We came as workers, we stayed as citizens

Past Event: 11 November 2007 to 1 June 2008

Baycan family at Ankara Airport boarding a Qantas V-jet aircraft for Australia as part of the first group of Turkish assisted passage migrants, 1968
Source: Museum Victoria Turkish Community Collection

40 years of Turkish migration.

This new exhibition highlights the history and growth of Victoria's Turkish community.

Marking 40 years since Australia and Turkey signed an assisted immigration agreement, this new exhibition highlights the history and growth of Victoria's Turkish community.

Initially, many Turkish immigrants arrived on Australian shores with a view of themselves as 'guestworkers' and the intention of eventually returning to their homeland; for many, however, this intention changed to a wish to remain.

The exhibition explores the challenges faced by early Turkish immigrants as they settled into life in Victoria, and charts their successes and contributions to our multicultural community.

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