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- NetherlandsIt all began when I was at secondary school where I had to do a project on one of the continents.
- NetherlandsIn 1960 Cornelis and Adriana Zevenbergen with their sons Kees and Addo moved into their own three
- AustraliaSoon after announcing his search for ships and migrants to fill them, the first Immigration Minis
- AustraliaDad would always try and do something special with us on the weekends.
- AustraliaHe found me a private room in his mission hall.
- Sri LankaI am an only child born to a mother who has nine siblings and one live-in cousin and a father wit
- NetherlandsWhen Adriana Zevenbergen first thought of coming to Australia with her husband Cornelis in the ea
- AustraliaConstruction began on the Snowy Hydro Electric Scheme on 17 October 1949.
- AustraliaIt was not smooth sailing for all migrants that arrived in Australia after WWII.
- GermanyDad and a mate worked hard on the side, cutting timber, breaking coal, anything, to earn a few ex
- NetherlandsWhen you’re not sure what to expect when you arrive, 17,000 kilometres is a long way to travel.
- VietnamIn April 1975, a large scale evacuation of children took place in Vietnam, sending thousands of c
- NetherlandsBy the 1960s the Immigration Department’s publicity campaign to attract migrants to Australia was
- VietnamOperation Babylift was the name given to the mass evacuation of children from South Vietnam to nu
- NetherlandsIn 1955 at eight years old my parents told me we were going to move to Australia.
- ItalyDad recalls how when he did something wrong, Nonno would chase after him saying "come back, I lov
- LithuaniaOn 28 November 1947, 843 displaced persons from Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia arrived in Fremantl
- United KingdomTom & Millie Wilkinson, with their young family - Gordon and Rosemary - arrived in Melbourne,
- Australia'It has not been easy for organised world opinion in the United Nations or elsewhere to act direc