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- NetherlandsIn 1960 Cornelis and Adriana Zevenbergen with their sons Kees and Addo moved into their own three
- AustraliaVera arranged a job for Voitre at a local jeweller.
- GermanyThey sailed on 9.12.54 on the SS Skaubryn and Christmas was celebrated on the Red Sea.
- NetherlandsAfter a half a year my friend decided to move to another place and I had to decide what to do, st
- ItalyWe arrived at Greta Migrant Camp, approximately 180 kms north of Sydney, in mid December 1955.
- MaltaMy husband and I had never travelled overseas before we migrated to Australia.
- the people you see at this picture are my uncle and my aunt Bep Bijster and there two children.
- Operation Babylift was the name given to the mass evacuation of children from South Vietnam to nu
- ItalyEarly October 1973, Mum's family picked up Dad and Mum and headed to Tullamarine Airport.
- NetherlandsThese photographs show the Hoogenhout family working in their bakery.
- United KingdomAustralia’s post-war immigration publicity campaign was in full swing by 1955.
- ItalyThe Bellomarinos were considered a ‘very good family group’ by their interviewing immigration off
- HungaryBetween 1947 and 1971 the Bonegilla Migrant Reception and Training Centre accommodated more than
- ItalyMum had really long hair when she was in her teens, but when she was about 18, she thought it was
- HungaryLaszlo Makay arrived in Australia in 1951.
- United KingdomI arrived at the hostel late afternoon it was getting cooler and after London it was as different
- NetherlandsMy first job was at a car yard cleaning cars and so.
- GermanyI arrived on the ship Fair Sea in March 1954 in Melbourne.
- HungaryHungarian Laszlo Makay arrived at Bonegilla in November 1951 after six years in a displaced perso
- NetherlandsWhen Adriana Zevenbergen first thought of coming to Australia with her husband Cornelis in the ea