A Place to Call Home? Migrant hostel memories

24 September 2016 to 8 December 2016

Liverpool City Library
170 George Street
Liverpool NSW 2170

Tour schedule

Opens:
24 September 2016
Closes:
8 December 2016
Location:
Liverpool City Library
170 George Street
Liverpool NSW 2170
Opens:
16 December 2016
Closes:
1 February 2017
Location:
Gladstone Regional Art Gallery & Museum
Cnr of Goondoon and Bramston Streets
Gladstone QLD 4680
Opens:
18 February 2017
Closes:
30 April 2017
Location:
Museum of Tropical Queensland
70-102 Flinders Street
Townsville QLD 4810
Opens:
10 May 2017
Closes:
1 October 2017
Location:
Qantas Founders Museum
Sir Hudson Fysh Drive
Longreach QLD 4730
Opens:
30 October 2017
Closes:
25 February 2018
Location:
Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery
2 Invermay Road
Launceston TAS 7250
Opens:
28 March 2018
Closes:
27 May 2018
Location:
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.
Copyright National Archives of Australia 2016