Share your story, read about other migrants’ memories and explore our photos – to see if you recognise someone you know. Between 1946 and 1999 government photographers snapped 22,000 images of people arriving and living in Australia. You can view them online in the National Archives’ collection.
Explore the collection
Personal storiesAdd Your Own Story
- United KingdomTom & Millie Wilkinson, with their young family - Gordon and Rosemary - arrived in Melbourne,
- United KingdomMy uncle, James Hadley with his wife Maisie (nee Lambert) and their two children, Jaimmy and Jenn
- NetherlandsWhen you’re not sure what to expect when you arrive, 17,000 kilometres is a long way to travel.
- NetherlandsJan and Nieske Hoogenhout became well-known and liked locally when they opened their bakery in Sh
- NetherlandsThese photographs show the Hoogenhout family working in their bakery.
- AustraliaThe first entry into mainland Australia by Torres Strait Islanders from the Torres Strait began i
- NetherlandsHenk Wolswinkel, the youngest of 13 Wolswinkel children, boarded the Dutch migrant ship Johan van
- NetherlandsBy the 1960s the Immigration Department’s publicity campaign to attract migrants to Australia was
- GermanyIt was five years after the worst global conflict ever had come to its end, when Father had manag
- United KingdomHi I am but a mere Scot but the real story relates to my two uncles by the names of Magnus and Be
- GreeceThe selection officer who interviewed Vassiliki Daflou in Athens described her as ‘just an averag
- GermanyThe migrant ship MS Nelly carried the first German migrants under the bilateral assisted
- AustraliaSoon after announcing his search for ships and migrants to fill them, the first Immigration Minis
- AustraliaMany migrants that made the journey to Australia found it hard to adapt to the Australian way of
- Sri LankaThe Colombo Plan, launched in 1951, was an intergovernmental program designed to strengthen relat
- GreeceMy parents travelled independently from Greece to Australia from the same region of Greece.
- AustraliaHe found me a private room in his mission hall.
- Bas Wie was an orphan who had survived the Japanese occupation of Timor during World War II.
- GermanyOn our arrival in Australia, my mother Lisa's only language was German.
- NetherlandsWhile Jan died in December 2010 and Nieske only six months later, their legacy in Tasmania remain