Survival of a culture: Kurds in Australia was inaugurated at the Immigration Museum at Old Customs House, Melbourne, Australia. The museum explores the stories and experiences of people from all over the world who have migrated to Victoria.

The Immigration Museum is part of Museum Victoria, which is Australia’s largest museum organisation. It is the state museum for Victoria, responsible for the care of Victoria’s collections, conducting research and providing cultural and science programs. It also operates Melbourne Museum, Scienceworks and the Royal Exhibition Building.

Through its Community Exhibition Program, the Immigration Museum explores the different communities that have contributed to the making of modern Australia. Survival of a culture: Kurds in Australia was developed by Immigration Museum in collaboration with the Kurdish Association of Victoria and the Melbourne Kurdish Foundation.

Community Exhibition Committee
Dilek Giyik
Gulay Baykal
Twana Nwry
Bahoz Deger
Maria Tence
Peg Fraser

Thank You
We gratefully acknowledge those who have provided support for this exhibition, the individuals and families who have contributed their personal stories, artefacts and memorabilia. This exhibition is an achievement that will record the valuable contribution of the Kurdish community to making Australia a rich and diverse society.

Kurdistan Women’s League of Australia
Kurdish Women’s Society of Victoria
Kurdish Youth of Australia
Mahmut Kahraman
Fadil Suna
Sabire Guneser
Dursun Acar
Bedriye Giyik
Bayram Kusman
Fatma Yildiz
Anik Gel
Huseyin Tahiri
Perihan Gel
Joana Assadi
Bilgesu Guler
Silan Bulut
Selen Giyik
Sercan Giyik
Onur Zengin
Ozgur Akbas
Serdal Akbas
Rojdar Zengin
Diyar Zengin
Jiyan Kanaan
Dr Muhammed Kamal
Rushdi Anwar
Koma Roj
Kanaan Khalid
Ilhan Bakir
Sertac Kahraman
Seyda Temizyuz
Sidar Cetin
Huseyin Guler
Spectrum MRC
Shalla Kanaan
Laila Nory
Temuraz Childargushi
Madani Nurianba
Dr Toson Rashed
Dr Naser Aziz
Nuray Akgun

‹ COVER IMAGE › The door
‘This photograph was taken in the city of Halabja, the city of my birth and childhood. In 1988 it was attacked and destroyed by chemical weapons and was turned into wasteland. The image represents the political situation of my birthplace, Kurdistan. The sealed door represents the history of my people.’
Photograph: Rushdi Anwar