Life in Thirlmere
Building a Community

The Estonians succeeded because they actively created community organisations familiar to their culture. These included Estonian language schools, choirs, drama and music clubs, traditional craft workshops, a hostel and retirement village, Scouts and Guides groups.


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Thirlmere Estonian Choir c.1950. Photograph Wollondilly Heritage Centre

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The Migration Heritage Centre at the Powerhouse Museum is a New South Wales Government initiative supported by the Community Relations Commission.