THE tall ship featured in Callaghan Motors business logo is not only the company’s brand but also a symbol of the Callaghan family’s migration story.
The ship is the Cairngorm, which transported family forebears John and Bridget Callaghan and their children from Ireland to Australia in 1855.
The Callaghan family is sharing its migration story as part of Making Tracks: Stories of immigration in the south-west, a new exhibition opening tomorrow at Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village.
The Callaghans are one of four families and individuals in the exhibition, which is being staged by Deakin University students.
It is an applied community project unit of study as part of their Associate Degree of Arts, Business and Sciences and the Bachelor of Education (Primary) at Deakin’s Warrn-ambool campus.
The exhibition reveals fascinating but often untold parts of local history.
Deakin University lecturer Julie Rowlands said the exhibition helped people to think more widely about the south-west’s population and the ways many people came to live here.
Preparing for the migration exhibit has been enlightening for the Callaghans and the students.
Brian Callaghan said the family’s basic ancestral line had been researched to the late 1700s but the family was trying to find more details.
“It will be interesting to see what more they find out during the research,” Mr Callaghan said.
Others featured in the exhibition include Patricia Zaunbrecher, nee Prescott, who came from England with her family in 1966 through the “Ten Pound Pom” assisted migration scheme.
She later met husband Peter Zaunbrecher, who migrated from the Netherlands.
Mrs Zaunbrecher’s love of sewing and history led her to Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, for which she hand sews beautiful costumes.
Also featured is well-known Warrnambool children’s author Paul Jennings, who came to Australia in 1949 as a six-year-old with his family from England
For Mr Jennings, a lover of Rupert Bear books as a child, migrating to Australia was nothing like the adventure he had eagerly anticipated.
Despite this initial apprehension, Mr Jennings went on to become one of Australia’s best known authors.