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Celebrating the success of Australian Migrants
TransferWise and International Towers have launched the 'Faces of Australia' photo exhibition.nThis is a poignant showcase of Australia's diverse cultural heritage and shows the contributions that migrants make to our communities.

There are about 20 curated images which are now on display in the ground foyers of International Towers at Barangaroo. They are on display at Tower Two and Tower Three foyers. Members of the public can view this exhibition on weekdays from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm until Thursday 31st January 2019.


While a picture tells a thousand words, these graphic images are accompanied by background stories to demonstrate the journey each migrant took in order to call Australia home.

The exhibition includes Igor Kreyman, the founder of social enterprise The Human Connection Movement. He arrived in Australia from the former USSR in 1991. This was a lonely time for Igor, who remembers the sadness at leaving behind his grandfather.

Also, Vietnamese refugee Diem Fuggersberger has added excitement to the lives of all Australians - he was the co-founder of Berger Ingredients in 2009. The company contributes to products which reach more than a million Australians each week.

Mahir Momand fled Afghanistan after being attacked by the Taliban. He is now the CEO of Thrive Refugee Enterprise and he has refined his painful experience and financial knowledge by encouraging entrepreneurship in new Australians.

You can read more fascinating stories about other migrants at this link.

The General Manager of International Towers is Tony Byrne and Tony has stated that this inspiring exhibition is not just about the stories and storytelling but also about the brilliantly photographed images.

Nicholas Lembo, TransferWise Australia Country Manager, said the exhibition puts a spotlight on what Australia looks like today - a diverse picture often overlooked by the images traditionally portrayed in mainstream media and advertising.

Community is a pillar of International Towers' culture, with the public spaces of the building used for artistic and community purpose.

This is part of 'Our Memory of a Nation' exhibition in Canberra and is a wall of photographs of Australians at work and at play.

'Faces of Australia' included 227 images chosen from around three million images in the National Archives' collection. Most of these were taken by photographers working for the Australian News and Information Bureau in the 1950s and '60s. These people had travelled around the country to record life in an increasingly well-off postwar country. These images depict the faces the Australian Government wanted to present to the world people at work and at play, who are paying tribute to and celebrating.

The reason for doing this is that Australia is a nation of migrants. More than half of us are born overseas or are the children of immigrant parents. Therefore, being an Australian means very different things for many different people.

TransferWise believes that being Australian is more about recognising where and who we are now and where we hope to go in the future, as much as where we've actually come from.

They believe lives and ideas "shouldn't be held back by borders." And because of this, they wanted to show exactly what Australia looks like today and the actual contributions that these many migrants make to our community.

These are the 'Faces of Australia' and their stories.
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Why? For an exhibition and photographs of immigrants and their stories
When: to 31st January 2019
Where: International Towers, 100 Barangaroo Ave, Barangaroo, NSW, 2000
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Wish my Italian immigrant parents (like many) story and photos were among the 'Faces of Australia; exhibition. Both came to Australia for a better life in 1925 and 1929, learned the language and embraced it's cultures and beliefs.
RIP Egidio COMELLI and Passatea VOLPE. Northern 'Fruilani' Italians.
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