Full colour digital photograph of Eleanor and Herbert Portanier and their young daughter Sarah, standing in the garden of Eleanor's mother's house in Brighton. It was taken a day or two after they arrived in Melbourne in 1979.

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.

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Group outdoor portrait with a woman wearing a pink dress standing next to a man in short sleeved shirt and trousers and a young girl standing in front of them wearing a pinafore and holding a book. They are standing in front of a row of bushes.

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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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