Museum receives grant to commemorate migrant camp
The Greta Migrant Camp will be the subject of a commemorative exhibition at Maitland Regional Museum later this year, with June marking 70 years since the first migrants arrived.
The museum has been awarded $2770 from Multicultural NSW Grants Program to hold the exhibition, Old Worlds: New Beginnings, which will enable the printing of information panels, production of a pamphlet, room hire and a videographer to produce a mini-documentary.
The exhibition will include interviews with former residents and contributed artifacts.
“In June 1949, a group of 600 refugees – many of them families displaced by World War II – arrived at a disused army camp in Greta,” Museum president Janece McDonald said.
“It was the beginning of their new life in Australia.
“This exhibition seeks to highlight the social, economic and cultural contribution these people, and many subsequent migrants, made to the Maitland region.”