EVERY STORY COUNTS recording migration history A WOLLONGONG CASE STUDY
Recording information for MHP Publication Every Story Counts. Arthur Mandicos interviewing Rina Montgomery
In May 2003 a community workshop was conducted at the Greek
Community Hall in Atchison Street. 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>>>>