatviaSeven-year-old Maira Kalnins (who is referred to incorrectly as ‘Naira’ within the records) becam
- United KingdomI picked 1970 as this when I was just 15 and left Aus reluctantly but keen to see me mum brothers
- ItalyThe Bellomarinos were considered a ‘very good family group’ by their interviewing immigration off
- AustraliaBack in Adelaide, I settled down to my work. Three of the cadet engineers became my friends.
- HungaryIn exchange for assisted passage to Australia, Laszlo was required to fulfil a two-year work cont
- AustraliaVera arranged a job for Voitre at a local jeweller.
- NetherlandsLike many new arrivals, Bonegilla Migrant Reception and Training Centre was the Wolswinkels' firs
- LuxembourgThe main kitchen was huge, next to the kitchen, in a shed was a giant steam producing machine, th
- United KingdomMy father Alexander was sixty five years old when he and my mother Susan decided to migrate to Au
- LuxembourgSYDNEY 1 first steps.
- NetherlandsJan and Nieske Hoogenhout became well-known and liked locally when they opened their bakery in Sh
- AustraliaIt was not smooth sailing for all migrants that arrived in Australia after WWII.
- NetherlandsWhen you’re not sure what to expect when you arrive, 17,000 kilometres is a long way to travel.
- ItalyThe local newspapers in Melbourne and Sydney carried articles on the arrival of the MV Roma with
- ItalyThe MV Roma went on to Melbourne and then arrived in Sydney at 2.35pm on Thursday 11 October 1951