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- LuxembourgSydney, Villawood Hostel.
- IndonesiaAnnie Maas O’Keefe arrived in Australia as a wartime evacuee from Indonesia.
- PolandI, Marianna Konovalov and my husband Vladimir came to Australia as migrants in 1949.
- LuxembourgThe main kitchen was huge, next to the kitchen, in a shed was a giant steam producing machine, th
- NetherlandsWhile Jan died in December 2010 and Nieske only six months later, their legacy in Tasmania remain
- GreeceMy parents travelled independently from Greece to Australia from the same region of Greece.
- NetherlandsAs promotion for the Australian government’s migration programs, much was made of milestone arriv
- ItalyMum had really long hair when she was in her teens, but when she was about 18, she thought it was
- GermanyMum and Dad came from Ulm in southern Germany.
- LithuaniaIn the aftermath of World War II, around one million Europeans were displaced from their country
- NetherlandsHenk Wolswinkel, the youngest of 13 Wolswinkel children, boarded the Dutch migrant ship Johan van
- NetherlandsThere seemed to be no future for me in Australia, so I decided to return to the Netherlands after
- Bas Wie was an orphan who had survived the Japanese occupation of Timor during World War II.
- AustraliaSoon after announcing his search for ships and migrants to fill them, the first Immigration Minis
- ItalyAs with other milestone migrant arrivals, there were grand plans to welcome Antonia Bellomarino a
- LatviaSeven-year-old Maira Kalnins (who is referred to incorrectly as ‘Naira’ within the records) becam
- AustraliaThe migrant ship MS Nelly carried the first German migrants under the bilateral assisted passage
- GermanyDad and a mate worked hard on the side, cutting timber, breaking coal, anything, to earn a few ex
- GermanyFamily Challenges: Loneliness. Isolation.
- GermanyMum and Dad were like many thousands of other immigrants of their era.