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Migrant Women

Ieva Saulis, front right, with her family in 1950s. Source: Ieva Saulis

Michael Atkin, Migrant women’s experiences showcased in Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery exhibition, ABC News, 18 March 2016

A new exhibition has recreated the homes of Tasmania’s post-war migrant women, allowing visitors to immerse themselves in their unexplored worlds.

At the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG) people can walk into a 1950s kitchen and hear women chatting on a Bakelite radio or stride into a gaudy ’70s living room and flick through a photo album.

The Snapshot Photography and Migrant Women exhibition was curated by Dr Nicola Goc from the University of Tasmania, who was inspired to share stories about the thousands of women who migrated to Tasmania between 1945 and 1975.

“I really wanted to recreate the sitting rooms, the kitchens and the bedrooms from the periods in which they migrated so the women can come in and go, ‘Oh, wow, I know that photo, I know that picture, that setting is so familiar to what I had’,” Dr Goc said.

“Through that immersive experience of sitting down and looking through the photo albums that I’ve recreated, the women are really starting to think about the past life that they’ve had.”

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