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January 2010 Blog Posts (23)

Australia & New Zealand magazines for sale: various 2007 to present

Hi guys,

I'm putting a load of spare mags i have up for sale on ebay. Be sure to keep an eye out for em as they have some amazing scenery shots, stories and endless info regarding living in, moving to and travelling around oz, taz & nz.

v cheap(if you purchase back issues from the publisher they charge full price £3.95 plus postage. My mags are on at 1.99 inc free postage and packing and may include issues you've missed. Alot of the ones i'm selling you cant get from… Continue

Added by oz&nz mags for sale on January 31, 2010 at 13:00 — 1 Comment


About Us.

We are an 18th century Living History group. Our main area of interest is in the New World and our period is 1680-1760. But we also research this period in Europe and the British Isles.

We chose to emulate the New World colonial lifestyle because (a) there were more nationalities in the New World at this time, (b) it enables us to choose an earlier period, (c) we have more choices of personas/characters to choose from and a larger choice of trades and skills, (d) this…

Added by Le Loup on January 30, 2010 at 22:50 — No Comments

Down Under Live - London

Spent the morning at the Down Under Live show in London. Boy, it was busy! If you're heading there tomorrow, you're sure to get all the info you could possibly need if you're thinking of emigrating to Oz or NZ.
Really enjoyed it, and we've been given a glimmer of hope re our dream of making the move ourselves.

Added by Adele McCarthy on January 30, 2010 at 18:33 — No Comments

adelaide / henley beach / kangaroo island

would like to hear from anybody thats been to adelaide or kangaroo island recently especially with any photos

Added by zara on January 26, 2010 at 17:38 — 1 Comment

Happy Australia Day!!

Today I celebrated my first Australia Day as an Aussie…. and I felt immensely proud to raise up the Australian flag (ok – it was a cheap hand-held one from the Dollar Tree… and it was actually attached to my esky – not raised up high on a pole) BUT the point is, I felt pretty darn ‘true blue’ as I knocked back the amber nectar with my nearest and dearest on the beach.

We all had a great day floating about on giant inflatable thongs,… Continue

Added by Vicky Gray on January 26, 2010 at 12:21 — No Comments

meeting people

we emigrated to redcliffe bisbane in october and want to know how we meet new friends. Our Children are grown up 18 and 20 so we dont meet parents at school etc. Where do we go to meet others? I dont work so dont meet other s at work either. any advice would be grateful.

Added by val evans on January 26, 2010 at 9:46 — 3 Comments


Thanks to everyone on this site that offered information and help, this really is a goldmine of info and tips for anyone thinking of or being in the process of immigrating. After lots of emotionial set backs, and lots of time (approx 2 years) that's us finally off to Brisbane. Only a week and a half to go. Still trying to organise paperwork side of things. I'm glad that we haven't sold our house, eventually we managed to get a lovely family who have taken a years rental with the good chance of… Continue

Added by Kelly on January 26, 2010 at 9:13 — 1 Comment


I thank everyone for the useful advice I have been given, I shall be going to London this weekend to the emigrate show, to try and obtain state/employer sponsorship. I can't wait any longer for the proposed changes, I shall be leaving the military at the end of the year after 22 years service, and need to secure my future for my family. The last thing I want to do is set up home in the UK only to receive my visa a few months later.

Added by mark roberts on January 26, 2010 at 6:35 — No Comments


Me and my husband are wanting to emigrate to australia with our 2 daughters but dont know where to start. My husband is an electrician and we have plenty of points for our visa but we just dont know where to start. We have tried to find property prices for houses in australia and also an idea on the kind of salary that my husband can expect but haven't got anywhere. I have also tried to find out how i can apply to go onto all these tv programmes like wanted down under and relocation, phil down… Continue

Added by nicola yuill on January 25, 2010 at 14:06 — 4 Comments

New changes

Hi All,

Just wondered if anyone knows much about the recent changes happening to the visa process. My husband is waiting for his practical assessment for plumbing and the date was originally Feb but has now moved to June. I wondered if anyone knew why this had changed and how long after that does it take to get the applicaiton lodged ? I think everything is a little unknown at present due to the changes but is anyone aware of any real timeframe from now on, ie how long is the wait… Continue

Added by DEBORAH JAYNE FRADLEY on January 25, 2010 at 12:45 — 6 Comments

Emigrating to Oz

Hi I'm new on this site. My partner and I want to move to Oz with our 2 daughters but we have no idea where to start! My partner is on the skilled worker list and we have enough points. After looking at countless websites we are really confused by it all. Can anyone help and suggest where we go next?

Added by Sue Hemming on January 25, 2010 at 10:19 — 2 Comments


Well, we've booked up to go to the Leeds event and get as much info on moving the finances, moving the pets, moving companies and everything else.

With the house nearly done, just to get the joiner in to fit a couple of replacement doors, we should be on the market in February and then it's just a case of waiting until sold. Biggest problem are the cats, 3 of them, 2 of which are quite old, one is twenty this year and the other is about 18. Depending on what the vet says they may not… Continue

Added by John on January 25, 2010 at 6:48 — 2 Comments

Your possible move to Perth

Hi Debs

Thanks for your email regarding your possible move to Perth.

I have spoken to Patricia Gray at the Department of Education and she will be more than happy to talk to you via email or phone. If you look at this website, there are many contacts that may be useful for you and also her email address and contact number.

Your son can attend state school or private and as… Continue

Added by Samantha Payne on January 25, 2010 at 3:04 — No Comments

Child with ASD (Autistic Spectrum Disorder)

My son has recently been diagnosed with having ASD here in the UK he his presently 6 years old and attends normal mainstream school where the Education Authority fund for him to have a Teaching Assistant for 15 hours a week and this dramatically impacted on his life in school since the TA has been working with him.

My partner and I are have our permanent 136 visa which we have had over 3 years and when applying for the visa we weren't aware of my son Kian's condition. As you can… Continue

Added by Debs Brookes on January 24, 2010 at 23:11 — 1 Comment

wheres my visa?

I put my 175 skilled migrant visa application in, in October 2008, still patiently waiting. I have heard that the priorities are going to change again, does anybody know when, I was told that they were going to change at the end of last year. I don't know wether to carry on waiting or try for state/ employer sponsorship.

Added by mark roberts on January 22, 2010 at 21:35 — 3 Comments

australian seminar in leeds.

we are attending a seminar in leeds this sunday which looks to be very interestin.

Entry is free and there are talks on the new visa changes and general relocation. You can also have one on one chats with migration experts about which visa is right for you and there are people there to talk to about banks, money and jobs.

I hope its as interesting as it looks.

Added by Laura Wright on January 22, 2010 at 19:19 — 1 Comment

Relocation: Phil Down Under - Channel 4

Just to let everyone know there is a new series starting on Channel 4 at 8pm tonight that may be worth a look: "Property Guru Phil Spencer embarks on what feels like a blatant advert for the Australian Tourist Board in this new series, which helps out rain-soaked Brits wanting to start a new life in the land of sun, sand, sea and surf. To no one's surprise, his cliche-drenched searches uncover a lot more bricks for your buck in this opener but he's also grappling with people who want the dream,… Continue

Added by Ken Fayers on January 22, 2010 at 14:47 — 2 Comments

Wanted Down Under BBC1

Hi Everyone!

Don't know if any of you are watching the series 'Wanted Down Under' on BBC1 weekday mornings, but i find it really frustrating when they make it look like a flip of a flag decides wether you move to Oz or not!!! I watch it everyday and also have watched all past years series too, when the one lady was a nurse it really interested me. The work out there looks fantastic, they made it sound very appealing and that jobs are very easy to come by....great!!! But what they're… Continue

Added by Stephanie Bennett on January 18, 2010 at 14:01 — 8 Comments

eager migrater

We have just submitted our application for visas before christmas and now we play the waiting game. I am eager to start de cluttering in readiness to move albeit i am aware we have a wait on our hands, however my husband wants to wait till nearer the time and just get a skip what do other bloggers think!!!!!!!

Added by Rachael Farrell on January 17, 2010 at 20:50 — 2 Comments

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