About me and the blog

Alexandra Dellios is an oral and public historian, and works as a lecturer in the Centre for Heritage and Museum Studies at the Australian National University. Her research looks at the history of migrant and refugee communities in Australia, and she has published on child migration, popular culture, migrant centres, and public history and heritage in Australia.

Her current project and the subject of this blog, ‘Making Migrant Heritage‘, is interested in the public history practices of grassroots community groups with a migrant background – and how they approach, interpret and redefine ‘institutional’ or official definitions of ‘heritage’ in the process of making their migration stories more public.

Her book Histories of Controversy: Bonegilla Migrant Centre will be released with MUP in August 2017. She was awarded her PhD in History at the University of Melbourne in March 2015. Previously, she gained first class Honours at the University of Queensland, where she was also awarded a University Medal. She remains engaged in oral history projects, community volunteering and heritage conservation efforts.

Please contact her at alexandra.dellios@anu.edu.au if you would like to discuss your/your family’s migration, refugee or settlement pasts.