Childhood Memories Of Migration

Eilish McNeice with a
friend at Cabramatta
Migrant Hostel, 1959,
courtesy Desmond

Who’s involved
Fairfield City Museum & Gallery
Fairfield City Council
Migration Heritage Centre
Powerhouse Museum
NSW Ministry for the Arts

When and where

Project location: Smithfield, SW Sydney
Project status: Completed project
Date of completion: June 2003

Project description

Through stories, keepsakes, photographs and an interactive DVD, this exhibition explores the personal experiences of children who lived in Villawood (Westbridge) and Cabramatta hostels from the 1950s to 1990s.

The journeys of six child migrants are traced from homeland to hostel to home, and are linked by a common thread including loss of home, friends and family; language problems; dificulties at school and work; and unfamiliar food in the hostels.

Project contact

Susan Hutchinson – Coordinator
Fairfield City Museum and Gallery

Phone 02 9609 3993
Fax 02 9757 4357


Cnr The Horsley Dr & Oxford St
Smithfield NSW 2164