Throughout the project we have been fortunate to host or attend a number of events where we have met and spoken to former hostel residents. These occasions have been invaluable to our research and understanding of the lives of hostel residents.

Past events

29 - 30 September 2014
Hostel Stories held a conference on the 29th and 30th of September. You can view the program for Reflecting on the Past, Looking Forward on our conference page.
30 September 2014
Hostel Stories would like to thank everyone who attended our public lecture featuring a panel of experts which was held on the evening of the 30th of September. The night was a great success and gave everyone a lot to think about regarding the future of immigration to Australia.
24 August 2014
On Sunday the 24th of August over 60 former residents attended the Pennington Migrant Centre Reunion: Remembering the Pennington Migrant Centre 1970-1994 hosted by the Vietnamese Community in Australia SA Chapter.
April - May 2014
On April 11-12 and May 9-10 this year we hosted a series of eight hostel reunions at the Migration Museum. Guests were given the chance to visit the exhibition, chat with other hostel residents, share photographs and stories, and eat a fantastic morning or afternoon tea. The events were a great success and we would like to thank everyone who came along and participated.
30 November 2013 - 30 September 2014
Hostel Stories: Migrant Lives ran from November 2013 to September 2014 at the Migration Museum. The exhibition told migrant stories through official records, objects and personal stories.
8 October 2013
Project partners Charles Sturt Council opened the new Pennington Gardens Reserve and hostel memorial on the 8th of October 2013. The park features an engraved pathway featuring names of families who lived at the hostel, interpretive signs, and a representation of a Nissen hut and is located between Arthur St and Morias Pl, Pennington.
July 2013
Each Tuesday in July 2013 Hostel Stories researchers Daniella Pilla and Karen Agutter attended social events hosted by a project partner, the Vietnamese Community in Australia (SA Branch), where they spoke to former residents about their experiences in the hostels.
May 2013
As part of About Time 2013 the team presented a number of public talks across Adelaide. This gave us a chance to share our research and to hear your stories, many of which have been invaluable to the project.
16 April 2013
In April 2013 project team member Karen Agutter presented at the "Shake Your Family Tree" event hosted by the National Archives of Australia.