Generations: Photographs by Louise Whelan

Generations: Photographs by Louise Whelan

Photographs recording the stories of newly arrived migrants and refugees.

PAST EXHIBITIONExhibition
Friday 1 March 2019 to Sunday 18 August 2019
  1. Today
    1. 9 am to 8 pm
  2. Tomorrow
    1. 9 am to 8 pm
  3. Thursday
    1. 9 am to 8 pm
  4. Friday
    1. 9 am to 5 pm
  5. Saturday
    1. 10 am to 5 pm
  6. Sunday
    1. 10 am to 5 pm
  7. Monday
    1. 9 am to 8 pm
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Generations: Photographs by Louise Whelan


Each year, approximately 190,000 people migrate to Australia. Most come to work or be near family, and less than 10% have a refugee background.


Over the past five years, the Library has engaged Louise Whelan to photograph and record the stories of newly arrived migrants and refugees. Included among her photographs are many children who are reshaping their lives in a new country. This display offers a glimpse into how the next generation is using its voices and actions to redefine our society. 

A selection of Louise Whelan's oral interviews can be found here

Level 1, Macquarie St building. 

Photograph of girl standing in a line, dancing in brightly coloured costumes.

Oz Afrique dance troupe at Cabramatta High School, 2012, Louise Whelan

Stories from our migrant and refugee communities

The interviews delve into the personal stories of recently arrived migrants and their new lives in New South Wales, starting from birth and childhood and covering the (often harrowing) reasons they were compelled to leave their homes and seek safety in another country.

Celebration: Jewish community photographs

The images from this collection take us into the lives of a Sydney community, revealing its religious and community events.

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