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- GermanyGertrud Neumahr was 18 when she decided to go on a grand two year round trip adventure to Austral
- NetherlandsWhile Jan died in December 2010 and Nieske only six months later, their legacy in Tasmania remain
- United KingdomMy father Alexander was sixty five years old when he and my mother Susan decided to migrate to Au
- LatviaOtto Kampe, the 250,000th refugee to arrive in Australia post-World War II, landed with his wife
- AustraliaIt was not smooth sailing for all migrants that arrived in Australia after WWII.
- GermanyThey sailed on 9.12.54 on the SS Skaubryn and Christmas was celebrated on the Red Sea.
- VietnamIn April 1975, a large scale evacuation of children took place in Vietnam, sending thousands of c
- United KingdomAustralia’s post-war immigration publicity campaign was in full swing by 1955.
- AustraliaThe top picture is one of me and a mate walking through C Block Wacol Hostel on the way to starti
- ItalyWe arrived at Greta Migrant Camp, approximately 180 kms north of Sydney, in mid December 1955.
- Sri LankaI am an only child born to a mother who has nine siblings and one live-in cousin and a father wit
- HungaryIn exchange for assisted passage to Australia, Laszlo was required to fulfil a two-year work cont
- LuxembourgSydney, Villawood Hostel.
- ItalyDad recalls how when he did something wrong, Nonno would chase after him saying "come back, I lov
- NetherlandsAs promotion for the Australian government’s migration programs, much was made of milestone arriv
- GermanyMy parents, Johannes (John) and Elisabeth (Lisa) had applied to emigrate to Venezuela and to Aust
- AustraliaTo leave the only place you've ever called home and saying goodbye to all your loving family and
- United KingdomI was 12 years old and was ordered by the High Court in London to leave to join my father Frank a
- GermanyInitially Mum was very homesick.
- IndonesiaBas Wie was an orphan who had survived the Japanese occupation of Timor during World War II.