Fishing practices and experiences enable people to recall the past of their homeland or childhood through the fishing skills they learned from older generations. These memories, and the adaptation of skills to a new land, mean that there is a strong heritage element to what we may sometimes consider a recreational pastime.
‘Gold and Silver’ is a NSW Migration Heritage Centre project with University of Technology, Sydney and the Department of Environment and Conservation (NSW).
Winner 2005 National Trust Heritage Award. The story of the Chinese people who came to, and sometimes settled in, New South Wales, from the first arrivals in the early 1800s, through the turbulent goldrush years and into the 20th century.
A Powerhouse Museum, NSW Heritage Office and NSW Migration Heritage Centre project. Continue reading
Explore places associated with the history of Italian migration, settlement and horticulture in Griffith, the regional centre of the Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area – famous for its wine, citrus and stone fruit industries.
A Griffith City Council and NSW Migration Heritage Centre project.
Highly Commended 2008 National Trust Heritage Awards. Following the Second World War, migrants from Europe made their home in Orange. Many worked in the Email whitegoods factory and some were housed in the ‘tent city’ next door.
An Orange City Council and NSW Migration Heritage Centre project.
A commissioned history and collections survey to research and interpret the history of migration in the evolution of farming and market gardens in Windsor from 1790 to present.
A Hawkesbury Regional Museum and NSW Migration Heritage Centre research partnership.
Learn more about the Illawarra’s Maltese community through this exhibition.
An Illawarra Migration Heritage Project supported by the NSW Migration Heritage Centre.
In the mid-20th century, Wollongong was one of the fastest growing cities in Australia. Behind every ‘ordinary house’ is an extraordinary story. A new and richly illustrated Wollongong book by Meredith Walker will show families, communities and organisations how to pass their histories to present and future generations.
An Illawarra Migration Heritage Project and NSW Migration Heritage Centre partnership.
The story of the East Timorese community in Sydney – After the 1975 invasion of East Timor by Indonesia, East Timorese people fled to many parts of the world, including Australia.
A Liverpool Regional Museum and NSW Migration Heritage Centre project. Continue reading
Lebanese migrants have been settling in Australia from the mid-19th century. By the 1880s sizeable numbers of Lebanese people were finding homes in Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide.
An Australian Lebanese Historical Society and NSW Migration Heritage Centre project with the NSW Heritage Office.
From First Fleet Colonial Europeans to the end of the infamous ‘White Australia’ policy, this project explores all waves of settlement in the Liverpool City local government area.
A Liverpool City Council, Casula Powerhouse and NSW Migration Heritage Centre project.
Read the memoirs of ageing Holocaust survivors in ‘Lives Lost, Life Regained’ an anthology researched through the Sydney Jewish Museum’s ‘Community Stories’ program supporting the wishes of ageing Holocaust survivors who would like their life story to be written. For most of these Jewish migrants, English is not their first language.
A Sydney Jewish Museum and NSW Migration Heritage Centre project.
A travelling exhibition of artistic expressions and cultural heritage by migrant and refugee women.
A NSW Department for Women and NSW Migration Heritage Centre project. Continue reading
Winner 2010 National Trust Heritage Award. This Illawarra research project culminated in the Powerhouse Museum’s Sydney Design Week exhibition ‘Ties With Tradition: Macedonian Apron Designs’.
A Port Kembla Macedonian Welfare Association and NSW Migration Heritage Centre project.
Winner 2011 National Trust Heritage Award. ‘Maitland Jewish Cemetery: A Monument to Dreams and Deeds’ explores the Maitland Jewish Cemetery’s history and the stories of the people buried there.
A Maitland Regional Art Gallery project with the NSW Migration Heritage Centre.
Identified and celebrated places and objects of value and importance to the Chinese community and to their history of settlement.
A NSW Heritage Office and NSW Migration Heritage Centre project. Continue reading
The project invited Italian groups to identify places and objects which are important to local communities and their cultural heritage.
A NSW Heritage Office and NSW Migration Heritage Centre project.
Following World War 2, many Estonians took up poultry farming, orcharding, canning or pickling at Thirlmere. Others congregated in urban areas such as Cabramatta. Sizeable communities also formed in Newcastle, Canberra and Wollongong.
A Powerhouse Museum, Wollondilly Heritage Centre and NSW Migration Heritage Centre project.
The Migration Heritage Toolkit has been developed as a result of workshops with migrant communities in Albury, Broken Hill and Orange.
A NSW Heritage Office and NSW Migration Heritage Centre project with Broken, Albury and Orange City Councils. Continue reading
Stories about migrating to Australia and coming to live in Fairfield are important to our Western Sydney region’s history.
A Fairfield City Museum and Gallery and NSW Migration Heritage Centre project. Continue reading
Winner 2009 National Trust Heritage Award and Winner 2008 Museums and Galleries NSW IMAGinE Award. This thematic study researched the book ‘The Other Side Of The World: International Migration To The Tweed 1940s to 1960s’.
A Tweed River Regional Museum and NSW Migration Heritage Centre project.
A thematic study, exhibition, book and on-going collection documentation project in seven historical societies reveals a complex and poignant narrative examining both the public and private lives of the Chinese-Australian migrant experience in the Riverina.
A Museum of the Riverina and NSW Migration Heritage Centre research partnership with the Chinese-Australian Historical Society.
Lightning Ridge, 75 km north of Walgett, is the only place in the world where the exquisite black opal is mined in quantity and sold in the rough. People have come from around the world to find their fortunes in this outback town.
A Lightning Ridge Historical Society and NSW Migration Heritage Centre project.
Adamstown, Greta, Mayfield, Nelson Bay and Port Stephens are known locations of the Federal Government’s post-Second World War Two migration accommodation centres which settled migrants while they worked in industries including the rope works and light globe factory located in the Hunter area.
A Newcastle Museum and NSW Migration Heritage Centre research partnership. Continue reading
No Ordinary Man. Sydney’s Quong Tart: Citizen, Merchant & Philanthropist was an important historical exhibition casting new light on the life of Quong Tart (1850-1903), in his time, one of Sydney’s most famous and well-loved personalities.
A City Of Sydney, Australia China Council and NSW Migration Heritage Centre project. Continue reading
Winner 2009 National Trust Heritage Award. An online journey to explore important chapters, places and events in Australian migration history.
A NSW Migration Heritage Centre project assisted by various partners including Wollondilly Heritage Centre; Wing Hing Long and Co Store Museum, Tingha; Trial Bay Gaol; Tweed River Regional Museum; Museum of the Riverina; Broken Hill City Council; Fairfield City Museum and Gallery; Griffith Italian Museum; La Perouse Museum; Lambing Flat Museum, Young; and Liverpool Regional Museum.
A migration and settlement trail for Orange in the form of a brochure, a series of interpretative signs and an online brochure to interpret heritage places and develop regional cultural tourism. Coming in 2012.
An Orange City Council and NSW Migration Heritage Centre project.
Since the 1830s, the Cornish and other migrants have developed the economy and culture of central NSW. Both Cornish and Welsh migrants were influential in the mining industry, at places such as Lucknow and Cadia. Byng was established by Cornish settlers.
An Orange City Council and NSW Migration Heritage Centre research partnership. Continue reading
This one-day event announced the NSW Migration Heritage Centre’s objectives of establishing links, networks and consultation with communities and community organisations.
An Australian Technology Park and NSW Migration Heritage Centre project.
The exhibition ‘Paesani – The Bayside Italian’ grew out of a 1998 exhibition that examined the diversity of cultures living in the City of Botany Bay.
A George Hanna Memorial Museum, City of Botany Bay and NSW Migration Heritage Centre project. Continue reading
Many Thai migrants hold strongly to their cultural traditions. Items brought from Thailand express the identity and essence of Thai culture. This exhibition explored the history of Thai migration to Australia and the experience of settlement in Sydney.
A Parramatta Heritage Centre and NSW Migration Heritage Centre project supported by the Thai Welfare Association. Continue reading