Immigration Museum seeks stories from the Australian public for new exhibition

The Immigration Museum is inviting people from all walks of life to share their memories and anecdotes for an exhibition exploring the diverse experience of becoming an adult.

Navigating the journey from childhood to adulthoodwith its assumed achievement of wisdom and maturityis an experience that is variously messy, emotional, often hilarious (in hindsight) and different for everyone.

It’s an assorted jumble-mix of hopes and dreams, first-times, milestones, stuff-ups, awkwardness, out-of-control hormones and discovery.

And the Immigration Museum is after it all: the good, the bad, the embarrassing, the triumphant, the monumental and the mundane: be it 50 years ago, or just last week. The museum is seeking to represent the experiences of people from a diverse range of cultures, ages and backgrounds.

Whether it centres on close friendships or a family drama, a memorable moment from school or university, a recount of an achievement or cultural milestone, or a coming of age story that crosses borders. It could also be an embarrassing moment, act of rebellion or an instance of learning something the hard way. Some people may like to share their firsts – first jobs, first days, first loves, first anything really!

The museum is asking people to share their photographs, diary entries, home videos, objects or other miscellaneous items that relate their stories.

Opening in April 2020, the exhibition (which is yet to be named) is being developed in-house under a co-creation model by a multi-talented team at Museums Victoria in collaboration with a diverse range of contributors and collaborators, including well-known personalities and members of the public.

“This exhibition reflects the Immigration Museum’s commitment to community engagement and giving space to people to contribute their own stories, in their own voices. We can’t wait to hear about the multitude of experiences held within people’s coming-of-age journeys,” Rohini Kappadath, general manager of the Immigration Museum said.

Members of the public are invited to submit their story by Friday 20 December via the Immigration Museum website.


Interviews available with: 

  • Rohini Kappadath, General Manager, Immigration Museum
  • Zoe Meagher, Experience Developer, Museums Victoria
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