The majority had lived in the hostel for varying periods of time, and some had been local children at the time who played with the children at the hostel. Some great photographs were produced and alot of reminiscing happened. One lady told of her first day in the hostel, when her new neighbour knocked on her room door and invited her to have a cup of tea with her. To this day over 40 years later they are the best of friends.
Smithfield Migrant hostel was a converted military supply depot, initially opened as a hostel to house DP labourers from the Baltic, who worked in the Smithfield Railway yards. Very quickly family migrants came to stay from different countries. The huts were three feet off the ground with no fencing, this became a problem when families with young children lived there.
The Hostel Stories; life in SA migrant accommodation is seeking stories, photographs and artefact's in connection with the many hostels in SA. For more information please refer to the links below.
Hostel Stories is also on Flickr? http://www.flickr.com/groups/migranthostels/
To view the other locations of talks please refer to the link below. http://abouttime.sa.gov.au/organisers/migration-museum
To find out more about the project please view http://migration.historysa.com.au/research/projects/hostel-stories