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- NetherlandsWhile Jan died in December 2010 and Nieske only six months later, their legacy in Tasmania remain
- the people you see at this picture are my uncle and my aunt Bep Bijster and there two children.
- LithuaniaIn the aftermath of World War II, around one million Europeans were displaced from their country
- GreeceThe selection officer who interviewed Vassiliki Daflou in Athens described her as ‘just an averag
- United KingdomJohn Albert Martin, his wife Mavis and son Donald, arrived in Australia onboard the Oronsay in Ju
- LatviaSeven-year-old Maira Kalnins (who is referred to incorrectly as ‘Naira’ within the records) becam
- ItalyWe arrived at Greta Migrant Camp, approximately 180 kms north of Sydney, in mid December 1955.
- United KingdomHere we are, having gone through customs and heading for the gang plank not knowing what might li
- ItalyEarly October 1973, Mum's family picked up Dad and Mum and headed to Tullamarine Airport.
- South AfricaBorn in 1901 and standing 88.9cm tall, Maria Peters was variously known as ‘Princess Ubangi’, ‘a
- LithuaniaOn 28 November 1947, 843 displaced persons from Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia arrived in Fremantl
- VietnamIn April 1975, a large scale evacuation of children took place in Vietnam, sending thousands of c
- HungaryIn exchange for assisted passage to Australia, Laszlo was required to fulfil a two-year work cont
- United KingdomI picked 1970 as this when I was just 15 and left Aus reluctantly but keen to see me mum brothers
- AustraliaHe found me a private room in his mission hall.
- ItalyMigrants are special people. They are different from those who stay in their home country.
- GermanyInitially Mum was very homesick.
- NetherlandsIt all began when I was at secondary school where I had to do a project on one of the continents.
- Sri LankaI am an only child born to a mother who has nine siblings and one live-in cousin and a father wit
- Czech RepublicThe Soviet occupation of Czechoslovakia in 1968 ended a period of democratic reform and led to an