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This is a free exhibition that will be very interesting
'A Ticket to Paradise?' is about human stories and it opened on the 8th March and will run till 19th May 2019.
There are many stories in this humane and interesting exhibition and one is about a Greek girl who was sent across the world to marry a man she had never met. There is also an African journalist fleeing for his life, and a stateless baby born in India to Iranian parents. These are just some of the human stories that feature in 'A Ticket to Paradise?' which has opened at the WA Shipwrecks Museum, Fremantle.
Another of the stories is about Maria-Lourdes Doronila who, in 1975 at the age of 15, migrated with her family to Australia from the Philippines. In his home town, her father had been persecuted for his work as a political journalist.
At this exhibition, you will learn about the rich, complex and very different existences of migrants and refugees who have settled in Australia. There will also be information about the promotional campaigns that convinced them to come here.
This is a new touring exhibition from the National Archives of Australia. It is fascinating at it explains the very rich diversity of Australian immigrants. It also touches on the government's ambitious plans after World War Two, when they were actively encouraging mass migration to Australia.
The National Archives curator Tracey Clarke said. "It has resulted in a community where, today, one-quarter of our population was born overseas, and nearly half of us have at least one parent born elsewhere."
The National Archives has a wealth of history about this immigration and this ranges from personal and family stories to government campaigns and policies. In 'A Ticket to Paradise?' they are trying to explain to the public that the migrant experience is diverse as the seven million people who came here from more than 200 different countries.
Australia's Department of Immigration was established in 1945 during the Chifley Government. This was done to encourage and select prospective immigrants and administer a large-scale immigration program to increase Australia's population.
The exhibition reveals the human aspect of migration. There are many recordings and stories of new and older personal tales. During this time, the Dutch and Italian communities became prominent in post-war European migration to Western Australia. This caused a revival in Western Australia after the wartime depression.
The government-run campaigns emphasised Australia's climate, beaches, jobs and housing. They pointed out that a safe home was welcome and sought after, after the atrocities of war. They also tried to emphasise that the immigrants need not fear what could arise in their new country as they would be safe here.
There is film footage as well as audio recordings. The exhibition features many images of migrants taken by the government photographers between the 1940s and 1990s. These photos were taken to enhance and drive the campaigns.
Now the National Archives, in conjunction with the Department of Home Affairs, has ensured that this exhibition will tour the whole of Australia. The National Archives and the Western Australian Museum are asking for post-war immigrants and their families to contribute their memories online at this link.