The Migration Heritage Project
To define, record, protect and promote migrant
heritage in Wollongong and the Illawarra.
The Migration Heritage Project is a community initiative designed
to protect and promote the heritage of Illawarra's diverse cultural
communities. The project aims to achieve this goal by linking
with a wide range of communities, talking about the importance
of protecting our heritage and providing the resources that groups
and individuals need to record and celebrate their heritage.
MHP is an independent group, not aligned to any government or
business interests, with strong support from the wider community.
Our representatives come from cultural organisations and clubs,
from local and state government, from service providers and from
the University of Wollongong. Membership of MHP is open, however
you do not need to be a member of our group to be involved in
our work. We received funding from the IMB Community Foundation
in 2002 and in-kind support from Wollongong City Council &
the University of Wollongong as well as funding and support from
the Migration Heritage Centre NSW.
One of our priorities is to continue linking with community groups
and involving them in workshops demonstrating how to protect and
promote their cultural heritage. To help with this process, we
have produced a brochure called “Documenting the Migration
Heritage of the Illawarra”, as well as an information package
and other tools. We are identifying new sources of funding and
support, and linking community groups with funding sources for
their own projects.
- Curated and exhibited a selection of migration heritage items
and stories in separate exhibtions.
- Conducted a Thematic Study on Post World War 2 Migrants.
- eBook focussing on the working life, migrant heritage and the
textile, clothing and footwear industry in Wollongong 1940s to
- Published a book in October 2015 on how to document migrant
history featuring stories in the Illawarra.
- Researching pioneers of the Illawarra from diverse cultural
backgrounds from settlement to the1930s (pre World War 2).
- Helped save the remaining buildings of the Fairy Meadow
migrant hostel from destruction by working with
the University of Wollongong. Known as the
Nissen Huts, the buildings are now on the New South
Wales State Heritage Register.
- Documented exciting home movie footage that represents the
experiences and lifestylse of the Illawarra migrant community.
- Provided content from the thematic study for an exhbition and
a performance piece based on 'First Accommodation' during the 2009
Viva la Gong Festival as well as material for further research
into the textile, clothing and footwear industry currently in its
- Developed and ran workshops, and developed a list of resources
to help groups and individuals document heritage
- Provided support and advice for publications from within the
- Keeping the community informed of news and projects.
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Become a member
If Illawarra’s cultural heritage matters to you, you may want to
stay in touch with MHP and become a member.
For further information:
Migration Heritage Project
PO Box 1589
South Coast Mail Centre
Wollongong NSW 2521
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With support from
The Migration Heritage Project acknowledges the support of the following: IMB Community Foundation, Wollongong City Council Community and Cultural Services and the University of Wollongong