Recording Migration Heritage
 – A Wollongong Case Study

Every Story Counts encourages the recording of experiences and local knowledge of post-Second World War migration and settlement.

Every Story Counts is not only for the people of the Illawarra but for all Australians; for clubs, historical societies, museums, family historians and for all people researching and caring for heritage places.

Every Story Counts is a great resource for teachers and students of history providing a thematic framework that can help identify and understand the relevance and significance of migration, including starting a conversation about their own family heritage and the heritage of others.

Every Story Counts has Wollongong stories and migrants featured as case studies to record people’s stories and the places, objects and collections associated with those stories.  Not just another “how to” book these featured stories connect you to people who have lived this experienced giving a personal, new and first-hand perspective on Australian History.  Behind every ‘ordinary house’ is an extraordinary story and our photo albums and family mementos inside can hold the key to special community memories.

Every Story Counts can get you started on your story, your family’s story, your community’s story.

Every Story Counts winner of a Highly Commended Award at the 2016 National Trust Australia (NSW) Heritage Awards in the Education and Interpretation Category and nominated for the 2016 NSW Premier’s History 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.

This book 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.

The book 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. This book is presented in two parts. Part one is the 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.

Recording information for MHP Publication 'Every Story Count's. Arthur Mandicos interviewing (the late) Rina Montgomery.
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