Pho­to­graphs and mem­o­ra­bilia

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The Sir Ed­ward Weary Dun­lop Learn­ing Cen­tre at Be­nalla Li­brary will host the Mem­o­ries in my Lug­gage ex­hi­bi­tion through­out the Be­nalla Fes­ti­val in Novem­ber.

Mem­o­ries in my Lug­gage is a trav­el­ling ex­hi­bi­tion of pho­to­graphs and mem­o­ra­bilia high­light­ing Ger­man mi­gra­tion to Aus­tralia from 1935 to 1956.

It is pre­sented by Ger­man-born au­thor Sabine Nielsen who mi­grated to Aus­tralia in 1972.

‘‘You can re­lo­cate your home and find a new home­land, but Heimat is what you carry inside: your mem­o­ries, your con­nec­tions to a place and peo­ple, a feel­ing of be­long­ing to your roots,’’ Ms Nielsen said.

‘‘By step­ping into the world of mi­grants, ar­riv­ing here from war torn Europe, we ex­plore the mi­gra­tion ex­pe­ri­ence.

‘‘The sto­ries will res­onate with the ex­pe­ri­ences of many mi­grants and refugees who have left their home­land to start a new life in Aus­tralia.’’

Be­nalla’s Ger­man Kaf­fee and Kuchen Group have do­nated items and mem­o­ries from their lug­gage to be dis­played in the ex­hi­bi­tion.

Guest speaker and Ger­man im­mi­grant Sabine Smyth said the ex­hi­bi­tion was an op­por­tu­nity to ex­plore the mi­gra­tion ex­pe­ri­ence.

‘‘Be­ing in­volved with this ex­hi­bi­tion prompted a very per­sonal and mean­ing­ful con­ver­sa­tion about the things that we brought from our home coun­try that are most pre­cious to us,’’ Ms Smyth said.

The ex­hi­bi­tion will be launched at 7 pm on Wednesday, Novem­ber 1, when Ms Smyth and Joe Za­jac will share their ex­pe­ri­ences as mi­grants to Aus­tralia.

Tra­di­tional Euro­pean cakes will be pro­vided from the Ger­man Kaf­fee and Kuchen Group.

To as­sist with cater­ing re­quire­ments, book­ings are re­quired by Mon­day, Octo- ber 30, by phon­ing the Be­nalla Li­brary.

The Mem­o­ries in my Lug­gage ex­hi­bi­tion com­ple­ments the Be­nalla Mi­grant Camp week­end cel­e­bra­tions and the 50th an­niver­sary of the camp’s clo­sure in 1967.

For more in­for­ma­tion, phone the Be­nalla Li­brary on (03) 5762 2069 or email li­brary@be­

Fas­ci­nat­ing: The Mem­o­ries in my Lug­gage ex­hi­bi­tion will be open through­out the Be­nalla Fes­ti­val.

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