Photograph of Prime Minister Ben Chifley and Minister for Immigration, Arthur Calwell, greeting a group of British migrant tradesmen, 1947
Prime Minister Ben Chifley and Minister for Immigration Arthur Calwell greet a party of migrant British building tradesmen. The men were bound for Canberra and had arrived at Sydney on the Largs Bay in January 1947. (NAA: A1200, L21159)

People have come to Australia from all over the world, for different reasons and in different ways. The National Archives holds records about many individuals who arrived from overseas during the 20th century and some who arrived during the 19th century. We also hold records about Australians who left and returned to Australia.

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Family Journeys: Stories in the National Archives of Australia

Jordens, Ann-Mari, Alien to Citizen – Settling Migrants in Australia 1945–75, Allen & Unwin in association with the National Archives of Australia, St Leonards NSW, 1997.

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