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19 Photos That Show What Immigration In Australia Used To Be Like

We all came from somewhere.

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1. Throughout the 20th century to the present, people from all over the world have come to Australia seeking a better life. Here are some of those who have settled here and have called this place home.

Italian prisoners of war wait to board a train bound for an Australian camp, 1943.
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Italian prisoners of war wait to board a train bound for an Australian camp, 1943.

2. Italian migrants arrive in Sydney, 1951.

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3. Dressing up at Bonegilla, Victoria, 1956.

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4. Children line up for milk at Scheyville, NSW, 1957.

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5. Refugees await resettlement in a displaced persons camp in Italy, 1947.

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6. Prime Minister Ben Chifley and Immigration Minister Arthur Calwell greet British tradesmen in Sydney, 1947.

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7. Migrants arriving in Sydney, 1973.

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8. Some of the first refugees to arrive in Australia enjoying themselves on the banks of the Hume Weir, 1947.

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9. Children at Bonegilla, Victoria, the largest migration reception centre at the time, 1949.

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10. Communal washing facilities at Bonegilla, Victoria, 1949.

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11. The Nicol family waiting to board the SS Cameronia, 1950.

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12. A Greek woman receives a farewell kiss from her friends before leaving Maribyrnong, Victoria, 1962.

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13. Spanish migrants hang out the washing and chat at Villawood, 1963.

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14. A migrant family enters their new home at Maribyrnong, Victoria, 1965.

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15. The first assisted Turkish migrants arrive in Sydney, 1968.

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16. Turkish migrants at prayer at Broadmeadows, Victoria, 1969.

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17. The Hoogenhout family outside their bakery on Main Street in Sheffield,Tasmania, 1969.

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18. Vietnamese refugees on fishing vessels arrive in Darwin, 1977.

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19. Mai Thanh Thuy and family are reunited with her husband, Nguyen Hoang Thanh, 1988.

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Ancestry.com hold around 270 million records documenting migration to Australia. Over 7.5 million people have arrived in Australia since October 1945, with 28% of today's population born overseas.