Winner 2012 ‘Building Inclusive Communities’ Award


The NSW Migration Heritage Centre at the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney is a NSW Government initiative supported by the Community Relations Commission for a Multicultural NSW.

Building Inclusive Communities Award - MHC Team with Barry O'Farrel
Photo by Paul Wright Photography 2012
The Hon Barry O’Farrell MP, Premier of NSW presents the award to the NSW Migration Heritage Centre.
Left to right – Annette Loudon, Andrea Fernandes, the Hon Barry O’Farrell MP and John Petersen, Former Manager, NSW Migration Heritage Centre (2004-2012).

The Centre won the 2012 Building Inclusive Communities Award under the Government category. The Awards are a joint initiative of the Ethnic Communities’ Council of NSW and Macquarie University. They were presented by the Hon Barry O’Farrell MP, Premier of New South Wales on 6 September 2012 at New South Wales Parliament House.

The Awards are for current activities which have a long-term outlook and a track-record of making a positive contribution to the community.

The team thanks our 40 project partners, and the many communities and friends, it has worked with since 2004 who all share in the Award.

The Centre works with all communities across NSW to help them record their migration memories, heritage collections and places. Since 2004, communities have participated in shaping and researching over 40 heritage projects.  The Centre’s research, publications and exhibitions program is decentralised outside of the city of Sydney and produced in partnership with Local Government museums, galleries and libraries and community organisations. The joint and shared projects are later published and showcased for students and teachers in online exhibitions and books presented on the Centre’s website.

The team are currently managing heritage research projects in partnership with Local Government cultural institutions and culturally diverse communities in 9 regions – Newcastle Museum, Albury LibraryMuseum, Port Macquarie Glasshouse, Museum of the Riverina (Wagga Wagga), Illawarra Migration Heritage Project Inc. (Wollongong), Orange Regional Gallery, Tweed River Regional Museum (Murwillumbah), Hawkesbury Regional Museum (Windsor) and Hurstville City Museum and Library. A tenth project will commence shortly with Rockdale City Council (funded by the Federal Government) to research the history of ethnic community gatherings and activities in the Council’s many parks, reserves and gardens. Further details are in the Featured Research section of our website.

Lindie Ward and John Petersen
Photo by Paul Wright Photography 2012
Left to right – Powerhouse Museum curator Lindie Ward,
Ethnic Communities Council of NSW Vice Chair Lucas
Woo, and John Petersen, Former Manager, NSW Migration
Heritage Centre (2004-2012).