Migrant hostels housed refugees and migrants from a wide range of countries between the late 1940s and the mid-1980s.
Federal and state governments actively advertised to attract people, selling Australia with sunny beaches and modern houses. The main target was British migrants. Australia also advertised in countries with which we had signed migration agreements, and posters and pamphlets were sent to the Displaced Persons camps in Europe.
Later refugees left for Australia knowing very little about their destination. Sometimes people heading to Australia from countries in South East Asia, South America and the Middle East received information in transit.
Where people came from, when, and what they were told about Australia before they arrived helped to shape their reactions to the migrant hostels.