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- NetherlandsIt all began when I was at secondary school where I had to do a project on one of the continents.
- HungaryLaszlo Makay arrived in Australia in 1951.
- LithuaniaOn 28 November 1947, 843 displaced persons from Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia arrived in Fremantl
- GermanyNo longer young at 44, Father finally made good his lifelong dream of migration.
- ItalyAs with other milestone migrant arrivals, there were grand plans to welcome Antonia Bellomarino a
- United Kingdom(Mitchell Librarian 1993-2001, Associate Director State Records NSW 2001-2008 and Director State
- GermanyThe migrant ship MS Nelly carried the first German migrants under the bilateral assisted
- Czech RepublicThe Soviet occupation of Czechoslovakia in 1968 ended a period of democratic reform and led to an
- NetherlandsAs promotion for the Australian government’s migration programs, much was made of milestone arriv
- AustraliaSoon after announcing his search for ships and migrants to fill them, the first Immigration Minis
- NetherlandsJan and Nieske Hoogenhout became well-known and liked locally when they opened their bakery in Sh
- MaltaMy husband and I had never travelled overseas before we migrated to Australia.
- AustraliaBack in Adelaide, I settled down to my work. Three of the cadet engineers became my friends.
- Czech RepublicVoitre Marek, an artist now with works at the Art Gallery of South Australia and the National Gal
- PolandI, Marianna Konovalov and my husband Vladimir came to Australia as migrants in 1949.
- ItalyDad got work on a market garden in St Ives owned by fellow Aeolian migrants, Sam and Fay Fraumeni
- United KingdomArriving from England in March 1964, my wife and I settled in Melbourne.
- AustraliaThe following day I was given a very lengthy series of tests in maths, English, solving problems,
- ChinaMy father was born in Chandaochedzy, Manchuria; my mother in Chingan, Manchuria and I was born in
- United KingdomAustralia’s post-war immigration publicity campaign was in full swing by 1955.