Passport Approved


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[Narrator] This is the story of migration told through four people from four parts of our world. Although their stories are different, their destination was the same.

[Ricky Goldiand] Hi, my name is Ricky Goldian. I emigrate from Israel about 20 years ago.

[Andrew Dickinson] My father, Paul Dickinson, came to Australia in 1948 from England.

[Alojzije Cavar] My name is Alojzije Cavar.

[Michael Edwards] My great-grandmother come here from Germany and my great-grandfather come from Ireland. They arrived in Australia in 1908 to start a new family.

[RG] In 1988 I came here with my husband, he was supposed to finish his studies, we were supposed to be here just for three years and go back home.

[AD] Dad had served in the Royal Navy during the Second World War and in the meantime, during the war years, his father had remarried and his new stepmother, upon his arrival, or return, said "we're glad you survived, but there's no home for you here and you have to make your own way".

[AC] I came to Australia in 1972 The reason why I came was because of the communist government. I didn't agree with their beliefs. so I had to leave Croatia.

[RG] I arrived at Sydney airport and for the first three months we lived in Merimbula NSW until I had my daughter and the week after I moved to Victoria, Melbourne.

[AC] First I went to Austria and I organised my papers to come to Australia.

[AD] When dad first arrived in Australia, one thing that struck him was how plentiful food was, because there was still rationing going on in 1948. And basically how sparsely populated Australia was compared to England and so forth.

[AC] Because I didn't know the language I had to work in a meat factory, then I dug channels, later I became a carpenter and I'm still there today.

[AD] I remember dad telling a funny story about his first game of Australian rules football. He went to the MCG and was in the old southern stand standing on the terraces and in those days people used to drink beer from beer glasses. Anyway, this fellow was standing next to him making comments about one of the players on the field and an old lady in front of then swung around with an umbrella and took the top clean off his glass, leaving the base in his hand and telling him not to say that about our Jonny. And I daresay she was a Collingwood supporter.

[RG] Well at the beginning it wasn't easy because I had to go through medical examiniation and then they found some lumps in my breast which they insisted were removed before I get my visa. SO I had to go through a very hard operation, a difficult operation, and after that they let me get a visa. That's one of the hardest things that I had to go through. The second one was of course the language, and being away from home and family.

[ME] After World War II broke out, she was called a Nazi, and there wasn't much respect for Germans living in Australia from what my grandmother tells me and that was quite difficult for her.

[AC] It was hard here too because if you said what you were you would be discriminated against.

[RG] Yes, especially after having my daughter, the first daughter, it was very hard not having the family around and the support of the family. And also in the Jewish holidays because I didn't live in a Jewish area. It was very hard to be isolated and not celebrating the Jewish culture and Jewish holidays. It was very difficult.

[AC] When I came to Australia it was hard. I knew I wouldn't return to Croatia because of the communist regime so I didn't have anyone here. I left my family in Croatia so I had to make a new family here.

[RG} Yes, when I have my daughter, she had some medical problems and the doctor came to explain to me and I did not understand what he was saying. He tried again and again and I just cried. I had to call someone else to explain to me exactly what happened, but it took a long, long time to understand what does all this mean.

Another problem I also had was with driving because we drive on the right side in Israel and here on the left side. I took the car one day and when I turned to the left and a car was just coming in front of me and I went into a tunnel and it was really scary and I didn't want to drive any more. Even little things like the little items for babies, I didn't know at the chemist how  to tell them what I want, and making all kind of sounds and descriptions with my hands. It was funny.

[ME] My great-grandma an great-grandfather, when they came to Austraia they refused to talk Irish or German. It was all English because they wanted to start a new life, a new beginning, and because the majority of Australians talk English, they wanted to talk English and try and adapt to the environment and culture.

[RG] The things I left behind are family, friends, job, study, dancing, My whole life .

[Narrator] Australia is a kaleidoscope of vibrant cultures and diversity. It is a place where the world meets as one to celebrate and share their stories of love and struggle. It is where the search for a new beginning ends.

About this Video

Four people describe a range of motivations for emigrating, including family and ideological problems, and tell of the difficulties that were faced after arrival in Australia.
Length: 08:28