EVERY STORY COUNTS: RECORDING MIGRATION HERITAGE A WOLLONGONG CASE STUDY
Recording information for MHP Publication 'Every Story Count's. Arthur Mandicos interviewing
(the late) Rina Montgomery
In May 2003 a community workshop was conducted at the Greek Community Hall in Atchison Street, Wollongong. People from a variety of communities brought objects and answered questions about historical themes developed by Meredith Walker, a heritage consultant.
As a result the MHP developed an overview of migration to the Illawarra that resulted in a book published in October 2015 called Every Story Counts: Recording Migration Heritage that is both informative and practical enough to encourage others to begin recording their own stories. This project was funded by the Migration Heritage Centre in Sydney and is available not only to the Wollongong community but also to communities throughout NSW.
Every Story Counts: Recording Migration Heritage is designed to guide people in recording, understanding and interpreting local migration histories. Commissioned by the Illawarra Migration Heritage Project and written by Meredith Walker, Every Story Counts maintains that there is no ‘one-way’ of recording migration experiences. Instead, it offers a framework and practical suggestions that encourage individuals and groups to follow themes in shaping their stories; telling the good and the not-so-good.
“Too often heritage is perceived as a rarefied domain; the prerogative of historians, academics and museum curators,” Migration Heritage Project chair, Franca Facci, commented. “The MHP believes that heritage is everyone’s business and that there is an important place for first-hand perspectives of migration and settlement in shaping our nation’s identity”.
For more information on the book go to Resources>>>>