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Plaque - Enterprise Hostel, Springvale, 29 Oct 1970 Object Reg. No: HT 24161

Plaque issued to commemorate the official opening of the Enterprise Hostel on 29 October 1970. The name 'Enterprise' was chosen to reflect a sense of connection between the different 'waves' of migrants and the 'first settlers'; the name also referenced a character trait that the Company felt new migrants already had or would need in order to overcome the difficulties involved in establishing themselves in Australia.

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.
Brass plaque with engraved text.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Victor Sikich, 2009
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 456 mm (Height), 610 mm (Width)

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Tagged with: immigration, assisted immigration, settlement, refugees, migrant hostels, migrant reception centres, opening ceremonies
Themes this item is part of: Migration Collection
Primary Classification: MIGRATION
Secondary Classification: Accommodation - Hostels
Tertiary Classification: commemoration
Inscriptions: Inscription: This plaque was unveiled by/ The Hon. B.M. Snedden Q.C., M.P.,/ Minister for Labour and National Service/ At the official opening of/ "Enterprise"/ On October 29th., 1970/ In the year of the bi-centenary of the/ Discovery of the East Coast of Australia/ By Captain James Cook R.N./ The Hostel is named after the Schooner Enterprise/ Which, in 1835, brought the first settlers to the site of/ Melbourne. The voyage was organised by John Pascoe Fawkner.'
Other Association (See Comments): Honourable B. Snedden, Australia, 29 Oct 1970

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Place & Date Used: Enterprise Hostel, Springvale, Victoria, Australia, 29 Oct 1970
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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