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Sign - Dining Room, Enterprise Hostel, circa 1970 Object Reg. No: HT 24157

Sign used in the Enterprise Hostel dining room, it was printed by Commonwealth Hostels Limited, circa 1970. This sign is an example of the often strict and regimented nature of migrant hostel life, for example meals were only served at specific times and food and beverages could only be consumed in the dining room area.

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 rectangular cardboard sign with bold, black text.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Victor Sikich, 2009
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 160 mm (Height), 460 mm (Width), 2 mm (Length)

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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: 'Unauthorised removal of food and beverage items is forbidden.'
Printer: Commonwealth Hostels Ltd., Victoria, Australia, circa 1970
Place & Date Used: Enterprise Hostel, Springvale, Victoria, Australia, circa 1970-1992
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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