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Nicola

Wednesday 13 February 2013 04:33 GMT

We, my parents & older sister came from London to Australia in September 1952. We flew first to Rome where we were put into a taxi with picnic basket & 4 mini bottles of Chianti for our lunch; then we were given a tour of the city while refuelling etc. Onwards after lunch for a night at the Heliopolis Hotel, Cairo . In the afternoon a camel ride to the Great pyramid . The following day on to Karachi for lunch (more refuelling etc) back on board to Raffles, Singapore for the night. The last leg of our trip to Australia the following day, Sydney then Brisbane . All the touring and nights were fully included in the ticket. All the cabin crew flew all the way with us; so, all in all a great way to travel, even though I was only 4 (almost 5, Dec 24).

Hien Nguyen

Friday 25 January 2013 09:44 GMT

I come from a family of 7 children, we are refugees from Vietnam sneaking out on my Dads fishing boat from Vietnam in 1983, arriving in the Phillipines and lived in a camp for over a year before a church in Cairns sponsored our family. We came to Australia with only the clothes we were wearing. After a year we moved to Brisbane and grew up there and integrated well into Australian life. Although we faced many challenges through my parents hard work and commitment to us we are all living happy healthy lives and enjoy successful careers. If it wasn't for my mothers determination to give us all a better future we would not be where we are today. I dedicate this to the memory of my mother a woman of strength and courage.. Le Thi Hoa

Nell Jones

Friday 25 January 2013 05:53 GMT

I forgot to put my mothers name from groningen in 1955 aboard sibajak Her name is Annechiena Suiding Nell Jones

Nell Jones

Friday 25 January 2013 05:36 GMT

My mother was born in Groningen in 1942. Her parents were divorced in German occupied Netherlands in 1943, my grandfather sided with the Germans and as a result she was abandoned by her parents and family. Spending many years in orphanages, she migrated from the Netherlands aboard the Sibajak in 1955, aged 12. She arrived in Australia with her guardians. She went to Bonegilla and Woodside in South Australia. Given to a foster family in Adelaide at 13. Her story was launched at the International Ubud Writers Festival Ubud in 2011, The Lost Sister of Groningen. She was a teacher for 30 years in Sydney. My mother’s story is unique. www.thelostsister.ning.com I hope you will enjoy being inspired!

Kim Martin

Thursday 24 January 2013 21:14 GMT

I was born in the UK in 1966. When I was 2 1/2 yrs old my father decided to pack up my family, myself mum and 2 sisters to start a new life in Australia. We are a 10 pound family. We were living in Golders Green prior to leaving England with my grandparents nearby. We flew to Australia with not much more than our clothes to start our new life. I can't say I remember that much as I was so young. I do remember having a wonderful childhood, going to the beach and great family holidays. My father worked hard and gave us a wonderful life , ensuring we were all well educated and have university degrees. I often wonder what it would have been like growing up in England with lots of family around, but am happy with the life I have here in Australia


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