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- United KingdomArriving from England in March 1964, my wife and I settled in Melbourne.
- GermanyAustralia accepted us as emigrants in 1948 and we left Deggendorf in mid-winter.
- LuxembourgFrom Singapore we had an overnight flight to Sydney, dawn came, the first glimpse on our new home
- ItalyWhen they first arrived in Melbourne, Mum and her family lived in North Essendon for a short time
- Vladimir and his family (Jirina his wife, and Marcella his daughter) found asylum in Australia f
- LatviaOtto Kampe, the 250,000th refugee to arrive in Australia post-World War II, landed with his wife
- JapanSachiko McKay nee Morimoto, known as Marie, was born in Japan in 1928.
- HungaryIn exchange for assisted passage to Australia, Laszlo was required to fulfil a two-year work cont
- AustraliaThe first entry into mainland Australia by Torres Strait Islanders from the Torres Strait began i
- AustraliaBack in Adelaide, I settled down to my work. Three of the cadet engineers became my friends.
- United KingdomTom & Millie Wilkinson, with their young family - Gordon and Rosemary - arrived in Melbourne,
- NetherlandsIn 1955 at eight years old my parents told me we were going to move to Australia.
- NetherlandsJan and Nieske Hoogenhout became well-known and liked locally when they opened their bakery in Sh
- GermanyAs a teenager, seventeen at my last birthday, I had my own cabin aboard.
- Sri LankaI am an only child born to a mother who has nine siblings and one live-in cousin and a father wit
- ItalyThe Bellomarinos were considered a ‘very good family group’ by their interviewing immigration off
- ItalyDad got work on a market garden in St Ives owned by fellow Aeolian migrants, Sam and Fay Fraumeni
- MaltaMy husband and I had never travelled overseas before we migrated to Australia.
- ItalyMy Mum was a bright and very adventurous little girl.
- United Kingdom(Mitchell Librarian 1993-2001, Associate Director State Records NSW 2001-2008 and Director State