Leaving Home

Submit a photo and become part of our exhibition

When a loved one is leaving home, we often reach for a camera. Whether it's a family huddled on a train platform in 1920 or a young person waving at the airport departure gates in 2012 – throughout history we have collected these moments of leaving home for posterity. David Monahan's large-scale photographs in the Leaving Dublin exhibition capture the sense of adventure, excitement, hope, sadness and anxiety of those leaving their home country.

Now the Immigration Museum wants you to look into your own family album and share a photograph that captures you or your family's leaving home picture to add to our online exhibition. We are looking for a variety of photos that capture the concept of leaving home, whatever that means to you. The photo can have been taken last year or one hundred years ago, it might show you and your friends at a farewell party or your grandparents standing on the dock in front of a ship.

A selection of photographs will also be displayed at the Immigration Gallery in the Leaving Dublin: Photographs by David Monahan exhibition.

How to Submit

Submit copies of your photograph via:

Email leavinghome@museum.vic.gov.au with JPEG or TIFF files, resolution no less than 150 DPI.

Flickr join the Immigration Museum Flickr group and add your photos with the tag "leavinghome".

In Person at the Immigration Museum Discovery Centre during the exhibition (26 October 2012 – 25 August 2013) between 10am – 5 pm.

Please include the following information about the photo as a caption:

  • The names of those in the photo
  • Where they are leaving
  • Where they are heading
  • The year it was taken

eg. Murphy family at Dublin airport leaving for Melbourne, Australia, 1992.

Read the terms and conditions before submitting a photo.