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.
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- LithuaniaOn 28 November 1947, 843 displaced persons from Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia arrived in Fremantl
- United KingdomI arrived at the hostel late afternoon it was getting cooler and after London it was as different
- MaltaMy husband and I had never travelled overseas before we migrated to Australia.
- HungaryLaszlo Makay arrived in Australia in 1951.
- LuxembourgFrom Singapore we had an overnight flight to Sydney, dawn came, the first glimpse on our new home
- AustraliaAs I reflect on Mum and Dad's life, I think of my own life and how I am who I am because of these
- GermanyDad worked at BHP at Newcastle, and was meant to stay in the hostel at Mayfield, but to save mone
- EgyptThe Egyptian ship SS Misr arrived in Melbourne in April 1947 with 624 men, women and chi
- NetherlandsWhen you’re not sure what to expect when you arrive, 17,000 kilometres is a long way to travel.
- AustraliaIt was not smooth sailing for all migrants that arrived in Australia after WWII.
- ItalyAs with other milestone migrant arrivals, there were grand plans to welcome Antonia Bellomarino a
- GermanyMy Mother and Father decided to come to Australia from Germany.
- GermanyFamily Challenges: Loneliness. Isolation.
- ItalyEarly October 1973, Mum's family picked up Dad and Mum and headed to Tullamarine Airport.
- GreeceBy the 1960s the Australian government began to address the growing gender imbalance by actively
- GermanyOn our arrival in Australia, my mother Lisa's only language was German.
- United KingdomTom & Millie Wilkinson, with their young family - Gordon and Rosemary - arrived in Melbourne,
- NetherlandsIn 1955 at eight years old my parents told me we were going to move to Australia.
- NetherlandsIt all began when I was at secondary school where I had to do a project on one of the continents.