Tag Archive: immigration

Displaced Persons and Public Memory

by Jayne Persian, Department of History, University of Sydney

Around 170,000 Displaced Persons (DPs) arrived in Australia between 1947 and 1952. The DPs were sent to reception and training centres upon arrival before commencing a two-year indentured labour contract. There were 13 camps in total, with Bonegilla (Vic) the largest and longest-lived, holding Read more »

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Broadening the Scope of Historical Enquiry into Australian Refugee Policy

by Robert Carr, Researcher, Department of History and Politics, University of Wollongong


Executive summary

  • This article examines the administration of immigration and border controls as instruments of national security, commonly subject to political contestation of a high order.
  • The task of contemporary historians is to revise and probe at the assumptions Read more »

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The Bonegilla Riot, July 1961: Maintaining favourable Impressions of the Postwar Immigration Program

by Bruce Pennay OAM, Adjunct Associate Professor, Charles Sturt University


Executive summary

  • This month marks the fiftieth anniversary of the Bonegilla Riot.
  • Newcomer non-compliance prompts administrative reviews that can lead to shifts in policies and practices.
  • Non-compliance that leads to violence attracts media attention, which almost invariably gives rise Read more »

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Contentious Past, Contentious Present? Immigration Nation and the Origins of Australia’s Multiculturalism

by Adele Garnier and Mandy Kretzschmar, PhD Candidates, Modern History, Politics and International Relations, Macquarie University/University of Leipzig


Executive summary

  • The Gillard government has recently argued that multiculturalism is in Australia’s national interest. Yet multiculturalism remains a contentious political issue.

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