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May 2019

Talk: Post War British Migrant Ships

May 4 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
City of Canada Bay Museum, 1 Bent Street
Concord, NSW 2137 Australia
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In 1945 the Chifley Government created the Assisted Passage Migration Scheme.  Australia needed an influx of 70,000 migrants a year to substantially increase the population and to supply workers for the country's booming industries. In return for subsidising the cost of travelling to Australia - adult migrants were charged only ten pounds and migrant scheme children travelled free of charge - the Government promised employment prospects, affordable housing and a generally more optimistic lifestyle.  The only catch was that if…

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June 2019

Talk: Prince Alfred Park

June 1 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
City of Canada Bay Museum, 1 Bent Street
Concord, NSW 2137 Australia
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In his talk, Stuart Read will tell us all about Prince Alfred Park - an under-appreciated city park where Sydney's first inter-colonial expo (part of the 'crystal Palace' world expo movement) took place. He will highlight the park's various phases of evolution through to what we enjoy today. He has side stories on world exhibitions, fashion and taste, native plant use, the industrial revolution, notions of self-image, royalty and changing uses of our open spaces. Please feel free to forward…

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