A Place to Call Home? Migrant hostel memories

1 March 2015 to 30 April 2015

Fairfield City Museum and Gallery 
634 The Horsley Drive
Smithfield NSW 2164

Tour schedule

Opens:
1 February 2015
Closes:
30 April 2015
Location:
Fairfield City Museum and Gallery
634 The Horsley Drive
Smithfield NSW 2164
Opens:
8 May 2015
Closes:
24 July 2015
Location:
Margaret Whitlam Galleries
The Whitlam Institute within the University of Western Sydney
Cnr James Ruse Drive and Victoria Road
Rydalmere NSW 2116
Opens:
4 September 2015
Closes:
31 October 2015
Location:
Lavington Library
366 Griffith Rd
Lavington NSW 2641
Opens:
1 December 2015
Closes:
1 March 2016
Location:
Bunbury Museum & Heritage Centre
1 Arthur Street
Bunbury WA 6230
Opens:
11 March 2016
Closes:
20 April 2016
Location:
Wanneroo Library and Cultural Centre
3 Rocca Way
Wanneroo WA 6065
Opens:
6 May 2016
Closes:
19 June 2016
Location:
Port Pirie Regional Art Gallery
3 Mary Elie Street (PO Box 481)
Port Pirie SA 5540
Opens:
1 July 2016
Closes:
2 October 2016
Location:
The Museum of the Riverina
Located Cnr Baylis and Morrow Streets
Wagga Wagga NSW 2650
Opens:
13 October 2016
Closes:
30 November 2016
Location:
Liverpool City Library
170 George Street
Liverpool NSW 2170
Opens:
8 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 through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.


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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 2014