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- NetherlandsCornelia Grosveld and Antonius Meerbach married in Roosendaal in the Netherlands just after the o
- GermanyThe migrant ship MS Nelly carried the first German migrants under the bilateral assisted
- ItalyEarly October 1973, Mum's family picked up Dad and Mum and headed to Tullamarine Airport.
- AustraliaHe found me a private room in his mission hall.
- ItalyAs with other milestone migrant arrivals, there were grand plans to welcome Antonia Bellomarino a
- United KingdomTom & Millie Wilkinson, with their young family - Gordon and Rosemary - arrived in Melbourne,
- NetherlandsWhen you’re not sure what to expect when you arrive, 17,000 kilometres is a long way to travel.
- JapanImmediately following World War II, the Japanese brides of Australian servicemen were precluded f
- NetherlandsMigrants who had won beauty pageant titles were the perfect models for promotional photographs ta
- ItalyMario Cerasani was born on 9 June 1930 in San Benedetto dei Marsi in the Abruzzo region of Italy.
- ItalyThe local newspapers in Melbourne and Sydney carried articles on the arrival of the MV Roma with
- Sri LankaThe Colombo Plan, launched in 1951, was an intergovernmental program designed to strengthen relat
- LatviaOtto Kampe, the 250,000th refugee to arrive in Australia post-World War II, landed with his wife
- NetherlandsJan and Nieske Hoogenhout became well-known and liked locally when they opened their bakery in Sh
- NetherlandsIn 1960 Cornelis and Adriana Zevenbergen with their sons Kees and Addo moved into their own three
- GermanyMum and Dad came from Ulm in southern Germany.
- GreeceMy parents travelled independently from Greece to Australia from the same region of Greece.
- GermanyMy Mother and Father decided to come to Australia from Germany.
- NetherlandsHenk Wolswinkel, the youngest of 13 Wolswinkel children, boarded the Dutch migrant ship Johan van
- ItalyMum had really long hair when she was in her teens, but when she was about 18, she thought it was