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- AustraliaIt was not smooth sailing for all migrants that arrived in Australia after WWII.
- IndonesiaBas Wie was an orphan who had survived the Japanese occupation of Timor during World War II.
- VietnamOperation Babylift was the name given to the mass evacuation of children from South Vietnam to nu
- AustraliaMum and Dad had achieved so much in their lives, but nothing bought them as much joy and happines
- AustraliaMany migrants that made the journey to Australia found it hard to adapt to the Australian way of
- 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
- NetherlandsThis is written in memory of my father and mother.In the year 1945 we had been through a war and
- AustraliaMy first job was as an assistant carpenter in a government jo
- ItalyThe MV Roma went on to Melbourne and then arrived in Sydney at 2.35pm on Thursday 11 October 1951
- NetherlandsThe people you see at this picture are my uncle and my aunt Bep Bijster and their two children.
- AustraliaMum would do anything for us and in early 1998, she even let us stay with her in her home.
- GermanyMy parents, Johannes (John) and Elisabeth (Lisa) had applied to emigrate to Venezuela and to Aust
- NetherlandsMigrants who had won beauty pageant titles were the perfect models for promotional photographs ta
- LithuaniaOn 28 November 1947, 843 displaced persons from Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia arrived in Fremantl
- AustraliaWhen they first arrived in Melbourne in 1959, Mum and her family lived in North Essendon for a sh
- AustraliaTo leave the only place you have ever called home and saying goodbye to all your family and frien
- NetherlandsCornelia Grosveld and Antonius Meerbach married in Roosendaal in the Netherlands just after the o
- ItalyDad met us at the wharf in Sydney and took us to our new home on a market-garden farm in St Ives.
- GermanyThe migrant ship MS Nelly carried the first German migrants under the bilateral assisted
- AustraliaThe top picture is one of me and a mate walking through C Block Wacol Hostel on the way to starti