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- United KingdomI picked 1970 as this when I was just 15 and left Aus reluctantly but keen to see me mum brothers
- United StatesHaving left New York six weeks earlier, the Mills family - all eight of them!- finally arrive at
- AustraliaDad and Mum met on Australia Day 1965, just after Dad had come back from Frankston beach with his
- United KingdomMy father Alexander was sixty five years old when he and my mother Susan decided to migrate to Au
- GermanyInitially Mum was very homesick.
- AustraliaHe found me a private room in his mission hall.
- GermanyMy parents, Johannes (John) and Elisabeth (Lisa) had applied to emigrate to Venezuela and to Aust
- NetherlandsThis is writtrn in memory of my father and mother.In the year 1945 we had been through a war and
- AustraliaVera arranged a job for Voitre at a local jeweller.
- IndonesiaAnnie Maas O’Keefe arrived in Australia as a wartime evacuee from Indonesia.
- NetherlandsJan and Nieske Hoogenhout became well-known and liked locally when they opened their bakery in Sh
- NetherlandsHenk Wolswinkel, the youngest of 13 Wolswinkel children, boarded the Dutch migrant ship Johan van
- Sri LankaThe Colombo Plan, launched in 1951, was an intergovernmental program designed to strengthen relat
- United KingdomAustralia’s post-war immigration publicity campaign was in full swing by 1955.
- GermanyMy Mother and Father decided to come to Australia from Germany.
- NetherlandsOn their arrival, Adriana Zevenbergen and her family were treated to gifts, dinner receptions wit
- GermanyAustralia accepted us as emigrants in 1948 and we left Deggendorf in mid-winter.
- NetherlandsAs promotion for the Australian government’s migration programs, much was made of milestone arriv
- GermanyFamily Challenges: Loneliness. Isolation.
- United KingdomHere we are, having gone through customs and heading for the gang plank not knowing what might li