Post-war, thousands of migrant women from Britain and Europe arrived in Tasmania, and along with migrant men and children they were part of the largest number of free migrants to arrive in such a short period of time in the island state.
This exhibition will give Tasmanians the chance to hear the fascinating stories of these migrant women, told through their snapshots and their own voices retelling their experiences.
These stories have been collected by Dr Nicolá Goc, Researcher at the University of Tasmania, by using snapshot photographs to assist the women in recalling their memories of their migrant experience.
Their stories show how they made sense of the experience of migration, and expressed feelings of longing and loss, hope and aspiration through their family photographs.
Also, accompanying the exhibition is a video display in the Argyle Foyer titled Everyone is Human: Stories of Recent Migration, which presents the stories of six migrants who have arrived in the state since 2004.
In this display visitors can view the stories of refugees fleeing violence and persecution, an aspiring Manga artist and a dynamic cricketer, all of whom now call Tasmania home. The interviews provide a deep insight into their lives and remind us that despite superficial differences everyone is human.
In addition, on the opening day of the exhibition – Friday 18 March 2016 – TMAG will be hosting a special late night opening as part of Harmony Week celebrations. All are invited to join in the fun, food and entertainment from 4:00 pm – 8:30 pm – free admission.