Dr Alexandra Dellios

PhD (UniMelb), BA Hons (UQ)
Lecturer - Heritage Studies
ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
T: +61 2 612 55889

Areas of expertise

  • Migrant Cultural Studies 200208
  • Multicultural, Intercultural And Cross Cultural Studies 200209
  • Australian History (Excl. Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander History) 210303
  • Heritage And Cultural Conservation 210202

Research interests

migration and refugee histories, memory studies, public history, oral history, multiculturalism, place and space, heritage management and interpretation


Alexandra Dellios is an oral and public historian in the Centre for Heritage and Museum Studies at the Australian National University. Her research considers the public and oral history of migrant and refugee communities in Australia, and their experiences of settlement, and working and family life. She has published on child migration, popular representations of multiculturalism, immigration centres and hostels, and public history practices and cultural heritage management in Australia. Her book Histories of Controversy: Bonegilla Migrant Centre was released with Melbourne University Publishing in 2017.

She is national delegate for Oral History NSW, a founding member of the Australian Migration History Network, and ACT Representative for the Australian Women’s History Network. She was awarded her PhD in History from the University of Melbourne in March 2015.

She remains engaged in oral history projects and teaching, community volunteering and heritage interpretation efforts.

Researcher's projects

Post-war Migration and Collaborative Community Heritage Practices (2017 - )

This project analyses community-initiated heritage and public history projects that pertain to post-WWII migration and settlement in Australia (the Latrobe Valley, in particular). It is interested in community negotiation (and challenge) to heritage discourses and multiculturalism/social inclusion rhetoric.

Remembering Migrant Protest and Activism: Migrant Rights Discourses in pre-Multicultural Australia (2019 - )

This project explores 'migrant rights' discourses and collective community memories of activism and protests in pre-Multicultural Australia (1960s and 1970s) - focussing, in the first instance, on Greek and Italian community groups, like the Democritus League.

ARC funded projects:

Architecture and Industry: The migrant contribution to nation-building, DP190101531 (2019 - 2022)

Lead CI: A/Prof Anoma Pieris (the University of Melbourne, Andrew Sangia – University of Melbourne, Mirjana Lozanovska – Deakin University, David Beynon – University of Tasmania, Alexandra Dellios – Australian National University.

Project Description: Migrants after World War II were critical to the spatial making of modern Australia. Major federally-funded industries driving post-war nation-building programs depended on the employment of large numbers of war displaced persons. Directed to remote, rural and urban industrial sites, migrant labour and resettlement altered the nation’s physical landscape, providing Australia with its contemporary economic base. While the immigrant contribution to nation-building in cultural terms is well-known, its everyday spatial, architectural and landscape transformations remain unexamined. This project aims to bring to the foreground post-war industry and immigration to comprehensively document a uniquely Australian shaping of the built environment.

Current student projects

  • Renee Dixon, ‘Developing a crowdsourced digital LGBTIQ archive: a new methodology to challenge knowledge hegemonies and hierarchies of normative archive practices’, PhD (2019 – )
  • Narelle McGlusky, ‘Cotton Industry in 17th Century Japan’, PhD, (2018 - ), Chair.



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