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19 September 2007

Professor Mandy Thomas, Pro-Vice Chancellor at the Australian National University will launch Migration Memories, an exhibition providing a snapshot of Australian migration history, at the National Museum of Australia on Thursday, September 20 at 10.30am.

The exhibition is curated by Dr Mary Hutchison, Research Associate at the Australian National University. Mary worked with the residents of Lightning Ridge, NSW and Robinvale, VIC to develop two separate components of Migration Memories which have been shown separately in each location but will be brought together for the first time in Canberra.

Seven storytellers from each location share their personal experience of migration. The stories include significant migrations to both towns from European settlement to the present as well as Indigenous experiences of the changes brought by newcomers.

The National Museum presents Migration Memories in partnership with the Australian National University. The exhibition is part of the research for an Australian Research Council Linkage Project based at the University's Research School of the Humanities.

Some of the residents of Lightning Ridge and Robinvale who shared their stories as part of the Migration Memories project will attend the launch.

WHAT: Launch of Migration Memories

WHEN: 10.30am, Thursday September 20, 2007

WHERE: Nation Focus Gallery, National Museum of Australia

For interviews, images and more information please contact Dennis Grant on 02 6208 5351, 0409 916 481; Caroline Vero on 02 6208 5338, 0438 620 710 or

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