The Migration Heritage Project
To define, record, protect and promote migrant
heritage in Wollongong and Illawarra.
The Migration Heritage Project is a community initiative designed
to protect and promote the heritage of Illawarra's diverse cultural
communities. The project aims to achieve this goal by linking
with a wide range of communities, talking about the importance
of protecting our heritage and providing the resources that groups
and individuals need to record and celebrate their heritage.
- Curated and exhibited a selection of migration heritage items
and stories in separate exhibtions.
- Conducted a Thematic Study on Post World War 2 Migrants.
- eBook focussing on the working life, migrant heritage and the textile, clothing and footwear industry in Wollongong 1940s to 1970s
- Developing a book to be published on how to document migrant history in the Illawarra.
- Researching pioneers of the Illawarra from diverse cultural backgrounds from settlement to the1930s (pre World War 2).
- Helped save the remaining buildings of the Fairy Meadow migrant
hostel from destruction by working with the University of Wollongong.
Known as the Nissen Huts, the buildings are now on the New South
Wales State Heritage Register.
- Documented exciting home movie footage that represents the experiences and lifestylse of the Illawarra migrant community.
- Provided content from the thematic study for an exhbition and a performance piece based on 'First Accommodation' during the 2009 Viva la Gong Festival as well as material for further research into the textile, clothing and footwear industry currently in its final stages.
- Developed and ran workshops, and developed a list of resources to help groups and
individuals document heritage material.
- Provided support and advice for publications from within the community.
- Keeping the community informed of news and projects
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Become a member
If Illawarra’s cultural heritage matters to you, you may want to
stay in touch with MHP and become a member.
For further information:
Migration Heritage Project
PO Box 1589
South Coast Mail Centre
Wollongong NSW 2521
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With support from
The Migration Heritage Project acknowledges the support of the following: IMB Community Foundation, Wollongong City Council Community and Cultural Services and the University of Wollongong