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- PolandI, Marianna Konovalov and my husband Vladimir came to Australia as migrants in 1949.
- IndonesiaAnnie Maas O’Keefe arrived in Australia as a wartime evacuee from Indonesia.
- GermanyI cannot remember arriving at Bonegilla, but I clearly remember waking up in the hospital with da
- ItalyDad met us at the wharf in Sydney and took us to our new home on a market-garden farm in St Ives.
- GreeceThe selection officer who interviewed Vassiliki Daflou in Athens described her as ‘just an averag
- ItalyThe local newspapers in Melbourne and Sydney carried articles on the arrival of the MV Roma with
- GermanyMum and Dad came from Ulm in southern Germany.
- AustraliaSoon after announcing his search for ships and migrants to fill them, the first Immigration Minis
- AustraliaThe following day I was given a very lengthy series of tests in maths, English, solving problems,
- LithuaniaOn 28 November 1947, 843 displaced persons from Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia arrived in Fremantl
- United StatesHaving left New York six weeks earlier, the Mills family - all eight of them!- finally arrive at
- LuxembourgSYDNEY 1 first steps.
- United Kingdom(Mitchell Librarian 1993-2001, Associate Director State Records NSW 2001-2008 and Director State
- GermanyI arrived on the ship Fair Sea in March 1954 in Melbourne.
- United KingdomMy father Alexander was sixty five years old when he and my mother Susan decided to migrate to Au
- ItalyEarly October 1973, Mum's family picked up Dad and Mum and headed to Tullamarine Airport.
- AustraliaIn their new home, they planted lots of fruit trees and vegetable plants and lived off the garden
- South AfricaBorn in 1901 and standing 88.9cm tall, Maria Peters was variously known as ‘Princess Ubangi’, ‘a
- ChinaMy father was born in Chandaochedzy, Manchuria; my mother in Chingan, Manchuria and I was born in
- LatviaSeven-year-old Maira Kalnins (who is referred to incorrectly as ‘Naira’ within the records) becam