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Bedspread - Green, Red & Blue, Cotton, circa1970s Object Reg. No: HT 23976

Bedspread, used at Enterprise Migrant Hostel, circa 1970s-1980s. This bedspread is an example of the standard types of basic items (towels, bedding and utensils) issued to migrants upon arrival at the hostel.

The Enterprise Migrant Hostel, in Springvale, operated from December 1969 until it was closed on 22 December 1992. Enterprise was managed by Commonwealth Hostels Limited (renamed Commonwealth Accommodation and Catering Services in 1978). Enterprise and other hostels were the first home for many new assisted migrants and refugees, upon arrival in Australia. Migrants were charged for their accommodation and meals according to their income or had their tariffs deducted from their social security benefit until they were able to secure employment. The hostels were designed to assist migrants in establishing a new life in Australia by providing a period of subsidised accommodation, while they secured work and found housing.
Green, blue, red and yellow cotton bedspread has a floral pattern on a green background and blocks of black and white weaving.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Victor Sikich, 2009
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 163 mm (Width), 240 mm (Length)

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Tagged with: immigration, assisted immigration, settlement, bedding, refugees, migrant hostels, migrant reception centres, -1
Themes this item is part of: Migration Collection
Primary Classification: MIGRATION
Secondary Classification: Accommodation - Hostels
Tertiary Classification: furnishings
Place & Date Made: Australia, circa 1970
Place & Date Used: Enterprise Hostel, Springvale, Victoria, Australia, circa 1970s-1980s
References: This collection is also accompanied by a small archive consisting of company magazines, financial documents, and material relating to personnel and residents.

'A worthwhile Enterprise: the migrant hostel in Springvale', Exhibition Catalogue, Museum Victoria (2009); Powerhouse Museum website:; Migration Heritage Centre website: ; Agency Notes for CA 1649 "Commonwealth Hostels Limited, Central Office", National Archives Australia:;B=CA+1649

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