Kimlik (n.) 1. an individual, family, community, national or social identity shaping people’s behaviour; 2. an identity card held by Turkish citizens.
The first assisted-passage migrants from Turkey arrived in Melbourne following a groundbreaking agreement between Australia and Turkey on 15 November 1968. This initial group of assisted migrants arrived to find themselves in a society where almost no one spoke their language, there were no places of religious worship and halal foods were difficult to find.
Since that time, numerous mosques and meeting places have been established, and Melbourne’s Turkish community is now into its fourth generation, comprising a variety of different ethnic and religious backgrounds.
Kimlik, presented by the Turkish Moreland Association, includes a small number of stories showing how Turkish identity is expressed in Australia. For every story it tells, there are many thousands of others.