Immigration Stories

Discover Australia's migration history, personal stories of immigration from the museum's collection and share your own story of migration to Australia.

  • SS Great Britain leaving Prince‚Äôs Pier, Liverpool, for Australia, 1852

    Australia's immigration history

    Since the First Fleet dropped anchor in 1788, close to 10 million settlers have moved from across the world to start a new life in Australia.

  • Group of migrants on MV Toscana at Trieste, 1954

    Stories from our collection

    Discover fascinating personal stories of convicts, migrants and refugees and explore museum objects from our collection.

  • The Lu family launch the restored Tu Do at the museum, 2005

    Share your migration story

    Did you or your family migrate to Australia? Share your story of migration and read other contributions on our message board and help contribute to a greater understanding of Australia’s rich migration heritage.

  • Euripides of Aberdeen, 1924

    Search your family history

    We have compiled a list of resources focused on migration to Australia to help you in your search.