From Europe to Australia – Records of a postwar migrant family

In 1953, the family of Roman and Rosa Wlochowitz arrived in Australia from Germany. They were among many who chose to make a new start in Australia after the ravages of World War II.

This showcase looks at some of the records created in the process of the Wlochowitz family's migration to and settlement in Australia in the 1950s and 1960s. The examples are typical of the kinds of records the National Archives holds on postwar European migrants.

Discover more about migration records, including information on how to locate them, in migration, citizenship and travel.

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    First page of Skaubryn passenger list, 20 November 1953
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    Details of Wlochowitz family on Skaubryn passenger list
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    Application form in German for Roman Wlochowitz
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    Processing sheet from Roman Wlochowitz's selection interview
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    Second page of processing sheet
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    Bonegilla card for Roman Wlochowitz
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    Cover of Roman Wlochowitz's alien registration certificate
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    Medical examination form for Wlochowitz children
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    Medical examination form for Rosa Wlochowitz
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    Address changes noted in Roman Wlochowitz's alien registration certificate
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    Occupation changes noted in Roman Wlochowitz's alien registration certificate
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    Statutory declaration from Roman Wlochowitz's naturalisation application
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