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- GermanyFather had to keep an appointment with a government official who would oversee his contract.
- ItalyDad got work on a market garden in St Ives owned by fellow Aeolian migrants, Sam and Fay Fraumeni
- HungaryBetween 1947 and 1971 the Bonegilla Migrant Reception and Training Centre accommodated more than
- GermanyThey sailed on 9.12.54 on the SS Skaubryn and Christmas was celebrated on the Red Sea.
- NetherlandsAs promotion for the Australian government’s migration programs, much was made of milestone arriv
- JapanImmediately following World War II, the Japanese brides of Australian servicemen were precluded f
- South AfricaBorn in 1901 and standing 88.9cm tall, Maria Peters was variously known as ‘Princess Ubangi’, ‘a
- NetherlandsMigrants who had won beauty pageant titles were the perfect models for promotional photographs ta
- LithuaniaIn the aftermath of World War II, around one million Europeans were displaced from their country
- ItalyMigrants are special people. They are different from those who stay in their home country.
- United Kingdom(Mitchell Librarian 1993-2001, Associate Director State Records NSW 2001-2008 and Director State
- ItalyThe MV Roma went on to Melbourne and then arrived in Sydney at 2.35pm on Thursday 11 October 1951
- GermanyAs a teenager, seventeen at my last birthday, I had my own cabin aboard.
- NetherlandsThere seemed to be no future for me in Australia, so I decided to return to the Netherlands after
- I was nine years old in 1956. It had been one of the coldest winters on record in Holland.
- HungaryHungarian Laszlo Makay arrived at Bonegilla in November 1951 after six years in a displaced perso
- GermanyThe migrant ship MS Nelly carried the first German migrants under the bilateral assisted
- LuxembourgThe rest of the afternoon was spend unpacking then wandering around in the hostel to get acquaint
- NetherlandsOn their arrival, Adriana Zevenbergen and her family were treated to gifts, dinner receptions wit
- United KingdomI arrived at the hostel late afternoon it was getting cooler and after London it was as different