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Collections in Perth: A Guide to Commonwealth Government Records


21. Multicultural Affairs

Until comparatively recently, multicultural affairs in Western Australia, as elsewhere in Australia, were characterised by an emphasis on assimilation rather than cultural diversity. In the past little was done to help migrants from non–English-speaking backgrounds adapt to life in what its Anglo-Saxon inhabitants regarded as a British country. However, over the past 40 years this situation has changed significantly. Initiatives by State and Federal governments have attempted to improve relations between the different ethnic groups that now make up the Australian community.

The Agency

The Good Neighbour Council of Western Australia liaised with the Federal Government, State Governments and Good Neighbour Councils in the other States to develop and improve ethnic and community relationships.

The council established and/or promoted interpreter services, community and migrant education, ethnic festivals and relief appeals. It planned special projects, such as migrant-orientated seminars on employment and mental health, and sponsored and published research about migrants.

Access to some records in this category may be restricted because they contain personally sensitive information about individuals.

  • 1950–79: Good Neighbour Council of WA (CA 7268)

The Records

ADMINISTRATION FILES, MULTIPLE NUMBER SERIES, 1949–80
Perth
Series: K1217
Quantity: 7 metres
Recorded by: 1955–67: Commonwealth Office of Education, State Office, Perth (CA 595); 1967–72: Department of Education and Science, State Office, Perth (CA 1751)
Migrant education – general (Department of Education), 1955–67 K1217, 35/2/3
CORRESPONDENCE FILES, GOOD NEIGHBOUR COUNCIL, MULTIPLE NUMBER SERIES, 1950–79
Perth
Records in this series detail work carried out by the Good Neighbour Council in WA.
Series: K1225
Quantity: 5 metres
Recorded by: 1950–79: Good Neighbour Council of WA (CA 7268)
CORRESPONDENCE FILES, ANNUAL SINGLE NUMBER SERIES, 1954–
Perth
Series: K38
Quantity: 122 metres
Recorded by: 1954–: Department of Labour and National Service, Regional Administration, WA (CA 1761)
Good Neighbour Council – lists of representatives and office bearers, 1968–73 K38, 1967/1058
CORRESPONDENCE FILES, SINGLE NUMBER SERIES, 'W59' PREFIX, 1959–73
Perth
Series: K403
Quantity: 22 metres
Recorded by: 1959–73: Department of Immigration, WA Branch (CA 962)
Assimilation – Good Neighbour Council regional conferences, 1955–65 K403, W59/134 PART 1
Assimilation – Good Neighbour Council regional conferences, 1955–65 K403, W59/134 PART 2
Assimilation – Good Neighbour Council regional conferences, 1955–65 K403, W59/134 PART 3
Assimilation – Good Neighbour Council regional conferences, 1955–65 K403, W59/134 PART 4
Assimilation – Good Neighbour Council regional conferences, 1955–65 K403, W59/134 PART 5
Assimilation – Good Neighbour Council regional conferences, 1955–65 K403, W59/134 PART 6

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