Migration from the Netherlands to Australia has many facets. This project focuses on immigrants who moved to Australia from the post-war Netherlands and their life histories. These life histories can be reconstructed on the basis of the registration systems used at the time. In these systems, records were kept for the migrants from the moment they applied to the moment that they settled in their new home country – and sometimes even long afterwards. These records show how migrants fared after arriving in Australia, both individually and as a group. ‘Migrant: Mobilities and Connection’ is intended to allow for the comparison of different subgroups in a longitudinal perspective on the basis of e.g. origins, religion or health. By taking the migrants’ cultural heritage on board in the study, the project is intended to cast new light on the circulation and adaptation of Dutch values in a new environment, and how these values – changed and enriched by new experiences – then found their way back to the Netherlands via the migrants’ contacts with their country of origin.
Source: Australia & New Zealand Bank Limited, Australia, circa 1960. Migration Collection, Museum Victoria.
One of the research components is matching Dutch migration cards with Australian immigration records. Marijke van Faassen spoke with SBS Radio Australia about this subject, during of the Global Digital Humanities Conference in Sydney. Listen to the podcast.
Rik Hoekstra also gave an interview about the progress of the project “Migration, Moblitiy and Connection”.with SBS Radio Australia , during a workshop at the University of Western Sydney. Listen to the podcast.
– dr. Nonja Peters, Adjunct Associate Professor, Curtin University Sustainability Policy Institute (CUSP), Perth
– prof. dr. Paul Arthur, Chair Digital Humanities and Social Sciences, Edith Cowan University, Perth
– dr. Jason Ensor, Research & Technical Development Manager – Digital Humanities, University of Western Sydney