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...
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Tell your First Day stories: How did you start life in Australia?

28 January 2019 Audio Track

【2019國慶特彆節目】來澳第一天,你畢生難忘的是什麼?

28 January 2019 Audio Track

【2019国庆特别节目】来澳第一天,你毕生难忘的是什么?

28 January 2019 Audio Track

First Day: The man who became Australian to visit his family in North Korea

23 January 2019

First Day: 북에 가족이 그리워 호주 이민 결심한 김동업씨

23 January 2019

Chinese Australians share memories of their first day Down Under

12 February 2018

你还记得那一天吗?微博网友热议“澳洲第一天”

12 February 2018

你還記得那一天嗎?微博網友熱議“澳洲第一天”

12 February 2018

Tens of thousands take part in 'Invasion Day' marches across Australia

27 January 2018

'İşgal Günü' yürüyüşlerine onbinlerce kişi katıldı

27 January 2018

"Vieni! Si può camminare sull'erba in Australia!"

22 January 2018

First Day: Laura Mecca, "You can walk on the grass in Australia!"

22 January 2018

First Day: Gurpal Singh left law in India for good coffee in Melbourne

13 December 2017

First Day:ਮੇਲਬਰਨ ਦੀ ਕਾਫ਼ੀ ਲਈ ਗੁਰਪਾਲ ਸਿੰਘ ਭਾਰਤ ਵਿਚ ਵਕਾਲਤ ਛੱਡ ਆਸਟ੍ਰੇਲੀਆ ਆ ਗਏ

13 December 2017

First Day: Iranian migrant and Labor politician Sam Dastyari

12 December 2017

حميد خيرخواه: اسټراليا زمونږ دويم کور دی

06 April 2017

First Day: An Afghan family reunites in Australia after three years

06 April 2017

Zhu Qin's First Day

01 February 2017

First Day: Chinese Opera singer Zhu Qin at home on the Australian stage

29 January 2017

‘For three days, we were hiding from the Thai pirates’: Trung Ly’s journey to Australia

28 January 2017