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- AustraliaVarious programs were run for the children of migrants, particularly via hostels and community or
- GermanyDad worked at BHP at Newcastle, and was meant to stay in the hostel at Mayfield, but to save mone
- the people you see at this picture are my uncle and my aunt Bep Bijster and there two children.
- ItalyDad met us at the wharf in Sydney and took us to our new home on a market-garden farm in St Ives.
- LuxembourgThe rest of the afternoon was spend unpacking then wandering around in the hostel to get acquaint
- AustraliaThe first entry into mainland Australia by Torres Strait Islanders from the Torres Strait began i
- EgyptThe Egyptian ship, SS Misr, arrived in Melbourne in April 1947 with 624 men, women and children o
- LatviaOtto Kampe, the 250,000th refugee to arrive in Australia post-World War II, landed with his wife
- ItalyMy grandfather, Onofio, had come to Sydney, Australia, in 1904 with two of his brothers.
- HungaryBetween 1947 and 1971 the Bonegilla Migrant Reception and Training Centre accommodated more than
- LithuaniaIn the aftermath of World War II, around one million Europeans were displaced from their country
- GermanyMy Mother and Father decided to come to Australia from Germany.
- LuxembourgSYDNEY 1 first steps.
- GermanyAfter a few weeks in Bonegilla we moved to Beechworth in Victoria.
- NetherlandsBy the 1960s the Immigration Department’s publicity campaign to attract migrants to Australia was
- United KingdomI arrived at the hostel late afternoon it was getting cooler and after London it was as different
- ItalyMum had really long hair when she was in her teens, but when she was about 18, she thought it was
- NetherlandsThis is writtrn in memory of my father and mother.In the year 1945 we had been through a war and
- AustraliaMany migrants that made the journey to Australia found it hard to adapt to the Australian way of
- ItalyWe arrived at Greta Migrant Camp, approximately 180 kms north of Sydney, in mid December 1955.