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The MV Roma went on to Melbourne and then arrived in Sydney at 2.35pm on Thursday 11 October 1951. As at Melbourne, the wharf was crowded with husbands and loved ones waiting for the women and children that they had not seen for years. Again it was very late in the day after the ship tied up - too late for the Customs Officers to process the new arrivals. However, unlike Melbourne, in Sydney the Customs Officers allowed everyone off, just asking them to return the next day for processing and to get their bags. Imagine this happening today with our obsession with security and illegal migration. This simple piece of human compassion resonated very strongly with Mum and became the foundation for her firm belief that the family’s future laid in this new land.

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