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- ItalyMy parents Gennaro and Esther Bongiorno were married in 1946 in Pollara, a little town on the isl
- LuxembourgSYDNEY 1 first steps.
- ItalyWe arrived at Greta Migrant Camp, approximately 180 kms north of Sydney, in mid December 1955.
- AustraliaThe top picture is one of me and a mate walking through C Block Wacol Hostel on the way to starti
- Sri LankaThe Colombo Plan, launched in 1951, was an intergovernmental program designed to strengthen relat
- GermanyMy Mother and Father decided to come to Australia from Germany.
- AustraliaThe first entry into mainland Australia by Torres Strait Islanders from the Torres Strait began i
- HungaryIn exchange for assisted passage to Australia, Laszlo was required to fulfil a two-year work cont
- ItalyMy Mum was a bright and very adventurous little girl.
- Czech RepublicVoitre Marek, an artist now with works at the Art Gallery of South Australia and the National Gal
- NetherlandsCornelia Grosveld and Antonius Meerbach married in Roosendaal in the Netherlands just after the o
- ItalyWhen they first arrived in Melbourne, Mum and her family lived in North Essendon for a short time
- AustraliaConstruction began on the Snowy Hydro Electric Scheme on 17 October 1949.
- ItalyEarly October 1973, Mum's family picked up Dad and Mum and headed to Tullamarine Airport.
- PolandI, Marianna Konovalov and my husband Vladimir came to Australia as migrants in 1949.
- LuxembourgThe rest of the afternoon was spend unpacking then wandering around in the hostel to get acquaint
- AustraliaHe found me a private room in his mission hall.
- GermanyAustralia accepted us as emigrants in 1948 and we left Deggendorf in mid-winter.
- United KingdomI was 12 years old and was ordered by the High Court in London to leave to join my father Frank a
- JapanSachiko McKay nee Morimoto, known as Marie, was born in Japan in 1928.