Museum of Australian Democracy exhibition looks at migration through Holocaust survivors’ eyes


The story begins with a toy koala – furry, life-sized and huggable – and ends with the poignant reminders of the bottomless traumas of the Holocaust.

But in exploring the different experiences of migration to Australia, an exhibition at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House in Canberra has a single shining theme: human resilience.

Iso 1aIn 1949, an eight-year-old girl named Isobel Saxelby was presented with a toy koala when she arrived in Australia as the 100,000th postwar British immigrant.

Today, the koala, in…

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