Full colour digital photograph of Herbert Portanier standing beside the partially visible side of a QANTAS aeroplane which had just landed at Tullamarine Airport on 29 March 1979. It was taken on the day he arrived in Melbourne with his wife Eleanor and young daughter Sarah.

Herbert and Eleanor Portanier and their three year old daughter Sarah migrated from Malta to Melbourne on 27 March 1979, arriving at Tullamarine Airport on 29 March 1979. They had visited Australia in 1977 to see Eleanor's family who were already in Melbourne and enjoyed it so much they decided to return permanently. The Portaniers were assisted migrants, and Herbert already had employment arranged. The couple settled in Bentleigh and their son James was born in 1981.

Description of Content

A man standing in front of the open door of an aeroplane, with the QANTAS name and a row of windows visible.

Physical Description

Colour digital photograph


This small collection provides a valuable represention of assisted migration to Australia during the 1970s, a story little told. migrant plane journeys are difficult to portray through material culture as plane tickets and related documentation are highly ephemeral and hard to acquire.

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