Destination: Australia has been created to highlight the Immigration Photographic Archive (series A12111) held in the National Archives of Australia. The photographs were taken by government photographers between 1946 and 1999 and feature thousands of Australia's post-World War II migrants. The site provides you with an opportunity to look through the photographs and better yet, share your own stories about you or your family's migrant experience.

Nearly seven million migrants have come to Australia since the end of World War II and each will have a different memory or perception of different events. With this in mind, we encourage people to think about what they really mean and the impact their post could have before contributing any information.

Destination: Australia takes a proactive approach to website moderation. Conversation and debate is encouraged. Commenting will only be moderated when you include a hyperlink or an image in a comment. Please use the 'Report' function to inform us of a suspected breach of this policy. All comments and stories will be regularly reviewed by the Destination: Australia moderators.

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