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Displaced person migrants arrive at Outer Harbor
Title : Displaced person migrants arrive at Outer Harbor Displaced person migrants arrive at Outer Harbor
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Source : Advertiser, 4 May 1949, p. 1
Date of creation : 1949
Format : Newspaper
Contributor : State Library catalogue
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Photograph of a group of men, women and children which appeared in The Advertiser on 4 May 1949. The photograph caption states:

'We're here at last'. Some of the 907 displaced persons who arrived direct from Genoa in the steamer Goya yesterday taking their first glimpse of Australia when the ship berthed at Outer Harbor.

After World War Two, the Australian Government promoted the policy known as 'populate or perish' designed to increase the population of Australia to defend the country against invasion. From 1947 to 1983, nearly three million people immigrated to Australia. This figure included about 260,000 displaced persons and refugees of the Second World War.

By 1954 records indicate that one person in six living in Australia had been born overseas. Over one third of immigrants were from Britain; the others were from other parts of Europe: they became known as 'New Australians'.

Period : 1946-1979
Further reading :
From many places: the history and cultural traditions of South Australian people, Kent Town, S. Aust.: Migration Museum (History Trust of S.A.) in association with Wakefield Press, 1995
Internet links :
Migration Museum [History Trust of South Australia]

'Migrant selection documents held in Adelaide' National Archives of Australia Fact sheet 223



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