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- NetherlandsMy first job was at a car yard cleaning cars and so.
- GermanyMum and Dad were like many thousands of other immigrants of their era.
- GermanyIt was five years after the worst global conflict ever had come to its end, when Father had manag
- United KingdomJohn Albert Martin, his wife Mavis and son Donald, arrived in Australia onboard the Oronsay in Ju
- ItalyThe local newspapers in Melbourne and Sydney carried articles on the arrival of the MV Roma with
- GermanyMy Mother and Father decided to come to Australia from Germany.
- United KingdomArriving from England in March 1964, my wife and I settled in Melbourne.
- United Kingdom(Mitchell Librarian 1993-2001, Associate Director State Records NSW 2001-2008 and Director State
- ItalyMy Mum was a bright and very adventurous little girl.
- United KingdomMy father Alexander was sixty five years old when he and my mother Susan decided to migrate to Au
- ItalyMario Cerasani was born on 9 June 1930 in San Benedetto dei Marsi in the Abruzzo region of Italy.
- ItalyDad found work at the Ordish Brick Factory in Dandenong a few weeks after he arrived.
- VietnamIn April 1975, a large scale evacuation of children took place in Vietnam, sending thousands of c
- Sri LankaThe Colombo Plan, launched in 1951, was an intergovernmental program designed to strengthen relat
- GermanyI arrived on the ship Fair Sea in March 1954 in Melbourne.
- ItalyOn arrival, Mum and her family lived in North Essendon for a short time and she worked in Brunswi
- AustraliaBack in Adelaide, I settled down to my work. Three of the cadet engineers became my friends.
- ItalyThe MV Roma went on to Melbourne and then arrived in Sydney at 2.35pm on Thursday 11 October 1951
- United KingdomMy uncle, James Hadley with his wife Maisie (nee Lambert) and their two children, Jaimmy and Jenn
- United StatesHaving left New York six weeks earlier, the Mills family - all eight of them!- finally arrive at