The Victorian Archives Centre, at 99 Shiel Street North Melbourne, plays host to regular displays of original records from our collection as well as touring exhibitions about Victorian stories.
From May until 16 September 2016, the National Archives of Australia will be showing their exhibition A Place To Call Home? Migrant Hostel Memories.
More than 7.5 million immigrants have arrived in Australia since World War II. With hundreds of thousands of new arrivals, housing was at a premium. Former army and air force camps were converted into hostels to provide temporary accommodation while immigrants found homes and jobs. Snakes in the laundry, dreary meals of mutton and a British reluctance to shower are just some of the memories post-war immigrants have shared in this exhibition.
‘While this latest exhibition is based around photographs held in our collection, it is these human recollections, both good and bad, that bring it to life,’ said National Archives curator Amy Lay.
No bookings required, entry is FREE.
Monday to Friday: 10:00 am to 4:30 pm (excl. public holidays)
Plus the second and last Saturday of every month.