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- ItalyMy parents Gennaro and Esther Bongiorno were married in 1946 in Pollara, a little town on the isl
- GermanyInitially Mum was very homesick.
- NetherlandsOn their arrival, Adriana Zevenbergen and her family were treated to gifts, dinner receptions wit
- AustraliaDad would always try and do something special with us on the weekends.
- GreeceMy parents travelled independently from Greece to Australia from the same region of Greece.
- NetherlandsJan and Nieske Hoogenhout became well-known and liked locally when they opened their bakery in Sh
- AustraliaThe following day I was given a very lengthy series of tests in maths, English, solving problems,
- United KingdomJohn Albert Martin, his wife Mavis and son Donald, arrived in Australia onboard the Oronsay in Ju
- NetherlandsMay 5th 1957 - cold and a light snow.
- LuxembourgSYDNEY 1 first steps.
- AustraliaIn their new home, they planted lots of fruit trees and vegetable plants and lived off the garden
- NetherlandsAs promotion for the Australian government’s migration programs, much was made of milestone arriv
- GermanyMum and Dad came from Ulm in southern Germany.
- GermanyAfter a few weeks in Bonegilla we moved to Beechworth in Victoria.
- AustraliaIn the early 70's alot of people struggled financially and needed money even to go to the doctors
- AustraliaBack in Adelaide, I settled down to my work. Three of the cadet engineers became my friends.
- GermanyIt was five years after the worst global conflict ever had come to its end, when Father had manag
- LuxembourgThe main kitchen was huge, next to the kitchen, in a shed was a giant steam producing machine, th
- ItalyThe local newspapers in Melbourne and Sydney carried articles on the arrival of the MV Roma with
- GermanyDad and a mate worked hard on the side, cutting timber, breaking coal, anything, to earn a few ex