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. She has published on child migration, multiculturalism and popular culture, migrant accommodation 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 and settlement stories more public.

Her book Histories of Controversy: Bonegilla Migrant Centre  was released with MUP in 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, and is particularly interested in the use of oral history in heritage identification, interpretation and management.

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

Select Publications

Histories of Controversy: Bonegilla Migrant Centre, Melbourne University Publishing, August 2017. https://www.mup.com.au/items/202229.

‘‘‘It was just you and your child”: single migrant mothers, generational storytelling, and Australia’s migrant heritage’, Memory Studies, August 2021 issue 14.4; OnlineFirst, January 2018.

‘Displaced Persons, Family Separation and the Work Contract in Post-War Australia’, Journal of Australian Studies, Special Issue: Boat People and the Long History of Immigration in Australia 40, no. 4 (2016): 418–432.

‘Marginal or Mainstream? Migrant Centres as Grassroots and Official Heritage’, The International Journal of Heritage Studies 21, no.10 (2015): 1068–1083.

‘Commemorating Migrant Camps: Vernacular Memories in Official Spaces’, Journal of Australian Studies 39, no.2 (2015): 1–20.

‘Exchanging Memories in the Australian Museum: Migrant Stories and Bonegilla Migrant Centre’, Museums and Social Issues 9, no. 1 (2014): 34–55.

‘Collective Memories and Multiculturalism: Representing the Australian Migrant Camp in Television and Film’, Traffic 13 (2013): 125–150.

‘A Cultural Conflict? Belonging for Greek Child Migrants in 1960s and 1970s Melbourne’, Victorian Historical Journal 84, no. 2 (2013): 303–325.

‘Bonegilla Heritage Park: Contesting and Co-ordinating a Public History Site’, Public History Review 19 (2012): 21–42.