Exhibition in the works / by Helga Salwe

In the Canberra Archives there is a collection of more than 300,000 immigration cards, each containing basic information about the migrants who came to Australia after the Second World War. Name, nationality, eye colour, distinguishing scars – and a passport size photograph.  I was captivated by the images of the children in particular, their confused, frightened and brave faces, staples carelessly piercing their tiny bodies.  I’m in the process of editing these pictures for an exhibition to be held at the former Benalla Migrant Camp.