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This is a great site.
​Information on the history of migration in Australia, including 'White Australia Policy' and post war migration (​under tab About Belongings)

​Search migrant stories by:

Immigration Place This website is a commemorative site designed to build awareness of Australia's migrant history.  Lots of individual migrant stories.
Immigration Museum

6 different migrant stories​.  These stories are detailed. 

Once you have selected a story, use the menu on the left hand side to see the multiple pages of information on each migrant.  Includes ​images.


​Migration Memories in Modern Australia.
An excellent site​.  Stories from a small number of migrants.

  • Bhutanese
  • Cambodian
  • Chinese
  • Filipino
  • Indian
  • Laotian
  • Sikh

Includes videos, images and also some information about memorabilia. 

National Archives of Australia

Destination Australia: Stories

Destination Australia: Videos

Your Story, our History.  ​Migrant stories organised into different headings such as, ​Motivations, Journey, First Impressions​ and more.​ 
Origins ​What are your origins?​  This site provides information why people migrated from their country.  Search via country of departure.  Information is based on Victorian population and experiences.
Immigration Nation

​Teacher Resource.   Architects of Immigration, People and the Policy, Key Countries, Historical Timeline, Headlines from History.

Also links to videos and an interactive.

Polish Migration

Polish Migration.  A short History.

Migrant Stories.  Polish migrant stories, including videos and text.  Shows ​journey to Australia through animated map and text.  A good site.


Ten Pound Pom



Why People Migrate

Why people migrate

Books in our Library


Ten Pound Pom

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Summary: In the 1950s and 60s Australia welcomed thousands of British immigrants as part of the Assisted Passage Migration Scheme. Ten Pound Pom is the true story of award-winning author Carole Wilkinson's immigration to Australia. (Publisher)



Click on the above image to access the interactive task which explores the plight of a refugee- from homeland conflicts, to journey when fleeing their country, detention in a foreign country and their reflections after becoming Australian citizens. Children from various war-torn countries are interviewed about their move to Australia. Well worth a look!



National Library of Australia. Great place to search for primary sources

Australian Immigration Timeline


Australia's Immigration History


Snowy Mountains Scheme

Dictation Test

Pass or fail: the dictation test

Under the Immigration Act, migrants who entered Australia between 1901 and 1958 could be asked to take a dictation test.

To pass the test, they needed to write 50 words in any European language, as dictated by an immigration officer. After 1905, the officer could choose any language at all. A Chinese immigrant, for example, could be asked to write out 50 words in French, Italian or another language.

Few migrants could pass the test in these circumstances. This meant that it was easy to fail an applicant if they were from an ‘undesirable’ country, had a criminal record, had medical issues or were thought to be ‘morally unfit’.

If an applicant failed the test, they could be deported by the Australian Government.

Retrieved:, (15th May, 2020).

Refugees from Vietnam

The Vietnamese who changed white Australia by Jason Thomas (14th April, 2015 SBS)

History of Immigration from Vietnam (Museum Victoria)

Defining moments in Australian History - Vietnamese refugees ( National Museum Australia)

Vietnamese Boat People (History Learning Site)