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- NetherlandsWhen you’re not sure what to expect when you arrive, 17,000 kilometres is a long way to travel.
- United KingdomI arrived at the hostel late afternoon it was getting cooler and after London it was as different
- ItalyDad met us at the wharf in Sydney and took us to our new home on a market-garden farm in St Ives.
- ItalyMum had really long hair when she was in her teens, but when she was about 18, she thought it was
- ChinaMy father was born in Chandaochedzy, Manchuria; my mother in Chingan, Manchuria and I was born in
- GreeceMy parents travelled independently from Greece to Australia from the same region of Greece.
- GermanyThe migrant ship MS Nelly carried the first German migrants under the bilateral assisted
- ItalyMilestone migrants received a lot of fanfare on arrival to Australia, and for Antonia Bellomarino
- GermanyMy Mother and Father decided to come to Australia from Germany.
- GreeceThe selection officer who interviewed Vassiliki Daflou in Athens described her as ‘just an averag
- GermanyMum and Dad came from Ulm in southern Germany.
- ItalyMigrants are special people. They are different from those who stay in their home country.
- AustraliaVera arranged a job for Voitre at a local jeweller.
- United KingdomTom & Millie Wilkinson, with their young family - Gordon and Rosemary - arrived in Melbourne,
- GermanyAustralia accepted us as emigrants in 1948 and we left Deggendorf in mid-winter.
- GermanyMy parents, Johannes (John) and Elisabeth (Lisa) had applied to emigrate to Venezuela and to Aust
- AustraliaThe first entry into mainland Australia by Torres Strait Islanders from the Torres Strait began i
- Operation Babylift was the name given to the mass evacuation of children from South Vietnam to nu
- HungaryLaszlo Makay arrived in Australia in 1951.
- GermanyI cannot remember arriving at Bonegilla, but I clearly remember waking up in the hospital with da