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- GermanyOn our arrival in Australia, my mother Lisa's only language was German.
- NetherlandsIt all began when I was at secondary school where I had to do a project on one of the continents.
- GermanyAustralia accepted us as emigrants in 1948 and we left Deggendorf in mid-winter.
- NetherlandsFifty years after their arrival, the Wolwinkels held a family reunion in Gumbuya Park, Victoria,
- LuxembourgWe were loaded into Buses, it took more than two hours to arrive in Villawood hostel, some houses
- NetherlandsBy the 1960s the Immigration Department’s publicity campaign to attract migrants to Australia was
- NetherlandsOn their arrival, Adriana Zevenbergen and her family were treated to gifts, dinner receptions wit
- United KingdomHi I am but a mere Scot but the real story relates to my two uncles by the names of Magnus and Be
- ItalyMigrants are special people. They are different from those who stay in their home country.
- GreeceThe selection officer who interviewed Vassiliki Daflou in Athens described her as ‘just an averag
- LuxembourgSYDNEY 1 first steps.
- MaltaMy husband and I had never travelled overseas before we migrated to Australia.
- GermanyGertrud Neumahr was 18 when she decided to go on a grand two year round trip adventure to Austral
- ItalyMy grandfather, Onofio, had come to Sydney, Australia, in 1904 with two of his brothers.
- Australia'It has not been easy for organised world opinion in the United Nations or elsewhere to act direc
- PolandIn 1969 at the age of 21, Cecylia was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to study piano abroad, inclu
- LuxembourgSydney, Villawood Hostel.
- AustraliaBack in Adelaide, I settled down to my work. Three of the cadet engineers became my friends.
- United KingdomI picked 1970 as this when I was just 15 and left Aus reluctantly but keen to see me mum brothers
- GermanyThe migrant ship MS Nelly carried the first German migrants under the bilateral assisted