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- United KingdomI arrived at the hostel late afternoon it was getting cooler and after London it was as different
- United Kingdom(Mitchell Librarian 1993-2001, Associate Director State Records NSW 2001-2008 and Director State
- ItalyThe local newspapers in Melbourne and Sydney carried articles on the arrival of the MV Roma with
- Australia'It has not been easy for organised world opinion in the United Nations or elsewhere to act direc
- AustraliaIt was not smooth sailing for all migrants that arrived in Australia after WWII.
- United KingdomIt was 16th March 1952.
- GermanyAustralia accepted us as emigrants in 1948 and we left Deggendorf in mid-winter.
- LuxembourgSydney 2 getting work On the way to the employment office, the predominant question in the back
- NetherlandsHenk Wolswinkel, the youngest of 13 Wolswinkel children, boarded the Dutch migrant ship Johan van
- United KingdomHere we are, having gone through customs and heading for the gang plank not knowing what might li
- GermanyDad worked at BHP at Newcastle, and was meant to stay in the hostel at Mayfield, but to save mone
- AustraliaSoon after announcing his search for ships and migrants to fill them, the first Immigration Minis
- GermanyThe migrant ship MS Nelly carried the first German migrants under the bilateral assisted
- AustraliaHe found me a private room in his mission hall.
- AustraliaDad and Mum met on Australia Day 1965, just after Dad had come back from Frankston beach with his
- NetherlandsBy the 1960s the Immigration Department’s publicity campaign to attract migrants to Australia was
- LatviaSeven-year-old Maira Kalnins (who is referred to incorrectly as ‘Naira’ within the records) becam
- United KingdomMy father Alexander was sixty five years old when he and my mother Susan decided to migrate to Au
- GermanyAfter a few weeks in Bonegilla we moved to Beechworth in Victoria.
- Vladimir and his family (Jirina his wife, and Marcella his daughter) found asylum in Australia f