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Sign - The Company's Overall Objective, Commonwealth Hostels Ltd, circa 1970 Object Reg. No: HT 24155

Sign used in the Enterprise Hostel, it was printed by Commonwealth Hostels Ltd, circa 1970, and has been signed by the General Manager of Commonwealth Hostels Ltd R. Bruce Brown. The sign represents a record of the company's role as a provider of services to both the government and newly arrived migrants.

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.
White cardboard sign inserted into a wooden frame with text comprising the Company's Overall Objective printed in blue ink. There are several small holes at the top and bottom edge of the cardboard
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Victor Sikich, 2009
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 360 mm (Height), 225 mm (Width)

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Tagged with: immigration, assisted immigration, signage, settlement, refugees, migrant hostels, migrant reception centres
Themes this item is part of: Migration Collection, Commonwealth Hostels
Primary Classification: MIGRATION
Secondary Classification: Accommodation - Hostels
Tertiary Classification: rules & regulations
Inscriptions: Inscription: header: 'The Company's Overall Objective' followed by large section of printed text and signed: 'R. Bruce Brown/ General Manager'.
Printer: Commonwealth Hostels Ltd., Victoria, Australia, circa 1970
Place & Date Used: Enterprise Hostel, Springvale, Victoria, Australia, circa 1970-1992
Other Association (See Comments): R. Bruce Brown, Australia, circa 1970

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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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