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  • An architect's drawing of CABRAMATTA Hostel ENDEAVOUR Hostel
  • St Joseph the Worker in the Granite Belt. Pastorelle Sisters, Sister Cesarina Paolini, Sister Esther Henderson (left) artwork by Sister Esther [Robin Ruth Henderson].
  • The Australian-Italian-British company of Silk and Textile Printers Limited has begun a housing and Immigration scheme as a parallel to industrial expansion in its operations at Derwent Park, Hobart, Tasmania. Weaving experts are being brought from Britain and offered houses in a new company-inspired village, called Alcorso after the Italian family who founded Silk and Textiles. A bulldozer makers a new road at Alcorso as new homes go up in the background
  • Less than a year after she arrived as a migrant in Australia, Kerttu Lampi, 18, from Kalava, near Reisjarvi, has become engaged to be married to 21 year-old Mauri Rintala from Helsinki.
  • Czech Potter makes ceramics for garden adornment. Vladimir Tichy.
  • Dutch Comedian Max Tailleur visited Australia between July 30 and August 28 and gave performances in all States. He appeared before an estimated 10,000 Dutch people. His trip to Australia was arranged by Royal Dutch Airlines KLM and the Dutch Australian Weekly. During his visit to Albury Max Tailleur stayed at the New Albury Hotel. His main complaint:
  • Maltese at Philips Electrical Pty Ltd - Mario Attard
  • Members of the Government Members' Immigration Committee visit the Fairstar at Fremantle, WA
  • A nine year old  child escaped alone from Hungary. Gustav Belansky at 8th Australian Citizenship Convention. January 1957
  • An Icelandic man arrives in Australia with his Spanish wife. On her last voyage the liner Strathmore brought to Australia a young married couple of different backgrounds. They are Mr Brian Jonmundsson, 23, formerly of Iceland, and his wife Visitacion, formerly of Spain. On arrival in Sydney recently, the tall Nordic bridegroom carried his pretty Mediterranean bride across the ship's gangway into their new homeland
  • Company (Boral Ltd) provided flat for their Turkish employees. Celal and Nenan help their father Bulent Erisir wash the car.
  • Winner of piano section of ABC competition - Regis Danillon
  • SCHEYVILLE Migrant Centre
  • NUNAWADING Migrant Centre
  • Four children playing in a yellow and red painted cubby house at the Benalla Migrant Centre, Benalla Vic. 1962
  • Dutch migrant Sherry Wheeler, popular TV compere and hostess. Sherry Wheeler among her Saturday show audience.
  • Karen Roberts, 18, who migrated from Newtownabbey, County Antrim, Northern Ireland, in 1964, is one of the four migrant girls who won art scholarships in Adelaide. Karen who lives with her family at Dovers Gardens, an Adelaide Suburb, hopes her first year studies will lead to a two more years on a scholarship. Four of the five scholarship winners at the South Australian School of Art in Adelaide, were migrants. They are from left, Karen Roberts, Mishka Buhler from Thornton Heath, Surrey, Toni Chaffey an Australian and Janina Zdysiewicz and Izabella Milczewska for Germany.
  • Londoner Tor Holth, 59, interior design architect, musician, folk singer and equestrian teaching his 7 year old daughter to ride
  • The Tasmanian Hydro Electric Commission employs 1150 migrant workers among its construction force of 2000 men.  Since WWII, the Commission has engaged some 5000 migrant workers to help in a programme of power development in the Central Tasmanian Plateau and Derwent River System. This programme has increased generating capacity from 221000 to nearly 700000 hp. in nine stations. Italian migrant Mario Cerasani from Bendetto Dei Marsi, Aquila, drills a hole for a blasting charge on the site of a new dam
  • The Australian-Italian-British company of Silk and Textile Printers Limited has begun a housing and Immigration scheme as a parallel to industrial expansion in its operations at Derwent Park, Hobart, Tasmania. The first double-unit dwelling finished at Alcorso. The houses are built of and timber, have two or three bedrooms. They sell for 3,484 pounds to 3,845 pounds
  • Beautician from Paris is Revlon consultant in Australia. Florence Auboire, in Sydney.
  • Frenchman's agency importing French goods. Jacques Vasseur and wife Claudie on a beach near Glenelg in Adelaide.
  • When Josee and Jos Teunissen, from Limburg, built their house in Berowra, Sydney, they followed in the footsteps of some of Australia's early pioneers. Much of the work they did themselves. The Teunissens came to Australia five years ago. Two years after their arrival they had saved enough money to buy a block of land, and aided by a bank loan, to start building their house. Although the house itself is finished, Jos Teunissen cannot stay idle for long. Recently he started building a garage, attached to the house
  • Italian Festival in Adelaide. The proposed Italian Community Cultural and Recreation Centre in Carrington Street Adelaide.
  • FAIRSEA arrivals at Adelaide - September 1963
  • The Snowy Mountains Authority has snapped up to 500 copies and taken an option to buy more of the first record made by a migrant folk singing group called
  • Three boys and three girls won a 17 day educational tour of New Guinea. Here the Melbourne Manager of Qantas Empire Airways, Captain Lower, presents 15 year old Dorith Roozen, from the Netherlands, with her flight ticket for the tour
  • Janna Bregman, wife of the Reverend Cornelius Bregman, migrated to Australia in 1954. The Reverend now looks after the Dutch Charge of the Presbyterian Church in Sydney. Janna assists her husband in looking after the people in the Charge
  • Opening of the Bureau of Immigration Research Melbourne Headquarters 15 November 1989 were Ron Brown, Secretary of DILGEA (Department of Immigration, Local Government and Ethnic Affairs); Dr John Nieuwenhuysen and Senator Robert Ray
  • Geoff Knott, British born geologist on big iron-ore project, Western Australia,
  • Irish family at NUNAWADING Hostel
  • Very active community worker, Bob Porter, left, discussing props to be used in the Elizabeth Shedley theatre.
  • Repertory Theatre company at Elizabeth South Australia - Tony Porter
  • The state of South Australia has Australia's principal deposits of iron ore, plus limestone and dolomite, all major raw materials for Australia's expanding steel industry. Irish born Driller, Morgan Stack, 38, (right) examines a drill with foreman Jack Kittel. Morgan, who lives at Iron Knob, came from Bannacross Airdfert, Tralee, County Kerry. He say his health has been netter in Australia and
  • Winner of piano section of ABC competition - Regis Danillon
  • German is Superintendent of goods in Melbourne
  • Basketball teams from the Latvian Kurza Club in Melbourne defeated Canberra Colts teams during matches held in Canberra on October 21, 1961. Kurza members were the guests of the Canberra Colts during their visit to the Australian Capital Territory. Mr E Lemanis, was instrumental in forming the Kurza Club seven years ago. His two brothers play with the team. The manager of the teams, Mr Piekusis, said that the Kurza Club started as a friendly group formed to encourage sporting activities. 'A' teams of Kurza Men and Colts Men
  • Master builder Martin Huber, 42, a former Swiss migrant, enjoys the challenge of building something different, and has built one of the most distinctive buildings in Western Australia... a Swiss chalet. Mr and Mrs Huber outside their Swiss chalet home in the Perth suburb of Como
  • Bonegilla migrant centre men's showers
  • A syndicate of 26 British migrant families in NSW, Australia, has reached the half way stage in a spectacular home building scheme that will provide them all with comfortable modern homes of their own. Mr and Mrs Whitelock working on a building of their home
  • Ukrainian operatic singer with the National Opera of Australia Ukrainian opera singer Tais Taras National Opera of Australia
  • The Antrobus family greet Australia with a smile and a wave. They arrived in Sydney early on November 1 and were looking forward to having their first really good look at Australia. They are from left to right back row: John, 19: Mr. and Miss Antrobus; Harold, 16; Margaret, 13; front row: Joan 11; Paul, 9: Thomas, 7
  • The last stage of the journey to Australia. The Antrobus family's sea voyage ended when they walked off the ship in Sydney. In the front are: Margaret, 13; John, 19; and the rear Mr. Harold Antrobus and his wife Alice
  • The Joore family of 13 children arrive from Holland  aboard the JOHAN VAN OLDENBARNEVELT
  • The library inside the Holmsglen Migrant Centre in Melbourne, Victoria
  • Roller skating at Inala Sports Centre. Con Galtos, Galakatos, examines Nichola;s  skated watched by Ellena and Yvette.
  • Roller skating at Inala Sports Centre. Con and wife Beryl Galtos, examines the latest imported   skates.
  • Roller skating at Inala Sports Centre. Con and wife Beryl Galtos, examines hockey sticks with Peter Kuschmirz.
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