About Destination: Australia

The photographs featured on this website are part of the Immigration Photographic Archive – series A12111. This collection comprises more than 22,000 black-and-white and colour photographs taken by government photographers between 1946 and 1999 to record the arrival and settlement of migrants in Australia after World War II. The photographs were used in newspapers, magazines, posters, brochures and displays to promote Australia as a prosperous welcoming nation to potential migrants – and to reassure the Australian public that new migrants would readily settle into the Australian way of life.


The Archives works collaboratively with government agencies to make our collections accessible to the public. The organisations below have partnered with us in providing access to the Immigration Photographic Archive and other material on Destination: Australia

Department of Home Affairs

In 2002 the then Department of Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs (1996–2006) transferred the Immigration Photographic Archive to the National Archives of Australia, where the photographs underwent preservation treatment and were digitised. The department provided financial support to create Destination: Australia to highlight these significant photographs, and subsequently to upgrade the website to enable users to share their own migration experiences.

DutchAustralian shared Cultural Heritage program

In October 2017, the National Archives of Australia received a grant from the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands under the Government of the Netherlands’ Dutch–Australian Shared Cultural Heritage program. Under this grant, the Archives developed five video portraits of Dutch-Australian migrants and their families, which are available to view on the ‘Videos’ tab of this website.

Under this grant program the Archives is building a relationship with the Nationaal Archief Netherlands to support ways we can share both collections and enrich the Dutch–Australia migration story.