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- NetherlandsAs promotion for the Australian government’s migration programs, much was made of milestone arriv
- ItalyMy grandfather, Onofio, had come to Sydney, Australia, in 1904 with two of his brothers.
- GermanyMum and Dad were like many thousands of other immigrants of their era.
- NetherlandsLike many new arrivals, Bonegilla Migrant Reception and Training Centre was the Wolswinkels' firs
- AustraliaThe following day I was given a very lengthy series of tests in maths, English, solving problems,
- ItalyAs with other milestone migrant arrivals, there were grand plans to welcome Antonia Bellomarino a
- PolandIn 1969 at the age of 21, Cecylia was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to study piano abroad, inclu
- AustraliaBack in Adelaide, I settled down to my work. Three of the cadet engineers became my friends.
- ItalyDad met us at the wharf in Sydney and took us to our new home on a market-garden farm in St Ives.
- AustraliaVera arranged a job for Voitre at a local jeweller.
- HungaryIn exchange for assisted passage to Australia, Laszlo was required to fulfil a two-year work cont
- ItalyMilestone migrants received a lot of fanfare on arrival to Australia, and for Antonia Bellomarino
- GermanyNo longer young at 44, Father finally made good his lifelong dream of migration.
- NetherlandsThis is writtrn in memory of my father and mother.In the year 1945 we had been through a war and
- JapanImmediately following World War II, the Japanese brides of Australian servicemen were precluded f
- United KingdomIt was 16th March 1952.
- Sri LankaThe Colombo Plan, launched in 1951, was an intergovernmental program designed to strengthen relat
- LuxembourgSydney, Villawood Hostel.
- JapanSachiko McKay nee Morimoto, known as Marie, was born in Japan in 1928.
- Australia'It has not been easy for organised world opinion in the United Nations or elsewhere to act direc