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Migration Memories

Migration Memories

Migration Memories

Migration Memories explored stories from the diverse regional communities of Lightning Ridge and Robinvale.

About the exhibition

Migration has played a major role in Australia's history. This exhibition explored the stories of 14 people from a diverse range of cultural backgrounds who live in two distinctly different parts of the country: the opal-mining town of Lightning Ridge in New South Wales, and the Murray River town of Robinvale in Victoria.

Community members worked with curator Mary Hutchison to select objects and stories relating to their migration experience. These collaborations resulted in two exhibitions — at the Lightning Ridge Historical Society in August 2006 and at Robinvale Leisure Centre in June 2007 — combined here as Migration Memories: Researching Migration in Regional Australia.

Mary, the contributors and the Lightning Ridge and Robinvale communities welcomed visitors to their exhibition and invited them to share in their stories.

Migration Memories was on show at the National Museum of Australia from 14 September to 28 November 2007 in the Nation Focus Gallery.

About the research project

Migration Memories was developed with the assistance of an Australian Research Council Linkage Grant. Project partners are the Research School of Humanities at the Australian National University and the National Museum of Australia.

Photographs of people.