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A Place to Call Home? Migrant Hostel Memories

Event Information

  • 30 May 2014 10:00am - 14 Sep 2014 5:00am
  • National Archives of Australia, Queen Victoria Terrace
  • Parkes
  • Australian Capital Territory
Other Information
  • Cost: Free

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.