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throwaway1234
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 05, 2019 4:33 am    Post subject: East Hills Hostel 1970s Research Help Reply with quote

Hi all,

I'm not actually a migrant to Australia myself, I was born here to Australian parents and I have always lived in WA. However, I am currently undertaking research for a fictional book that I am writing.

One minor part of the book involves a migrant form Dublin, Ireland, settling into Sydney in 1977. I expect an Irish migrant would have to stay in a hostel for some time upon arriving. I have chosen East Hills Hostel for this. (Please let me know if that hostel in particular wouldn't be appropriate for the story - at this point, I know very little, I cannot find much information online and East Hills seems to be the most appropriate to me so far somehow).

I have collected some basic knowledge on East Hills Hostel in that time period but would like to request some help for further research here. What were living conditions like at the East Hills Hostel, preferably in the 1970s/late 1970s? Any information on the hostel in general then? What changes were undergoing at the hostel during this time? Photos?

How long would a single migrant from Dublin have to stay there having arrived in 1977? How would they get out?

I am planning to travel to Sydney in the future and will have a look at some libraries there.

But for now any information will help, very glad I found these forums, thanks in advance.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 05, 2019 2:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hello throwaway 1234

Read your post with some interest, in as much as you are writing a novel involving a migrant from Dublin.

In fact I have a novel due to be published probably Jan '20. My novel tells the story of a British family emigrating to Sydney in 1963 - the family I write about stayed at Cabramatta Hostel for two years before returning to England.

You might want to do more research on East Hills Hostel - my sense is that by 1977 most British and Irish migrants had moved off that hostel, and new migrants were probably being housed elsewhere, though I admit I am not entirely sure of that.

If you would like to Private Message me I would gladly help with your research, or indeed in any other way.

Yours faithfully

Ken
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