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Dessert Spoon - Metal, circa 1980s Object Reg. No: HT 24152

Dessert spoon used in the dining room of Enterprise Migrant Hostel, circa 1980s. The inscription CACS stands for Commonwealth Accommodation and Catering Services, who managed the hostel from 1978 onwards. This spoon is an example of the standard type of cutlery used at Commonwealth migrant hostels.

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 dessert spoon
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Victor Sikich, 2009
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 36 mm (Width), 175 mm (Length)

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Tagged with: immigration, assisted immigration, settlement, cutlery, refugees, migrant hostels, migrant reception centres, -1
Themes this item is part of: Migration Collection
Primary Classification: MIGRATION
Secondary Classification: Accommodation - Hostels
Tertiary Classification: cutlery
Inscriptions: Inscription: 'C A C S'
Place & Date Made: Australia, circa 1980s
Place & Date Used: Enterprise Hostel, Springvale, Victoria, Australia, circa 1980s
Other Association (See Comments): Commonwealth Accommodation & Catering Services Ltd, Australia, circa 1980s

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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