A Place to Call Home? Migrant hostel memories

10 October 2019 to 15 November 2019

Riverside Theatres
Cnr Church & Market Streets
Parramatta NSW 2124

Tour schedule

Opens:
10 October 2019
Closes:
15 November 2019
Location:
Riverside Theatres
Cnr Church & Market Streets
Parramatta NSW 2124
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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