History[ edit ] Yungaba is a two-storey brick institutional building designed as an immigrant depot in by John James Clark, the Queensland Colonial Architect.
Migrant Hostel is a poem composed by Peter Skrzynecki. It is a moving account of the experiences of Migrant hostel living in an overly-crowded lodge. The next stanza reminds the responder of the seasonal, short time spent in the hostel and the boredom, tedium and uncertainty which results.
Overall, Skrzynecki communicates that his stay within Migrant Hostel is a negative experience: This relates to the concept of belonging. Belonging is a basic human need.
Through cultural groups, age and socio-economic status individuals can gain acceptance by others and in turn, have an entity to belong to.
There are a myriad of negative emotions Skrzynecki experiences during his stay at Migrant Hostel.
Feelings of fear, confusion, alienation and isolation all add to a foreboding and animalistic atmosphere. Racial tension is also prevalent as nationalities divide and issues of superiority and stereotyping complicate the social landscape.
The use of alliteration is prominent. This is further achieved through a staccato short, sharp rhythm to the phrasing. Ultimately, the migrants will forever be the outsider, the eternal alien within a racist white society. This fabricates hopelessness and weakness as the migrants are naive of what is going on around them.
Foreigners are manipulated, oppressed and alienated which destroys their chance of truly belonging. Binary opposition is employed by Skrzynecki.
This contrast of those young and old shows another means of differentiation of migrants staying at the hostel — age. It is also provides two opposing ideologies regarding age: This reaffirms stereotypes and discrimination based on age.
Pigeons travel their entire lives which symbolises the eternal migration of foreigners within Australia. Thus they can never fully belong as a member of the country. Barriers such as discrimination, social unrest and stereotypes exclude migrants from dominant culture.
A circle has no beginning or end which emphasises that the struggle to belong is endless and an inherent human need worth fighting for.
The use of punctuation creates free-flowing ideas. For example, the dash is used to create enjambment where the idea is continue beyond a couplet.Yungaba Immigration Centre is a heritage-listed former immigration hostel at Main Street, Kangaroo Point, City of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, alongside the Brisbane River.
Peter Skrzynecki Migrant Hostel No one kept count Of all the comings and goings – Arrivals of newcomers In busloads from the station, . Migrant hostels, also known as immigration dependants’ holding centres, migrant accommodation, migrant reception or training centres or migrant workers’ hostels, were established after World War II to accommodate displaced persons and assisted migrants. Migrant Hostel is an account of Peter Skrzynecki’s time in the migrant hostel, yet it is ambiguous and could apply to many immigrants. This suggests that many people were struggling to find belonging as immigrants in Australia.
It was designed by John James Clark and built c. by William Peter Clark. No one kept countof all the comings and goings—arrivals of newcomersin busloads from the station,sudden departures from adjoining blocksthat left us wonderingwho would be coming .
MIGRANT HOSTEL INTRODUCTION Migrant Hostel explores the emotions surrounding the migrant experience of detainment after arrival in Australia.
The subtitle, “Parkes, ”, situates this poem historically and autobiographically, imparting a sense of authenticity to the migrants’ emotions.
Peter Skrzynecki Migrant Hostel No one kept count Of all the comings and goings – Arrivals of newcomers In busloads from the station, . As migrants leave their home and settle into the migrant hostel where they experience a loss of identity and belonging as they journeyed away from home like a homing pigeon searching for its bearing.
Thousands of migrants passed through Australia’s migrant hostels, camps and reception centres. They were temporary homes to a wide range of migrants, from Displaced Persons and refugees, through to Ten Pound Tourists.