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- GreeceMy parents travelled independently from Greece to Australia from the same region of Greece.
- ItalyMy grandfather, Onofio, had come to Sydney, Australia, in 1904 with two of his brothers.
- United Kingdom(Mitchell Librarian 1993-2001, Associate Director State Records NSW 2001-2008 and Director State
- HungaryHungarian Laszlo Makay arrived at Bonegilla in November 1951 after six years in a displaced perso
- AustraliaMum and Dad have achieved so much in their lives, but nothing bought them as much joy as their am
- JapanImmediately following World War II, the Japanese brides of Australian servicemen were precluded f
- Sri LankaI am an only child born to a mother who has nine siblings and one live-in cousin and a father wit
- GermanyMy Mother and Father decided to come to Australia from Germany.
- United KingdomIt was 16th March 1952.
- EgyptThe Egyptian ship SS Misr arrived in Melbourne in April 1947 with 624 men, women and chi
- AustraliaTo leave the only place you've ever called home and saying goodbye to all your loving family and
- NetherlandsOn their arrival, Adriana Zevenbergen and her family were treated to gifts, dinner receptions wit
- AustraliaHe found me a private room in his mission hall.
- NetherlandsIn 1960 Cornelis and Adriana Zevenbergen with their sons Kees and Addo moved into their own three
- HungaryIn exchange for assisted passage to Australia, Laszlo was required to fulfil a two-year work cont
- LuxembourgThe main kitchen was huge, next to the kitchen, in a shed was a giant steam producing machine, th
- GreeceBy the 1960s the Australian government began to address the growing gender imbalance by actively
- ItalyThis story is about my Dad and Mum on their second trip back home together, but without us kids a
- PolandI, Marianna Konovalov and my husband Vladimir came to Australia as migrants in 1949.
- ItalyMigrants are special people. They are different from those who stay in their home country.