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- HungaryBetween 1947 and 1971 the Bonegilla Migrant Reception and Training Centre accommodated more than
- PolandI, Marianna Konovalov and my husband Vladimir came to Australia as migrants in 1949.
- United KingdomIt was 16th March 1952.
- NetherlandsLike many new arrivals, Bonegilla Migrant Reception and Training Centre was the Wolswinkels' firs
- ItalyAs with other milestone migrant arrivals, there were grand plans to welcome Antonia Bellomarino a
- HungaryLaszlo Makay arrived in Australia in 1951.
- ItalyWhen they first arrived in Melbourne, Mum and her family lived in North Essendon for a short time
- ItalyMy Mum was a bright and very adventurous little girl.
- GermanyFamily Challenges: Loneliness. Isolation.
- EgyptThe Egyptian ship SS Misr arrived in Melbourne in April 1947 with 624 men, women and chi
- ItalyThe local newspapers in Melbourne and Sydney carried articles on the arrival of the MV Roma with
- I was nine years old in 1956. It had been one of the coldest winters on record in Holland.
- United Kingdom(Mitchell Librarian 1993-2001, Associate Director State Records NSW 2001-2008 and Director State
- AustraliaThe first entry into mainland Australia by Torres Strait Islanders from the Torres Strait began i
- GermanyWhen they landed in Fremantle, Western Australia, a kind gentleman bought them an ice cream and m
- Australia'It has not been easy for organised world opinion in the United Nations or elsewhere to act direc
- GermanyIt was five years after the worst global conflict ever had come to its end, when Father had manag
- GermanyNo longer young at 44, Father finally made good his lifelong dream of migration.
- ItalyMum had really long hair when she was in her teens, but when she was about 18, she thought it was
- JapanSachiko McKay nee Morimoto, known as Marie, was born in Japan in 1928.