ACT Heritage Library Manuscript Collection

HMSS 0275 1955 Oral History Project

Scope and Content Notes

 

Call Number

HMSS 0275

Collection 

1955 Oral History Project

Date Range

1950-2006 

Quantity

0.18m (1 manuscript box)

Access Conditions

open

Copying conditions

with attribution

Related Collections

 

The ACT Heritage Library and the Migrant Resource Centre partnered in 2004 to document post war-migrant experiences of Canberra.

The project was assisted by funding made available by the ACT Government under the Department of Urban Services Community Partnership Program. 

Historian Barry York interviewed the following migrants who settled in or about Canberra in the mid 1950s

Hilary Merrit (British Community), Anna Skurowski (Polish community), Helmut Frei (Austrian / German Communities), Ann Penders and Bert Penders (Dutch Community) and Connie Smith (British Community) as representatives of the most populous migrant communities in Canberra in 1955. 

He also included earlier interviews with Guiseppe Catlado (Italian community) and Paul Carbone (Maltese community) in the material collected.

The interviews were edited and dramatically recreated by for a DVD made available to ACT Schools, titled Coming to Canberra 1955

Box List

Box Number Description Qty Date Range
1

Constance Irene Smith

Interview by Dr Barry York on 1 December 2005.

CD of interview recording, Interview transcription, interviewee’s release document

1 file 2005
1

Anna Surowski

Interview by Dr Barry York on 28 October 2005.

CD of interview recording, Interview transcription

1 file 2005
1

Hilary Merrit

Interview by Dr Barry York on 28 October 2005.

CD of interview recording, Interview transcription

1 file 2005
1

Bert Penders

Interview by Dr Barry York on 26 October 2005.

CD of interview recording, Interview transcription

1 file 2005
1

Anna Penders

Interview by Dr Barry York on 24 November 2005.

CD of interview recording, Interview transcription

1 file 2005
1

Helmut Frei

Interview by Dr Barry York on 29 Novemberr 2005.

CD of interview recording, Interview transcription, interviewee’s release document

1 file 2005
1

Guiseppse Cataldo

Interview by Dr Barry York on 11 June 1988.

2 CDs of interview recording, 1 cassette interview recording Interview transcription,

1 file 1988
1

Paul Carbone

Interview by Dr Barry York on 15 September 1987..

2 CDs of interview recording, 1 cassette interview recording Interview transcription,

1 file 1987
1 Coming to Canberra 1955 1 DVD 2006