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Supper, (provided by the ASRC social enterprise catering company) community and an insight as to what life as a refugee can be like.

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Join hosts Ellen Prior and Graham O’Rourke as they discover the stories of three much loved locals who’ve come to our neighbourhood as refugees.  What’s their story and what has helped them heal and build a successful new life here as part of our community.


  1. Edita Mujkic fled war torn Sarajevo with two young children in a borrowed car with only US$50, leaving her husband behind in 1994.  In recent years they have lived in Balwyn where their children were raised, but the story of their escape is both moving and compelling.  Edita has recently written an important memoire which can be purchased on the evening.  Her interview with Chris Young has been pre-recorded as she’ll be overseas on the 23rd of June, but technology willing, she’ll be able to Zoom in for question time at the conclusion of the evening. 
  2. Juliette Zeelander, as a 5-year-old still asleep in her bed, was left behind when the Dutch Police raided her house and took her Jewish parents away to be deported during WWII.  The story of how she came to live in Australia and build a successful music career that included 15 years in the MSO will amaze and inspire.  Juliette is a well-known member of our community and the SHNC (having attended Velda Palazzi’s art classes for some years now), but how many of us know her amazing story?
  3. Hung Le is a local celebratory! As owner of the Surrey Hills Pharmacy, he’s been a much loved member of the community for many years now.  Hung fled communist Vietnam as an 11-year-old, fearful that he was the approaching the age of conscription.  His family left in the dark on a 12-meter fishing boat with 99 passengers aboard!  Over the four-day, five-night, cold and rough journey, all Hung had to eat was a small bowl of rice.  His story as boy from a small fishing village to a local identity is not to be missed!


23/06/2022 7:00 pm
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  • Community Conversations: Refugee Week - Stories of Healing
    7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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157 Union Road, Surrey Hills, 3127, Australia

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