Oral History - Migrant Stories


Vincent has had a long history of migrants settling in the area, reflecting the waves of migration through times of turmoil and change in other parts of the world. Following WWII (between 1948 and 1954) there was a peak in Western Australia with over 75,000 migrants arriving, more than half of whom settled in the Metropolitan area

The 2011 Census data revealed that within Vincent around 44 per cent of the residents were born overseas. They were from over 37 countries, 2,456 from the UK, 1,065 Italy, 772 New Zealand, 666 Ireland, 563 Vietnam, 421 India, 329 China, 297 Malaysia, 274 South Africa, 255 Greece, 244 USA, 205 Germany, 196  South Korea, 177 Singapore, 166 Canada, and 156 Hong Kong.

Over the last 11 years we have interviewed a varied selection of people who have settled here from many different countries but we are looking for more migrant stories to add to our Local History Collection.    We currently have 378 Oral Histories, covering a variety of topics but need more from people born overseas.   If you or your parents were not born in Australia and have lived or worked in Vincent for 20 years or more we would like to hear from you.

An interview takes roughly two hours and covers everything from your voyage here, the difficulties you faced, schooling and growing up in the Vincent area (if you arrived when you were young), getting a job and so on.  In other words a look at what life was like for you after you settled (ran a business or came to work) in the City of Vincent, the problems (if any) that you faced and the adjustments you made.

Interviews are recorded and then transcribed.  A printed copy is lodged in the Local History Collection and one given to the interviewee to keep.   This is also an excellent way of leaving a personal history for other members of your family such as your children and grandchildren.

We also extend an invitation to people who are interested in these stories to come in to the Local History Centre to read some of the many interviews we have in our Collection. 

Interested in giving an interview? Please contact Catherine Lang on 9273 6550 or Julie Davidson on 92736534 or email us at local.history@vincent.wa.gov.au.