Share a Story

Share a Story is a collection of immigration stories that explores the experience of migration to Victoria. The stories reflect on the reasons why migrants left home; the journey to Australia; their thoughts and feelings when they first settled here; and their subsequent lives in their new country.

We welcome you to share your own story or your family’s story of immigration to Victoria below. Stories be entered into the Share a Story database and can be read in the Discovery Centre at Immigration Museum.

The story should focus on the experience of leaving your home country, the journey and arrival in Victoria. Samples of stories can be found on our Question of the Week linked at right. Please also give your country of origin, place and year of arrival and the name of the ship or plane.

Each story must be under 350 words and any contributions exceeding this will not be added.

Terms and Conditions of Share a Story contributions

  • By contributing a story, the contributor understands and consents to the story being published and being used by Museum Victoria for exhibition or website related purposes.
  • Museum Victoria reserves the right to review, edit and alter all contributions.
  • Museum Victoria does not warrant the accuracy of the contributions and is not responsible for correcting any inaccuracies.
  • Museum Victoria does not guarantee that all stories contributed will be published or accessible at all times.
  • Full conditions of use for online contributions can be found at the bottom of this page.

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Roma Mulder 22 April, 2012 13:44

My husband Hendrik Pieter Mulder (Henk) arrived with his family in December 1956 on the Johan Van Oldenbarnevelt. He was 17. They travelled to Bonegilla Camp, but soon left for Warren NSW to work on his uncle Jack Lindhout's farm. He married 1964 and had a daughter Sandra Lee. He died of Mesothelioma in September 2011. He was exposed to asbestos while in the building game in the early 1960s. He did volunteer work from 2004 in Kalgoorlie and remote Aboriginal communities sharing his building skills.

JULIA HANN 17 January, 2013 22:47
I am trying to locate relatives who emmigrated to Australia in 1952 from Glasgow, Scotland on the ship called the “Cameronia” bound to Sydney. The family consisted of a James Moran (born circa 1914), his wife Mary (born circa 1911), a son James (born circa 1940), a son William (born circa 1943) and a son Ronald (born circa 1950). how can I find out where they went to from the Boat? can you point me in right direction? thank you
Discovery Centre 18 January, 2013 16:45

Hi Julia,

Finding missing family is something that is very hard to do, due to Privacy Laws and the fact that locating people takes a lot of effort. We do have a webpage that may help, it is called Locating living people. It contains links to various Government agencies, as well as tips on where to go looking.

Chris Griffiths 16 January, 2014 23:10
I am researching my fathers journey from Southampton on the ss. Esperance Bay on 8th March 1939 to Sydney, arriving 6th April 1939. His name was Henry Felton D.O.B. 11/8/1924. He was 14 yrs old at the time and travelled with his 16 yr old brother Peter Felton. It was an assisted passage but I don't know who arranged it (YMCA, Salvation Army, Big Brother movement,?) any info off anyone about anything would be appreciated. Thanks.
Discovery Centre 17 January, 2014 15:40
Hi Chris, we have sent you an email with some links and possible leads for information.
lucia Di Fiore 25 January, 2014 21:29
I arrived in Aust 1958 on La Roma. I was eleven y o. Maiden name Tarulli. Recently I visited Station pier, was so moved I wrote a poem on my experience. How can I send it. Lucia
Immigration Discovery Centre 26 January, 2014 12:29
Hi Lucia, sounds great, please feel free to submit your poem in the comments section on this page.
Peter Goerman 26 July, 2014 09:27
I arrived in Melbourne on the 6th of August 1965 aboard the FLAVIA from Germany. I wrote my story at and would be very interested to hear from former shipmates, especially the other five I shared my cabin with. Your suggestion to search the database of is wonderful: I found and ordered copies of all my immigration records for $25. It was a blast from the past! Everybody should do it!
Elisabeth page nee meeuwsen 12 November, 2014 13:30
Our story started in Australia started in December 1956 from Amsterdam to Melbourne on the Johan van oldenbarnevelt there was tony and trudy meeuwsen and 7 children excited about our new country and full of hope. Tony and trudy lived happily in Victoria until both reached the age of 92 left 7 healthy children and now 38 decendents whom are healthy and happy Australians With no regrets and enjoy the freedom and comforts of this great land
Margaret Speer 12 November, 2014 17:32
My great grandfather was born at sea in 1855 on board the Commodore Perry, whilst sailing from England with several hundreds of immigrants for Tasmania and New South Wales. His birth parents were named McKenzie, but his mother died in childbirth. He was adopted by a family named Buchanan and christened on board. They named him Joseph Mundle (after the captain) Chisman (after the 1st officer) McKenzie Buchanan. He was nick-named "Ocean Boy". The Commodore Perry arrived at Launceston. Joseph and his parents made their way to Victoria after a stay in Launceston and he married Janet Johnston in Melbourne. They then came to Adelaide where he was President of The Adelaide Democratic Club. They had 9 children and many of their descendants live in Adelaide and several parts of Australia.
Klaas Salomons 6 December, 2014 21:02
I arrived in Australia on the 23rd August 1950 aged 11 with my parents and brothers and sisters and 2 related families including 9 cousins.We had all lived in the same village in Holland,came on the ship the "Sibajak".Not knowing a word of English.I am now 76 and have been retired for 13 years.Over the last 22 years have been back to Holland (my roots),quite a few times and met up with relatives and thoroughly enjoyed it.Have an Australian wife and who has been back with me.I have never been sorry my parents made the move to Australia's a great country.
Geraldine Watts 11 January, 2015 12:33
Hello, i am researching my family history of my Granparents Jozef and Genowefa Kurek who came from Germany orinially Broitzeme dpac on board the general black 11 to cowra then Bonegilla i have reearched alot but always after any info or photos of them i can get thanks
Angelo Iannacone 23 February, 2015 15:36
Hi There, I arrived in Australia in 1961 as a 2 year old along with my mother and 2 older brothers after the passing of my father in France from a work related accident. We migrated from Italy to Australia as all our immediate & extended families were already here in Australia. I remember our arrival here at Port Melbourne pier as a four year old on the passenger ship Australia and am forever great full to have grown up here in my country Australia. I have done a little research to confirm our arrival dates, ship etc and and was quite pleased to find out.
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