Hostel Stories

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The aim of the project is to collect records of migrant hostel life. A research team at The University of Adelaide is working on the project in partnership with the Migration Museum and a number of community parnters. Museum staff and volunteers are very excited about this partnership which is contributing to much greater resources for people wanting to find out about migrant lives in the hostels: http://migration.historysa.com.au/hostels

Thousands of migrants passed through South Australia’s migrant hostels, reception centres and camps – including Elder Park, Gepps Cross, Glenelg, Rosewater, Pennington/Finsbury, Milpara, Smithfield, Willaston and Woodside – from the 1940s to the 1990s. The hostels were temporary homes to a wide range of migrants, from Displaced Persons and refugees, through to 'Ten Pound Poms'.

The exhibition Hostel Stories: Migrant Lives is based on the research undertaken so far. 

The Museum is still keen to hear from people who are willing to complete our questionnaire and loan, donate or have relevant material scanned. 

Please complete the registration of interest form, or for further information ring 08 8313 5570