Immigration Spotlight Stories
Research for new stories for Immigration Museum exhibitions which focus on the immigration and settlement experiences of immigrants to Victoria at different moments in time. Includes oral histories, community-based research and collection development.
Project contact: Moya McFadzean
Voyages to Victoria
Research into the history of immigrant shipping to Victoria, focusing on the impact of changes in shipping technology, oral histories and written first-hand accounts of the passenger experiences. Current research is examining post-World War Two shipping and clipper ships of the 1850s.
Project contact: Matthew Churchward
Migrant Women and the Post-war Melbourne Textile & Clothing Industry
Research documenting the experiences of migrant women who found work in Melbourne’s textile industry from the 1960s-1980s. Drawing upon oral testimony and archival records, this study explores broader themes relating to post-war industrialization, trade unionism and the evolution of Melbourne’s fashion industry through migrant labor. It also assists to contextualize existing museum collections such as Gloweave and an Italian outworker knitting machine; the oral history collection will be deposited into the museum’s oral history archive.
Project contacts: Claire Higgins, The University of Melbourne, and Moya McFadzean