Your Story, Our Story: Charting WA’s history of migration
Most Australian families have come from somewhere else.
A nation of migrants, we are bonded by our belief in a fair go and the right to wear thongs as formal wear.
Our journeys are varied but many have overcome the tyranny of distance and war to call Australia home.
From making it out of sprawling refugee camps or being a prisoner of war to surviving shipwrecks and pretending to be a boy to avoid the Taliban — all roads leading to Australia are different.
For others, like Noongar elder Walter McGuire, the journey was not as arduous and migration poses a much more complicated issue.
Read and watch this seven part series, where Lily Hoffmann uncovers your history, in all of our stories.
- PART ONE: ‘Without the first story, there is no story’ — Noongar elder Walter McGuire
- PART TWO: From POW camp to ‘one of the lucky ones’ — Erich Weigold
- PART THREE: From Sicilian struggle to Spud King — Tony Gelati
- PART FOUR: From ten pound Pom to true blue Aussie — Jim Ransom
- PART FIVE: How harrowing journey helped find an identity in WA — Mai Nguyen
- PART SIX: Escape from war, to refugee camp and AFLW stardom — Akec Chuot
- PART SEVEN: Disguised as a boy to survive the Taliban — Rahila Haidari
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