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- ItalyThis story is about my Dad and Mum on their second trip back home together, but without us kids a
- United KingdomHere we are, having gone through customs and heading for the gang plank not knowing what might li
- ItalyWhen they first arrived in Melbourne, Mum and her family lived in North Essendon for a short time
- United KingdomI was 12 years old and was ordered by the High Court in London to leave to join my father Frank a
- ItalyThe local newspapers in Melbourne and Sydney carried articles on the arrival of the MV Roma with
- JapanSachiko McKay nee Morimoto, known as Marie, was born in Japan in 1928.
- NetherlandsMay 5th 1957 - cold and a light snow.
- ItalyWe arrived at Greta Migrant Camp, approximately 180 kms north of Sydney, in mid December 1955.
- GreeceMy parents travelled independently from Greece to Australia from the same region of Greece.
- GermanyWhen they landed in Fremantle, Western Australia, a kind gentleman bought them an ice cream and m
- GermanyFather had to keep an appointment with a government official who would oversee his contract.
- the people you see at this picture are my uncle and my aunt Bep Bijster and there two children.
- GreeceThe selection officer who interviewed Vassiliki Daflou in Athens described her as ‘just an averag
- EgyptThe Egyptian ship SS Misr arrived in Melbourne in April 1947 with 624 men, women and chi
- GermanyInitially Mum was very homesick.
- AustraliaMany migrants that made the journey to Australia found it hard to adapt to the Australian way of
- HungaryHungarian Laszlo Makay arrived at Bonegilla in November 1951 after six years in a displaced perso
- NetherlandsIn 1960 Cornelis and Adriana Zevenbergen with their sons Kees and Addo moved into their own three
- LithuaniaIn the aftermath of World War II, around one million Europeans were displaced from their country