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September 8, 2020

30 Amazing Photos of Migrant Hostels in South Australia From 1948 to 1950

Migrant hostels provided temporary accommodation for refugees, or displaced persons, arriving in South Australia from Europe after World War II as well as other assisted migrants.


Post war immigrants contributed significantly to the large population growth within South Australia during the second half of the twentieth century.

The hostels that appear here were situated at Gepps Cross, on the corner of Main North Road and Grand Junction Road, and at Elder Park, on the banks of the River Torrens not far from where the Adelaide Festival Centre now stands.

Immigration Hostel entrance

Immigration Hostel (State Immigration Department)

Immigration Hostel bedroom

Immigration Hostel dining room

Immigration Hostel dormitory

Immigration Hostel reception

SPF Immigration Hostel on the banks of the River Torrens

Barbershop

Gepps Cross - General view of hostel

Gepps Cross Hostel baby creche

Gepps Cross Hostel bedroom

Gepps Cross Hostel buildings

Gepps Cross Hostel butcher shop

Gepps Cross Hostel canteen servery

Gepps Cross Hostel children's playground

Gepps Cross Hostel communal laundry

Gepps Cross Hostel delicatessen 

Gepps Cross Hostel dwelling

Gepps Cross Hostel fruit, veg and news shop

Gepps Cross Hostel general store

Gepps Cross Hostel general store

Gepps Cross Hostel kitchen and living room

Gepps Cross Hostel kitchen

Gepps Cross Hostel Post Office

Gepps Cross Hostel Post Office

Gepps Cross Hostel shared bedroom

Gepps Cross Hostel single bedroom example

Gepps Cross Hostel theatre and dance hall

Gepps Cross Hostel

Immigration Hostel - Elder Park looking west

(Photos from State Records of SA)




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