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  • Dutch-born beauty Lucia Schaepman and her mother kept a promise made in Holland when the liner JOHANN VAN OLDEN-BARNEVELT berthed at Port Melbourne this month with 1 400 Dutch migrants aboard. Flowers and smiles greeted the Waverlings when they arrived in the liner at Melbourne. Left to right: Mr Weaverling with baby daughter Annemarie, 5, Lucia Shaepman, Mrs Weverling, Mrs Schaepman, Peter 8 and Rob, 11
  • An architect's drawing of CABRAMATTA Hostel ENDEAVOUR Hostel
  • Dutch migrant Sherry Wheeler, popular TV compere and hostess. Sherry Wheeler among her Saturday show audience.
  • 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. 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
  • 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
  • Repertory Theatre company at Elizabeth South Australia - Tony Porter
  • Czech acrobatic dancer to tour overseas. A mother and her daughter will soon be leaving Australia on an entertainment tour which will take in Japan and the Philippines. They are Mrs Julia Kocka, an acrobatic dancer, and her eldest daughter Julia, 16, a juggler who came to Australia five years ago from Czechoslovakia, Mrs Kocka's husband, Florian, who had his own circus in Europe before the war, Olympia Circus, which was in his family for nearly 200 years. He is an acrobat and trapeze artist
  • Frenchman's agency importing French goods. Jacques Vasseur and wife Claudie on a beach near Glenelg in Adelaide.
  • 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
  • Czech Potter makes ceramics for garden adornment. Vladimir Tichy.
  • St Joseph the Worker in the Granite Belt. Pastorelle Sisters, Sister Cesarina Paolini, Sister Esther Henderson (left) artwork by Sister Esther [Robin Ruth Henderson].
  • Roller skating at Inala Sports Centre. Con and wife Beryl Galtos, examines the latest imported   skates.
  • 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.
  • Beautician from Paris is Revlon consultant in Australia. Florence Auboire, in Sydney.
  • A nine year old  child escaped alone from Hungary. Gustav Belansky at 8th Australian Citizenship Convention. January 1957
  • Ceremony, Sydney Town Hall. Miss Zdenka Babic (Miss New Australia) on the left, with Mr Gordon Freeth, M P and miss Feli Wittman. Miss Babic and Miss Wittman both became naturalized Australians at the ceremony in the Sydney Town Hall on 17 May 1956
  • 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
  • NUNAWADING Migrant Centre
  • Ukrainian operatic singer with the National Opera of Australia Ukrainian opera singer Tais Taras National Opera of Australia
  • Former sculptor George Virine, 39, has just completed in Brisbane, Australia the largest bust ever made in Australia. The six feet high bust of pioneer aviator, Bert Hinkler, will stand on a 14 feet high quarter moon shaped base in Bundaberg, Hinkler's home town. Mr Virine teaches modelling, sculpture and art restoration at the Brisbane Central Technical College and conducts his studio on a part time basis. He has works in the Queensland Conservatorium of music, Brisbane, several hospitals and government buildings and in appreciation of his new country, has presented a bust of the late King George VI to the Australian Government. June 1959
  • Company (Boral Ltd) provided flat for their Turkish employees. Celal and Nenan help their father Bulent Erisir wash the car.
  • Roller skating at Inala Sports Centre. Con and wife Beryl Galtos, examines hockey sticks with Peter Kuschmirz.
  • 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
  • 50,000th Dutch migrant, arrives in Australia aboard the SIBAJAK. Right: Maria was up early on the day of arrival to scan the Prot Melbourne for a first glimpse of her fianc
  • Members of the Government Members' Immigration Committee visit the Fairstar at Fremantle, WA
  • 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
  • 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
  • Four children playing in a yellow and red painted cubby house at the Benalla Migrant Centre, Benalla Vic. 1962
  • The Joore family of 13 children arrive from Holland  aboard the JOHAN VAN OLDENBARNEVELT
  • Australia's one millionth post war Migrant, Mrs Ann Porritt, 21 of Yorkshire, England, arrives in Melbourne on the 8th November 1955, on the liner 'Oronsay' with her husband, Dennis, 25, an Electrical Fitter. Their arrival was the beginning of a week of immigration festivities in Victoria. Dennis is working for the State Electricity Commission in Yallourn and the couple have a commission house at Newborough
  • Italian Festival in Adelaide. The proposed Italian Community Cultural and Recreation Centre in Carrington Street Adelaide.
  • The biggest British family to migrate to Australia arrived in Sydney on the 9th of November, 1960, on the liner
  • Winner of piano section of ABC competition - Regis Danillon
  • 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:
  • Geoff Harvey came to Australia as the pianist on a liner in 1960. He became leader of a resident band at TV Channel 9, Sydney
  • Greta Migration Centre, near Newcastle. Greek migrant who reached Australia late in December, 1954, were soon at home at the Greta Immigration Centre, near Newcastle, NSW listening to songs of their homeland. The musicians are (L to R) Andreas Kroublidis (Kilkis, near Salonika), Emanoel Lagos (Caterini, Macedonia), Theokalitos Atalasidis (Kilkis), Stergios Mitkas (Kilkis) and Nikolaos Kallifatidis (Kastorea, Macedonia). Stergios is playing a garda, a Macedonian goatskin instrument somewhat akin to a scottish bagpipe, while Kallifatidas plays a lyra, oldest of all Grecian instruments dating back 3 000 years
  • Winner of piano section of ABC competition - Regis Danillon
  • Roller skating at Inala Sports Centre. Con Galtos, Galakatos, examines Nichola;s  skated watched by Ellena and Yvette.
  • 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.
  • Maltese at Philips Electrical Pty Ltd - Mario Attard
  • 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
  • SCHEYVILLE Migrant Centre
  • Bonegilla migrant centre men's showers
  • Londoner Tor Holth, 59, interior design architect, musician, folk singer and equestrian teaching his 7 year old daughter to ride
  • Former Scottish weightlifting champion, John Wright, migrated to Perth, WA with his wife, Margaret
  • Danish-born boxing champion visits site of Melbourne Olympics. Dave Stephens (The Flying Milkman) and Mr Paul Pressler Hansen at a Melbourne track meeting. Mr Hansen now a resident of Australia, was welterweight boxing champion of Denmark, and may represent that country
  • German migrants on arrival in July 1956,  aboard the FAIRSEA. Arrival at Port Melbourne of ships carrying migrants presents no problems to Australia's Immigration Officials or to migrant passengers aboard. From the moment the ships dock, every passenger is assisted in a practical, friendly way to make disembarkation as smooth as possible and round off what has been a pleasant voyage. Mr and Mrs Hans George MINT with their three children were among them - and moved quickly through Customs and boarded the train, which was to take them along with the other families to the Bonegilla Reception Centre. The same evening they were relaxing in the comfortable surroundings of the Centre. With their personal luggage they go together down the gangway, through customs and on to the special train waiting on the wharf
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