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- LuxembourgSydney 2 getting work On the way to the employment office, the predominant question in the back
- Bosnia and HerzegovinaGot Queensland Migrant Service Award by the Queensland Government for voluntary work .
- GermanyAfter a few weeks in Bonegilla we moved to Beechworth in Victoria.
- AustraliaConstruction began on the Snowy Hydro Electric Scheme on 17 October 1949.
- ItalyWhen they first arrived in Melbourne, Mum and her family lived in North Essendon for a short time
- GermanyIt was five years after the worst global conflict ever had come to its end, when Father had manag
- ItalyAs with other milestone migrant arrivals, there were grand plans to welcome Antonia Bellomarino a
- ItalyThe local newspapers in Melbourne and Sydney carried articles on the arrival of the MV Roma with
- MaltaMy husband and I had never travelled overseas before we migrated to Australia.
- GermanyI arrived on the ship Fair Sea in March 1954 in Melbourne.
- ItalyThe MV Roma went on to Melbourne and then arrived in Sydney at 2.35pm on Thursday 11 October 1951
- IndonesiaAnnie Maas O’Keefe arrived in Australia as a wartime evacuee from Indonesia.
- NetherlandsWhen you’re not sure what to expect when you arrive, 17,000 kilometres is a long way to travel.
- ItalyMigrants are special people. They are different from those who stay in their home country.
- GermanyAs a teenager, seventeen at my last birthday, I had my own cabin aboard.
- Vladimir and his family (Jirina his wife, and Marcella his daughter) found asylum in Australia f
- NetherlandsOn their arrival, Adriana Zevenbergen and her family were treated to gifts, dinner receptions wit
- AustraliaSoon after announcing his search for ships and migrants to fill them, the first Immigration Minis
- NetherlandsFifty years after their arrival, the Wolwinkels held a family reunion in Gumbuya Park, Victoria,
- GermanyFamily Challenges: Loneliness. Isolation.