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Milestone migrants received a lot of fanfare on arrival to Australia, and for Antonia Bellomarino, the 250,000th Italian migrant, it was no different. Arriving with her husband Renzo and two children, six-year-old Luigi and two-year-old Claudia in Melbourne in 1963, the family was given a celebrity-style reception. Official photographers took more than 40 black-and-white and colour photographs of the Bellomarino family's journey to Australia. Before leaving Italy, the family was snapped leaving their home village of Monterotondo, near Rome, as well as seeing the sights of the Italian capital before boarding the Italian Lloyd Triestino passenger ship Neptunia headed for Australia in December 1962.

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