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Waves

Waves of Migration

Waves of Migration explores migration to Australia and the compelling stories of those who've come across the seas.

  • Learn about Australia's migration history and read personal stories of immigration
  • Read about the light show that was projected onto the museum’s roof in 2014.

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On their own 

On Their Own

Britain's Child Migrants 

From the 1860s, more than 100,000 children were sent from Britain to Canada, Australia and other Commonwealth countries through child migration schemes. They were sent by charitable and religious organisations, with government support, in the belief that their lives would improve, and that they would provide much-needed labour and increase the population.

Few were orphans; many came from families who were unable to care for them. The lives of these children changed dramatically and fortunes varied. Some succeeded in creating new futures. Others suffered lonely, brutal childhoods. All experienced disruption and separation from family and homeland.

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War brides

War Brides

Between 12,000 and 15,000 Australian women married American servicemen during World War II. Some made a life in the USA, while others returned to Australia, with or without their husbands following the war.

In this comprehensive online exhibition, you can meet the brides, learn about their courtships and life after marriage, and find out why some why some returned to Australia. View images of their lives here and in the USA and listen to oral history interviews with the war brides.

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