First Day Stories

Landing in Australia...

Do you remember your first day in Australia? SBS takes a look at what sights & smells first struck these new migrants and refugees. #FirstDaySBS

Forced to become a child soldier in South Sudan at six, Deng Thiak Adut thought he would never be able to escape. But a remarkable series of events allowed him to come...
Born in North Korea, Dongup Kim volunteered as a soldier in the South Korean Army during the war. Separated from his family when he was very young, he finally...
Sarah Yahya was born in 1995 and has been living in Australia since 2007. This is how she remembers her First Day in Australia.
Deo Masudi witnessed the rape of his wife and daughter when they were attacked in their home in Africa. The family fled the country but it would be years before...
Confronted by a horrific order to cut the ears off a group of army defectors, Dr Munjed Al Muderis fled Iraq in 1999 and has never been back. Now a leading...
When Nick Kaldas’s family first moved from Egypt to Australia in the sixties, they moved to a suburb known to house migrants communities. Almost 50 years on, Mr...
She left behind friends and family to move to Australia at 20. Now, Rohini Kappadath is now an award-winning businesswoman on a mission to help other women rise...
Latest results

Giancarlo Giusti spreads the joy of coffee from Verona to Melbourne

19 December 2016

First Day: The Egyptian-born police officer proud of Australia's multicultural evolution

07 December 2016

First Day: How a chance encounter started celebrity chef Tetsuya Wakuda’s career

07 December 2016

First Day: The 29-year-old Chinese migrant who started a multimillion dollar fashion company

14 August 2016

First Day: The Egyptian-born police officer proud of Australia's multicultural evolution

13 March 2016

First Day: The 29-year-old Chinese migrant who started a multimillion dollar fashion company

03 February 2016

First Day series: Migrants and refugees share their stories of arriving in Australia

03 February 2016

First Day: Dongup Kim became Australian to visit his family in North Korea

30 January 2016

First Day: The secret audition tape that launched Korean singer Elly Oh in Australia

29 January 2016

First Day: "I really felt a sense of family in this country"

28 January 2016

First Day in Australia: vivid memories from 22 migrants

28 January 2016

First Day: "The sky looked so close I could almost touch it"

28 January 2016

First Day: "I was surprised by the low building architecture"

28 January 2016

First Day: "I was involved in this team spirit with my brothers and sisters"

28 January 2016

First Day: "I fell in love with the city when I first landed"

28 January 2016

First Day: "I was surprised by how casual people were"

27 January 2016

First Day: "For nine days I slept in a cupboard under the stairs"

27 January 2016

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27 January 2016

First Day: "It was very emotional because of the dimension of the decision I had made"

27 January 2016