A Place to Call Home? Migrant hostel memories

10 May 2017 to 1 October 2017

Qantas Founders Museum
Sir Hudson Fysh Drive
Longreach QLD 4730

Tour schedule

28 March 2018
27 May 2018
Grafton Regional Gallery
158 Fitzroy St
Grafton NSW 2460
Scheyville Migrant Centre. (NAA: A12111, 2/1957/22A/37)

Nissen huts, boiled mutton, bottled milk and helping hands.

For many migrants after World War II, for better or worse, hostels were their first 'homes'. Short or long term, good or bad, hostel life was always memorable.

Rekindle memories with vivid photographs of life in Australia’s migrant hostels. Unfamiliar sights, sounds and food. Friendships formed, challenges faced. The beginnings of a new life in Australia.

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government's Visions of Australia program.


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    A migrant family enters their new home, 1965.
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    Children line up for milk at Scheyville in 1957.
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    A Greek woman receives a farewell kiss from her friends, 1962.
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    British arrivals are driven by bus to a Sydney hostel, 1962.
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    Bonegilla reception centre reunion, 1988.
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    Dressing up at Bonegilla in 1956.
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