MIGRATION-Stories from Banyule reveals fourteen personal journeys of migration by and about people originally from the Aeolian islands, England, the Greek islands, Italy, Malta, Slovenia and Poland who came to Australia by ship, disembarked at Port Melbourne, and now call Australia Home.
Watsonia Library is pleased to host the launch of this publication as part of YPRL's Local History Month program on Saturday 7 October 2.00pm - 4.00pm.
This publication can be viewed as a vessel for transporting previously untold, unwritten and unheard family journeys. And while a great deal remains to be told, each story is significant, not simply because some of the Memory Keepers started life as young immigrants who experienced long, perilous and circuitous sea journeys before reaching Australia; or whose mother tongue belonged to ‘a language other than English’; whose parents would have been regarded ‘working class’; and who in a single generation, broke barriers of adversity and flourished as highly respected members of the community, as artists, politicians, business operators, volunteers and thinkers. But essentially because each family narrative found between the pages of Migration- Stories from Banyule introduces us to each other, reveals the story behind the story of who we are, where we came from, and why we call Australia home.