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Every Story Counts Recording Migration Heritage
A Wollongong Case Study

Awarded a Highly Commended
Education and Interpretation Category
2016 National Trust Australia (NSW) Heritage Awards


Recording migration heritage, and in particular people’s memories of migration and settlement, provides first-hand perspectives on Australian history.

Meredith Walker’s thematic framework provides a new and innovative approach to recording the migration experience. It gives voice to memories which would not be heard or shared and ones which are rarely documented formally. They are however, part of the kaleidoscope of stories that bring us together as a nation.

Every Story Counts is for all people to encourage them to record their experiences and local knowledge of post-Second World War migration and settlement. It is also for clubs, historical societies and museums, and for all people researching and caring for heritage places to research, record and collect migration heritage. Wollongong stories and migrants are featured as case studies to record people's stories and the places, objects and collections associated with those stories.

Every Story Counts is presented in themes to assist to interpret the relevance and significance of the information and more importantly to communicate the messages to a wider audience

Every Story Counts is presented in two part:. Part one is themes of migration and outlines the history of post-Second World War migration to Australia and settlement using eleven historical themes. Part two provides ten suggestions for recording your migration stories and tips for getting started.

"Behind every 'ordinary house' is an extraordinary story and our photo albums and family mementos inside can hold the key to special community memories."

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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

Email: mhp@1earth.net


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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