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Trophy - 'Best Decorated Dining Room', Commonwealth Hostels Ltd, 1960 -1976 Object Reg. No: HT 23979

Trophy awarded annually to the migrant hostel in Victoria with the best dining room Christmas decorations. This award was created by Commonwealth Hostels Ltd and was judged by General Manager. In 1975 it was awarded to the Enterprise Migrant 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.
Metal two-handled cup with stem and round end. Brown plastic hollow base.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Victor Sikich, 2009
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 340 mm (Height), 160 mm (Width)

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Tagged with: immigration, awards, assisted immigration, settlement, refugees, migrant hostels, competitions, migrant reception centres, -1
Themes this item is part of: Migration Collection, Commonwealth Hostels
Primary Classification: MIGRATION
Secondary Classification: Accommodation - Hostels
Tertiary Classification: commemoration
Inscriptions: Inscriptions (front): "A.W. Penna Trophy for Best Decorated Dining Room/ Nunawading hostel 1960/ Nunawading 1961/ Preston 1962/ Maribyrnong 1963"
(Back): "Preston Hostel 1964/ Preston Hostel 1965/ Preston Hostel 1966/ Preston Hostel 1967/ Preston Hostel 1968/ Preston Hostel 1969, Preston Hostel 1970/ Eastbridge Hostel 1971, Eastbridge Hostel 1972, Eastbridge Hostel 1973/ Midway 1974/ Enterprise 1975/ Eastbridge 1976"
Awarded By: Commonwealth Hostels Ltd., Victoria, Australia, 1960-1976
Awarded To: Enterprise Hostel, Springvale, Victoria, Australia, 1975
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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