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Shield - 'Hostel of the Year', Commonwealth Accommodation & Catering Services Ltd, 1963 -1980 Object Reg. No: HT 23981

Shield was awarded to the best migrant hostel of the year. This competition compared all the migrant hostels, government guest-houses and non-migrant hostels operated and managed by Commonwealth Accommodation and Catering Services (CACS). In 1980 this award was won by 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.
Wooden shield with several metal features attached to the surface. Metal ribbon, central decorative feature of two laurel wreaths, breastplate; series of small metal shields surround the central decorative feature.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Victor Sikich, 2009
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 445 mm (Height), 405 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 on metal ribbon: "Commonwealth Accommodation and Catering Services Ltd."
Inscription on metal breastplate: "Hostel of the Year".

Small metal shields inscriptions:
"Capital Hill Hostel ACT 1963/ Dundas Hostel NSW 1964/ Graylands Hostel WA 1965/ Arafura Hostel NT 1966/ Glenelg Hostel SA 1967/ Nunawading Hostel 1968/ Norlane Hostel 1969; Preston Hostel 1970; Cabramatta Hostel NSW 1971; Ross Smith Hostel NSW 1972 (and) 1973; Endeavour 1974 (and) 1975; Ross Smith Hostel 1976; Endeavour 1977; East Hills Centre NSW 1978; East Hills and Fairy Meadows 1979; Enterprise 1980."
Awarded By: Commonwealth Hostels Ltd., Victoria, Australia, 1963-1980
Awarded To: Enterprise Hostel, Springvale, Victoria, Australia, 1980
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: 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

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