Passage to Pusan Opening Function

Passage to Pusan

Event details


Date & time

Thursday 09 November 2017


Hedley Bull Atrium


Louise Evans


Roald Maliangkay

Registration is required to attend opening function. Canapes ad drinks will be provided.

The Embassy of the Republic of Korea, the Korean Cultural Centre and the Korea Institute of the Australian National University will be co-hosting the specially-curated exhibition “Passage to Pusan: the journey bridging the relationship of two families” at Hedley Bull Atrium of the Australian National University from the 9th of November to the 17th of November, 2017.

The exhibition “Passage to Pusan” is based on a book of the same name by Australian journalist Louise Evans. The book tells the story of bereaved Australian mother Thelma Healy who makes an epic 15,000km sole journey to Korea in 1961 to find the grave of her son, Vincent Healy, who died fighting in the Korean War.

The exhibition is the third one in Australia following the previously successful exhibitions in Sydney and Sandgate.

The exhibition transfers Thelma’s travel diary, family photographs and intimate letters onto six installations, revealing her pilgrimage and an enduring friendship forged by mutual loss, grief and gratitude with a Korean War widow Kim Chang Keun and her family.

Not only bringing the large-scale book installation into the gallery, the exhibition also features specially created ceramic boats showcasing the connection between people, time and place. The diverse visual layers of the story have been displayed, which allow us to take a deep look into emotional ties such as family love, motherhood and friendship.

From 1950 to 1953, 340 Australian soldiers sacrificed their noble lives in the Korean War. Providing a glimpse into a family story, this exhibition will be an opportunity to look back and appreciate their sacrifices.

The documentary film “Passage to Pusan” was released at the Korean Film Festival in Australia from August to September this year. It will also be screened also in Canberra at the Australian National University during the exhibition period.

This exhibition “Passage to Pusan” is supported by the Australian Government through the Australia-Korea Foundation, which is part of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.


Hedley Bull Atrium, Australian National University 130 Garran Rd, Acton ACT 2601

Exhibition Information

9 November - 17 November 2017 Mon-Fri 8am – 6:30pm Free Entry

Documentary screening (Free admission)

1st : Thu. 9 Nov., 15:30-17:00, Coombs Theatre, ANU (near Hedley Bull Atrium)

Q & A Talk with Author, Louise Evans after the screening. 2nd : Mon. 13 Nov., 16:00-17:30, Coombs Extension, ANU (near Coombs Theatre)

For more information

Opening Night of an exhibition ‘Passage to Pusan’ at Korean Cultural Centre

Passage to Pusan’ Documentary Trailer

‘Passage to Pusan’ Documentary Audience Review

Updated:  7 July 2017/Responsible Officer:  Director, Culture, History & Language/Page Contact:  CHL webmaster