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- NetherlandsJan and Nieske Hoogenhout became well-known and liked locally when they opened their bakery in Sh
- GermanyMy Mother and Father decided to come to Australia from Germany.
- United KingdomIt was 16th March 1952.
- GermanyThe migrant ship MS Nelly carried the first German migrants under the bilateral assisted
- IndonesiaAnnie Maas O’Keefe arrived in Australia as a wartime evacuee from Indonesia.
- AustraliaSoon after announcing his search for ships and migrants to fill them, the first Immigration Minis
- GermanyNo longer young at 44, Father finally made good his lifelong dream of migration.
- LuxembourgThe rest of the afternoon was spend unpacking then wandering around in the hostel to get acquaint
- NetherlandsThere seemed to be no future for me in Australia, so I decided to return to the Netherlands after
- NetherlandsMy first job was at a car yard cleaning cars and so.
- LuxembourgFrom Singapore we had an overnight flight to Sydney, dawn came, the first glimpse on our new home
- United Kingdom(Mitchell Librarian 1993-2001, Associate Director State Records NSW 2001-2008 and Director State
- PolandI, Marianna Konovalov and my husband Vladimir came to Australia as migrants in 1949.
- NetherlandsWhen you’re not sure what to expect when you arrive, 17,000 kilometres is a long way to travel.
- MaltaMy husband and I had never travelled overseas before we migrated to Australia.
- LuxembourgSydney 2 getting work On the way to the employment office, the predominant question in the back
- Sri LankaThe Colombo Plan, launched in 1951, was an intergovernmental program designed to strengthen relat
- GreeceMy parents travelled independently from Greece to Australia from the same region of Greece.
- LatviaSeven-year-old Maira Kalnins (who is referred to incorrectly as ‘Naira’ within the records) becam
- ChinaMy father was born in Chandaochedzy, Manchuria; my mother in Chingan, Manchuria and I was born in