Mr Kristian Ireland, PhD History, Confirmation milestone

This research primarily involves a study of oral history interviews with adults in Australia who migrated or who belong to migrant families originating from Russia, Ukraine, or the former Soviet Union, in comparison with related literature. During the 20th century, many people left their homelands under various circumstances. Some persons chose to migrate to Australia. A central question is what are some of the prominent themes emerging from intergenerational cultural memory shared by diaspora families, including memories of the original homeland, experiences of migration and settlement, joining community groups, cultural activities and customs, and the ways in which group identity is maintained through these things.