Share your story, read about other migrants’ memories and explore our photos – to see if you recognise someone you know. Between 1946 and 1999 government photographers snapped 22,000 images of people arriving and living in Australia. You can view them online in the National Archives’ collection.
Explore the collection
Video portraitsBrowse videos
Personal storiesAdd Your Own Story
- United KingdomAustralia’s post-war immigration publicity campaign was in full swing by 1955.
- ItalyMy grandfather, Onofio, had come to Sydney, Australia, in 1904 with two of his brothers.
- United StatesHaving left New York six weeks earlier, the Mills family - all eight of them!- finally arrive at
- PolandI, Marianna Konovalov and my husband Vladimir came to Australia as migrants in 1949.
- GermanyWhen they landed in Fremantle, Western Australia, a kind gentleman bought them an ice cream and m
- NetherlandsCornelia Grosveld and Antonius Meerbach married in Roosendaal in the Netherlands just after the o
- ItalyDad met us at the wharf in Sydney and took us to our new home on a market-garden farm in St Ives.
- LuxembourgWe were loaded into Buses, it took more than two hours to arrive in Villawood hostel, some houses
- NetherlandsWhile Jan died in December 2010 and Nieske only six months later, their legacy in Tasmania remain
- ItalyMy Mum was a bright and very adventurous little girl.
- PolandIn 1969 at the age of 21, Cecylia was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to study piano abroad, inclu
- HungaryIn exchange for assisted passage to Australia, Laszlo was required to fulfil a two-year work cont
- United KingdomArriving from England in March 1964, my wife and I settled in Melbourne.
- United KingdomTom & Millie Wilkinson, with their young family - Gordon and Rosemary - arrived in Melbourne,
- ItalyAs with other milestone migrant arrivals, there were grand plans to welcome Antonia Bellomarino a
- ItalyWe arrived at Greta Migrant Camp, approximately 180 kms north of Sydney, in mid December 1955.
- LuxembourgSYDNEY 1 first steps.
- Vladimir and his family (Jirina his wife, and Marcella his daughter) found asylum in Australia f
- I was nine years old in 1956. It had been one of the coldest winters on record in Holland.
- ItalyWhen they first arrived in Melbourne, Mum and her family lived in North Essendon for a short time