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- LuxembourgThe rest of the afternoon was spend unpacking then wandering around in the hostel to get acquaint
- the people you see at this picture are my uncle and my aunt Bep Bijster and there two children.
- Australia'It has not been easy for organised world opinion in the United Nations or elsewhere to act direc
- AustraliaDad would always try and do something special with us on the weekends.
- AustraliaMany migrants that made the journey to Australia found it hard to adapt to the Australian way of
- AustraliaThe following day I was given a very lengthy series of tests in maths, English, solving problems,
- LatviaOtto Kampe, the 250,000th refugee to arrive in Australia post-World War II, landed with his wife
- GermanyOn our arrival in Australia, my mother Lisa's only language was German.
- GermanyWhen they landed in Fremantle, Western Australia, a kind gentleman bought them an ice cream and m
- LatviaSeven-year-old Maira Kalnins (who is referred to incorrectly as ‘Naira’ within the records) becam
- AustraliaTo leave the only place you've ever called home and saying goodbye to all your loving family and
- NetherlandsAfter a half a year my friend decided to move to another place and I had to decide what to do, st
- ItalyAs with other milestone migrant arrivals, there were grand plans to welcome Antonia Bellomarino a
- NetherlandsMy first job was at a car yard cleaning cars and so.
- ChinaMy father was born in Chandaochedzy, Manchuria; my mother in Chingan, Manchuria and I was born in
- NetherlandsAs promotion for the Australian government’s migration programs, much was made of milestone arriv
- NetherlandsMay 5th 1957 - cold and a light snow.
- NetherlandsIn 1955 at eight years old my parents told me we were going to move to Australia.
- ItalyThe MV Roma went on to Melbourne and then arrived in Sydney at 2.35pm on Thursday 11 October 1951