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- Bas Wie was an orphan who had survived the Japanese occupation of Timor during World War II.
- MaltaMy husband and I had never travelled overseas before we migrated to Australia.
- NetherlandsThese photographs show the Hoogenhout family working in their bakery.
- GermanyDad worked at BHP at Newcastle, and was meant to stay in the hostel at Mayfield, but to save mone
- HungaryLaszlo Makay arrived in Australia in 1951.
- GermanyFamily Challenges: Loneliness. Isolation.
- AustraliaThe following day I was given a very lengthy series of tests in maths, English, solving problems,
- ItalyMigrants are special people. They are different from those who stay in their home country.
- United KingdomWe arrived at South Brisbane on 5 November, 1968, having made the final leg of our long journey b
- United Kingdom(Mitchell Librarian 1993-2001, Associate Director State Records NSW 2001-2008 and Director State
- AustraliaDad and Mum met on Australia Day 1965, just after Dad had come back from Frankston beach with his
- United KingdomMy father Alexander was sixty five years old when he and my mother Susan decided to migrate to Au
- I was nine years old in 1956. It had been one of the coldest winters on record in Holland.
- ItalyOn arrival, Mum and her family lived in North Essendon for a short time and she worked in Brunswi
- GermanyFather had to keep an appointment with a government official who would oversee his contract.
- NetherlandsFifty years after their arrival, the Wolwinkels held a family reunion in Gumbuya Park, Victoria,
- ItalyMy Mum was a bright and very adventurous little girl.
- United KingdomTom & Millie Wilkinson, with their young family - Gordon and Rosemary - arrived in Melbourne,
- Sri LankaThe Colombo Plan, launched in 1951, was an intergovernmental program designed to strengthen relat