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I've Been Working On The Railway

When:

Wed 14 May 2014, 9:00am–5:00pm
Thu 15 May 2014, 9:00am–5:00pm
Fri 16 May 2014, 9:00am–5:00pm
Sat 17 May 2014, 9:00am–5:00pm
Sun 18 May 2014, 9:00am–5:00pm

Where: National Archives of Australia, Queen Victoria Terrace, Barton, ACT

Restrictions: All Ages

Listed by: NationalArchives

The untold stories and proud history of Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and Australian South Sea Islander people who helped build Australia’s rail network.

Through the 1950s, 60s and 70s, there were large scale developments of rail infrastructure across Australia. In the hot and dusty environments of the inland north, it was a common scene to find Torres Strait Islanders, Australian South Sea Islanders and Aboriginal people working long and hard in the hot sun.

In this exhibition we explore their little known stories, including the camp life, the realities of the work, the hardships, the separation from their land, islands and family and the opportunities and challenges of working on the railway.

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.

Curated and toured by The Workshops Rail Museum.