Robert John Edmund (Bob) Tyghe

Berkeley Hostel, 1957   Robert John Edmund (Bob) Tyghe left England in 1957 with his parents, Robert Neil and Ethel Mary Tyghe and his sister Amanda Jane.  Both Robert Neil…

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Joe Puglisi

In the early 1900s life on the Island of Lipari, in Southern Italy was very harsh for fisherman Michele Puglisi, his wife Giuseppina (Peppina) and their children Giuseppe (Joe), Maria,…

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Charlie Ameera Box

Arrived in Australia in 1890s at the age of 17 from a village in India. He could not write or read in his native language and never learned to read…

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Joe Wah Gow

Arrived in Australia from the village of Long Tou Wan in Canton China in the late 1890s. He first settled in Cairns, Queensland and then moved to Wollongong in 1911.…

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Mario Borgo

Prior to arriving in Australia in 1920, Mario Borgo lived in Thiene, in the Italian province of Vicenza.

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Tambakis Brothers

Peter, Harry and Theo came from the Greek island of Kythera, located on the southwest tip of Peloponnese Peninsula.

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Hermine Rainow

Hermine Rainow and her Legacy to Wollongong Migrants Mrs Cosmopolitan” was how Hermine Rainow described herself when she was featured in an article that appeared in the Illawarra Mercury on…

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Assaf (George) Badran

The early Lebanese migrants started arriving in Australia in the mid-19th century.  They came from the area of Mount Lebanon.  Because this area was the province of Syria in the…

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Marzia Bonacina Zochil

Marzia Bonacina Zochil & The Bonacina Family Balgownie Migrant Hostel, 1961 We left Italy in 1961 arriving in Australia in March.  My parents, Giulia and Efrem Bonacina decided to migrate…

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Andrew Best

Balgownie Hostel, 1969 I was 11 years old and my family decided to emigrate from England.  My father was interviewed by BBC Two on the boat.  Rain to Southampton and…

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Eric Taylor

Balgownie Hostel, 1954 In 1954 my Mum (Lavinia, 37) and Dad (Alan, 37) decided to emigrate to Australia.  At that time, they had three sons: David (15), me, Eric (10),…

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William Gartley (Binks) McGill

Balgownie Hostel, 1952 William (Binks) McGill was my Uncle, whom I never met, as he sailed to Australia a few weeks before I was born.  From Australian Immigration Records I…

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John and Brenda Theobald

Berkeley Hostel, 1959 My wife Brenda and I, together with our 14 month old twin boys, Ian and Peter, departed Tilbury, Essex in England on 6 June 1959 onboard the…

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Tony Hart

Balgownie Hostel, 1965 My parents, Derek and Margaret (Peggy) Hart, my two older brothers Laurie and Chris, my younger sister Jackie and I left Wales, UK, in 1965.  We travelled…

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Conrad Heininger

The history of Dapto’s first Butchers’ Shop can be traced back to August 1855 when 13 year old Conrad Heininger and his family arrived in Sydney from Germany.

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Evelthon Imisides

Born in Vatili Northern Cyprus in 1900. As a young man he worked in the silkworm industry in Vatili and eventually also as an irrigation superintendent. Evelthon arrived in Australia…

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Phineas Beatus

A Polish Jew born in 1830 in Kalisz, Poland. His family’s social and financial position was well-established, however Poland was not a sovereign country and punishment and repression under Russian…

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Ignacy Zlotkowski

Zlotkowski Heights may be remembered by some of the older citizens of Wollongong its currency is lost amongst many.  Zlotkowski Heights (near the bottom of Mt Keira) was named as…

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John Radeski

In 1938 the Wollongong Presbyterian community celebrated the opening of the new Saint Andrew’s Church.  A stained glass window was donated to the Church in dedication to William and Elizabeth…

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Rina Montgomery

Rina Montgomery was born in Valli, Italy, in 1924 and emigrated to Australia with her mother and brother in 1929 where her father, Giacomo Filippi, had come some three years…

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George Bertram Adams

Thursday 31st July 1902. George Bertram Adams (my great grandfather) 23 years of age, finished breakfast around 5.30am. Then strapping on his miners belt, with tucker tin attached, kissed Jane,…

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Joseph Marceau

Joseph Marceau was born on 24 January 1806 in St Jean, L’Acadie, Quebec, Canada.  He arrived in Australia on 25 February 1840.  Joseph was a farmer, resided in Dapto from…

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