FIRST GENERATION PORTRAIT EXHIBITION

 

These people have been photographed where they first lived when they came to Wollongong after World War II. First generation migrants stayed in friends' garages, in boarding houses, government hostels or tents in Stuart Park and Towradgi. They often met others in a similar situation who became lifelong friends.

Photographer Mayu Kanamori's work for First Generation was inspired by the MHP Migration Places Project.

 

All photographs by © Mayu Kanamori 2009 unless otherwise stated as historical photo. © Mayu Kanamori 2009 / Wollongong City Council / MHP

 

Nissen Hut Berkeley

Nissen Huts, Berkeley Hostel, south-west view, early 1950’s, Illawarra Images, from the collections of Wollongong City Library and the Illawarra Historical Society. Historical photo.

Stephen Lappin at Fairy Meadow Hostel. Migrated from Netherlands in 1951. Photo by George Lappin. Historical photo.

Margaret and George Lappin at their first place of accommodation, a remaining Nissen hut at former Fairy Meadow Hostel site. Migrated from Scotland in 1969.

Stephen Lappin at his first place of accommodation, a remaining Nissen hut at former Fairy Meadow Hostel site. Migrated from Scotland in 1969.

Vincenzo Cerone next to garage where his family lived in Primbee. Migrated from Italy 1962.

Ljubica Vasilevska in front of her first place of accommodation and first home in Wollongong. Migrated from Macedonia in 1967.

Peter Popovski at his first place of accommodation, a former boarding house in Port Kembla. Migrated from Macedonia in 1963.

Nell and Marie Schelle on their sister’s wedding day at their home in Bulli. Circa 1960. Migrated from Netherlands in 1954. Historical photo.

Aleksandar Karanfi lovski at his first place of accommodation, a former boarding house in Port Kembla. Migrated from Macedonia in 1963.

Giulia Bonacina at her first place of accommodation, one of the remaining Nissen huts at the former Fairy Meadow hostel site. Migrated from Italy in 1961.

Geraldine van Duin in front of the original garage, which housed her family at Corrimal. Migrated from Netherlands in 1954.

Maureen and Alan Hawker at their first place of accommodation, the Cabbage Tree Motel. Migrated from England in 1969.

Rental receipts which allowed Nell van Duin’s mother to pay off their home. The rent was similar to paying off a mortgage.

Jadwiga Socha at her first home in Corrimal. Migrated from Poland via Russia, Iran, Iraq and Lebanon in 1950.

Joke Johanna Dekken at Stuart Park. Migrated from Netherlands in 1951.

Pedro Abarca at his first place of accommodation, a remaining Nissen hut at former Fairy Meadow Hostel site. Migrated from Chile in 1970.

Beatriz Pestana at her first place of accommodation, an original garage in Warrawong. Migrated from Portugal in1973.

Pamela and Peter Morelli’s original passport used to migrate from Ireland in 1966.

John Garcia at his home in Warrawong where his family built their first home by hand. Migrated from Spain via France in 1956.

Ludwik Ihnat at his first place of accommodation, a family board in Thirroul. Migrated from Ukraine in 1949.

Nell Van Duin in the kitchen of her home in Bulli. Owner built with building and rooms brought over from Netherlands. Migrated from Netherlands in 1954.

Sigi Kaiserfeld at his first place of accommodation at the former Unanderra Hostel site. Migrated from Austria in 1958.

Johan Pronk at Towradgi Park beach near where his first accommodation tent was pitched. Migrated from Netherlands in 1952.

Kurt F. Loeberbauer at his first place of accommodation, the former Unanderra Hostel site. Migrated from Austria in 1957.

Pamela and Peter Morelli overlooking their first place of accommodation, the former Berkeley Hostel site. Migrated from Ireland in 1966.

Quach Beo at her first place of accommodation at former Fairy Meadow Hostel.