Photographs and memorabilia
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 email@example.com
Fascinating: The Memories in my Luggage exhibition will be open throughout the Benalla Festival.