Margaret Whitlam Galleries
A Place to Call Home? Migrant Hostel Memories A National Archives of Australia touring exhibition
A migrant family enters their new home at Maribyrnong, Victoria.
A Greek woman receives a farewell kiss from her friends before leaving Maibynong, Victoria
Children line up for milk at Scheyville, N.S.W.
Rows of huts at Bonegilla, Victoria
Spartan communal washing facilities at Bonegilla, Victoria
Dressing up at Bonegilla, Victoria
A butcher preparing legs of lamb in Bradfield Park, N.S.W.
Turkish migrants at prayer at Broadmeadows, Victoria
Communal cooking facilities in Tamarind, Northern Territory
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- 14 May - 24 Jul 2015
- 8th May 2015
For an invitation to the exhibition, please see A Place to Call Home? Migrant Hostel Memories Invitation (PDF, 271.75 KB)
A Place to Call Home? Migrant Hostel Memories
A National Archives of Australia touring exhibition
The’ A Place to Call Home?’ photographic exhibition features highlights of a collection of around 22,000 photographs taken by government photographers documenting the experiences of post-World War II migrants to Australia. The photographs were taken between the late 1940s and the 1990s. Known as the Immigration Photographic Archive, the photographs form part of the National Archives of Australia collection. Images from the archive were used to encourage re-location to Australia to prospective migrants and to help local Australians welcome new migrants into the community.
The photographs strongly represent a time in Australian history that shaped the face of modern multiculturalism. Individuals, families and community groups will identify strongly with the images and will be able to reflect on both their own individual and shared experiences.
The Destination: Australia website was launched in 2012 to encourage post-war migrants and their families to interact with the Immigration Photographic Archive. Users can identify migrants and share their own stories of migrating to Australia. Some of the stories shared on the website will feature in the exhibition to help tell the personal stories of post-World War II migrants.
While the photographic archive on the website covers a range of themes, such as accommodation, journeys, arrivals, settlement services, and events and celebrations, this exhibition focuses on the imagery surrounding temporary accommodation, such as reception centres and migrant hostels. In many cases, migrants living in the various migrant reception centres and hostels moved into surrounding towns to build their new lives and contributed significantly to their communities.
This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.
Installation arranged and curated by UWS Art Curator, Monica McMahon. ( firstname.lastname@example.org )
Framed and installed by Western Sydney University Art Collection and Exhibition Technician, James McMahon