Share your story, read about other migrants’ memories and explore our photos – to see if you recognise someone you know. Between 1946 and 1999 government photographers snapped 22,000 images of people arriving and living in Australia. You can view them online in the National Archives’ collection.
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- United KingdomI was 12 years old and was ordered by the High Court in London to leave to join my father Frank a
- the people you see at this picture are my uncle and my aunt Bep Bijster and there two children.
- ItalyIn July, 1977, Mum's family came to pick us up and take us to Tullamarine Airport as we were on o
- GreeceBy the 1960s the Australian government began to address the growing gender imbalance by actively
- GermanyMum and Dad were like many thousands of other immigrants of their era.
- NetherlandsAs promotion for the Australian government’s migration programs, much was made of milestone arriv
- GreeceMy parents travelled independently from Greece to Australia from the same region of Greece.
- ItalyMy Mum was a bright and very adventurous little girl.
- LuxembourgSydney, Villawood Hostel.
- NetherlandsIn 1955 at eight years old my parents told me we were going to move to Australia.
- AustraliaHe found me a private room in his mission hall.
- GermanyMy Mother and Father decided to come to Australia from Germany.
- ItalyMy grandfather, Onofio, had come to Sydney, Australia, in 1904 with two of his brothers.
- AustraliaThe first entry into mainland Australia by Torres Strait Islanders from the Torres Strait began i
- AustraliaIn their new home, they planted lots of fruit trees and vegetable plants and lived off the garden
- South AfricaBorn in 1901 and standing 88.9cm tall, Maria Peters was variously known as ‘Princess Ubangi’, ‘a
- NetherlandsBy the 1960s the Immigration Department’s publicity campaign to attract migrants to Australia was
- NetherlandsWhen you’re not sure what to expect when you arrive, 17,000 kilometres is a long way to travel.
- ItalyThe MV Roma went on to Melbourne and then arrived in Sydney at 2.35pm on Thursday 11 October 1951
- JapanImmediately following World War II, the Japanese brides of Australian servicemen were precluded f