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Portraits of Liverpool

Twenty percent of Australia’s annual humanitarian arrivals call Liverpool home.



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Next? Hear the stories of two refugee mothers and their experience at Villawood Detention Centre.

Liverpool Current Population: 218,261 (2009)
Cultural backgrounds represented: 157

Liverpool’s first people were the Cabrogal people who spoke the Darug language. The Georges River provided a natural boundary between the Darug (wood tribes) and the neighbouring Tharawal (coast tribe). These tribes knew the area as Gunyungalung.

Then came the settlers in 1810; to make Liverpool Australia’s fourth oldest town; only predated by Sydney, Parramatta and Hobart, but decidedly different, as it was the first “free planned settlement” of the nation.

During the First World War, Liverpool became a military hub, and Holsworthy housed Italian and German Prisoners of War.

While migration was fluid in Liverpool from the late 18th century, the post World War Two influx of “New Australians” and those refugees who have come after now characterise this vibrant regional hub.

Liverpool welcomes refugees as a place free from fear and celebrates their contribution during Refugee Week 2011.

To get involved in Refugee Week this year, visit http://www.refugeeweek.org.au/. The Stories Project Villawood Mums will be screened at an event at Rockdale City Council, Thursday the 23rd of June, from 6 – 8pm. We look forward to seeing you there.

Portraits of Liverpool
Release: April 2011
Location: Macquarie Mall, Liverpool, Western Sydney

Director: Anna Lam
Producer: Saif Jari
Director of Photography: Guido Gonzalez
1st Assistant Director: Shane Macdonald
Music: Saif Jari
Sound: Lazare Nyembo

The Stories Project
Creative Director: Shakthidharan
Producer: Eleanor Winkler
Mentors: Elias Nohra & Platon Theodoris

The Stories Project is presented by CuriousWorks.