I didn’t really expect to find anything when I entered the “van Bergen” name into Trove seeing as they didn’t arrive here until 1952 and the newspapers are only digitised to about 1954. But going off on tangents is fun.
I certainly didn’t expect to find a photo!
I think most of us tend to think of Trove as mainly newspapers as that is where most of the ‘stories’ come from that fill in the gaps of our ancestors’ lives.
So imagine my surprise when up came a photo of my father-in-law from 1967 – linked from the National Archives of Australia through Picture Australia – a Department of Immigration and Multiculturalism photo in their ‘Migrants in employment’ series.
My inlaws came here post WWII and worked hard as did many migrants. There were photos taken of them published ‘back home’ in Holland to promote Australia as a migration destination. My husband didn’t know of this photo being taken and was quite excited to see it – I might get him hooked into genealogy after all!