Role Title: Project Intern: Displaced persons and WA railways
Organisation: Rail Heritage WA
Internship Period: Semester 1 (February - May)
Post World War Two displaced persons who migrated to Australia and had to work for the government for two years. In WA quite a few ended up working on the railways. They lived and worked in very basic conditions and their stories are sought.
The intern will: • Assist in finding such families and identifying those who are willing to share their stories. • Follow up with people willing to be involved and interview them either by phone or in person along with a historian from Rail Heritage WA as relevant. • Compile material including oral histories, research, photos and other items about the role of displaced persons in WA’s railways. The role will work with the museum and archives teams and so availability to work on Tuesdays is ideal as this is their major work day. As well as Tuesday, there is a Wednesday pm option.
To provide access to and promote understanding of the history of railways in Western Australia. Purpose: • To collect, restore, maintain and interpret Western Australian railway artefacts. • To encourage and promote interest in the history and operations of railways in Western Australia. • Provide public access to the railway history of Western Australia • To achieve these in a sustainable and viable way.