Memorial Trophy - Hostel Garden of the Year, Commonwealth Hostels Ltd, 1964 -1975 Object Reg. No: HT 23980

Trophy awarded annually to the migrant hostel in Victoria with the best kept garden. The award commemorates William Funnell, a former Secretary for the Department of Labour and National Service, who served as Chairman of Commonwealth Hostels Limited from 1952-1962. Funnell was an enthusiastic gardener and one of his initiatives as Chairman was to encourage the beautification of migrant hostels through extensive gardening and landscaping. This trophy was won by Enterprise migrant Hostel in 1974 and 1975.

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 including floral grille in the interior of the cup. The trophy is attached to a thick wooden base with nine, small, flat metal shields attached to the base.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Victor Sikich, 2009
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 380 mm (Height), 200 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: Inscription: William Funnell Memorial Trophy for Hostel Gardens. Also includes names of the winning hostels engraved on small metal shields attached to the base of the trophy: 'Preston 1964/ Maribyrnong 1965/ Norlane 1966/ Nunawading 1969/ Preston 1970/ Wiltona 1971/ Midway 1973/ Enterprise 1974/ Enterprise1975.' (There are no recorded winners for the years of 1967 and 1968).
Awarded By: Commonwealth Hostels Ltd., Victoria, Australia, 1964-1975
Awarded To: Enterprise Hostel, Springvale, Victoria, Australia, 1974-1975
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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