Immigrant Stories

Immigration is about us all - those who were here and those who came.

Settling into a new country is not easy. Immigrants have to adapt to an unfamiliar environment and lifestyle, while maintaining aspects of their previous culture and way of life.

Many newcomers spent their new lives in limbo, spending months in temporary migrant accommodation, committed to two year labour contracts. For others, settlement has been far easier because they spoke English, or government had offered assistant land or home scheme.

Generations of immigrants have had to adapt to a new climate, new landscape, new language, new currency, and new lifestyle, especially those who have settled in rural areas.

Each immigrant has their own unique story to tell. Whilst for many it was difficult, the vast majority eventually found their feet.

This resource explores why they came, where they settled and how they started a new life in Victoria.