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- ItalyMilestone migrants received a lot of fanfare on arrival to Australia, and for Antonia Bellomarino
- 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
- HungaryIn exchange for assisted passage to Australia, Laszlo was required to fulfil a two-year work cont
- AustraliaBack in Adelaide, I settled down to my work. Three of the cadet engineers became my friends.
- ItalyEarly October 1973, Mum's family picked up Dad and Mum and headed to Tullamarine Airport.
- GermanyI arrived on the ship Fair Sea in March 1954 in Melbourne.
- Sri LankaThe Colombo Plan, launched in 1951, was an intergovernmental program designed to strengthen relat
- AustraliaHe found me a private room in his mission hall.
- HungaryHungarian Laszlo Makay arrived at Bonegilla in November 1951 after six years in a displaced perso
- GermanyI cannot remember arriving at Bonegilla, but I clearly remember waking up in the hospital with da
- United KingdomI picked 1970 as this when I was just 15 and left Aus reluctantly but keen to see me mum brothers
- Vladimir and his family (Jirina his wife, and Marcella his daughter) found asylum in Australia f
- HungaryLaszlo Makay arrived in Australia in 1951.
- ItalyMigrants are special people. They are different from those who stay in their home country.
- AustraliaDad and Mum met on Australia Day 1965, just after Dad had come back from Frankston beach with his
- the people you see at this picture are my uncle and my aunt Bep Bijster and there two children.
- NetherlandsMigrants who had won beauty pageant titles were the perfect models for promotional photographs ta
- I was nine years old in 1956. It had been one of the coldest winters on record in Holland.
- GermanyMum and Dad were like many thousands of other immigrants of their era.