Instant Australians and the Making of a Nation

Arthur Caldwell stated that for every non Briton – 10 Britons will be supported to migrate to Australia. How did this happen? Who was encouraged to migrate? What support was provided to those that migrated?

The program has four distinct spaces. Each space offers the visitor an opportunity to:

  • Connect to elements of the migration process through a display of the ways in which ‘migration’ was sold to those considering leaving the UK and those who would be potential neighbours of the ‘new arrivals’, those who already considered themselves Australians.
  • Consider the process of migration from various points of view. The space where reality meets dream, where the personal meets the policy.
  • Contemplate the present and future after hearing personal stories of migration and relocation and the complexity of national identity.

Please download the British Migrants: Instant Australians? British Migrants-Before-During-After-Visit-Education pack education pack.

For information about South Australia’s multicultural story visit:

This self-guided program is offered from the 24 February – 10 July 2020, bookings are essential. To book please call 8207 7580.

Museums Victoria and the History Trust of South Australia wish to acknowledge that this exhibition was developed on the lands of the Boonwurrung and Woi Wurrung peoples and is shown on the lands of the Kaurna people. We recognise First People’s continuation of cultures and connections to Country, in the face of over two centuries of migration.

Exhibition dates: 22 February – 12 July 2020


The History Trust of South Australia’s Migration Museum is committed to keeping our visitors, our people and our volunteers safe.

As corona virus restrictions begin to ease the full range of programs listed here may not be available as we take steps help keep you and other  visitors COVIDSafe. Please continue to contact us with education inquiries and stay in touch to find out about our digital education programs as they develop.