Courageous Journeys

Courageous Journeys – A Family Portrait

Emma McCarthy & Meredith Stuebe, developed the idea of the Courageous Journeys: A Family Portrait project after deciding to capture family portraits in celebration of Refugee Week 2016.

“Many of the families we work with have been through the unimaginable – long periods of separation and uncertainty, while remaining defiant and strong,” says Emma.

They both have previous casework experience from the Western Sydney MRC and already knew some of the families who participated in the project, making that moment of capturing their journeys all the more special.

TheWestern Sydney MRC in partnership with The Melkite Catholic Welfare Association, launched the Courageous Journeys: A Family Portrait photography exhibition at Bankstown Arts Centre, last Thursday 23rd June 2016. It was an evening of story-telling and strength.

Over 70 people attended the launch and special tribute was paid to the participant families who, for the most part, were also present on the night. “We are honoured to witness a snap shot of their journey and thank them for sharing it with us,” says Western Sydney MRC CEO, Kamalle Dabboussy

Due to the popularity and interest the team decided to hold another showing of the portraits at the book launch, sharing the final chapter of these Courageous Journeys. We are also honoured that all but one of the participant families were able to attend and it was a very special celebration.


The event received great coverage in the media and Glebe Town Hall was at capacity.

We would like to pay special thanks to the families for sharing their journeys with us, as well as the the designer and photographer who donated their time.

Photographer: Saskia Wilson

Designer: Kirrilee Phillips, Illume

If you would like to purchase a copy of “Courageous Journeys – A Family Portrait” contact