back to the sixties

From the National Archives of Australia there’s a photograph and a story about the immigrants to Poatina – a village in Tasmania that was the home of migrant workers on a large hydro-electric project in the 1960s.

Today the village is open for accommodation in various forms.  The Chalet, now run by the Golden Chain group as a motel, boasts this amazing 60s retro space with picture window bush views.  Minus my trusty camera that I left at the airport for an unplanned holiday, these pics are courtesy of my iPhone. Check out the anodised lamps and the wonderful colour palette in the room.

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Immigration to Australia – a chequered history


The Rockhampton Morning Bulletin on 8 August 1901 reported on The Immigration Restriction Act, where pre-federation state laws were brought together under the new Commonwealth Parliament. The restrictions do not make for pretty reading.

The original document can be found here at the National Archives of Australia.

Museum Victoria has a short summary of the White Australia Policy which officially ended with the introduction of the Racial Discrimination Act in 1975.

A recent article in The Australian indicates that many Australians still struggle with activating the W word – Welcome.

For first perspectives on undesirable immigration in Australia, the seven-part SBS television production First Australians is a wonderful source.