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Bath Towel - Orange & White Stripes, circa1970s Reg. No: HT 23978
- Bath Towel, used at Enterprise Migrant Hostel, circa 1970s-1980s. This towel 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.
- Cotton towel with a white and orange striped pattern.
- Acquisition Information:
- Donation from Victor Sikich, 2009
|Dimensions:||1200 mm (Height), 600 mm (Width)|
|Tagged with:||immigration, assisted immigration, settlement, refugees, migrant hostels, migrant reception centres, -1|
|Themes this item is part of:||Migration Collection|
|Secondary Classification:||Accommodation - Hostels|
|Place & Date Made:||Australia, circa 1970|
|Place & Date Used:||Enterprise Hostel, Springvale, Victoria, Australia, circa 1970s-1980s|
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: http://www.powerhousemuseum.com/collection/database/search_tags.php?tag=migrant+hostel; Migration Heritage Centre website: http://www.migrationheritage.nsw.gov.au/ ; Agency Notes for CA 1649 "Commonwealth Hostels Limited, Central Office", National Archives Australia: http://naa12.naa.gov.au/scripts/AgencyDetail.asp?M=3&B=CA+1649