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Sign - Duty Manager, Enterprise Hostel, circa 1978 Object Reg. No: HT 24154

Summary:
Duty manager sign, used by Victor Sikich one of the managers employed at the Enterprise Hostel. Victor began working with Commonwealth Hostels Limited in 1959, (renamed Commonwealth Accommodation and Catering Services in 1978). He was a long-serving staff member of the company and worked at various hostels. Victor himself had migrated from the former Yugoslavia in 1958 and was one of many migrants employed by the company over the decades.

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.
Description:
Black wooden door sign with white plastic letters glued onto black fabric.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Victor Sikich, 2009
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 39 mm (Width), 356 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
Primary Classification: MIGRATION
Secondary Classification: Accommodation - Hostels
Tertiary Classification: administration
Inscriptions: Inscription: 'Mr V SIKICH HOUSE 1'
User: Victor Sikich, Clarinda, Victoria, Australia, circa 1978-1992
Place & Date Used: Enterprise Hostel, Springvale, Victoria, Australia, circa 1978-1992
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: 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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