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- ItalyOn arrival, Mum and her family lived in North Essendon for a short time and she worked in Brunswi
- NetherlandsThese photographs show the Hoogenhout family working in their bakery.
- LuxembourgWe were loaded into Buses, it took more than two hours to arrive in Villawood hostel, some houses
- GermanyI cannot remember arriving at Bonegilla, but I clearly remember waking up in the hospital with da
- ItalyMum had really long hair when she was in her teens, but when she was about 18, she thought it was
- ItalyMario Cerasani was born on 9 June 1930 in San Benedetto dei Marsi in the Abruzzo region of Italy.
- United KingdomI picked 1970 as this when I was just 15 and left Aus reluctantly but keen to see me mum brothers
- ItalyMilestone migrants received a lot of fanfare on arrival to Australia, and for Antonia Bellomarino
- LithuaniaIn the aftermath of World War II, around one million Europeans were displaced from their country
- GermanyAs a teenager, seventeen at my last birthday, I had my own cabin aboard.
- GermanyThe migrant ship MS Nelly carried the first German migrants under the bilateral assisted
- ItalyMigrants are special people. They are different from those who stay in their home country.
- AustraliaConstruction began on the Snowy Hydro Electric Scheme on 17 October 1949.
- LuxembourgThe rest of the afternoon was spend unpacking then wandering around in the hostel to get acquaint
- Bosnia and HerzegovinaGot Queensland Migrant Service Award by the Queensland Government for voluntary work .
- HungaryHungarian Laszlo Makay arrived at Bonegilla in November 1951 after six years in a displaced perso
- the people you see at this picture are my uncle and my aunt Bep Bijster and there two children.
- AustraliaVarious programs were run for the children of migrants, particularly via hostels and community or
- GermanyAustralia accepted us as emigrants in 1948 and we left Deggendorf in mid-winter.
- LatviaOtto Kampe, the 250,000th refugee to arrive in Australia post-World War II, landed with his wife