Colin Davies

Despite a diving accident that left him paralysed at age 15, Colin Davies reckons he’s had angels looking out for him his whole life...

Nancy Skoogh

Nancy was born in Coburg in 1927. She left school at 14 to become a milliner and later became a Connie on Melbourne’s trams...

John Jansman

John grew up as one of eight children on a dairy farm in Holland, finishing school at 13 during the 2nd World War...

Gay Halstead

Growing up in East Gippsland on the family farm, Gay trained in Melbourne and then served in the Air Force Nursing Service during the Korean War...

Heinz Schultz

Heinz Schultz was born in Germany in 1944, but it was in Footscray that his life really began, providing the scene of two lifelong love affairs...

Andrew Bondin

Andrew was born in Malta in 1934 and migrated to Australia with his wife and two children in the 1960s...

Ozdemir Ilgin

Ozdemir migrated to Australia in 1969 and immediately started work at the Ford factory next to the migrant hostel...

Molly Richards

In 1955, Molly travelled solo by ship to the UK when she was 23. She lived there for 20 years working as a school nurse and having a wonderful time...

Ralf Heusserer

Born in Austria in 1936, Ralf recalls being woken in the middle of the night by his mother to seek shelter in a bunker during bombing raids...

Anne Fairbairn

When Alexandrina Fairbairn first arrived in Australia in the 1960s, her Scottish accent was so strong her employer thought her name was Annie and, 60 years later, she still goes by Anne...

Richard Wilson

Richard joined the army straight from school, making a career in the military after both of his parents had also served...

Leonie Featonby

Leonie and her husband Ray ran the Poachers Paradise Hotel in Rutherglen and later the town’s taxi service, often driving veterans to Melbourne for medical appointments...

Leonie Pollock

Leonie is 99 and during World War 2 was a member of the Australian Women’s Land Army, working on farms across Victoria...

Les Gibson

    Born in Warracknabeal during the Depression, Leslie Gibson was one of 15 brothers and sisters. His dad Stan, worked at a blacksmiths until the family was forced to move to Melbourne for...