Stories of Migration
Throughout history, migration has occurred during periods of both peace and war. An individual’s decision to leave their homeland may be for reasons of religious freedom, to flee persecution, or to make a better life. When European colonisation of Australia began with the arrival of the First Fleet in 1788, Indigenous peoples had been living here for more than 50,000 years. Since the 19th century, Australia has witnessed the arrival of numerous waves of migrants, including those seeking fortune during the Gold Rush, those fleeing war-torn Europe after the Second World War and refugees from Vietnam, Africa and the Middle East. Works held by the Library range from emigrant guides and passenger log books to pamphlets and artists’ books.