A Place to Call Home? Migrant hostel memories

28 March 2018 to 27 May 2018

Grafton Regional Gallery
158 Fitzroy St
Grafton NSW 2460

Tour schedule

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.
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